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iMpErAtIvEs

"Every man has his own destiny:
the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it,
no matter where it leads him." - Henry Miller


if not now,
when?
if not here,
where?
if not so,
how?
if not me,
who?
if not therefore,
why?

if not water,
thirst.
if not bread,
hunger.
if not clothed,
naked.
if not whole,
sick.
if not free,
bond.

if not just,
corrupt.
if not kind,
cruel.
if not righteous,
evil.
if not honest,
sly.
if not loving,
hateful.

if not happy,
sad.
if not hopeful,
desperate.
if not cheerful,
dull.
if not prudent,
careless.
if not living,
dead.

why,
if not therefore?
who,
if not me?
how,
if not so?
where,
if not here?
when,
if not now?

Copyright 2023 March 25
by Clyve A. Bowen
Written by cabcool
Published
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