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Because belief is hope
For a better tomorrow, for a better today.
It is knowing that pain is only temporary,
And things can only get better.
Like a rollercoaster must begin at the bottom before it can reach the top,
We must suffer before we can be truly happy.
It is only from this pain that we will gain the strength to endure,
To endure life and all its hardships.
Because belief is knowing
That you will find the gold at the end of the rainbow,
The happiness at the end of time.
Because belief is a path,
A path on the road through a dark cavern
To the light at the end of the tunnel.
Because belief is a lending hand,
Only the first in a chain of willing saviors.
It will lead you to those who can help,
Those who can be your salvation.
I can be that lending hand,
I can ride that rollercoaster alongside you,
I can follow that rainbow with you,
I can be your guiding light through that black tunnel.
I will be your salvation.
I will give you that
to crumble up
the remnant pieces
of my love for you
and throw them in the trash
but I'm such a bad shot.
ViolinI remember the day
you told me violins
were strung with cat gut
and that is why
you hated music
(who says that to a child?)
I followed you
all that summer.
I watched you
grow away from mother -
your whiskey held better conversations
and all she did was cry.
We'd sit cross-legged on the porch
and count the horseflies
settling on our lunch.
You would drown tadpoles
in a bucket
surprised they could not swim
and I would dream
of cherry popsicles.
And when night would gather
on the sidewalk
I'd hold my breath
until a star appeared.
Don't bother making wishes
you'd tell me -
stars are dead weight in heaven
and God has cloth ears.
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