Saturday, March 9, 2013

Edge of Sanity

Walking on the edge of sanity 
Looking down at the many pitfalls 
I must stay balanced 
Many times teetering on rough cliffs 
Walking tightropes like circus artist 
I'll win best in show 
Avoiding totally falling into despair 
But still living on the edge of reality 
So easy it is to play in fantasy land 
Where the rules are nonexistent 
And pink elephants appear in many rooms 
Breaking the tension that ensues from rough moods 
On the edge of sanity i see a nation with a video game mindset 
Thinking they have many lives 
But in reality they carry many lives 
Killing us one by one 
Till there is only one 
And that one will be most powerful 
But will never meet his potential 
He's been bred dumb and trained for war 
He's broke, hopeless and angry 
But there are no more battles to fight 
The war was never won 
But neither is it lost 

Tony L. Jefferson, Jr. 2013


  1. Tony, from the edge one gets a clearer view of reality but doesn't always like what one sees. So that retreat into fantasy where it is so easy to play can be a great temporary relief.

  2. nothingprofound, you are correct and sometimes fantasy isn't any better, because for some it's a permanent bubble of fantasy and they lose touch with reality. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Yes, I see the sheep all lined up following one another without a second thought. In reality we must make our own choices and reap the consequences, not forgetting to focus on the here and now rather than the fantasy world.
    We can live on the edge sometimes but we ought to always watch our next step before jumping in. Your poem gave me lots to think about.

  4. I like your poem, Tony. It's like an examination of those WTF moments we've all had at some point in life, where our most deeply held beliefs are subjected to intense scrutiny and questioning because we're disappointed with the rest of the world. All any of us can do is live life like there's no tomorrow, compassionate and unafraid, instead of succumbing to the downward spiral of cynicism.