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He’s alone in his thoughts as he sits in class. His mind too full of wonder to focus on the task. “Wake up, says his teacher, you’ve got work to do.” “Science and math and a test or two.” But he never hears a word she says. He is lost deep in the fantasy inside his head. He dreams of a world far away Where he can laugh and play. Where girls and boys Can have all the candy and toys. Where dragons can fly And castles soar into the sky. Where monsters roar And eagles soar. Where there are no rules And never a day of school. That is where his mind is at, All day, in that chair he sat. But teacher don’t despair. For while homework he might not care. That boy who you scold Might be the one who changes the world.

Step Away

Staring into the emptiness,

The bottomless pit of despair.

I think about jumping?

Would anyone care?

I could escape all the pain.

I could escape all the fear.

I could end it all, right now and here.

But at that moment on the cliff,

A thought comes to my mind.

If I’ve already faced death,

Why not give life a try?

What do I have to lose, I say

What can I gain by going away?

If I’ve still got breath

I’ve still got hope.

So why not choose to live today?

Step away from the cliff this day.

Your life has value.

Don’t throw your gift away!