We are given directions to places
that don’t exist,
told when dinner is ready, but
by the time we get to adulthood
most of it is eaten and we are left
to fight over the cold leftovers as
if that is the point.
We are always just behind time,
just behind the moment.
Taught we are fire that needs
to leap from one task to the next
lest we die out.
We know the seconds for thunder to reach us,
but even the lightning takes its time.
Half the night sky is already burnt out.
Nothing ever exists. By the time we grasp it,
it is gone. By the time we are here, there is
another here. As contentment drops a
hint of what could be, another wave comes
crashing, and even then, we are left
wanting more salt.
Zach Beach, MA is an international yoga teacher, best-selling author, poet, love coach, founder of The Heart Center love school, and host of The Learn to Love Podcast. He is the author of the Amazon best-seller The Seven Lessons of Love and two poetry collections, his first is entitled Drinking Roses on Sunday and his latest collection is 108 Savasana Poems: Blissful Words From the Heart of Yoga. Zach’s writings have appeared on such websites as The Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, and MindBodyGreen, while his poems have been seen in such publications as October Hill Magazine, The Oddville Press, and The CHILLFILTR Review. Learn more at www.zachbeach.com