Can You Say You're Lucky - Poetry Remix



Can you say you’re lucky,
When the universe hits you square in the jaw,
Breaks your bones,
You’re seeing stars,
Sippin smoothie through wired bars,
Can you say it then?  “Wow, I’m blessed.”

Can you remain open,
When the universe pulls the rug from beneath your feet, 
Pierces your heart, 
Your tears are streaming,
Dizzied by another unexpected turn of the tides
Will you feel then, "I am safe."

Can you say you’re thankful,
When the universe takes your favorite toy,
Rips it out of your hands,
Pounds precious glass into sands,
You never got to say goodbye,
Can you say it then?  “Man, I’m grateful.”
 
Can you remain grateful, 
When the universe removes your prized jewel, 
Steals it from your delicate hands,
Leaves you empty,
You struggle to understand why,
Will you feel then, "I am whole."

Can you say you’re wealthy
When the universe spins Fortune’s wheel
Takes everything you’ve ever owned,
You’re sitting on the lawn
With ‘Foreclosed’ on your home,
Can you look up at the sky and say “Damn, I’m rich.”
 
Can you remain soft
When the universe brings you harshness, 
Challenges all you clung too, 
Your questioning all your beliefs, 
Tempted to build walls around your dreams, 
Will you breath into your belly and say, "Stay tender."

Can you say you are beautiful,
When time erodes your supple skin,
Clouds obscure your amber eyes,
Your sex no longer anyone’s prize,
Can you whisper then, “Look at you, handsome devil.”

Will you look at yourself and see beauty, 
Even when Time has painted lines on your face,
Each one with a story to tell, 
Your body no longer the object of desire, 
Will you whisper then, "I see you. You're beautiful."

Can you love with all your heart,
Knowing that death will own
everyone you’ve ever known,
And you will die too.
Can you sing that knell loud and true,
“Hoka Hey, Today is a good day.”
 
Can you love with all your heart, 
With no expectation of return, 
Knowing that nothing is forever,
Not even your own life, 
Will you still dance under the stars thinking, 
"Ah-ho, it feels so good to be alive."

If you can,
You are a man,
My son.
You are a man.

If you will, 
you are a woman,
My sister
My daughter
My mother
My friend
You are a woman. 

Co-written w/: Christine Hassler

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4 comments

  • Your words resonate to my core. Too often I forget to be grateful for the simple joy of having blood pump through my veins. The universal law of gratitude even in the face of apparent despair always lurks, theres not growth in comfort. To go through tragedy is one of lives greatest chance for a transformation.

    Lissyburns
  • really great work man, I like to write sometimes to express how i am feeling and this makes me feel not so alone :p

    Anthony dallafiore
  • Damn brother. This one hit me. I’m going through a massive, ego crushing life change at the moment. But I will do what a man does, laugh at the storm and persevere. Because the universe can take everything it wants, God can let the devil crush me like he did Job, but as long as I’m still smiling…I win.

    Much love from the mountains of east Oregon.

    Ben

    Ben
  • Loved these words…all of them are food for.oyr souls…but this paragraph is so great :

    “Can you remain soft
    When the universe brings you harshness,
    Challenges all you clung too,
    Your questioning all your beliefs,
    Tempted to build walls around your dreams,
    Will you breath into your belly and say, “Stay tender.”

    DAAN

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