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+Steven Curtis Lance
post Mar 31, 2012, 04:40 PM
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The River

then but now

When telling me to shut up failed to work
My father tried to kill me with his fork
At the table but was not able to
Because my mother was able to do
What a mother does and was impaled instead
Unsuccessful killing his successor

But she recovered what I never did
I would recall it all could not get rid
Of that and the rest he did that we hid
Never mind forgiving so forgetting
Getting on with living though regretting
The aggrieved surviving the aggressor

And I am alive and they are both dead
When the dead live among the living now
The dying are trying to live somehow
Without looking back with enough ahead
To worry about to be sorry when
Trying not to dying but living too

Leaving the dead for the living to be
What I should if I could I would be free
At last from the past for the life of me
My mother and the others left behind
When my father felt like killing again
Who lost it all who could not get away

He was more successful with others then
Brothers I lost before losing my mind
With no tomorrow only yesterday
But after it cost it all to recall
Somehow I win now by losing it all
Yesterday lived down then up for today

When living or dying to anyway
Losing but choosing what to live without
Giving it away then trying to say
That was yesterday and this is today
Such as it is much as it is for anyone
Though what was done would never be undone

Forever yesterday then but now has begun
An ever flowing river growing downstream
To never end wherever it may wend its way
Because it turns out this was all a dream about
The river the giver the stream of the dream
That was yesterday then but now this is today

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