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Know That I Am There

It's the best I can do to explain myself
is standing in between it all, so I can view both sides.
Who are you to say that a summer days more beautiful
than the dead of night?
You profess to have to wisdom by dousing words in philosophical jargon,
but I'm here to let it all loose with an unchained honesty...
it's the best bargain
I have to offer. I practice love cause it's simple.
Respect your body cause it's sacred, a well built temple.
like ramen noodles from the supermarket, just add water
and presto! Easier than reading words off a teleprompter.
Uncensored laughter like it ought to be,
letting it self be know, however audibly.
You don't have to have to reason to love thy neighbor.
When smiles are born from your efforts,
ain't no such thing as hard labor.
Nobody's righteous, man, just a few
who strive to be a little less wicked.
No matter the masks we give ourselves
is ever gonna change the facts that the clock's still ticking.
I believe in God despite what friends close to me might say.
For the sake of fitting in I could claim ignorance,
but there's just no other way.
Cause I know at the end of the day,
there's one all encompassing thought that keeps the doubts at bay,
there's gotta be something more than what I see currently.
Is it so naive to think there lies ahead my unfolding destiny?
God's guidance may be obtained from a book, perhaps,
but I dare you to take a second look
when passing by a mirror
... tell me there's more than what appears.
Is it God you see or is it the devil?
Now let me bring it up a notch to a philosphical level.
Whether you're planting the seeds of kindness
or the seeds of deceit, either way,
it takes effort to roll up your sleeves.
You might as well just be providing carbon dioxide for the trees.
If you don't take chances nothing much happens:
the universe and I unanimously agree.
Call me cardinal cause here I am stating first things first.
Just who the hell are you and what's your purpose?
If a messenger is what you be make it clear as crystal.
Vagueness and obscurity be corruptions might.
A gardener need not be afraid of thorns and thistles.
That's where the berries congregate, am I right?
It's all just talk and not enough walk,
with poetic phrasing I aim to knocks your socks off.
But if you judge by actions I'd be lucky to get a sneeze or cough.
Oh the bitter irony of this conundrum!
A lover of the night who chaseth the sun.
I'm stuck between my two great loves:
The naps in the shadow
and the beauty of the spotlight.
My wish to see the crowds
from the solace of the clouds
or be squeezed between 'em, airtight.
But I just cannot seem to change my outlook,
in many ways I'm both a closed door and a open book.
War and politics wish to claim my writer's soul,
though love and kindness be the intended goal.
They be packing nuclear weapons, but all I got is this pistol.
Flashing with them golden intentions like bedazzled tinsel.
But when the end comes all our egos take advice from soft drinks, fade and fizzle
Guess peace never come, 'til Jesus blows forth the heavenly whistle.
I can't just brush the deaths going on around me as nothing,
despite what the Beatles sang about, love isn't everything,
from experience I've learned, however,
when all you care for just shatters,
love is perhaps the only thing that matters.
So when you see me or when you don't,
a person you can touch and feel or a singular thought
pulled straight from thin air,
know that I am THERE!
I have a heart and mind, and flesh and bone.
Knowing this none can say that I am alone.

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  1. Date: 11/15/2013 6:32:00 AM

  1. Date: 7/8/2013 4:35:00 PM
    Selective lines found their way into this age-softened brain where they took over and brought understanding to my spirit. Finally, when all ingredients had been marinated, there came a boisterous cheer and we were ready to grill ... Great work, Timothy....Jake

  1. Date: 6/18/2013 8:40:00 AM
    Ah my GOd, dis is one of d most impressive splendid poems i hav eva read! I esp like n respect how u put it dat d body's a temple to b respectd, wow how true. And as for belief, many r claimin ignorance of God as u say, just to fit in. Ok u kept me captivated unto d epic's end. Kudos.

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am humbled by your praise S.zaynub! Means a lot!
  1. Date: 6/18/2013 8:14:00 AM
    This is very good and very heart felt. Thanks for sharing...... Lucilla

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 6/20/2013 11:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Lucilla!
  1. Date: 6/17/2013 8:22:00 AM
    Where have you been Tim? Miss your cheerfulness

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 6/20/2013 11:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Been busy with work, my friend! I'll be posting some more tonight, however :)
  1. Date: 6/16/2013 11:56:00 AM
    gosh, you put a lot of philosophical thought into this one, Timothy. I think you have a wonderful soul and this poem tells it like it is!

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 6/20/2013 11:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Andrea! At times I wonder if my longer pieces are more so just ramblings, but reading these comments makes me think otherwise. Glad you liked!
  1. Date: 6/15/2013 7:39:00 AM
    I disagree with one line "Love isn't everything" scripture says God is Love so in the end is it not everything??? Fabulous work a roller coaster of emotions.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 6/16/2013 7:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ha ha, I like that one
    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 6/16/2013 12:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    In that sense, yes. But I suppose what I was trying to get at is that the world is tough and love alone doesn't pay the bills. One may call that pessimism, but I consider it realism. Money makes the world go around, but LOVE makes all that spinning worthwhile. Glad you enjoyed!
  1. Date: 6/15/2013 3:45:00 AM
    So many emotions expressed Timothy..I enjoyed this poem very much -Charma

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 6/16/2013 12:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks again Charma!
  1. Date: 6/14/2013 4:47:00 PM
    a most heart felt write Tim and honesty in your words its a wow write Shadow x

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 6/16/2013 12:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    How sweet of you to say Shadow! :D
  1. Date: 6/14/2013 1:20:00 PM
    Wow....this was incredible. I sincerely felt deep emotion in this. Great insight on how you feel. (Only correction on the 6t line you may want to change lose to "loose") But otherwise this was extremely well written as usual. :D You ARE there, and never forget it. GREAT poem!

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 6/16/2013 12:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey thanks for pointing that out! Sharp eyes! It's hard to be grammatically correct when the mind is on an overdrive, at times... ha ha ha. Pleased you felt something from this!