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Selected Poems of Steven Curtis Lance

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Feb 12, 2013, 11:39 am


Vita Contemplativa



A contemplative life is easy if you live
Long enough to have the time to look back when
Forgetting is hard for who have to forgive
To live forgetting what you can forgiving the rest

Living well the best revenge laughing last and best
Getting back remembering you get it then
Who forgiving hope to be forgiven too
Or maybe just forgotten as we are and we do

Whatever the meaning whenever we arrive
No one is begotten to be forgotten
Remember the ones who remembered for you
Or me nor forget no one gets out of this alive

A contemplative life though harder than I thought
Living by forgiving is easier than not



+Steven Curtis Lance



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Feb 10, 2013, 2:20 am


Judgement Day



Accountable for every vain and idle word
I uttered at the judgement day or so I heard
I was held so I thought because brought up by fear
My ear could not resist insisting words be clear

Through the glass darkly my ear would hear them sparkly
Mine or anybody's never mind some divine
Mandate it was fate because beyond my fear by
Love I came to be the me you read of today

Though unafraid my words are made just so this way
I do for you and me too to mean what I say
Just so you may know as I try to clarify
Though I say it wrong to write it right anyway

It might take a long time but I write it right then
If not tonight tomorrow when today again



+Steven Curtis Lance



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Feb 8, 2013, 12:24 am


Poetry in Motion



for the Laughing Daffodil



My flickering heartbeat my fleeting breath
Faster when manic slower when depressed
Then in a chest that never was the best
My candle against the darkness of death

The clickety-clack of mortality
The machinery continues of me
Running better than expected after
Breaking down now running on the laughter
Of the Daffodil forth and back and blessed
By love to live only on poetry

As up down in and out this way today
As yesterday the mechanism of
My being continues doing by love
As poetry in motion you might say



+Steven Curtis Lance



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Feb 5, 2013, 5:42 pm


Hot Cross Buns (work in progress...)



come Election Day



Fetishising fetuses and guns
Targeting their cross on your hot cross buns
Never mind the poor the rich want more
With enemies and evil everywhere
Less of laughter more of hereafter
Hereafter never better here before:
Good Republicans love a good scare

(I used to be one so would free one
If I should see one if only I could
Concordia grad and St. John's dad
Done badly then gone mad as well I should
When I remembered what I forgot
But as a Democrat am thought a rat
To be fought against and never for
On a fateful day as the faithful say
Gone badly evil and that is that
Even more evil because not a bore:
Only good Republicans are good)

Your uterus is fair game but not
Unfair as their game is so I say what
To do is not play but pray this way
Before they prey upon us anymore
Fetishising fetuses and guns
Targeting their cross on your hot cross buns:
Vote their buns out come Election Day!



+Steven Curtis Lance



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Feb 4, 2013, 6:20 pm


Being Timelessly



for Daffodil



As round and round we went we found us
Then somehow with now all around us
Transcending whatever had bound us
To the wheel because the love was real
We felt a diamond star a spark
Arcing back and forth across the dark
Transcendentally by which to see
Us find us leave the wheel behind us

Seeing us boundlessly being free
A wheel in the sky to remind us
All days are always today and then
Tomorrow will be today again
This is the way it was yesterday
When as tomorrow it was today
Beyond the wheel being timelessly
When as we have been so we are still

Again then again and so we will
Always somehow be now Daffodil



+Steven Curtis Lance



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Feb 2, 2013, 7:33 pm


All About You



long laugh the Daffodil



Loving who you are as what you do
As I am who do too as I by my
Being and doing and seeing-it-through-ing
Am freeing-with-you-ing myself to be
Loving living free no more no less

As wondering here under the sky
Between then and again how it is now
When your hand understands my hand I see
The meaning to be or why not more than why
As much all about you as all about me
Being and doing me-ing and you-ing
Loving you so much though not knowing how
Loving you as much as me I guess

All about you as about me too
In rhymes oftentimes for no-doubt-about-who-
I-mean between beings doing somehow
And how we are now loving all about you
Loving who you are as what I do

And having found you now who understand
I ask you to please not let go of my hand



+Steven Curtis Lance



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Jan 31, 2013, 7:51 am


The Singer and the Song



Raised to pray one got the habit
Of being a frightened rabbit

Not quite sinning not quite winning
Not quite losing not quite choosing
At the knee of authority
Just how it was to be to pray
All day the way it was for me
Why just because trust and obey
And hope God got it anyway

I never did but I got rid
Of all my questions so I thought
Until God answered me why not
Because God was a question why
Or why not just the same as I
Was then because the God who got
Me remembered when I forgot

We two of us were all along
One as the singer and the song



+Steven Curtis Lance



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Jan 30, 2013, 8:37 am


Three Snappy Songs



I. I Guess



Mindfully smoking a Kool
This is it baby
Being a wise man being a fool
More of a wise guy maybe

Becoming me more or less
Here I am now anyway I guess



II. Noodle Doodle



A noodle doodle will do
As I call those cups of noodle things
A noodle doodle or two
That have through oodles of sufferings
Gotten me cock a doodle through

Cock a noodle doodle do

Having the kettle the mettle of
One dying to live for love
Having a noodle doodle or two
Dying but living or trying to
Getting me cock a doodle through

A noodle doodle will do



III. By Love I See



"My religion is kindness"
The Dalai Lama said
The cruel live in lonely blindness
Love is kind instead

Because by love I see
Without you there is only me



+Steven Curtis Lance



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Jan 30, 2013, 12:19 am


Noodle Doodle



A noodle doodle will do
As I call those cups of noodle things
A noodle doodle or two
That have through oodles of sufferings
Gotten me cock a doodle through

Cock a noodle doodle do

Having the kettle the mettle of
One dying to live for love
Having a noodle doodle or two
Dying but living or trying to
Getting me cock a doodle through

A noodle doodle will do



+Steven Curtis Lance



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Jan 28, 2013, 11:50 pm


Seeing the Elephant



It is about race so they say it is not
Firehoses tried to wash the memory
Away but the stain remains I see

Pain written red in black and white now of
How I remember though they forgot
The biting dogs of hatred on TV

As some remember more immediately
Beaten on the street in the name of love
I was a child but it still hurts me

Seeing the elephant looking away
No more this way I can see yesterday
Tomorrow today to my sorrow

I hoped we would be better someday somehow
But I know we could do better than we do now



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Jan 27, 2013, 11:38 pm


By Love I See



"My religion is kindness"
The Dalai Lama said
The cruel live in lonely blindness
Love is kind instead

Because by love I see
Without you there is only me



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Jan 26, 2013, 6:15 am


Skies in Your Eyes



for Daffodil



There are skies in your eyes Daffodil
The sun in your hair and all the gold I will
Ever hold my love to never have need of
Anything but you as you are and as you do

In the night the laughter of your love
Is ringing the stars like diamond chimes
Bringing down what up is by singing these rhymes
Ringing like bells through you into me

And bringing up the sun in your golden hair
For whenever whatever forever might be
There wherever you are I am where
Whatever happens I see destiny

In eyes like the skies are Daffodil there
Are skies in your eyes where I realize how
By day or by night I can see by your light
The earth is giving birth and you are blooming now



+Steven Curtis Lance



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Jan 23, 2013, 11:29 pm


My Mother's Birthday



for Patricia Lance
24 January 1934 - 23 November 1998




She remembered anniversaries
Birthdays and special dates of fate like these
She never forgot no matter what

And I will not forget her now
My mother loved and lost somehow
Remembering she never forgot
Me no matter whatever might
Have been tonight my heart is with her
Who gave her life for me as it were

Though I regret I never forget
Nor did she though the motherless night
Hid her away to stay just out of sight

My mother found again from within
Is with me always to make it all right



+Steven Curtis Lance



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Jan 23, 2013, 8:53 pm


I Guess



for my father the hitman



Mindfully smoking a Kool
This is it baby
Being a wise man being a fool
More of a wise guy maybe

Becoming me more or less
Here I am now anyway I guess



+Steven Curtis Lance



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Jan 23, 2013, 10:00 am


Out of Control



It seems those with the least control
Of themselves are the most controlling
Fragile egos out on patrol

Out of control but patrolling
Anyway and so it is they who
Say as they say not as they do

But no one wants to be patrolled
And I do not want to be controlled
By anyone but me you see

Get a hold of yourselves before
You control anyone anymore
Controlling people let me be

As I see fit as sick of it
I say to controlling people stay
Away control yourselves today

That is if you can because I
Am my own lonely man having my
Own way of doing what I say

Due to circumstances beyond
The control of some become too fond
Of it I fit myself just fine

Control your own soul: mine is mine



+Steven Curtis Lance



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Jan 21, 2013, 6:54 pm


Bewhiskered



for Daffodil



I could be misunderstood bewhiskered as I am now
But so it goes and grows as I go on and on somehow
As whatever I should do I could whatever I could
But would whatever I would do so never mind the should
At "hardly a time to be handling razors anyway"
A mirrored man bewhiskered through the glass told me today

So here I come bewhiskered to become the me you see
Just as I am as I must be to hope and trust you will
Approve of this improvement which the Laughing Daffodil
Approves of and so "who are we to question destiny?"
A mirrored man bewhiskered through the glass today asked me
When Daffodil is laughing my bewhiskered best to be

The rest of me whatever then forever understood
A mirrored man bewhiskered through the glass said I looked good



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Jan 18, 2013, 4:08 pm


Happy Snappy



for Daffodil



Between snappier and snappiest
The Laughing Daffodil brings the best
Out of me into poetry no
Doubt about that to me as I know
Myself as it were as I know her
As she makes my poetry snappy

Though mad so glad that I do to see
The false from the true and we agree
When snappiest she is happiest
We like it when I make them snappy
Snappier snappiest then the rest
Is history Daffodil and me

She is the one who makes me happy



+Steven Curtis Lance



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Jan 15, 2013, 4:12 pm


Blue skies in your eyes
Daffodil I see
Gold sun in your hair
Wherever you are
You are everywhere
No matter how far
Away you may be
My eyes realize
You bloom here with me



----



Daffodil the sky in your eyes
The gold of heaven in your hair
Looking at you I realize
I too would be where you are there
No matter how far because where
You are my heart will be there too
Where matters of the heart unfold
My heart will always be with you

But you will also be with me
Within my heart unfolding free
Looking at you I realize
How you are with me everywhere
Now by the sky by which I see
Within the blue within the gold
You are the one as you will be
The gold of heaven in your hair
Daffodil the sky in your eyes







Jan 14, 2013, 10:06 pm


This



what I mean to you and you to me



In the middle of nowhere
But out at the edge of everything
Of time and space and whatever
Passes elsewhere for reality

There is a madman singing
Mad nursery rhymes of mine this way
Glad to be here and now today
After all anyway glad to be

Anywhere at all when there
Then here I am now everywhere
Having existed persistently
Persisting I exist I see

Though a madman glad to be bringing
From the middle of nowhere to
Out from the leading edge of you
A smile for awhile by way of me

From nowhere to anywhere
By way of us the unity
Of all after all now here we are
Having gone on and come this far

Chasing a star in the name of love
Nothing between us here but who
Mean everything now to me and you
This is the love we dream of

And this is our reality:
What I mean to you and you to me



+Steven Curtis Lance



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Jan 13, 2013, 6:37 pm


Reasonably



Diplomacy has served me well
Diplomatically through hell
When going back and forth and then
Going but getting through within
A reasonable period

Learning to keep my mouth shut
Smiling no matter what

Seasonable if very odd
Surviving though arriving late
Diplomatically through fate
And back as I go forth again
Reasonably seasonably

Trying to be
Reasonably



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Jan 12, 2013, 5:09 pm


Manifesto



I did not choose philosophy
It chose me by absurdity
When wondering I understood
Good and evil then saw how good
Could use a hand to understand
To be human is to be free
To mind what matters is to love

So with a sense of humor and
With all my love and my sense of
Absurdity of course I know
How there is hope now even though
Fear is what evil is and some
Would many be afraid become
Absurd less human even so

I am as human as can be
And fear should be afraid of me



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Jan 11, 2013, 5:41 pm


Inside of Me



for Daffodil



Maddened by a mixture of
Schizophrenia and love
Paranoid psychotic I
Live for love until I die

Through the gothic arch of my
Solar plexus I can feel
Through the soaring gates of bone
What is and what is not real

Through the unknown to the known
What is and is not to be
Through the gates of ivory
I know I am not alone

Through the gates the looking-glass
Down the rabbit-hole to pass
Through my breastplate chest of brass
To my heart inside of me

There the Laughing Daffodil
Blooms in me and always will



+Steven Curtis Lance



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Jan 10, 2013, 4:32 am


Intersection



for Daffodil



Belonging to ourselves we belong with each other as
We have always known and as time has
Shown having proved as we have moved through
Many places and faces and situations it was
You who proved my inspiration you who moved my heart to
Grow by knowing you to know me better than I would be

Above all loving me you proved to my heart it could be
Whole again seeing you alongside me as whole and free
As I once was to be again and see then that because
You were I felt like being too to be alongside you
Being understood felt good and I understood you too

We understand each other and belong alongside we
Who see across all time and space each other as we do
Alongside in our destiny the best of us to know
As we belong alongside all along the way we are
The intersection of a rising and a falling star
Who are alongside to belong and smile awhile then go
Wherever it is forever is seen only from afar

But never have I seen forever mean as much as this
Intersection of the rising and the falling like a kiss



+Steven Curtis Lance



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Jan 8, 2013, 3:28 pm


Here Comes Tomorrow



With more or less nothing we can do
To prevent the wheel from turning then
Learning we become accustomed to
Guessing wrong but guessing then again

Not necessarily a bad thing
Turning learning crashing and burning
This is just the thing of it the way
It is when yesterday turns today

When nothing is impossible and
Anything can happen as it does
So riding the wheel we understand
Today is not like yesterday was

Though tomorrow never comes we know
It is always coming even so
Around the wheel as around we go
But as we do this is my turn too

And I never want to turn away
It turns out to be enough for me
It can be tough but it is enough
Quite enough for a tough guy like me

Not so tough really just glad to be
Mad as I am in reality
Just tough enough to hold on and to
Gladly if madly be as I do

I who misunderstanding badly
Was misunderstood sadly am glad
For this turn around the wheel I had
Having learned a thing or two with you

So riding the wheel I understand
Having always wondered here somehow
Yesterday was nothing like today
Something like nothing now anyway

Sad would it be not to be glad now
As I am and here and now is how
I am having happened so to grow
Around the wheel as around we go

Again and again in it to win
By not falling off and holding on
Today now that yesterday is gone
Here comes tomorrow coming again



+Steven Curtis Lance



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Jan 4, 2013, 2:02 am


Because of You



long laugh the Daffodil



Rising together not falling apart
I was breaking down now I am breaking up
Getting down and getting it and waking up
Taking up the challenge shaking up
My world turned upside down along with the frown
I had worn since I was born somehow it seems

Until I started seeing my dreams
Come true and how it was because of you

Having lost my mind I lost my heart
To find it in you and finally to know
That though I die I live even so
Getting what I thank you for getting about
Me nor forgetting about me too
Remembering me when I forgot to be

Understanding my heart by your hand
Because it was you then who remembered me
Having wondered now to understand
I was breaking down now I am breaking out
Rising together and breaking through
Dancing without waiting for the music to start

With you who are yourself my dream of dreams
Come true and how it is now is because of you



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