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Selected Poems of Steven Curtis Lance

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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



+Steven Curtis Lance



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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



+Steven Curtis Lance



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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



+Steven Curtis Lance



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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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Nov 25, 2013, 12:10 am


Following my Nose



I follow my nose
An old friend indeed
I go where it goes
And trust it to lead

Aquiline and long
In the memory
Flexible but strong
Featured saliently

It follows my heart
Too shy to decide
I follow my art
That leads me inside

But my nose out there
Showing what it knows
Is what brings me where
Things are I suppose

Right if sometimes wrong
Though a nose can be
I follow along
See what I can see

By following my
Snout out and about
Just wondering why
I might just find out

Going where it goes
Love growing the while
Just above my smile
Following my nose



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Nov 23, 2013, 8:16 pm


Away



for Patricia Lance on November 23rd



Fifteen years today
Since you have been away
Now who have been there
How you are everywhere

I wanted to and tried
Though it was not yet
My time to see you then

But time will come when
I will see you again
On the other side

Though still to my regret
Here I am alone
An orphan when you died

But you have seen and known
Who does not forget
I remember you
Because of who was true

As you are to me
As you are I would be



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Nov 23, 2013, 8:12 am


Serene by Serendipity



Ultimately it turned out how
It should have and I can see that now
Or else I turned until I learned
But I do learn eventually
As it turns out ultimately

Not at the end but finally
What in the end I become to be
More or less penultimately
For it takes me a few turns to learn
Earning the learning makes the turn

Happy happenstance happens when
I dance with a chance now and again
To earn a turn through learning more
Now informed by how I turned before
The learning worth the earning for

As it happens it turns out as me
Serene by serendipity



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Nov 22, 2013, 6:49 am


All Right Tonight



Drizzly in the desert but the dogs are dry
Here in my room with me lying close by
Alongside one another sister brother

Bow-wow-wowser Marisol-ate-it-all
Dusty dogses of the desert in the fall
Fell in with a fellow philosopher

Existing existentially as it were
Three turning out to be good company
Learning as we go to be or not to be

Seeing we are being comfortably
Slow soup steady on the stove to be ready
At midnight when cats wonder what we do

What we do is wonder but understand too
The three of us will be all right tonight



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Nov 21, 2013, 8:23 am


If God



If God is love
We who love are in and of
God not so odd
When understood
According to what they say
And what I see

Good to be understood

And when they say God is good
Then it would be
Good so it would seem to me
If God above
And over all
Were understood as love

And so were we



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Nov 21, 2013, 4:14 am


Fall



for David Ishaya Osu



I. in my bones



My bones feel hollow
Like the bones of birds
Though fortunately
Bearing little weight
So carry me through
What little I do

Little required of
Them but life and love
As I weigh the words
That create my fate
Aright if lightly
My bones carry me

Though what they carry
Is temporary
Life goes as love goes
On who loves me knows
So because someone
Loves me I go on

Love I feel in my
Bones too real to die



II. home



I lost it all one day
In fall when all was gone
Though I was so went on
Through death to life away

Had to leave home behind
Got it taken from me
Thought I was homeless then
Though home did not agree

Not homeless I guess when
On the edge of it all
Where I am always now
Home is a state of mind

But near homeless somehow
Though here now then again
In fall when I recall
How there it used to be

Cost when I had to go
My lost mind then to find
By going through to know
Now where I went is free

Nowhere though everywhere
Is home so I am there



III. 58 OK



Having gotten through to
58 OK
All along a long way
Me in the making
I have been ages not
So hot I forgot
More often than not thought
I ought to confess
Confiding in you to
Having been a mess

But turning my learning
Now in November
Autumnally taking
Time to remember
Reconstructively what
All in all in fall
Got better after all

The way out was in
To now through never then

Never better than late
OK 58
Becoming 59
OK more or less
No SOS I guess
Coming along fine
But learning by turning

My teeth are not aching
At least not today
My head does not bother
Me but brings other
Things to mind I find now
Brought me through then that
Got through my head as how
Love taught me somehow
My heart is not breaking
But shedding its skin

Now or never when
I live to love again



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