My Poem “The Romantic”

I have always been a romantic...
I have always loved caring
for someone and showing them affection...
I have always understood the power
and the depth of the words of poetry
even before I knew that I too
had a heart and soul that was poetic...
I have always felt blessed
whenever I have been somewhere
with someone who I could look at
all day with spellbinding fascination.

I have always been able to look
at people and see what was inside of them...
I have always been able to hear the call
of someone's internal voice loud and clear...
I have always been able to see things
and situations through a multi-layered,
multi-textured and multi-coloured lens...
I have always been able to sit silently
and hear only the sound of my own
heart beating in my chest
and not once feel any kind of fear.

I have always been someone
who could wax lyrical about
what a single red rose can teach us
about people and about ourselves...
I have always been someone who appreciates
the power and the importance of ceremony,
traditions, keeping things
as they are for as long as they can,
because I am innately nostalgic...
I have always been someone
who knew that doing what you love
with whom you love is always
going to be good for your health...
I have always been someone
who loves meeting new people,
finding out who they are
and what their hidden story is -
because I have always believed
that there is a power of the universe
that can only be known and wielded
by those who are openly romantic.

TMHE – Episode #44: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004 film)

In this episode Mark talks about the 2004 American romantic science fiction film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry. The story of the film follows an estranged couple, John Barrish (Jim Carrey) and Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet), who choose to have their memories of each other erased – but who unknowingly find themselves drawn back to one another, and who rediscover who they were and how they were as a couple, and why they ultimately chose to erase one another from each others’ lives. The film also stars Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, and Tom Wilkinson.

My Poem ‘Almost too much’

Life can be tough…
life can be mean…
life can be rough…
if you have seen what I have seen,
and if you have felt what I have felt,
then you will know exactly what I mean.

Is life really a game of luck?
Is life really a lottery
that we don’t know we are a part of?
Has life got to be hard
for us to understand how precious it is?
Have we got to struggle and fight
to know what this world we all live in truly is?

Sons and daughters
should not have to watch
their mothers and fathers suffer;
I know that life isn’t always fair,
but I just wish that all the love within me
and within all the people of the world
who truly care about others
could be to every cancer the most powerful cure.

I am hopeful…
I am romantic…
I do believe that the world, the universe,
is amazing, miraculous, and wonderful…
I believe that no matter what happens in life
the best thing is to not panic –
but that doesn’t mean that I do not fear
losing those who I love and who make me who I am,
and that does not mean that I do not
sometimes get scared
and my thoughts and my emotions
regress to those that I remember having
before I grew into the man that I am.

Life is a journey of mind, body, and spirit;
life is a storm of surprises, sometimes;
life goes by faster than you might think,
and there ultimately comes a day
when you look back in time
and you wish that you could relive
the moments that made you the happiest in your life
that you can’t help but miss;
life can be both a blessing and a test of soul –
it can sometimes take all your will
to keep you from losing your mind;
the days that you spend in life in love
and being loved are never enough;
life can almost be too much…
however, no matter what,
never lose what matters the most: your love.