Once…

I once had a song that I loved to sing

I once had a story that was compelling

I used to amuse myself with my rhymes

But the laughter is gone from my rhythmic lines

I once dreamed up futures of glorious deeds

I once held true love in the highest esteem

Before I am gone I’ll look back on my deeds

And wonder if any will ever miss me

More likely than not I will just fade away

Forgotten as soon as I’m laid in the grave.

Justice

As the mist on the mirror slowly dissipates

The face that’s revealed is the one I most hate

So smash all the mirrors swift to the ground

Let this whole building come tumbling down

Then pull out a match and kindle a fire

Burn what remains let the flames climb higher

But leave me inside to share in its fate

So no one sees further the one I most hate.

This Bitter War

Hold fast and faint not- ever claim

The truth of those who walk by faith.

When hope has turned to something more

This life won’t hold me as before

Reclaim that veil which has been draped

Upon these eyes which walk by faith

And purify what still remains

Before their cause is lost and vain.

The bane of my existence lies

In dreams that curse with piercing eyes

But lift the light to guide the way

To all those lives who walk by faith

And I will see the vanity

Of dreams that shine but broken be.

Shattered, broken, gleaming light

Lifting dawn and breaking night!

To those recipients in line

Who walk by faith and not by sight

Hold fast, and yet hold faster till

The wrath of fury’s cup is filled!

Take heart, lift up those feeble hands

Shout out your voice to this dry land!

Remember why you are the called

Do not rebel lest then you fall!

Withdraw your gaze from Satan’s game

Lift up and fight! Fight in God’s name!

Vengeance! Vengeance! For those lost!

Those who’ll pay the final cost!

Bloodied from a billion blows

But sullied not by mortal foes!

Cry havoc! Havoc our bleeding cry

Twisted are truths we can’t deny!

Oh you who wander without aim

Join our cause and fight this plague

Which steals inside the souls of men

And buries them through endless  sin.

Oh you who care not for your life

Look to the cross and then ask why!

Life and love were sacrificed

And yet you wish to take your life.

Mortal man and demon same

Bow the knee and yield in shame

Before the might of who remains

after the earth’s engulfed in flames.

Awaken me from this dark night

Take my hand and lead my flight

Towards that peaceful distant shore

Where those who’ve battled long before

Now sit in rest and watch over

The rest who must still fight this war-

But not before I’ve filled my days

As one who fights and lives by faith.

As We Were

We dare not beguile ourselves

To think we’re strong as we once were

And through our smiles fear abounds

Our youth’s vigor is not as firm.

With trembling hands we gaze around

Attention not quite so pure

Without desiring we’ve found

Life’s empty bitter lures.

Though battered will and creasing brow

Behold future’s visage demurred 

Our life yet still sends out its sound-

To what end we are not sure.