If only life had come into being
On different terms, according to a different template.
If pain weren’t the primary motivating factor
For keeping life propelling itself forward,
If the best of all possible worlds weren’t
A universe where all life is suffering,
If life required no development,
No yearning for higher goals,
If life were complete, as it is,
With nothing but simple satisfaction
To guide it to its inevitable conclusion,
If only the ultimate spirit,
The source of all energy,
Had held back just a little,
Then I wouldn’t be staring into your eyes
Wondering why you still tolerate my gaze.