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Selected Poems of Steven Curtis Lance

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Apr 11, 2005, 11:32 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1340:
Independent Happiness

A condition of childhood best reserved to one's own mother
When we are grown and all alone it never satisfies
To hitch one's wagon to a pair of shooting star-blue eyes
We ought not let our happiness depend upon another

It turns out in the end to be a dangerous estate
As I have learned as has been burned upon my heart too late
And I am left here love bereft now at the end with only wind
Between my grasping fingers as I grieve what never was

But if it never was what do I care? I care because
It was my sole reality until life could reveal to me
The profundity of the falsity of what could never be

I have accepted and embraced being rejected and have faced
I must not let my happiness depend upon another
A condition of childhood best reserved to one's own mother

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Apr 11, 2005, 4:57 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1339:
Too Late

Is it that no one wants to be with me
Or are these only shadows which I see
The glass half-empty equally half-full?

I feel so lost between the push and pull
Of up and down nowhere and everwhere
The dialectic of hope and despair

The hope once seen I struggle now to see
Feeling haunted avoided and alone
Is it too late for love to be set free?

Alone with fate I feel you turn away
I thought I knew but I have never known
Is it too late for me as ends the day?

You turn away from me as turns eternity
Too late for me apparently too late for me

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Apr 10, 2005, 5:01 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1338:

Is it that I am too depressed tonight
To write or am I blinded by that bright
Delight which dawns such hope within my sight
Which has been dark and hopeless for so long?

Dazzled I forget how to sing this song
I am just so used to depression since
It is all I have known I must convince
Myself somehow that things are better now
That it is safe to dream again at last
That nightmares are behind me in the past

I have to keep reminding myself of
The one who is the face of grace to me
I think of her and cannot help but be
Swept off my feet into the spring of love

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Apr 9, 2005, 11:39 pm

Mixed-Up People Mix Me Up

Mixed-up people mix me up
I seem to draw them to me
Dog or b*tch I'm just a pup
They threaten to undo me

So I cherish my few friends
Who truly care about me
Harbor no self-serving ends
Believe and do not doubt me
That I only want the best
For all just peace and quiet

Then never mind all the rest
Who crave a steady diet
Of chaos and of madness
Who give but grief and sadness
And take away such gladness
As I've been able to find

Please mixed-up people go away
And just stop messing with my mind
I want to spend this bright spring day
With friends and leave drama behind
Me now as I go out to play

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Apr 9, 2005, 11:35 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1337:
No One Else

for the one I love

I have thought about it and found it is true
Whispered on the wind and whispered in my heart
No one else no one will do for me but you
Ridiculous to wonder if we should start
To love one another we already do

And I can feel that you can feel and know this
Because we share two faces of the mirror
And I can feel that you can feel a slow kiss
Form on your lips as the image comes clearer

It is not folly but hope which beckons us
It is not madness but life which reckons us
Ready to love again reaching us somehow
As I reach and you reach and we draw nearer
Two hesitant hands are about to touch now

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Apr 8, 2005, 8:00 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1336:
The Wind

totus tuus

They turn away or they are taken
From me one by one they disappear
And left alone I feel forsaken
Yet there is another who is here
But who is too close for me to see
So intimate in fact as to be
Made invisible because within

Familiarly forgotten today
Unseen animator of my skin
Which cannot by its essence betray
Whatever I am for it is me
And I am it my very spirit
Breath of God the wind of the divine
Reality eternally mine

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Apr 7, 2005, 8:05 pm

Clear Night Sweet Incense

Under the open skies of this clear night
Sweet incense burns rice is almost ready
Out my back window the stars shine so bright
They seem to pin the universe steady
Life can be crazy but it is all right

I stay away from striving people and
Only bother with souls who understand
This truth my friend my foe you must let go
When will you learn to play it as it lies?
Stop asking me these things I cannot know

Think for yourself and you will realize
This is no competition not a race
Nothing matters but love and learning here
Forget your bitterness forget your fear
Live all you can and do it with some grace

Then when your life is over all is done
Under the open skies of this clear night
I hope that you can say you had some fun
That what you could not know you just let go
Life can be crazy but it is all right

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Apr 7, 2005, 1:54 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1335:

Life is dynamic it is organic
And the only thing unchanging is change
In feast or famine depressed or manic
The universe conspires to rearrange
Deck chairs on the deck of the Titanic

It often seems overwhelmingly strange
But it is a voyage to be enjoyed
And we need strike no icebergs after all
Unsinkable we need not be destroyed
We can if we will rise after a fall

Accepting change prevents a lot of pain
Just let it go you never know what lies
Around the corner in happy surprise
The sun always comes back after the rain

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Apr 6, 2005, 12:18 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1334:
White Butterflies

I don't know much about butterflies
Wish I did but I'm not that clever
But I got a butterfly surprise
Yesterday which I thought I'd never
Receive and it was hard to believe

Out in my front yard in sparkling weather
Two butterflies wings folded together
Joined in unmistakable embrace
To be as one there under the sun
Right there in front of my startled face

Surprised by life embracing the spring
My heart bloomed within me to behold
This most fantastic most fragile thing
White butterflies wreathed in rays of gold

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Apr 6, 2005, 7:52 am

Digicam Digeridoo

Don't know a digicam from a digeridoo
But if I had one I'd take a picture for you
Of my sentimental smile as I dream awhile
Ready for my close-up with a new tattoo

Digeridoo-dah digicam hey
My oh my what a digital day

Technology is way ahead of me you see
Don't even have a camera of any kind
But if I get caught up you'll see the rest of me
I'll leave the twentieth century behind

Wanga-langa ding-dong did you say?
Digeridoo-dah digicam hey

As soon as I fast-forward through the nineteenth one
And then the next one to the present I should be
Ready to join you in the present century
In virtual reality and find it fun
To learn to play the digeridoo just for you
And then I'd take a picture and I'd send that too
To represent a pleasant propinquity

Digeridoo-dah digicam hey
My oh my what a digital day
Wanga-langa ding-dong did you say?
Digeridoo-dah digicam hey

Hey ho hey have a digital day

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Apr 5, 2005, 11:26 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1333:
No More Drama Queens

No more drama queens
Who make life hell
I know what it means
Only too well
To live trapped in a bubble
And always be in trouble

If you knew
You would agree
If you too
Could only see
And gone through
It all with me

You'd say no more drama queens
Because you'd know what it means

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Apr 5, 2005, 8:23 pm

Midmorning Meditation

The dining room lace tablecloth is soaking in the sink
As sun slants through the front room window spring is blooming now
The tea in my Union Jack mug now cools enough to drink
Just as the noisy trash truck comes as if on cue somehow
But passes on and it is gone I drink my tea alone
This morning in this only home which I have ever known
They say it may be eighty today but I am still cold
A couple more cups of tea and a hot shower for me
My youth progresses and I will be born when I am old

As big as life I mean to wrestle down my destiny

A dog is barking mindlessly to me to him sincere
Across the street as other dogs pause listening to hear
Whatever he is saying I am praying anyway
Thy kingdom come thy will be done Lord thank you for this day
On earth as it is in heaven at nine forty-seven
Now and ever only always as in my heart I feel
There is a pretty girl who loves me that is all I need
Whatever is reality some things are right and real
At midmorning I can see this is a good day indeed

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Apr 5, 2005, 3:19 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1332:
With You / With Me

I have to open up my heart
And let all these feelings pour out
I can no longer live apart
Alone like this I want to shout
That I need you to rescue me

I know that I would rather be
With you

You dream of me I know you do
I can feel you from far away
I want to be with you someday
When my dream will at last come true
Only time reveals destiny

I wonder if you want to be
With me

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Apr 4, 2005, 11:43 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1331:
How Spirit Can Soar When Flesh is Not Wasted

The ideal of transcendence beckons me
To rise above the petty and commonday
Actions and distractions of humanity
Yet I ought not must not cannot turn away
From my brothers and sisters of humankind

Denying my flesh is not good for my mind
Inasmuch as I am human I have needs
Which although long denied are destined to be
Pieces of my puzzle of thoughts words and deeds

A being not only of spirit am I
Nor is it natural for my flesh to die
Unfulfilled without ever having tasted
What it is like to be in love and to see
How spirit can soar when flesh is not wasted

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Apr 4, 2005, 11:49 am

Letting Go

+Deus meus et omnia

Letting go of what has been
Open to what is to be
Only saying what I mean
Attempting to take care of me

Since there is no one else who
Has my interests at heart
Cares or shares my point of view
At least not quite the way I do

Together with all apart
With God in a quiet place
One star in one galaxy
In one shining moment of grace

Lord open my eyes and be
The sunrise by which I see
The understanding smile on your face
Lord open my lips to sing
Love songs brought in offering
To the secret place of your embrace

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Apr 3, 2005, 10:24 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1330:
Now Ready to Transcend

Mortally rejected
By one who never was
Divinely elected
To fulfillment because
Now ready to transcend
Now silly follies end

I need everyone
But not anyone
In particular
I stand on my feet
One and all I greet

With all my love with all my heart
I come together now apart

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Apr 3, 2005, 9:02 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1329:
Together As We Go

Lacking logical explanation I remain
In spite of everything I have come all this way

I pick myself up from the dust and start again
With no idea of what to expect today
But I need no idea nor explanation

I have learned there is no point in my asking "why?"
So the question becomes "am I willing to try?"
Right or wrong there is no room for rumination

I want to be with you I want to be and do
My best and pass the test this life would seem to be
And that is all I can do it would seem to me

So let us walk together toward that end my friend
By faith and not by sight through every day and night
Since this is all we know together as we go

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Apr 2, 2005, 12:11 pm

A Spring Worth Waiting For

A winter of extraordinary rain
Months of flood and mud and cold and trouble
My furnace out from beginning to end
Those short days with long nights now down the drain
Therefore the rising spring is a double
Blessing for me as I see light again

As I make a new and find an old friend
As one I thought was lost was not somehow
And life itself seems friendlier to me
I find myself open to others now
A part of humankind's community
As I feel the sun on my face and dream

Lemon blossoms and jasmine scent the breeze
Yellow butterflies flutter by and seem
To greet me and I think God sent me these
Small messengers of light to say to me
Tune in turn on drop out drop in stay strong
I rub my eyes and see that I can see

Although there is a worm in the apple
Although there is a snake in the garden
And we wonder as we grasp and grapple
Soft spring warms hearts winter freezes harden
And all will be all right somehow will be
A spring worth waiting for all winter long

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Mar 31, 2005, 8:42 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1328:
Wind Kiss

The wind blows in as a freshening breath
A gift from the desert scented with sage
The whole of the night is animated
Dynamic respiration sweeps out death
Encouraging me on my pilgrimage
Caresses me whispers I am fated
To be surprised by joy and to embrace
This priceless gift which has been given me

I breathe the wind as it kisses my face
The beat of ultimate reality
Echoes within my chest my open hands
Receive the touch of other in the night
There is intelligence which understands
Behind the veil withdrawn a glorious light

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Mar 30, 2005, 4:55 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1327:
Everything Can Get Better Suddenly

Having finally found a place of grace
A point of repose and some happiness
Through empty time and space a friendly face

I wish there were some way for me to bless
Everyone else with all the good they seek
Give them some love to share along the way

Encourage the strong and support the weak
Ask them to give life one more chance and stay
No matter how far down they think they are

Everything can get better suddenly
Having journeyed so long so hard so far
I know it can because it did for me

So I will do my best to pass along
Whatever good I find like in this song

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Mar 29, 2005, 4:35 pm

For Franziska

Take me into your golden lair
Let me keep you company
And we will hide nowhere but there
Nowhere would I rather be
Swathed in the shadows of your hair

Let the whole of the wide world see
And say what they will for all we care
That we are together you and me
We two at last have outsmarted the past
Now knocks at the door and we let it in
With you a new beginning is begun
With nothing but now so now we begin

Franziska flaming tiger burning sun
Melting the ice which imprisoned me
Saving from suicide freeing my mind
Freeing us both to see we are free
To leave the muddling and middling behind

We kick aside the rubble as we rise
Now I will never feel frozen again
But find myself lost in your deep dark eyes
Feel your golden flesh like tropical rain
A velvet volcano between firm thighs
Drink deep your kiss of life deep golden one
Franziska flaming tiger burning sun

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Mar 29, 2005, 6:14 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1326:
Living and Forgiving

Everything is resolving
The nightmare past the earth
Rotating and revolving
I went to pieces now
I come to peace somehow
I see this life is worth
Living and forgiving after all

They can cheat me but cannot beat me
I have survived a very hard fall
Some betrayed me but some repayed me
For my love with true love of their own
I know now and I am better known
That which is good is better understood
Rejected but free I am not alone

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Mar 29, 2005, 4:50 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1325:
New Songs

Here in this thick darkness word has reached me that
Out there in the sunshine people care for me
Hanging upside down like a cave-dwelling bat
What goes on outside is hard for me to see

Life goes on or so they say live for today
Yesterday is lost tomorrow may not come
Reality sounds good to me anyway
I have had more than enough of fantasy
If anyone will share real love I want some

I am not bad-looking if no longer young
My curiosity inspires me always
To find such new songs as have not yet been sung
I would like to do new wonders all my days
My life ever new to sing new songs for you

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Mar 29, 2005, 3:58 am

Easter Epiphany: Now Only Now

The greatest poem is silence so the Spirit said
Work it out scream and shout then retire renounce desire
And still instead of stir the violence of the dread
But also the lure of death within your very breath

And what is real? Is what I feel reality then?
It may have been reality then but is not now
You are so determined to have an answer somehow!
Stop and be content within the question in the fire

For the only way for you to mend is to transcend
As you transcend so you ascend and those who offend
Will destroy each other in sterile stupidity
Consume one another by their crass cupidity

Now you will laugh last and you will laugh best
The past is the lie now you passed the test
Now only now and never mind the rest

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Mar 29, 2005, 2:58 am


Once blind with folly now I see
That criminals in foreign lands
Who would destroy me utterly
And preyed upon my innocence
Can never take myself from me
Though bloodied by their brutal hands
My faith in God is my defense
Survival is my victory

The sun is going to shine again
Along with spring I came through the rain
I am going to be fine again
Refined by fire purified by pain
The life God gave me is mine again
I still live and what is mine retain
Nor cast my pearls before swine again
They destroy themselves yet I remain

My love turns into hate and hardens into steel
From now on I will only feel that which is real

+Steven Curtis Lance

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