Failure to Communicate

You tell me how it should be
you tell me what I should see
you tell me how it all went wrong
you tell me who should not belong
you tell me what’s wrong and right
you tell me that the end is in sight
you tell me
you tell me

I tell you how it should be
I tell you what you should see
I tell you you should not judge
I tell you not to hold a grudge
I tell you we must stretch out our hands
I tell you we should try and understand
I tell you
I tell you

You tell me and I tell you
but there isn’t much that we can do
you tell me and I tell you
too much noise, not much getting through
If you listened to me and I listened to you
we might figure out what is true
you tell me
I tell you
you tell me
I tell you

Believe

We want things
to mean something
flowers and lightning
laughter and crying
a loved one’s touch
the beating of our hearts

we are quite sure
they mean something
but explaining what
gets a little tricky
the more important it is
the more inadequate are words

I think Einstein said
if you can’t explain it to
a six year old, you don’t
understand it well enough
but the trust and faith
of children make elaborate
details unnecessary

And didn’t that Jesus
suggest becoming as little
children? We want things
to mean something
and they do
but don’t give yourself
a headache figuring out what
just believe in the belief

News

I begin the day
with a newscast
to see if anything happened
while I slept.

I end the day
with a newscast
to see if anything happened
while I was awake.

In between I try
to avoid happening
things. Who wants to
be on the news?

Communique

I see what you do
I think I know why
but if I explain
it’s another lie
I’ve never seen anything
through your eyes

I may put forth a theory
but if I am right
it’s as much lucky guess
as keen insight
or the fact that there
are similarities
to be found in all
of our histories

if how I think you feel
is how you really feel
I’ve recognized a pattern
that I once lived through

and if how I am feeling
at the moment strikes
a familiar chord,
it’s probably because
you’ve been here before