#215 – There’s a beauty

My father found the burden of life too much to bear

He snapped,

He screamed,

He shouted,

He borrowed and gambled

He let the hate in his heart and the abuse he suffered from his father take him over

He drank and he screamed and shouted some more

Treated little old me to a front row seat to a man’s desolation as I sat frozen in my body,

It was a lot for a child to understand,

Too much even.

The fear, the confusion, the anger and hope for someone to fix it and hold me tight while they made it all better for me.

I don’t ever really know who I am in any one moment,

I can fit in, get along and thrive in almost any room you put me in

hey, Ian’s a fun guy isn’t he, little mad but he’s great isn’t he”

I’ve heard this a few times and it’s okay to be a little bit mad I tell myself, the best people often are.

Dylan, Bukowski, Zevon and Dr. Hunter S all spring to mind.

I don’t fit in with many people,

I can go along and get along,

I can charm and make jokes,

I can listen and help

But there’s only a small handful of humans out there who understand me.

Not the version of Ian they want

Or the version they knew

Or the version of me that’s something else

But those few who get my weirdness,my quietness, my darkness, my sense of humour (dark as it may be at times)

It’s more than a lot of people have and I’m grateful for those people.

Those are the people that make me want to live a long, beautiful and adventurous life. Full of smiles, photographs, new experiences, dogs, good food and telling my loved ones what they mean to me

I am what I am as Popeye said whoever the fuck that is ?

That’s as much a mystery to me as it is anyone.

It’s a journey, figuring it all out

Some people know as a kid who they are,

Some in their 20’s or their 50’s and it’s all okay

It’s better to find yourself at seventy five than live your whole life without facing all the shit and grittiness that is life.

There’s a beauty in the journey,

There’s a beauty in it

8 thoughts on “#215 – There’s a beauty

  1. There is a beauty in your writing, Ian. It’s a harsh, gritty, truthful beauty, but nevertheless it’s there. I have travelled a lot of the p;laces your journey has taken you and as we get older, we do become more reflective, more philosophical. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Damn. Truer words haven’t been written. You’ve described me so well I caught my breath while reading. And then this: “It’s better to find yourself at seventy five than live your whole life without facing all the shit and grittiness that is life.
    There’s a beauty in the journey,”
    As someone who is finding

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  3. What a beautiful poem, Ian. And then you had to go say that about Popeye. I was totally relating and then I was like – dude’s way younger than me, ha ha!! But I love where your writing’s gone lately 🙂

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