Thoughts of the future,
Visions of the past.
The present moment,
simply does not last.
Time is spent,
on speculation and niceties.
The self-deception plaguing oneself,
The unceasing banter regarding wealth.
What is left, to truly spend,
is an echo, a fraction, of what we truly have.
Paying attention to useless things,
occupying the mind with countless daydreams.
Imaginings of futures never coming-to-be,
Recollections of a past causing hurt to me,
What is left is but a bare fraction,
the actual time that is spent on the present.
Wasting away the gifts of time,
we squander the present, however benign,
on the past and future, or thoughts of the present.
Rather than seeing what is truly inherent,
the very impermanence that defines the present,
We miss our chance,
the biggest chance there is,
to shape our future, however bleak it is.
As with countless drops one can fill a ***,
day by day we can always walk.
For the path of a thousand miles begins with a step,
with the beginning at hand, the end we will beget,
the very future, we will seek to protect.