Irrepressible Gyroscope By Stacia Joy Grabber

I shanghaied myself

But my shelf life

Is running out

I can’t stand stagnant any more

‘Cause they’re “Toe the line

But don’t dare cross

It’s bully, boys

Just believe the boss

Go under the knife

‘Cause life’s about

Fitting in – that’s what you’re for.”

 

No

 

What you’re for?

What you’re for?

What you’re really for?

 

Scintillate

Elevate

You daring, wild thing

Raise your voice amid the noise

But raise it up to sing

Dance to the drum

While they march to cope

– For they’ve got to march to cope –

For the world turns on to spinning out

But you’ve turned to something more devout

You irrepressible gyroscope

 

Speed and pace

Ladder rat race

The time is now

And now is all you have

For stars align

And oceans rise

Empires fall

And we realize

Our tiny size and how

We’ve somehow revolved into this havoc

 

But

What you’re for?

What you’re for?

What you’re really for?

 

Scintillate

Elevate

You daring, wild thing

Raise your voice amid the noise

But raise it up to sing

Dance to the drum

While they march to cope

– For they’ve got to march to cope –

For the world turns on to spinning out

But you’ve turned to something more devout

You irrepressible gyroscope

 

Axes shift and colossal breaks

Along the deep fault lines of society

Rock and sway

Buckle and fade

And yet

And yet

And yet…

The gravity of your existence

Transcends this ashen substance

You have stardust in your veins

Your inherited bearings will remain

Despite the unsteady balance of this planet

This mortal coil circles faster

From disorder to disaster –

Yet you spin in time but not in tune with this orbit

 

For you are polarized

By the one who designed

The mere and vast intangible law of gravity

You spin wild, fleeting, fast

In your vapor-length solar path

But your stability is founded in eternity

You irrepressible, soul-bearing gyroscope

 

 

Stacia Joy is an author of speculative fiction and currently in her second year of the RISD:CE Certificate program, concentrating in character design and book illustration.

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