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Selected Poems of Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 12, 2005, 2:12 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1222:
Magic Comes in the Dark Unbidden

for Silke my seagirl

The most important things are hidden
Fairies are very shy
Unicorns are real if unridden
Not only birds can fly
Magic comes in the dark unbidden

Disbelieving folk are divorced
From natural reality
Their minds are frigid firm and forced
Disdaining what they dare not see

Should seagirls swim to such as these?
I would not have them cast their pearls
Nor model their agilities
Before such swinish unworthies
Who see the sea but not the girls!

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 12, 2005, 12:00 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1221:
It Would Not Be Rice

Ennui? Oui Oui!

I got sick of living on rice
So I bought five pounds more
Shame on me if I fool me twice
What do I do this for?

I know how to make it
But it is so boring
My stomach can take it
But I am ignoring
The question of taste
Repenting in haste

But nothing really matters
Not what one eats whether nasty or nice
When reality shatters
If anything did it would not be rice

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 12, 2005, 7:49 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1220:
OK by Me! Howzabout You?

Auferstanden aus Ruinen

I think I have gotten ahold of myself again now
The beginning of this recovery
Was when a fellow poet wrote to me
That she hoped for me to be Poet of the Year somehow

I was unaware there was such a thing
But I must admit it has a nice ring
To it and I would be glad to do it
If anyone asked me to but wonder what one must do

I imagine one just writes poetry
If that is the case that sounds right for me
And as an added benefit this would keep me alive
As I would want to serve the whole year of 2005

It seems like something I could do...
OK by me! Howzabout you?

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 12, 2005, 1:52 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1219:
Faith and Love Embrace

Something half-forgotten has taken place
While I was sleeping
The sky stopped weeping

The angry storm by gentle winds of grace
And by persistence
Blown out of the sky

The sun has returned with a smiling face
With no resistance
With no answer why
The storm had no choice but to slink away

Around me now there breathes a shining day
And deep inside me
I feel hope to be
Conceived as I see faith and love embrace

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 12, 2005, 1:30 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1218:
That's All

I didn't think I was but some called me good
At least I always did whatever I could
Took care of sick people alone for ten years
Twelve if you count it another way and tears
Are about all I have left of my life now

(I could never live bereft of my wife now)

I could've done worse I wrote a lot of verse
Wrote a lot of music which nobody cares
About not even me but nothing compares
To the simple truth that somebody loved me
Something which I thought I'd never live to see

I've made a difference however small I know
Sometimes felt like I've failed and like letting go
I've tried to do good... did what I could... that's all

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 11, 2005, 1:49 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1217:
...Somewhere ...Back There

The lame postman came but only brought me bills
After his few days mysterious absence
Finally returning only brought more ills
His delivery becomes more erratic
No longer absurd regressing to nonsense
As it slows steadily to become static

Since he was on the telephone the whole time
I tried to communicate through pantomime
But he turned around and in my box I found
A letter from ASCAP and a mystery
They want to give me money for music I
Once wrote a lifetime ago but cannot find

As part of history the form they send the heirs when you die
I am still here but I left my mind behind ...somewhere ...back there

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 10, 2005, 6:42 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1216:
...As Falls the Rain

Green parrots are squawking
In congress converging
Wet people out walking
Look up at their urging
And see there's a break in the rain
Until the next drenching again

The ravens are quiet
They know rain's returning
Offended by riot
Their black eyes are burning
At what they see as avian stupidity
They hate the parrots and all their cupidity

The ravens are right as always again
The parrots fall silent ...as falls the rain

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 10, 2005, 3:37 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1215:
Tea and Rice and Rain Rain Rain

for Silke

If it rains any more my house will float away
I'm serious! Some other houses have today
And people get swept by suddenly swollen streams
To rude awakenings from California dreams
My car looks like a great big boat but still I fear
To try to ride the rivers to get out of here

So I just stay inside with my cat all the time
Drinking tea eating rice and working at my rhyme
Lots of tea not much rice under siege but it's nice
I was able to talk with Silke on the phone
An ocean between us but we are not alone
And I pray each day appealing for her healing

My dearest darling little girl! My fragile one!
Please get all well and come back to me with the sun!

+Steven Curtis Lance

Amin mela ile~*
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Jan 10, 2005, 7:18 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1214:
Prayer for Silke's Birthday

Alone with nothing left
I wait because it is all I can do
I wait upon you Lord
Into your hands that she be safe with you

These empty hands bereft
Surrendering to love steadfast and true
She whom I have adored
Whom I have loved and lived for always will
Our best hope saved for last
Our only hope now that she is so ill

I ask you for her healing
Let not this young life end in fear and pain
I feel your love revealing
This broken butterfly shall rise again

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 10, 2005, 3:21 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1213:
Time to Heal

for Silke

Pregnant with the promise of New Moon skies
At three times three the ninth hour I arise
The veil is drawn now such that black is clear
Peter said "it is good Lord to be here"
And so it is my words are his tonight

Within the moment whether here or there
It is always good to be anywhere
But in the darkness shines the brightest light

The moon will disappear to reappear
Will die to be reborn and so will we
Who wax and wane who ebb and flow who bear
The burdens and the blessings of the wheel
The turning of the universe: we feel
It turn from time to kill to time to heal

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 10, 2005, 12:11 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1212:
New Moon Womb of Rain~*

Dies Faustus Chorus Mysticus

Wrapped within a womb of rain
I open my eyes again
At three in the afternoon
I slept as long as possible

Now I am strong to be useful
At the coming of the New Moon
Good omen rising in the sign
In which my love and I arose:

A blessing Silke yours and mine

Tonight will bloom the sweetest rose
Which opens fully only New Moon nights
A secret only you and I can see
The moon is dark but there are subtler lights:

Come Silke now and bloom for me


+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 9, 2005, 3:00 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1211:
Rhythm in the Rain

for Silke

A curtain of rain all around me
Falls and would seem my isolation
But through this curtain I see clearly
Within my heart's imagination
As by a shape-shifting telescope
You as you look back across at me
Across the sea and it gives me hope

Water and water as far as we
Can see but I know you see me there
As I see you here as we wait where
Two hearts through this curtain one can be
And have been as are now forever
One heartbeat which no force could ever
Separate... this pulse of you and me

+Steven Curtis Lance

Amin mela ile~*
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Jan 9, 2005, 2:25 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1210:
Make Love to Me!~*

for Silke

They say it's the end now but they never know
I just want to make love to you
They say it's all over but they never knew
Make love to me! And let it go...

But if we're going let's go out in glory
Ask and Embla Adam and Eve
As one flesh in an everlasting story
Of how one man and woman won
A lost paradise in a new world begun
By love above all: I want you and believe
You want me too so let's make love and let it go
And make our prophecy come true

Because they never knew and they will never know
What it's like to make love... with you...

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 9, 2005, 12:11 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1209:
I Listen to Ramones and Count My Bones

I listen to Ramones and count my bones
No I don't because it doesn't matter
Don't count my bones just listen to Ramones
It will only matter when they shatter

In order to keep them from shattering
I exercise them to the nattering
Accompaniment of the weatherman
Who tells me I am in the frying pan
Headed for fire as the waves rise higher

Surf's up way up and it just won't go down
He is complaining and it is raining
It's just too wet out now to go to town
It is raining now he is explaining

I listen to Ramones and count my bones

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 8, 2005, 10:59 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1208:
They Tell Me Things Are Back to Normal Now

While everyone else was holidaying
As they were somewhere giving and getting
I was nowhere freezing and dismaying
Working on forgiving and forgetting

The forgiving did not go very well
The forgetting might come more easily
When they are safely tucked away in hell
You could forgive me for not displaying
Holiday cheer or you could forget me

They never fixed my furnace nor
Brought my Christmas packages or
Any holly-jolly thing
I did not mean anything

Forgotten but not gone I just move on

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 8, 2005, 7:44 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1207:
Bloom Tonight My Rosebud

for Silke

Falling hard and deep and fast
Rising like the morning sun
Into love and life at last

Feeling newborn life begun
Never loved nor lived before
Leaving sorrow in the past

This sweet moment nothing more

Feeling dizzy can be fun
With the woman I adore
How I love you fragile one

Come to me my butterfly

Light my sky when day is done
Bloom tonight my rosebud my
Silke Shining in the Sky!

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 7, 2005, 11:59 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1206:
Stand By the Stove Wear Two Coats and Create

(the poet in winter)

My roof was laid in 1968
But since then some of it has blown away
Yet though it rains to flood there are no leaks
The layers of a hundred years of fate
Keep my old haunted house bone-dry today

Though my huge antique furnace has been out
Inert and cold for months still my life speaks
Of providence I wear my gloves nor pout
For what is not but thankful for what is
Stand by the stove wear two coats and create

Here in God's hands I wait as underneath are his
Unfailing arms of love to care for me to bear
My rhyme and me through time to see eternity:
Join hands with me and let us be together here and there

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 7, 2005, 12:47 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1205:
Bright Lights! Sweet Joys!

for Silke

Ubi caritas et amor
Deus ibi est: I live for
That presence of God in those around me
In whose love and kindness God has found me

Post tenebras lux: after dark
However deep however stark
The light returns and dark must fade away
Must yield to the epiphany of day

With love and light surrounding me
I reach to you across the sea
And pour it all into your heart
For you and I are not apart
But yin and yang in loving equipoise
God bloom within your heart: Bright lights! Sweet joys!

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 7, 2005, 11:21 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1204:
Postage Due

The postman is lame
It is hard for him to do his rounds
He is not to blame
That he brings no packages to me

I hear his huffing and puffing sounds
And wonder about his injury
As a postman he is bad
He is not good at what he does
I wonder if he ever was

As a man he is so sad
Somehow something has broken him in two
It will not be long until he must quit
Until then I have gotten used to it
A lame postman who comes with postage due

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 7, 2005, 1:57 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1203:
Written in the Sky

for Silke

Silke I know you will come back to me now
Back from the brink of death to stay with me
I can see it written in the sky somehow

Each rising moon and every star I see
Whispers the hope of a miracle for you
Of answered prayers and of bright dreams coming true

And now we have placed ourselves in God's hands
Who knows us who loves us who understands

That we must be together forever
And always all our days that we must be
A husband and a wife a family

That nothing in life nor death could ever
Come between my Silke Shining in the Sky
And I who love you with a love which cannot die

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 6, 2005, 10:15 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1202:
Epiphany Prophecy of the Spring

In this sunburst between two winter storms
Epiphany prophecy of the spring
I lift my face to the light as it warms
My bones however briefly this brief day
My own voice joining the birds as they sing

The sun had never really gone away
It just had been cloud-shrouded for so long
That I of little faith had felt despair
That it would return that it was still there

But now it shines so beautiful so strong
I love it more now for not having seen
That face of light than had it always been
There as a constant and forgotten thing
And now I know the spring will come someday

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 6, 2005, 1:57 am


Do you prefer that pencils be
Hexagonal or round?
The former kind roll rattlingly
The latter with smooth sound

If you drop a six-sided one six corners catch
Like a playing-card stuck in a bicycle's spokes
In the case of a round one it's best just to watch
The smooth rollaway finish its orbital strokes

One is a railway sound track meeting wheel
In mechanical clickety-clack
The alternative concept a ribbon of steel
As a thing in itself not a track

Round pencils seem warmer and calmer to me
With their rotund suggestion of ease
While pin-striped hexagonals urge industry
And impatient when dropped buzz like bees

I've always loved pencils embraced them each day
They're artistic especially observed in the round
They're tactile constructions of graphite and clay
Clad in cedar smooth friction their method and sound

I distrust computers my typewriter's dusty
For formal occasions I use pen and ink
A well-sharpened round pink-topped pencil is trusty
To patiently write down whatever I think

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 5, 2005, 9:59 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1201:
My Refrigerator Died By Flame

My refrigerator died by flame
An irony as notable
As that by which life has made my name
Ironically quotable

As I write poetry without a brain
So my refrigerator lives again
A sunny plateau atop which my cat
Watches the world from a window behind
Thus it is made useful because of that

As having no brain I must use my mind
Or such connection to the mind of God
As he provides me as the recompense
For my persistence in this life though odd
My cat and I atop the present tense

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 5, 2005, 6:37 pm

Transcendental Sonnet #1200:
To Spread Our Wings and Fly

for Silke

In the evil we have suffered we have seen
The distorted reflection of the good
Which though like the sun shrouded by clouds has been
There always if always misunderstood
Nevertheless we have seen its perversion
By aping darkness creating aversion
Within us for the struggle of it all

Yet I have seen your spark in the dark and you
Have seen mine in answer however small
We seem we dream you are my star and I
Have found in you the beautiful and the true
Revealed in your clear blue eyes the clear blue skies
Beckon to us to spread our wings and fly
In the sunshine of that good which never dies

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Jan 5, 2005, 3:32 am

Transcendental Sonnet #1199:
Does Anybody Really Care?

I have to pick up my pieces somehow
But they are all over the floor
I have to get myself together now
I cannot get out my front door
My medication is insufficient

At poetry I seem quite proficient
Does anybody really care?

I am neither here nor there but nowhere
And now I wonder what to do
I used to be someone but I forgot
Who maybe you I never knew
What hit me what fit me or who I was

I only wrote these lines because
I wanted to reach out to you

+Steven Curtis Lance

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