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Selected Poems of Steven Curtis Lance

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Feb 8, 2016, 8:06 pm


(work in progress...)



The struggle to survive
Is strong within me
Surviving I arrive
Having been to be
More now for having been
Before after all
To rise again in fall

The only way out
Is the lonely way in
Within and without
Me having been away
Arriving today
Surviving yesterday

Coming to borrow
My share of tomorrow
As a survivor of
Survivors who came
To go but as they went
Who lent me their name
Their love and what it meant

Hoping just maybe
They went but sent their love
Having a baby
In spite of everything
But it meant something
That sent me for one thing

A link in the chain
Between then and again
And what it means when
More now for having been
Before after all
Now arriving from then
Surviving the fall



Steven Curtis Lance







Feb 6, 2016, 1:34 am


In Solitary Solidarity



I may not be in it but I am of
And by and for the mystery of love
As my origin and my destiny
The best and the rest of the history
Of who I have been through it all to be
Now and how falling and rising again
In and out I see the way out is in

Having found above all and around me
Opening my mind to find it sought me
When who else would it be then if not me
Love that always found but never bound me
Not in now but of how love has brought me
Through it all to do what love has taught me
When I found myself love itself found me

I have turned with the world and I have learned
A thing or two about it as it turned
Out the love I spent is the love I earned
With all I lost and all it cost returned
To find myself by love and mindfully
In love with humankind though I am free
But of and by and for the mystery

Not in it but of and by and for love
In solitary solidarity



Steven Curtis Lance







Feb 2, 2016, 6:30 pm


(work in progress...)



The struggle to survive
Is strong within me
Surviving I arrive
Having been to be
The more for having been

The only way out
Is the lonely way in
Within and without
Me having been away
Arriving today



Steven Curtis Lance







Jan 31, 2016, 11:03 pm


We say no love is lost between
Two when what we really mean
To say then is no love is found
Between with no love around
When we wonder if what was lost
Then was worth it what it cost
The love we find as humankind
Lost to the heart through the mind







Jan 31, 2016, 4:28 pm


The Wind That Blows the Weather In



The wind that blows the weather in
Knows when and whether to begin
Or end and so this way or that
Goes weathering a windy day

Knows in and out and goes about
Understood as being good at
It blows weather as it goes by
Wind whether in or out again

The wind that blows the weather does
What it must do and just because

Going until it blows away
When in goes out this comes to that
In the throes of a changing sky
Blows off then goes on anyway

On with the wind off with my hat
The wind does just because no doubt
About it until turnabout:
The wind that blows the weather out



Steven Curtis Lance







Jan 26, 2016, 8:49 am


The Moon and Me



Through the blue night I see
The moon aspiring up the sky
Rising from out of sight
In my window surprisingly

Inspiring me to try
Seeing it come back up tonight
From being down today
Like me come from around like I
Too try to anyway

And will again but until when
I do then still to be
Aspiring through the blue again
Soon too the moon and me



Steven Curtis Lance







Jan 24, 2016, 7:28 pm


Destination



I like to be in a destination
Out somewhere elsewhere determinedly
Somewhere I used to come on vacation
The destination of my destiny
Destined to bring out the best within me

The vindication of the rest of me
In situ in a situation of
Falling through a crack in society
But after all above it all by love
Saving my life in my estimation

Because I exist I believe love does
Too seeing you being me and because
We exist we resist what never was
For whatever is our situation
Because here I am insisting to be

Out somewhere elsewhere determinedly
I like to be in a destination



Steven Curtis Lance







Jan 24, 2016, 1:56 am


About You



When I think about you I
Think what would I do without you my
Friends who transcend alongside
Me along toward the end for the ride

As I am along with you
Alongside too with you for your own
With someone to understand

No wonder I think about you and
Think how could I be without
You now about how I think about
It good not to be alone

To have a friend along about now
Having been without somehow
Seeing I am being understood

Freeing me to do some good
By doing well with someone to tell
About it in parallel
Arcs like sparks across the dark tonight

Through such hell as we know well
To as much of paradise between
Us as to know what we mean

Someone to wonder about it to
Someone else wondering too
Understanding and seeing the light
Alongside us shining bright

All along beside us being who
Understand us as we do
Wondering about it me and you

And when I think about you
I think what would I do without you



Steven Curtis Lance







Jan 21, 2016, 3:50 pm


Otherwise



Fear of other
Of one another
Scared of any
Other so many
Dare not compare
Though of many one
To anyone
To otherwise where
If unafraid
Comparisons made
Free us to be
Made otherwise see
Us be us we
Who are each other

Just past the fear
Of other made clear
To our surprise
To see otherwise
When we begin
To see us then in
Other eyes who
See otherwise too
As us because
As it always was
Familiar
As we always were
As each other
Of one another



Steven Curtis Lance







Jan 20, 2016, 7:32 pm


The Long View



If you take the long view like I do (or did
By the time you read this) you can see
Well enough to tell your ego from your id
Tell your superego let it be

Until it gets it tell it to take its hell
And go let it go I learned too well
The hard way the only way I ever do
When wrong was lonely in the long view

Then if you live long enough you will get rid
Of anything inconsequential
Like me when many become existential
Not only philosophically

When you find out the only way out is in
Shedding your skin again and again
But not lonely (not only) then to be free
Like me maybe an elderly kid

If I take the long view like I do (or did)
I can see you take and make it too
I can see us be as far as we can see
If I take the long view like I do



Steven Curtis Lance







Jan 19, 2016, 6:36 pm


On the Other End



A message in a bottle on the sea
That went across the ocean on its way
Riding the tide with some tidings to say
This comes from far away to you from me

Sent to be where you may find it someday
Meant to be there by shared humanity
Sent where it went in solidarity

It comes from who knows the way it goes and
It goes so you may know you have a friend

What goes from mind to mind comes to become
Us becoming human seeking our kind
And not in vain nor out of vanity
Our humankind finds us coming to mind

Looking for hope somewhere and here is some
For you tomorrow from me yesterday
I meant and sent that went for you to find

Who find it on the sand and understand
Somewhere far away on the other end



Steven Curtis Lance







Jan 18, 2016, 5:53 am


I Remember Now



I have found it
Better to forget
Than to regret
Better to be now
Than to be then

To remember yet
Forget somehow

Presenting the past
With now is how
I do it as who
Know I have to
Learning the hard way

Losing a bet
Misplaced yesterday

Knowing today
To let go and let
It go at last
No way around it
No way but through

If I want to get
It and I do

I want to be when
Never before
Is happening for
Me for some more
Then never again

To forget then
I remember now



Steven Curtis Lance







Jan 13, 2016, 10:43 pm


Today



Recalling some things once said
That hurt me I recall
Also all of them are dead
Who said them after all

And yet here I am instead
To let go of the long
Ago as I get along
My way from yesterday

When tomorrow never came
Today was not to blame

A day as good as any
Transcending anyway
Though any of so many
No yesterday today

I let it go as gone
So forget it and go on
I give it up forgive
Go get on with it to live

Today as it becomes
Is the way tomorrow comes



Steven Curtis Lance







Jan 11, 2016, 10:37 pm


This



As you are reading this I
Wonder if you know
How much it means to me as why
I go on as I go
Having gone through bad to sad
Going on gone mad
Through having friends somehow to glad
Now you understand me

I had to thank you
By this thing I go on so
About thank you out
There understanding that no doubt
About it you are who
Keep me going you who read
This and what you do
By doing this is all I need

This meaning in between
Us is what I mean



Steven Curtis Lance







Jan 9, 2016, 1:44 am


Flattering Pants



Flattering pants came by FedEx today
Matteringly they fit anyway
At thirty-one and no more thirty-two
At the core like before fittingly
Getting me at sixty-one as who
Fitting into them see they flatter me

Being where they are by not falling down
Staying at where they were meant to stay
At seeing others pratfall like a clown
Going where they went without delay
Coming clear across the USA
Out and up here to my Hi-Desert town

Pants that matter flatteringly because
Neither down too low nor up too high
Either of two legs to do what each does
From the hem of them up through the thigh
To the butt of what matters the way
They do by blue denim flatteringly

Matteringly as they flatter me
Flattering pants came by FedEx today



Steven Curtis Lance







Jan 6, 2016, 7:05 pm


Turnabout



The wheel of life turns
And somebody learns
The hard way again
Somebody rising
Through the surprising
In the turnabout

Turning in the throes
Of life turning out
Realizing goes
The lonely way when
Nobody else knows
The only way in

In the turnabout
Of life turning out



Steven Curtis Lance







Dec 29, 2015, 11:13 pm


Threescore and Then One More



Having already lived threescore
Years I am ready given one more
To bet it gets better as I
Live it up before having to die
Having lived it down I get it
Now whatever was then forget it

Because what is to be is not
Yet and what was is what I forgot
What is now that I am living
Not what then but I am forgiving
Given the chance forgiven and
Forgiving living to understand

Understanding expanding my
Mind to find more than I lost before
Seeing us being as we are
In this together if from afar
Finding myself in humankind
Arranging itself changing its mind

Freeing ourselves to figure out
Who we are and what to do about
Us as we find ourselves somehow
No matter what time the clock may say
Whenever we are always now
Tomorrow never comes anyway

But here I am threescore and then
One more to bet now I get it how
It gets better for having been
Earning my way learning the hard way
Yesterday turning me away
Became tomorrow that came today



Steven Curtis Lance







Dec 26, 2015, 2:40 am


Cold Moon



Too old too cold to go
Out at freezing or below
Inside realizing
The entrance of winter by
My window to the sky

And by the cold moon and I
Seeing each other through
The blue and my window too
Christmas night no wonder
They say snow is coming soon

Too old under the cold moon
For too long anyway
Long enough for my birthday
Snow you know I hope for
How at sixty now one more

The cold moon is rising
Out my window surprising
Me to see Christmas night
By the brightness of its light
But this cold moon is right

As they were right to call
This the cold moon after all



Steven Curtis Lance







Dec 25, 2015, 5:26 pm


Paradox



1

When being now was sinful then
For being original or
Being different I was sent
Away at last when out I went
A goat then but a sheep no more
When cast out from some garden of
God oddly without any love
For a doubt about what was done
To one of many without doubt
No doubt about it or get out

2

Seeing me being different
Seeing one to wonder about
No doubt about it I was one
When original was a sin
Cast out of the past like a star
To fall like lightning through the sky
Out past the limit of too far
No doubt enlightening as I
Found how to rise by falling when
Down but around then up again

3

How on my way around I found
Myself unbound by what had bound
My mind to find it fall behind
Reminding me again begin
Now whenever never mind then
Finding my being becoming
Me to be going and coming
Finding myself overcoming
And understanding some who were
Wondering about Lucifer

4

Tripping slipping through a rip in
The fabric of society
Down through the darkness in between
Light all night to know what I mean
So you do when I write to you
Who understand me then somehow
By light of day what I might find
Descending transcendentally
Out past the limit of to be
Or not above all falling free

5

To fall and yet almost to fly
The it to get is letting go
And that was what was hard for me
Not knowing then what I do now
Getting it what I got to know
A paradox ascending by
Descending through why not to why
Transcending to mean what I meant
A falling star tattoo to mark
Me in my arc across the dark

6

Past forgetting at last and yet
Remembering out past regret
Realizing myself I see
No doubt about it I was one
Who lost it all but falling won
Down but around then up again
Being original I win
Realizing as I have been
How falling all the way is to
Rise surprising the way I do



Steven Curtis Lance







Dec 22, 2015, 1:16 am


Lessons



Lessons return until they are learned
Waiting on corners fated to be turned

Down dark alleys where we have to go
To deal with something real we have to know
Insisting on persisting being

There everywhere resisting not seeing
Strange but true how change comes due and we
Learn what we have to eventually

But what is doing the teaching or
What is it but what we are reaching for
Down dark alleys of reality

Where we have to go to grow being how
Turning the corner then becomes now
When some of us learn the hard way like me

What we get from what does not forget
Until we get it to get what we get
But would not have known not being shown

Having been shown not to be so alone
For better or for worse as we thought
In the universe maybe we are not

Waiting on corners fated to be turned
Lessons return until they are learned



Steven Curtis Lance







Dec 18, 2015, 7:24 pm


Laughing Last



for Franziska



"Und webt in ewigem Geheimnis
Unsichtbar sichtbar neben dir"




I



A letter from Social Security
Has a cathartic effect on me

I got one but everything is OK
They said when I called them anyway
And that they would call back another day
Ask routinely about me again
But please not to worry and until then

Report any changes like if I
Inherit a fortune or if I die

Wary of a scary letter but
Better now somehow and no matter what
My misfortunate fortune is gone
But fortunately for me I go on
Though I am mad being glad to be

But letters from Social Security
Have a cathartic effect on me



II



Once we evolved fists
We started making lists
Who to be afraid
Of and who to be made
Enemies of these
Enforcers at the ends
Of losing our friends

We are our enemies
But they are us too
As we do as we do
One and another
Fighting with each other

What love has made clear
Made otherwise by fear



III



Swaggering bully-boys lay down the law
With frozen hearts that will never thaw
Until like some of us someday they may
Look at themselves in another way
But they dance as puppets for donors now
Nothing trickles down but cruel tricks
And so we have to vote them out somehow
Our time has come and I think they know

They change the locks on the ballot-box when
They can and they think they can again
They do everything they can think of to
Discourage the rest of us and do
To keep us down from voting them out but
Though trickled-down on by politics
We are who can do this no matter what
Our time has come and they have to go

Up to shenanigans to keep us down
We have to run their circus out of town



IV



Seeing us appear
Involved in all the fuss
Of evolving us
Devolving to our shame
The fist is to blame

But when the fist unfolds
And another holds
Unfolding as friends then
Evolving again
We go on as we came
Being as we are
Evolving pugilists

Unfolding our fists
Together come this far



V



I feel I have succeeded
Transcending when I needed
To by doing as I do
Resisting then insisting
On being now persisting
Incoincidentally
Being transcendentally

Getting here from then to now
Seeing how from now somehow
Being as I am as who
Made it this far more or less
Being crazy all the way
And yet being anyway
Being a success I guess

Better now at being me
Than how I have been before
Having less but being more
Understanding finally
Letting go let me go free
Wondering if I should be
Answering the question yes

Being a survivor of
Past fear laughing last for love



Steven Curtis Lance







Dec 17, 2015, 5:16 pm


Survivor



I feel I have succeeded
Transcending when I needed
To by doing as I do
Resisting then insisting
On being now persisting
Incoincidentally
Being transcendentally

Getting here from then to now
Seeing how from now somehow
Being as I am as who
Made it this far more or less
Being crazy all the way
And yet being anyway
Being a success I guess

Better now at being me
Than how I have been before
Having less but being more
Understanding finally
Letting go let me go free
Wondering if I should be
Answering the question yes

Being a survivor of
Past fear laughing last for love



Steven Curtis Lance







Dec 11, 2015, 5:40 pm


Understanding Differently



I



In December now I remember how
The sun set early the moon rose late
In between the two in the dark somehow

Through the deep blue of the velvet sky
Under diamond stars that fascinate
Out wondering about things like fate

Outgrowing asking to understand why
Answering why not the world goes by
Who knows why but it goes and so do I



II



Marisol is not pretty
She is beautiful
Eating spaghetti
Dutifully until she is full

Chewing and chewing
She knows what she is doing
As she does because
Al dente is what Marisol does

So she eats it all
No leftovers to be found
With a hound around
Like big tough beautiful Marisol



III



How do these dogs understand me so
Well they can tell what I mean though
I may not know myself? How do they know
What they do? But they do seeing through
Me seeing me through as they do
Seeing me being an animal too



IV



Understanding differently
Standing out as different
Where everybody was the same
I was how I was
There but now am where I went
On to be gone becoming came
At last to this conclusion

Here and now because
Out and up and past illusion

Meaning to be where I meant
To find the meaning it found me
Under a Joshua tree
Doing what it does
Out standing in a field of sand
Joshua trees understand
As much as anybody why

Understanding differently
We shrug our shoulders to the sky



Steven Curtis Lance







Dec 9, 2015, 8:18 pm


A Hound Around



Marisol is not pretty
She is beautiful
Eating spaghetti
Dutifully until she is full

Chewing and chewing
She knows what she is doing
As she does because
Al dente is what Marisol does

So she eats it all
No leftovers to be found
With a hound around
Like big tough beautiful Marisol



Steven Curtis Lance







Dec 5, 2015, 7:15 pm


Differently



Understanding differently
Standing out as different
Where everybody was the same
I was how I was
There but now am where I went
On to be gone becoming came
At last to this conclusion

Here and now because
Out and up and past illusion

Meaning to be where I meant
To find the meaning it found me
Under a Joshua tree
Doing what it does
Out standing in a field of sand
Joshua trees understand
As much as anybody why

Understanding differently
We shrug our shoulders to the sky



Steven Curtis Lance










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