Lights firing inside my head,
perhaps, afraid one day they will go out.
I follow her constant breathing, with envy at each effortless sigh,
hoping soon my mind will wander or be distracted by morpheus touch.
I turn, torturing myself,
Processing, clearing, exploring yesterday and the day ahead.
I hope for rest, but a pretension lives on,
where this malady is some inspirational disease.
I fear it is a curse.
I am squashed between two worlds
and though grown from my roots,
trying to maintain some clemency.
Hoping to think and not offend;
I was raised too cautious,
but in awe of heroes;
I fought inside my mind:
I did not step on grass.
I did not talk in class.
I did not sleep around.
I held back most I felt.
Understanding is the rarest thing,
a ghost amongst ideas.
And when the call was sounded
and as usual I had no heart,
but on hearing violent voices and
displays of casual threat,
the petty digs and schadenfreude,
provoked a hidden rage.
Speaking a little louder,
at risk of unknown change
then in a moment critical,
To share an open feeling
of honest lost belief,
where no one is a victor,
but everyone is heard.
Better loud than silent
I suppose, or else I’m wrong,
to roar my thoughts ferocious,
as I retreat in to my cage.
I don’t agree with all I love,
but love those who don’t agree.
If my mother taught me anything,
it was how to be contrary.
If I survive to be old,
I hope that by then society will have learnt that experience does not equal wisdom,
and that survival may only indicate the dodging of many bullets.
If they treat me with reverence,
let it be for my achievements and not from any misguided sentimentality,
they should chide me for my follies
and ignore my foolish advice, but without cruelty or intention to cause pain.
Leave me alone when needed and expect me to function as best I can,
it is a wickedness to control through care,
or to diminish through sympathy.
For now I shall run towards the bullets
and try not to wince if they scrape my skin,
I might need it when I am baggy.
(Written between 11am and 12noon, 29th April 2011, with thanks to another William)