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Jul 9, 2014, 6:02 pm


Across the Dark (work in progress...)



What are we afraid of?
Some are afraid of love

To whom it seems a star
Too far too hard to see
What is clear but for fear

Though love is not too far
For who are dear to me
So you are near to me

A spark across the dark
An arc from spark to spark



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Jul 8, 2014, 2:32 am


Another Us



Human beings being human seeking to find
Another iteration of the human mind
Find each other in relation mind as we do
Another spark across the dark another us to
Know as we are known as we show as we are shown
Human beings being human in humankind

We have found each other brother sister as we
Find and mind in one another our humanity



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Jun 30, 2014, 8:49 pm


Goddess I Guess



God that woman

Goddess I guess
No more but no less
What I dream when I do
Again and again
As who might too

And then what might have been



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Jun 30, 2014, 4:51 pm


Monday



Monday is one day
I would make a fun day
If I could I would
And when I can I do
Living many through

Now somehow forgiving
Monday by living
Through as who understood
Monday was unique

How Monday could be blue
As first of the week
But how blue would it be?
The blue now I see
Monday running through me
And you maybe too

Tuesday was good news day
Still may be again
Because what I choose may
Choose then to begin
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Saturday but then

Sunday will slide away
Till it may be when
First thing Monday morning
Comes bearing warning
Or comes wearing mourning
Blue dreams coming true

If they would they could
And when they can they do
Monday is one day
Rightly taken lightly
When its then is now

One to make a fun day
Anyway somehow



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Jun 29, 2014, 7:43 pm


The Sign of the Pig



At the sign of the pig
They roasted one and he was big
As pigs go more or less
They said he was smiling and yes
He might have been you know
As pigs go and as that one went
Served like a sacrament

Glad I am not a pig I guess
But also not a prig
About this pig whose face would grace
The photos of my friends
Or what the means mean to the ends
The means of grace to be
Pork-free potato chips for me

He left his cryptic smile
To linger in my mind awhile
And be his monument
But faced with what I could not taste
That smiling countenance
So roasted did not go to waste
Nor to the waist of Lance

So I was satisfied
Though sorry for the one who died



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Jun 25, 2014, 8:36 pm


Open to the Free



The chemical straitjacket of the shrinks who
Always think they know but never do
Does not fit me because they do not get me

Left behind to right my mind myself
In my age in an age of anxiety
Falling through the cracks of society

But minding higher finding a higher shelf
Alone and on my own a better
Remedy to free me not to fetter

Not medication exploration
Freeing me so I may see what I may see
From the view up here surprisingly clear

Up above where love is the explanation
The voice of love never answers to fear
Though the door is always open to the free

So here I am where I want to be



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Jun 24, 2014, 4:12 pm


An Other You



Some get me sometimes now and then or not
Others get me all the time no matter what
Because I am an other too like who
Does not forget others and who gets me too
Being another like an other you

And that is who I think I am and the what
That matters as I am and as I do



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Jun 20, 2014, 10:13 pm


Gas Station Cheeseburgers



Gas station cheeseburgers my principal nutrition
Circumspectly small in quantity as quality
Somehow not enough to make me fat but it is that
By adaptation to my awkward situation
Being nuts I get in ruts and do not do my best
About things not poetry no doubt but for the rest
I follow my instinct allow my intuition
To take me how it takes though it makes a fool of me

As to what and where and why I leave that to the sky
Leaving it to me to be whatever I may be
Living like an animal I find but mindfully
Not knowing how but learning now turning as I go
Though I turn in circles learning day by turning day
Even though I never know I know me even so
Gladly living madly in an awkward position
Giving all the love I have before I have to die

Life gives me another day to give my love away
So I am again by love and curiosity
When I am now as I have been so many years then
As I was I am because how I will be again
Coming as I have to be because actually
Though I may be strange subject to change becoming free
To make my mistakes now as it takes me how it takes
Here as what I make of it is what it makes of me

In my awkward situation of discovery
These gas station cheeseburgers taste like reality



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Jun 19, 2014, 6:03 pm


Songs Unheard As Yet Unsung



I know someone who shows me
How to be named Chenibie
And she would know because she
Is who is now as somehow
Someone who could show me how
To be as I am learning

As the brokenminded heal
And as the world is turning
Life goes on and so do we
As we know us as we go
I know someone who is real
I know someone who knows me

As the old learn from the young
And the brokenhearted feel
Songs unheard as yet unsung



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Jun 19, 2014, 1:49 am


Farther Furthermore



for Chenibie and her favorite shoes



My head keeps talking
But my feet keep walking
Farther furthermore
Having heard it before

Wondering about
The other one no doubt
Either end goes on

I know I wonder too
Going as I do
Will I ever get there?
Till then everywhere
Is where I am going
Still walking knowing

And how is it I know?
By going I grow
And what is it I see?
The arriving me

And where do I arrive?
Here and now alive
When going but not gone

My head keeps talking
But my feet keep walking



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Jun 16, 2014, 7:57 pm


Because I Want to Be



Because I am and because I want to be
I do what it takes to be me

I was not as I am now and this is how
I grow as I have come to know
To be and to do what it takes to be now
Being as I am as I go
But not as I was nor I will be somehow

As I do my reality
Or as it does me because I want to be



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Jun 14, 2014, 10:48 am


Beyond Heaven and Hell



for Chenibie



If I could say anything and I can
I would say I am no more nor less than
Anybody somebody who means well

Having transcended both heaven and hell
Having upended everything I knew
Having been held down though I got back up
Having been thrown out so had to pack up

When having to go then having to know
Where I am there is my home even so
Here beyond heaven and hell now with you

If I could say anything and I do
I would say I am here and now at last
To live all I can and to do it fast
Having escaped from the ghosts of the past

If I could say anything let it be
I would always be true to you and me
Being as we are seeing us as we

We who remember us do not forget
This is it but it is not over yet



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Jun 13, 2014, 3:45 pm


Just as We Are



for Franziska



You and I have known each other now for so long
And all along as we have grown it has kept us strong
To know as we grow how somebody cares to see
Somebody daring somehow to be you or me
As dare we do right where you and I come to be
Caring we the daring who were free all along

We who knew we loved us as we grew near from afar
Love us here and now and always as just as we are



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Jun 12, 2014, 2:58 pm


Your Other Unmet Brother



The fear of change can make people strange
Fear of the other unmet brother
Fear of the future clings to the past
Bringing the fear of each other at last

But just because I am not like you
In what I believe and what I do
Does not mean either is lesser than
We are all human and do what we can

I propose that we not be afraid
Anymore seeing the price we paid
I propose that we try love awhile
Forget fear now remember how to smile

Because down inside we are the same
All of our candles burn as one flame
We are the ones we wanted to be
And now here we are as us you and me

The fear of change can make people strange
But I am your other unmet brother



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Jun 11, 2014, 1:35 pm


Illusion



When I was younger I lived by illusion
In an attempt to avoid the confusion
Associated with reality
Like so many do and did
I did too till I got rid
Of my illusion or it got rid of me

I really had no choice then but to see
Life was hard but could be good
Because when I understood
I saw I was free and I had always been
Here and now as where and when
Illusion gives way like night before day

Reality here now illusion there then
On a day as good as any like today



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Jun 8, 2014, 10:42 pm


How This Happened



When I was younger I had the hunger
To be somebody anybody
But I did not know who or what to do

Then gradually it came to me
I was the only body I could be
So if not what at least I knew who

And there was always this poetry
I wrote for my friends when I was younger
Then I set it to music you see

So I was a composer chorally
Musically I became somebody
But when I went mad then I went free

The church I worked for left me in the lurch
Disappointing me ultimately
Left alone I found love on my own

Through trying times my mad nursery rhymes
Are how I do what like nobody
Else now somehow as who knows what to do



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Jun 8, 2014, 4:00 am


Too Too



I hope I am not too too for you
Though if I am I know what you mean
Being almost too too for me too
But may I be the best I may do

So I may be transcendentally

Maybe I was and may be because
Now is how I know what I mean then
Here to be me somehow in between
Maybe I have been or I may be

Someday when you may remember me

Though if I am I know what you mean
Being almost too too for me too
Here to be me somehow in between
I hope I am not too too for you



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Jun 5, 2014, 12:32 pm


Twin Stars



I saw you cross the sky
Like I will when I
Go up there on my own
And you were alone
Like me but you were free

I was with you then
Although you could not see

When I cross then I
Will see you once again
Impossibly far
The great within the small
Momentarily
Arc-sparking like a star

I am with you when
All time is now somehow

There where we have been
Improbably to be
Twin stars you and me
Who even though we fall
Are stars after all



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Jun 2, 2014, 12:11 pm


Trying to Remember Me



My mental illness is progressing
But so am I I guess
A burden and a blessing
Both to keep me guessing more or less

I always was progressive somehow
And never more than now
Trying to figure out how
To live and forgive myself to be

Trying to remember me



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Jun 1, 2014, 9:20 pm


Ready



Pardon me if I stumble
But I took a tumble
Or two a few hard knocks on
The dusk before the dawn

So I may be unsteady
Although I am ready
To do the best I can do
Getting it to get through

Getting on with it for
Another day more



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May 30, 2014, 5:43 pm


Over the Wall



I



Out there the dogs are barking
Most only saying hi
Out where the cars are parking
Most lonely racing by
Out where I was born back when

There I am back again

Where pray the guns may not pop
The store next door I shop
In when I drop in again
There where the night has come to call
When found out bound to fall

Santa Ana over the wall



II



Marlboro hards in his rolled-up sleeve
Baby he was too tough to believe
Maybe I got it or maybe not

But I remembered never forgot
My father the hitman he was who
Was a badass motherfucker too



III



Pardon me if I stumble
But I took a tumble
Or two a few hard knocks on
The dusk before the dawn

So I may be unsteady
Although I am ready
To do the best I can do
Getting it to get through

Getting on with it for
Another day more



IV



Getting through the best I can
An ordinary man
With an extraordinary
History beginning
To feel a bit less wary

Or I may be winning
For all I know about it

No reason to doubt it
Though reason never met me
Nor do I now recall
Or how ever forget me
For madness after all?

But now in my fall season
I will go until gone
Getting it as I go on:
I am my own reason



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May 30, 2014, 5:19 pm


Maybe



Marlboro hards in his rolled-up sleeve
Baby he was too tough to believe
Maybe I got it or maybe not

But I remembered never forgot
My father the hitman he was who
Was a badass motherfucker too



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May 30, 2014, 12:40 pm


My Own Reason



Getting through the best I can
An ordinary man
With an extraordinary
History beginning
To feel a bit less wary

Or I may be winning
For all I know about it

No reason to doubt it
Though reason never met me
Nor do I now recall
Or how ever forget me
For madness after all?

But now in my fall season
I will go until gone
Getting it as I go on:
I am my own reason



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May 29, 2014, 9:15 pm


Over the Wall



Out there the dogs are barking
Most only saying hi
Out where the cars are parking
Most lonely racing by
Out where I was born back when

There I am back again

Where pray the guns may not pop
The store next door I shop
In when I drop in again
There where the night has come to call
When found out bound to fall

Santa Ana over the wall



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May 29, 2014, 1:53 pm


Remember



My father said to me
What I will say to you
That through extremity
I find still to be true

Remember who you are
Wherever you may be
To shine on like a star
Transcendental and free

If I do you can too
Nor anywhere too far



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