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Nov 22, 2014, 5:56 am


(work in progress...)

When the veil is withdrawn
Will I still be but gone?

Will I still be when
My soul is free then
To go behind there
Through the in between?

If I go anywhere
If you know what I mean

Is now then again
The what of ever
Or is it never
Being forever?

Whatever is it for
But either neither nor

Spring through summer and
Fall to understand
Winter after fall
Yesterday before

Someday after today
Time comes and overcomes

Somewhere anyway
When tomorrow comes
As both everywhere
And nowhere at all

To be but to be gone
When the veil is withdrawn



Steven Curtis Lance







Nov 20, 2014, 2:35 pm


Dwight and Mamie



Dwight David Dugong was swimming to the sea
Transcending the rest through the estuary
Swimming east to west because Mamie Manatee
Up another river down the other way
Had asked him to swim against the tide to be
There so he went where he was sent by love one day

Under the water he wondered on the way:
Could one manatee take one dugong two make three
Unity triangulate duality
To bring two tribes together singing in the sea?

A dugong may dream anyway and he did
Marrying Mamie they had a kid named Syd
Singing to her softly in sirenian song
As along the laughing calf grew long and strong
Dwight noticed her tail was not shaped quite as his
Nor Mamie's was but how it was now as what is

Undivided by tails divided or not
Now to see a seacow somehow no matter what
Syd the symbol of the solidarity
Of Dwight David Dugong and Mamie Manatee



Steven Curtis Lance







Nov 19, 2014, 12:18 am


The Ride



My life is a roller coaster ride
Instead of out of my head inside
Heading up and down headsnappingly
Now every day this happens to me
Happening how I happen to be

A merry go round a carousel
Daydreams of heaven nightmares of hell
Formerly more latter latterly
But this up and down situation
Is my crucible of creation

And I can mean what I might or may
By charting stars seen along my way
Who wish I may wish I might to write
The ride up who write it down right now
When up and down then around is how

I go to learn who return to tell
You too of the ride I know too well
Who ride too if you do alongside
Unknown but known unalone with you
Instead of out of my head inside



Steven Curtis Lance







Nov 17, 2014, 9:48 pm


Edge



In an idiocracy on the edge of time
I do the best I can through mad nursery rhyme
Hanging on somehow hoping for the best I try
For meaning in the in betweening or what for
To live some meaning through it all before I die

Rising in the fall of it all looking for more
Finding maybe less but how it is now I guess
Wanting to be happy and knowing you do too
In betweening the meaning of life more or less
To do the best we can who do what we can do

I do the best I can through mad nursery rhyme
In an idiocracy on the edge of time



Steven Curtis Lance







Nov 17, 2014, 1:34 pm


Latterly



I have been trying to be positive
And so on my way to death as I live
Have been focusing on what is good of
Me at this late hour focusing on love

Knowing how I go now is what matters
As my former reality shatters
Latterly I grow up at last to be
The best I know of only lonely me

Having come through the negativity
Of what never was to what forever
Really ever means through the in betweens
Having fallen but having risen too

Here I am and there you are too as you
Have come to become the way we all do
And here we are really as life goes on
But let us go on until we are gone

And so on my way to death as I live
I will be trying to be positive



Steven Curtis Lance







Nov 15, 2014, 8:03 am


I Will Not Be Made Afraid



Fascism comes to a country through fear
As some of us see when it comes like here
"Wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross"
But fearful jubilation feels like loss

Not feeling afraid I could feel left out
As out-of-style where fear is in the air

Doubling down dumb is becoming the style
But I feel too polite to fight and shout
Like some of the fearfully dumb here who
Want the end of the world to come (for some)

Having been saved not by faith but my doubt
About being afraid to be and do

To do and be out-of-style with a smile
Like Voltaire and a certain savoir faire
The fearful have won but still I insist
Until the dumb wise up I will resist

The fearful have chosen but I have made
My choice too: I will not be made afraid



Steven Curtis Lance







Nov 11, 2014, 5:35 pm


Turning but Rising



for Franziska



I



I want to write clearly
Speaking truth as nearly
As my eyes can see it

Rising then to be it
And being it to do
What it takes to be true

I want to be so you
When you remember me
Remember me truly



II



I dig a big dog can you?
Dig a big fat cat that too
Once Franziska had a rat
She dug that was big and fat

And so she had the best of
Big and fat in ratly love
Though she was allergic to
Him so bid adieu ah-CHOO

She is not allergic to
Me I am glad to say who
Can dig a big dog can you?
(I can dig Franziska too)



III



I had a cat named Noodles once I miss
Who disappeared one day a lot like this
For thirteen years he was my roommate and
I always had someone to understand
Then he was gone when I had to go on

Noodles Freddie Noodles I miss you so
When you went missing we both had to go
And I lost everything I had went mad
Who whatever happened never to know
But you were the best cat I ever had



IV



The wheel of life turns
And somebody learns

The hard way again
The only way then
How we know now when
Through the surprising
To where we must go
Turning but rising
Sometimes we just know

And somebody learns
The wheel of life turns



Steven Curtis Lance







Nov 11, 2014, 4:36 pm


Truly



I want to write clearly
Speaking truth as nearly
As my eyes can see it

Rising then to be it
And being it to do
What it takes to be true

I want to be so you
When you remember me
Remember me truly



Steven Curtis Lance







Nov 9, 2014, 6:01 am


Friends from Faraway



get well Alexander de Juan



I



Apart
We are together
As but

A part
Though apart whether
Or not

We know
What seen from afar
We see

And so
We know what we are
To be

Soon and
We see what we mean
As one

Moon and
Stars as ours between
The sun

Arcing
A spark connects us
To shine

Sparking
The dark reflects us
Divine

The ends
Of the sky join hands
Tonight

For friends
From faraway lands
Who write



II



Big dogs large dogs heavy dogs are
Arf-arfully glad to get this far
Out of town and into renown
Dogs of the desert known up and down

Marisol and Bowser are who
Are doggedly two to dogly do
To any what many wonder
Who wonder too but are understood

Rising above then from under
Dogs who mean well two dogs who are good
Dogly dogs to doggedly be
Arf-arf-arfully good friends to me

Big dogs large dogs heavy dogs know
How I am mad but are glad to go
With me to go mad doggedly
To dogly get me now having got

Out of town and no matter what
Into what is but out of is not
For then again forever is but
Now as what we never forgot

Big dogs large dogs heavy dogs are
Arf-arfully glad to get this far



III



Any of many loved and lost who
Lived through it as you and I try to
Could tell us what we already know
But is good to know though even so
How life goes on with or without us
Now but there is no doubt about us
We are supposed to be here and here
We are somehow and this much is clear

So since we are we might as well be
Aware of each other you and me
Compare notes and keep in touch as much
As we can when having come through such
Things as maybe only we can see
In each other brother-sisterly
Traces in the faces of any
Of many of any of many

Loved and lost but beginning to win
Loved now what was lost then found again



Steven Curtis Lance







Nov 6, 2014, 3:43 pm


Porcine Koch brothers with porcelain teeth laugh
Having cut our people down by half
Wanting it all and spending for our fall
Not to stop until they have it all
Having cut the deal for the other half
Then impeachment is what they will do
When they will be impeaching me and you
Laughing through their porcelain teeth they
Have gotten away with yesterday today

Tomorrow will come but may we become
Better than this than go down this way



Steven Curtis Lance







Nov 2, 2014, 6:16 pm


Any of Many



Any of many loved and lost who
Lived through it as you and I try to
Could tell us what we already know
But is good to know though even so
How life goes on with or without us
Now but there is no doubt about us
We are supposed to be here and here
We are somehow and this much is clear

So since we are we might as well be
Aware of each other you and me
Compare notes and keep in touch as much
As we can when having come through such
Things as maybe only we can see
In each other brother-sisterly
Traces in the faces of any
Of many of any of many

Loved and lost but beginning to win
Loved now what was lost then found again



Steven Curtis Lance







Nov 1, 2014, 5:11 pm


Paradoxical Transcendence



What to me may be what may be
And what may be as maybe me
Rising to fall through what I call
Paradoxical transcendence
My happy ending after all
May be I may be me maybe
Descending to my ascendance

Sometimes it gets to be time now to know
And then to get it and so to let go
Of before and after to be between

Falling to rise I realize
The only right way is the way
I go how I go now and so
I may as well keep going though
I go if I go anyway
And if I am to go awhile
I may as well go in my style

When you and I both know then what I mean
Any of many loved and lost and who
Lived through it as you and I try to do

I grow how I am going and
Though downward now I understand
And mark how my trajectory
This arc my spark glows in the dark
Across the sky is how I fly
However I may be as I
Transcend paradoxically

Sometimes a time comes to be timelessly
To be between for this moment be free
Of before and after now how we know

And then the trick to make it stick
Is when I go then go so well
That down or sideways heaven hell
Or perfect purgatory of
Existing when insisting then
Becomes a victory of love
Though falling so I rise again

How to tell who fell here and now to feel
It all and fall a falling star as real
As it gets as we get it now we know

A time like now maybe how I may be
Free and transcendentally
Who gets to let go between and be free
By paradoxicality



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 30, 2014, 12:30 pm


Alongside



for Franziska



A long time now you and I alongside
Here together along for the ride
Have been seeing us being as we do
Have seen us being curiously
Spurning the spurious to be curious

Turning as we do learning as who
Came this far by our curiosity
Ready to be as furiously
Curious as ever who though never
Knowing go knowing we are going to be

A long time now you and I alongside
Here together along for the ride
Have seen us being freer than before
Though not knowing growing more and more
A long time alongside gone on me and you

Though we wonder so we undergo
Our going understanding none may know
Though we undergo we understand
Having been and seen being sure of us
Learning what it is we have been turning for

In turn to learn who we are turning to
Finding another one of a mind
To wonder undergo and understand
A mindful other one of a kind
To understand mind to mind and hand to hand



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 29, 2014, 8:59 pm


The Ends of the Sky



In the night a secret though
Not to who would share it
As above by love below
It is ours who wear it

Like a festive vestment when
In the in between some
Contemplating overcome
Mindfully transcending

Become then neverending
Continuing begin
Letter by letter to find
Some of similar mind

Staring at the stars there too
Though from the other side
Also along for the ride
When the way out is in

Now faraway here nearby
We who do as we do
Wherever we may be you
And I draw near hereby:

The ends
Of the sky join hands
Tonight

For friends
From faraway lands
Who write



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 28, 2014, 12:27 am


Blue Velvet Diamonds



for Franziska



I



A madman searching for a star
Who I am and what you are
But I have searched and I have found
You who found me on the ground

And when I search your face I see
Through to the reality
Of both of us that love is what
Is but not of love is not

That not of love not now not here
Is of the phantom fear



II



But star you are what is like me
We who meet where earth meets sky
You as the star I know you are
I as who have known you star

And as what is you star and I
Are of love to always be
As first we transcendentally
Were as you and me as we

I know you are like I am too
So star I reach for you



III



Blue velvet diamonds surround
At midnight and quite alone
A madman and the star he found
Or was shown he says foreknown

There he is in the in between
Where he says there might be seen
Ever brighter neverlight to
See through him to see him through

A star that only he can see
The madman lonely me



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 26, 2014, 12:31 pm


Curiosity



I



I have a long nose
And also it grows
Off to one side a bit

I am used to it
The nose I have got
Not the nose I have not

For many a year
Between love and fear
My nose has been right there

I follow it where
It goes I suppose
I think but my nose knows



II



Those who are afraid
Would like me to be too
Be like they have made
So many but I do
Not like what I see
Of that which is not love

Being afraid of
Out there in where between
Their fear can be seen
They should know what I mean
But would like to save
My soul from being brave

But as doubt has shown
I would like to be free
Though I understand
The fear in their demand
Not to be alone
Here (a fear I have known)

Would they could let go
To listen now and then
Through the silence when
It wonders then again
Would they could find out
And understand to know

Curiosity
Is what "free" is about



III



Out and about and
About to find out
Through doubt to understand

What though not to know
To wonder about
As I go so to grow

I get by hereby
Now under the sky
I get how round I go

Though I get lost I
Go then to be found
When I come back around



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 26, 2014, 4:59 am


No More Tricks



Those who would control
Us get through to our soul
When we are afraid
Then is when they get paid

Fear is how they met us
Now they would get us
All to be afraid of
Each other and love

Spooked before prepared
This time for no more tricks
Nor let us be scared
By fearful politics

Angels always say "do
Not be afraid": me too



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 25, 2014, 10:19 am


Nose Knows



I have a long nose
And also it grows
Off to one side a bit

I am used to it
The nose I have got
Not the nose I have not

For many a year
Between love and fear
My nose has been right there

I follow it where
It goes I suppose
I think but my nose knows



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 25, 2014, 5:09 am


Abutted



The dogs sleep cheek-to-cheek
Not cheek-by-jowl but back-
To-back two-to-a-pack
Abutted so to speak

One snout points this way and
Then on the other hand
(Or paw) a snout points out
That way as face-to-face
In kind as from behind
Is dogly mind-to-mind
When two butt-sniffers who
Do as they dogly do
By fundamental grace
Win favor in the end

Savoring what is true
Connected at the butt-
End of no-matter-what
Abutted friend-to-friend



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 24, 2014, 7:11 pm


Now (or Never)



Not quite sure of heaven though quite so of no hell
I might not be right but I am anyway
Coming from there now knowing how it was not here
Being here between there and then to do as well
As I can before tomorrow after yesterday
Here and now where and when I am to do today
Not quite sure forever though quite so of here however

Where it seems to me the thing to do is be
Today the best I can transcending cant and creed
That I never wanted haunting all I ever need
When I am being here now not to be in fear
Past at last regretting not forgetting to forget
Letting go and getting it getting on with it
Not quite sure forever though quite so of now (or never)



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 24, 2014, 4:14 pm


Folly



Eating and excreting through their fleeting folly here
The fearful and uncheerful the frumpy and the grumpy
Go through their motions by emotions dying of fear

The folly of their fleeting their bleating and their cheating
Is how they feel that everyone now must be afraid
The way they are though solid be so stolid be so staid

Somehow in their unreason in their mad season they
Feel they should be in charge of things and this brings me to say
I refuse their yesterday as I choose my today

An open mind by hope may find what one unkind may miss
Something beautiful so dutiful I tell you this
Between us and I mean us we they have not made afraid:

Refuse to be these people who by steeple or by rote
Insist now we must choose them just refuse them and go vote



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 24, 2014, 1:11 pm


The Role of a Lifetime



for Alexander and his Stylistics Class at Aklan Catholic College
in Kalibo in Aklan in The Philippines




I



Not quite sure of heaven though quite so of no hell
I might not be right but I am anyway
Coming from there now knowing how it was not here
Being here between there and then to do as well
As I can before tomorrow after yesterday
Here and now where and when I am to do today
Not quite sure forever though quite so of here however

Where it seems to me the thing to do is be
Today the best I can transcending cant and creed
That I never wanted haunting all I ever need
When I am being here now not to be in fear
Past at last regretting not forgetting to forget
Letting go and getting it getting on with it
Not quite sure forever though quite so of now (or never)



II



A lot may come between later and now
Life happens and because it does is how
It is with us we never know but go
On with the show as all we ever know
In it together we may as well be kind

But I for one of many find it fun
To find out as I go like anyone
Who learns not to try to control the role
But face and embrace my part with my heart
Whether or not it may make sense to my mind

I take my chance as Steven Curtis Lance
The role of a lifetime so on with the show



III



Eating and excreting through their fleeting folly here
The fearful and uncheerful the frumpy and the grumpy
Go through their motions by emotions dying of fear

The folly of their fleeting their bleating and their cheating
Is how they feel that everyone now must be afraid
The way they are though solid be so stolid be so staid

Somehow in their unreason in their mad season they
Feel they should be in charge of things and this brings me to say
I refuse their yesterday as I choose my today

An open mind by hope may find what one unkind may miss
Something beautiful so dutiful I tell you this
Between us and I mean us we they have not made afraid:

Refuse to be these people who by steeple or by rote
Insist now we must choose them just refuse them and go vote



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 23, 2014, 12:58 pm


The Watchdog



Homely that downhome dogly way
Marisol is unlovely some say
But I say she with her long-eared hangdog face
She wears doggedly bears a watchful grace
If ferociously occasionally
To me she is lovely anyway

I look at Marisol and see
No circus poodle in a tutu
But heavy-duty dogpower to do to
Whoever whatever must be done
If something is done she is the one
Who does as she keeps the watch for her friends

For doggedness or the love of me
The watch of the watchdog never ends



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 21, 2014, 8:50 am


Turning



Now leaves are turning before they fall
After the laughter after all
This is how stars are learning they do too

Call it falling but call me who
Rose up that way when I chose to when
Turning but not turning away

Turning before when after now then
Turning not as if to say goodbye
Turning that way night turns to day

This madman you see is me in the sky
Before you now after the fall of it all
Wondering but understanding why

This man glad I rose because I chose to
Surprised to realize I was supposed to
Let go to get where I had to be

Tuned in turned on dropped out gone within
Finding the only way out is in
Here I am now to find out about love

Mindful how whatever I dream of
Is what becomes me ultimately
Though gone I dreamed of freedom so I went free

Having let go of it all I fall
In love to rise again after all



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 20, 2014, 2:01 pm


A Part of Me



This part in my hair is simply where
It is as it has been so long
Now never bereft of a part there left
Not right somehow right looks wrong
Way round reflected round the wrong way

I could part it the other way but
The roots still have a will so strong
That though surprised they could rise up and heft
It leftward to have their say
Rooted not in what will be but was
As they and so many are anyway

They might be right it may as well stay
Unheft (and of course uncut)
As it is and was to do as it does
Because it looks simply there
Left right way round where it is today

Though a triviality
Even so a part of me



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