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10: Serenity by Celita

April 24, 2017

  

As a follow up to this week's episode here are the show notes and the words to my poem "Serenity". This is the fourth poem in my Recovery series.

 

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Serenity

 

God

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change

The courage to change the things I can

And the wisdom to know the difference

Living one day at a time

Enjoying one moment at a time

Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace

Trusting as Jesus did this sinful word as it is

And not as I would have it

Trusting that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will

So that I may be reasonably happy in this life

And supremely happy with you forever in the next

Amen

 

I wish me and my sister were tighter

I’m not sure she knows how much I like her

Although I won’t hesitate to fight her

She’ll be my homey to the wire

 

I wish New Orleans didn’t flood

A city covered with water mixed with blood

The people trudging through the mud

Wishin’ Michael Brown knew what his job was

Not dead bodies, but dead lives

That’s a dead flame that’s floating by

Can’t help but to question and ask why

But I know so many more people could have died

Still we turn our heads up to the sky

I can’t find my daughter is she still alive?

Without her I’m not sure I can survive

Can’t keep my hopes up though I’ve tried

 

I wish gas prices were lower

I go to the pump

Push start, lift the lever up

And watch the money lump

To a sum that makes me go numb

I go dumb and can’t speak no more

It’s a little more than I can afford

And driving a Ford Explorer

Is becoming more of a chore

Than a cool ride

That makes me look live like I was looking for

 

But wishing things would change

Doesn’t change anything

The only peace is in accepting

That the way things are

Is the way things should be

And it’s in this that I find my serenity

Not saying you don’t fight

I mean, you change what you can

But what you can’t you leave alone

You leave it up to the man

Whether its messed up or blessed up

Whether it’s rotten or right

Imma' lay down my head

And Imma' sleep tonight

Not stay awake hoping it turned out differently

No it turned out the way it did

So it is what it is

And I find my peace in this…acceptance

 

I wish leaders for forever

They plant seeds and watch it grow

It’s really hard to see them go

But deep down in your heart you know

It’s probably the best thing

But it’s testing

My investing in this nesting

And others investing in me

Because when turnover is heavy

Trust breaks like a levee

And when the successor’s a little queasy

Man, rebuilding ain’t easy

 

I wish my dance ministry were huge

And we always making the news

We got our own line of shoes

And we always breaking the rules

Other dancers, us choose

Huge concerts, us rule

A couple mishaps, a few

But in the end, us cool

 

I wish maybe I looked a little bit older

Grown folks giving me the cold shoulder

First impressions

Got them guessin’

Is this a child spittin’ blessing

Am I being asked to repent

From a delinquent

How much time has she spent

On this earth is she ten?

And then their mouths hit the floor

When I tell them I’m twenty-four

But that’s okay cause when I’m sixty

A man that’s thirty be hittin’ on me

Because wishing things would change

Doesn’t change anything

The only peace is in accepting

That the way things are

Is the way things should be

And it’s in this that I find my serenity

Not saying you don’t fight

I mean, you change what you can

But what you can’t you leave alone

You leave it up to the man

Whether its messed up or blessed up

Whether it’s rotten or right

Imma' lay down my head

And Imma' sleep tonight

Not stay awake hoping it turned out differently

No it turned out the way it did

So it is what it is

And I find my peace in this…acceptance

 

I wish my style was a little more prissy

But that stuff just don’t seem to fit me

But I was thinking that maybe

If I looked a little more like a lady

Then the brotha’ might ask me out to a movie

Instead of looking right through me

To the sista’ standing next to me

Because she got a bigger chest than me

I can’t let it get the best of me

But I can’t help to be just wondering

 

I wish I could keep friends for a lifetime

But looking back over my timeline

It seems that they disappear when its rough

And then come back fine

So now my trust is busted

And my iron that sharpens your iron has been dripped on

Now its rusted

It’s caked up a crusted

So I’ve got a friendship malfunction like Janet and Justin

 

I wish I could dance all the time

Cause in my mind

Life moves in beats and rhyme

And I glide to the bass droppin’ down in my soul

It makes me lose control like Missing

My body convulses in a tizzy

But I gotta’ stop because I’m too broke and busy

And though my passions’ not fleeting

I gotta’ keep working

So I can keep eating

 

And speaking of working

I wish I could do better at my job

I put in time and I get robbed

My pride quenched under the mob

Of the demands and commands

Mixed his his plans that their fans

I explain they still don’t understand

My happiness is banned

My integrity is slammed

Feels like I’ll never measure up

Being compared to those who’ve been there

Since the floor was bare

And there was nothing in there

They helped build this thing up

From the ground up

So now I’m fed up

And ready to give up

 

But…

 

…wishing things would change

Doesn’t change anything

The only peace is in accepting

That the way things are

Is the way things should be

And it’s in this that I find my serenity

Not saying you don’t fight

I mean, you change what you can

But what you can’t you leave alone

You leave it up to the man

Whether its messed up or blessed up

Whether it’s rotten or right

Imma' lay down my head

And Imma' sleep tonight

Not stay awake hoping it turned out differently

No it turned out the way it did

So it is what it is

And I find my peace in this…acceptance

 

God

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change

The courage to change the things I can

And the wisdom to know the difference

Living one day at a time

Enjoying one moment at a time

Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace

Trusting as Jesus did this sinful word as it is

And not as I would have it

Trusting that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will

So that I may be reasonably happy in this life

And supremely happy with you forever in the next

Amen

 

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