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Selected Poems of Steven Curtis Lance

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Steven Curtis Lance

Aug 14, 2014, 6:47 pm


Standing at the crossroads of MacArthur and Main
Being who I am seeing me do what I do
Having been before here I am once more again
Having been a wanderer having wondered here
How having lost everything I never lost my way

Waiting for the light to change fated to go on
Living through the sunshine forgiving through the rain
Going on by love knowing no one grows by fear
One who going knows growing into now from then
Having learned the hard way I am on my way today

Waiting for the light to change I am changing too
So I will go on going until I am gone

Steven Curtis Lance

Aug 9, 2014, 5:48 am

For the Best

The reader can see within my poetry
My rapid-cycling bipolarity
But whether up or down I am challenged by
The challenge of living before I die
Getting through by what I do

As hanging on and hoping for the best I
Write it up or down as the case may be
Living up or down to my reality
Glad not to be alone along the way
Glad to be along with you

Sad sometimes mad all the time from day to day
Though I am so I am as you can see
Glad above all for the love of you and me
Challenged by love to live before we die
Here you are as I am too

For the best forget the rest I
Live my up or down by love as why

Steven Curtis Lance

Aug 6, 2014, 9:16 am

Beer Run at One-Fifty-One

The beer is locked up from two until six
So those who want some more have to wait betwixt
Go after or before there to the store
When adventure mingles with haste in the mix

Where the cold case is locked up then in case
You want some so bad you rob the place

If I walk fast I could get there at the last
Minute get in and get out in a flash
Not use my debit card maybe pay by cash
Pleasantly presently as in the past

As I have before after all and once more
Not between but after and before

But I can wait and it is getting late
Though not yet late enough to be early then
So I can wait for tomorrow again
Because the betwixt hours are rigidly fixed

Then again now is when I get this done
On a beer run at one-fifty-one

Steven Curtis Lance

Aug 4, 2014, 1:23 pm


Seeing the sunrise is good for my eyes
My heart and all the rest of me
Making me realize to my surprise
Though I have been so I would be
Being have lived and loved but would some more

That is what the sunrise is for
I suppose when my heart knows this is true
To not forget get up then get
Through my eyes to all the rest of me too
That what this is is this is it

There is no past nor future presently
The sunrise looks like opportunity

Steven Curtis Lance

Aug 4, 2014, 8:24 am


She was too beautiful to die
But she did anyway and I
Will never understand at all
But in the hard rain of the fall
It was though none could tell me why
That she went on and so she is gone

And in November on that day
I felt like I was orphaned then
But I know now she still is when
I think of her then as we were
And I feel that hard rain again
The pain again of my losing her

But I remember anyway
My forget-me-not so far away

Steven Curtis Lance

Aug 4, 2014, 12:27 am

In Humankind

for Shy

Across the sea across the sky
Is a woman I call Shy
Come to me from the Philippines

And she likes me and that means
A lot to me and makes me feel
Like I am like I am real

Though she is there in Singapore
She is here now more and more
Is in my heart and on my mind

So far around the world she
Is my tomorrow come for me
By today in humankind

Steven Curtis Lance

Aug 2, 2014, 11:18 pm

Going Free

Instead of complaining
Since what good would that do
Instead of explaining
Since I do not have to
I mean the remaining
Days of my life to be
My days of thanksgiving

The going free of me
By living forgiving
My going free to see
What it means to be how
To grow as I go then
By the love I live now
Who live to love again

Steven Curtis Lance


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