Lean on me ..
Pisa , Italy
There he was standing tall , titling to the south, flocked with people wanting to get the standard ‘Pisa Push’ photo clicked with him.
“You must feel like a celebrity , Mr. Leaning Tower of Pisa.” , I said. “Quite some turnaround you have out there “.
He didn’t respond.I saw an uncanny sadness in his eyes.Despite all the attention,he stood there feeling lonely in the crowd.After some time , he looked at me and said , ” Only if they listened , would they understand my story .. ”
“ I know I don’t stand upright
but I need to be able to make it on my own
Just don’t be fearful of my collapse all the while.
I need you to have faith in me.
I know I tilt on one side
but that’s what makes me unique and different
Just don’t focus on my mistakes and pass judgements.
I need you to accept me the way I am.
I know I wasn’t built on a solid ground
but when the very mantle on which our Earth rests ,
lays on a unrest of tectonic plates
How can stability even be guaranteed to those with ?
Just don’t doubt my steadiness all the time.
I need you to trust me .I won’t let you down.
I know I’m not as elegant and dandy as the rest
but I’ve been passed through several hands
worked on in bits and pieces , even left unattended for a century
When work resumed, men went to war and left me standing alone again.
Just don’t skim through my exterior
I need you to look at my core. It bears the scars of history .
I don’t want you holding my hand ,fearing my fall.
I don’t want you worrying about me ,straying too far
I don’t want you uplifting my spirits ,not fully accepting my avatar
All I want you to do is ,
for once LEAN on ME .. “