Carpe Diem

byseannelson©

It means
"seize the day"
or
"go not gently into that dark night"
or
"shed your sorrows as a snake does its skin"
or
"sex drugs and rock'n roll"
or
"live like a Dionysus, a Marcus Aurellius,
an M.L.K., or an Einstein that people might admire you a thousand years hence"
or
"bleed"
or
"stop and smell the roses," "see the paintings,"
"dance and dance while you have the chance"
or
"run not from misery and suffering, but toward discovery and victory"
or
"chop wood, carry water"
or
"namaste"
or
"dare to be a God"
or
Vivaldi's "Summer" Picasso's "Guernica"
Van Gogh's "starry night" Ginsberg's "Howl,"
Thailand's "Emerald Buddha" or Beethoven's "ode to joy,"
Kravitz's "Once you dig in" or Savage Garden's "animal song"

or whatever phrase, muse, or melody
stirs your soul and blood
to accept mortality and desire earthly immortality

Let it take the form of art, music
passionate carnality, engineering
mother-hood, leisure, poetry,
or whatever beautiful thing is possible for you
before the skull-and-bone clock
has ticked its last tick-tock...

and day has passed away

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