The Secret of Life
By Ashley O’Hare
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.
Stuck in the middle of the ocean
without a compass.
But we are together
and that is enough.
It has to be.