Insignificant: Blinding Lights
Unnecessarily big with such tall buildings, where its pseudo vanity- gaudily shewn, gives way to the many trivialities. The lights- so bright fail in veiling the apparent dirt all around. The greenery- so oddly set in this mélange of metal- big and small; the excessively rich and utterly poor. The many perverted eyes that gaze through regarding the ostentation. The white and blue, burgundy and lilac; the perfectly modest, the desperately spoilt. It is a dwelling to all, but home to none. All that it has ever housed is an eternal façade– blatantly placid in the deafening silence and paradoxical incessant honking, hue and cry over absolutely…nothing.
As my eyes reluctantly embraced a void brimming with the seven sins, I said to myself in as hopeful a tone as I could muster up, “Welcome to the Big City.”
Big Cities, the avaricious, not so beautiful after all, are we?
An epic- oblivious to glory.
Is ignorance really bliss?
“Ignorance is only bliss as long as it is coupled with a parallel perpetual pursuit of knowledge to define right from wrong, petty from poise.” (Satellites: Our Future Lifeline)
In awe and disgust of the many sights I have ever beheld, I plaintively asked myself,
“Do stars truly listen, will these blinding lights ever be extinguished?”
Alas! You know what they say,
“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.”
Is it all for the colossal skyscrapers we spend on thriftily?
Are they really worth the billions spent, or the many lives staked each day, that’ve now come to a standstill?
Is soaring in the air while others seethe and succumb not ignorance too?
© achillesheelpoetry, 2020
Lesser the Richer
“Stuff is not passive. Stuff wants your time, attention, allegiance. But you know it as well as I do, life is more important than the things we accumulate.” – Dave Bruno
The idea of finding happiness in superficial items, the idea of maybe having more is better or the delusion the mind feeds that something more will bring you happiness. The idea of less is more is the one that propagates to find happiness in what we have, those that are essential, not those that are superfluous. Sparing the trivialities in a consumerist world. Honestly, life is simple and the human mind is naive and innocent. It naturally finds happiness in the smallest things. That is precisely why you treasure the relationship more than the gifts you get through maintaining it.
“Bigger the better” this is maybe true for certain cases but i believe for most cases it should be “lesser the richer”.
What do I mean by this?
Life in short doesn’t expect much out of us. The only thing it demands is to live it the way it should be lived and even then it has given the choice to choose the way it should be lived, the lesser the things you need to look after isn’t it better?
Lesser attachments, more freedom and the joys in the little things in life.
In the end having more was never a guarantee of happiness and having less was never a submission to the lack of it either, then isn’t it okay to have less to live a richer life?
© whatisinmymind.insider, 2020
This was a part of Fariha Shiraz’s Let’s Collab initiative on What is in my Mind. I absolutely adore her deep reflections on the intricate aspects of life, coupled with her eloquence, candour and the most exquisitely peculiar charm.
It was an absolute pleasure collaborating with this profound an artist. I just can’t thank her enough for this amazing opportunity and her constant support and encouragement directed towards Achilles’ Heel. Thanks a bunch, Fariha, for simply being you; and thank you ever so much, dear reader, for your time and patience.
P.S. “Insignificant: Blinding Lights” has been written by me (Ana), and “Lesser the Richer” has been written by Fariha.