So Easy For You

I used to stare at the street light
instead of falling asleep
there was just something about it
something so thoughtful and selfless
to lead the way when all was dark
it drew me in
until I was old enough to get out
from behind this side of the window
and walk beneath it
on empty streets
with an endless supply of fresh air
just for me
it’s what I secretly wanted
to be left alone for a little bit
without the pressure of reaching out
without the guilt of replying too late
just silence
and it’s funny because all I ever wanted
was to be in on the joke
to laugh when others laughed
to do things when others did things
I had that
but the effort to maintain it
made me feel like I was letting someone down
so I backed off
but the empty streets quickly filled up
with other breath takers waiting to steal mine
and I would let them
because I can’t help but help
I can’t resist giving a nudge in the right direction
but it’s a lonely feeling
when reciprocation comes knocking
and I can’t even dress for the occasion
I don’t even see the point
the feeling of having done anything special escapes me
like a light when the power goes out
as if nothing was there at all
so I pray for the things I want
but when the blessing arrives at my doorstep
I become paralyzed by something I can’t explain
I close the door and leave it there
a great metaphor for everyone
a great disappointment for me
and the magic disappears for a few days
the urge to become dissipates
and it’s back to staring at the street light
from this side of the window
where the fresh air is filtered by a screen
and the only emptiness is within
while on the other side of the moon
there is a life that can’t understand
the need to replace a bulb
that has spent all of it’s energy
making sure everyone else finds their way
it’s just so easy for you
to shut the blinds and carry on about your day
doing the things you think everyone is doing
it’s just so easy for you
to say yes to everything
just like I did before everything turned into a dirty word
before everything became a referendum
a plea to the jury
with proof in my hand and doubt in my heart
it’s just so easy for you
to write your little words on a rainbow
and follow them to the end
it’s just so easy for you
to do what you want to do
it’s just so easy for you
it’s just so easy
it’s just
it’s just me
but somehow I know
it’s you too.

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 So Easy For You

  1. I’ve followed this blog for a little while, but finally had to crawl out of the woodwork and comment. Your writing is exquisite – it takes talent to be able to move someone with one post, think with another, and laugh out loud with the next. Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 4 people

    • Paul says:

      Thank you! This means a lot to me. I take pride in being able to bounce around to different genres and topics and always hope the quality stays the same. Thanks for reaching out!

      Liked by 2 people

  2. micqu says:

    Not sure what to say, except, this was amazing. The flow, the words, the images you created, most of all, the subject, and the melancholy that was palpable. We are not alone, yet it often feels that way. *hugs*

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Suri says:

    It’s so beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. evana says:

    This was…. Wow. This was just what I needed to read right now. Great work.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. gsilvosa63 says:

    nice post, Paul.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Ely says:

    Do I need to jump on a plane to Canada for a hug!!!!??? “it’s just so easy for you to write your little words on a rainbow and follow them till the end” that just left me lost in deep thought. All of it did, really. Your words Paul. They’re everything. Such an inspiration.

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  7. Did you write this one??? I love it so much!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Tanushka says:

    Beautiful poem, I commend you sir. Anyway, just wanted to inform you that I put a link to your blog in my latest post. Good day!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Rea says:

    Wow. This poem says so much. You’re telling a story and it is written beautifully. It’s really cool that you can talk about so many different and diverse topics, yet still have the same feedback as ever-this is amazing! You can one day write a really funny post and have everyone laughing so hard from it, then the next day write a post that has so much meaning behind it. Then later write a post on sports because you just love sports! This is something you should never stop doing and never lose. Great job, Paul! *applause*

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    • Paul says:

      Woo what a comment! I appreciate you saying all this because this is exactly what I try to do – bounce around from different genres while keeping within myself. Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

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