Take a little time and carefully listen
We are about to learn a simple life lesson
The Poet is who this is about
That his message would surely not leave us to doubt
The style of poetry be it freestyle or tradition
Are all done with one simple mission
His heart too words his ultimate goal
That I might understand them more as a whole
With words he expresses his thoughts to a T
That I might take his message with me
His choice of words are well articulated
So by them I may be properly educated
Poetically he chooses to express his thought
So that my ears and heart would reject it not
Verbally he chooses to be communicative
That by his message I would be cognitive
His words with hope of living in the moment
So that you and I would not be left dormant
The choice to listen is yours and mine
Let us ponder this for a little more time
By Brad Mace
To my friends be encouraged. There are friends and then there are fiends, there is a difference and noticeably so. Not a bad thing at all. Not everyone is identically the same. In life there are so many variables that are not in our control and everyone is at different places in life.
Take for example: everyone has different personalities, different experiences, different struggles, different challenges and not everyone has the same flexibility with their time and resources. This is what makes all friends unique and wonderful, no matter what level or place that they have in your life at any specific time.
The important thing to remember is that a friend is always there to listen, help if they can but more importantly you know that if they can they will and if they can’t you know that they would if they could because that is the kind of friend they are. These are true friends both loyal, faithful and always there if you need them from the smallest to the greatest everyone is irreplaceable and that’s what makes them so special, that we can call them our friend.
When hope is lost what does a person have left to hold on to? As I write this I face what looks like the perfect storm. Everything that can go wrong has and what looked like a light was nothing more then the light surrounding a black hole. This is how I feel and there is nothing wrong with a person expressing how they feel and the pain there of, but my story will not end this way so read on and you as I will see the light of encouragement if you just hold on until the end of my story.
For those who always need to be positive and hide from the reality of this journey called life, maybe this reality is not for you to embrace or understand because for the vast majority of this world its a struggle and a constant learning experience from our trials and tribulations.
I’m a very optimistic person by nature, I can find the positive in just about every experience I’ve ever faced either bad or good, but I am also a realist in that I will not candy coat the struggle nor the pain because it is real and a important part of life and who we are as human beings. Nor will I paint myself in a better picture then were I am at in life because to do so I would be hiding from the truth and living a lie or another way to express it I would basically be disingenuous to myself and others.
I don’t understand the why right now. I don’t understand why the feeling of being alone is deafening right now. I don’t understand why I feel abandoned and alone. These feelings are real and it reflects the deep pain of my struggle as I try to make since of the battle and fight that is before me.
The truth is I long for relief, I long for normality, I long for peace, I long for it to just be over and done with and I long for genuine companionship by one who is my equal.
So much I am going through and the scale of it only a very select few know all the details while others only know the little I am willing to share for fear of complete rejection and dismay. Not everyone needs to know the totality of a thing because it’s not meant for all.
Friends vary by degrees but that is ok because no matter where a person is in life, not all friends can be the identical same as the other because their are so many defining factors that make us uniquely different and therefore we all can not be the same as the next.
The amazing part of it all is that we are still called and cherished as friends no matter what degree a friend we are to one another. The important part to take to heart is that when called upon a real friend will always be there for you no matter what cost because of their love for you and the timing is right for them to share your struggle and help you through it.
I share these things because I know and have talked to so many people that have and are going through some rather incredible trials in life and it is not always easy to express that struggle in sharing it. Sometimes they need someone else to put it into words for them so that they to can be comforted to know their not alone in their struggle, they are not alone in their trials, they are not alone when all seems to go terribly wrong in life and all hope is just about lost.
I have so much that I am facing right now and the magnitude of it is unbearable to the point I can barely keep my thoughts straight but there are times of clarity which does allow me to express my pain and sorrow either through writing or poetry and it is with these mediums I desire to encourage others who share a similar journey.
I say journey because it encompasses the totality of life both great and small, both ease and pain, both tears and joy and in this journey we are more then conquerors because we embrace it all with a willing heart and mind to both learn and grow ourselves making us in the end a more rounded person of defining character and that my friend and fellow journeyman is what our world needs more of to make it a better place to live.
Let us never stop learning from lifes pain because after all gold is not at it’s purest till after it’s past through the fire of refinement and the dross be removed. My friend we are the gold and the fire is the trials of our life and the dross our imperfections, therefore embrace, learn and grow.
Why is it necessary for me to struggle
But only to make me all the more humble
Why is it necessary for me to sorrow
But only to make me long for tomorrow
Why is it necessary the tears that I shed
But only to make me not have a big head
Why is it necessary that things go wrong
But only to make me all the more strong
Why is it necessary for my heart to break
But only to make me not be a flake
Why is it necessary that I feel all alone
But only to make me long for my home
Why is it necessary to look so pathetic
But only to make me more sympathetic
Why is it necessary that I make mistakes
But only to make me not be a fake
Why is it necessary that no one understands
But only to make me strong to withstand
Why is it necessary that I feel this pain
But only to make me not be so vain
Why is it necessary that I feel this way
But only to make me long for another day
By Brad Mace
Please let me explain as I attempt to make it ever so plain
Words to me are my solace although my own are never flawless
I love to play with every word by creating and sharing pithy blurbs
Some people laugh and some smile unless that person is boring and in denial
Take a seat and take a listen you just might come out a whole new person
With my words sometimes imploring but never with the intention of being boring
So listen well and listen carefully for my heart’s desire is that you walk away merrily.
By Brad Mace
Tho we dread the storms and the torrential down fall of the rain,
Tho the thunder and lightning instills in us a since of fear and dread at its power,
Just like the sun sets and rises every day,
So the storms of life come and go,
But once they pass we find a new love a new appreciation for the calm that comes after the storm,
We appreciate even more the beauty and warmth the sun has to give us,
It is then we realize that maybe the storm tho only for a time if anything is to be learned us,
It is the appreciation that comes for the little things in life that we once took for granted,
Maybe the storms are meant to awake us from our sleep that we just might come to understand what is actually important in life,
Maybe the storms are meant to help us to reevaluate what we really want
What is truly important to us,
What is worth fighting for,
What is worth holding on to,
Hope of a new dawn,
Hope of a new sunrise,
Hope of a new day,
Hope of a new life,
Which all come in their set time and place,
The appreciation of their value has now grown greater,
Grown stronger for the things in life that truly matter,
Because you allowed the storm to be your teacher and a guide that enabled you to finally see the light of day,
It is then we realize that the many tears that were once shead due to the storm, were meant for the flowers that were yet to bloom from the sun’s rays of a new day
The pain that was once unbearable is now forgotten
For joy and hope have taken their place and all things have now become new again.
New life, new experiences and a renewed look on life
For the pain and trials of your storm have given way to something far greater then you could have realized or even imagined.
It is then you realize what you have been longing for and waiting for your whole life is before you as plain as day with arms wide open waiting for your embrace.
By Brad Mace