You woke up, today. You won

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

He walked out of the war zone.
Almost no one survived the barrage.

He got home and somebody told him and claimed
to have survived a difficult life in the surf and sun.

Everybody is a survivor.
We all belong to each other, but not all of us want that.

Not a survivor? The alternative is an afterlife.
If we can’t make it here, should we take ourselves out?

Here’s why that is a bad call:
The whole purpose of being on Earth is surviving.

We put up with the banal and the exciting,
walking though it all like bare feet on hot coals.

If we head out by our own hand … we … go to heaven.
Heaven says we then would get one memory, forever, played over and over.

It would be chosen for us and NOT always a good one.
For the good one, we have to choose to wake up.

We have to learn all we can about forgiveness
and feel good about who we are and speak from the heart.

Then, when it’s all said and done, we can choose our own memory
to be played over and over, forever.  Live again.

The closest thing to heaven is the Human voice,
is Music, is Truth, is knowing you are a survivor.

Copyright © 1960-2017 Lawrence J. J. Leonard All rights reserved.

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