There I was, alone in my heart
No peace to be found, not even in part
So I packed up my bags and went on a journey
So much to do so I got started early
I mapped out a route, there was so much to try,
I needed to leave this heart shell behind
And as I explored, I picked up some tricks;
For example: it pays to be liked, and money is nice
Things make you happy and people can too
And while this is true, it all seemed to fade
Did I miss something big? Or was I getting played?
I had to find out, and what could I do
Except go and try, again for round two
Over and over, this exciting adventure
Which first felt so free—became my slave master
These ‘tricks’ that I carried, they seemed to gain weight
Heavier and heavier, round and around
Trapped in my heart with no good way out
Now, there was this old man, I’d see him around
He offered—many a time—to carry my load
But I was fine, my legs strong and sound
This lasted a while, until I stumbled—and fell—
And my face hit the ground
He came up beside me, his eyes full and kind
And said once again,
“please, let me take this burden from you—
“I know the way out and I’ll bring you there too.”
“Why?” I asked, “What’s in it for you?
“There’s simply no way what you say can be true.”
“If you know the right way, then why are you here?”
I pushed him away, my eyes welled with tears
“Son, I walked this road,” the kind old man said
“So that you could be free—not left here for dead
“Not stuck trying again and again,
“to fill up your heart— this journey won’t end
“You have no hope in the world without me.
“Please let me fill your eternity.”
“Fine take it!” I said, “But what must I do?
This seems just a little to good to be true, that you want my best.
Are you sure I don’t have to pass some kind of test?”
“No son, just rest—and here; put on this vest”
The kind old man, he lifted my head
When all of a sudden I was in bed
This bed—it felt like my home
Safe, sound, and no chaos around.
Then off in the distance I heard a small sound
The trickling of water—wait water?
No, that couldn’t be
Water was something I never did see
In all of my travels, no not even once.
And then a great rush! A tsunami of peace.
It welled from the dust and swept me away
At first I was scared—was I gonna drown?
But then I remembered, the vest! I could float!
The water, it rose and my feet left the ground.
Faster and faster the water poured in
Filling my heart and taking me with it
Until finally, finally! My heart bubbled over,
water outpouring. As for me? I was soaring.