R.S. Mallari

What is the Real Meaning of Life?

I have travelled around the world
Seen so many places and different faces
Sailed away on a cruise, rapids I rode
Yet there is something, an empty space

I have dated so many women, a lot
Been so many times that I have thought
She is the one for me, could be my better half
Yet no one has been able to fill that gap

I rode horses raced with the open air
The rush of adrenaline filled me in
Freedom I feel when I am racing cars
Yet in the evening I feel so confined

I jumped from a plane countless times
Even tried the bungee jump, to feed the hunger
The thirst I have been trying to quench
Yet nothing is enough, it never ends

I hate the moon, I don’t know why
I like to walk yet I despised the path
I hate the sun, I don’t know why
I like to swim but the water I hate

The void is too great, too deep
Sometimes at night I end up in the abyss
The feeling of nothingness, it suffocates
With all the wealth, nothing is adequate

Until one day, I met a homeless man
He seems so at peace, as if he owns the street
With a pen and a notebook at hand
He look me in the eye and said, this is my wealth

I glanced at the notebook, began to read
There I learned he used to be a movie star
Adored by millions and by thousands was envied
I asked, why did you chose this life of having none

He smiled and said, I have all what I need
The street will provide for my food
The creek bathes me and keeps me clean
I do not have to worry about money, and he grinned

Why a homeless man is so happy and content?
And me who have everything, living a despondent life

R.S. Mallari

About R.S. Mallari

Through poetry I am trying to break the barriers of ethnicity, cultures and even beliefs for we humans have the same emotions, the same desires and aspirations. We may differ in colors, in language, and food that we eat yet we are still living under the same sun, swimming and sailing on the same seas and sleeping under the same stars.

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21:47 delete

This is amazing and inspirational. I do believe poetry is a great and moving thing. I look foward to reading more of your poems.

R.S. Mallari
10:54 delete

Sometimes, simpler is better. Thank you for taking time to read.


Through poetry we can inspire others, we can make someone smile and words can make others cry be it of joy or sadness.