"When" was written by a very talented song writer and performer. I think that everyone can relate to some of the feelings expressed in the first part of this poem and the powerful message at the end of will hopefully inspire those who read it to not give up. David has given me permission to put this poem up so that I can share this message with you.

Thank you David for letting me share your words.

When you feel overwhelmed by the things you have to do
and you know you need to start but you haven't got a clue

When the hour hand is moving faster than it should
and you'd stop it in a second if you thought you could

When you wonder how on earth you'll make it through the day
and you feel like raising hell cuz heaven's just too far away

When anger and fatigue are runnin in your veins
and you're looking for the sun but the skies are full of rain

When every single breath feels like a chore
and the fears you thought were buried are knocking at your door

When every dream you built up is going down in smoke
and every prayer you whisper feels like a joke

When the friends you thought you trusted turn their backs and walk away
and you want to speak your mind but you don't know what to say

When you're trying to remember but you constantly forget
and you're hanging on to hope but you're haunted by regret

When you’re trying to take it easy but everything is hard
and you want to find your freedom but you always feel on-guard

When every single sunset only makes you sad
and you want to just forgive but you can't stop being mad

When the questions keep on coming but the answers lag behind
and you’re lost in the confusion of the fog inside your mind

When your heart is feeling heavy and your spirit's feeling down
and the look upon your face is frozen in a frown

When you wish that you were proud but all you feel is shame
and you're hiding in the dark 'cause you cannot see the flame

When you wish you could rejoice but all you do is grieve
and you’re seeking out your faith but you can't seem to believe

When the colors all around you fade to grey and then to black
and you put your best foot forward then retreat under attack

When you think everything's wrong and you're sure nothing is right
and you hold on to your vision but the end is out of sight

When the song you're trying to sing is quiet as the moon
and the star you wish upon falls way like a balloon

When it hurts too much to laugh 'cause all you do is cry
There's a reason to continue I will tell you why

If you are reading this it means you are not dead
and every breath you take and every thought inside your head

Is a crystal clear decree that God believes in you
and as long as you are here He's got more for you to do

And if per chance you stumble and fall down on the ground
and look in all directions but see no one around

It could be that everybody else has fallen too
and as much as you need them somebody else needs you

So rise up, my friend, and welcome this new day with a shout
and cherish every second and drive away the doubt

Walk right through the shadows, I promise there's a way
Then find out why the good Lord's given you another day

Copyright© 2001 David M. Bailey

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