Guest poem sent in by Ravi Rajagopalan
(Poem #1479) Peace of Mind
You know it takes a long, long time You know it takes a long, long time You love her so and still you know That you will never want to let her go Unless you leave her first Then you come out on top But, still there's just one thing You haven't got. Peace of mind Like when you treated her kind It's hard to face that open space. You know it takes a long, long time You know it takes a long, long time When first you gave and shared your soul Showed her all those things that take their toll She knows your weak spot But, she still gets you hot So you do it again Reveal what lies within. And go for peace of mind Like when you treated her kind It's hard to face that open space. You're lookin' for peace of mind Anywhere you can find Still searchin' for peace of mind. You know it takes a long, long time You know it takes a long, long time.
Okay - so Zenobia Driver has inspired me to send this in - a Neil Young piece that I absolutely loved as a young man. I guess there are poems and songs that move us at a particular place and time in our lives, and the gift of memory is to achieve that recall when you hear that song again and be transported back in time. Its what makes life beautiful, I guess. Anyway this song is my favourite. I have very fond memories of hanging out in the sitout in a flat on the 10th floor overlooking the Bangalore Race Course on a typically chilly morning or late at night, listening to this one. All of us were 20-something, discovering life, learning to love, and discovering the heartbreak of unrequited love. Even now I give it a listen every now and then to recapture those magic moments when one was young and full of hope. Peace of mind is the first thing that goes when you learn to love, and in the process of getting into and out of relationships, this state of affairs continues. Given the sturm und drang of our young lives at that time, the resonance of love, letting go, sharing your soul, and peace of mind all combine to create a magic symphony of sounds and words - and most of all - meaning! BR