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Selected Poems of Steven Curtis Lance

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Sep 24, 2005, 8:07 pm


Running in Place

Written without contraction
With the whole heart
Abstraction as reaction
Such is the art
Of a misfit motley man
Groping for grace

Growing as fast as one can
Running in place
Trying to outrun the past
And that one face
Of both love and hate at last
Running out of time and space

Contradiction
Embracing absurdity
With conviction
By action of redaction
Undistracted I would be
If only in refraction

A poet as poetry

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 24, 2005, 5:59 am


No Nevermind at All

Often worse but sometimes better
I never know which way the wind will blow
As in spirit so in letter
I am the moodiest person I know

Yet if I go outside and take a ride
And ladies smile at me and like my car
Remember who I am and put aside
My enemies remember who they are
And think of how free it is to be me
I quickly recover my sanity

To hell with those whose hearts are cramped and small
As in spirit so in letter
I need pay them no nevermind at all
This old boy is feeling better

Those cramped and small hearts better stay away:
I take my rightful place again today

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 23, 2005, 8:16 pm


Watching

I never felt this patriotic till
These patriots took my country from me
I fear that they will never give it back

I know now what I lost I feel the chill
Of emptiness where my home used to be
They stole its heart and broke it in Iraq

And if I try to talk to them they yell
They tell me to shut up and go to hell
(When they speak of hell I wonder if I
Am already there now before I die)

They say that only they know what is best
And for me to just stick to poetry
Just write my books and they will do the rest

But they remind me to watch what I say
That liberty has limits as I see
That freedom is no longer free today

Then they remind me: they are watching me

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 23, 2005, 2:53 pm


Remember Light

I watch now as my country is destroyed
Grateful for the gifts of grace I enjoyed
Remembering life and love I knew here
Astonished by my love for you my dear

My darling now as we go into night
Remember how it was: remember light

You know I was nocturnal anyway
Night time was always my best time of day
But things are not so simple anymore
We lost the battle now we lose the war

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 23, 2005, 3:57 am


Oligarchy of Inadequacy

An oligarchy of inadequacy
Is draining democracy from you and me
Did fear contribute to these darkened days?
Were voters really that afraid of gays?
Some thought it was God's will but maybe not

Some thought they remembered but they forgot
If they ever learned what these scars we earned
Really mean so they demean what they see
As challenging what they think they believe
They wish we would just shut up or else leave

Yet that which is best for us for them worst
Is that we who disagree were here first
A family known as Humanity
Bound by family honor to disagree
With an oligarchy of inadequacy

We ride an impatient world spinning very fast
It has a very short attention span
Only human dignity and kindness will last
With dignity let us be as kind as we can

A great many questions and the questions are great
Changing times are challenging and the hour grows late

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 22, 2005, 1:32 pm


Bend or Break

That chill which you feel in your bones is real
This is not just another autumn now
An unknown door blows open to reveal
An answer to an unasked question: how
Is the unimaginable to be?

We could never bring ourselves to allow
What waited out there knocking at the door
To enter our mind but put it behind
Us out of our thought and now we are brought
To that moment all those nightmares were for

We were trying to deal with it in dreams
And though we always woke up now it seems
That this is not a nightmare anymore
Some weep to find out we are not asleep
But take heart it is time to be awake

The storm is coming: either bend or break

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 22, 2005, 5:32 am


Kindness at the Fall

When everyone has gone out of their mind
Society has lost civility
All that is left to us is to be kind
That we not be part of the cruelty

When everyone else has gone dumb and blind
Let us have civil tongues clear eyes to see
Let us be human let us be humane
And rising above the brutality
Of the age vow never to inflict pain

Let kindness begin with you and with me

When everyone else thinks only of gain
Instead let us share with those who know loss
Though we have little some have none at all
Turning aside from the dust and the dross
Of overripe decadence doomed to fall

The fall is coming: let us not fall too
I want to struggle toward the light with you

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 21, 2005, 7:43 pm


Equinox Eve

for Lori

Now after that yesternight rarity
Of rainbow thunder lightning chased away
The shards of summertime a clarity
Has dawned blue lucid still on me today

Not one leaf moves in the autumn-dawn sky

This blue bowl of silence under which I
Am forced to contemplate to wait as fate
Prepares for dark and light to calibrate
In equipoise to balance night and day

I believe in love today the eve of
Autumnal Equinox so come what may
They say this is the calm before the storm
That this is how the hurricane begins

I have something hurricanes cannot harm
I know a secret: he who loves most wins

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 20, 2005, 3:45 pm


The Sky Itself

Now I see the sky a silken ceiling
Of delicate decadent drapery
This morning a soft sensuous feeling
Comes through my eyes goes to the heart of me
Challenging me to hold my head up high
But doing it coyly caressingly

I never want to miss another sky
Like this one I would kiss one every day

How wasteful to look down and throw away
Such indescribable treasures to be
Given away daily offered for free!

From this morning forward I vow that I
Will shed the blindness which has blinded me
And no longer fail to notice the sky

For the sky itself has reminded me

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 20, 2005, 11:11 am


Fall Has Fallen On Me

Having slept all day I woke up at five
Reluctantly at first but later was
Grateful to find myself here still alive

I first noticed that things had changed because
Of the late light glowing through my window
Orange and violet speaking of change
A rumbling expectant feeling that strange
Events were in store above and below
The sky was spectacular everywhere

Then I turned around and saw a rainbow
The like of which I never saw before
Filling the sky so broad so deep so high
That I have never seen anything more
Incredible less plausible yet there
It was and then it faded then was gone

But left its after-image as came on
From all sides all at once lightning flashing
And violent thunder booming crashing
Followed on this eve of the dawning fall
By the sweet scent of unfamiliar rain
After dry months the most welcome of all

Then except for flashing now and again
Of lightning as thunder drummed its refrain
It was night all at once but still the moon
Full and white and brilliant soared above it
All as the fall stormed in without warning
And so it will remain until morning

Fall has fallen on me and I love it
Alone with the moon in the afternoon
Of the year just where I want to be: here

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 19, 2005, 1:21 pm


Come Sweet Night

Salmon pink with cotton balls
Lightly scattered on the walls
Of the early autumn sky
As the day is drifting by
To allow the evening in
Soon the magic will begin

Come sweet night and sing to me
Silent songs of mystery
Show me stories in the stars
Radiant Venus ruddy Mars
As tonight the harvest moon
Rises as I fall to swoon

Bathe me in celestial light
Warm sweet early autumn night
That your silent sanctity
Sanctify my love and me
We are parted near and far
But together where you are

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 18, 2005, 11:54 pm


Lance at Leisure: Sunday Seizure

I have drained all the books which I have read
Emptying what they said into my head
Where all stands stacked and neatly filed away
In readiness for reference someday

But standing in my bathroom this morning
Addressing the porcelain in the thou
Fainting falling backward without warning
I found myself in the cat-box somehow

When the light returned the eternal now
At leisure from an apparent seizure
The glasses I wore were on me no more
But somewhere else entirely on the floor

Once I woke in the emergency room
Lying at attention in suspension
But after this morning's miniature doom
A cat-box instead of a triage bed

I have gone from degraded and confused
To blithely bemused absurdly amused
The day got off to a rollicking start
I give myself to life with all my heart

We think we are so smart and then we find
Though we may be we all are flying blind
You could end up in a cat-box like me
Drained back into books for eternity

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 18, 2005, 9:19 am


Harvest Moon in Pisces

These eyes have seen so many full moons rise
Yet each and every one a sweet surprise
And a harvest moon like a gold balloon
Is the best of all in the early fall

Which as she rises clarifies bone-white
An incandescent lightbulb in the night
Transfiguring to fullness from the new
Reminding of the ripening of you

Climbing the sky floating freer lighter
Lotus of light blooming higher brighter
Though a friendly face to earthbound creatures
Inscrutably haunting are her features

She neither smiles nor frowns but watches waits
Reflects on us reflecting on our fates
Then when the night has ended all too soon
She wanes to wax another rising moon

And I will be surprised again though I
Dream of her shining advent in the sky
Her face yours and mine three as one alone
The moon is love: close distant known unknown

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 18, 2005, 1:18 am


Fast Bus

Trapped on a fast bus no one drives
And it never stops
We dare not ask when it arrives

The other shoe drops
When we get there but where will we
Find ourselves and where will we be?

Our fast bus goes and no one knows
So there is no use wondering
As we speed past each blooming rose
But I can hear the thundering

Of the falling sky

The blind man was healed with spittle and clay
He drove a fast bus but he lost his way
Asleep at the wheel he went blind today

Never ask him why
If you startle him and wake him
You will make him cry

It went to his head
Let sleeping dogs lie
Blessed are the dead
Let the liar die

And what about the rest of us?

No way to go but this bus we are on
So we ride blind on our fast bus
No one knows where it goes till it is gone

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 17, 2005, 2:14 am


Jolly Jess Donovan Son of the Sea

sacred to the memory of a sailor

Should there be a short in a wire
Or I find a screw in my tire
I have no one to call upon
Because Jess Donovan is gone

Years ago if we had a mess
My mother would say "go get Jess"
And he lived right across the street
An old sailor light on his feet

When I set the kitchen on fire
The first thing I did was call Jess
Though he alone I should have known
Needed a little help I guess
The firemen came I felt such shame
Jess laughed said no one was to blame

He had no children had no spouse
Had just his mother in the house
Jess Donovan was on the ball
He was the go-to-guy to call
He fixed the wires he patched the tires
He raised hell and did all things well

Jolly Jess Donovan son of the sea
Friend to my mother big brother to me

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 16, 2005, 11:10 pm


Turn Back the Clock to a Midnight Knock

Beasts are rutting the nutters are nutting
And all is OK in the USA
The beasts are not invited to the feasts
But we would never fit in anyway

Seems the gloom and doomers are late bloomers
But they have broken out the sunshine now
Guess they read the polls and heard the rumors
About their fearless leader / sacred cow

A short attention-span for common pain
And bitterness is too hot for TV
So we love one another once again
The USA must U-N-I-T-E

Just do it their way or hit the highway
We did that but I wonder if they know
Upbeat and sunny heartwarming funny
The main thing is to get on with the show

Does anything still matter? I guess so
Uplifting money gutwrenching honey
The natter and the patter do-si-do
Pledge allegiance now and have a good time

You dance a jig while I make up a rhyme
And we will leave them laughing when we go

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 16, 2005, 2:00 pm


Love in Autumn:
Auferstanden aus Ruinen

No more politics no more arguing
No more angry people wasting my time
No not now when sweet autumn breezes bring
Echoes of Eden shades of the sublime
I am a lover as love brought me here
To turn at this turning time of the year

Oh I will still vote but it never counts
Why do I bother with it anyway?
The forgotten die the body count mounts
I find love the only meaning today
Where love and charity abide is God
To remember to scour the stain away

These people have gone mad yet find us odd
To care is to get out of there but stay
I tried to talk to hotheads for awhile
They never hear a single word I say
And they are cruel even when they smile
The bitter and frustrated are in hell

From now on sweet girl only you and me
The two of us alone with destiny
The lovers are in heaven: all is well

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 16, 2005, 1:49 am


Taking "Yes" for an Answer

It seems my dream is coming true
Now what in the world do I do?

I have barely been existing
Merely waiting just subsisting
Yet now find myself resisting
Eminent emancipation
Feeling overwhelmed and dizzy
Discombobulated busy
With heady anticipation

As finally the rust of tears
Falls to reveal excited fears
Standing staring fate in her face
Steadying nervous hands on hips
To feel yes I have won the race
A scared smile trembles on my lips
To grasp the gift of life by grace

What do you do when your dream comes true?
I look to the sky and say "thank you"

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 15, 2005, 2:47 am


Autumn Dreams

The shadows of advancing autumn night
Are tinted like the leaves they blow away
Crimson amber copper in the half-light
Delight my eyes as night descends on day

Tears in the rain and kisses on the breeze
Autumn is made up of moments like these
Softly advancing on me and on you
Dreams in the air are caressing us now

My darling may your autumn dreams come true
And may I be a part of them ...somehow

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 14, 2005, 9:19 am


To Be Begun Again With You

I want to brush your hair and polish you
The way I really ought to wax my car
But it is nineteen feet long and you are
Just five feet and are so much warmer too

My car is forty so much older than
Your young years an age closer to this man
Who remembers it when he was a boy
When it was Grandpa's car his pride and joy
As it has lasted even so have I
Old Chryslers and old poets never die

The world keeps turning we keep turning too
As leaves in autumn sunflowers to sun
We die at dusk for life to be begun
Again at dawn arisen and anew

I want to be begun again with you

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 13, 2005, 2:43 pm


Walkers Talkers You and Me

Misty-moisty morning walk
Bundled up against a chill
Which though some cannot I feel
Ravens scold and parrots squawk
In my heart I shake and thrill
To realize I am real

Sunset-spangled evening talk
The chill has been chased away
By the sweet propinquity
Of my sweet and tender one
Who brought back the sun today
And who shared it selflessly

Day is over night begun
Ravens scold and parrots squawk
In our hearts we smile to be
Joined on this warm evening walk

Two shy faces smile to see
Our world turn around again
All its folly joy and pain
Focus into ecstasy

Walkers talkers you and me

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 13, 2005, 2:10 am


Moonrise

I know tonight is going to be good
Since already in early afternoon
I see the moon over my neighborhood
Of course one never knows about the moon
It beams whenever it feels like beaming
Even in afternoon sun and seeming
The free spirit which we know it to be

Sweet girl it makes me dream of you today
It shines up there like you so far away
But I can feel it shine for you and me
When you look up can you see it there too?
It is a sign in the sky to tell you
And a sign to tell me of destiny
Tonight the moon belongs to us alone

Sweet girl ring me up on the telephone
And tell me you will come to me tonight
Or if it would be better I will drive
All night and day if need be by that light
Which shines to show us we are still alive
Sweet girl I would like to make love to you
Our sky falls dark but our moon rises bright

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 12, 2005, 11:00 pm


Transcendental Sonnet #1419:
Tonight?

Believe in destiny
It is never too late
To be surprised by fate
Sweet girl believe in me

For two can still be one
Calling birds are flying
Friendly beasts are lying
Together in the sun

The world is still turning
Life goes on as ever
Revolving forever
The question is burning

Are you lonely tonight?
Come let me make it right

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Sep 12, 2005, 10:21 am


Transcendental Sonnet #1418:
Embrace Everlasting

Beckoning fair one! What are you made of?
Spun of the blue-white thread of the moonlight?
What is this I feel? Is it fear or love
Which draws me to your reaching arms tonight?
Whatever it is I cannot resist
Your mesmerizing call within the mist

Beckoning fair one! Embrace me if you
Are more than shadow if those silken arms
Have substance if you are a creature too
As I am that I might taste of those charms
Of satin and gossamer cloud and lace
And let me lose myself within your breast!

I sought and now at last have found the best
I see the very moonlight in your face

+Steven Curtis Lance


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Sep 12, 2005, 6:36 am


Transcendental Sonnet #1417:
L. A. Answers al-Qaida

In my magic town where dreams are born and deals are made
Here where most of us are in the industry somehow
We are a little busy for terrorists right now
In my City of the Angels we are not afraid

You suicide bombers with hidden agendas should
Be careful on the freeway and in the neighborhood
Because we are a lot tougher than you think we are
God help you if you cut us off in your rental car

The Hollywood Freeway is a power-play parade
Utterly inscrutable to such out-of-towners
As are unable to go with the hustle and flow
Fail to find the Zen and insist on being downers

Sorry we just have no time to be blown up today
Not ready for your close-up so get out of the way

+Steven Curtis Lance



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