THOUGHTS FROM WITHIN by Woody Harrelson 


I sometimes feel like an alien creature 
for which there is no earthly explanation 
Sure I have human form 
walking erect and opposing digits, 
but my mind is upside down. 
I feel like a run-on sentence 
in a punctuation crazy world. 
and I see the world around me 
like a mad collective dream. 

An endless stream of people 
move like ants from the freeway 
cell phones, pc’s, and digital displays 
“In Money We Trust,” 
we’ll find happiness 
the prevailing attitude; 
like a genetically modified irradiated Big Mac 
is somehow symbolic of food. 

Morality is legislated 
prisons over-populated 
religion is incorporated 
the profit-motive has permeated all activity 
we pay our government to let us park on the street 
And war is the biggest money-maker of all 
we all know missile envy only comes from being small. 

Politicians and prostitutes 
are comfortable together 
I wonder if they talk about the strange change in the weather. 
This government was founded by, of, and for the people 
but everybody feels it 
like a giant open sore 
they don’t represent us anymore 
And blaming the President for the country’s woes 
is like yelling at a puppet 
for the way it sings 
Who’s the man behind the curtain pulling the strings? 

A billion people sitting watching their TV 
in the room that they call living 
but as for me 
I see living as loving 
and since there is no loving room 
I sit on the grass under a tree 
dreaming of the way things used to be 
Pre-Industrial Revolution 
which of course is before the rivers and oceans, and skies were polluted. 

Before Parkinson’s, and mad cows 
and all the convoluted cacophony of bad ideas 
like skyscrapers, and tree paper, and earth rapers 
like Monsanto and Dupont had their way 
as they continue to today. 

This was Pre-us 
back when the buffalo roamed 
and the Indian’s home 
was the forest, and God was nature 
and heaven was here and now 
Can you imagine clean water, food, and air 
living in community with animals and people who care? 

Do you dare to feel responsible for every dollar you lay down 
are you going to make the rich man richer 
or are you going to stand your ground 
You say you want a revolution 
a communal evolution 
to be a part of the solution 
maybe I’ll be seeing you around…

Video of Woody Reading Poem



About Christopher Chase

Co-creator and Admin of the Facebook pages "Tao & Zen" "Art of Learning" & "Creative Systems Thinking." Majored in Studio Art at SUNY, Oneonta. Graduated in 1993 from the Child & Adolescent Development program at Stanford University's School of Education. Since 1994, have been teaching at Seinan Gakuin University, in Fukuoka, Japan.
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8 Responses to THOUGHTS FROM WITHIN by Woody Harrelson 

  1. creekwaterwoman says:

    Reblogged this on CreekWaterWoman and commented:
    It’s well worth reading.

  2. wakulimayounguganda says:

    Reblogged this on wakulimayounguganda.

  3. Michelle says:

    Like this direction, please continue. Hopefully we can get the message sooner. ~Before we have the need to cut our eyelids off to stay awake like Bodidharma…

  4. Doro Kiley says:

    Beautifully put and right on the mark. Sharing the link on

  5. city hermit says:

    Reblogged this on Free Easy Peace and commented:
    Speak for minds and hearts around world today. Just blogged about Allen Ginsberg’s poetry resonating the same themes even though they were written decades ago.

  6. Shailesh Patel says:


  7. Song Cornell says:

    Woody’s poem is quite the loveliest… 💜

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