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Selected Poems of Steven Curtis Lance

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Apr 20, 2011, 4:07 pm


Too Early to be Too Late

Is the past what turns away to be
The future when it returns for me?

When the past hurts now I wonder how
It does being then instead of when
Remembering by forgetting it
Getting over what there is to get
Clouds of memory dissipating
But then again anticipating

This might already be forever
At now and here on a turning sphere
Somewhere between always and never
And when I do what I will do then
I will remember that until when
Becomes then and when I let it go

Not just to remember but to know
And not just to worry but to wait
For when to remember to forget
Then but not time to remember yet
On a turning sphere at now and here
At still too early to be too late

The future when it returns for me
Is what the present turns out to be

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Apr 19, 2011, 12:00 am


Could Be

You look like one of my readers to me
Or if you are not now then you should be
There as you are where you shine as a star
A diamond on a velvet blue night
Here and as near as is love without fear
As the golden sun of a silk blue day
In the garden not to be turned away

You look like one of my readers all right
Or if you are not then now you could be

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Apr 17, 2011, 8:51 pm


Transcendental Sonnet #1459:
What I Always Wanted


If you should come to Orange California stop
At the Native American Matoska shop
Where the stairway is between there and Cherry on Top

I live there on top of the shop where you might drop by
At the top of the stair if you stop and you drop
By to see me sometime where I have come home to die

But before we begin I will have to let you in
Have to remember I would live a little first
A little of the best now having lived through the worst

At the hub of the wheel where the streets go east and west
And north and south the still point where journeys begin
A little of the best now and never mind the rest

What was always missing what made me look for more
What I always wanted but never had before

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Apr 15, 2011, 12:57 am


Transcendental Sonnet #1458:
More Aware and More Away


for you who found me

More aware if more away
More and more so every day
But now you found me
A hidden poet rising
Becoming known surprising
Saying what I see
My way in my ascendance
On the way to transcendence

Here I am to be
Just who you were looking for
Now since then as writing more
Just for you for free
I get better so they say
More aware and more away

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Apr 13, 2011, 3:19 pm


Transcendental Sonnet #1457:
Tonight through the Fire


Now as I embrace my mortality
It looks like to live is how it is to be
It took awhile but as I live I learn
To live all I can as I can and to
Do my best as I do the what that I do
That whatever else the why of my best
Will be good enough to forget about the rest

When my soul remembers to take its turn
Reborn in the ashes refined by the fire
Then to live all I can when you can see
Me learning the living we lovers earn
Rising from the fire again as I aspire
Tonight through the fire to light my return
As I embrace my immortality

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Apr 12, 2011, 7:06 pm


Transcendental Sonnet #1456:
Not Easy to be Fifty-Six


for the Laughing Daffodil

It is not easy to be fifty-six

As the same inside but not out being
Broken and broke as I am in the fix
Of better late now than never seeing
How the temporariness of it all
Juxtaposes me with eternity
And makes me feel like a leaf in the fall

Riding the wind like a cork on the sea
Falling like a feather through the weather
Almost like flying but then finally
Down and again only when not whether
On a one way trip as I come to see
What I make of what comes and it of me

It is not easy to be fifty-six

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Apr 12, 2011, 7:04 pm


Transcendental Sonnet #1455:
Us in Solidarity


In wandering out walking
Listening to the chatter
I overhear us talking
Wondering if we matter

But listening I can hear
Then more clearly when I see
If nearsighted far and near
Us in solidarity

Who matter to us by our
Being in the company
Of each other at this hour
Of our moment now to be

Together if out of fear
Or in love if you ask me

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Apr 10, 2011, 2:08 am


Transcendental Sonnet #1454:
When a Smile Has a Long Way to Go


I smile at all the dogs I see
And they smile back at me
The people too I smile at you
When I see you if I do

Which leads me to say I miss you today
When a smile has a long way to go
But you smile back I know
I do when I think of you anyway

I always wanted a dog of my own
I wanted so many things
Someone to love me but I am alone
Only the lonely me

To smile at all the dogs I see
And see what tomorrow brings

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Apr 9, 2011, 5:54 am


Transcendental Sonnet #1453:
Waiting for the Flowers


April showers are bringing May flowers
At least I hope so anyway
Waiting for spring is an up and down thing
But April will give way to May
When it will be spring then once and for all
Until the soon of summer June
July and August September and fall
If just a little wet today

Having been freezing having been sneezing
Through a very extraordinary
January February
Marching through winter entering spring
Having been cold having gotten old
Waiting for the flowers April showers bring

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Apr 7, 2011, 6:58 pm


Transcendental Sonnet #1452:
When I am Gone


Up where the stair winds on and on
Where the step at every turn
There where I go when I am gone
Is to die for but to learn
Mine is the first step mine to take

There aspiring through the air
Where only fire fulfills desire
Mine the journey mine to make
By the waters of earth through fire

It is far but not too far
Forever but for everywhere
Through the dark to spark a star
Up where the stair winds on and on
Where I go when I am gone

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Apr 5, 2011, 7:55 pm


Transcendental Sonnet #1451:
Never Mind Gbagbo


at least not too much

Spring is springing bright out my window right now
But Gbagbo waits in his basement in Abidjan
Where everyone waits for Gbagbo to be gone
From Cote d'Ivoire but c'est la gloire I say
I hear what they tell me on Al Jazeera
But turn toward the window away from the mirror

Never mind Gbagbo at least not too much

With spring singing flight out my window is how
With radioactivity and Libya and such
I never mind Gbagbo not right now anyway
Not like this when spring is swinging like it is today
Is singing swinging how springing like it is right now
Out the window of the basement of Gbagbo but in touch

Never mind Gbagbo at least not too much

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Apr 3, 2011, 7:50 am


On the Morning of the Borning

"Though I must die poor mad and apostate
May it be with an unswollen prostate gland
And with a respectable remainder of my hair"

The hesitant petition of something like a prayer
In an awkward position as I was there
At the awkward borning of my mortality

There as I was between effect and cause
Here as I am at a loss when and where
They cross and with so many ways not to be

But to be anyway if hesitatingly
Somehow to know now will always be all right
Now for me someway with so many ways to be

Though I must live poor mad and apostate
For my submission something like an answered prayer
In an awkward position as I am there

Prostatically fine if financially prostrate
And with a respectable remainder of my hair
In my awkwardness there where I find my grace

Without any and with so many ways not to be
But to be anyway if hesitatingly
As grateful for what does as for what does not remain

Rising up again after falling on my face
And falling and rising again and again
Learning to turn and earn beyond the burning

Beyond which is nothing left to explain
In the wind like a kite on the evening of good night
Somehow to know now will always be all right

At the awkward borning unhesitatingly
When without any warning then someway comes good morning
On the morning of the borning of my immortality

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Mar 29, 2011, 7:48 pm


Transcendental Sonnet #1450:
Looking for You


I had a friend who turned away from me
To someone else as if it had to be
And maybe it did but the price it cost
When it was only then it was lonely
Was not only one but two friends were lost
To me as I see how I am one who
Locked out from inside a circle of two
Looks outside from in now looking for you

And whether or not we come together
Again without someone coming apart
Looking for you I am finding my heart
And if you lost yours maybe I can share
What in the only can be lonely but
Who turns away returns to find me there

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Mar 27, 2011, 4:16 am


Transcendental Sonnet #1449:
I Know You Know


for the Laughing Daffodil

I live a thousand ecstasies
And die a thousand deaths a day
With hell to pay or so they say it seems
And all I feel is all too real my dreams
My nightmares up and down through in between

But understanding all of these
You know and I know you know what I mean

I know you know I know you know
And this is what makes the universe go
The thing I sing that makes it swing for me
In between death and ecstasy
The thing you know I know will still hold true

The hand I hold makes the lotus unfold
The hand that turns the wheel belongs to you

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Mar 18, 2011, 5:13 pm


The Wheels of the Universe

I

Born on the uttermost day of the year
Seemingly something like out of the blue
Under the thunder and lightning of fear
Into the middle of the riddle of
The in between where the meaning is love
As what I was and am and will be to
Be what I am and to see what I see
To wonder why not from wondering why
Innermost is how to uttermost now
As the lotus unfolds and so do I

II

To know is to love to love even though
They never knew what to do with me then
As if they knew what to do anyway
Under the thunder an eye on the sky
Who feared to love who were afraid to know
One who was not afraid to love like me
And now here I am again as before
Because I am now and then and again
As now and again and more so and more

III

A late bloomer one might say blooming now
As if for the very first time today
At a time in a place for everything
When today is always my lucky day
As the lotus unfolds and so do I
Better late than never and better for
Surviving the battle living the war
Being the struggle while wondering how
As if I knew what to do anyway
But no matter what I know what to say

IV

Bringing down the lightning singing I try
To wonder why not I try to get by
As by and by losing fear finding love
Is what matters I find the meaning of
Life as I find it in the in between
Into the middle of the riddle of
The in between where the meaning is love
Where I have been as I am and will be
Turning with the wheels of reality

V

And the love I take is the love I bring
In the dark though with one light even so
Hope is how I know love is what I mean
A small star though far shining steadily
Here in the dark where the light can be seen
And what they all worried about back when
They did I call now just like they did then
Love is before me as it was behind
Steady the wheels of the universe turn
And as I lose fear love is what I find

VI

A small star though far shining steadily
Hope is how I know love is what I meant
A small star though far big enough for me
Nor do I worry the clock will unwind
What goes around comes and around it went
And coming I am not afraid to go
Since love is the same from the other way
Having come so long ago having gone
So far yesterday I come back today

VII

With the sun above me the moon below
And someone to love me someone to know
As I do I might not have gotten where
I am now if I had gone anywhere
But into the sunset into the dawn
Through night to light like the Phoenix to burn
In between there where to love is to know
To come to know to grow and to go on
Earth over water desire in the air
Icarus rising with fire in his hair

VIII

Steady the wheels of the universe turn
And love is what turns the wheels as I find
How turning and returning now I learn
Love is before me as it was behind
And is for here and for now without fear
To love is to know to love even though
They never knew what to do with me then
Under the thunder an eye on the sky
But love was the meaning I had in mind

IX

To know is to love to love is to know
Seemingly something like out of the blue
To wonder why not from wondering why
And now here I am again as before
Because I am now and then and again
As now and again and more so and more
Steady the wheels of the universe turn
And love is what turns the wheels as I find
That what they all worried about back when
They did I call now just like they did then

X

Bringing down the lightning singing I try
To wonder why not I try to get by
As turning and returning now I learn
That love is all I am and all I do
All but love having disappointed me
And the love I take is the love I bring
All I have left all I know to be true
Turning with the wheels of reality
As the lotus unfolds and so do I

XI

A small star though far shining steadily
Seemingly something like out of the blue
Hope is how I know love is what I meant
At a time in a place for everything
Just to be happy was all I ever
Wanted here in between now and never
And now I am I am happy to say
When today is always my lucky day
Steady the wheels of the universe turn
What goes around comes and around I went

Chorus Mysticus

And love is what turns the wheels as I find
Love is before me as it was behind
To love is to know as around I go
And love is the meaning I have in mind

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Mar 15, 2011, 11:34 pm


Minamisanriku

Just some of us hoping for spring one day
When the sea came in then went out again
And now was as if it had never been
But is beyond what can be swept away

And I remember you
Minamisanriku

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All my love across the sea to Japan







Mar 14, 2011, 11:24 pm


Transcendental Sonnet #1448:
Love is Free


Love is free: which is to say
It costs nothing less than everything

Love is what we give away
What we take away and what we bring
Love is all we have today
Like yesterday but today we know

Sometimes we learn the hard way

Something we otherwise might forget
But we learn it even so
Remember if only with regret
The only cure for our suffering

Love is free: which is to say
It costs nothing less than everything

But love is everything anyway

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Mar 11, 2011, 6:21 am


Transcendental Sonnet #1447:
The Lancean Specificity


In my way I am an astronaut too
Purehearted public servant of the sky
Up up and away to do as I do
Finding the creator in creation
Dropping poems to remember us by

As a simple man with a simple plan
And a vocation for exploration
To get and to be as high as I can
And as I do to take you too with me
On shared wings of our imagination
Where you have not seen in the in between
To the Lancean Specificity

Where I know well that there I could show you
As well as tell to love is to know you

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Mar 3, 2011, 6:10 am


The Book of Now

for the who of verse 15

1

There is no future there is no past
Only what presently is at last
As at first and at best as at worst

2

All I know is what I saw and see
I find out how in the book of now
On the seesaw of reality

3

So I might as well enjoy it when
As unremembered as unrehearsed
I see it is always now again
See as I saw this natural law

4

As now and again it always was
As it always will be just because
Whenever it is is now somehow

5

Only what presently is at last
As at first and at worst as at best
Here is no future now is no past

6

Up in the east and down in the west
There is only here where there is now
And then again it is always when
Now is what is doing what it does

7

To wait is too late for forever
Now is what is never mind the rest
The way it is is now or never

8

All I ever had I gave away
Or was taken from me who can say
I might be mistaken about what
Was given taken or I forgot

9

I just know it happened but not why
But not why not put another way
I found out how in the book of now
Lost it then when now is what I got
In its place in time and space or not

10

And just as now it got confusing
Then but now I have stopped refusing
To see how it is and dare to say
I see I was imprisoned by fear
Then and there but not when where is here

11

In an ascetic aesthetic life
With no anaesthetic with no wife
On the edge of Occam's razor I
With no one else now to blame but me
On the edge of love here live or die

12

Riding the edge of life like a knife
In only my own propinquity
On the edge of light to be a spark
Looking for another in the dark

13

Now is what is doing what it does
As it always will be always was
Up in the east and down in the west
Through up and down to the in between

14

In the riddle of the middle there
I am within the in between where
Now at when and here at where appear
To be time and space enough for me
Not to regret it but to get it

15

When I see now what I see is here
Where those here and now know what I mean
Who find out how in the book of now
The way it is is now or never
Who get it and do not regret it


16

The time and the place for time and space
Is now as time and space will allow
To wait is too late for forever
Because whenever it is is now

17

Up in the east and down in the west
All I know is what I see and saw
Down in the west and up in the east
All I know is what I saw and see

18

There is no future there is no past
As much as I might like there to be
Now is what is never mind the rest
Not to forget but remember how
Not to regret it but to get it

19

Only what presently is at last
On the seesaw of reality
With nothing but now for now at least
I find out how in the book of now

20

So I might as well enjoy it when
I open the book of now again



+Steven Curtis Lance

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Mar 1, 2011, 7:23 pm


The People

the revolution continues: the lotus unfolds

I have very little of what can be seen
Of what can be seen of what can be shown
And yet I have many who know what I mean
Who know what I mean of what can be known
Of what can be known who show what I mean
Of what can be shown in the in between

Though deep is the dark and late is the hour
I am a spark and I am not alone
The hour though late is the hour of our fate
Who have very little of what can be seen
And yet who are many who know what we mean
We are the people and ours is the power

Though deep is the dark and late is the hour
We are the people and ours is the power

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Feb 25, 2011, 11:25 pm


Transcendental Sonnet #1446:
Love is Enough for Me


for Mariann Howland

To know is to love to fear is to hate
All I know is love this late in the day
Not knowing early and yet better late
Than never to learn what never to say

Better than ever and to be than not
To be because it was love anyway
As I remember the rest I forgot
Of everything love is the thing I sing

All I ever knew my one memory
One thing I bring the thing of everything
To know is to love to fear is to hate
And those who know love are who are to be

Never say never is never too late:
Love is enough for me

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Feb 22, 2011, 11:37 pm


Though Lucifer Has Fallen

for Natalie

Having been chosen to choose between love and fear
Being interested at an interesting time to be
Having been afraid to love but not anymore

I have come here now again for what I came here for
Then as happy to be happening as I am to be here
As nothing more than nothing less than possibility

Present in the presently momentous moment having come
Far too far to turn back now but going all the way
Having looked my life for meaning having finally found some

As happy to be here as to be anywhere today
As happy to be happening as I have ever been
When now will not allow fear to interfere with love as then

When I have come again for what I came here for
Then for the meaning in the in betweening of the dark
A place there now I have been in then where I am a spark

Having been afraid to love but not anymore
I am a spark in the dark I am a catalyst of sight
And just as why is why not here is where and now is when

I am here to light a star and keep it burning through the night
An Icarus to arc through darkness rising now alight
Though Lucifer has fallen I have come to bear the light again

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Feb 19, 2011, 2:54 am


For the Revolution

as the lotus unfolds

We human beings simply would be free to do and be our best
Not only in the Middle East but also in the Middle West
As I in California here in Orange my hometown would be
And am again now as I was before the godly trod on me

I was a mental patient and so patient still I stayed
To tote and fetch for the idle rich and to bear it patiently
To validate their invalidity and be the one who paid
To be in wonderland and ordered about by rabbits and mice
Ostensibly well meaning and yet ruthless as they were
Superior to me they thought but I was trying to be nice
Since the root of their ruthlessness was that they were afraid

But of their fear and love I choose love as my God and would prefer
To starve to death in freedom than to live in slavery
I could never feel free till now but I could always be somehow
They used me like a tool but could not make a fool of me
I know there is no limitation but what I myself allow
They fooled me once but by their God they could not fool me twice
What love gave and what fear took then I bring back home to love again

We human beings simply would be free to do and be our best
As in the name of love we fight for freedom as the way we pray
Not only in the Middle East but also in the Middle West
We human beings in Manama or in Madison today

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Feb 13, 2011, 6:34 pm


Like the Birth of a Star

for Heather when I see her again

I have been thinking about you all day today
Thanking you with all my heart that you trust me to
Always be myself and to be honest with you
Wanting you to know that I trust you this same way

Knowing you know you have learned from me but also
Knowing you have given me the gift not to know
But ultimately to believe that we will be
Together in the circle dance of family
Knowing we are better because we have known us

Love in life through time time and again has shown us
That we found each other because we needed this
Spark of the world we share this universal kiss
The transcendental in the us of you and me

As we are the ones who are privileged to see
Humans drawn together by our propinquity
Our dysfunctional human family arise
Weary now from sleepwalking through their history
And now finally rubbing the sleep from their eyes

As now at the best time to be alive we are
No doubt about that nor this heartbeat nor this breath
If all life must die let us live ourselves to death
As I remember you like the birth of a star

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Feb 12, 2011, 1:20 am


The Time of My Life

for Vikkie Essex

I am taking my time as time will allow
In the canyon of time where the river runs through it
Here between the mountains of the future and the past
To be and to do by the river of the now
With my own way to do it with maybe something to it

Maybe so or maybe then again maybe not
But being and seeing what to do I do it
To leave the river better for my being than it was
Or maybe not and being I would be no matter what
But because I am what is I might as well do what does
Where the moment is the meaning within the in betweening

Having learned how now is not the time to hesitate
Not the time to hurry nor to wait not too late
Nor too early but the paradigm of being right on time
In the turning of the river I return to the sea
Of always now or never where it turns into forever
Turning there from what I know into what I believe can be

The river flows past me not too slow and not too fast
As always a new river as always a new me
Here between the mountains of the future and the past
And now is the right time for me to be because
How can it be wrong when it is always when
It is at the right time at either now or never?

What is and does what was and will be my reality
In the moment in between which is all I have for now
Whenever it is then being now and then again
Right now at the right time at the time it always was
Through the day time and the night time as the only gate
Of time at when it always will be as both what and how

It is always now and then again now and again
In the canyon of time where the river runs through it
Before and after past me not too slow and not too fast
With my own way to do it with maybe something to it
Here between the mountains of the future and the past
Where in the in betweening the moment is the meaning

I am taking my time as time will allow
Where time has taken me where life has brought me
When all else has forsaken me but what love has taught me
Knowing I know nothing but believing love knows how
As love has shown me why if not to do at least to try

And though I go I know somehow that I will always be
At the time of my life by the river of the now

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