Would I stop traffic, or might anyone listen,
I might be that gentleman along the riverbank
everyone tolerates and are occasionally amused.
As long as you stay away from me,
you can be a spectacle.
As long as you stay away from issues that matter,
you can be a loud mouth,
because you don’t matter.
Yet so often we are lost in that sea of wisdom
unable to grasp only afloat
and watching the waves lap your sides
while the chances drift past.
What reason do we have to make choices
beyond those that are needed,
ever adrift in a sea of change.
I saw this opportunity one day,
a black man and a white man crossing the street,
when one offered the other the narrow path,
one chose a wider avenue to continue solo.
If I could wonder out loud,
how to understand the angst of human nature,
that prevents our lives any chance
to recognize how simple the solution really is.
If I could speak in such a manner,
that together we might all live
in some utopian culture
whereby all lives are respected
without any element of fear.
Oh my, won’t you give me that patent.