Ben Okri's "Mental Fight"
Is humanity exhausted?
Individuals are, nations are,
Some civilisations are becoming so;
But humanity isn't.
The hungry nations are hungry still.
The starving people dream of food.
The unfree fight for freedom.
The oppressed plan for liberation.
The small scheme for might.
The invisible prepare for higher visibility.
They are only exhausted
Who think they are.
They are only exhausted who no longer
Have a reason to strive
And dream and hope.
They are only exhausted who think
That they have arrived
At their final destination,
The end of their road,
With all of their dreams achieved,
And with no new dreams to hold.
The exhausted are those who have
Come to the end of their powers
Of imagination, who have limited
Their possibilities, who have thought
Themselves into dead ends
That they call the highest
Points of civilisations.
Those who are exhausted have lost
The greater picture,
The greater perspective.