John Ackerman

Keeping It Real - Poem by John Ackerman

Keeping It Real

as a young child I could dream
of far off places with dragons, kings & queens
still in my mind I shine
the inner light of solace
playing with a bat & ball
as I got a little older I stood up tall

trying to find the spark to light the inner flame
I gave up the sand box to build forts in the woods
stolen candy bars from a nearby store I gave up the goods
back then I liked the Yankees & the Bee Gees
As the years would pass I had every reason to grasp
a quest to live my life through

perhaps I bit off far more then I could chew
in the days of my youth were very brief
I always felt like turning over a brand new leaf
Sweat pants & the break dance scene
a shouting star to the dance hall scene
chilling with my friends now that I was grown

I used to really hold my own
head up high to the sky & never relent to ever give up the fight
kissing sweet honey's down at the school thought I was so cool
block parties after high school with fast cars too
Hearing the tunes of Stevie B
smoking weed & laughing until I cried

Thought that sex was real love but that soon would fade
instant gratification made me rest on a small vacation
had moments of sadness feeling all alone
until the day I met the savior & my life would shine
Created by the hand of his elegance crafted from his design
all my sins & chains were gone now I sing the redemption song

Some say you got to go through Hell to get to heaven
it's not a one stop shopping event at your local seven eleven
so today I choose to keep it real
where other dismiss & say it's no big deal
the light of the world shined on me & love was the answer
Never relent to ever give up on your dreams
In time you'll shine through the darkness with light
Don't ever give up on the fight

Topic(s) of this poem: life and death, love, love and art

Form: Free Verse

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Poem Submitted: Friday, June 30, 2017

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