Do not sleepwalk your life

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In Thornton Wilder’s play, Our Town, a young woman dies and discovers that she has the opportunity to live one day of her life over again. She chooses her twelfth birthday. When the day begins, her first reaction is an intense desire to savor every moment. “I can’t look at everything hard enough”, she says. Then, to her sorrow, she sees that the members of her family are not experiencing life with any intensity. In desperation she says to her mother, “Let’s look at one another!” And later, “Oh, Earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you! Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? Do not sleepwalk your life.

Submitted: February 20, 2013

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Submitted: February 20, 2013



Do not sleepwalk your life

Chasing phantoms throughout

Rushing through life with frantic speed

You have missed the essence

The twilight is upon you

Like grains of sand

Life is slipping through your fingers

Seize the moment

Open your soul's eyes

Look around and

For the first time

Have a tryst with yourself

Feel the things

You had not noticed before

Drink the sunshine

absorb the cool breeze brushing your skin

Let life unfold


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