A billion points of solar light
Invade my awakening mind.
Escape velocity has been achieved,
Leave all gravity behind.
Looking back at my blue world,
A sapphire in the midnight sea,
Iíve never felt so far from home-
Itís lonely, here at apogee.
Drifting through the vacuum/womb
Of silent weightlessness,
Developed well beyond the egg
Yet still quite helpless.
Shaped by elemental forces
That beggar the imagination,
Striving to reach the critical point
Of orbital habitation.
DEDICATED TO THE FIRST CREW OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
Looking at the stars,
Thinking of you again.
I know I've traveled far but,
I can still remember when
I touched you
I loved you
It seems so long ago,
I need you
I want you
More than you can ever know.
Crying in my sleep,
Dreaming of you again.
The feelings run so deep
I know you're not making pretend.
You touched me
You loved me,
I didn't want to go,
I need you
I love you
More than you can ever know.
Coming towards the door
Soon I'll be with you again.
I will travel no more,
My journey is at its end.
Now I can love you,
I can touch you,
You can see all I've got to show,
I need you
I want you
More than you can ever know.
To be a Good Shepherd, one must be kind,
Keeping alert in body and mind.
Duty he must never shirk
For predators are bound to lurk
In places where heíd least expect,
Pouncing the moment they sense neglect.
Woe betide the guiding one
That watches his flock like he has none!
A Good Shepherd is one who sees truth in a lie,
No ruse or facade escapes his trained eye.
He is ever watchful, constant and true,
A friend to the flock, someone to turn to.
Without thought to himself, he will lead,
Ensuring their safety, tending their needs.
With Love in his heart he must always reside,
A gentle, caring, benevolent guide.
It hurts sometimes
Paying the price for dreams
Divulging a piece of one's self
To attain desired extremes,
Trying reluctantly to decide
Which part you must painfully cede
Gritting teeth, and fervently praying
The cut is quick and clean.
Though often this is not the case
Wounds are long in healing,
Memories, like fest' ring sores
Keep the mind from feeling
Self Pity, the silent thief
As it continues it's subtle stealing
The past drags on, condemning the future
To be bleak and unappealing.
Imagine knowing you may not survive
That your new buddy from Texas may not be alive
You think of your hometown, your Mom and your Dad
The blue eyes of a girl, all the good times you had.
You land on the beach and the fire is thick
Yet you struggle and strive, hit the deck quick
You never asked to be put here, but you will not fold
For pure Love of Country youíll suffer horrors untold.
Thank God for the People who cared enough to fight
Without them we would all be in a terrible plight
They sacrificed so much so we could be free today
Be thankful for their unselfishness this Memorial Day.
I feel like a mess of tangled wires
Encased in steel alloy attire
A soul-less hulk attracting rust
I've not been programmed for trust
This technological age which has spawned my kind
Has forgotten that convenience is just a state of mind
The more I try to use my logic the more I seem to find
Even the most efficient methods need to be refined
Trapped inside my metal shell
The world about me is my hell
Corrosion does its job quite well
Attempts at friendship I repel
Plug me in, turn me on
The smile I display won't last too long
Because my default program will allow
Nothing but sadness to crease my brow
This cold empty feeling of negative emotion
Causes me to live in fear and question my devotion
Why my logic can't compute I haven't got a notion
Bitter feedback throbs through me, I await the grand explosion
Shrapnel from my shattered parts
Slowly cuts into my heart
I deny my sickness from the start
Why must my world fall apart?
See todays audacious youth
So quick to grasp a passing fancy,
As though it were some strange
Interfering with what they see
As their own personal
Ignorant to the fact
They are just one of many
Engaging in mass conformity -
Tastes denied casually,
Sightless to manipulation
Trapped in a fantasy.
I tried to imagine the vagrant monarch
That would sit upon such a decrepit throne
Cracked and torn imitation leather
Weather faded wooden bones
Adrift among a sea of windswept weeds
On a street corner, standing all alone
My mindís eye can see him holding court
Benignly ruling a land all his own.
I like to see a sunny day
The blue so clear and fine
It makes me welcome everything
It makes me feel all right
Expectations soar to dizzying heights
Leave the Human Race behind
Expose my Soul to unseen sights
Purify my questioning mind
Wisdom gained is knowledge learned
Apply it carefully
NaÔve trust could get me burned
Judgment is the key
Fanciful torrents cascade upon my door
The lock is weakening
If it opens I'll be gone for evermore
Lost in all my dreams.
Pliable reactions raise your defense
Beware the undecided,
They cause the outcome to be delayed
Tempers become violent.
Outrageous attempts at tactful control
Result in crude comebacks,
The only escape is to put on a show
And hope for outside contacts.
Make you see the cold face
Of this worldís reality,
In all of itís ferocity.
A sad, and desolate place,
That reeks of dark curiosities,
And borderline insanity.
Some, a bit fanatical,
Endeavor to advance their cause
Regardless of eventual
Damage causing rituals
Like war which has itís own laws,
Denying right to trial
For all things cruel and vile.
I really have become a big whiner
But recently I decided Iím going to stop
Complaining about being stuck on the bottom
Bitching about those I feel are on top
For I must remember each day is numbered and
Everyoneís digit eventually comes due
I have to work harder if I wish to succeed
And learn to quit constantly saying boo-hoo!
The future is never truly definable
Too many options are equally viable
Scenes predicted may indeed come true
On another plane, for some other you
Don't fall prey to the wiles of the chosen
Depending on them, your future is frozen
You must take what actions are necessary
To fulfill your dreams and be happy.
Being told your problems will soon be clear
Doesn't mean they will just disappear
If you've been told what ill may befall you
Take precautions, don't let heartache call you.
Stars and planets in their cosmic dance
Permit the gifted one fleeting glance
Should you believe your seer sees true?
The ultimate answer lies within you.
Shoot the sun, catch the stars
Ride an endless breeze
Life is free, live it up
Do exactly as you please
Using rules made by fools
Takes no common sense
Who cares if people laugh at you?
Don't raise your defense
Because you know, deep inside
What is right or wrong
Make your move, make it fast
Life is short so don't take long!
We love each other with gentle strength
Persistent in its care
The soft caress of knowing fingers
Abolishes my despair
An open world with free expression
Feel my inner thoughts
Our spirits merge and become as one
Without you I'm distraught.
Velvety touch of pure sunshine
Keep me warm and soothe my mind
Your life explodes and gives me life
Bisecting my heart like a surgeons knife
Endless motion without control
Sucking me in, draining my Soul
The conquering nation of insanity rules
None of them listen, they're beggars and fools
The deep dark secrets of my carnival dreams
Cosmic intentions move into extremes
Water slithers through a crack in the wall
Life passes by as I swim through it all
Twirling, swirling, I'm evil inside
Everyone's watching, I know I can't hide
Mortality alters, life expands
My mind resides in fantasy lands
Unrealities enter, unknown things take shape
I spent my life eating the sour grape
Horizons appear and mysteries beckon
A rose bleeding softly passes on_
It's a storybook kingdom all over the world
Plots keep unfolding with each page that's turned
There are Princes and Dragons in a constant duel
Then there are Wizards who're nobodies' fools.
I wandered in a daze after absorbing the horrific news
Even the sounds of daily traffic were somehow strangely subdued
Walking home from my job I pondered the implications
Of avowing blind allegiance to any type of nation
I turned on the TV, watched it all, then I quietly cried
For what possible reason should so many innocents die
The magnitude of this atrocity is truly beyond belief
My feeble words cannot begin to express my heartfelt grief
Hear my prayer Oh Lord on high avenge these heinous deeds
People who would commit such acts are people we donít need
You created such a beautiful world that everyone must share
Why canít we just live and let live, Dear God are you there?
When I was young I felt the urge
To travel abroad and see the world,
My mind and spirit were completely free,
Blind to the prejudice of society.
I was sure all people are treated the same,
I felt no reservation towards a certain name,
Color, belief, were all meaningless
They had no bearing on my happiness.
Maturity though slowly changed my view,
As I saw the pointless suffering people go through;
Their cries for help seem to be in vain,
Because people only care when they feel the pain.
While my eyes were opened to this unjust scene,
My soul regressed, feeling unclean.
Seeking shelter behind my mounting regrets,
I could not accept it, so I tried to forget.
Sitting here with pen in hand,
I no longer hunger to see this land.
Iíve had my share of cold, hard stares,
People who seldom, if ever, care.
Anger at being neglected since birth,
The absence of joy, love, and self worth.
How can the love of one make any difference,
With so many hungry hearts in need of sustenance?
If only the goodness inherent would shine,
We could all learn to cleanse the fear from our minds.
New outlooks would emerge promoting each other,
Fresh meaning could be found in the simple word "brother".
Future visions would no longer seem so grim,
As the light of Hope, a beacon never dim,
Lovingly embraces us in itís nurturing glow,
An epoch of harmonious peace to bestow.
Slowly sinking deeper,
Escape can never be.
Why was I chosen...
Is it somehow my destiny?
Accusation still rings in my ears,
Supporting all my fears,
Guilt was offered until I could take no more.
Itís a sad day for Justice,
When the crime has been repeated,
I tremble as they close and lock the door.
The Sky revolves around the Sea,
The Mountains dwarf the Sun.
No one hears my crying plea,
The Trial has just begun.
There is no hope, my life is lost,
An Evil feelingís on the rise,
When I was happy I forgot the cost,
Now I see through all the Lies.
Caustic quotations burn my mind,
Blame is thrown about,
Iím fighting hard but still behind;
The Jury shows little doubt.
I beg for mercy - to no avail,
They smile sadistic grins.
My body feels so limp and frail,
At the slightest move I cringe.
A stench of Death invades the room,
Fantasies soothe my Soul,
When they carry me to my Doom,
My mind loses all control.
They strap me in, Iím grinning now,
The switch goes down, the lights blink out...
Tension building deep inside
The time has come for you.
Get ready for your great adventure
It's happening, it's true.
You never thought the day would pass
When you'd be called upon,
Now the dream is yours to hold
Better grab before it's gone!
You plot and prevaricate.
You hastily abate.
With cool, measured words you try
To circumvent your fate,
A shame you couldnít face the truth
Until it was much too late.
With ungracious thoughts you slowly kneel
Pleading to be told why,
But the answer is within yourself
Hidden well by your Egoís lie.
The hardest thing for a mortal to do
Is admit they didnít try,
And the tears you waste upon yourself
Are ones you never should have had to cry.
And reams of red tape
Have left us with very few
Chances to shape
A future that mirrors
The freedom dream;
Instead itís more tape,
Care for another ream?
Growing taxes and debts
Leave many people wanting
Things everyone should get.
Yet the wealthy in their towers
Take all they can,
Flaunting their good fortune
Before the common man.
Some form of protest
Must be in the making,
For everyone cannot have a share
If the privileged keep taking.
A line must be drawn,
Thereís got to be a better way.
Remember, the rebellion of tomorrow
Starts with inequality today.
Weíre all strangers living on the same street
Nomads without a real home
And we always turn our heads so we do not meet
The eyes of someone we donít want to know
See this once proud nation
Shoving itís own out into the cold
Itís a sad, sad situation
When it becomes a crime to grow old
I thought about this problem just today
As I walked down to the corner store
I know there has got to be a better way
A way to help the homeless and the poor
Itís not up to the people in Washington
Nor the actors up on the big screen
Weíve all got to fight until the battleís won
That means everybody, even you and me
Mother Earth has more than enough
To supply everyone with all their needs
Why do so many have it so tough
While the rich get richer off their greed
Forgive me if I seem just a bit naÔve
But Love is something that is surely free
The Golden Rule is a creed that I truly believe
Give it a try and you will surely see
I see you standing, as you first did,
With loving, open arms;
I know Iím in the land of dreams
Yet the pain is most real,
As it squeezes my heart with renewed zeal,
For once again your alabaster skin
Stands before me, quivering at my touch,
Commanding me to feel...needed.
Then suddenly, a change of scene;
I sense it in your eyes, They no longer
Show your love, just a cold disguise.
Assumed with practiced ease, itís smooth;
Quite hard to recognize, but then,
Iíve seen all this before in the night time of my mind,
And each time tears awaken me,
Stinging my flesh with their bitter brine.