Word Count: 197
Latest Version: 2007
In my smile you may not feel,
the countless things I fear.
Yet in my eyes emotions real,
for the relations I hold dear.
In my voice so strong and sure,
my strength seems so ideal.
Only my heart – my soul, truly knows,
how deep the pain I feel.
You are lost now I must stand,
for the change your spirit insists.
So with the Creator’s strength I walk,
for the reality society resists.
In dreams I paint with visions art,
the reform I have conceived.
Now with this journey I must impart,
the thoughts I have perceived.
I travel across these empty roads,
in search for what is real.
I follow this lonely countryside,
for the pain I know you feel.
I know your brilliant spirit cries,
for the voice they have ignored.
So I walk for you and your love,
for the change your soul implores.
With each days end I hope tomorrow,
our search for justice will end your sorrow.
I pray in darkness; I search the light,
with each days dawn brings new hope to sight.
In journeys end sweat son of mine,
you’ll find your peace in the laws we define.
© 2021 Larry Pattison Jr | All Rights Reserved.
This poem was inspired by the real life death of Matthew Powers, and his mother’s quest to change the street racing laws in Ontario. Here is a link to my original unpublished story, Taking Back Our Streets.