There are things that are larger than life Things that are an unanswerable horror And they are more than we can contemplate That’s why sometimes all it takes is rain to make us smile I could never become a politician Because it is not my nature to assign blame Or to promise things beyond my own capacity Instead I think about things that I cannot change I can’t offer shelter to strangers who need a roof I can’t stop an addiction that causes turmoil in another country I can’t make people stop the moment before greed becomes theft I just consider these things and not allow my mind to become soft The way to your heart is to give up your own desires It’s not a matter of always giving of yourself Or living in a constant state of denial It’s about shedding resentments and fear I don’t like to live within a bubble of inferiority But sometimes I let people get to me I count my blessings and compare them to theirs And all I can do is remember why I’m not great It seems the hardest thing in the world is to be happy for someone Not because they survived cancer or the loss of loved one But because they achieved something Or because they are better looking than I am Maybe that’s why I gravitate towards the cleaning lady Or someone who lives paycheck to paycheck Is it because I am humble and prefer the salt of the earth Or is it because they make me feel better about myself? In my words are provocative statements that cannot be proven But when you consider the plight of the poor and only the poor Then you have taken the side of the trees and the forest And they may say that I am fool but I made them think about these things And it is because they must or else they will only think about precious metals And not how they are extracted from the ground Or they will think about plastic and touch screens And not how long they will take to vanish from the earth For you see poems are merely the thoughts of a lonely but inspired man And to dare to speak out loud about things that we leave for God Is to bring God into your heart and to open yourself up to compassion And then you can feel the beat of another person’s heart within your own If I have affected you maybe it is because you and I are the same Because if you feel ordinary then you are my kind of person And if you now feel inspired then you have become what I want to be And if we can walk together then we have solved all the worlds problems
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