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A Friend

by

Jason O'Brien

A friend is a person on whom you can count,
Someone to bring you back up when youíre down.
A friend is someone on whom you depend,
Someone whoís with you right up to the end.

A friend is a person on whom you rely,
Someone whoís there as time flashes by.
A friend is someone in whom you believe,
Someone whoís knowledge is yours to receive.

A friend is a person in whom you can trust,
Someone to tell all your secret stuff.
A friend is someone whoíll be strong and true,
A friend is someone Iíve found inside you.


A Moment Frozen In Time

by

Jason O'Brien

Starring at a picture of a memory come and gone.
Sitting in the darkness wondering what the hell went wrong.
Shedding tears of sadness for a time I canít forget.
And all I have to show is a heart filled with regret.

Searching through the teardrops for where my life leads next.
Hoping that when day breaks my heart hasnít broken yet.
Taking time to think about the special times we had.
As I look into my soul tonight I canít help but feel so sad.

Feeling like the world has slipped from underneath.
The ground quivers like a feather, and I shake like a leaf.
Knowing that the reason for what happened is all mine.
All that Iíve left to do is stare at a moment frozen in time.


A Part of You Here Inside Of Me

by

Jason O'Brien



How do I say thank you to the ones who gave me life?
How do I say thank you for the long and restless nights?
How do I say thank you for the words of love and care?
How do I say thank you for always being there?

I never will forget all the lessons that you taught.
I always will remember all the happiness you brought.
I never will regret all the wisdom that Iíve gained.
I always will remember from where it is I came.

You started out with nothing, and yet, gave me all I need.
You made me a flower, from once I was a seed.
You should know forever, in life Iíve gained the key.
And thereíll always be a part of you here inside of me.


At the End of the Day

by

Jason O'Brien


At the end of the day, in the slowly setting sun,
I worry Ďbout the future, and where next I can run.
I sit here in the darkness, the pain and misery,
I hide my lonely teardrops, though no one here can see.

My mind is filled with visions, I have so much to share.
I close my eyes in longing, my soul feels much despair.
I do not feel much happiness, pride is not part of me.
But still I do not shed a tear, for fear that they will see.

I am a human person, I am a living soul.
I feel the worst is yet to come, and it will take its toll.
But I will not live in heartache, and I will not be in need.
At the end of the day, in the slowly setting sun, my dreams will set me free.


Caught Between A Rock And A Hard Place

by

Jason O'Brien

How do I solve a problem even I donít understand?
Do I try to hide my feelings, try to prove myself a man?
If I carry it inside me, do I stand a fighting chance?
If I stand myself beside me, will I gladly hold my hand?

Does the sky in the horizon turn a brighter shade of blue?
If the road beneath me crumbles, what am I supposed to do?
The world seems so haunting, full of strange things all around.
Sometimes I wonder, if I am lost, will I someday soon be found?

Who is it that I search for, what is it that I need?
If I put myself to the test of life, will I someday soon succeed?
When is the time for laughter, love, a change of pace?
For now all I know is that, Iím caught between a rock and a hard place.


Dreams of You

by

Jason O'Brien

Sometimes when I lie awake late into the night,
I dream of things I wish could be, but never see the sight.
I tell myself itís of no use to think these wild thoughts,
But in the morní when I awake, these dreams Iíve not forgot.

Of you it is Iím thinking, of you it is my dreams.
Of you it is the wild thoughts I know will never be.
But if only for a moment, of this hectic hustled day,
Of you it is I hope Iíll see if you should pass my way.

I know I must seem foolish, I know I must seem rash.
I know I must seem like I speak of memories from the past.
All I know is just one thing, one thing sets me right.
If I donít see you in the day, Iíll dream of you this night.


Every Day is a Gift

by

Jason O'Brien

Thereís been so many heartaches, and lost hope in my life.
Iíve often thought of ending it when Iím in bed at night.
Iíve cried, and hurt, and felt such pain, and could not find the cure.
How could I live another day, how could my soul endure?

Thereís been so many teardrops, so much love too high priced.
How could I stop my heart and soul from freezing into ice?
I cannot stand the sorrow, the darkness up above.
How can I stand another day and spare the cost of love?

Thereís been so many mountains, and rivers that Iíve crossed.
Thereís been so many times Iíve won, so many more Iíve lost.
If not for times Iíve had to fall, or set myself adrift.
I never would have realized that every day is a gift.


How I Write Poems

by

Jason O'Brien

I sit down at the desktop, and stare at a blank screen.
Then I search for thoughts and feelings deep inside of me.
I think about the things that I couldnít say out loud.
I take those thoughts inside my head, and then I type them out.

I donít think about what sounds good, or who might take offense.
I donít even care if what I write, to you, makes any sense.
I write for the pure pleasure, the pride, and the esteem.
I donít write for any reason, I write only just for me.

You might think that I am selfish, you might say "I just donít get it."
Thing is, I donít care what you say, I donít look to you for credit.

The words pour out like water, it takes very little thought.
And when itís done I thank the Lord for this talent that Iíve got.


I Always Will Be Here For You

by

Jason O'Brien

Chorus:

I only have one life to live, and I only have one soul to give.
And you might think that Iím a fool, but I know inside my heart itís true, and I give my soul to you.

Verse 1:

And I know inside my soul, I know that I just canít let you go.
And you might think that my heart just doesnít know,
But in my life, for you, my love still grows. My love still grows.

Now Iíve got to find the words to make you see,
That your heart is safe right here with me.
And if you need a hand to guide you through,
I always will be here for you.

Chorus 2:

I only have one dream to dream, and I only have one heart that beats.
And you might think I have no reason for my love, but inside of me itís you Iím thinking of. Youíre the one I love.

(musical interlude)

Verse 2:

I only want one chance to say, what I know I should have told you yesterday.
And I know now I just canít turn and walk away from the one who brings the sunshine in my day. I know I canít just turn my heart away, but I just canít find the words to say_

(Repeat Verse 1)


I'd Have It No Other Way

by

Jason O'Brien

She wonders why I cry when she says the things she does.
She doesnít know that what she says makes me feel unloved.
She thinks sheís being helpful when she tries to change my ways.
When all I feel inside me is a blunt slap in the face.

She yells, and curses, and puts me down, it makes me feel so small.
Sometimes I wonder why it is that I come home at all.
I canít explain the pain inside that makes me feel this way.
All I hope is when I cry that she will hear, I pray.

I cannot say the truth of how it is I feel.
Chances are that if I do sheíll never ever heal.
But, no matter what she thinks of me, or what sheís bound to say,
Sheíll always be my mother, and Iíd have it no other way.


If the World Ends Today

by

Jason O'Brien

If the world should tumble, and fall to the ground,
Iíll always remember this feeling Iíve found.
A feeling of joy, and pure ecstasy,
A feeling youíve made inside of me.

If the mountains should crumble, and fall to the sea,
Iíll always remember what you gave to me.
A feeling of life, and just one thing more,
the feeling of a warming love, where there was no love before.

If the seasons should change with the blink of an eye,
This feeling I have for you will not die.
A feeling of peace in my mind, all the way,
A feeling Iíll keep, if the world ends today.


In the Blinking of an Eye

by

Jason O'Brien

Sometimes things happen, and we donít know why.
Some make us laugh, and some make us cry.
No one can tell us whatís around the next bend,
No one knows the story until the very end.

We go about our lives, giving everything weíve got.
We question at the end of day, "will the next sun rise, or not?"
The answers always lie in the future still to see,
Yet we put our faith in miracles, bringing hope to you and me.

The path we chose to travel may bring us joy, or even pain.
Still, we tell ourselves that someday weíll cross that path again.
We make our mark in history, and we reach for stars so high,
And then one day itís gone, in the blinking of an eye.


It Takes A Special Person (To Do The Things You Do)

by

Jason O'Brien

It takes a special person to do the things you do.
It takes a special person to stand all that youíre put through.
It takes a special person to keep up with the demand.
It takes a special person to lend a helping hand.

The days are filled with challenge.
The moonlight brings no end.
It takes more strength than we could know.
But, on you we depend.

The gifts you give us everyday, are gifts of love and care.
They help us know that, when in need, you always will be there.
The love you show us everyday is warm and like no other.
You are that special person, and weíre glad you are our mother.


Looking Down On Me

by

Jason O'Brien

The time has come, and you have gone.
Iíll find the strength to carry on.
For in my heart, and in my soul,
I need to keep hold of control.

The time has come, youíre far away.
I think about you day to day.
For in my eyes and in my ears,
Are thoughts of you throughout the years.

The time has come, the bells have sound,
Iím standing on unstable ground.
But in my thoughts and my beliefs,
Youíre always looking down on me


No One Else Like You

by

Jason O'Brien

No one elseís eyes can see what yours can make me see.
No one else can do to me, what you do to me.
No one elseís smile can brighten up the dark.
No one else can touch my heart, the way you touch my heart.

No one elseís voice can make me turn to tears.
No one else has given me what you have throughout the years.
No one elseís presence can make me feel this fine.
No one else can take away the memories left behind.

No one elseís leaving has made me feel so bad.
Never thought that I would miss the good and bad times we had.
But, no one else Iíve ever felt such a very closeness to.
No one else can do these things, Ďcause thereís no one else like

YOU


Now and Forever (As We Travel Down This Road)

by

Jason O'Brien


Now and forever, until the end of time,
I will have your love, and you will have mine.
The two of us together, thereís nothing we canít do,
Weíll always be together, our love will make it true.

Now and forever, until the sun is set,
Our love grows always stronger, itís a blessing that we met.
The two of us together, thereís no way we can go wrong,
Our dreams will keep us stable, our love will keep us strong.

Now and forever, until our dying breath,
Weíll always have each otherís love, if thatís all weíve got left.
So when we hold each other close, our hearts will always know,
Our love is what we make it as we travel down this road.


Play The Old Piano

by

Jason O'Brien

Play the old piano, eighty-eight keys of song.
Keep the memory in your heart, and it will keep you strong.
Sing the words you memorized, and write out the music sheet.
Remember that the song you play, took a lifetime to complete.

Turn on the light above the keys to brighten up the dark.
Keep the light inside your heart on this journey you embark.
Touch the wooden casing, and polish it with care.
Like a life cut off too soon, it might someday not be there.

Sit on the padded bench, a comfortable place to be.
When you play the song that you have wrote, always think of me.
Play the old piano, play it well, and donít forget.
A song is like a life, a song should have no regrets.


Right By Your Side

by

Jason O'Brien

I took the time to think about how much you mean to me,
I took a moment to realize who youíve come to be.
I took a chance at guessing where youíd be a year from now,
But I know someday youíll get there, youíll find your way somehow.

I tried to find the words to say what I feel deep down inside,
To me you are my brother, my strength, my hope, my pride.
The words I found were sitting right there inside my heart,
You are a special person, a priceless work of art.

AND_

No matter how far the journey, no matter how rough the ride
No matter what struggles you might face, Iíll stay right by your side.


Someone's Watching Over Me

by

Jason O'Brien

Someoneís watching over me, someoneís giving me hope.
Someoneís giving me all the strength, I sometimes need to cope.

Someoneís watching over me, someoneís giving me peace.
Someoneís giving me all the strength, I feel a small release.

Someoneís watching over me, someoneís giving me love.
Someoneís giving me all the strength, to believe in the Lord above.


The Day My House Fell Down

by

Jason O'Brien

Today I sat and watched, as my house fell to the ground. It shook and it shattered and scattered all around. I knew the day would come when Iíd have to start again. But I wasnít quite expecting it to happen there and then.
It had a strong foundation, with a few cracks here and there. But my conscience didnít tell me it was going anywhere. As I heard the windows shatter I took one last look inside. I had my spirit with me, but I left behind my pride.
The front door made a noise that I never will forget. Itís hinges bent like feathers and the door flung off the step. It made me think about my life and how blind to the world I was. I kept my feelings locked inside and they perished in the dust.
The bricks that were laid with care and great detail. They were next to go in a storm of heavy hail. It made me think about the times I sheltered off my heart. And then I stood there on my street, my life was torn apart.
The walls were next to go, and they didnít need a hand. They cracked right down the middle and piled into sand. It made me feel so open to the world Iíd forgot, but it left me with almost nothing, but a flat and empty lot.
The last thing that had made my life feel lonely and uptight, it broke away and freed my soul, but left me with no pipes. But I stood there in the meanwhile and looked at all the empty space. What would I need to do now? Who would I need to face?
So now I sit here on soft, unsteady ground, but for some reason unexplained, I smile where once I frowned. I thank the Lord for what he did and how he made it so. I bless the day my house fell down, and how I let it go.


The Straighter Sight of Life

by

Jason O'Brien

Itís the little things that matter,
itís the greater things we see.
Itís the big guys that we care about,
but the little ones that need.

Itís the differences that change us,
itís the good things torn apart.
Itís the things we donít always hear about,
that come so close to heart.

Itís the giving without taking,
itís the making a wrong a right.
Itís the things we donít always think about till we see,
the straighter sight of life.


Time Well Spent is Time With You

by

Jason O'Brien

I woke up this morning from a terrible dream,
I couldnít quite cry and I couldnít quite scream.
It wasnít that scary, but it felt so real,
I didnít quite know how I should feel.

I got out of bed, and fell to the floor.
My heart felt so heavy, my soul felt so sore.
I looked in the mirror, and stared back at me.
For the very first time I was set free.

Forget my past, the sky is blue.
I just found out what I always knew.
I heard my heart, and got the clue.
Time well spent is time with you.


Truly A Teacher

by

Jason O'Brien


Walking through life is a hard thing to do,
if no one is willing to walk it with you.
Thereís lots of confusion and lots of mistakes.
Itís a journey through forever, where there are no coffee breaks.

You have to stay in focus, the journey takes some time.
You have to stumble, take the fall, before you learn to climb.
You canít say that you give up, you canít say that youíre through.
The journey is just one of those things, that everyone must do.

And no one knows exactly where it is theyíre going.
Not every turn is marked, not every signpost is showing.
But, in our hearts and in our lives until the very end,
Youíre truly are a teacher, yet more of a friend.


We'll Always Have Each Other

by

Jason O'Brien


On this day as I awake I think of happy thoughts.
I think about the many gifts your life to me has brought.
Just like Iíve said a thousand times, I love you like no other.
No matter when or where we go, youíll always be my brother.

As we grow old, and time goes by, and memories fade away,
there is one thing that you should know, one thing I have to say.
Eleven small years have come and gone, eleven more to come.
If you should ever need a friend, to me I hope youíll run.

Youíve always been there by my side, youíve always shown me love.
Youíve never turned your back away, when push has come to shove.
Iíll tell you time and time again, and if you need another.
No matter when or where we go, weíll always have each other.


When What Hurts Me, Hurts You

by

Jason O'Brien

Sometimes I get downhearted, and lack the reasons why.
I canít tell you how I feel inside, or why these tears I cry.
But these feelings of mine are mine alone, and mine alone to deal.
So understand that all I need is a little time to heal.

Sometimes I go through darkness, I canít see the end in sight.
I sit alone and think things through, but in the end Iíll be alright.
But these feelings of mine are mine alone, and mine alone to ponder.
So understand that all I need is a little space to wander.

Sometimes Iím feeling troubled, not sure which path to travel.
But step by step I gain the strength to let the truth unravel.
But these feelings of mine are mine alone, and mine alone to go through.
And still the one thing I just canít stand to see is_


Who You Are Is Who You Are, And Who You Are's OK

by

Jason O'Brien

Who you are is who you are, and who you areís okay.
These 12 word are what it takes, to get me through the day.
I canít express just how I feel, the words get in the way.
I have a story I must tell, please listen if you may.

I live a life so full of fear, grief and plenty sadness.
At times I wonder what Iíve done, that God would let me have this.
Thereís no one that quite understands, they just donít see the madness.
Itís not a feeling that comes too quick, and it doesnít leave the fastest.

There are 12 words I sometimes say, they make me feel Iím safe.
I say them when Iím feeling scared or when Iíve lost my way.
You canít just hide your feelings, or ever run away.
So who you are is who you are, and who you areís okay.


Why Can't You See Me?

by

Jason O'Brien

I can see your shadow coming out of the distance.
I can see your brown hair, hanging down around your face, as it rests upon your shoulders.
I can see your face.
You come my way, and I can almost feel you as if you were standing right in front of me.
I can see your eyes.
Eyes the shape of almonds. The deepest shade of brown Iíve ever seen. Starring into me. What are they saying? I donít know.
I can see your lips.
Lips as red as the love for which I hunger so deeply.
You canít see it, but itís there. Iím there.
I can see your hands.
The hands of an angel, with a touch so soft, they float in the breeze.
Theyíre reaching out. Wanting something. Not me.
You canít see my heart.
A heart so filled with love, that itís bursting at the seams.
I can see you. Why canít you see me?


Why Did the Music End That Night ? (Why Did She Have To Go?)

by

Jason O'Brien

Out there on the dance floor, face to face we were.
Everything else had disappeared, and all I saw was her.
I looked into her eyes, and saw my future shining bright.
Who knew what would happen next, as the end came into sight.

Out there on the dance floor, hand in hand held tight.
Every time I close my eyes, Iím brought back to that night.
The music played so softly, as we stood in warm embrace.
Then, all at once it ended, and the memory was erased.

Now, out here on the dance floor, I stand, alone again.
Iíve lost a lot of dreams in life, but now Iíve lost a friend.
When does it stop from hurting, I guess Iíll never ever know.
Why did the music end that night, why did she have to go?


You Are The Inspiration

by

Jason O'Brien

Youíre the inspiration, the center of my life.
Youíre the one I turn to when nothing seems quite right.
I canít explain just how it feels to know youíre by my side.
But I know that when Iím in the dark, you become my light.

Youíre the inspiration, more than I could expect.
Youíre the person in my life I look to, and respect.
Thereís just no telling just how much your love is dear to me.
It means more than the presents or any Christmas tree.

Youíre the inspiration, thatís all there is to say.
Please know Iím always here for you, Iíll never go astray.
So on this Christmas morning as you read this short narration,
keep in mind forever more, you are the inspiration.


Your Love's Rewards

by

Jason O'Brien

Take my hand and guide me.
Take my heart so full of love.
Look deep down inside me,
and youíll see what Iím made of.

Look into my eyes,
tell me what it is you see.
A reflection of what made possible,
my life-long story.

Know inside your heart that what youíve done until today,
will stay with me forevermore, and guide me on my way.
Know that what Iíve gained today, and what Iíve worked towards,
is just another gift from you, another of your loveís rewards.