Transcend: Find a good Quality of Life

Once more. I wrote this about twenty years ago. It is about the struggle with art, mood and substances. The relevance here is that I am working hard to find ways to improve people’s quality of life. This is the main reason why I started this blog. So far it’s been fun, anxious, and sometimes harsh! I am working on revising a few ideas. Good times!

This poem draws on some very deep feelings and some monumental challenges. The ‘resolution’ is more realistic: find shelter, try to be relaxed, be optimistic, have friends, and be good to yourself. Written around 92.

Again – the dialectic, the opportunity to share ideas, can help solve a lot of problems: boiling down wild ideas into pragmatic truths. Until we are content, and the problems that we challenge are solved – we persevere. Taking time to relax is important. This can be a luxury, but learning to relax in difficult situations can enable a steady balance that can encourage success.

Steady

Thinking about things, outside of this world,

Could have understood it, but now I’m unsure,

Sky’s clouded over – life’s ways become hazy,

Lights fading away, today’s driving me crazy,

Looking up above at a wet grey sky,

So much sadness and I wonder why,

Rain starts coming, down, down, again,

Soaked to the bone, it’s pouring rain,

Thinking so hard, mud slides in torrential rain,

Digging for some answers, dug down to insane,

I made an advance. I know I made a good impression,

Hardly learning my lesson, they say maybe manic depression,

A cycle of life, a system easy enough to see,

Situation goes to hell, don’t know what to believe,

Thought I had a foothold, but in confusion caught,

Slip-sliding fast, no support for my thoughts,

Slip-sliding too fast…

A thought flashes brightly in the night of my mind,

Together but all alone,

Try to run for cover, in confusion and fear,

Scared senseless by thunder’s fierce tone,

Falling down, help! When will I make it out?

I’m up to my neck in a pool of doubt,

Sinking down, down, deep down into despair,

Listen to what I say: it’s not too much to bear,

Too much to think,

Here comes the weight of the world landing on my shoulders,

Split by enlightening, blistering shock, nowhere to run and hide, my legs won’t walk,

Like steel rain, on my brain, pain beats ice down on my head,

Wounds still bleeding wounds, already done bled,

Talking bloody blue-sky after the storm we had?

Freezing up cold all hopes that have gone bad,

Frozen…

Thinking about things inside of this world,

May understand, in fact I’m pretty sure,

Blue skies overdue after the storm we had,

People who find shelter, can always be glad,

Looking up above at a bright blue sky,

So many people see it at any time,

Here comes the weather, for another long day,

Exploding with energy, every single last ray,

Thinking slowly, from a different perspective,

It is just within reach, found a new objective,

I made the decision, hell made a good impression,

Finally learned the lesson, no more depression,

So, wait one second, time again changes,

Not the only one to find life so strange, just,

Work and be taxed, then find a way to relax,

With a stage that can always get better.

Just wait one second, time again changes,

Not the only one to find life so strange, just,

Relax in the sun, take the long run,

With a change for the better end 🙂

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