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Selected Poems of Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 21, 2006, 4:17 am

Her Name Was Patricia

My mother became more and more like a bird
Until she flew away on the twenty-third
Day of November it hurts to remember
Of Nineteen Ninety-Eight on that date I hate
Which will be the date of Thanksgiving this year

Thanksgiving comes back some years early some late
For others but never came back to me here
And yet I am thankful and appreciate
That I had the mother I had when I had
Who died singing I know because I was near
A sweet sad old song in a voice soft and clear

She thought I was gifted I thought she was great
We had nothing but it never seemed so bad
Scarce money sad sickness scant hope and no dad
My mother though frail bore the burdens of all
And showed in her death what it meant to live strong

This year on Thanksgiving I will sing this song
For my songbird who flew away in the fall

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 19, 2006, 11:02 pm


Cold tea from last night still here by my bed
Last night a very long time ago now
I need to make black coffee for my head
But first must move my curled-up cat somehow

He seems to want to sleep permanently
One never shoos Freddie Noodles away
But if I pet him right he might agree
To take the plunge with me into this day

So I will offer kitty treats instead
And maybe a few aspirins for me
That coffee I spoke of followed by tea
For I have been too long a slugabed

Autumn afternoon at Studio Lance
The sun is not patient nor will it wait
A sunny Sunday finds us sleeping in
As earlier each day the hour grows late

Come cat! Let us leap up to join the dance
And let Sunday festivities begin!

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 19, 2006, 5:16 am

Sheltering Shadows

Within sheltering shadows waits the light
Until the time comes to dawn the new day
It nestles there in the heart of the night
Until the time comes to come out and play

Then the sun and the moon change their places
One looking forward the other behind
Yin yang opposite-attracted faces
Without which the sky would be cold and blind

When the sun goes to bed the moon rises
Or so it would seem from here on the ground
That they share a bed is no surprise as
All of their doings are done in the round

Until the time comes to come out and play
It nestles there in the heart of the night
Until the time comes to dawn the new day
Within sheltering shadows waits the light

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 18, 2006, 9:04 pm

Coming Home

The river is drawn to the sea and falls
Gratefully beneath subaquatic walls
With remembered familiarity
Fulfilled in its ultimate destiny

The wanderer comes home to roam no more
The welcoming mother closes the door
And water and water are one to be
Together again elementally

The river is embraced as with the tears
The blood sweat and life of all the world's years
Consider the river the sea and learn
Who came from the womb to the womb return

I am the river and you are the sea
When I come home I pray you welcome me

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 17, 2006, 10:13 pm

The Veil Withdrawn

A shadow passed across the moon one night
A cloud within a cloudless winter sky
And when it passed it left a lesser light
As though when it passed it had not passed by
But left a stain between the moon and me
A strain in what I thought reality
A crack in the mask a rip in the hem
Of the veil which falls between "us" and "them"

A shadow passed across the sun one day
A cloud out of a cloudless summer sky
Which though it seemed to take something away
Left something intimate yet lifted high
Resolved to show forgotten is not gone
A glimpse behind the spacetime veil withdrawn
Evolved I know we grow but never die
Who see dusk simultaneous with dawn

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 16, 2006, 11:45 pm

Respect and Solidarity

None of us has any money but
We share what we have no matter what
Through thick and thin times (more thin than thick)
Our cooperation does the trick
As in our daily lives we elect
To practice our mutual respect
By looking after one another
Friend and sister to friend and brother

None of us has any money though
We have what it takes to make a go
Of living together and living well
At Studio Lance where the old bronze bell
Rings for respect and solidarity

When I come to die: ring that bell for me

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 16, 2006, 2:03 am

Sweet Bread

Franziska baked some sweet bread shaped like birds
I wish I were with her in Germany
Since all I have to eat here is my words

I think sweet bread would be better for me
Sometimes my words are hardly sweet at all
And sometimes bitter in the chill of fall

But she is far away along the Rhein
Her sweet bread is probably eaten now
So I am stuck with just these words of mine
With which I have to muddle through somehow

Still there is sweet bread which one need not eat
To savor in spirit across the sea
From along the Rhein right along to me

And feeling how I love her I feel sweet

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 15, 2006, 10:07 pm

Do Not Disturb

I feel so fortunate to be alone
Able to do whatsoever I please
Given some relationships I have known

I choose to avoid cheap dramas like these
Call me a sociopath a recluse
Sign me up again for celibacy
What I see of "love" is a poor excuse
For genuine human intimacy
Which even if achieved will not endure

All that is not for me I choose to be
A lifelong bachelor confirmed and sure
Of one I can depend on which is me

So go ahead kids grapple grope and scream
Just do it somewhere else and let me dream

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 14, 2006, 10:45 pm

My Fall My Rise

Summer came and went with little fanfare
Surprising autumn slid in smilingly
I hardly noticed summer's fall at all
With autumn's rise around me everywhere

Rose petals and red leaves swirl around me
A rise which seems nothing at all like fall
But more like the arrival of the now
The process of becoming which is dawn

I never got to mourn summer somehow
Was too distracted to see it had gone
It was kind of autumn to come like this
Arriving gently on the morning wind
Summer slipped out while I slept with a kiss
Took its bad but left its good memories
And left me here with autumn by surprise

The passages of life are times like these
My fall inscribed on clouds my rise on air
Those moments when I pause and realize
The wheel of time is turning with a sigh

Winter will come then my seasons will end
I fall to earth to rise again and bear
The light which stretches after as before
Life's passages are written in the sky

When spring comes I will celebrate it there
Who am I to ask for anything more?

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 14, 2006, 12:56 am

It Was Always You

So here we are finding ourselves alone
After all these years unexpectedly
And yet expected because always known
Since this is how it is with you and me

It had to be like this I always knew
That you and I would be alone at last
For those who tell the future from the past
Could always tell that it was always you

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 13, 2006, 5:10 pm

A Song to the Dust

I watch the sparkle of Orion's belt
On a long night after a lonely day
And feel what we watchers have always felt
How beautiful it is how far away
I think of chance and the cards I am dealt
I think of love and my heart starts to melt
And should I fold my hand or should I play?

Do I risk it all? Do I dare to trust?

And folding my hands I withdraw to pray
That I become the person I would be
Not the mightiest the richest but just
Who I am growing reaching to be free
To do what I am here for what I must
To be no one at all except for me
And leave a song behind me to the dust

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 13, 2006, 2:21 am

Fragments of the Whole

People seem to want to know the future
Perhaps as an antidote to the past
By bringing some balance as a present
With the solution remaining unsure
Whether that or finding out at the last
Is more or less pleasant or unpleasant

I think if I knew it might drive me mad
To know I had to live through all those scenes
Being prepared they might not be so bad
But without surprise it seems each one means
Less for having been tasted once before

Seeing the past and the present so sad
I am afraid to know very much more
So I just muddle through alongside you
And hope we find what we were looking for
Through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole
All the way feeding on fragments of the whole

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 12, 2006, 6:44 am

These November Evenings

A red rose and a red maple leaf dry
In close propinquity on Saturday

These November evenings I wonder why
I ever considered going away
From where red roses and maple leaves fall
Why I even went anywhere at all

I will stay and hold tight to things like these
Dry roses autumn leaves and memories

I always wonder about everything
But these November evenings I know why
I belong here as the St. John's bells ring
And roses and leaves and memories dry

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 11, 2006, 10:40 pm


I have been surprised and delighted to see
Some people write it must be good to be me
Which makes me wonder if this might just be true

So should I do as I say (and as I do
In my poetry at least) and let my heart
Fly free into life nor hold myself apart
As though I were unworthy of happiness?

I if I can do this then THAT will be success

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 11, 2006, 6:01 am

Never Know Until

Having loved my first have I loved my last?
Sometimes I wonder if my time has passed

But I have to believe no matter what
Although time always passes it has not
Left me behind to end my life alone
Just that the future can never be known

So we will never know until we see
If anyone might love their last with me

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 10, 2006, 11:02 pm

These Improbable Wings

May we all find what we are looking for
And may all our beautiful dreams come true
May lions shut their mouths and may mice roar
But whether mouse or lion God bless you

We only get one chance then get no more
To do the best we can in what we do
So it is suicidal to hold back
From scaling every height we can conceive
And if we share our surplus meets our lack

But for this to work we have to believe
That we might do the impossible now
Or at least the most improbable things
Until we make them possible somehow
By rising on these improbable wings

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 9, 2006, 10:21 pm

8 November 2006

My Grandma died five years ago today
And I have struggled ever since to stay
In this home place with the help of some friends
My hair now less whole cloth and more of lace
Having left to God the means with the ends
And more like Grandma every day I know
Whom I shall see again soon face to face
Here I must wait until my time to go

I picked a bird of paradise for her
While still in bud and now it lifts its wings
Arising in memorial full bloom
In mourning fights and flights which never were
A song something like the night raven sings
Echoes in me as Grandma fills the room

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 8, 2006, 8:40 pm


a sonnet for hope, faith, and love

Having flown one never forgets to fly
A sun once set can rise as the future
Remembered savored triumph dawn again
The might-have-been as might-be as it were
Though this time higher wiser for the pain
Which once we felt at sunset when the gloom
Closed down on us and wrapped around the room
We will yet rise together you and I

I look within my heart and find you there
As you look within yours and find me too
The hope the dream the might-be answered prayer
Spreads wings at dawn's first light for me and you
Having flown one never forgets to fly
We will yet rise together you and I

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 7, 2006, 8:53 pm


How then does one begin
In this ellipticality
A game so hard to win
This riddle of reality?

I think it would be best if I be still
And know that God is and that you are too
I knew this once believe now always will
That I am not alone because of you
Riding this riddle: if one can win I know
We two began by winning long ago

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 7, 2006, 12:49 am

Decision 2006

Come on an escapade with me and we
Could soar beyond these squawking talking heads
Which make their delusions our destiny
Destroy all day then return to soft beds
Of ease in their disease as we stand by
Helpless hopeless disenfranchised asking "Why?"

In this no-man's-land between strange and strange
I still dream of social evolution
Cherish a chance of political change
And hope for a second revolution
This time of the mind by reason by thought
That we might yet redeem what our blood has bought

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 5, 2006, 10:44 pm

Full Moon Beckoning

for Franziska

Sunlight is normative
The given state of things
Mere luminosity
Moonlight is formative
When longing lifts soft wings
To soar throughout the night
Sheer numinosity
By which the mermaid sings
And fairy dust shines bright

The light of the full moon
Glows like snow on the ground
Midnight is the high noon
Of magic all around
The hooves of unicorns
Can be heard in the wood
While ghost trains sound sad horns
In passing understood
As hidden things are found

When fairies all take flight
To kiss the velvet sky
I know you understand
The full moon their birthright
The days cannot destroy
The everlasting joy
Of those who never die
Franziska take my hand
Come and let us join them you and I

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 5, 2006, 12:12 am


A long exhausting night
Of nightmares robbed me of my sight

Now I can only see
Those fearful visions forced on me
And hope and trust and pray
That somehow they will fade away
As the day shines on
Until they have gone
Held at bay by the light of day

Back into the dark whence they came
And may no afterimages remain
No echoes whispering my name
But buried be to never rise again

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 3, 2006, 10:31 pm


Nothing hurts quite like hypocrisy
A furtive thing with a fearful sting
False religion fake democracy
An insidious crime sure to bring
Trouble and woe wherever we go

So all we can do is watch and see
We steer well clear of hypocrisy

Being ourselves and letting it show
By being honest by living free
And never being afraid to grow
Just be yourself and I will be me
Let in and out match and let them know:

We have no need of hypocrisy

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 3, 2006, 4:28 am

Come Night

Some days plod forever
Some trip lightly by
Fast or slow I never
Could understand why
Yet each day wends its way
At just its own pace
Until another day
Arrives in its place

I choose the nights between
Them in any case
The lights by which I see
You know what I mean
You and night and I know
Night is and will always be
A flow not fast nor slow
The best time of day to me

Come night until another day
Arrives next morning: come and play

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Nov 2, 2006, 8:33 pm


The thought blooms into my mind that another mind
Is directly connected to mine at this point

By reading these words tomorrow from yesterday

We are conjoined now with no before nor behind
But are connected by common cause and a joint
Fascination in discovering this two-way
Passage of our neurological energy

That what it means after all to be you and me
Is ultimately discovered in reflection
What it means in the end for you and me to be
By looking within in the other direction

We look in each other's souls and our own we see
And our completion in our incompleteness find

+Steven Curtis Lance

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