poetry

“The Secret of Life” Poem of the Day (2022)

The Secret of Life

By Ashley O’Hare

Growing up

I believed there would come a time

when I would figure it all out. 

I would magically answer every question

without a moment of hesitation. 

I dreamt of standing before a crowd,

telling them the secret of life,

and watch their awestruck faces

as they realized the key

had been before us all along. 

Then I grew up

and I discovered that no one on Earth

has it all figured out. 

Some may pretend to—

people can be incredibly convincing,

but we are all in the same boat.

Lost. 

Terrified. 

Stuck in the middle of the ocean

without a compass. 

But we are together

and that is enough. 

It has to be. 

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