“Crystal Ball” Poem of the Day (2023)

“Crystal Ball”

By Ashley O’Hare

Staring directly into the crystal ball,

I realize the grave burden

that comes with knowing all.

Nothing ever comes as a surprise.

Every milestone becomes predictable,

like the nightly sunset and morning sunrise.

Knowing hard work will inevitably pay off

removes the adrenaline rush of a risk.

I could plan my future without a second thought.

Even with the heart of a perfectionist,

I cannot find it within myself

to accept this radical knowledge.

Perhaps omniscience is more

than a simple reassurance.

It turns a complex life

into a great bore.

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