The Alter of Illusion

How else can you find joy in a joyless place
Except by realizing you are not there?

— From A Course in Miracles, received by Helen Schucman

Paths cross
In shadow
And light

In love
And hate

As we stumble
Blindly
Toward the edges

Never knowing what lies
Ahead

Always fearful
Always scarred
Always asking

Why

There is little
If any
Happiness
To be found
Here on earth

Whether alone
Or with someone
By your side

You will still suffer
You will still doubt
You will still want to die

On your bad days

Each of us takes his
Own journey
Even in the arms of
Another
The dance is the joining of
Sorrow and hope

At the alter of illusion

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5 Responses to “The Alter of Illusion”

  1. You will still suffer
    You will still doubt
    You will still want to die

    On your bad days

    Each of us takes his
    Own journey
    Even in the arms of
    Another

    These lines really resonate with me and I liked that you put the poem in the context by the use of that fabulous quote.

  2. This is sadly stunning. Hit home.

    There is no such thing as reality only perception – isn’t that what Nietzsche said?

    Thank you for this.

  3. You are correct, Nietzsche among others. Glad you connected.

  4. An Imperfect Servant Says:

    Ah, but in common perception there is a semblance of reality, Fantasia Lillith.

    If reality is merely perception, then to change the reality of your situation, you need only change your perception of your situation.

    It is true that we suffer, and it is said that we all think about wanting to end it at some point, but to push on and love in spite of suffering, that is our true purpose.

    Beautiful Poem Scarlett.

  5. Thanks Brandon. You are right.

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