I close my eyes and thank you Thank you for this feeling Thank you for this inspired prose Thank you for this experience I am but a man Imperfect, unknowing, afraid A man used to standing on his own While not liking it. A man used to looking in the mirror And wishing for a better view. A man used to singing a familiar tune While wishing he could change the station. A man not unlike you. A boy once beaten into wisdom Had to first learn about his own stupidity. A boy once betrayed into darkness Had to know the abyss to see unending light. A warrior once of the sword now of the Anahata He searches for a his way in the briers Toward the sound that has given him pause Toward the Stream that has given him a reason To be thankful. I close my eyes and thank you. Thank you for the dreams I am about to dream Thank you for the dreams I have had Thank you for showing me a way. Thank you for you.