My life has been full of changes – new jobs with new colleagues, new places in new landscapes, and new friends bringing new relationships. I don’t regret making any of them, and find it useful to reflect on the challenges I’ve faced through these changes, and the growths I’ve made as a result.
In the summer of 2013 I was living in Carbondale, Colorado, having recently sold my Glenwood Springs home and 3/4 of my belongings to move into a rented tiny home. Within a week of my move, I went in for my second shoulder surgery. A month after my surgery I visited family in Boulder, and took a stroll along the Pearl Street Mall. It was then that I met Bill Keyes, with his typewriter. Bill is the Poem Guy. He was sitting in a chair, his 1917 manual Corona typewriter in front of him, with a sign reading, “Poems While You Wait”.
I was intrigued. The Pearl Street Mall is filled with a variety of artistic-types, exposing their skills and talents, for everyone’s benefit. Bill offered to write, and type, me a poem of my choosing. All I had to do is give him a few words of inspiration. Words that spoke of myself. He’d take those words and use his craft to write me a poem.
Here are the words I gave him, “Peace, Love, Joy, Purpose”. I adopted them after reading a book, the title of which I currently can’t recall.
Here is the poem Bill wrote for me, using those words. His poem captures my very essence, inside and out, in my work, play, travel and relationships.
PEACE LOVE JOY PURPOSE
SIMPLE INGREDIENTS FOR A GOURM ET M EAL
kids are naturally inclined toward buddha smiles
given the opportunity
most of them recognize happiness
most of em want to be loved
most of em just need to be reminded
th world inside them
is smarter then the one outside
peace and love
but in a world of conflict and confusion
they are so easily trampled
so sprouts don’t grow
pavement takes the garden
and it becomes a rebellious thing
to be yourself
strong in how it is you can provide
something of joy
the ease of your very nature.
– Bill Keyes