At the back of my mind is a small peaceful walk
Where I amble alone and I don’t have to talk
Where war in the world is a far distant nightmare
And only my personal thoughts I invite there.
If ever the bustle of life gets so fierce
That delicate bubble of sanity pierced
The final resort to losing my way
Shut down for a moment to this place I stray.
But just for a moment and then on with the show
There are things to be done and places to go
It just wouldn’t do to be too insular
I leap out from the sidelines with a little chutzpah.
So now all refreshed I return to my labours
All buoyed by my moment away from life’s sabres
Get myself to the grindstone and continue the task
Forgive me my failings is all that I ask.
My failings are many and yours may be few
We each try our best in the things that we do
If we just understood that and accepted this thing
Troubles would be less and far more hearts would sing.
Occasionally you’ll find me at the back of my mind
I’ll let your thoughts in if intentions are kind
And you’ll find that I think something similar to you
Our innocence was lost by the road as we grew.
There’s a small peaceful walk at the back of my mind
I like to go there and meet friends who are kind
It’s not really too hard to summon them there
They’re people like me who know the world is unfair.
©Joe Wilson – At the back of my mind…2014