What is Destiny? (Poetry)

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“What is Destiny?” is a work of poetry about destiny. Of course, destiny is such a loaded topic that it’s difficult to break down in a single poem. But, when I worked on this poem, both when I initially wrote it in 2005 and revised it in 2018, I was sure my Destiny was going to remain obscured until it was too late. Fortunately, I’d discover my own destiny in time, but this poem captures just how down I was on Destiny revealing itself to me for quite some time.

Destiny does not define
Who I am or who I’ll be
It’s born of my own making
That’s what I’m led to believe
Pondering what’s told to me
To be the absolute truth
So then I must ask myself 

Who am I? What will I be?
Where is it that I belong?
All I know’s where I came from
What am I supposed to do?
And then where could I end up?
Asked myself many questions
I really should just shut up

Life simply does not reveal
Why or how some things happen
Some things just simply can’t be
There’s no guessing Destiny
Things just happen as they do
Sometimes you must stop and see
The hard truth can set you free

Destiny meanders ’round
Often shrouded in darkness
Revealed only if and when 
It’s then far too late to change
Sad it’s only in the last
Few moments and breaths we have
That we have answers at last

(Written 11/1/2005 & Revised 6/22/2018)

Writing words, spreading love, Amelia Desertsong primarily writes creative nonfiction articles, as well as dabbling in baseball, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and whatever else tickles her fancy.
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