Sunday, 30 January 2011

Safety is an illusion

s a f e
Are we ever really safe?
or is that just a delusion
a word to bring us comfort
to instill a sense of being held.

Life is not safe.
Nothing is.

All growth requires risk,
chances taken or refused.

Every moment is sparkling...
tossed up into a sea of atoms.

While we pretend that safety
and Santa Clause, exist
for all good boys and girls.

There is no such a thing.

It shackles us, stifles us,
eliminates the knife edge
the pump of adrenalin.

Stops our full expression
curdles our life force.

There is treasure
behind the illusion.

What's the combination
that will crack

Inspired by Sunday Scribblings prompt 251 - Safe
Also linked to Writers Island prompt - illusion


Deborah said...

Thought provoking and brilliantly written as always.

jaerose said...

The bubbling atoms of possibility would tempt me to crack open my 'safe'...a great, sweeping piece..Jae

Understanding Alice said...

ooh that was a completley diferent take on safe than mine - thank you :)

flaubert said...

Susannah, I like the line "there is
treasure behind the illusion"
So much truth in this poem.

vivinfrance said...

Some very interesting thoughts here. A splendid last stanza!

Paul Andrew Russell said...

How very true, Susannah. Life seems to throw things our way no matter how safe we think we are.

"Embrace the horror!"

(Steve Buscemi - Armageddon.)

annell said...

Yes, yes! I liked it very much!

Old Altonian said...

Confucius is supposed to have said: 'He who does not make a mistake usually does not make anything.' It's the same with safety, you must risk it sometimes in order to gain achievement.

WarmSunshine said...

nice one Susannah... the last stanza was cute! :)

Wendy said...

It's so very appropriate to make this play on words: safe, as in the feeling AND safe, as in the box we put our valuables in.

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

Nice turn-around on "safe".

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Sherry Blue Sky said...

Fantastic writing. The last lines wake up the consciousness!!!!

Kim Nelson said...

This piece is packed with wisdom ant truth, Susaannah. My favorite line, however, is: "All growth requires risk, chances taken or refused."

Mary said...

Wise comments on safety vs. growth. I liked your play on the word 'safe' as well.

Jingle Poetry said...

welcome join us tonight within an hour, have fun!
Thanks for the inspirations and dedications..

Happy Writing!


Mary said...

Susannah, a poem filled with truths. I agree that life is not safe, nothing is. So much pretending we all do.

oldegg said...

You have no disagreement from me. Safe is such a relative term. Well done indeed.

Susannah said...

Thanks everyone for taking the time to read. I enjoy and appreciate your comments.

Good to see you all, thanks very much for visiting.

Susannah :-)

Lilibeth said...

Truths well written and challenging. Thanks.

Old Ollie said...

Wise words in a fine poem.

Kate said...

Very well thought out. Also love the name of your blog!

VL Sheridan said...

Ooo, I love that last line, "What's the combination that will crack your safe?" A rich feast for contemplation. Really great work, Susannah!

Flying Monkey said...

Well, I definitely have to agree with you. Safety is an illusion although sometimes a very nice one ;-)

Natalie Jean (Bottoms) Kelsey said...

Well said :)

Leo said...

very wise.. and right u r.. growth does need risk :) then only the mind will think of crossing its own boundaries..

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