Poetry and Lyrics

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Below are examples of my poems and lyrics.

Stable Moon – poem

Stable moon peeling back the water’s edge

making light white with shade.

What would the wondering be in this darkness?

The face of the shadow showing belief

in places unseen yet felt.

Stance not held with enthusiasm, but

rather nudged by the wind from the stars.

 

Simmer Dim Waltz – lyric

Echoes of ancient days

Off the northeast shore of Scotland

It remains a hard life

On the scattered isles of Shetland

The sun never sets

On warm slope-current days

The light won’t leave you alone

Holding on to old ways

 

Faces turned up to the sky

Need for dreams at an all time high

How long has it been

Got to get back to when

 

The stars are salting the sky

And the moon is hiding her eyes

We’ll step hand in hand

We’ll listen to the band

And do the Simmer Dim Waltz

 

We’ll slip off to sleep

Together our hearts will beat

The morning will come

And with breakfast all done

We’ll do the Simmer Dim Waltz

 

Herding midnight sheep

The hauling peat breaks your back

Blackhouse stares out to sea

In summer there’s no slack

Not closed my eyes since July

It’s been three weeks since I stumbled to sleep

The gods sense weariness

Shadows stir in the deep

 

Faces turned up to the sky

Need for dreams at an all time high

How long has it been

Must get back to when

 

The stars are salting the sky

And the moon is hiding her eyes

We’ll step hand in hand

We’ll listen to the band

And do the Simmer Dim Waltz

 

We’ll slip off to sleep

Together our hearts will beat

The morning will come

And with breakfast all done

We’ll do the Simmer Dim Waltz

 

Waves stroke the shore

Steady breath of eternity

Clouds cross the sky

Jeweled stars in ebony

 

The lighthouse braces against the wind

Silver light reaching for the lost

Laced windows, worried eyes

Fearful of the cost

 

Faces turned up to the sky

Need for dreams at an all time high

How long has it been

Got to get back to when

 

The stars are salting the sky

And the moon is hiding her eyes

We’ll step hand in hand

We’ll listen to the band

And do the Simmer Dim Waltz

 

We’ll slip off to sleep

Together our hearts will beat

The morning will come

And with breakfast all done

We’ll do the Simmer Dim Waltz

 

Breathe – poem

Unaware of the obvious lying under a blade of grass

Walking with purpose obscured by intent

Stuck to the vision of a long assumed version of self

It was there all along but passed by without notice

Aggressively ignored making certain all is safe

Oblivious and carefully examined

 

Obsessed with the acutely insignificant

Measured focus safety harness strapped tight

Calm misery oscillates with a singular line of reasoning

Process of elimination voids completion

Stepping over the reserved

Running under attack of confusion

 

Cease

Focus on your breath

Listen

Adhere to your core

Wait

Breathe

 

Hickory Dreams – lyric

As we walk

Over head

Cascade of leaves

Hand in hand

The wind

Sweeps away from me

Dappled light

Magic wood

Red and gold

Arc of the stairs

Stacks of stone

Ancient stories told

 

Hickory memories

Of a childhood past

Hickory dreams

A lifetime will last

Hickory memories

Of a childhood time

Hickory dreams

Follow down the line

 

Meandering path winding down

The brittle breeze

All but lost back in time

The CCC

Sweet sadness

Spinning ‘round the moon

Helping hand

Headed back to our room

Our cabin in the wood

Down below

Waits for us

Firelight aglow

 

The Spinning Web of Dawn – poem

The spinning-web of dawn

wipes clean the sky’s memory

of unseen spectacle

through the pinprick of perception’s gesture.

 

The wailing-siren of complacency

makes certain nothing is heard

from the other-world

of dreams and the under-time of then.

 

Think back down around the back

of many glowing ideas that seemed precise,

that were deemed unreasonable and diffuse

but now are blank and bare.

 

Softening sound of light passing over faces

looking skyward, asking.

Damp ground supports and pulls at intention.

The looking becomes round and full.

 

You’ll Be Okay – lyric

A boy nine years of age

Slips on a curb slick with snow

Mother’s dreams beginning to fade

Facing a hard row to hoe

Facing a hard row to hoe

 

Sister’s on the other side of the street

Mother looks on full of weariness

Father’s been gone eight years this week

Daughter’s shows too much experience

Daughter’s shows too much experience

 

Close your eyes, fly over the fields

Shifting left, shifting right

Out of touch with how you feel

All’s left to do is hang on tight

All’s left to do is hang on tight

 

Walk away, turn your back

Nothing left to do, no right to say

Ignore things that you lack

Make it over the pass, you’ll be Okay

Make it over the pass, you’ll be Okay

 

Special order screwed up again

Father’s attention is of no use

Made him crawl plumb out of his skin

When he rolled the second duce

When he rolled the second duce

 

Lost his wage once again

Nothing to send to the wife and kids

The man said no more money will I lend

Desperation circles what he did

Desperation circles what he did

 

Close your eyes, fly over the fields

Shifting left, shifting right

Out of touch with how you feel

All’s left to do is hang on tight

All’s left to do is hang on tight

 

Walk away, turn your back

Nothing left to do, no right to say

Ignore things that you lack

Make it over the pass, you’ll be Okay

Make it over the pass, you’ll be Okay

 

Looking over the edge far below

The river slips through jagged rocks

Surely there’s another way to go

All he’s got to do is simply stop

All he’s got to do is simply stop

 

Mother tents fingers at the table

Sister sits alone staring at the sky

Brother hopes he is able

Father turns for home as cars slip by

Father turns for home as cars slip by

 

Close your eyes, fly over the fields

Shifting left, shifting right

Out of touch with how you feel

All’s left to do is hang on tight

All’s left to do is hang on tight

 

Walk away, turn your back

Nothing left to do, no right to say

Ignore things that you lack

Make it over the pass, you’ll be Okay

Make it over the pass, you’ll be Okay

 

The Sun Fades Away – poem

The sun fades away

Pulling its light into the sky

Hues of yellow

From the pallet of Van Gogh

Is what we see what we feel

Or is it something that seems

Like the gold that fills the bowl

Of our pipe-dream tonight

 

Clouds Cast Shadows – poem

The clouds cast shadows crawling ‘cross the meadow.

With gentle speed do we heed the chase?

Do we need to waste any more time?

Seems a crime to hold it in.

I was certain it was a place to begin.

A place to begin.