hope, living

Incarnations of You

Incarnations of You

by Carmen H Gray

The other night

I sat beside you

Laboring away on mundane paperwork

We seemed to be in a loop of absurdity

Waiting for Godot

Were you Vladimir or were you Estragon?

In the perpetual spiral of suffering

We are constantly climbing out of

You made me laugh

In our exhausted states

The secret you already know

Is to make the Great Escape

Of choosing not to wait

Bursting forth you go

Supernova from the start

Your little soul chose

“I am here and it is now!”

As I behold your unfolding

There is magic in the air

Luminous almond eyes I see into

All of the incarnations of you









Absurdity, Joy, Lucidity

“Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that’s what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity”

-Albert Camus

One fall evening a couple of years ago, my daughter was stressed out about her homework in the beginning of her middle school years.  I told her it was time to put it away, throw on some costumes and forget about it.  Life is full of ridiculous absurdities.  I wanted her to see there were options for reflecting the absurdity back in life’s face, look down at it from above it all.