we're much alike - you and I

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

we're much alike - you and I

Think not about my mental illness,
just as I avoid thinking of yours.
I hardly need to advise you
to think about none of my pain;
focus on your own pain.
I see all the signs but none of the corresponding exits.
It's too hard for me to try to help,
or its simply easier not to.
Not before it's too late, anyway.
Convenience is a greater temptation than necessity.
I say to myself "why should I?"
I justify my lack of action
as a symptom of hopelessness and despair.
Why should I bare the responsibility?
That age old cliche - "why me?"
Well, because it has to be me - naturally.
Divine providence has a neglectful tendency.
Though perhaps through infinite wisdom,
what seems to be neglect is really cultivation.
Meanwhile Regina sings "all my life in black and white"
"Sad, sad eyes. No tomorrow.
You will always start to cry."
I realise my cowardice - I see myself as too weak
to act outside the boundaries of personal gain.
And so might you be,
because we're much alike - you and I.
But we're not too weak. It's not too hard.
"Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
So much as mood dictates thought,
and thought dictates action,
we can help each other, you and I.
More than that - it's our duty to.
There will be no immediate reward.
No instant gratification to let us know we've done good.
But if one can see the bigger picture
One knows one was right.

we're much alike - you and I

Think not about my mental illness,

just as I avoid thinking of yours.

I hardly need to advise you

to think about none of my pain;

focus on your own pain.

I see all the signs but none of the corresponding exits.

It's too hard for me to try to help,

or its simply easier not to.

Not before it's too late, anyway.

Convenience is a greater temptation than necessity.

I say to myself "why should I?"

I justify my lack of action

as a symptom of hopelessness and despair.

Why should I bare the responsibility?

That age old cliche - "why me?"

Well, because it has to be me - naturally.

Divine providence has a neglectful tendency.

Though perhaps through infinite wisdom,

what seems to be neglect is really cultivation.

Meanwhile Regina sings "all my life in black and white"

"Sad, sad eyes. No tomorrow.

You will always start to cry."

I realise my cowardice - I see myself as too weak

to act outside the boundaries of personal gain.

And so might you be,

because we're much alike - you and I.

But we're not too weak. It's not too hard.

"Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

So much as mood dictates thought,

and thought dictates action,

we can help each other, you and I.

More than that - it's our duty to.

There will be no immediate reward.

No instant gratification to let us know we've done good.

But if one can see the bigger picture

One knows one was right.

 


Submitted: December 27, 2020

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