Elysium

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look around -
you might be in heaven right now,
 - you never know -
how would you ?
they don’t have a sign saying “heaven”


and you could try pinching yourself
I suppose,
but I tried that once, in a dream,
and it still hurt,
but I didn’t wake up.


you’ll just have to face the fact
that this might be as good as it gets
right here, right now,
like, forever, you know,
eternity and that.


So,
maybe the next time you slump in your favourite chair,
maybe the next time you drink in your first heady mouthful
of your first G & T of the evening
  after a hard day
and sigh “heavenly” to yourself,
just remember that
 - untroubled as you are by such possibilities -
maybe this really is as good as it gets,
ever.

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stella jones

Sat 15th Jan 2011 19:08

hi..yea I agree bout the state of mind we are in at any one time..food for thought indeed..ordinary?..some of the best reads are of the so called 'ordinary' type, well I think so anyways lol.

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Banksy

Sat 15th Jan 2011 15:43

I also think of Maximus's speech most days...
But then I also think of Winston's "We will fight them on the bitches" speech most days.
But which one's better?
Only one way to find out -
FIGHT !!!

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John Coopey

Fri 14th Jan 2011 23:12

Made me think too, Banksy. Nice one.

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Banksy

Fri 14th Jan 2011 22:13

Strange - I wrote this one about 4 yrs ago & nearly didn't post it, as I thought it was maybe too self-evident or "ordinary" to be worthy of consideration. Thanks y'awl !

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Philipos

Fri 14th Jan 2011 20:35

I agree with the ladies on this Banksy - your poem gives us food for rekindled thought

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Petrova Fairhurst

Fri 14th Jan 2011 19:41

I agree with Cynthis about heaven being a state of mind which makes me think that inside my mind is the best place to be - oh dear lol!

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alan barlow

Fri 14th Jan 2011 18:58

i am now thoroughly depressed thanks a bundle banksy

i like the final nail in the coffin at the end so to speak "ever"
not very palatable but i like the read all the same

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Ann Foxglove

Fri 14th Jan 2011 18:43

I have often thought this! I don't want to ever die - I like my life too much! x

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Fri 14th Jan 2011 18:32

I like this, Banksy. IMO, 'heaven' is a state of mind, and I find the idea of 'place' ingenuous.

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