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Selected Poems of Steven Curtis Lance

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Apr 24, 2015, 3:22 pm


Us Indeed (work in progress...)



for Stephanie Lynn



That was then but this is now
Then was when but now is how
And why as I the hard way
Learned how I turned out somehow

After the rest the best way
For me to be anyway
Now maybe how I may be
Maybe why and then why not

When I am with what I got
Out of what went into the
What I brought with nor forgot
And the whatnot with the what

In this specificity
Is what it is to be me
What I have is what I need
Who I am is me indeed

As you are who are to do
And be as you are as you
We got here and it was rough
But we are and are enough

What we have is what we need
Who we are is us indeed



Steven Curtis Lance







Apr 21, 2015, 1:00 pm


A Lucky Star



My star is a lucky star
Nearby me here and not too far
One I share with everyone
A lucky one the lucky sun

There are so many stars but
Not any like this one or what
It does for us humankind
Because before us as behind

I saw it play all day today
Slide through clouds and hide away
My lucky star comes and goes
Luck too as who the hard way knows

But it has always been there
And being there is everywhere
Lucky like me there to be
Reminding where we find us free

Nearby me here and not too far
My star is a lucky star



Steven Curtis Lance







Apr 20, 2015, 4:18 pm


Time Will Tell



History will not be kind
To those who have been cruel to it
Who chose to hurt us here
Time will find them to be blind
Who were each but a tool to fit
The hand of someone greedy
Pulled by the strings of fear
Reaching out to rob the needy

In the future time will tell
They will not be remembered well



Steven Curtis Lance







Apr 19, 2015, 1:19 pm


In the In Between



for Patricia Lance



Wondering we believe what we do
About what it means in the in between
Just what who must do and just because
Of the way we are and it always was
How even now I believe things too
Without understanding what they might mean

But letting go and falling like a star
Getting it recalling in the fall
What my mother taught me brought me this far
That love is why whoever we are
We come to be here to overcome fear
By love to me is what became clear

How I came to be and the reason to
Be in my season to be who does
By getting here I got it after all
Love is why now and how I am here
And understanding what it might mean I
Believe we mean between us how and why

What I believe that I am sure of
Is in the in between us is love



Steven Curtis Lance







Apr 17, 2015, 12:04 pm


(work in progress...)



Past at last the twenty squirting waterpots
The AM PM in both A and PM then
Mac Arthur do not knows and Main better nots

Life taught me where it brought me to wait until when
I had learned some what nots and plenty of whats
When what I had was what was not then not what was

Where I was supposed to be I was because
I got through there to where life brought me as it does
Though not now nor how I want to be again

More now for being there for a season
Nothing means nothing for a reason



Steven Curtis Lance







Apr 16, 2015, 4:30 pm


Diamond Stars



I



Once I was homeless with a twist
A wandering existentialist
Living existentially
In no position to resist
When nothing almost happened to me
Though here I am now because
Something happened then as it does
It is always something and it was

I was too I guess to be
Saying yes when life said yes to me



II



The end of the rainbow is wherever we are
From one end to the other where we see it and not far
Away nor a secret kept by leprechauns for
Some anymore but any of us and for many more
Embraced in place wherever we are by the grace
Of it all as it falls to us through space and time to see
The treasure is the pleasure of our company
The rainbow ends where it begins in friends like you and me

The end of the rainbow is never far
Where we are friends wherever we are



III



Joshua Tree is two degrees warmer
Twenty-Nine Palms is four
Usually like it is today
Because both the latter and the former
Are downhill from me or
Else uphill in the Hi-Desert I
In my hideaway in Yucca Valley
Am closer to the sky

Cool is not a matter of degree
But free where that is what matters to me



IV



Yellow orange salmon violet to the velvet blue
Over the mountains where the sun went down remembered when
I saw it now and knew then how I wanted to tell you
Today comes through tonight the other way becomes again
From its embers it too remembers when now becomes then
I always wondered but I think I understand the way
Tomorrow never comes is how forever is today
What never goes that yesterday may never take away

Yellow orange salmon violet to the velvet blue
Diamond stars will smile awhile now and may you smile too



Steven Curtis Lance







Apr 11, 2015, 12:24 pm


The Laughter of the Immortals



I



My teeth do not ache
Nor do my bones break
Though birdlike brittle

I get a little
Depressed now and then
Though now then again

But find in my mind
What to leave behind
And then I try to

Maybe demented
But not tormented
By then being when

My way out is in
How I know now so
I go on and go

To be and to do
The best of me now
The rest of somehow

A wonder to be
I understand me
Just glad to be free

And I know I will
Be freely me still
Until I am gone

So I will go on
With what I have got
Until I am not



II



Having forgotten more than I learned
But having gotten there having earned
The right to resist through persistence
What is not me at my insistence

Being as I am and stubbornly
Determined to stay free purely me
Securely being sure I will be
Having been being will be still me

Having not forgotten being who
Got there but got there the hard way too
How I recall anything at all
Now by recovering from the fall

Rising higher than I would have then
If I had not been myself again
Having been the only one who knew
The lonely one but I did and do



III



Yucca Valley might not know it
But there is a poet
Surviving elsewhere who arrived
In September it was

As I remember now because
Being then who survived
Arriving with less of me then
Knowing it was right when
Having fallen rising again

Though the Hi-Desert might
Not know it I am here to write
The best of me today
The rest of me was yesterday

Such neighbors as there are
Might see me as a falling star
Who rose again this far
With watchdogs watching over me
Keeping to myself here

Where falling stars shine bright and clear
And rightly privately
No one might ever know
But knowing I go on I go



IV



Let now be our happy-ever-after
Through past fears at last through tears to laughter
The laughter of the immortals like in
The Magic Theater let it begin
Like that somehow then and let it be now

We might as well between heaven and hell
And whatever else we trouble us by
Having come through both now I know how I
Like to live a little before I die
Take the present make it good and do well

Let it be now then and like that somehow
Not hereafter but now for the laughter
The laughter of the immortals who know
Life goes on and so we might as well go
Know as we go we go on even so

Always the present somehow the laughter
Let now be our happy-ever-after



Steven Curtis Lance







Apr 11, 2015, 6:38 am


Until I Am Not



My teeth do not ache
Nor do my bones break
Though birdlike brittle

I get a little
Depressed now and then
Though now then again

But find in my mind
What to leave behind
And then I try to

Maybe demented
But not tormented
By then being when

My way out is in
How I know now so
I go on and go

To be and to do
The best of me now
The rest of somehow

A wonder to be
I understand me
Just glad to be free

And I know I will
Be freely me still
Until I am gone

So I will go on
With what I have got
Until I am not



Steven Curtis Lance







Apr 9, 2015, 7:11 am


Someones



for my Facebook friends



I want to be someone who makes
It better who has what it takes
To be who makes it be who shakes
Things up that need to be shaken

Someone not to be mistaken
For no one or someone who was
Like some but one who is and does

Like no one and like any one
Of us who is and does because
An any of the many one
Alone along with anyone

Together to be one with who
Are some to see the one with me
Who want to make it better too

I want to be someones with you
A sum of ones becoming free
To shake things up some ones to be
Someones who love more than their fear

Some ones around me I found here
As here we are so near though far
Someones who love us as we are



Steven Curtis Lance







Apr 7, 2015, 4:30 pm


Real Time Roosters



Roosters crow whenever they feel
The time for a rooster to crow is real
In real time they crow as they go

First in the morning but without warning
Then whenever they feel they do
In real time what they feel is timely to

So they have limited appeal
Especially first thing in the morning

Out here I hear one loud and clear
And so I know a new rooster is near
Nor does he mind sounding silly

Cock-a-doodle-doing willy-nilly
What he doodle-does but really
Passion seems to be in fashion this spring

No more silly than anything

When he cock-a-doodle-does his doodling
I can feel the spring thing too and
When I feel the real then I understand

Sometimes we feel so real we crow
Sometimes I cock-a-doodle-do it too



Steven Curtis Lance







Apr 7, 2015, 1:25 pm


The Cage



In a chain-link cage
There on pilgrimage
Where the razor-wire
Disciplined desire
There is where we smoked

Together we joked
Gallows humor when
Fellow madmen then
As the ashes fell
Who had gone to hell

Who fell through the fire
Nowhere everywhere
Where the cage is there
Or is it instead
Inside of my head?

A madman again
At an awkward age
Or still as I will
Be as I am till
I am not at all

With ghosts I recall
Then from September
As the ashes fall
Ghosts I remember
Now outside the wall

Where the cage is there
Nowhere everywhere



Steven Curtis Lance







Apr 6, 2015, 1:40 pm


Different



All my life I was different when
We were never supposed to be then
Falling anyway was pushed away
Down through a crack in society
Sent up because I was different

Seeing I was being sent I went
Being at sea seeing went to see
What I could see saw I should be free
However else whatever would be
Laughter for tears and love for my fears

To be after not to be these years
To be whoever I happen to
Find me to be as mindfully me
I am just to do what I must do
The way I came to be here today

Forever became whenever somehow
This is how then came to become now



Steven Curtis Lance







Apr 5, 2015, 11:03 am


All There Is To It



To be a good someone
And do something well
Makes a life a good one
Is how you can tell

When who lived well through it
Who did and who was
Lives on when it is done
Goes on when life does

An unforgotten one
Not gone but gone on
Who was a good someone
And did something well

To be it and do it
All there is to it



Steven Curtis Lance







Apr 4, 2015, 1:47 pm


The Opportunity



On the way to day
As night has gone
And on to dawn

Another day on
Being before
Now here for more

As tomorrow comes
Yesterday goes
What comes who knows?

But today becomes
Somehow as how
Here it comes now

And here I am to
Be as I do
By being who

Not being who was
Then now because
Being who does

Waking the same way
That yesterday
Became today

Being seeing me
Doing I see
Me being free

Making my way by
Taking now my
Waking to be

Taking the
Opportunity



Steven Curtis Lance







Apr 1, 2015, 6:12 pm


Hello



It was on the radio
Someone wondered and I
Understand so I reply

The good is in goodbye
Where the hell was in hello
When you remember what
You forgot it was is not

When you go knowing why
There you know because of who
Was then not now for you

Leave 'em laughing if you can
Leave laughing anyway
When it ends like it began
Then go on with the show

And you may wonder today
Who may understand too
Maybe know the way I know

The hard way like I do
But nice of us to try
Where the hell was in hello
The good is in goodbye



Steven Curtis Lance







Mar 29, 2015, 2:32 pm


Be Free



The fearful
Can give you an earful
A head full
Too that can be dreadful
A headache
Is the takeaway make
No mistake
Stay clear to stay cheerful
Steering clear
Of the fear around here

By seeing
Clear through fear to being
Tough enough
To transcend all that stuff
They worry
About in their hurry
To get you
To be afraid of too
Stay clear of
The fear and stay near love

They forget
Not getting it who fret
As they do
As if they ever knew
This is it
For all we know to get
And so we
Had better let us be
And be tough
Enough to be happy

Let us let
Us get it and be free



Steven Curtis Lance







Mar 27, 2015, 4:54 pm


There



Glad to be here
Or anywhere
Glad to be near
Or far but there
Though far is where
I am to be

Here to be free
To do I do
Being now what
I was not but
Was getting to
By being who

By letting go
And falling through
The cracks who then
Went all the way
Down as one does
Who never was

Sent out from home
Went free to roam
Who meant to stay
If not somewhere
Some way somehow
Free anyway

As I became
When I forgot
Then what was not
And as I came
To be now when
I am again

Curiously
The more I let
Go and forget
The more I know
My going though
My arriving

By surviving
From then to now
Getting there by
Getting it I
Get to be me
Now everywhere

Glad to see
How I got there



Steven Curtis Lance







Mar 25, 2015, 8:36 pm


The Hadrosaur We Had



Once we had the hadrosaur
Not anymore

I am glad we had
The hadrosaur but sad
The hadrosaur was
But is not now because
How I had to miss
The hadrosaur like this

Predating me
Fated then now not to see

But to let what is be
To do what it does
Remembering what was
Lest we be bereft
Let us love what is left
Let us let us be

Too late too bad
For the hadrosaur we had



Steven Curtis Lance







Mar 24, 2015, 2:45 pm


Watching As the Dogs Watch Me



For Bowser to sleep is to bask
Sometimes opening one eye to ask
If watchdoggery needs doing
Or if one of his bones needs chewing

Marisol is the dog who ate
It all where she likes to ruminate
There by the food bowl not too far
Leaving entree to buffet ajar

Hi-Desert hounds who eat and sleep
And do their dogly duty to keep
Me safe then when it all depends
On the watchdoggery of my friends

And had I any enemies
They would not have long with friends like these
Am glad not to but I know who
My friends are somehow and now you do

Hi-Desert hounds who keep an eye
On me as I live until I die
Until then keep me company
Duly doing their watchdoggery

Watching as the dogs watch me I
See now love is how and why



Steven Curtis Lance







Mar 23, 2015, 3:51 pm


The Tree of Life



I



I wait for it to get light
For it not to be night
Anymore get ready for
A day not to forget
This is it not over yet

To get ready for more
I got through the night today
To wonders underway
To either understand or
To wonder anyway

Here I am now to explore
How to be more somehow
Than I ever was before
Here I am now to be
Another day more of me

Ready for my chance
To be Steven Curtis Lance



II



There we were and here she was
Under the tree of life because
Being human beings who
Were doing as we humans do
Here she was where I was too

When life surprised me like it does
There in 1970
Like here where I remember now
A long time ago I know
But I remember even so

Wherever she is now we were
By heart then and then again
Part of my heart again now when
Between us two I mean to
Remember the tree of life then

In December when the tree
Is barren but still sings of her
Even now of spring somehow
Remembers I still love you
Between us what you mean to me



III



It might be just me
But tonight I can see
A question mark in the sky

A constellation
Starbright punctuation
Of wondering how and why

Connecting the dots
Of the whats and whatnots
Tonight of todays gone by

It seems like love is
The meaning of all this
Between us to live who die

Understanding love
By wonder two parts of
The answer as you and I

Two parts of the whole
Through the heart to the soul
Answering questioning sky



Steven Curtis Lance







Mar 23, 2015, 4:41 am


Questioning Sky



It might be just me
But tonight I can see
A question mark in the sky

A constellation
Starbright punctuation
Of wondering how and why

Connecting the dots
Of the whats and whatnots
Tonight of todays gone by

It seems like love is
The meaning of all this
Between us to live who die

Understanding love
By wonder two parts of
The answer as you and I

Two parts of the whole
Through the heart to the soul
Answering questioning sky



Steven Curtis Lance







Mar 22, 2015, 6:51 pm


Ready for My Chance



I wait for it to get light
For it not to be night
Anymore get ready for
A day not to forget
This is it not over yet

To get ready for more
I got through the night today
To wonders underway
To either understand or
To wonder anyway

Here I am now to explore
How to be more somehow
Than I ever was before
Here I am now to be
Another day more of me

Ready for my chance
To be Steven Curtis Lance



Steven Curtis Lance







Mar 15, 2015, 2:57 pm


Bright Blue Moment



I want to rightly write you right and true
How about now is being bright blue
Seeing it somehow want you to see it too

Hoping it would come I see how it has
Being here seeing the things I do
Each yellow flower reaching up through the sand

I intend to send you spring my friends as
A spark through the dark to understand
Each other here and there another somewhere

By this Lancean mad nursery rhyme
We who are here everywhere are there
Anyway lancing anywhere through spacetime

Arcing like a spark through darkening sky
But still bright blue as I write to you
Life goes on till it is gone and so will I

Seeing bright blue and being what I do
A star falling all the way to be
If only a moment not lonely but free

I intend to send you spring my friends as
Hoping it would come I see now it has



Steven Curtis Lance







Mar 13, 2015, 12:53 pm


Otherwhat



My friends and I tend to be mad
Something had in common to be glad
To be mad who glad they are too
Say if you are mad maybe you
Maybe we may be mad together
The question why not but not whether
Glad to be mad and not sad

I had never fit in within
Without but my way out was in

Where I fell through the cracks to find
Another way there by other mind
Another day of otherwhat
That is what is but it is not
Is otherwise as I ought to know
Falling all the way to see it through
Otherwise the way I do

What is that is but it is not
Is otherwise as otherwhat

I fell then all the way to now
Where as then was when so now is how
And why as I learned the hard way
How it turned out to be somehow
To be freeing me to be being
The rest now then seeing the best way
For me to be anyway

Finding some on the other side
Likeminded like you for the ride

Because I am mad I can see
What had made me sad not being me
Not being what I meant and so
I went and I was glad to go
Knowing going mad as going free
How in the way out now I may be
Maybe be glad to be mad

Another way of otherwhat
That is what otherwise is not



Steven Curtis Lance







Mar 12, 2015, 8:22 pm


1970



There we were and here she was
Under the tree of life because
Being human beings who
Were doing as we humans do
Here she was where I was too

When life surprised me like it does
There in 1970
Like here where I remember now
A long time ago I know
But I remember even so

Wherever she is now we were
By heart then and then again
Part of my heart again now when
Between us two I mean to
Remember the tree of life then

In December when the tree
Is barren but still sings of her
Even now of spring somehow
Remembers I still love you
Between us what you mean to me



Steven Curtis Lance










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