Overworked and just a mess
I like to practice mental rest
Mindfulness to soothe distress
I’d like to write, read many books, and plan for tests
And plan for papers
And plan for work
And plan for plans so I can practice mental rest
But I’m upset
I’d like to explore and play and swim and joke and snort
And cuddle in a pillow fort
But I’m pressed for time
There’s much to do
Seriousness about hullabaloo
People in charge have decided that funs too fun
And, “Well, there’s a time for that”
It’s set for seven; haven’t you looked?
It’s there within our discipline book
You’re grown now, after all
If you’re to succeed, you must learn to settle with less
What’s all this with creative work, sincerity, and imagination?
Don’t you know the worlds at war?
Our nation’s facing several disgraces
Don’t you know there are czars and greed?
Don’t you know you there are drunks in bars and poverty,
Anxiety, and people in the streets with no food to eat?
Responsibility means you must pursue industry
Adults show up, despite disease
You’ve committed; our society requires you to be
Tired and buttoned-down – to the tee
Speaking of, have you practiced your golf swing?
You’ll need to if you will compete most effectively
Be grateful, it once was worse
Children had to work and didn’t learn
And hours lasted and smoke would burn in city streets
You see: the world is unkind
People lie and care for their lives
They forget they’re kids inside
And choose to hide behind a role that they decide
It’s confusing, I know; I feel it too
And what are we to do?
There’s a secret thing
I’m so happy to share with you:
Don’t listen to those authorities
It’s scary, I know, but success just needs faith and hope
Don’t sacrifice who you are inside
To be a part of something that makes people mope
Hear your heart and help your friends
You might need to plan now and then
But it’s okay to take the time for jokes and snorts and pillow forts
And live your life
Don’t give it up; just keep focus
Practice your passion and commit some time
You might fail but eventually you’ll notice
You’ve built a life you love
And the dreams people told you to believe were true
They were just a bit tough
There’s no right answer
So don’t worry, keep going, and do what’s right for you