Lifetimes

Interior view of the atrium at the Horizon Club, Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan, Taiwan

Interior view of the atrium at the Horizon Club, Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan, Taiwan

I have taken birth in regal and noble families,

As well as the ordinary and poor;

I have ruled and been ruled,

Led and been led as well;

I have conquered distant lands,

Fought and died for my beliefs;

I was punished for sharing the Truth,

And later burned for it;

I was at the forefront of sciences,

Yet died alone and poor;

I have loved my country, community, family and dear ones,

And been loved too.

In this lifetime my brothers and sisters,

Reunite with me once more;

There is no stake to burn me,

No wars to fight,

No lands to conquer,

No community to defend,

No evidence sought,

No dear ones to charm or pursue,

Or curiosity with the loaves and fishes.

Yet every journey is now,

Revisiting a distant past;

Sentimental and faded experiences,

Some glorious others not;

Impressions that only fuels my present,

Neither significant nor attachment;

Only realising that I am the continuum.

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