~”The Way”~ I want to share with everyone what this book has done and continues to do for me. It made me cry, it made me laugh and it made me think. I purposely didn’t laboriously detail the story lines because the power is in the emotion. My style of writing poetry is thru storytelling. I decided to set the stories in the feelings of the characters. The healing words I use are meant to ‘crowd out’ the negative feelings. The 4th subtitle “Peace of Me” harnesses a mixture of sadness, joy, passion & compassion. It is written in a way that thru reading, hopefully you will find the ‘Peace of You’. After you read it please let me know your experience.~
Sincerely, T. Michelle Jacobs
A poem from “The Way” :
For so long I carried a burden, It was such a heavy load
It weighed upon my shoulders, as I struggled on the road
I strapped it on my back and carried it to and fro
No matter how hard it weighed on me, I would not let it go
I climbed the highest mountain, I swam the oceans deep
I never let my burden go, no matter how long or steep
I passed some other travelers, along my journey’s path
I faced some storms and windy trails, even winter’s wrath
Someone who passed wold ask me, “May I help you carry it?”
At least Stop here and put it down, take time to rest a bit
But I shook my head and told them, I must continue on
And carry this all by myself, my trip is far and long
I can not let you help me, my mind is set in stone
I’ve decided for my self that I must take this trip alone
My heart has no room for a companion to embrace
There’s so much pain inside of me, I do not have the space
There is no way you can help me, of that there is no doubt
If I let you carry it, you may not know the route
I asked my God to help me, I prayed so many times
I felt he had abandoned me and all the fault was mine
Eventually I buckled under the pressure of it all
I felt so low it seemed that I was only two feet tall
I dropped down to my knees and prayed to be set free
of all the pain inside my heart and the anguish drowning me
I cried to God, “I need you, to take this heavy load!
he said, “I tried to take it but you would not let it go.
I’m always here to help you. I never leave your side.
I want so much to help you and to make the ache subside
But you would not accept it, the comfort that I give.
I want you to be happy and enjoy the life you live.
I sent you my direction, a map to guide your way.
I sent you friends and helpers to get you thru each day
And even when you felt alone, someone was always there,
For there are many in your life that treasure you and care.
Accept the help that is given to you. It will only make you strong.
If someone joins you on the way, your trip won’t seem so long.
Your journey has a purpose; there is so much life to live.
If you travel properly, forever I will give.
Of course you’ll have some baggage as every traveler will
but all must balance out the load and help each other ’til
I take away all the burdens and end the road that leads
to paradise, eternal life and fulfill all travelers’ needs.
There will be no need for baggage because all you need is there.
Until then carry what you need and know I am always there.”
By T. Michelle Jacobs