Newt


A little while ago,

In a different place.

A friend said some words,

I was in the wrong space.

Down by the water I stood,

He there with a smile on his face.

Newt smiled, he said “Don’t go changin’”


Though he caught me off guard,

Where by the water I stood.

His words marked me slowly,

Shrouded by my hood.

I smiled with some arrogance,

I had not understood.

Newt smiled, he said “Don’t go changin’”


“Of course not.” words escaped me,

So that’s how I replied.

Though I snuck out, unnoticed,

From his words, I could not hide.

I thought they let me alone,

Instead they hid, deep inside.

Newt smiled, he said “Don’t go changin’”


With an absence of mind,

And a scar from the start.

I stood down by the water,

Watched as it broke my heart.

Perhaps love is like pain,

The two cannot come apart.

Newt smiled, he said “Don’t go changin’”


“Change is inevitable”,

I thought in my head.

“Without, there’s no constant”,

Still my heart filled with dread.

I knew he was right,

With his words I was fed.

Newt smiled, he said “Don’t go changin’”


So I sought greater meaning,

And was lost in deep thought.

Realizing down by the water,

I was something I’m not.

I thank God for his words,

I Am’s all I’ve got.

Newt smiled, he said “Don’t go changin’”


Though it took me a while,

I think I know what he meant.

Not about what is outward,

Nor time and life spent.

But as for my soul,

That space I should not rent.

Newt smiled, he said “Don’t go changin’”


When I look at Newt now,

I’m a little bit green.

He stands tall, strong, and proud,

With no shame in his scene.

Newt, you should know you were right,

Your words will not go unseen.

For I hear them, and I won’t go changin’.



© Michael Barry 2013