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Selected Poems of Steven Curtis Lance

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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 (work in progress...)



Within and without
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
And without anyone to blame
But myself 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 what is the matter with me

Suppression by shame
Oppression and captivity
And blame that became
Something usual that came that same
Way sometimes to be
Until what comes becomes again
Then goes as it came
But when it comes again who knows
Up and down the same

Up and about or down and out
I wonder about
Inside understanding outside
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







Jun 11, 2015, 6:51 pm


Whenever My Forever



what by how



I



Without a haircut ever
My hair grows however
But now and then I must mow
My whiskers just for show
No haircuts though and never
Mind trying dying it
Living without trying it
Let what be whatever

I never know but let go
And then if forever
Is now when is whenever
I find the rest to be
How I do the best I can
At being this old man
In the mirror now I see
Who looks somehow like me



II



Who I am and what I do
As who was and was done to
And did a little bit
Is how I get rid of it

As you get if you get me
I am who and this is how
I am and I do now
Not who was but is to be

Having gotten what is what
Gotten rid of what is not
This now or never but
Whenever my forever



III



Only love has taught me love
If by its lonely lack
When I was most in need of
It then that brought me back
When love is all I have now
Enough as what by how

Only love as what has taught
Me lonely that has brought
Me to find love everywhere
My humankind is there
The lonely only need to
See us be lonely too

Only love can be and do
What we need to know then
Finding us in kind again
Makes one who takes it free
If only the lonely knew
How we are one somehow

In our humanity
I find love as it finds me



Steven Curtis Lance







Jun 7, 2015, 4:43 pm


Leaves



Why do I go to
The trouble I do
With my poetry?

No trouble at all
A tree in the fall
Lets its leaves go free



Steven Curtis Lance







Jun 5, 2015, 11:06 pm


Deep Velvet Blue



I know so many things to forget
I cannot though I know what I can do
Before I forget I can not regret

Remember embers and let them die
My troubles flying upward to the sky
These sparks of my darkness may they flee
To disappear through the deep velvet blue

To be gone if not forgotten yet
To begone and be gone as l go on
Until fall when all my leaves will be gone

Then when a new diamond you see
Through the deep velvet blue that will be me
Taking a chance and making it there
Forgetting yet remembering to be

Love will remember me better than
I did and bids me forget if I can
But until I do I can not regret

Who disappear through the deep velvet
Blue to do what I can and cannot too
There I will be until always where
Remembering who I am to forget

And made unafraid to get this far
I will shine on and become a star



Steven Curtis Lance







Jun 4, 2015, 9:53 pm


Finding My Way



Doubtless I am not without doubt certainly
But I feel certain about uncertainty
Wondering but understanding mystery
With a certain mysterious history

Not without a certain despair now and then
Of what however may never be known so
I let it go then and now I never know

I feel better to be free of certainty
I was certainly wrong a long time ago
Having learned the hard way again and again
The more I know the less I know as I go

As uncertainty would certainly agree
Not to be certain feels uncertainly free
So I keep going knowing enough to learn

Questing by questioning awaiting my turn
Wondering but understanding anyway
The love I give is given me in return
The only thing I am certain of today

Living love giving love having love returned
As part of my heart the best thing I have learned
Never mind the rest not now finding my way

I know this is it then and so this is when
I keep going growing though uncertainly



Steven Curtis Lance







Jun 3, 2015, 11:26 pm


Report Card in the Yard



June will be blue in the morning
Still then until without warning
Commencing to intensity
The daily sweeping of the sky
Comes through the blue immensity
When the afternoon wind swings by

Here where I am in this valley
I tie my hat on and go see
What the wind slings up my alley
Things as it swings it brings for free

Like this report card that went hard
When sent down then took off and went
By wind to end up in my yard
By which no disrespect was meant
Then when the wind blows in it knows
What it must do just where what goes

The wind does what it has to do
I know because I do it too
It brings me things and I will see
More before it swings by for me

Until I too will blow away
Come afternoon of some June day



Steven Curtis Lance







Jun 3, 2015, 5:33 pm


Ready



I like it to be fine
My ducks in a row as I go
Everything in line

Just so because I know
It turns out accidentally
As it does I see

But the accidental
Keeps existence existential
If surprisingly

Though now and then I doubt
It I recall it all turns out
It all becomes me

If not how but for now
What must be but just enough for
Me to be some more

And having overcome
As I become I let it come
Though not knowing how

It turns out however
Change is steady now or never
But I am ready

To keep it steady then
As who learns by what turns out when
It turns out again



Steven Curtis Lance







Jun 1, 2015, 9:33 am


Something Else



for Franziska



I



I know who I am because I know how
To where I am here when I am now
Having been elsewhere but no longer there
Knowing who I am so what I mean
How beginning through end now in between
Being me I can be anywhere
And still be who I am as I will be
I know who I am from being me

A long time in the making here I
Am taking my chance for a glance at why



II



The men would close those doors
When I was on the other side
Said it was ours not yours
To do who did and to decide
When I was a kid but
I remember then and now what
And how it felt to be
In the family

The men played their cards and
They said hard things to understand
And then I saw them go
On and be gone but now I know
What they were doing when
They closed those doors and I again
Could see then from outside
How it had to be

When they went they ushered me
In with them inside



III



When my mother said I was no good
By her smile I understood
She meant I was like my father
And understanding should not bother
Me because I saw she thought
Remembering what she forgot
I would come to be a poet too
Maybe become something else he was

Remembering like I do
I saw she knew like a mother does



Steven Curtis Lance







May 29, 2015, 7:06 pm


Icarus All the Way



As near as I can tell
Forever is whenever
And who are would do well
To be but that we ever
Could be at all what I
Think of when stars fall from the sky

The only way I know
Is to let go and let fly
Though what a way to go
Like Icarus all the way
But someday you will say
Here comes another star go by

As far as I know of
Things one thing I know is love
Is what it means to be
Between us like you and me
So lucky as we are
To see then be a falling star

Icarus all the way there
To be us everywhere



Steven Curtis Lance







May 27, 2015, 10:54 pm


Everybody Needs Enough



for Sherry



Small and meek or big and tough
Everybody needs enough
Of whatever makes us go

That whether or not we know
It is the what of us though
In between us felt unseen

The what of you and me and
All of us to understand
Each other by if we try

Felt unseen where it may mean
Feeling incomplete or not
In completion of the what

But each action in between
Us reaching satisfaction
Completes us in reaction

This is how the what is why
When we have enough and then
Where we find us there again

Small and meek or big and tough
Everybody needs enough



Steven Curtis Lance







May 27, 2015, 1:54 am


Incommunicado



for Bud and everybody



I find myself in computer hell
But for how long who can tell
Now because it goes on and on

It was all night already
And I am becoming unsteady

This is the reason I am gone
Why you do not see me where
I ought to be and I miss you there

Though incommunicado now
I want to get back there somehow



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