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Sewer Song

The sky falls down, broken

A thousand soft shards of hard rain

Heaven’s busted night light, carrying

The orange ember promise of a street lamp

Down to the curb, swirling

Catching the city filth and unwanted to manmade

Rivers—sewers, drains, channels—to creeks beyond

Sewer Songs busted up, bleeding out, from swampy lungs

A night time story no child wants to hear

Whispered on the crackling disagreements

Of a Cloudy night time sky in an urban holler—

Burrows in between the buildings

Can you see it? The angel wings in the rain drops?

A sad song carried on the rhythm of the unseen

Sewer song, beneath the concrete tomb

We encased the earth, her face swollen,

Mother Moon watching her sister, night time sky,

As she weeps and down comes the rain


Flesh of my Flesh and Bone of my Bone

Sunday whispers

Calling to me

All I want

Love

To be

I want that relationship feeling

To stand by someone

To be left reeling

To tingle from head to toe

And look in their eyes

And simply know

That there can be love again

That Love no longer need be

My mortal sin

That I can look upon another

And in their eyes see

Something more than pain

And misery

To know I will not be alone

To know

I am flesh of their flesh

And bone of their bone

I want this union so potently

I want few things else more than this

To love another

To taste the romance of one love laced Kiss

To fall into the fiery passion of romance

And in such wonder

To let loose, to dance

To know the secret joy of life

To share it with another

And in so sharing, perhaps to build that one great legacy

Family

All my own

This I want

Flesh of my flesh

And Bone of my bone.


What I’d Give

What I’d give
To have that one special woman who in every way
Dazzled me
And stole my breath away
To have that helping hand
Pull me along through the midnight black
Of this wide and lonely land
To feel that love
I know won’t go
To temper every storm
And brave every shore
To hold on tight, and know
I won’t be let go
Not now
Not ever more
To love freer still
And know it’s alright
Because by my side she will stand
With a love fierce and furious
And gentle
And perfectly right
Holding my hand
Where is she
My lady love
The one to whom I wish the most
To find
To give
To love
To live
To offer my highest
And offer my most
Where is she
My lover
My haunting
My ghost
Love me
And let me love you
Show me Love
Pure
And finally true


The Road is Long and Lonely

The road is long and lonely

Night has come

I used to stand there, waiting

Thinking

If only

Now I face that ugly crossroad, rub my hands down its spine

Momma I’m alright

Yes ma’am

Dad, I’m doing Just fine

Got them lonely feeling blues

Sad I know

Sad it’s true

But she was a stepping stone to something better

I’ll be alright, I’ll rise up

She hurt me bad, knocked me down

But I got bigger heights to go to, deeper cups

To fill

Got this sad man’s face to turn back around

And somewhere find a pretty face

To take her gaping, gashing, hole in my heart place

I’m doing alright

Doing just fine, standing tall, bearing it all

I’m ok, hurt like hell, and miss her time to time

Day to day

But that’s alright, I got this, I’m bigger, badder, tougher

She left something good, hurt me bad, but it’s alright

She just didn’t have it in her, lying to both of us

She didn’t really love, not sure she ever could

But I’m choosing my end, my beginning, my bright new day

Heading out, this lonely place ain’t fit to stay


Reborn

I am not my sorrow

I am more

I can see

Beyond my pain

Some golden shore

You have ripped and torn

But your lonely hurtful cloak

Of which I’ve worn

I wear no more

Because surely somewhere

Beyond this pain

There is a golden shore

Where nothing is the same

And all the love I gave so freely

Will in truth and honesty

Be returned to me

As I have given you

And you turned your spiteful back

I will prove

To find some love

Some grace

Something for which now I lack

Through the fire of pain

And the sorrow of loneliness

Will this phoenix find its wing

And someday

The ugly song for which I now sing

Will turn and transform

Someday

I will

Be

Reborn


The Cowboy

The cowboy knows no pain
He just rides that horse
Through winter snow, and summer rain
He rides in dust and flood
The wild of the west thick in his blood
He takes his sorrow on the chin and rides out time and again
Strength in his will
Power in his gun
Both his flesh and soul are bleached by the endless desert sun
Pale white like the ghost he is
Riding through every high and low dusty ridge
Six shooter by his side
All yonder cowboy knows
Is to ride that horse, to ride and ride
The cowboy knows no pain
Though his soul is a sad and sorrowful stain
His eyes tell truth where his silence would lie
He just knows to ride and ride until the day he die


My Spirit’s Coldest Night

All my desire is put to the flame

My every want

Hope

Care

Thought

Dream

Tossed into an ugly fire

And when at night I should be asleep

I am instead

Sinking

Ever so silently

Into the midnight deep

Of all my woe

And ugliest blackest most cursed sorrow

She has taken from me

All that e’er I hoped

To be

And yet, in this still mad quiet

I have come to realize

That to burn one

Is to birth another

Desire for desire

To rise above these flames

To rise, e’er higher and higher

To reach that long awaited place

Among the gods

And challenge them

To their face

For all their black fate

And then to find peace

Not because of all my anger

But instead because to my woe I have become a stranger

Slipping away

Into something else, something far from my sights

But for the time being I am not there in that distant land

Of promise

Of potential

Instead I am only here

In the midst of my ugly soul’s burning plight

Here

In this, my spirit’s coldest night


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