Three Heartbeats

I never saw it coming.

Raging grief casts aside
my certainty, the surrealistic
dethroning of a lifetime,
I’m homeless and banished
to castaway-littered streets
where hope is nothing more
than the preferred word to
disguise our anguish when
confronted with the torment
of living our darkest fears….

I’m surrounded by
dystopian dramas and
self-inflicted agony.

Street noise intensifies,
trying to take rest in this
makeshift tent, a shredded
sleeping bag offers little
comfort against bartered
cardboard boxes flattened
into a gravel plagued
bed—every dawn imputes
my dignity, earliest risers
are first in line to score
a handout breakfast and
staking prime turf for
begging pocket change,
avoiding eye contact with
glaring scowls tacitly
offered by morning rush

so unaware they’re never
further than three heartbeats
from joining me.

The next moment, day
or week is never as
distant as it seems—the
present condition is only
a prelude to our future
state, a scrap of cosmic
kismet can realign a
thousand destinies….

we’ll never see it coming.


© Rob Taylor, 2021

The significance and relevance of a human being takes shape by way of her or his spiritual evolution. Human beings are significant because each is an equal and vital force that completes the potential capacity of the whole. The relevance of a human being thrives with the moment-to-moment influences that touch all aspects of creation.”

Taylor, Rob. The Irreducible Primary: A Dialogue on Nature, Spirituality, and the Human Condition (p. 109). Rob Taylor. Kindle Edition.