By Rafiq Raji
What sort of individual inspires nothing?
Breaths are not held for the joy of your sight
Scoffs are not instigated by the sound of your voice
No one desires what you have
No one wishes you gone
No one to wish you’d stay
To inspire love, hate, jealousy is to live
To not evoke emotions is nothingness
Far worse than nothingness
For nothingness itself fills a void for the doubt its existence evokes
When you enter a room, do you get noticed or do people continue tinkering with their lives?
Is there a void for good or ill by your absence?
Are there cries of regret and joy at the sight of your back?
Does your laughter brighten and dull faces?
Do your cries soften and harden hearts?
You inspire none of these?
Best to not live
Because to live is to exist
To exist is to matter
To matter is to evoke emotions
They are reactions to your existence
They are evidence of gifts for good or ill
Look to the heavens and say:
Not for naught have You bestowed these
Not for naught have You evoked these emotions
Not for naught have You created me.