Vanity in Refrain


If only eyes could see this life In ways

they understood, then strife and hate would be

decay – our lives could change for good – and by

our choice we’d spare our lives this searing path

toward pain, and cool it from the burning fire

that makes our souls crave fame. If only we

could tame desire what pleasure would we feel?

What joy would come from emptiness; and loss

of mass appeal? Yes, somewhere in our quest

for more a hope of light remains: one day

our kind will live no more and then we will refrain.


KMcGee – 2019