In Restless Dreams I Walked Alone

Hello darkness, my old friend,
I’ve come to talk with you again,
Because a vision softly creeping,
Left its seeds while I was sleeping,
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone,
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp,
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dare
Disturb the sound of silence

“Fools” said I, “You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you,
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell,
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning,
In the words that it was forming

And the sign said, “The words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls”
And whispered in the sounds of silence

The Sound Of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel

My silent morning was filled with visions of man’s disdain and abuse, disrespect and neglect. I walked a path followed only by those who care less for the sacred beauty of nature, those who laugh in the face of squalor and unrest. Even in the most beautiful places there are some who find the darkness in their hearts to much to control and they must purge it upon the earth that sustains all.

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And yet one looks another way and finds something to sustain will, something to make each day a blessing to ones soul. Life is indeed what you make of the gifts you are given. My gift to myself is written in these words, captured in these photo’s. Each line and image are a moment in time I wish not to forget, a contrast of fates expressed for all to see.

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I determined some time ago to find a way to live a better life, seek a path that led me to some level of peace and comfort brought about by my own will. I knew then as I do now that ones future is fluid, soft and flexible like trees blowing in the wind. Each day brings with it the risk of storms that can break limbs, destroy roots. Each day we strive to maintain our hold on what we feel is the meaning of our lives, all the while battling the obstacles before us.

Each day our hearts are challenged by the bitter truth of society as a whole, the destructive nature of human beings. One cannot legislate kindness, we cannot outlaw all behaviors we do not agree with. But if you strive to live a life in harmony with your surroundings, be at peace with all including yourself, I think you can attain a life worth living.

 

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