It’s the strongest cage that exists
The prison you can never escape from
No matter how hard you fight to resist
You can not stop the way your heart strings strum
You can’t escape the Alcatraz in your head
A prison made with bars of strongest steel
And every time that you go to bed
You will not be able to help but feel
The loneliness seeping into your heart
The emptiness creeping into your soul
But it doesn’t matter, you will do your part
You will stoke the fire and tend the coal.
It’s not about you: it never will be,
You don’t want it to. This way you are free.
The meteor streaking across the sky
Through the dwelling place of uncountable worlds
The rainbow sphere bubble that floats and flies
Tracing invisible currents as they whirl
The flower that is all too quick to wilt
But leaves its fragrance lingering in the air
The laughter of a child, musical lilt
Lost in the moment, joyful beyond compare.
Balance is best achieved in motion
But we can’t stop chasing after eternity
Never stopping to pierce the commotion
To find the truth that will make us free.
Sometimes in life the things most beautiful
Pass through most swiftly, that’s why they’re special.
I believe in passion and determination above talent.
I believe in effort above absolute success.
I believe in health above aesthetics, above weight.
I believe in meaning above happiness, above comfort.
I believe in experience above material goods.
I believe in collaboration above adversarial competition.
I believe in the value an action provides others above what advantage it lends me.
Above all these things, above wealth, above power,
I believe in love.
Some of my best moments are in black night
With you, dreaming of our life together
Heart overflowing with joy, overflowing with light,
Certain that I will love you forever.
I think fondly of the countless moments shared
The feeling of transcendence in your presence,
As if about the rest I never cared
While our hearts beat in perfect resonance.
Life’s trivialities falling away
One man and one woman, time standing still.
Then I wake up and am steeped in dismay;
I’ve not yet met you. Could be I never will.
Until that day I will struggle and serve;
I will fight to become the man you deserve.