You are what you read

Some words curse, some words cure
Some make you bold, some not so sure
Words can grow wisdom, words can grow love
Purify heart, lit light in your soul
But avoid those that spark hate or urge hurt
Those that chain others or end life too soon
So don’t wait too long, get what you need
Remember forever: you are what you read

Yesterday I went to Rebel Book Club book-swap meeting. Amazing atmosphere of deep thought about the current world affairs, challenges we face and hope that we all carry in our hearts. I always strive to broaden my horizons whenever I can and this book club is certainly one of the most valuable ways to do so. It’s strictly a non-fiction company so if you decide to join you can expect deep arguments or controversial research or theories.
It was a book-swap so everyone brought a book that in one way or another changed their life, world view or character and then exchanged it with a book someone else brought. I chose to bring The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry. It is a small book with only 140 pages. But there is power there. There is an explanation of things that lead our lives without us noticing them. It is a book written to make us understand each other and the social norms that shape and govern us. It’s a book about how to navigate being a man, especially now in the #metoo era. It’s a male version of We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and just as I always recommend that one, I also recommend this one with all my heart. It opens our eyes to the other side of the issue of gender equality by taking in the other half of the population – men. For me, this book brings a bit of balance to the issue of feminism as it concentrates on masculinity. The concept, the culture, the execution, the toxicity.
The book I got was Calm the F**k Down by Sarah Knight because in this always rushing world everyone needs a bit of peace and just calm the f*** down.
You are what you read, so read what enriches you and makes you a better person.
What book has changed your views or left a lasting impression you just can’t shake off?

Of the sea and wind

When the sea comes to me
I’ll be a wave crashing so near
A deeper thought
A deeper sound
And you’ll be my new found land

So will you hold me
Until my last shallow breath
Will you love me
If it’s the last thing you have

Cause every now and then
I feel the time go by
And it’s just a short breath
Or is it just a lonely sigh?

We spend so much time apart
So is it even real?
I always try to make it right
And keep my heart concealed

Last time you burst in like a river
I didn’t have time to run
Your passion swept me in a flood
And, oh, it took my life
And I wanted to forget and I wanted to scream
But darling there is no escape, we were meant to be

If the wind comes chasing me
I’ll be a rock standing so still
Or like a tree
Or like a cloud
And you’ll be the king I crown

Let there be light

No matter what I do
I won’t ever be good enough for you
And you can hear me crying
When magic within us is dying
And the world needs it now
Like I need you, my moon, my sun

And then you said
‘Let there be light’
Time after time there was no place to hide
Slipping through my fingers
Days, months and years
Not coming back ever again

Because the last time I saw your eyes
They were like a clear blue sky
I don’t know what went wrong
Now they only carry storm

If I could be brand new
There is so much shit I wouldn’t do
And I know I was lying
When I said we would be flying
Why is it that you don’t care how
You’ll leave this Earth and turn to dust

We were drifting for so long
My head felt so light
Every rainy day was below us
Above us only stars

And then you said
‘Let there be light’

Trying to bring me down

I’ve been in trouble
I don’t know what I’ve done so wrong
Tried to be above all
Mistakes I made and lies I told

Let’s go, give me something to think about
Let’s go, cause they’re all just trying to bring me down
They’re all just trying to bring me down

You want a quick score
Don’t you think you’re a bit too old?
I want a peace talk
And I won’t be waiting anymore 

And I won’t give in
This insanity is spiraling
And I won’t commit
To this farce, it’s just embarrassing

Come on, I’m dropping down to my knees
Come on, my mind will never be at ease
Let’s go, give me something to think about
Let’s go, cause they’re all just trying to bring me down
They’re all just trying to bring me down

All over again

No, I don’t know how to feel
It has always been a guess
I am numb and out of reach
Only outrageously stressed
Will I ever be a bride
Will I know how to lie
How to cope with sleepless nights
Hiding from you in plain sight

My, oh my, future husband
My, oh my, depression is calling
Is it too late to say I’m sorry?
You give advice that I keep ignoring

It’s the same row
All over again
It’s not my fault
That you don’t understand me

I can only testify
I did not commit a crime
Sadness is a normal thing
But I know what you all think
I am strange and I’m a bore
Frankly, I don’t care no more
I’m not rich, still insecure
Dream I’m wearing haute couture

My, oh my, future children
My, oh my, anxiety is growing
Is it too late to say “don’t worry”?
You give me love that I keep ignoring

And it’s the same row
All over again
It’s not your fault
That you don’t understand me
How could you understand me?
Nobody understands me

Ain’t nothing back for me

Your face imprinted deep in my brain
I know this time is gonna be exactly the same
Hands down and head down, you know the rules
But I forget them until I’m bound to lose

You want my time?
You want my heart?

But baby, you don’t give it back
Ain’t nothing back for me
You just play around
I jump around
I do it all, baby
But ain’t nothing back for me

Yes, people say ‘I’m not going anywhere’
And people swear, oh yes
‘You’re my only love affaire’

You still want my soul?
You always want more

But baby, you don’t give it back
Ain’t nothing back for me
You just play around
I jump around
I’d do it all, baby
But ain’t nothing back for me

Ain’t nothing back for me

I will give love

It’s hard to admit that it wasn’t it
I broke into pieces
When you left me here

I held my love in my cold, cold hands
The love that I wished knew no end

So help me, Lord
I feel so alone
I lost my soul
Since he’s been gone

I held my love in my empty, empty heart
The love that I wished could survive

But I will grow into flowers, clouds and wind
To help me redeem all my past sins
And I will forget about all that I did
And I will give love
Though never receive

a night with you

After the curtain call
We let the sun in
Bathed in the morning light
Our bodies skin to skin

Come now, don’t hold back
We’ll have an eternal feast
Grab all that you can eat
Bitter, sour or sweet

For blessed are those who dine with the gods
Damned are those who don’t drink their wine
If you’re ready
I am too
Let the sacrifice be made

East from the seven seas
A garden lays ahead
Carrying our sins
We walk through its holy gates

Come now, we’re going down
Stepping from pedestals
Leave your pride far behind
Spread your wings and fly

We’re made in the image of the gods
So why we don’t ever feel enough?
If you let go
I will too
Will the dreams and fears come true

Heaven

 

Have you ever wondered

Why the wind runs so wild?

An enchanted breath of gods

Playing like a child

 

Oh, how much I miss those days

When I was young and free

Always laughing, always charmed

And forever the wind I’ll be

 

Have you ever wondered why

The sky is so damn high?

Ever tempting yet unsure

Am I wrong or is there more?

 

We all wonder, we all guess

Sometimes more and sometimes less

Is it the biggest of all lies

That we’ll end up in the sky?

 

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Hey guys! So I decided to experiment with words a bit more than usual here. I hope you enjoyed it!

Let me know what you think!

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