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Let Us Be Hasty: A Poem (or a prayer?)

By Billy | August 24, 2008

So I’ve been too busy living my life to sit and write about it. That’s my excuse for the week+ hiatus. No, really? The truth is that my proximity to a computer has been minimal and my computer has been without internet for a few days. I have officially moved into my new room, met some wonderful teachers (not the kind that require textbooks, but the one’s that teach me REAL stuff) and have been just plain old enjoying myself. I’ll cut to the chase and throw a poem that turned out to be a prayer at you. I hope you enjoy.

Let us be hasty

and go run in the rain.

Let us be hasty

to shrug off all the pain.

Let us be hasty

to learn and love and live

and use alliteration

like no one ever did.

Let us be hasty

and let our feelings free.

Let us be hasty

to sit and simply be.

We’ve wasted too much time already

getting ready, moving steady.

Let’s break out of this old mold.

Let us love the lives we hold.

Let us finally look and see

the bonds are broken; we are free.

The gate could never even close,

we could leave here if we chose.

Let us make that quick decision

and pursue that fleeting vision.

Let’s ignore all rhymes and reasons,

let’s embrace the changing seasons.

Let’s be blessed and let us bless,

let’s embrace our happiness.

If any of you (all 4 of you) have any questions, I will more than happily explain. I don’t think this one is too cryptic, though. Hope you enjoyed!

(P.S. Note that this has been tagged “Buddha-nature.”  If you felt that there MIGHT have been a deeper meaning to some of the lines, particularly about the chains, gates, etc., apply what I have to say about Buddha-nature to those lines.)

Topics: Philosophy, poetry | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “Let Us Be Hasty: A Poem (or a prayer?)”

  1. Brannon Says:
    August 26th, 2008 at 9:23 am

    This poem/prayer was hasty. No just kidding, it was beautiful and romantic and I love it! It was a pleasure to read. I actually read it a few times to make sure the poem really sunk in. Its interesting that you didn’t end the poem with the line ‘let us be hasty’ because I most likely would have ended the poem this way, but that is just me.
    I also enjoyed the tone of the poem, which to me was inspirational and emotional.
    Was this poem inspired by true events? Anyways, I hope you have been well.

  2. Billy Says:
    August 26th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    😀 I’m glad you read it over a few times. I am VERY pleased with the ease with which I can read this particular poem. I hadn’t even considered ending the poem with that line. I am happy with my decision (or lack thereof), though. I have made a point in certain poems to purposely break a rule, like including a non-rhyming line or extra line in a stanza. If this is breaking a rule, then…. WOO!!!

    This poem is actually inspired by a number of events. A friend of mine was inspired by another friend to write a poem. The first friend then made me feel like dancing and listening to Ani Difranco. After I danced for half an hour and listened to Ani Difranco, I spat that piece out right quick. These new friends definitely inspire me to run in the rain and sit and simply be — so yes. All of this has been inspired by real events in the past 5 days. I return the hope for your own wellness, thanks.

  3. Lisa Says:
    August 26th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Oh my PPOL, how I’ve missed your ramblings and poems. (I have a friend who used to call them “POMES” so I always hear that word in my head when I write it.)

    Your writing always has such flow … this one was no different. A rhythm, a feel, a dance with an eel! (ha! I suck at pome-ing!)

    Glad to see you are blogging again.

    Love you,
    your own PPOL

  4. Jody Says:
    August 28th, 2008 at 8:55 am


    Just discovered you, via Lisa. You write good, honey, and I’m a professional writer, so you have to believe me. Where are you in school?

    I’ll enjoy stopping by–please keep writing.