Shine

Hang my hat on a star in the heavens. Let the light shine back in your eyes, my friend, don’t let these days separate you from a peace of mind…

Cool like an autumn day, her light is soft as she walks by my side. I still remember the smile in her eye….

Don’t let go of what’s keeping you moving. Don’t let go of what’s got you singing.

And if these days are too long, come lay by my side and I’ll make it all right tonight .

Don’t let your dreams turn to rain

Remember, we all turn to rain in April…take what you need…we can talk all night…or we don’t say anything at all…

Don’t let the light leave that smile in your eyes…you still have a piece of my heart…

Don’t let go of what’s keeping you moving. Don’t let go of what’s got you singing.

Hang my hat on a star in the heavens. Let the light shine back in your eyes…it will all be all right…

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Endure

Times are the times

The resilience ….

Not everything can be changed

But it can be endured

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I hope you kick a hole in the sky

I hope you create your life

I hope you create your own light

I hope….

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I had a dream once

I was having dinner with the devil…

He smiled

And he looked at me

And said

“We’re just the same…you’re just too sad to see it…but I’m in you…”

“All of these people, you try to give meaning to…they’ll leave you…because I can give them immediate gratification…all you have is expectations. People are selfish. You’re selfish. In your vanities. In the fact that you believe you’re alone. And that you’re somehow, different.”

I remember seeing the shoes of a politician walk across the platform.

The devil smiled… and said the real show was about to begin.

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Your heart might be an empty street

One you don’t recognize

All the trees have died

All the houses are empty

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It’s your resilience

It’s your hope

Keep moving

Keep walking

Even when you see the devil inside

Just keep going

Endure

Exist

I know, what voices cross the waters at Midnight

They keep reminding you

Of old versions of you

They’re there in the corner

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My chest is flooded

My eyes are on fire

My throat is filled with coal

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Exist

Beyond what you were dreaming

All of your enemies already know ….

And these days

Are just a dry county

You’re waking up

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I know what voices cross the waters

I know you know

But just so….

Keep existing

Keep believing

Keep walking

Your light won’t go out

Your soul is on fire

These are your days

Mute the noise

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Hold on

You’re waking up

Put your money where your mouth is

Can you even write a tune

Do you know what it is that you feel?

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All the soldiers left the post

Ready or not

The new moon is out

The puppet is about to be real

Put your money where your mouth is

Do you know what it is that you bought

Do you do what they spell?

Do you even know what it is that you feel?

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Hold on

Mute the noise

Main Street is closed

You’re waking up

Don’t be scared

You’re real

Exist above the mainstream

Thank you

For being here

You’re real

2020 #27

My eyes are filled with coal

My lungs, are violent,

The morning lightning lights my eyes

I can’t find the words

“Breath” and “breathe” are things I can’t write anymore

You sit and watch the world slip through time like sand washed away

Is it all over now?

Oh, let me follow you down

This numbness won’t last

Don’t tell me this too shall pass

Don’t tell me

Better days are ahead

They released too too much at once

Now we all are numb

Do you even feel the hunger?

Do you know what you crave?

Or do we pack ourselves with light

Taking from eachother

To fill this emptiness

You know we all are blown through

Shipwrecked

We find eachother

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The world is burning behind you, girl…

Keep your eyes on me

I’ll dance with you in the street

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What if these days don’t change?

What will you do?

Will we adapt?

Even the tightest grip slips

The biggest hearts break

Can you start all new?

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We lack subtlety…

Pack ourselves with light

We’ve all been blown through

We try

To make ourselves feel real

We try to make ourselves feel

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Impressions,love…

I stand there watching her

I drink from her cup

She smiles

Her brown eyes

Remind me of fall

“Experiences” she says

I kiss her forehead

I’ll take a lifelong impression over 100 experiences any day….I whisper

She holds her breath

I feel a little bit of light leave me

Maybe we can remake the world

Maybe we can love after all

Silent Film Actress Marie Doro, 1902.

2020 #26

She’ll love you, with eyes so bright. You will realise your hunger and your curse. As you walk through this world.

Today they are burning down the streets. The changing of the guards is still incomplete…

And I know, I know, it’s easy once you’ve been burned, to turn your face to the cold and blame your long time family curse, and I know it hurts….

But look around dear, how many of us, really feel anything, anymore around here?

I loved you like the first, I loved you with my best…

She’ll love you, she’ll pull you in…out in the open fields…

You can’t box her in…

She’s anger, she’s fists, she’s fire, she’s all woman…but she breaks so easily…she’s scared of the reality of being…

She changed her mind

And disappeared like smoke

All you can do is hope

She felt your heart next to hers

Now let her go

Turn your face to the sun

And don’t you turn cold

2020 #25

He comes up at noon

Looking for truth

I washed my face

And said, hey kid, if you avoid conflict, you’ll start a war inside yourself.

-what am I supposed to do?

I just sat there with my coffee…

Be better than you were yesterday.

Don’t compare yourself to anyone.

– I don’t know what she needs…

I looked at the streets weathered blue underneath its yellow…thought about how we are all weathered anyway. Everyone has something.

Just listen to her. Listen to her. And believe what she says.

– Oh I can’t do that she has—

Listen, you talk to her. She’s your lover now. You get to deal with all of it.

She’ll get restless around midnight. Try to hide it. But like the stars, she can’t hide this.

Don’t try to change her. Just love her.

And let her go.

Because she’ll love you like a woman.

But she’ll leave you like a girl.

He sat there. I knew he wasn’t listening.

He was trying to box her in. Fix this. But he can’t fix this.

A car passed us. A father was yelling at his kids.

Listen, I said. Just love her. While you can, forget about experiences, worry about impressions. Let her know, you care. How does she feel when you’re not there?

-what?

Let her know you’re thinking of her.

So she feels you even when you’re not there. Impressions. Not experiences.

Just love her. ‘Cos you can’t change her. She’s like the sun. She’s been burning for a long, long, time.

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Some years ask questions

Some years ask for sacrifice

Hold on now, the truth is coming in

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Like the tide now,

Some water is deeper

Some hearts are stone

Sunlight is easy

When it’s on her face

Sometimes your city

Burns before your eyes

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Some years ask questions

There’s a kid with batteries

He’s playing Star Trek

Red on black

Black on gold

He doesn’t know he’s poor

He just knows he’s happy

When the sun goes down

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I’ve carried this darkness

Since before my father died

I was there that night

I read his old letters

I cast his demons aside

Some questions get answered

Some you just have to lay down

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I still see this darkness

I know it will take me

It’s just a matter of when

Some things I won’t understand

But we all are running out of time

I just keep laying words down

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They said they found him

With two shotgun shells

Some things are too too heavy

I stood there asking

Was it the darkness

Or was it his heart?

Sometimes you’re happy

And lady

When you smile….

Half of me is sun

Half of me is moon

I learned to live with this darkness

Some days are nightfall

Some days you just have to look for the light

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Some years….

Some years

Lady you’re a free girl now

You just keep walking

You’ll make it

A pocketful of questions

A handful of stones that you lay down….

2020 #24

The winds of change

Are blowing wild and free

There’s revolution in the streets tonight, babe.

You’ve been worried

You’ve been scared

You’ve been proud

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Let your hair down,babe.

We don’t have to go out

We don’t have to run these roads

We can dance right here

We can make love right here

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We’ve still got to live

To love

To laugh and cry

God, sometimes it feels like I’ve been run through

I feel like I’m a hundred years old

If we don’t learn how to live

Sometimes I feel like life is going to pass us by

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These days

Will drag you down babe

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Let your hair down

Slow it down

Slower than slow

We’re old enough now

We both know there’s no need to rush

This fire can burn this city down

It’ll last all night

We can dance

You can rest in my arms

2020 #23

Every work place

Has that one person that is negative

But not really contributing

You quickly learn to ignore them

And continue YOUR path

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Life is the same,

It’s easy to criticise and throw stones

Tell other people how they should be responding or helping…

But that’s not real activism

I encourage you to look at yourself

To keep the faith

To get in your communities

Listen to stories

Vote VOTE VOTE

Local elections make and break you directly

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We have hope

There’s a lot of voices right now

Listen to yours

Your gut

We are brothers and sisters

Mothers

Fathers

Lovers

Partners

Neighbours

We are Americans

Us, right here, right now.

Not a building

A church pew

A monument

A name on a building

A flag

But us…

We are citizens and together we are this great country.

It’s what we DO that counts.

We can do better. We can be better.

I’ve heard voices referring to us as masses and generations…de humanizing us.

We are, you are, more than a statistic. A headline. You are valid, you matter.

I’ve heard people call for us to be invaded by some other hero.

No one is going to save us.

If we tear down everything and rebuild

If we rename everything

If we are invaded by another power

This is not the change we need

We would be let down.

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Take pride

Look in the mirror

Our last family in the Whitehouse

Was the first black Americans to grace it.

Do you not think they thought about the history of that house?

We can do better…

We can not look for some hero to come and save us.

We are, truly, the change we seek.

We must face ourselves and grow.

Keep your hope.

Learn and grow.

This road is not over.

Keep going.

You’re worth it.

We are worth it

We are America.