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Closing My Eyes Is How I see

jazzman-1 on December 26, 2012 13:44

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    Just because I close my eyes when I open my mind to speak
    You grabbed a fist full of words you barely understand
    and emotions you have never known
    to slam me down against the drafty wood
    in some desperate hope of overpowering

    You did
    For a moment

    Between the silent dumbness of self doubt
    And the final syllables flung
    A memory saved me from my fall

    Sometimes closing my eyes is how I see
    Like when you were broken and in danger
    I shared my belief in you until you believed
    And were saved

    My eyes closed then
    It was the only way
    Even after all this time
    I could see beyond
    so much darkness
    To find the light

    What’s given is gone
    I will not call it to return
    Less the burning shatter of bone be felt
    Tripped into falling again by indignant words

    What I remembered
    I will not again forget
    So that when death comes I can smile
    Not because I want to go
    But because I have nothing to regret

    No ignorance of humanity
    Of the human condition
    Or how horrible it would be for me
    If I were to become the genius you imagine
    Instead of the one that I am

    Sometimes closing my eyes is how I know
    So let life come and I will not gaze upon her shortcomings
    They do not exist
    Instead I will dance in poverty and in riches
    Obscurity and in fame till I am content and
    At peace with my own experience and expression
    Exhausted from the celebration.

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