Thank you to Bob Marley for the title of this post and to all who have come before me and allowed for me to sit, contemplate, experience life and type these words on this computer.
There’s no clamouring in my head
I want to hike and tend the garden
and exhausted, settling in my bed
breathe a breath of peace and freedom
In a world where neighbours care
but not enough to interfere
when your family is protected
but not by those who’s tool is fear.
In a child’s world is the answer
that we have so soon forgotten
with serious and earnest foolery
complete destruction is begotten
A boy has never learned real trust
the kind that grows down deep internal
his father points to what he must
and all of it, it is external
So as the world, as it must
implodes around the lack of trust
most will show themselves as vile
and show you sweetly, with a smile.
The gluttony of salacious truths
has filled the public with terrible glee
as they rejoice as mis-formed youth
have escaped en masse and now run free
(And now there is a question, just for you
dear reader be you one or two
Do you believe the pictures in your mind
if so, you are also far behind)
But stay, you, solid, if you want
there is, as always, remedy
Our world is nothing if it’s not
just, no matter your beliefs
The answer, as it’s always been
lies only deep inside
ask yourself the one best thing
to get underneath the lies
There is a vastness beneath your day
beneath your love and fear
beneath your work and your kids
and all you hold so dear
In this vastness you will uncover
a garden world that’s always been
lush and loving to discover
that you’ve forsaken to fit in.
And it is the garden world that is real life
and it exists inside us all
And we’ve yet to explore the place
because we’re so afraid to fall.
But fall we must and fall we will
no matter what we choose
we will either take a step with love
or fall bitter with the news.
And if we take a step with love
we are the hero from the story
that lives within our child’s heart
and strives to noble glory
Make no mistake about the step
and do not lie about the world
There is nothing you or I can do
to roll back what’s been unfurled
We wil go down.
As with everything that exists
It’s a brave new world, if you make it.
It’s a nightmare if it fits.
A brave new world…if you make it
If you take the step and fall
underneath your lies and your successes
to the vastness of it all.
Everything you’ve read and thought
about the goodness of this life
it’s all true and more
if you just put down the fight.
I want to save our human selves
from assured destruction
and the only way to ensure salvation
is to find what makes us human.
What a privilege to be alive
to stand on backs of all before me
we didn’t get here by ourselves
we’re the tip of our eternity
And what we do, right now, today
will, for sure, decide our fate
We’ve used up what’s outside us
there’s nowhere left to turn
we cannot outrun what’s inside us
there’s nothing left to burn
nothing left out there to keep us warm
nothing left to light the way
if we run
we will never stop
and we will never rest and play
There’s only one thing
one direction left
as sure as night follows day
and that’s the garden
down deep inside
that we’ve all locked away
we clicked the lies
and locked the doors
and double locked with our successes
and chained against our failures
and bolted our transgressions
we’ve braced against our innocent hearts
and fought against our souls
we’ve told ourselves
we don’t deserve to live a life of lofty goals
we’ve told ourselves we’re not good enough
who are we to judge
what have we done to speak up
against the slime and sludge
we’ve kept our guilt as a badge of honour
we’ve kept our badness whole
and deep inside our trusting hearts
are waiting to be told…
I love you. I love you. I love you.
You are mine and you are gold.
I love you. I love you. I love you.
I am yours let us behold…
You are the biggest, brightest, best
you are unable to fail the test
you alone are perfect enough
and you are more, and you are tough
Do not believe one bad word you say
and if they say it…do not sway,
You are bright and shining gold!
You are loved
and love behold.