Who We Once Knew

I hope that you realize ‘fore you leap from the ground

How swift you’ll lose sight of those gathered around

Watching and cheering you up on your way

Shouting encouraging words every day.

For often no sooner than wings bend in flight

Than thoughts of the ground become lost in the heights.

So be still for a moment and don’t make a sound

Look on what you’ve known while it’s still around.

For we know tomorrow you will go away

But come share in laughter and joy for today.

For when the wind whips through the beating wings might

Sending you swiftly away through the night

We’ll look back in fondness at who we once knew

‘fore life like a strong southern wind billowed through.

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My Folly

You thought I cried for you when my eyes closed from the tears
And laughing you found someone new- I could never keep you here.

But in reality- I thought that you should know
those tears I cried were meant for me- I cry them all alone

For I knew in my heart somehow that you would never stay
but still I fooled myself to think that I could find a way

But in that laughing moment as I watched you walk away
Those tears were o’er my folly letting you my heart invade.

 

Come Home

The man at the counter stoic still
Few words spoken, fewer still
His heart heavy by stinging scars
Carved into his weary heart

The mass around him filled with glee
Laugh and dance so merrily
But in his world of cold disdain
None will ask from whence he came

So one last sip and out the door
Disappear at last before
They recognize he’s so alone
For no one cares if he comes home.

Regret

I saw a broken soul

Yearning to be whole

While by his side there stood a fool

Who wished to be annulled.

I witnessed grace unmerited

Life and love the benefits

And also sins dark heritage

While critics shouted rhetoric

I’ve seen more than I asked to see

I’ve lived more than I wished to live

I’ve been more than I wished to be

I’ve lost more than I thought to give.

Joy

Can you see her coming from somewhere far up ahead?
Or are the winds of change still taking her away instead?
It’s been so long since I first felt that fire burn inside
I wonder if it’s not the time to just give up the fight.

Don’t intrude upon my thoughts with bitter questionings
for this is nothing but my minds own soulful reckoning.
I will in time settle accounts and ascertain the balance
but know that deep within my thoughts I have drunk the chalice*.

* The Poisoned Chalice (‘Macbeth’ Act 1, Scene 7 – William Shakespeare)

A Tragic Tale

She cried for her brother
as he journeyed beyond
the peaks of the mountains
in search of a song

She asked of her mother
if it would be long
before the night tempest
turned into the dawn

She begged of her father
“Oh, let me I pray
venture out searching
I’ll find my own way.”

She called for her lover
“Come take me away
for I’ve lost the reasons
that force me to stay.”

She fled to the city
such exciting sights
no thoughts of the future
she lived for the night

Until came a moment
when dark pleasures bite
demanded a payment
in exchange for a life.

She turned to a bottle
so no one would hear
the sounds of her crying
her shedding of tears

She thought of the Preacher
after many years
and hope of procuring
a peace from her fears.

But instead she took potions
and pills of a kind
that take away notions
and thoughts about time.

And wasted and ravished
frightened and alone
she fell to sins cycle
hopeless and unknown.