Don't Choke

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 16:11 -- Josalyn
Gears turnin’ so fast they’re on fire, see the smoke
 
And breath deep lungfuls of poisoned air- don’t choke
 
Daniel Tosh treats it all like it’s one big joke
 
But beware, don’t you dare laugh yet- don’t choke
 
Shirley Temple sang her heart out, her vocal chords broke
 
But don’t let yourself be silent yet- don’t choke
 
Late night studying, drinking can after can of cherry-coke
 
The acid eats away at your organs, don’t puke- don’t choke
 
Trying to inject an artificial education, just a little poke
 
But the rough texture of impersonal information scrapes your brain- don’t choke
 
Growing as strong and symbolic as an old oak
 
Don’t let sharp axes and bitter men chop you down- don’t choke
 
Because if you choke you end up alone and dying
 
If you tell yourself you’re solitary you’ll be lying
 
And usually, I’m not one for prying
 
But I can see your sad eyes and hear your deep-breath sighing
 
Through thin walls I can hear your violent crying
 
And I, of all people, know that you’re trying
 
But if pain were real estate I know you’d be buying
 
For years and years it’s your own noose you’ve been tying
 
I know because I’ve been there too- I got low
 
I couldn’t see light anymore, my world-view was too narrow
 
You sit obsessing over cards, trying to find a solution in tarot
 
I wish things were as simple as flicking a wand and saying repairo-
That solutions came as quickly as a speeding arrow
 
But they don’t- you must stop being as stubborn as the pharaoh
 
Because it almost seems you don’t want to be saved, like pain is in your marrow
 
This not-choking, this living is tough stuff, I know
 
We can’t give up quite just yet, though
 
It must be worth something to beat depression, our biggest foe
 
We can breath freely if we can just let go
 
Of what chokes us the most, of our burdens and fears
 
If we could look away, quickly shift gears
 
We have to stop worrying about other people, our peers
 
Stop listening to infinite insults from our mommy-dears
 
Because our suffering comes as quickly as your pearl-drop tears
 
Which have been rolling down soft cheeks for years and years
 
We must ignore the taunting of carelessness, it’s jeers
 
Stand back up, and for stable instability give three cheers
 
Because I know that shattered hearts keep growing
 
If you fill in the cracks with love, let it keep flowing
 
Over old wounds, a better glue than your attempt at sewing
 
I can tell it’s started to work, your happiness is showing
 
You’ve started to breath, colors returning, your cheeks are glowing
 
And as long as you’re with me that love will never start slowing
 
Because it’s for your faithful love I’ll never stop owing
 
And I’m telling you now you are someone worth knowing
 
And I’m telling you now you can’t suffocate, you have reason to keep going
 
So please, don’t choke

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