Do You Ever ?

Do you ever wonder
Why you were picked
To be the one
To be you?
Was it something bad
You once did
Or something good
You did not do?

Was it something
In the universe?
Some cosmic explosion
Of certain stars?
Or an intergalactic battle
Which took place
Between Uranus and Mars?

Do you ever wonder
How it is
That you were
Chosen to be you;
Rather than being
The one chosen
To be the monkey
At the zoo?

Do you ever wonder
When it all happened
That you came to be
Precisely the one chosen
To be you
Instead of
Chosen to be me?

And given all of this
To contemplate for awhile
Do you think a break from yourself
Could bring back your smile?

It is like when your best friend
Comes to visit for the day
But then they never leave
They just stay ,and stay ,and stay….
And though you love them dearly
You wish they would just go away
Not for very long though
Just a day…
Perhaps a year…
Do you ever feel the same
For the friend in the mirror?

But if you were ever granted
A vacation from being you
You might find, upon your return
You would still be doing
What you do

Or maybe you would find
Upon your return
You had made decisions
Which changed your course
For lacking a conscience or a soul
You had made decisions without remorse

And lacking the luxury of consult
Of memories you would rather forget
Your actions came from decisions made
Without the privilege of knowing regret

So, here I am
Needing a break
From being me for just awhile
But I think perhaps it is not worth trading…
…My future….for my smile……..

Do You Ever ?

Trish Cooper

Bloomington, United States

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