We met Ronald Miller during our recent food distribution to the homeless.
He first appeared as any other guy on the street, until we started talking. He told us he enjoys writing and asked if he could share one of his poems. He told us he appreciated that we took time to serve him and this was the only way he could re-pay us.
We agreed to hear his poem. We asked if it would be ok to record him and he said yes and I am so glad he did.
I’ve listened to it over and over. I am moved by his honesty and inner reflection and touched by the joy emanated from his smile.
The Beast That Wanted to Die
I was born a beast, from yet a mother who was also a beast.
Not knowing at first that the ability to transform was within me.
For every creature that roamed in my domain I destroyed. Taking the very breath from a body until it was lifeless.
Yet while I watched the lifeless body before me, this pain within my chest began to transform me.
Sending me into a deep sleep, yet as I awoke i realized that I was never that beast at all.
But a beast had taken over, my every thought, my every dream, my every hope.
But now I can see there was this beast in me, that wanted to die.
A great reminder to look beyond the outer shell and seek the beauty within.
Unfortunately I have not chosen to upgrade my blog here at WordPress so I am unable to upload the video of Robert reciting his poem. If you would like to see the video please visit my Facebook Page “365 Days and Counting”
I am grateful for the lessons I am able to learn from complete strangers…when I am willing to open my eyes, heart and thoughts.