Don't Follow Anyone

Don't follow anyone who runs for office
Or paints you a perfect paradise--
Don't follow anyone--just follow what you know--
What you can fathom with your heart and eyes.

What is a poem but a sign along the road
That's posted by some madman or a fool?
It doesn't tell you where to stop or go--
It only makes you question all the rules.

Some day you'll find that if you really listen
To secret voices deep inside your heart,
You'll realize what you've been really missing
And know once again just who you are.

You'll realize that you are too a poem,
That love's the only truth that can unite,
That we are all together yet alone--
Each just a spark of some eternal light.

                                                     February 4, 2004
                                                  --Alexander Shaumyan