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Give Me a Chance to Change

I wandered all around the perimeter
Not knowing I was so close to home
Unmarked, like a worn tombstone
Like a great river, it parallels my roam

There’s no greater symbol of freedom
Than losing someone of consequence
That’s how you find out what you want
Is it love or with your hearts silence?

I like to watch the sun go down
Sometimes it’s like ashes to urn
Who’s side is God on anyway?
Anyone who waits for it’s return

It’s good to be with a changed man
Forget what he was like before
He may not reveal anything new
But the way he says it you can’t ignore

You can listen to someone for years
But you have to trust your instincts
Maybe they were listening to you
Their past is not how you will think

I can’t say I was disconnected
How could I be if I cry for no reason
Except that’s not true, I know why
Are the right things what I’ve done?


Mark Lecuona (author) from Austin, Texas on July 29, 2019:

Hi Shannon,

I agree. There is nothing wrong with God in poetry if that's what people want to talk about. I suppose it's not honest if you're trying to cast a net around the most people. You just have to say what you believe. And yes, this does include personal relationships. It is fluid in that regard. The words can be substituted for what you want which might mean that I did cast a wide metaphorical net.

Shannon Henry from Texas on July 29, 2019:

I see nothing wrong with God references. People tend to interpret poetry according to their own sense of perception, anyway. That's the beauty of it. So the most important thing is what the author feels and intends to convey. . . Anyway, I enjoyed reading this. For me, it can speak of sin and regrets, but it also has implications beyond a relationship with God. It can extend to personal relationships and the role forgiveness does or does not play.

Mark Lecuona (author) from Austin, Texas on July 29, 2019:

I'm always cheered when something I write resonates with someone. I gave up worrying about God references in my poems. I've had some folks tell me they liked what I wrote (long ago) until I mentioned God. It doesn't have to be the Christian God. It can be whatever you want it to be. Wrestling with sin and the things we've done is a battle between grace or just our conscience. I have a well-developed conscience. It reminds me of my impurities every day.

Paul Balagtas from Philippines on July 29, 2019:

This poem blends well with my mood right now. It's 2 am here in Manila. Can't sleep wrestling with God.

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