Because I was too fast, life stopped for me;
Out of breath from running after me; trying to catch up,
With my numerous selfish desires and ideas,
We’d been running around in circles.
Because I was too fast, our friendship came to a standstill;
I had no time for it, too busy chasing my ideals,
The closeness gradually faded away, the gap filled with anxiety,
Our paths only crossed a few times.
Because I was too fast, life came to a standstill,
Family was a done deal, didn’t matter anymore,
Purpose was pushed aside in pursuit of fame and affluence,
Life’s radiance lost through defiance.
Because I was too fast, I had grip on nothing,
Everything slipped out of my hand, I was left alone,
With all the money and fame and affluence, yet no family or friends,
Life had ceased to be in existence for me, all I had was existence.
Because I was too fast, I lost sight of the most important things,
My mind was a hub of vanity disguised as purpose,
I sought the things money could buy, oblivious of the things money stood no chance against,
They cried out, trying to make me see their significance,
but because I was too fast, I couldn’t slow down to enjoy life…
Mimispassion © 2016
Inspired by Emily Dickinson’s “Because I couldn’t stop for death”