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Selected Poems of Steven Curtis Lance

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Feb 3, 2005, 1:02 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1279
Magic Fire: Light from Heat

Here in the darkness where no one can see
Small windblown flicker of dark candlelight
Where no one can take you away from me

Ours is the darkness now ours is the night

Once you were one star but now you are all
Waxing and waning along with the moon
Here in the darkness here hidden with me

I carry you in my pocket by day
You are a shapeshifter now you are small
But you will fill the night with lightning soon

The evil one thought he took you away
He is so stupid he never will learn
Light from heat: you shine as I watch him burn

Along with my beautiful memory

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Feb 2, 2005, 2:29 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1278:
He Killed Her Yet He Dies

Safe from the monster who would not relent
Perversity which would never repent
Safe from the one who could only resent
Her natural superiority
And that the only one she loved was me!

Safe at last now nevertheless
From a past filled with bitterness
Safe from brutality and hate
Victory never comes too late!

The fox escaped the hound
The hound is bound for hell
In heaven she has found
She beat him wise and well
He killed her yet he dies: she is content!

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Feb 1, 2005, 8:42 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1277:
A Thousand Days

the beautiful carousel

A thousand days of up and down and lose and win
Not at all certain where I have just arrived
I have the feeling that I have just survived
A thousand days around and round and spin spin spin

And now the mad carousel stops
The beautiful carousel drops
Me hard on the ground and I look around

What an experience! What a trip!
A thousand spellbound days in the grip
Of the unknown I will never know again

What just happened to me? Was it not glorious?
What is reality? Who is victorious?
A thousand days of searing joy and sadness
An everlasting ecstasy of madness

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Feb 1, 2005, 6:23 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1276:
Alone with You

for my friends

If I speak quite plainly
And straight from my heart
I hope you will hear
I do not speak vainly

I hold you all dear
For you are all part
Of the fabric of me
Of my heart my soul my life my love

You save me from loneliness above
All else as you help to see me through
These lonely means to those unknown ends
Now more than ever I need some friends
Who read my words and care about me as you do
Although I am alone I am alone with you

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Feb 1, 2005, 12:01 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1275:
How Odd of God!

How odd to find myself alive
Given the possibilities
How unusual to survive
Into these years such days as these
Each moment seems a gift to me
A sweet improbability

Reality and nothing less
Than this you tell me here and now
Though I know nothing I confess
Of what is unreal what is real
All I can tell you is I feel
Lucky just to be here somehow

How odd of God! But it is clear
He would that I enjoy it here

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Feb 1, 2005, 4:44 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1274:
Those TV News Talking Heads Blues

Watching talking heads on the TV news
They simply could not be any slicker
Wearing fancy threads and airing their views
They look out of touch and then they snicker
They seem creepy and they make me sleepy
I get those TV news talking heads blues

I gave up the booze I gave up liquor
But they make this punk begin to feel drunk
With a zap I zip them with my clicker
And then feel so empowered that I choose
To start exercising my right to snooze
Should have known better could have been quicker
The world is sick but it makes me sicker
Watching talking heads on the TV news

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Feb 1, 2005, 12:12 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1273:
Animal Husbandry

Animal husbandry of the wrong kinds
Too many husbands are out of their minds
Crazy apparently heads up behinds

It seems fundamental
One ought to be gentle
To me elementary
Gentle insanity worn tastefully
Better than bestial domesticity

Neanderthal is a beautiful valley
In faraway Germany
Thankfully at a safe distance from me

Cruelty simply is not up my alley
Kindness and love not the sicknesses of
The wrong kinds of animal husbandry

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 31, 2005, 12:52 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1272:
Across the Wide Chasms of Infinity

Out of the night my telephone brings
A signal from the other side
Out of the dark my telephone rings
One perfect ring across the wide
Chasms of infinity for me
It happens every night since she died

Tonight I snatched it up quickly
No voice but my own in echoings
Across all time across all space
I could see her beautiful face

Someone beyond the end of the line
A sound not sound so far away
Came through to show me she is still mine
And she will speak to me someday

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 31, 2005, 5:22 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1271:
For One Who Has Been Kind to Me

"To whom much is given much shall be required"
Being raised this way can make one very tired
Tired but tried and proven to be true
This is how it is for me and you
We do what we can as we do what we must
Knowing it is better to wear out than rust
And all the good you do will surely follow you

That is why I am drawn to you and love you
When you are mired in mud you look above you
And know that there is a meaning to it all
To make a difference no matter how small
Is worth not one penny less than everything
To help and heal and comfort the suffering
Around you--and in me--which others will not see

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 31, 2005, 1:14 am

Chorus Mysticus:
Phoenix Rising from Your Pyre

What God creates remains he says
It and it is and it shall be
Beyond the span of numbered days
The dead remain as you and me
As life has spoken so we know
The cord once fashioned here below
By love remains to bind always

Therefore I speak my love now to the sky
To one who passed through death but did not die:

Seed of life planted by fire
Fallen star engulfed by flame
Virgin wife of pure desire
Here within my heart your name
Burns a new light great and strong
Everlasting is your song
Phoenix rising from your pyre

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 30, 2005, 1:23 pm

Falling Stars are Seeds

to comfort Marina and to honor Silke

When your star falls from the sky
What do you wish upon?
When the one you love must die
How does your life go on?

Even though you know you will see
Them again tomorrow
The one you love is gone
For today anyway

Do you bear this sorrow
Now to share in their destiny?

For each and every falling star
Is a living gift below
For those of us down here who are
Broken and alone should know
The sky weeps stars for lonely ones
They fall to sprout as seeds of suns
For new worlds to be born

To bless
Those of us left behind who mourn
Life from death proceeds
Wish upon every falling star
You see

Falling stars are seeds
The ones we love are never far
From you and me
They were they are and they will be
Our destiny

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 30, 2005, 5:37 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1270
Manifesto: Resurrection and Return

Not to decide is to decide
Thus I make my decision
Never to commit suicide
Not subject to revision

As long as I am here
I might as well enjoy it
Live and love free from fear
Embrace it not destroy it

I am alone but I am free
No one to tell me what to do
In control of a destiny
Which I would like to share with you

None to allow nor disallow
The pleasures which await us now

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 30, 2005, 1:17 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1269:
Make Sure Your Lover is Your Friend

The hard way but at least they learned
The house always wins
Who plays with fire is always burned
We pay for our sins
Whether we think we sin or not

The shotgun only speaks by shot
Desire by fire or jealous ire
Which either freezes or it fries
And neither ever satisfies
Whether we lose or win the pot

What does it all mean in the end?
The house always wins and none can defend
Against jealous fate when love turns to hate:

Make sure your lover is your friend

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 29, 2005, 2:26 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1268:
We Lie Awake and Wonder

This day so short this night so long
We bob and weave and blunder
Delay abort the fright so strong
We lie awake and wonder
Gainsay contort till right is wrong

And are we going under
Or getting over a nightmare?

As we hope and grope and dope and cope
And seek out the meaning everywhere
We eke out the gleaning here and there
But what we want is to be together
We ache for the love we cannot find

Just a matter of when or whether
The blind will lead each other to be kind

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 29, 2005, 3:33 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1267
Scatter to Gather:

+Words for Marina to read
for Silke on the North Sea

Scatter to gather scatter to form
Scatter to come home now safe at last
Eye of the cyclone calm of the storm
Present forever absent the past

Nothing can ever hurt you again
Free of the madmen free of their pain
Who thought your loss their gift and their gain
Damned are they now forever they were
Yet still you shine as ever you shone

I have seen the face of God in her
In Silke my love both known and unknown
Even though we never met on earth
May God bless her now at her new birth
Here in my heart where I am not alone


+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 29, 2005, 12:41 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1266
Violets Upon the Sea:

+Words to be offered with violets
as Silke's ashes join the North Sea

4 February 2005

As by petal and by part
Here I offer you my heart
With yours as falling raindrops now
As tears wept in the cold North Sea
I feel two hearts made free somehow
To ride this tide which flows through me
And flows through you becoming one
To ride the tide of destiny

Violets upon the sea
Purple tears which grew in shade
Eyes which have seen little sun
Violets are wishes made
Promises kept to the night
Dark our petals bright our light!


+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 28, 2005, 12:06 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1265:
Two Sides of a Single Coin

Love and Hate

Angels above and devils below
See what mortals always learn too late
They have always known will always know
How fine the line between love and hate
How thin the tissue which comes between
Hate which is and love which might have been

Two sides of a single coin they see
While all our life is consumed by one
At a time between us you and me
Husband and wife or love just begun
The tissue is very fragile where
Our hearts are held in each other's hands
Rare is the mortal who understands
Where two are one both love and hate lie there

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 28, 2005, 4:52 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1264:
Better Left Mysterious~*

My awfully strange sense of humor
Which some have called queer
Gives rise to wink and nudge and rumor
Here and there and here

Within my poetry a tumor
Of a certain oddity
An abundant perhaps redundant
Uncertain commodity
Lurks in the shadows of my runic rhyme
And should I have nothing to say
Then I would say it anyway
If I just could be more clever every time

I think I might write better when serious
Some of us are better left mysterious~*

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 27, 2005, 6:13 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1263:
Look Out for Lipstick On Your Lance

advice to my sons

Boys keep your dipstick
In your pants
Look out for lipstick
On your lance

Never refuse
To pay your dues
And be nice to your mother

Lay off the booze
Choose when you snooze
And this that and the other

To every rhyme a season
Make every word tell
To every time a reason
And stay out of hell

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 27, 2005, 5:19 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1262:

If someone sprayed me with pepper spray
I doubt it would work on me today
While it is true I eat only rice
With the odd apple I find it nice
To drown my rice in Mexican spice
And as I write this saucy sonnet
I eat my rice with hot sauce on it
So much in fact it might surprise you

Therefore I think I should apprise you
Should you decide I must go away
It is pointless to use pepper spray
But I am always very polite
I have never been the sort to fight
Just be blunt and face me ...or Mace me

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 27, 2005, 1:01 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1261:
First White Blossom On My Barren Tree

The apricot tree I planted
As that boy back in '68
And stood like this man desolate
These long nights and brief dreary days
Today becomes a wish granted
As it bears fluttering finches

Butterfly birds which never soar
The bringers of spring by inches
Unseen and unnoticed before
Since dearer day and younger year
Flit past fly fast busy always
Hard at work building new life here

Now as I watch them my heart smiles to see
The first white blossom on my barren tree

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 26, 2005, 9:08 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1260:
How I Wish I Had That Ouija Board Tonight

Faust and Mephistopheles

Our parochial-school teachers told him
That Ouija boards are bad
(I am not their pupil so they scold him)

Now how I wish I had
Not put on such a show
To demonstrate I know
The orthodox Lutheran position
Breaking it making the Sign of the Cross
I should have heeded my intuition
The gain of orthodoxy was my loss
How I wish I had that Ouija board tonight

And now my son would wish it too
As a theologian I guess they were right
...But I wish I could talk to you

+Steven Curtis Lance (Faust)

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Jan 26, 2005, 3:42 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1259:
Ride the Fire

1980 +Silke+ 2005

Flame you were now ride the fire
Flame you are will always be
Transubstantiate desire
Ride the fire of destiny
Light the sky that we might see
Flaming rose of ecstasy

Made and unmade born and died
All within such little span
Would that you had been the bride
Of this lost and lonely man
On this weary pilgrimage
Half your rage at twice your age
Transubstantiate desire
Flame you are now ride the fire

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 25, 2005, 11:23 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1258:
Come Remind Me

Silke crossed over on my mother's birthday: 24 January~*

She said she would pull books down from the shelf
A sort of imp a fairy or an elf

That after she passed we would meet at last
I wish that we could I wish that she would
At least do things like Grandpa used to do
Before he settled down after a few
Unmistakable manifestations

He and Grandma have accommodations
Now together so he cares not whether
The window is locked the chimney is blocked
Or any of that sort of commonday
Detail from day to day but is away

Yet I hope Silke will come remind me
That the past is beside not behind me

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 25, 2005, 2:40 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1257:
I Want to Go to a Lavender Farm

I want to go to a lavender farm
Between two rivers I want to be warm
When it is winter here

I want to go to where someone is nice
To me and no longer only eat rice
Where poetry is dear

I want to mean something to somebody
Where I might be treated with dignity
Nor longer live in fear

I have grown weary of apologies
Of these dysfunctional indignities
I would like to be near
Somebody kind and who might treat me right
To lend me some life some hope and some light

+Steven Curtis Lance

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