I Double Dare You

–by Pavithra Mehta  (Aug 12, 2015)

3steps-1linethe edges of things are always deceptive.
because we are taught to believe
in endings and beginnings.
 
but the truth is:
There Are No Borders.
 
and all boundaries are lines
drawn in the imagination
(like the equator)
 
people like to put things
in their places.
 
(we believe in belonging
somewhere)
 
this is the problem with
poetry-
 
(it does not understand
belonging)
 
and it will not be put in place.
 
with crayons on paper maybe
but who can live life strictly
inside-the-lines?
 
the color of countries that
cannot be contained
in cliches where-
 
the red of your heart spills
into the red of the rose spills
into the red of the sunset spills
into mehendi on the hands of a bride.
 
and who can explain these things?
 
but what i want to know is simple:
 
who settled the sky on top of the mountain
and who drew the restless margins of the sea?
 
everything flows into everything
else.
 
like a picture drawn without once
lifting pencil from paper;
this world.
 
now tell me the story of your life
(whoever you are) go on
i Double Dare you!
 
tell me the story of your life
 
without once touching
mine.

About the Author: Pavithra Mehta is a poet, award-winning filmmaker and author, and ServiceSpace visionary. Her film and book “Infinite Vision,” tell the improbable story of a crippled, retired eye surgeon who integrated innovation with empathy, service with business principles, and inner change with outer transformation.
[Passage picked from the ServiceSpace blog. Illustration offered as an anonymous gift :-)]

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