• Akosua Biraa

Deva Station







Happiness, they say,

is inherent

to realization of true self

yet

here I lie, wallowing

lioness in a zoo

hard & horrible emplacement

where all I want is escape

but to where

in this never-ending cycle

Maya suffocates

all those not far enough

away from the madding crowd

w/ too many falsehoods

vexation

anguish

sufferation

failure to manifest the heart’s desire

versus

failure to accept what is

choice unhappiness

in one half of a dyad—false

missing the other—real

self

abandonment

no drinking from the cup,

joy

that runneth over

and why do so many choose

this

petty energy

strange conundrum in such

defeat

refusal to acknowledge

Love

dwells in narratives of loneliness

mythmaking

nonexistent event horizon

unauthorized to release

oneself from this hell:

self-detestation,

self-recrimination,

self-flagellation,

rejection

after

rejection

after

rejection,

loyalty to suffering

compulsive action

when, in fact, I can

choose my own destiny

rescue myself

recognize the truth in

ultimate lack of courage

to open my heart

towards unfamiliar realms of experience

in silence

deva station, power of freedom

through unknown unknowns

no more longing, fear, or desire

energy field of healing

liberation itself.

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