I’ve Learned to Look Beyond Myself


Too Late for Tears
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As I reflect
on my life it all seems surreal,

Why were
there moments when I did not feel?

 

I saw a man
crying because he had killed his friend,

Stabbed during
an argument he still didn’t comprehend,

Killed in a
flash because they disagreed,

What should
I tell him, how should he plead?

 

Why did I
not stop to talk when I saw someone wanting to die?

Was my life
so busy that I just passed by?

She had
given up in total despair,

There was no
way for her life to repair,

 

She just
wanted her problems to go away,

So she
swallowed some pills one day,

When I found
her she no longer had fears,

It was too
late for conversation,  too late for
tears,

 

Why didn’t I
talk to her when I had the chance,

Let her know
she was important in life’s lonely dance?

 

When I think
of what I should have done, I stand accused,

I saw
someone who had been abused,

Why wasn’t I
more alert?

Why didn’t  I hurt?

 

It was not
enough to forgive the abuser on that day,

I should
have insisted that he be put away,

And
protected those who were innocent and unaware,

Rather than
leave them in his care,

 

I saw
someone once young and strong,

Now old,
ignored and forgotten for so long,

Her children
were all grown,

Why did they
leave her with no love shown?

 

She was confused
and needing love’s touch,

If I stopped
by, would it hurt me much?

 

One of my
neighbors was a longtime user,

Did that
make him forever a loser?

He became
more than a burned out shell,

And escaped
his private hell,

A friend
cared enough to help change his scope,

For all he
needed was a little hope,

I saw
someone with a crippling disease,

Why didn’t I
help, tell me please?

He was begging
on a busy street,

I could have
gotten him food to eat,

 

There are many
things I could have done,

But I had
decided I’d help no one,

Why didn’t I
reach out?

Why did I
doubt?

 

I have a
friend who was laid off from work,

He’s on the
verge of going berserk,

His phone is
ringing off the hook,

Because bill
collectors think he is a crook,

 

But he has
no money to pay his bills,

He can’t
sleep because dreams give him chills,

Maybe it’s a
sign of the times or stormy weather,

His
depression is real, we will spend time together,

 

I’ll let him
know I’m there for him,

A friend is
a friend, through thick or thin,

 

 

There was
someone who cheated my heart,

But maybe I
didn’t do my part,

I thought
like a child, I felt pity for me,

I needed to
look beyond myself, but that’s all I could see,

 

Why didn’t I
trust?

My heart knew
I must,

But what
could have been great,

Was destroyed,
I blamed it on fate,

 

I saw someone who judged me because I didn’t follow the rules,

She was
convinced I was a fool,

I cared too
much for those in the world,

And I cried,
and tried to help as it twirled,

 

I saw all
these conditions, all these people, yet I didn’t see,

That one of the
negligent ones was me,

Why did I always
seem to hesitate,

When I knew time
was precious and I shouldn’t wait?

 

Problems in
life might not start with me,

But I will be
compassionate whenever I see,

Those who
are hurting wherever they might be,

I know all problems in life will not end with
me,

 

But there
are words of comfort and things I can share,

I’ll reach
and touch with tender loving care,

Giving back
to others what I can possibly give,

I must not
wait, for I have a short while to live,

 

I know I’ll be
vulnerable as I go my way,

There is so
much to do each and every day,

This person
hurts, and that one too,

There may
come a time when I’ll help you,

 

Everyone
needs someone when things go wrong,

Moments when
they’re weak, I might be strong,

I don’t want
to spend my life focused on me,

This world
has many needs, you see,

 

If I help others
sharing my heart’s best,

I believe I’ll
make a difference in all the rest,

Lives
intertwined stretching across the land,

Compassion
and love, walking hand in hand.

 

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