I’ve lived quite a while and learned quite a bit
About life and this world where we live.
I’ve found that it’s filled with both good and the bad.
Some who take, while some others will give.
There’s a balance to life in the way it unfolds.
That’s a truth that we all come to know.
They’ll be times we endure some unbearable days
And sleepless nights filled with anger and woe.
Then come those moments of utter contentment,
When it all seems to fall into place,
When all that you are seems so right with the world,
You feel all of your pain’s been erased.
We spend so much time on a quest for ourselves,
Searching for that internal peace.
And on each of our paths we may misstep and fall,
But our need for the answers won’t cease.
We’re composed and we’re driven by our hearts and souls.
Our beliefs grow from what we’ve been taught.
Our dreams are all nurtured by the things that we see,
And our morals from the fights we have fought.
We all look so different; we all have our ways,
And at times we just can’t understand
That inside we’re no different, our humanities the same,
And we all do the best that we can.
Feelings of sadness, grief, joy, and pain,
Feeling lonely and empty and scared.
We each have these feelings, no matter our lives,
And we all yearn for someone to care.
It’s that not understanding each other
Fosters the feelings of hate,
So we must take the time to learn all that we can,
While forgiving each other’s mistakes.
Yes, I’ve learned quite a lot in my 63 years,
And to look well beyond what I see
To embrace and respect everyone as they are,
And hope that they’ll do that for me.
The world won’t stop spinning, and the sun will still rise.
There will always be conflict and strife,
But accepting we’re all only human
Will make this a much better life.
Pat A. Fleming