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Selected Poems of Steven Curtis Lance

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Sep 27, 2014, 2:53 am


Doggedly



Marisol insists to be
On my bed here next to me
She is big and long and wide
So I say "stay on your side"
But she stays there doggedly

Bowser lies down on the floor
Marisol did but no more
Now up on the bed instead
Stubbornly immovably
On my bed here next to me



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 26, 2014, 8:53 pm


Shadows



Shadows of clouds pass over the hill
Shadows always pass I know they do
When they come and then they go I know
Shadows were and are and shadows will
Always be because they come to go

Written in shadow seeing a name
To recognize does not surprise who
Was will be because he came to go
Seeing him being a shadow too
Steven though gone goes on even so



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 26, 2014, 7:13 am


Postcards from Yucca Valley



I



It was so awful it ought to be unlawful
But where I was because I had no other place to be
So there I was grateful though the people were hateful
But they hated all alike because they hated them not me

Gratefully lately I got out of an awful
And hateful then somehow with my plate full now of poetry



II



A wild jackrabbit with a cottonball tail
Hops about before me out behind the rail
Of the fence as I can see how its defense
Against bigger beings and now seeing me
Is (like Bugs Bunny) its elusivity



III



Shadows of clouds pass over the hill
Shadows always pass I know they do
When they come and then they go I know
Shadows were and are as shadows will
Always be because they come to go

Written in shadow seeing a name
To recognize does not surprise who
Was will be because he came to go
Seeing him being a shadow too
Steven though gone goes on even so



IV



M-a-r-i-s-o-l
Is the dog to give 'em hell
Should hell need giving she could give it good

Marisol is big and tough
Not too smart but smart enough
That when she licks me I feel understood



V



When we are dead and gone then are we gone?
Some of us live by love whose love lives on
This is what I say anyway that I
Am not afraid to live by love and die
But not be gone then when my love lives on



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 25, 2014, 12:59 am


Love Lives On



When we are dead and gone then are we gone?
Some of us live through love whose love lives on
This is what I say anyway that I
Am not afraid living through love to die
But not be gone then when my love lives on



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 24, 2014, 10:58 pm


Fabulous



I spring not from the forehead but the loins
Of two who thought they knew love where it joins
Us together there whether or not we make
A good match and that is the chance we take
Though they took that chance so Steven Curtis Lance
Arriving surviving continued the dance
That went on before and then there were more
Now life goes on still somehow till it is gone

I swing not just from any apes but us
Our animality sufficient to
The task of my reality like you
And we homo sapiens are fabulous



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 24, 2014, 7:56 am


Maybe You May Be



I remember who you were
Maybe you still are
I remember you were she
Shining like a star

I remember you were her
Maybe you may be
Maybe you remember me
Maybe not too far

I remember you were who
I loved when I lost
And then what it cost
Was now to remember you

I remember who you were
Maybe you remember too



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 24, 2014, 12:20 am


Now is Your Chance



All seek something somehow
Some seek to be forever
And so they may not see
Now and then they may never
Be now presently

But now is enough for me
Never mind then give now
A chance and when whatever
Comes to dance you know how
Now because it does

Now is how it is not was
This is the it to get
Forever never comes yet
Whatever comes so dance
And now is your chance

Now is how forever
For all we know of ever
Would be if it could but
Now is how no matter what
Chance enough for me



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 23, 2014, 1:36 am


You Too



for Erwin and everyone



I find it so pleasant
To find a mindful present
In my mailbox and when
I do to remember then
By now September light
Through shared embracing sky
Who does how the way you do

Then my way I say again
The way I do tonight
You are why I get by
Who are how because of you

Thank you and I love you too



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 22, 2014, 8:01 pm


Yes



The answer is always No for the negative
In the give-and-take they are afraid to give
In the end (and I speak as a friend) they are afraid to live

But the answer is always Yes for me I guess
Though I understand the negative demand
For the absence of danger change is no stranger to me

So living in the presence of change I confess
I understand them and do not understand
Why I am as I am though I am so I may as well be

A candid Candide being positively saying Yes



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 21, 2014, 12:14 am


Out



Shards of the moon are salted through the sand
Where the sun bends down and turning to the land
Says I am understood to understand

Where clouds seem to surf some subsurface of sky
When the sun sets and then the moon rises
With Milky Way and falling star surprises
Over Marisol and Bowser as I
Wonder underneath without quite knowing why
How things can turn out right sometimes like now

And how hope seems not so hopeless not to me
Not to who got out not to who got free
Out of trouble out in Paradise somehow



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 19, 2014, 7:47 pm


Like a Star



I want to be and I will not resign
Myself to a prison of my own design
I have been attached but I am not now

I know to let go of the houses that haunt
I want to be and I want what I want
And what I want is to be happy somehow

Despite my past fighting for love when I
Lost then what it cost with both hands I take my
Present and my future is mine to make

And if you want to be happy too then you
Doing as you do might as well be who
Understands me so I wonder if you do

I believe in magic since I can see
It happening all along the way to be
Who believe you believe in magic too

It is not too late then now is not too far
When here we are shining each like a star



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 19, 2014, 5:18 am


Insistence



You want to be happy and I do too
So I live my life as I do to
See us be free as we can be
When we insist on being you and me

A right considered a privilege by
Those so afraid they would rather die
Than live and love the way we do
But I know what is up and so do you

We would rather live than dance on a string
We want to be free that is the thing
We live and love all day and night
We want to be happy and we are right

I will do everything I can that we
Be happy and that we will be free
Though I am old and crazy now
I know that we will be and I know how

And so I will fight with all of my might
For us being happy being free
Then those afraid will have to see
When we insist on being you and me

Our insistence is our resistance of
Fear by our persistence in living our love



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 18, 2014, 4:10 pm


Death



Life begins by breath and what seems death
Is that breath returning whence it came
December remembering its name
Is life again then catching its breath



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 17, 2014, 1:15 am


Humankind



You my beloved other are me
As I am you as we are and will be
As we have been in the unity
Of our humankind when it comes to mind
How all of us are each other too
When it comes to heart we are each a part
Of one another through mind through heart
To soul when we become something greater
When we see us sooner or later

Then you are me and now I am you
In the unity of our humankind



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 11, 2014, 11:40 pm


Eden



There is no sin within your skin
Original or otherwise
Illuminated from within
You see through me with open eyes
To where I am and you are too
When open eyes meet by surprise

And here is there and now is then
In Eden there I am with you
Where you are with me then again
For always and for everywhere
For here is where and now is when
In Eden you are with me there

No snake and no mistake
The apple ours to take



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 8, 2014, 9:44 pm


Two Score Johnnylie



Two score before and may you be more
You have never been forty before
Though I have so let me tell you this
Life one score or four is like a kiss
An improbable insistent spark
Of being seeing across the dark

Being here seeing now as we do
I am glad to be alongside you
Having been two score before you for
A score and ready at three to soar
I reckon you do and beckon to
You to soar with me your two score too

Though I have so let me tell you this
Life one score or four is like a kiss



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 8, 2014, 3:18 am


Lunatic



I am a lunatic transfixed and gazing fixedly
At the moon and soon I see it fix its gaze on me
And so we two are one we who out shining in the night
Alone we thought unknown today by the same sunlight
Danced two as one together though who did not know it then
By the sun the moon and I dance two as one again

I am a lunatic at last and past the point of
No return soon no doubt to learn from the moon about love
And light out shining in the night out about and right
With darkness all around us when we found us shining bright
When everything was wrong but light is strong even when
We wane and disappear who wax then to appear again



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 5, 2014, 8:49 pm


Albeit



All I ever wanted to be
Was happy ever after and free
To be me albeit in fall

Whenever better late than never
Here and now will be forever
Enough for me then that this is when

I will be and be me again
Be happy ever after and free
All I ever wanted to be

To be free albeit in fall
All I ever wanted after all



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 3, 2014, 10:52 pm


Paradise



The sun of Yucca Valley is encouraging
After Santa Ana was discouraging
And now I am a man with a tan and a plan
To remain in this oasis encouraged
Never go back to where I had been discouraged
Again now but remain forever here in
Paradise to stay in this desert hideaway
That is what they say it is and I say I agree

What does freedom look like? Something like this

A paranoid schizophrenic unafraid
In spite of myself of the progress I have made
Ready for something or anything somehow
More than a hundred miles from Santa Ana now
And when the desert clouds crowd around me then
I feel like the universe has found me again
Wondering under the Milky Way I know
Sun moon and stars will follow me wherever I go

And what does freedom feel like? Something like a kiss

Somehow sent away by serendipity
Shown to my own Lancean specificity
Encouraged to be writing from Paradise
After having been discouraged once maybe twice
Or more less encouraging places before
With jackrabbits and Joshua Trees all around
Encouragingly lost in Paradise found
That is what I say it is and it agrees with me

After Santa Ana was discouraging
The sun of Yucca Valley is encouraging



Steven Curtis Lance







Aug 25, 2014, 10:13 pm


The Rest of Me



The hours pass like the flowers of grass
The sun up and down as I wait now
For a better day to come along

The persuasion of the occasion
Rises to my eyes who see them pass
Trusting myself that I must be strong
Enough to make it to then somehow

Having waned I wax now like the moon
To my fullness and by hope is how
I know my life will get better soon

Remembering me lest I forget
Through the shit of the situation
The detritus of disappointment
To rise and soar is what I am for

Not finished rising and soaring yet
The rest of me is the best of me
And so I will rise and soar some more

Being me unconditionally
Myself and I have an appointment
With me now to be the rest of me
Being completely seeing me free



Steven Curtis Lance







Aug 24, 2014, 7:22 am


Lonely Eyes



I have been down and out no doubt about
It but up and about I have found out
Being a mystery beyond the known
Is good all except for being alone

If I could I would share reality
As far as only lonely eyes can see

To be understood and to understand
Is the best thing in the world to me and
I look for it and find it when I can
A misunderstood understanding man

Just looking for a little company
As far as only lonely eyes can see

Though I have met a few so maybe you
For all I know or you may be the who
By understanding to be understood
And that would be good to be if we could

There must be someone to understand me
As far as only lonely eyes can see



Steven Curtis Lance







Aug 23, 2014, 2:18 pm


On



She remembered me until she forgot
Changed before to after and it was strange
When it was still now until it was then
But that was then and this is now today

I will never understand what I did
Or what she did that she had to get rid
Of me but she did and now I am gone
After all then and so now I move on

She said she loved me but then she did not
Does not anymore so I rearrange
Myself now that this not happen again
She never understood me anyway

She forgot me but I remember who
I am but then again you always knew
Now I do too I am thankful to you
After all then and so now we move on



Steven Curtis Lance







Aug 20, 2014, 9:43 am


Bus to Fabulous



Well I fell and I went through hell
Though did not go to so got through
To tell about it out this side
Satisfied to have left my pride
Back there I find with my lost mind
Back where my lack became my gain
When in the crucible the dross
Of me was burned then by the loss

Becoming mindful through the pain
By changing and exchanging then
For now so now then could begin
Vanity for humanity
Reason and the reality
The me of you and you of me
As you and me as us make we
Of you and me as we make us

As though through hell we fell so well
We take the bus to fabulous



Steven Curtis Lance







Aug 18, 2014, 6:14 pm


My Mother's Kiss



My mother's death was my induction
Into death as my introduction
To mortality's reality
When the pain of being orphaned then
In the rain was what I felt again
And again no matter how fast I ran

My grandmother's death turned out to be
Catalytic of catastrophe
When it all went wrong then on so long
How I survived now and have arrived
Here is fearfully unclear to me
Though here I am doing the best I can

But supposing there is a reason
I have chosen my winter season
To story the days of my glory
The any of days that are many
To be being free by poetry
Because the child within outgrew the man

Though I am an orphan I have this
Another form of my mother's kiss



Steven Curtis Lance







Aug 15, 2014, 5:02 pm


Always Free



Though their time comes ticking some keep sticking to their
Sadness their madness everywhere

Some of whom I see do not seem to want to be
Happy like I do anyway
But alongside as we are traveling so far
I see them falling and I say
Why not try your wings by new and different things?

Living giving forgiving too
And if it works for me I say it may for you

Asking as life tasks us this way
About our possibilities beyond our doubt
What we are dying to find out
But those afraid to try in their dubiety
Fall through the darkness like a star

If we fall and lose it all what we have to do
Is have to be no matter what

Time to believe in us relieve the ennui they
Defensively live fearfully
Why not let it all go? By falling so to know
Who we are before we are not
How I remember now what I never forgot

When we lose it all then we see
With nothing left to stop us we were always free



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