Go Figure

This year I heard this one phrase

perhaps too many times,

“I’m figuring it out”. Pushed away

Over and over again by people saying

“I’m figuring it out” like they were looking

for a plan, a cheat sheet.

 

But what, pray tell me,

Are you trying to figure out?

Is it a destination?

A goal you’re certain of?

A definition you know

like the back of your hand?

 

You stand before me

shuffling your feet

Ready to go and figure it out

but before you leave

Answer me,

What are you figuring out?

 

Who do you think

has it figured out?

Is it every one in a socio-economic status above you?

In a life where every second brings uncertainty

and every day is a tide taking you in its flow,

What are you figuring out?

 

One moment your career is going somewhere

and the next moment it’s not,

one week you have your feelings sorted out,

and the next you’re not so sure anymore;

In a life that’s crazy like that,

What are you trying to figure out?

 

Please, I beg you, tell me what’s there to figure out,

On a speck of dust

floating about in vast nothingness;

On a speck of dust

bound to be annihilated without a trace; tell me

What are you trying to figure out?

 

~Ushashi

 

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One thought on “Go Figure

  1. I’m trying to figure out whether I should get two scoops of ice cream of the same flavor or should I mix it up and get two different flavors.

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