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Selected Poems of Steven Curtis Lance

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Aug 28, 2015, 8:40 pm


After All (work in progress...)



Being simply but deeply
Becoming more this way
Coming to understand some but
Wondering anyway

Knowing but incompletely
I know more than I knew
Before though unsure if I do
Know more for having been
But I was and then again
Know more for me to get to know

So I wonder though I
Understand how love is why
I am now as enough for me
Love is what I mean to be

Love means being simply
But deeply becoming more
In store for me as what
Or not to get to know before
Nothing matters someday
But everything and then away

To know completely when
After all (not now but then)
By love I came to be and so
By love the same I go

Until then to wonder and
Yet by love to understand



Steven Curtis Lance







Aug 23, 2015, 11:53 am


All the Way



A doctor gave me a test
To see if I was depressed
When I got a perfect score
I felt better than before

Diagnosed then but impressed
At least to be perfectly
Depressed taking this to be
Making the best of the rest

Then again I had been good
At taking tests so I could
And that was good since I would
Then be tested more and more

When the way out was inside
Of me to see who to be
There the wheel of real to ride
Clear through to the other side

Where they found me all the way
Gone but being anyway
When diagnostically
Then they threw the book at me

I had become a madman
But at least was understood
Sad some but not a bad man
Who had what they tested for

Love helps when nothing else does
Breaks the darkness makes me who
Makes it better than it was
Going on then breaking through

So I go on being gone
All the way though I go on



Steven Curtis Lance







Aug 22, 2015, 10:11 pm


Not to Go Too Quietly



My children are grown and my wife
Their mother with another man
Alone but not lonely in life
I am and do the best I can

Here to be now as life goes on
I see it is by love how dawn
Chases dusk until night is gone
By love the light by which I see

Love is what is best about me
I doubt the rest sometimes to be
At all in fall alone but free
To be and do the best I know

As life goes on so too to go
Though not to go too quietly



Steven Curtis Lance







Aug 19, 2015, 1:08 am


Wondering by Starlight



Better to be hot than cold
Now that I am old
I can sleep when I am dead
Stay awake instead
Trying to figure it out

But have come to doubt
I ever will so never
Mind then whatever

When understanding I go
On wondering though
Now where I am here under
These stars I wonder
Diamonds on velvet blue
As I am and do

I was too serious when
I was young but then
I never knew what I know
Now nobody told
Me nor would I have heeded

What I most needed
To know but found out about
Then bound the hard way

Roundabout but even so
Now I know today
How the meaning in between
Is love anyway
Love is who we are and what
We do or do not

But I did so succeeded
In being who does
Love is why and always was
Love is what we mean
Wondering by starlight now

Understanding how
Better late than never I
Finally know why



Steven Curtis Lance







Aug 18, 2015, 1:53 am


Dog Days



Bearing ice-water
Carrying a fly-swatter
Wearing my straw hat

Nor much else for heat such that
It comes to become
A challenge to overcome

Be overcome by
Or come to terms with as I
May on a dog day

Underneath the dog star here
In the bright blue sky
Shedding stars this time of year

Dog days underway
Hot days and warm nights awhile
Watermelon smile



Steven Curtis Lance







Aug 15, 2015, 5:53 pm


Late in the Day



Late in the day here I am anyway
In a place of grace with plenty of space
More space than any other place before
Far from the tangled mazes rats must race
To nowhere just like I did but no more
Now this is the time when this is the place

Life looks better to me from this angle
The jingle of money and the jangle
Of the jungle is quiet now and how
I like it to be as before me fate
Has being some more in store for me now
More now than there ever was then with less
At a time for traveling light I guess

With all that is left to appreciate
Maybe not forever but whatever
Anyway of many may send my way
Seeing I have friends though being a mess
Better than ever being here to stay
Late in the day but better than never

For now or never and never too late
In the day here I am anyway



Steven Curtis Lance







Aug 12, 2015, 6:42 pm


Being Friends



Being friends is how I like to be
Reality as realized between
Us seeing we who know what we mean
Actualizing us actually
More real than before for getting through
It then to be again now really

After for the laughter presently
I thought I was alone but I was not
Realizing now through other eyes
Reality my own and otherwise

Being friends is better than I thought
Alongside along the long way as you
And I who get us the way we do
Get on with the show nor forget us who
Get it because we know this is it
Remembering us as the it we get

Realizing our reality
Your being alongside my being me
Seeing us together being we
Who are us now is how I like to be



Steven Curtis Lance







Aug 8, 2015, 6:53 pm


My Hat Down Low



With my hat down low and my hopes up high
Under the sun of the Hi-Desert I
Become as one with the sun like a son
Or father brother someone or other
Who for all or nothing have each other
Someones who like it here like I am one

Understanding under the bright blue sky
Being as if I were supposed to be
And not opposed to being I agree
To be and do something or another
To make it better the best way I know
Knowing how and knowing now this is why

The rest of the way with a ways to go
With my hopes up high and my hat down low



Steven Curtis Lance







Aug 7, 2015, 4:55 pm


Lucifer



Lightning through a cloud
Thunder far away
Though soft here so loud
Somewhere anyway

Somehow sounding proud
How I hear it here
So dark now though bright
Images appear

Lucifer the light
Bearer tears the sky
Where the velvet blue
Wears the scar tonight

Now to fall how I
Recall as I do
As who wonder why
But understand too



Steven Curtis Lance







Aug 3, 2015, 5:58 pm


When



Now at this only time that ever is
When it will be whenever it was
Never then somehow as one who was learns
It turns out it was now whenever
It was or will be is now or never

Whenever is when I am because
Before as behind me forever this
Eye of the storm when everything turns
One learns when it turns now it turns out how
The pieces of reality fit

At peace with my piece of reality
Never mind forever this is it
This is the show and I know I go on
So I will go until I am gone
Until the end this is when to begin

Life goes on and this is when it does
At this only time to be timelessly
I accept the present take the prize
I realize is now to my surprise
At the ever of the forever

To be what is who become whatever
I am to be timelessly somehow
When though I was then not anymore now
Transcending then to be whenever
For now not what will be nor what has been

By taking this opportunity
Whatever whenever now however
It turns out it makes me turn out me
To be now and free of how it was when
I forgot now and thought it was then

But I know what time it is when I see
Now never mind then is when to be



Steven Curtis Lance







Jul 25, 2015, 5:38 pm


Real



The reel of reality unfolds
Riding the real I see what it holds
When as it is unfolding to me
Becoming what is not yet coming
To be like an image on a screen
Holding unfolding reality
Coming attractions become between
The rising and the falling away
Of tomorrow becoming today

I too become as I come to be
On the reel where going is coming
Between what is and is not yet real
At what is and is not yet to see
By becoming my overcoming
At the edge of now with open eyes
On the horizon to see the prize
Who declare myself there to be free
Of what has been because it was then

When what is not yet is then again
Yet another chance to ride the reel



Steven Curtis Lance







Jul 23, 2015, 9:52 pm


Without and Within



Sometimes outward reality
And I disagree
Now seeing how being and yet
Not being really
I become trapped in my own head
Alone with self-doubt
Now seeing how being within
Me to be without
Anyone else to blame who claim
All the blame instead

When I remember then regret
Until I forget
What I know exogenously
Would see if I could
How outside I am understood
But now trapped inside
Descending endogenously

Depression the name
Of something the matter with me
What has come to be
So many times before somehow
That anymore now
Sometimes no one else knows it goes
And comes becomes how
Unforgotten it is not gone
Then when it goes on

Anyway many may not see
But me through the gloom
Where the elephant in the room
Is still there but then
Until what comes goes on again
What goes as it came
Will be what is until who knows?

Now no longer strange
How the up and the down of change
Is to ride the tide
As who has been and seen inside
Up through down to mean
Whatever I do in between
Being who have been
Riding the tide to take the ride
Of a lifetime when
Inside me knows what outside shows

Reality in harmony
Without and within



Steven Curtis Lance







Jul 21, 2015, 4:53 pm


Lost and Found



A mantle of clouds
Descending enshrouds
This valley where I
Look up at the sky

When clouds as if then
Remembering what
To do but forgot
Go their way again

Gone on where they meant
To get where they got
As the sky was bent
Were here but are not

Weather goes this way
These Joshua trees say
Windblown grown to go
Too though not too far

They lean where they mean
To wind through between
So going they grow
Though staying they know

They went where they are
To go as they stay
As I do where I
Look up at the sky

When I got lost I found
Myself where these Joshua trees surround
The sound of me the only sound
Around me heard but a bird at dawn
A day to remember me by

I wanted to meet me
Challenge myself if not defeat me
Meeting me I get me greet me
Too lonely to be the only one
Remembering myself and I

Who lost myself to find
Me then again had to lose my mind
Leave who I thought I was behind
Go who know to go on until gone
However now never mind why

A bird is heard at dawn
That knows it crows it: life goes on



Steven Curtis Lance







Jul 14, 2015, 8:22 pm


For (What I Have of) Ever



Objectively subjective
Looking in and being
Obsessively reflective
But one who passed a test
Or two to prove effective
At getting it to get
Through now who vow no regret
Persistently is how
One who gets it got here now

Insistently to be
Being free resistantly
Developing thick skin
Enveloping my love in
A heart becoming strong
From beating persistently
Someone insistently
Content for (what I have of)
Ever to live for love

Being a long way along
Looking out and seeing
Love my directive freeing
Me now to do the best
I can to forget the rest
See if belatedly
What love has in store for me
Or what I have in store
For love to live not die for

Somehow I never knew
Then however when that was
Between now or never
What to do but now I do
When love does what it does
Then I live down yesterday
Who live up to today
Now when it is whenever
For (what I have of) ever



Steven Curtis Lance







Jul 11, 2015, 4:57 pm


Look Deeper



Looking at others I imagine
Being them seeing us from within
Looking back at me as if to see
How it is to be now in the skin
Of another one other than me
Imagining us each other then

When if I look deeper I can tell
See the resemblance of family
Sibling other sister brother when
Looking within not looking away
Through semblance to see reality
When I know I am then so are we

It is we I see who wish us well
I see us be each other to be
One another from the other way
Reflecting us together again
Clearer in the mirror of the soul
Out of many one becoming whole



Steven Curtis Lance







Jul 8, 2015, 5:59 pm


Through an Open Mind



I



Large carnivores on the floor at my feet
Hi-Desert hounds who are bound to eat
Any humankind found not to be kind
But finding most of us mindful rest
Here where they love me above all the best

Should now become then someday again
Somebody who gets depressed and yet blessed
I want to remember this now lest
I forget how I get it finally
Somebody cares about me I see

Seeing them being I too would be then
Seeing somebody cares about me



II



Happy Fourth of July everyone
And fifth sixth seventh through always too

Though clearly we are not nearly done
To know who we are so what to do
Is a freethinking way to begin
Feeling our independence as one
Any out of many to be free

Real independence depending on
The interdependence of us who
Depend on each other being when
Seeing us there know where we are then
Between us do what we mean to be

Together whether or not we see
Together is what we mean to me



III



Younger I was usually wrong
Older with an unusually long
Memory because still being now
Till long enough to get it right somehow
I do now and then having learned when
Having turned out wrong but having earned then
The right to try again who turn out

When having been wrong to be right about
Now and how I do it is to free
A possibility through a question
Being right now about to find out
Seeing what is by freeing what can be
No doubt about it sometimes a doubt
Becomes an existential suggestion

If there is no answer where to find
Out if in doubt is through an open mind



Steven Curtis Lance







Jul 4, 2015, 6:56 pm


Happy Fourth of July



Happy Fourth of July everyone
And fifth sixth seventh through always too

Though clearly we are not nearly done
To know who we are so what to do
Is a freethinking way to begin
Feeling our independence as one
Any out of many to be free

Real independence depending on
The interdependence of us who
Depend on each other being when
Seeing us there know where we are then
Between us do what we mean to be

Together whether or not we see
Together is what we mean to me



Steven Curtis Lance







Jul 1, 2015, 6:45 am


The Rain



The rain is coming on its way
For three in the morning they say

Only an old man knows whether
Or not an old man knows weather
But whether or not I do I
Know I like to follow the sky

More than I did before I knew
How open then but now I do
Like anything you learn it as
You live it like this old man has

Like many things though maybe late
The rain is coming so I wait



Steven Curtis Lance







Jun 29, 2015, 4:33 am


Bright at Twilight



Jupiter and Venus approach embrace
Bright at twilight hope by time and space
Conspiring now through human wiring to
Bring the two together how we do
Then see them in the sky when we know why

This is it so we go on with the show
Bright at twilight until we are gone
The only way to know and so we go
Approach embrace before we pass by
Forever or lonely nor ever know

Here we are as we go on
The evening of our dawn



Steven Curtis Lance







Jun 24, 2015, 9:34 pm


In Conclusion



A jump to conclusion is but confusion
Elusively exclusive inconclusion

I look before I leap and try to keep
An open mind for what I may find
Or remind myself of a flying leap
Maybe two I took into the deep

Springing into action jumping a wrong
Conclusion bringing me stringing me along
From the wrong bubble to the trouble that was
A conclusion jumping the way it does

Learning the hard way the price was steep
When life was cheap earning an open mind
Now for how later by greater good
Understanding turning out understood

Through confusion to be through with illusion
Conclusively inclusive in conclusion



Steven Curtis Lance







Jun 22, 2015, 2:49 pm


Spoken to Reality



I count out the coins of my words carefully
As I am paid and pay in this currency
For the word spoken or the word broken

Each word as a token of reality
Meant to be sent as it is spent and spoken
To be the specificity of me

Spoken to reality by this token
Awoken as spoken deposited to
An account of me as I am and do



Steven Curtis Lance







Jun 21, 2015, 6:08 pm


Firescape



downwind of the Lake Fire



Bound by smoke by wind I escape
The cloud when it blows high
To pass over me then go by

The sun eclipsed I wait
A shifting lifting wind of fate

Under its shadow when
Round the tops of the hills by then
I see the sky again

A fire-escape from the firescape
A ladder in the sky



Steven Curtis Lance







Jun 19, 2015, 5:53 pm


Dream



for Franziska



Hanging on and hoping for the best
Trying lest it kill me to forget the rest
So it goes for one who knows somehow
Seeing this is not a dream how being now
This is it then as who I will be
Whoever I am at my time to be me

This is it when I have only this
Unique opportunity too good to miss
Too good not to try to be who see
What I can do with this opportunity
As the essence of my existence
By doing my being through my persistence

In my insistence on being who
I am by doing what I do how I do
I am hanging on and you can too
Trying lest it kill us to forget the rest
Hanging on and hoping for the best
To be and to do this is too good to miss

So it goes for those who know this is how
Seeing a dream coming true being now



Steven Curtis Lance







Jun 15, 2015, 5:57 pm


As it Happens



My life is as it happens to be
Happening as it happens to me
But to explain it or complain
Is to miss it happening again

Being as it is and seeing how
Albeit improbably now
I happen somehow to my surprise

But happening to feel
As it happens what is real

It was the hard way many a mile
To come anyway though with some style
I gave the slip to the fetter
Of fear to come here and be better

So becoming here now this is how
I would stay if I could awhile
Because this is it I realize

My happening to be
As it happens happily



Steven Curtis Lance







Jun 14, 2015, 8:11 pm


Angels



for Kate Cassity on her birthday



The angels always say "be not afraid"
When an angelic visit is paid
So angel stories go but even so
A good idea and the point is made
Until they visit me when I will know
Angels are not to be afraid of
Though should some angel come for me someday
I could still be afraid anyway

But should it be clear not by fear but love
They would bring good things someday and say
"Be not afraid" should some stories come true
Still I accept them until they do
Except to accept that angel of death
Who when we do says "be not afraid" too
So then we do though each in our way
I will expect them but not hold my breath

I like that "be not afraid" part best
Until someday I will find out the rest



Steven Curtis Lance










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