(Raanana, July 17, 2015)

To be and not to be,
That is the commandment:
To live and dream,
To dream one’s life,
The innocence of original sin
And the sin of innocence,
To love logic for its loveliness,
Its loneliness,
And its lovelessness,
To live forever and to live a day,
To run to and to run away,
To doubt and believe,
To be loyal and betray,
To live while dying,
To accept the question as an answer,
To love but hate that you love
But still to love,
To affirm your contradictions
And yes but perhaps no,
To be and not to be.

© 2015, Mike Stone


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One thought on “Contradictions

  1. We humans tend to be a walking paradox, don’t we? I think we would not be human if we did not live with such contradictions. Thank you for sharing with us this month! 🙂


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