There are no markets to track
the ascent and descent of awakening,
ours or anyone else’s. Though, we
need not search far and wide for evidence
to calculate the cost. One measure
may be suffering, both in the amount
perceived and in the amount experienced.
Perhaps the best indicator, may be the day
when we hear the news that peace
has broken out, folks all over
are spilling into the streets. The pundits
will call this the Day of Mass Awakening
and each will burst out in uncontrollable
fits of laughter, the ultimate price of awakening.