Ryan Bird

I am blessed to know so many caring, beautiful, open-minded people who add so much to my life.  One of these people is former student, partner in crime in the affordable housing game, current tutor at WordPlay Cincy, friend and author, Nick Tilley.

Nick writes as “Ryan Bird,” but, with his permission, I am pulling the mask off the Master in this post.  Below is his poem, “Bittersweet Ascension.”  For many reasons, when my wife, Katie, showed me the following poem this morning (which is on Nick’s Facebook wall) I was floored.  Nick’s (Ryan Brid’s) words struck a chord with me that is still ringing.  Thank you, brother, for the inspiration.

Read on, and take what you need from these lovely words – and there is much to take.

Bittersweet Ascension

“I sit here and weep for the world. I weep not for being scared of the dark, but for seeing the light.

For the first time I see this environment of human interaction as it is, not as we were “trained” to see.

I weep for this world…

I weep for this world that rejects openness, yet praises illusion.

Criticizes the unique, yet accepts the conformist.

Walks over the caring, yet rewards the narcissist.

Ridicules the intelligent, yet worships the superficial.

I weep for this world…

I weep for this world that assumes genuine kindness comes with a price, yet calls hatefulness honest

Punishes the nice guy, yet the crowns the jerk.

Judges difference, yet approves of unified hate.

Makes talent irrelevant, yet prioritizes who you know.

I weep for this world…

I weep for this world that a single mother is shunned, yet negligent parents are the norm.

Marriage has no meaning, yet we play a game of notches.

It is not safe to help, yet safe to be selfish.

You are called “gay” to show emotion, yet emptiness is attractive.

I weep for this world…

I weep for this world because we need a change, a change in the fundamental virtue of human nature.

A change that is not known to the masses because we are each forced not to see.

Forced to be egocentric, value our own problems above all, put country and faith above humanity, above world, blind of the truth.

Love will set us free.

I rejoice for this world…

I rejoice for what this world can be.

Who a person is outweighs what they look like.

What a person does, overshadows where they’re from.

Where there is no race, no sex, no age, no division, no classes, no ego, only people.

I rejoice for this world…

I rejoice for this world where people put others happiness above their own.

Honesty and Integrity trumps power and greed.

Good and just conquer evil and suffering.

Freedom is truly free.

I rejoice for this world…

I rejoice for this world where we have the power.

Love is open and free.

Acceptance and empathy replace judgment.

Human right is the only law.

I can be the change in this world…

If I can be the change, you can be the change, one at a time we are the change in this world.

Unity can be above all, an ascension of human existence that has no parallel in time.

Into the light we go, our tears line the path, Love wipes them away.”

-R.B.-

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