of the path our lives would take-
the pain we would be required to endure
and live or die through....
if we knew what awaited us around the corner-
the inhumanity we would be exposed to,
the despair that surrounded us in lands of far away
and too frequently in our own homes,
...if we knew the DEPTH,
the total DEVASTATION, ELATION,
that we were capable of feeling-
if we could tally our loses before they occurred-
and rest in the comfort of hope
that all things happen for a reason,
would it make a difference
in our time here?
would we be stronger if we came into
the world already instilled with this wisdom,
and the capacity to love
under any circumstance....
or is it the simple journey
of attaining these gifts
which make our time here bearable...?