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Selected Poems of Steven Curtis Lance

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Oct 23, 2015, 12:01 am


Interconnectedness



I



I saw a passing cloud turn pink
And swallow the moon or made me think
It did but hid it in plain sight

Inside its shining silver lining
Until it faded into night

But the moon looked brighter there where I
Saw it rise to surprise the sky
Where the shining stars were aligning



II



We called each other really silly names
Made lots of pots of tea played silly games
She won but were fun with names like Uno

She always beat me at Scrabble because
Of the way I am and the way she was
I went for the words and she meant to score

But this was a long time ago before
And why do I even remember now
Who never want to talk about it? But

I wonder does she remember or not
Though I know I do so now this is how
If you have ever been in love you know



III



I saw a double rainbow the other day
It was raining but the sun was shining anyway
From end to end spanning the sky like a bridge

This design of a hopeful sign this reality
As fantastical as any fantasy
My camera could not photograph its better half

But I knew it was true and it made me laugh
Feeling privileged to see it shining on the ridge
Then like I knew a secret when it faded away



IV



The interconnectedness
Of all that is in all of us
Where we share reality

Our common plane of existence
When it feels real being me
Seeing us then where you are too

Freeing being there with you
Through pleasure pain and persistence
Uncommonly felt now and then

Interconnectedness
Reminds us of us again



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 22, 2015, 10:35 pm


Two Can Toucan Too



I too can be a toucan
And if I can you can

A toucan who can do
I can too and so can you
I just need a costume
They must make them I assume
For being a rhino
A hippo or a dino

Or for being a big
Standing-upright downright pig
For swinging suddenly
In a cow-suit udderly
I can too and so can you
A toucan who can do

Two can toucan too between
To see and to be seen
Two toucans not too many
Hardly seeing any
Being seen to make a scene
For Hallowe'en I mean

I too can be a toucan
And if I can you can



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 14, 2015, 10:17 pm


Now Again



The world is changing and some are not sure
About it who become insecure
But humankind continues to evolve

How the fear of here and now will resolve
Itself as the imaginary
Chains of the wary fade out and dissolve

When everything then that seemed so very
Real reveals itself not there at all
Reality the cure for the unsure

I learned the hard way through my humankind
Rearranging me changing my mind
Though now I know change is how we endure

Humankind rises when the idols fall
And when we see how we might have been
Then we might ask: why not try now again?

Change may be strange may make some unsteady
Sometimes comes before we are ready
But now is here becoming already

Asking to be or not to be now
I answer to be and see now is how



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 12, 2015, 9:24 pm


Offering



My poems all resemble me
The way my children do
Reflecting me remarkably
The way yours do you too
This way that is deeper than we
Can usually see

When we see each other then how
We really are within
Reflected in our offspring now
In winter spring again
Proffering this offering of
What we have done for love



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 8, 2015, 8:23 pm


The Rhythm of the Universe



Dusk to dawn when the sun is gone I know
It goes but will be there even so
At dawn returning not turning away
Coming around where it went from here
Still never whatever fails to appear
Up through the fear gone on but not gone

The rhythm of the universe to be
And not to be here but gone on there
Meant as it went to be coming this way
Done undone with the sun everywhere
Rising and falling through all things like me
And everyone turning dusk through dawn

While the world I ride on hides it awhile
Undone the sun goes nowhere at all
There to stay but where I turn anyway
Still it will dawn by morning and smile
Like it knows about those who rise and fall
Down but around to go on and on

Turning returning I end to begin
Learning by turning my way out is in
Right through the night to the light of the day
Falling I rise around dawn to recall
The rhythm of the universe through me
And all things returning turning again

Down but around to go on and on
Up through the fear gone on but not gone



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 4, 2015, 12:30 am


Regular Boy



I was a kid who did what they said
Most times but sometimes the unsaid instead
I had to have haircuts biweekly
They said though and sent so I went meekly
Because they let me get root beer too
After I had done what they told me to

They told me to get a Regular
Boy's Haircut but I was irregular
Not like the commercials on TV
That I used to see but by being me
Seeing me not be regularly
And not any good at trying to fit

Regular in 1962
Required me to be acquired then to do
Said how I should be how I could not
Said it would remember when I forgot
So long ago now it was never
Again but then when it seemed forever

Then is when I began to see it
However I was but how to be it
Was new to me though at least I knew
How I was so I began to know who
Not a regular boy in any
Way but my haircut any of many

Now that this is now and that was then
Though sent so I went I meant to be free
Ever since then now never again
Haircuts for boys nor regularity
No more any of many to be
The Regular Boy I have never been

Having enjoyed if irregularly
Being an irregularity



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 3, 2015, 9:11 pm


The Phoenix From the Flame



Someday sunset at the end
I intend to transcend
When the time comes to let go
To set with the sun when
I get away with the day
Then to be surprising

Until sunrise still to know
I too will rise again
Gone on through dawn to rising
Gone on not gone away
Gone through dawn to be gone on
To go but not be gone

The phoenix from the flame
When you remember my name



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 3, 2015, 5:25 am


Velvet Blue Reality



Lying on my back looking up at the sky
I watch changing clouds passing by
The reality of imagination
Surpassing my expectation

Always a hell of a celestial show
To wonder by if not to know
To understand wondering why not is why
Enough for me to understand

Under the velvet blue sky where I lie and
See changing clouds maybe change my
Mind by what I find looking up far away
Through the sky as I do this way

And when the stars come out I see
Diamonds through velvet blue reality



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 2, 2015, 7:39 pm


Bully-Boys



Swaggering bully-boys lay down the law
With frozen hearts that will never thaw
Until like some of us someday they may
Look at themselves in another way
But they dance as puppets for donors now
Nothing trickles down but cruel tricks
And so we have to vote them out somehow
Our time has come and I think they know

They change the locks on the ballot-box when
They can and they think they can again
They do everything they can think of to
Discourage the rest of us and do
To keep us down from voting them out but
Though trickled-down on by politics
We are who can do this no matter what
Our time has come and they have to go

Up to shenanigans to keep us down
We have to run their circus out of town



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 1, 2015, 3:55 am


Through the Blue



I



It would be a mistake
For another snake
To sneak like last time
Through the bathroom floor

Wary of any
More scary things where
One was too many
And very in there

Though swept with a broom
Out of the bathroom
And into a rhyme
Through the kitchen door

That snake but no more
Now for heaven's sake



II



Right this way right they say and they
Are getting pretty pushy about it
So pure so sure the only way
To go they know is right but I doubt it

Because I went that way before
The way it was but I got left behind
The way it is fortunately
Left to remember my humanity
To find my way by humankind
And not be trickled-down on anymore

No more shenanigans nor tricks
Or that passionate lack of compassion
That cruelty back in fashion
Of right this way right they say politics

Getting pretty pushy about it
They say right this way but I doubt it



III



After the fan turning
All through the burning
Bright blue day says goodnight
Turns in unturningly
Now somehow sounds right
Through midnight blue to be
Quite quiet tonight

Stars resume their places
Assuming the faces
Of those loved and lost
Like diamonds that cost
Velvet blue to see
In mind but out of sight
Turning and returning

Through the blue to me
Tonight quite quietly



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 30, 2015, 6:11 pm


I Doubt It



Right this way right they say and they
Are getting pretty pushy about it
So pure so sure the only way
To go they know is right but I doubt it

Because I went that way before
The way it was but I got left behind
The way it is fortunately
Left to remember my humanity
To find my way by humankind
And not be trickled-down on anymore

No more shenanigans nor tricks
Or that passionate lack of compassion
That cruelty back in fashion
Of right this way right they say politics

Getting pretty pushy about it
They say right this way but I doubt it



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 26, 2015, 4:17 am


Quietly



After the fan turning
All through the burning
Bright blue day says goodnight
Turns in unturningly
Now somehow sounds right
Through midnight blue to be
Quite quiet tonight

Stars resume their places
Assuming the faces
Of those loved and lost
Like diamonds that cost
Velvet blue to see
In mind but out of sight
Turning and returning

Through the blue to me
Tonight quite quietly



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 23, 2015, 6:40 pm


Uncertainty



There is a certain uncertainty
Living between expectation and dread
Where the only certain certainty
Given is the certainty of the dead
With the question answered finally
With a finely certain finality

Everyone knows how that story goes
Somehow or knows how for now no one knows
Wanting to know when one does instead
To haunt in between then uncertainly
Looking ahead but looking around
For whatever certainty might be found

I never know where until I go
Wherever but get there still even so
Seeing things I have not seen before
And having been then now being some more
Going beyond whatever I know
I keep going knowing uncertainty

Letting the present surprise my eyes
When better than knowing I realize
The coming to me of what to be
Not knowing but better than not to be
Around every turn something to learn
Becomes a discovery to discern

By uncertainty I certainly
Feel what is real in my reality
Certainty comes later life goes on
Uncertainty how for now until gone
But how is enough to know as I
Go knowing how certainly might be why



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 19, 2015, 10:26 pm


Being Now I Guess



I



Having been a long time I have seen
Then to now through history between
And to me it is a mystery
Why people make the choices they do

So I chose wisely in love though she
Surprisingly unwisely chose me

But I too have made a choice or two
In the mystery of history
Untrue to me and not how I mean
To be so now very warily

I undertake the choices I make
Having learned the hard way by mistake



II



Flailing the fearful ones yearn for a strongman
Failing to learn from the past turn to the wrong man
And turn out to learn what to not do again

Many who would rather not learn anything now
Wanting what is haunting because it has been
Turn out to turn from some of us as lesser than

A strongman railing assailing now somehow
Who tells it like it was turning back to back when
Just because he says so says now must be then

Many who by any means would do what was done
Cannot remember now but some of us can
Never was one ever lesser than anyone



III



What the dark conceals
Then is enshrouded
That the light reveals
Now is unclouded

Seeing delighted
Day dancing with night
Being invited
By chance I say yes

Shadowed and lighted
The world moves and I
Too move through stillness
My shadow by light

Being now I guess
Seeing how and why



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 18, 2015, 7:02 pm


Strongman



Flailing the fearful ones yearn for a strongman
Failing to learn from the past turn to the wrong man
And turn out to learn what to not do again

Many who would rather not learn anything now
Wanting what is haunting because it has been
Turn out to turn from some of us as lesser than

A strongman railing assailing now somehow
Who tells it like it was turning back to back when
Just because he says so says now must be then

Many who by any means would do what was done
Cannot remember now but some of us can
Never was one ever lesser than anyone



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 16, 2015, 6:29 pm


Tough Enough



An old man thanks the young who care
Enough to dare to get out there
And fight for what is right
Tough enough and tougher than me

Who get it and do not let go
But I learned the hard way what you know

Carnival barker politics
Cruel shenanigans cheap tricks
Such heat but not much light
Fearful nonsense scares us wary

Everywhere the very very
Angry fill the air with their scary

The enemy is our own fear
Alone but if together here
There might be hope tonight
As much hope as might ever be

To get it and to not let go
What I learned the hard way but you know

Good thing still tough enough to dream
Until as bad as things might seem
The future is in sight
My hope and your reality



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 13, 2015, 4:35 am


Between You and Me



The meaning of life as far as I can see
Is what I mean to you and you to me

The meaning between us to be as we are
Each being a rising but falling star
Seeing as we pass between us what we mean
Becoming clearer in the mirror of
The eyes of another in our place the love
We find in the face of our human kind

This is what we keep but leave the rest behind

The best of us is our humanity
With the rest of us in solidarity
When we look for each other what we find
Above and beyond the beyond and above
Seems to be the meaning to me as far
As I can see the meaning is in between

What we mean to us as we come to be
Becomes what we mean between you and me



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 5, 2015, 9:33 pm


The Shovel Next Time



It would be a mistake
For another snake
To sneak like last time
Through the bathroom floor

Wary of any
More scary things where
One was too many
And very in there

Though swept with a broom
Out of the bathroom
And into a rhyme
Through the kitchen door

That one but no more
The dogs forbidding
It not forgetting
Our unbidden guest

That went eye to eye
With the dogs and I
(Who am just kidding)
Say go tell the rest

I may be getting
The shovel next time



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 2, 2015, 1:48 am


Friend



When I was young I was wrong
Right along for too long
Now it can be told
How memories haunt me
When I began to get old
I got to be less sold
On what they sell us

Now old enough to tell us
I got it and ask why
And why not as I
Who see I want to be
Live by love before I die
To be mindfully how
I find myself now

I want to be so you know
I was when I am not
By my doing what
I know before I go
With a party at the end
I want to be your friend
A good memory



Steven Curtis Lance







Aug 31, 2015, 3:18 am


This Yellow Moon



The moon is in motion the urgency
Of its agency an insurgency
Of light asserting its right to be
And I understand its demand to be free
Surging resurgent through fullness to
Light the way tonight for wanderers who
Wonder why under this yellow moon too

Waking up midnight and making it noon
Breaking through the clouds and taking the sky
From dark without and within me I
Waking too lift up my eyes to the gift of
It to get coming to be through me
Becoming real when being feels like love
Seeing this yellow moon rising again
Having been down I identify
With its rising and I too would like to try
Having to get up again I do

I surprise myself whenever I fall
Bounce off the bottom then rise after all
Down and up the moon and I have been
That knows what I know from below from above
Surprising me by reality
Realizing before my eyes that see
Why in the sky under this yellow moon

If not why being why not seeing how
Rising again with this yellow moon now



Steven Curtis Lance







Aug 30, 2015, 10:06 pm


Snake in the Bathroom



No snake in the bathroom this morning
(I checked) though I knocked to give fair warning
I was due in there on business
No snake in the bathroom today I guess

The one yesterday slithered away
Across the sand where I hope it will stay
When I carried it out on a broom
To be anywhere then but the bathroom

A warning but this morning no snake
The one yesterday learned from its mistake
And I did too who sit carefully
Remembering it unforgettably



Steven Curtis Lance







Aug 28, 2015, 8:40 pm


By Love



Being simply but deeply
Becoming what I may
Coming to understand some but
Wondering anyway
I keep on being simply
Coming through somehow

Knowing but incompletely what
Becomes me having been
As I was and am again
Having let go of the rest
The better to become my best
Now when love is how

So I wonder though I
Understand now love is why
I am as how I came to be
Who by the same will go
Someday to more completely know
Then for being now

Until then to wonder and
By love to understand



Steven Curtis Lance







Aug 23, 2015, 11:53 am


All the Way



A doctor gave me a test
To see if I was depressed
When I got a perfect score
I felt better than before

Diagnosed then but impressed
At least to be perfectly
Depressed taking this to be
Making the best of the rest

Then again I had been good
At taking tests so I could
And that was good since I would
Then be tested more and more

When the way out was inside
Of me to see who to be
There the wheel of real to ride
Clear through to the other side

Where they found me all the way
Gone but being anyway
When diagnostically
Then they threw the book at me

I had become a madman
But at least was understood
Sad some but not a bad man
Who had what they tested for

Love helps when nothing else does
Breaks the darkness makes me who
Makes it better than it was
Going on then breaking through

So I go on being gone
All the way though I go on



Steven Curtis Lance







Aug 22, 2015, 10:11 pm


Not to Go Too Quietly



My children are grown and my wife
Their mother with another man
Alone but not lonely in life
I am and do the best I can

Here to be now as life goes on
I see it is by love how dawn
Chases dusk until night is gone
By love the light by which I see

Love is what is best about me
I doubt the rest sometimes to be
At all in fall alone but free
To be and do the best I know

As life goes on so too to go
Though not to go too quietly



Steven Curtis Lance







Aug 19, 2015, 1:08 am


Wondering by Starlight



Better to be hot than cold
Now that I am old
I can sleep when I am dead
Stay awake instead
Trying to figure it out

But have come to doubt
I ever will so never
Mind then whatever

When understanding I go
On wondering though
Now where I am here under
These stars I wonder
Diamonds on velvet blue
As I am and do

I was too serious when
I was young but then
I never knew what I know
Now nobody told
Me nor would I have heeded

What I most needed
To know but found out about
Then bound the hard way

Roundabout but even so
Now I know today
How the meaning in between
Is love anyway
Love is who we are and what
We do or do not

But I did so succeeded
In being who does
Love is why and always was
Love is what we mean
Wondering by starlight now

Understanding how
Better late than never I
Finally know why



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