“on purpose”

across my heart there are acres of pain
miles and miles of calloused terrain and scar tissue
700 sins ago before my dream parts rusted
when I could tell you what God looked like from memory
before love had played its hokey match
with my inner child
before the cement dried
before the towers crumbled
before this jumbled mess of man
now
less
believer,
more cynic,
less lover
more afraid
before he ever took off running,
practiced hiding
knew what failure tastes like
early in the morning
when everything is quiet and only God
is talking if you would be quiet enough to listen
he is talking…
directly to you
she still believes in you
trust me
or she would revoke your contract
with this plane of existence
begin your voyage home
for death will find you some day
hopefully busy at your life’s purpose
it will take from you your breathing
this will undoubtly cause you to panic
stay calm
take death like a slow grind prom dance
for beyond this cybernetic glass menagerie
the guitar solos are beautiful
the sun and stars are equal distances
from the big bang you are synonymous with

again

take heed to the wine
when it tells you that your spirit is enormous
ignore the pleas to slap the humongous asshole
at the end of the bar
the wine will fail you in this aspect
death can come violently
at the hands of the humongous asshole
at the end of the bar

rewire your bag pack
for safe travels
keep a pair of gloves and a tool belt
you will need protection
for the hard labor ahead
nothing will come easy
like a Sunday morning Lionel Richie tune

when the bills, promises, and contracts
are bountiful like a blizzard’s snow flakes
take heed to Karma
just once
because it is required
love so hard it makes
life bearable to suffer

be a wild child
sandbox,
toy story
for as long as it will seize you
for when it is over
they pack up the bandstand
move on to the next city

let the living be the thing
do it without abandon
on purpose
for as antiquated as it sounds
“today is the first day of the rest of your life”

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