At my lowest I sat outside, I sat right next to a tree
no friends no, no foe, nor family
just me, myself and my melancholy.
And through this tree the almighty spoke to me
“my son, life is like a symphony
and you are the orchestrator of your own misery.
I will tell you a little story
to show you the mystery of god’s glory.”
Stunned in awe by this tree that spoke
I pinched myself to ensure I was woke
this can’t be real, must have hit my head
it’s surely real for this she said,
“centuries ago when the world we know now was without shape or form
before even the oldest pharaoh was born.
Light years before flora and fauna was a thing
long before kings and queens and even wedding rings.
Though this story might make you grin,
look deeper than the wits to find the truth within."
There was a man from a town
and all day long he would wear a frown.
he believes he has the worst of luck
in despair he’s always stuck
just like you he wanted answers
just like you sought divine sponsors
he searched for space where he could shout
so the highest hill he apt to mount.
On this hill he spoke to a rock
pardon serendipity but I kid you not
“I am the worst” the little man said
“might as well I end up dead”
“well, yes” the rock replied in a convincing tone.
This shook the little man to his bone.
The rock spoke again in a different note
and thus he said in baritone,
“problems are plenty of this I’m sure
but just like you every man has his own.
The tongue you have is a powerful thing
please be cautious of the words you sing
for every claim you make the earth says “yes”
so if you speak of yourself speak the best
for what you say I will attest.”
“Change how you look at what you see
what you see will surely change
quite aware this advice is strange
but what you preach will surely be.”
Orlando Clark is a third-year Jamaican international student majoring in English at Mount Mercy University. He loves his family, football, and literature. He is an aspiring English professor, writer, footballer, familyman and businessman. He is his best self when he is out in nature, absorbing all the natural mystics of the world.