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Selected Poems of Steven Curtis Lance

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Dec 23, 2013, 2:57 pm


Santagnostic



Santagnostic but not
Santagonistic about it

Not my time of year but
I would be merry anyway
So I might as well say
Merry Christmas to everyone

And may we all have fun
And friends and food and family
On that we can agree

Though the season is not for me
I still look toward the sky
That night for everlasting light
The heart still knows aright

I understand but wonder I
Want to believe but I doubt it



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Dec 22, 2013, 9:25 pm


Second Chance



In the stream of the dream of consciousness
To let go and go with the flow I guess
Is the thing to do speaking as one who
Has earned and learned the hard way more is less
Who let go and is gone who has moved on

I had to go because I had to grow
I had to be asked in order to know
I had to be tasked with life and death so
I could do what I had to do and you
Would be able to read about it now

Sometimes you have to die to find out how
To live like one given a second chance
To stream the dream like Steven Curtis Lance
Who let go to go with the flow I guess
In the stream of the dream of consciousness



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Dec 20, 2013, 8:55 pm


Solstice of my Winter



Yesterday cold and rainy but sunny
And clear today the weather is funny
Something in the air neither here nor there
Handel's Messiah on the BBC

Winter sunbeam through the window to me
And in the dance of its light I wonder
To see the phoenix spoken by thunder
Whispering here winkingly appear as
A visitation of another kind

Sunbeam through the window find me
Fall and all before behind me

Being revealing to me as it has
Within the grin the skull beneath the skin
Embraces under the faces of those
Like me of we who see alike who chose
Through hope in spite of everything to find
The wonders waiting underneath the snow
Of fate to bloom for us who care to know
What we have known was sown there long ago

Where you and I being alike agree
After awhile to see it as a smile
Through open minds who dare to go behind
The mask to ask to be or not to be
Beyond the door to what we came here for

Sunbeam through the door I enter
At the solstice of my winter



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Dec 20, 2013, 8:00 am


I Remember Now



Trying to tell myself by trying to tell you
Aspiring to something I too hope someday to do
I write about forgetting and not regretting
Getting it in general and yet without getting
Some things in particular I keep forgetting

When it comes to getting it though I am letting
Go of things forgetting them or trying to and yet
Without even trying remember to regret
Remembering then even better now than ever
The trick to not regret but I am not there yet

To forget without regret no doubt the it to get
But until then somehow between now and never
Because then is then whenever it was or will be
But never is for now is never then you see
Nor do forever then or whenever now agree

The it to get forgetting not regretting will
Be what I remember I will not forget until
When forgetting letting go remembering still
And not regretting but letting go now forever
When how it will be then is now will be again

Because it always is so was and will be when
I remember now albeit in December



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Dec 19, 2013, 10:50 am


The Phoenix Winking



Karmic debt from younger days
Crime that pays at the time but stays
Has been burned away like chaff

In the embers I can see
The phoenix turn and wink at me
Thinking what I am thinking

Death and I have had a laugh
Or two at who I used to be
Out of debt without regret

Nor looking back but forward free
To be older wiser me
Death and I the other brother

Understanding one another
Turning like the phoenix winking



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Dec 18, 2013, 11:40 pm


A Little Trouble but a Lot of Fun



Should my life be over in a little while
I could go out with a little smile
Having been and seen what I have in between
When and then somehow

Some of it was rough but all of it is enough
If you know what I mean
And I think you do
All the bad but then again all the good too

I am satisfied to be
On the knife of life at the edge of destiny
Here the way to now
My moment in the sun

Rising to be free surprising you and me
Having had a little trouble but a lot of fun



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Dec 18, 2013, 6:41 am


Say Franziska



Say Franziska like the tsetse fly
Though I say more like a butterfly

She says more like a bumblebee
I say "I like you" stumblingly
She reassures me I am fine

Say Franziska like the cha cha cha
Does because I like when she says ja

I say she is a goddess gold
She says ja und nein fifty-nine
Come New Year's Eve is not too old

Say Franziska at twenty-seven
Valkyrie carry me to heaven

Eastern promise western kissed
Gott sei Dank Franziska ist



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Dec 17, 2013, 2:23 am


Smoke Rings



Smoke rings around the moon
Full like an open eye in the sky
I smoke my pipe and soon
Will go home and write a poem (or try)

The sunset was fantastic
Time became elastic
I saw day give birth to night
I saw it was all right
In the out-of-doors out there
Within to anywhere
And through me to everywhere

Smoke rings around a star
On the other side of the window
So far though not too far
To wink at me and say I told you so

Not too far away to know
And answer why not to my question why



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Dec 16, 2013, 1:06 pm


After All



At the after of before
And the either of the or
Being both and neither nor
Now at when but then again
Seeing from the outside in

Here I am to be I guess
Freeing me to see begin
At the crossroads more or less
Where time intersects with space
Being from the inside out

Seeing life as not a race
Freeing with to be without
Destination not a place
Journey as a state of grace
There arriving everywhere

The laughter of hereafter
In the fall then after all



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Dec 15, 2013, 6:34 am


Man Can Stevie Ski



My son has the same name as me
But man can Stevie ski
I guess and I confess that I
Am too afraid to try

My bones too brittle
Too late too little
But man can Stevie ski
My son with the same name as me

Finding now how he can fly



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Dec 14, 2013, 10:26 am


Out in the Altogether All Alone (work in progress...)



What used to be the war on poverty
Got more like the war on the poor
Got a lot harder than it used to be
To be at all then anymore

And that much harder to be poor like me
Getting pretty sad for the mad
At a crazy time for insanity
But me myself and I agree
The government guy liked my poetry

Some out of fear remember here
And now as there and then from yesteryear
A deja vu that does not do
Because a mockery of how it was

Not like now but then again when
We wonder under clouds who understand
Each other thankful someone does
Because we know how someone does and who

How sometimes someone needs a hand
Or two three and four like you me and more
Of us we know we never knew
Through hope someday to see the sun again

I needed one and it was you
And me and all of us together then
But somehow some strange cruelty
Comes to fashion for some to cash in on
War on the poor till we are gone

Outfoxed the game is fixed and so are we
With something in the air like fall
Like it might happen this time after all
Though if you fight it makes it worse

Who fight for higher wages waged upon
Till we will swear our fealty
To selfishness and the banality
Of realty as reality

Some never liked us others anyway
And know who they come warring for
The back of the hand in a stranger land
From some who wish the poor away
Where nowhere to go we know we are there

But like so many anywhere
We have nowhere to go so there we stay
Who wait still now for fate till then
Through hope to see the sun again someday

We never asked to be but are
In a random Randian universe
Though being so insist to be
Who by not ceasing to exist resist
However having come this far

Like any of the many who insist
To be like me to have my say
I who am poor would say that war
Should not be waged on me but poverty

For we the poor fight a war of our own
Out in the altogether all alone



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Dec 11, 2013, 11:04 pm


Whatever Forever



What I take is what I bring
In the give and take of it
In my turning I have learned
It is what I make of it
What I spent and what I earned
That is real around the wheel
Becoming understanding
By being undemanding
Being in it if not of
As now turns out from never

Wondering about it all
In the fall as wonderful
As whatever ever was
For the rest of it because
As I make the best of it
I recall it all and yet
I remember to forget
Mindfully to never mind
Letting go to leave behind
Anything lesser than love

When what then is whatever
What forever means to me
Is to outlive time to be
Always being always now
Always seeing how somehow
As the ever of my what
As whatever I have got
In the give and take of it
It is what I make of it
As now turns out forever

Nothing and yet everything
What I take is what I bring



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Dec 10, 2013, 9:52 pm


Three of Me



I. Sunset



Sunset haunts yet my eyes want to rise
Seeing myself on the shelf of a cloud
Aloud in the silent sky
As another turn of the wheel goes by
And the sun goes down uptown
And down as back and forth across the dark
It is I who am the spark

I am the sun because I am the one
All I have and all I need to be
Not alone I am with me
Myself and I and in good company
Being who can do this now
Somehow and it will be surprising when
Like Icarus I fall but rise again

To be nothing if not to be
The phoenix has nothing on me



II. Tough but Not Enough



The tougher they talk
The more afraid they are
I can tell

Those who would judge me
Who chose to begrudge me
Would do well

To learn the longer
They resist the stronger
I will be

They bluster and balk
Persisting I insist
Like a star

Tough but not enough
Too frightened to be free
Scared of me



III. Turning Forward



When I pray I say "please no more trouble" for
I have had enough nor need I any more
Then it comes anyway but unlike before
I know what to look forward to when behind
Me is the fear I lost when it cost my mind
Something lost but found that I am forward bound

What was is no more now for then has gone by
How I live on when because I will not die
Till good and ready still then I hold steady
Turning but not turning back learning as I
Turn that forward is the only way I learn
Making the best of it as I take my turn

Turning I learn by trouble now and then
But learning I turn forward then again



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Dec 9, 2013, 7:14 pm


Tough but Not Enough (work in progress...)



The tougher they talk
The more afraid they are
I can tell

Those who would judge me
Who chose to begrudge me
Would do well

To learn the longer
They resist the stronger
I will be

They bluster and balk
Persisting I insist
Like a star

Tough but not enough
Too frightened to be free
Scared of me



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Dec 9, 2013, 4:34 am


Turning Forward



When I pray I say "please no more trouble" for
I have had enough nor need I any more
Then it comes anyway but unlike before
I know what to look forward to when behind
Me is the fear I lost when it cost my mind
Something lost but found that I am forward bound

What was is no more now for then has gone by
How I live on when because I will not die
Till good and ready still then I hold steady
Turning but not turning back learning as I
Turn that forward is the only way I learn
Making the best of it as I take my turn

Turning I learn by trouble now and then
But learning I turn forward then again



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Dec 9, 2013, 3:03 am


Sunset



Sunset haunts yet my eyes want to rise
Seeing myself on the shelf of a cloud
Aloud in the silent sky
As another turn of the wheel goes by
And the sun goes down uptown
And down as back and forth across the dark
It is I who am the spark

I am the sun because I am the one
All I have and all I need to be
Not alone I am with me
Myself and I and in good company
Being who can do this now
Somehow and it will be surprising when
Like Icarus I fall but rise again

To be nothing if not to be
The phoenix has nothing on me



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Dec 7, 2013, 9:46 pm


Atoms Dancing in the Sun



A window cracked by gravity
A sliver of reality
And atoms dancing in the sun
Like all and each and everyone
Though I have heard it better said
Than I today the way I do
I like to say it so instead
And so I say it now to you

I see clearer in the mirror
Of a crack in a window here
Than some ever will though nearer
As they peer through their bars of fear
Hopeful eyes see more openly
By love they live to see to be
The best they can nor mind the rest
Having been hopeless wept depressed

To open and to see hope through
When the only way out is in
As the lonely know to be true
Any of many like me too
When we get in then we begin
To see through ourselves like I do
What we are about inside out
Questioning the answer of doubt

Answering unquestionably
Seeing us being as we are
Having evolved but not too far
To see we need each other to
Be alongside for the ride who
Can see us being me and you
And all and each and everyone
Like atoms dancing in the sun

I like to be and like to see
Us being us seeing us free



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Dec 6, 2013, 9:09 pm


Some Come a Trojan (work in progress...)



Some come a trojan some a worm
But come they did become many
By infesting my registry

Windows viruses made me squirm
With fear that here they were today
But my software scared them away

Squirming worming trojaning on
The worm turns on relentlessly
When the trojan carries it in

Malware turns on maliciously
So maleveolence can begin
But did not get the best of me

I turn with the worm but I learn
And whatever I get I earn
The hard way by software you see

I kill bugs so convincingly
That were many are not any
Und Gott sei Dank now they are gone

IT to a T when trouble is brewing
Not that I know what I am doing



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Dec 6, 2013, 12:04 pm


January



I do not want a session
Of holiday depression
I need no such digression

So this is my confession
Now as hard for me to be
Christmas-y somehow you see

For I would just as soon not
Remember in December
What November just forgot

But January comes when
Succeeding in succession
Then I can forget again

Tonight the night is longer
But when the light is stronger
January comes for me

Though trying to be merry
In a war on me I lose
And a battle I refuse

To be or not to be what
I hope for January



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Dec 4, 2013, 5:24 am


At the Dawning of the Moon



On the third of December in the dark of the moon
I have a feeling things are getting better pretty soon
Though it is cold outside and I am old inside I
Am young as ever better late than never do or die

And yet I can remember when I was older when
I thought I knew the answers but then I forgot again
Now I know I do not know and so why question why
Now that I get it somehow I could let it all go by

But why not question why not when it gets better soon
On the fourth of December at the dawning of the moon



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Dec 1, 2013, 6:16 am


This



All through our lives we wonder more and more
Until we forget what we were wondering for
Understanding more than we did before

Remembering in November or December
How very temporary all of this
And what really mattered was that wonderful kiss
That smiling baby that hopeful maybe

When you wonder long enough you understand then
Remembering when to forget again
Constructively forgiving retroactively

But better that be soon than come too late
Before we wander toward an unwonderful fate
Blundering misunderstand how it goes
That we get it or not now but nobody knows

Existence is so existential but
Better to be than not to be no matter what
So on I go though I may never know

Remembering smiling babies hopeful maybes
That wonderful kiss and how temporary this



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Nov 30, 2013, 11:40 pm


Propinking



Since desire is suffering I do not
Desire anything I have not got
Having everything that a friend might need
Though being a friend in need indeed
So I might as well be if temporarily

Having not got some things but I do
Have what I do have and that will have to
Do like it does like it did because
I will be my friend like I always was
Indeed in need of a friend like me

Having desired having suffered a lot

Of two minds but in one head instead
Taking poverty making poetry
If not a living read and not dead
And "nothing propinks like propinquity"
Like my friend thinks J. Robert Oppenheimer said

Or maybe not for maybe he forgot
More like George Ball quoting after all
Ian Fleming from 1956
Poetics can be like politics
Though still he thought he did so I will too

I am not alone I am with me
Thinking and propinking in our propinquity



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Nov 28, 2013, 12:36 pm


For my Children on Thanksgiving Day



Maria, Stevie, and Teddy



You are far away
All and each somehow
But here we are now
On Thanksgiving Day

You three of me
And I of you
My family
And I love you

Thanks for the living
My heart is not far
Happy Thanksgiving
Wherever we are

Though late in November
I know you remember



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Nov 26, 2013, 11:15 pm


Long Enough



Having lived long enough to be
Disappointed but then longer
Enough not to be I am free
Of that vexing expectation
Of getting my hopes up too high

Getting it giving it away
Forgetting I remember me
Forgiving myself giving way
To living any given day
Strong enough but getting stronger

Living with me myself and I
So that the three of us agree
Having lived long enough to know
Not very much but then longer
Enough to touch upon the why

Not the answer but the question
The why not or the suggestion
What is and was that did and does
Must be and do and just because
Having lived long enough to die

But rise surprising though I fall
Not disappointed after all



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Nov 26, 2013, 6:41 am


Freeing Myself



Seeing through an illusion
Still having enjoyed the delusion
Being poetically
Inclined as I find myself to be

Seeing nothing was wasted
Still having dreamed still having tasted
Being transcendentally
Mindful how now I find myself free

Seeing myself being lonely
Freeing myself from if only



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