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Selected Poems of Steven Curtis Lance

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Oct 3, 2014, 7:55 am


Funhouse Mirrors



I



The fearful can give you an earful
And do those who chose to be behind
So angry out though inside tearful

What matters not comes over the mind
Even the mind of the mindful too
Can become overcome and then some

But fear is a lie and love is true
Living truly we can overcome
By loving us now as how we do

Daring to love by caring to live
Love is insisting on being who
Resists the twists of the negative

Funhouse mirrors of fear become clear
When we see their lies then with our eyes
Open to love and hoping to rise

Seeing clearly being now and here
Answering the questioning of fear



II



A big heavy dog being frisky
Would seem to be a good thing to me
Jumping up and down if heavily
Marisol in a good mood like this

Being in her way would be risky
Though so I stay a little away
But seeing how glad she is to be
A mood like this is too good to miss

Though any day is good anyway
Being here now seeing her so free
I too am glad to be as I see
Marisol in a good mood today



III



Back in the Bronze Age frustrated old men
Not knowing what they could not understand
Who thought they should explain it all away
Wrote their bitter books they said by the hand
Of God which seems odd to me anyway

They did this without us having our say
Never asked any but wrote many when
Should anyone doubt then they would be out
Of the tribe because some scribe had no doubt
That this was the word of God they had heard

And everyone had to do what they said
Or if not be stoned until they were dead
For this was the law enforced by the awe
Of not understanding the wonder of
Understanding or the wonder of love

Frustrated old men did this to us then
Back in the Bronze Age now at it again



IV



Some say I believe in nothing
But I believe in everything
All at once on a carousel
Never mind forever nor hell
As round and round we go I know
Here I am now so here I go
Living dying rising again
Believing then myself now when
I am and do as who at the
Lancean Specificity



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 3, 2014, 7:14 am


Back in the Bronze Age



Back in the Bronze Age frustrated old men
Not knowing what they could not understand
Who thought they should explain it all away
Wrote their bitter books they said by the hand
Of God which seems odd to me anyway

They did this without us having our say
Never asked any but wrote many when
Should anyone doubt then they would be out
Of the tribe because some scribe had no doubt
That this was the word of God they had heard

And everyone had to do what they said
Or if not be stoned until they were dead
For this was the law enforced by the awe
Of not understanding the wonder of
Understanding or the wonder of love

Frustrated old men did this to us then
Back in the Bronze Age now at it again



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 3, 2014, 12:58 am


Marisol in a Good Mood



A big heavy dog being frisky
Would seem to be a good thing to me
Jumping up and down if heavily
Marisol in a good mood like this

Being in her way would be risky
Though so I stay a little away
But seeing how glad she is to be
A mood like this is too good to miss

Though any day is good anyway
Being here now seeing her so free
I too am glad to be as I see
Marisol in a good mood today



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 1, 2014, 6:37 pm


Free



I



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



II



Dogs of the desert are
Appreciative of a falling star
Like they are like me

Where the Milky Way is not too far
There far as they can see
Turning with the earth
Or the North Star for all they are worth

We are learning we
Who turn as we are earning the sky
I who am turning too
Desert dogs and I
Under the dog star burning so clear
We wonder though we understand here

Turning as we do
Desert dogs feeling far is near
Is here somehow or this is how
A falling star for now

Like dogs of the desert are
Wondering under the dog star



III



Triangulating circles and circling the square
Wise men led through fear to folly made up answers where
They never asked the questions if they ever knew
Of anyone I ever knew like me or you

And they said their answers had to be eternally
Though love says never mind forever now and go free



Steven Curtis Lance







Oct 1, 2014, 12:14 am


Dog Star



Dogs of the desert are
Appreciative of a falling star
Like they are like me

Where the Milky Way is not too far
There far as they can see
Turning with the earth
Or the North Star for all they are worth

We are learning we
Who turn as we are earning the sky
I who am turning too
Desert dogs and I
Under the dog star burning so clear
We wonder though we understand here

Turning as we do
Desert dogs feeling far is near
Is here somehow or this is how
A falling star for now

Like dogs of the desert are
Wondering under the dog star



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 29, 2014, 12:10 am


Yucca Valley Songs



I



I know not to ever say never
Only whatever nor alone forever
Necessarily nevertheless
I never mind being alone I confess
I like it I guess having been with some
My regret of whom I have not yet overcome



II



I do my best with what I have and
So have enough for me
I wonder though I understand
Having nearly not been to be

Recalling what was not I forgot
Till long along the way
How what I have now still is what
I will do my best with today

I have what I need and not what by
Greed some ask but I do not my
Life took a shaking to make me tough
Enough to be enough



III



At first it was only Marisol
But at second lonely after all
Bowser joins us and now we are three
Of us up here on the bed where we
In a humanistic canine pack
Rest in our empathy back to back
To back as I see how I agree
Now as long as they leave room for me



IV



The clock ticks locked in an antique chest
The Gothic arches rise and fall
Reaching east and west each tries its best
Toward respiration or the rest
Of the tasks it asks to make it go

Respiring until the fire is gone
The engine still aspiring on and on

The hold is empty but always was
Because of what the captain does
Or in the case of this one does not
Never fatter no matter what
But graceful and all is well below

And still me as I was and will be
As the ghost in this machine is me



V



Yucca Valley is a beach
Though there is no sea
But the sparkly sand I reach
My hand in could be as beach would be

Once the floor of the sea or
Whatever before
A beach in Yucca Valley
Is to be the strand of sand for me



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 27, 2014, 12:40 pm


Someday



The middle of the night and the wind is sighing
Someone is being born someone is dying
The stars seem cold as ice though distant suns

Someone is laughing now someone is crying
Someone sighing like the wind somehow keeps trying
And we are the ones we are the someones

In the sighing of the wind I hear life say
"This is it someones: here comes your someday"



Steven Curtis Lance







Sep 27, 2014, 6:47 am


Distant Suns



I



Suddenly now September
Almost to October
Thinking how it was over
Suddenly you remember

Still August until now when
September remembered how then
Again September knows us
Before October shows us



II



Silent lightning in the desert far away
In another valley over there
Too far away for thunder anyway
Lighting up the clouds between us from within
Looks like fireworks across the black sky when I
Look out my window then hear the wind sigh
Like a change is coming in the air
And I wonder when the thunder will begin



III



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



IV



The middle of the night and the wind is sighing
Someone is being born someone is dying
The stars seem cold as ice though distant suns

Someone is laughing now someone is crying
Someone sighing like the wind somehow keeps trying
And we are the ones we are the someones

In the sighing of the wind I hear life say
"This is it someones: here comes your someday"



Steven Curtis Lance







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



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