Some times things are not the way they seem
and yet we are sure they are.
As a young man, or not yet a man but a boy,
I sat on the railing of a very high bridge.
my feet dangling
my eyes looking down the gorge.
The place I lived in seemed to be the entire world
and at the moment it was not a happy one.
The war hadn’t even begun for years to come
yet inside me it was already there.
I thought about leaning forward and letting go.
Letting go of the thoughts that haunted me.
Letting go of my reality painfully pounding me.
letting go of life.
I don’t see why
I just did not take one step.
out of my reality
to see that there is more to things than they seem.
Or that even though they are
the way they seem,
one step away,
one small step away,
I did not let go,
I just sat there
staring at the black river
making its way forward.
with no money in my pocket
and a broken heart in my chest
to find goodness
in places and strangers I did not know.
I also found,
I wish I did not see,
will I stop
from reality to reality
For what would life have been worth
had I let go of the railing
not having felt
tiny moments of inner peace.
“If you are not living good,
I beg you, travel wide.
Said I am a living man
I’ve got work to do…”
Bob Marley – Soul Rebel
Mentally or physically, please step out of your reality and into another.
When you feel you can do nothing for yourself, do something for others.
Please do good.
You might find things weren’t the way they seemed.