Projection

Boast and brag through
false modesty;
post and paste images on your profile
accompanied by hashing tags
in your attempt to influence.

Dragged down by my jealousy,
I am no better.
While I wish your life was as
fulfilling as you’d have us believe, it is
only through spite.

We project ourselves onto others;
the aspects we wish and want,
whether to hide or flaunt.

by Erik Shinker

Manifesting Destiny

We want to
believe so badly
that there are
guiding hands in the world.

Even if they are
malevolent, at least
it isn’t random,
chaotic chance
dictating our day-to-day.

Looming, silhouetted shoulders
dwelling in the shadows,
coercing the cogwheels of
the universe to
Their ends.

Terrors that
slink beneath the
surface which become the
monsters we choose,
rather than face
the immutability of
the truth.

There is no sense to life
but what we force upon it,
projecting our intention on the
patterns we perceive,
regardless of the truth.

by Erik Shinker