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Beings Within

the Skies of a World

By Rori O'Keeffe

Copyright © 2018 by Rori O'Keeffe

Published at Smashwords by Rori O'Keeffe

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Table of Contents

Our Sky

Eye Deceived

Kindness Flies Far

More by Rori O'Keeffe and Links

About Rori O'Keeffe

Beings Within

the Skies of a World

Our Sky

Lost in a sea without light

Pale fish and creatures extraordinary

Dance in the play and pleasures of life

Making love and giving themselves

To a world of beings unchained from cares.

Grains from the trees yellow the skies

Communications that travel the globe

Delicate is the flower that exists

For its own beauty alone

When a sun above shines equally on all.

Bright birds attract the eyes of others

But a bird is so within and without

The air around us supports any who fly

The pine waits for its friend to arrive

Caught by an eye in their expressions of love.

So desperate are they who break rank

And see themselves enlarged in a mirror

Believing they are more important than others

Seeing the sun shine for them only

Life withers and blinks within that small world.

Calm waters invite the curious to plunge in

Sleeping is welcomed for its peace

Grey is the colour of clouds shining with rain

Night is but the refreshing of life under the sky

We grow together, or we grow not at all.

Eye Deceived

In a crowd of frightened people

I saw what unravelled long ago

In their haste for solitude

They forgot that they belong together

Little is the old man who is timid

Giant is the courageous child

We are not created equal

But created to be equal

Each life a world to itself

No eyes are more celebrated for the life within

There is a meaning to words

A subtext illustrating what we mean

I want to be special is a cry for love

For those who have not tasted it enough

(Translation: I want to be equal and loved.)

I want to be famous means I want someone to know me

And a world that separates one by one

Cannot make anyone equal

So we strive for the vanity of being better

Or we descend for the comfort of being forgotten.

Kindness Flies Far

Invisible we are in our essence

Felt as a stirring in the midst

Of bustling life chiming the hours

Golden is silence and silvery is light

The eyes that have felt you from far away

Prodding a reaction in that stranger's heart

Do those eyes shine?

Do they hide when they feel you?

A life lived for oneself

Doesn't see the stars sparkle in recognition

As you speak and as you act

So others will somewhere down the line

Whose world is it?

It belongs to all

Therefore belonging to none

They greatest kindness we can do ourselves

Is to love others and care for them as though

That other person is really me in a different disguise.

More by Rori O'Keeffe

Rori writes poetry, fairy tales, adult humour, essays and general fiction. Her most recent compilations were published in 2017, and include her material released up to the end of that year. Here are links to those compilations' Smashwords pages:

Selected Poems 2013 – 2017

The Complete Rori O'Keeffe

The Unforgettable Fairy Tales

Currently (May, 2018) Rori is working on volumes of her World on Fire Poetry series. Use the link and you'll go to the Smashwords page for that series. For other poetry by Rori, you can use this link to go to her Smashwords Profile Page to peruse all her works. When you're there, you'll find her interview, and you can see what Rori likes to read at Smashwords, as well as her favourite Smashwords authors.

Rori's Profile Page at Smashwords

You can also check the many thousands of volumes of fiction and non-fiction Ebooks at the Smashwords store by going to the main page and navigating from there:

The Home Page of Smashwords

About Rori O'Keeffe

Rori is a passionate proponent of liberty and participatory democracy in times when things seems to be turning against freedom and democracy. Not beholden to any particular ideology, she prefers a hodgepodge philosophy that takes into account the imperfection of human understanding. We exist as individuals and communities simultaneously, and compassion should be one of our guides when we decide which way to look at society in any given instance. She hopes that her World on Fire Poetry series will make a little difference in how readers see the world, if they don't already agree with Rori.

When not being serious about social and political issues, Rori likes to play the clown for her readers, drawing inspiration for her humorous pieces from her personal life and surroundings. She has six cats, a dog, and numerous goldfish as her steadfast companions, and she may write something about her lifelong love of house critters before too long.

Rori wishes all her readers the best in humour, health, and happy times.

As always, thanks for reading!

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