rhetoric

I recently came across a post with this picture in it. The comments following were of course “he is so cute” , I just love his cute little face” and “I am kissing him in my mind ”to name a few with about 20 comments after that along those same lines. NO ONE sad anything about what this little guy was going through. Think about it, he is approximately a 25 pound animal wedged in a tree at the shoulder. Put yourself in his place what would you feel? Would it be how cute you must look or how much pain you are feeling with all of your weight supported by vise like pressure on your muscles and skin, You think he could have been afraid of falling?. I commented this on the thread and as was to be expected a guy reached deep into his bag of new aged rhetoric and pulled out the usual catch phrase said “seeing the bad is a sign of a negative self-image” or something like that.  It is sad how often a person will say what they think they are supposed to say to be seen as a loving thoughtful person when what needed to be said was the fact that the photographer was callous enough to pup this little guy in such a position as to cause him considerable pain. I am pretty sure instead of knowing he was being kissed in someone’s mind he would have preferred to be let out of the damn tree.

R.Caruso (c)

Hysteria

Hysteria

 

Your mind starts spinning with logic and fear

You feel yourself slipping, insanity near

Conflicting emotions are now in your path

You know your irrational but how long will it last.

You try to understand this pain that you feel

Your mind tells you something but in your heart it’s not real.

You reaction is first to just stop the pain.

You get control for a moment but start slipping again.

This could last for an hour or a few days or so.

What happens when it is over for sure you don’t know.

Now you are in your right mind hysteria’s past

You understand the confusion your sanity’s back

You look around feeling embarrassed and shamed

Are your friends still your friends will they let you explain.

Will they feel the real you had finally came out

Did you lose their respect is your friendship in doubt.

Can they really understand what just happened to you?

Will they remember the time when they were there too?

Have they ever felt confusion or been riddled with pain?

Will they remember a time when they too felt insane?

Though this feeling is fleeting it can change your life

You can lose a husband or boyfriend a girlfriend or wife.

If this occurs and you lose your best friend

Just dust yourself off and start stepping again.

The strength comes from understanding what just happen to you.

Just figure out the real problem and what next time you’ll do.

Now you say you know how to keep hysteria at bay.

You’ll just block your feelings so the pain stays away.

I admit this is one way but it comes with a price,

You’ll never have understanding of love or of life.

So walk through this life with your compassion maintained

Be there for your friends when their hysteria reigns

R.Caruso ©2002

Decision

I gaze upon and eagle while standing at the door

I look again behind me not sure I want this anymore.

The eagle’s life I knew to be tranquil and so free

I look behind me once again it’s sure not that way for me.

I remember my flight with the eagle flying high above the crowd

Detached from turbulent emotions and egos screaming loud.

I watched as people attacked each other aiming for the heart.

I noticed the people that professed their love quickly torn apart.

I asked my friend the eagle why do you think they act this way.

He said they crave protection they don’t know any other way.

You see they never rise above and see the world I see.

They feel a life of beauty for them can never be.

They just need to relax their mind and follow their own heart.

For if they did this one small thing their lives would have a better start.

I listen to him intently and then asked what am I to do

Do I go back in to my path my friend or stay out here with you

He looked at me a second, thinking of what to say

Your mission of life is not about keeping things away

You’re here to live among them and help them to see the light.

To show a way to live their lives with out a constant fight

You can do your best to understand and help them find a better way

But if you choose to join them, then fighting will fill your days.

Remember the sights you’ve seen flying here with me

Take it with you now my friend and help them all to see.

Tell them of the sight you’ve seen the beauty from above

That they to can see this too they just have to rise above.

I pondered what the eagle said as I stepped back inside the door.

I think I’ll live my life from now on not fighting anymore.

I’ll try to live life gliding the way the eagle does.

To do my best to live my life balanced, with strength and with love.

I looked around with this conviction amazed at the sight

The world that looked so dark before had completely filled with light.

The sight of brightness helped me put my hard feeling down to rest.

So now my path is clear I understand my Quest.

To help people find their way to the future that they seek

To help them find a way out of pain and strength for when they’re weak.

                                                                                                       R.Caruso © 2002

 

Cross Roads

Cross Roads

The spirit of a man began to stray

From within the body in which he laid

It traveled the ethers and rested where

There was a sleeping woman with silken hair

He stroked her hair, she made a gentle sigh

A smile returned, among the tears she cried

He stroked her cheek, she dreamed he cared.

She snuggled close, she felt him there.

Her heart was full her love was back

She dreamed her world was bright, her life intact.

He said, my love it is up to you

The time has come. What will you do?

My love is here my body’s not.

We both learned the lessons the spirits taught.

We know our love is strong and true

Time is now love, it is up to you.

She felt the truth as he explained

It is time to stand up and make a change.

He held her close, made her heart melt

She reveled in, the love she felt.

Then with a start she felt the lack

a weak, cold hand had touched her back.

The gray world was back the spirit gone

Her lonely tears continue on.

R.Caruso (c) 2010

A Message

Its 2 am and I’m sitting here typing on these keys

As visions, words and scenarios spin inside of me.

Sleep thus far evades me as I think of what they mean

I know I’ll never sleep a wink, till I’ve told you what I’ve seen.

I see treachery and bigotry, poison food in all the stores

While people we hired to keep the peace use lies to sell us war.

Our children are used as pawns, as their lives were about to start.

They are sacrificed there needlessly leaving families torn apart.

Health care only for the wealthy, justice bought and sold by phone.

Schools teach competition, but understanding is never shown.

They teach pride in school and football plays.

But a class for tolerance is not the way

If you’re not happy take your pill today.

It is a robot you will be one day.

That’s just the way it goes.

Then the disasters came and millions died for them help would never come.

Then the economic tapestry began to come undone.

Corporate thieves and politicians pretend each other is to blame.

The society has destroyed itself like a Phoenix in its flame.

During this vision I wondered why it had to be this way.

A voice said, people won’t make a stand, they’re afraid to have their say.

They find their peace in ignorance, false images in their eyes.

They find solace in political rhetoric as their planet starts to die.

Vote for change they’d always shout,  our needs you have to meet.

The only change that’s ever made is who occupies the seats

Then the scene began to change as dust settled on the land.

A world of understanding came as new leaders took a stand.

The voice said these leaders,  are nothing like the ones you had

They have no greed or prejudice they know why things got bad.

When they saw the changes coming, they tried to warn and educate.

All they could do was share what they knew and then stand back and wait

They addressed the abuse of animals and came to their defense.

They tended the needs of the common man, and put injustices to rest.

They fed hungry people the best they could.

Collecting donations from whoever would.

When a protest was needed that is where they stood.

They did their very best.

Now they will lead this world to the place it needs to be.

A place that compassionate behavior is what people expect to see.

No more will virtue,  be seen in cold and greedy acts.

When the masses show integrity the will be no changing back.

The scene disappeared completely

but the voices went on to say

you saw a piece of the future but the work must start today.

R.Caruso (c)2008

A Captive Heart

     A  Captive Heart

 

Through miles of darkness I see you love

In a dark and icy place

Your hearts locked in an icy prison

As tears run down your pretty face.

What can I say to tell you?

That it’s you that holds the key

I can show you the way to a life of love

Just listen close to me.

Your beauty is unmistakable

But you refuse to see

Your heart and mind completes you love

You’re as beautiful as can be.

Your sterile world you must leave behind

Just stand and walk and you will find

That love is more than just in your mind

Your world you live in can be warm and kind

Just trust it and you will see.

Just whisper into the darkness

When you’re lonely or your scared

Just open up your heart and mind

And you will know that someone cares.

I will help you along your path to love

I will do all that I can do

I’ll show to a world of love and light

The rest is up to you

R.Caruso ©2009

The Final Act.

On a mountain precipice an old man stood

thinking about his life

He took a pen and paper out and

quickly began to write

He wrote I faced my inner demons; I stood

strong through every test.

It has been a long hard road to get

here ; I have done my very best

To my kids I love you deeply, beyond this life that love will stand

You birth gave me life, your life

gave me strength to be a stronger man

You were taught to stand strong

against adversity; though it’s hard to tell just when.

Are you standing strong on stubborn

ground? Or should you step back and start again

I watched you face your challenges my

hopes and prayers with you

I listen through your painful nights

wishing there was more that I could do.

The years went by so quickly not

enough time to keep you close

Of all the things I’ll miss in this

life I’ll miss you both the most.

To friends and lovers that’s come and

gone I hope that you can see.

No matter what happened I did my best

, I was the all I knew to be.

To god please send this letter to the ones I love; something I know that you will do.

People I met who cried for help, I

gave a message to them from you.

He wrote “my health is failing, won’t be useless in this life.

So he tossed his letter to the

Universe and stepped into the light.

R.Caruso © 2011

My Girl

Thank you for the gift my girl, you gave me years ago

Through an injured arm and broken hearts you let me watch you grow

I watched you grow into a woman as you took your life in hand.

I feel anyone you choose my girl will be a lucky man.

As you move through the years my girl the truth will always be

I honor the gift you gave me my girl, the gift of sharing your life with me.                                                                                           R.CARUSO © 2011

Angel

Angel

 

Angel went to her husband and said “Rob, I have it bad

I used to look like the girls you see in Victoria Secret ads.

I remember the way you looked at me in awe of what you’d see

You acted shy and stuttered a bit the first time you talked to me.

You couldn’t wait to hold me close when we would go out on a date

You called me just to hear my voice; no longer could you wait.

Now when I look in the mirror I see changes that I can’t bear

I cover wrinkles in my face and wash gray out of my hair.

My breast aren’t pointing out they way they did those years before

Now if I go without a bra they point right to the floor.

There are other changes I have seen too depressing for me to say.

I worry with me looking this way how long you will want to stay.

Maybe I need a doctor to make me look like I used to be

Just a few thousand bucks for some lifts and tucks so you can worship me.

Just a couple of little implants and maybe some Botox for my face

And then when it’s over and I have healed, twenty years might be erased.”

Rob looked intently into her eyes thinking of what to say

He held her close and whispered “Love, it’s really not that way.

You’re right I was drawn to you because the way you looked before

But the time we’ve been together has uncovered so much more.

You are right I was really nervous the first time you talked to me

But now your soft and soothing voice helps to comfort me.

I don’t call you daily to hear your voice but it’s not that I don’t care

Your voice is always in my mind and I am grateful that it’s there.

You want the doctor to make you into what you were before

You say you want to do it so that I will love you more.

We’ve been together most our lives but it’s like you don’t know me

Listen now to what I say; there are things that you don’t see:

You never see me watch you, as you lay near me fast asleep

You never look deep into my eyes and see the love I feel so deep.

Or feel me gently touching you and stroke your soft dark hair

I touch your soft smooth skin, thanking god that you are there.

When you are away you never see this thing I often do

I hold your pillow close to me wishing that it were you.

I see you hide your body ashamed of what I see

You never believe me when I say you always look good to me.

I would never leave you; where on earth would I want to go?

You’re part of me and I am part of you; I love you more than you could know.”

 

R.Caruso ©2005