Why do I wait? What have I to gain?
Will the result justify my pain?
It’s not that it hurts, it’s just very taxing.
Despite what I think, there’s no harm in asking.
Waves of thought crash down on my mind’s shore.
The voices of my life cause uproar.
The poor have it, the rich need it, if you eat it, you’ll die.
That is all you have to worry about, so don’t be shy.
Rhythmic thoughts grow and intensify.
I venture toward the clear blue sky.
Each step forward I take is its own progress.
I must choose the right moves in life’s game of chess.
Or is it better to just have fun?
If I be who I am, have I won?
By Benjamyn Upshaw-Ruffner
Originally Published: February 2016
About The Author
“I’ll never know everything about anything, but I’d like to know something about everything.”
BeN is the former Editor in Chief of The Insider, now an alumni contrbutor. An embodiment of the duality between Rational and Emotional thought, this universe’s version of BeN is presumed to be a human living on PNF-404 prior to the planet’s sixth mass extinction. In the currently observed timeline, he is born in a Quebec, Canada during the information age. He is very skilled at utilizing the English language, alongside philosophical ideas, as a means to an end. However, he doesn’t seem to have any tangible goal. Everything he seeks is very abstract. He often implies that the entirety of everything is itself a work of art being consumed in some unfathomable way. I am Isaac Dinotno, the name he has given to the voice in his mind. He and I are in perpetual communication. BeN claims to have experienced astral projection during peak emotional periods of his life, though I can’t verify this. If you are reading this now, you can find BeN at Concordia University.