Friday, February 21, 2014

Hate

"Let us kill those who look different
They are not from around here
They are a threat
And threats must be eliminated

Ostracize those who dare to think differently
Because we do not understand them
And any new thought must be dangerous
We like things just the way they are

Burn the witches
Who dare to challenge tradition
There's a reason things are done this way
Even if we can no longer remember it

Imprison those who love differently
Hurt those who live differently
They are not normal
Do you think we can cure them?"

Oh, come on!

What are you so scared of?
What's with all the hate?
How did I ever harm you?
How would you like to be on the other side?

I am not so different from you
Walk a mile in my shoe
Perhaps then you'll find some empathy
Maybe then you will see

That we're all human
We feel all the same things
And deal with the same struggles
Just trying to make our way through life

If only people understood that
But if that's too hard
The least we could do
Is let each other be

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Money

When did a man's value
Become the things he owned
Surely he's worth more than that?

How long have we wasted, how many lives
In obtaining petty trinkets
When they could have done more?

When did it become so normal
To hoard things we don't need
Surely others could benefit more?

When did we decide
That pooling resources together
For the common good was a "taxing" thing, something to avoid?

When did mere bits of paper
Matter so much you killed your brother
Surely your greed didn't turn you so evil?

And when did we become slaves to riches
Doing what we hate, just for some extra money
Surely our time- our lives- are worth more?

Surely, folks?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Keep Out!

Here's one written by my 16-year-old self:

As I stare
At the annoying crack
On the wall
I am reminded
Of the barriers we put up
Between ourselves
And the world

Just walls, without cracks
In our minds
That keep us safe
But keep everyone else out
Walls of apathy,
Of faked indifference and true fear
Because what if they find out?

"You must break them
You need to reach out
It's what makes us human
Why then do you fear?
Why keep them out?
Why can't you trust another person?"
I fill in the crack so I can't hear the voice anymore.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Good for Goodness' sake

If it's the fear of punishment
Or the greed of reward
That keeps you from being bad,
Then goodness that is not
For goodness needs no reason.

If I proved to you today,
Beyond a shadow of a doubt,
That there was no heaven nor hell,
Would you then be bad?
I expect not.

Why then do you need to believe?
Why taint your beautiful conscience
With cowardice or avarice?
When you can just be
Good.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Is this it?

I pull over for a minute
And look at the road I've taken.
I've traveled so far
And gotten nowhere.
Try as I might
I can't bring myself to care.

Whatever happened to
Changing the world?
To dreams of glory
And of wonder?
Is this it?
Is this all that I am?

Like windshield wipers
In the rain
Going back and forth
Over and over again
This can't be it.
This can't be the rest of my life.

Time for a change
Time to take back the wheel.
I'm not coasting anymore
I've got my map ready.
Because, this is it.
This is my life.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Strings

I tickle the strings on my guitar,
How they sing, and oh, how they laugh!

Their sound rings sweet, melodious
Warm, friendly, joyous.

How can mere wood and steel
Speak to you, make you feel?

And to think that I created music.
Surely, 'tis magic!

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Failure

When courage is mustered
And anxiety conquered
When we forget self-consciousness
And do what we fear most
There is joy to be found
Even in trying and failing

Fear

The absurd belief in our immortality
Is what causes fear
Accept that we'll all die someday
That life is evanescent
Then see how your fears flee
And know peace


Note: I fear most a life unlived.