Here Now

There is a lesson to be learned
from all the pages we have turned
a meaning sitting there waiting to find our grip
words that may never leave our lip
except for the promises we don’t keep
and the foggy words you need sunglasses to see
because our eyes tell the truth
and once you see them you know
you can’t take it all back
back all it take
if we could just reverse our words
heck that would be a piece of cake
but we are here now
looking at the moments hanging in the corner
and the dry ink hiding behind the counter
they have no place anymore
but you refuse to throw them out
so you keep it in
you keep it in so tight that it hurts
when you think of everything
you arrive at nothing
the checklist remains longer than before
the two-way mirror gets selective vision
and the grass doesn’t even know what green is
that is where we are now
we are at a place we never thought about
go leaf through every minute of history
this place is still a mystery
like the chamber of secrets
or the end of a rainbow
maybe you said goodbye to the glow a long time ago
when the here and now
was there and then
but that’s not your problem anymore
looking through the words was becoming a chore
comparing this to that and miracles in a hat
was no way to live
but who really knows how to live
all we get are a bunch of quotes
little things we can put in our pocket
shove the things you don’t want to see in a locket
sixteen words that stand on a podium
puffing their chest out and forcing themselves on us
do this or you won’t be that


there is no easy fix
no super glue or vaccination
no one size fits all remedy to the problems we face
so you be quiet
close the window and prevent the noise from coming in
build some walls and get to know yourself
because no one should tell you who you are
if you don’t know when to cut them off and correct them
let the truth remain in midnight conversations
and go take down the moments in the corner
wash away the promises that time turned to lies
and start looking forward to the things you cannot see
because they will bring you your greatest joy
so learn from the lessons on the pages
and stare at the sky when you are unsure
reconfigure the then and there
to the here and now
for this is where the words leave our lips
here and now
this is who we are
tell it to the mirror
tell it to the photo on the wall
tell it to the faces that have faded away
tell it to the tree you stopped climbing
tell it to the voices who doubted you
tell it to the person you used to be
tell it to the person you have yet to become
tell it to the back of your mind
tell it to the bottom of your heart
you are here now
I am here now
we are all here now
and this is where we will be tomorrow.

About Paul

I think of my blog as an all-you-can-read buffet. There's something for everyone and complimentary mints at the door as you leave.
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20 Responses to Here Now

  1. Miriam says:

    Really felt this one Paul. Wonderful writing.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Squid says:

    Wow. What is going on in your life, man? Just kidding, I know from experience that if you understand emotions, you can write about situations you are only imagining. But, this felt very real and heartfelt. (sorry, felt twice)

    Liked by 1 person

  3. ‘and the grass doesn’t even know what green is’ love it

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jiya says:

    INFP personalities make naturally good writers. Enjoy reading your funny letters and poems. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Tessa says:

    This is incredibly poignant. I like it.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. ~M says:

    This completely touched my heart….

    Liked by 1 person

  7. ~M says:

    Reblogged this on Putting My Feet in the Dirt and commented:
    Just what I needed to hear…. Beautifully written!


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