True happiness is never based on gain,
and loss need not engender gloom nor woe.
Elation's kiss can dull the bite of pain,
but neither holds the keys to 'yes and no'.
As consciousness itself, exists before
addiction or delusion have their say,
Conversancy with voices at one's core
assures 'pure choice' precedes contention's fray.
It's freedom from mechanical reward
that liberates the lion in the soul.
Resolving strife with savvy heart as sword,
the new man plies a never known control.
What stifles men from stoking up the fires
of consciousness? Life's sweets and treats don't last.
When one can mute the yen of his desires,
he stands a chance to join the cosmic caste.