Still Standing

Over the hill
and several mountains
drug up a creek or two
til getting from one end of
the day to the other
is about all that I can do

I can remember
being young and strong
and good for something or other
now I guess
the joke’s on me,
I’m hardly worth the bother

But if I were the president
or a lottery millionaire
I couldn’t take the grief away
from people for whom I care
I can’t learn the lessons again for them
we all have to live the hard parts
I only hope the fact that I’m still standing
might help to give them heart

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Any Love

The flag hangs limp at the courthouse
no breeze to make it wave
the weeds have taken over
obscuring the hero’s grave
sometimes you can’t see things
but you know they’re there
when it seems impossible
it’s most important to care

There is a battle being fought
but you won’t hear cannon fire
there are hymns in the air
but you won’t hear a choir

Some love her for her body
some love her for her mind
some love her for her spirit
which won’t be left behind
they scorn each others motives
but none are really wrong
any love is true that makes
you feel you that you belong

There is marching behind locked doors
there are plots in incubators
everyone is looking for
like minded conspirators
everybody trying to
advance specific goals
they don’t see that there is room
for all within her soul

There is a battle being fought
but you won’t hear cannon fire
there are hymns in the air
but you won’t hear a choir

Imprinted

They don’t show on Doppler radar
the personal hurricanes
but rest assured the carnage
is imprinted in each brain
behind every face you see
may be brutal wind and rain
or the wreckage of expectations
they can’t even explain

How long will it take
to recover and rebuild
how long will it be
before their heart is filled
with a cautious hope
that things might be okay
before the faith comes back
they need to face the day

with something like confidence
there are angels on their side
be gentle with each other
it’s been a helluva ride

Conflicting Opinions

We prayed for God
to divert the storm
we only felt a glancing blow
but someone was in the bullseye
were their prayers not as good
as ours? I’d like to know.

There are conflicting opinions
as to who’s being punished for what
but to the extent that His hand
is in this at all I believe
He is still trying to teach us
how desperately we need each other

If you go it alone
that’s how you arrive
what’s the point of that
are you really alive

Come Out, Come Out

The Dreams are missing
I don’t understand
they were just here the other day
have they gone into hiding
while reality gets
all up in my face?
I thought they were
more dependable.

No matter. We shall continue
to do what there is to do
until they choose to
come out, come out,
wherever they are.

Inside the Snow Globe

1.
Observers observed
average people
of below average means
struggling to do average things

Specialized eyes
may have detected
the Faith, Hope, and Love
holding it all together
like super glue and duct tape

through various average
storms and trials
enabling them to go on
and continue to smile

2.
Inside the snow globe
regaining equilibrium
finding beauty in the
floating glitter was
a special gift she shared

waiting through average days
for the little world to be
turned upside down and shaken
again, all good until
dropped and broken.

Fun and Games

Often times the cure
seems worse than the disease
if you lie down with the dogs
you might get up with fleas
They say it won’t get better
until we feel the squeeze
and virtually everything
is a matter of degrees
It’s all fun and games
until one you love goes down
the statistic has a name
the expiration has a sound
you feel you should do something
you just don’t know what
anything to help untie
the knots there in your gut
The Golden rule gets lip service
from those in a position
to actually do something
to alter these conditions
and they will gladly help you
if you can pay the price
otherwise you’ll only get
gratuitous advice
Doing no harm is just about
the best that I can do
If I can’t help myself
how am I going to help you
But maybe if enough folks
get together in some way
we could help each other
make it to a better day
It’s all fun and games
until one you love goes down
the statistic has a name
the expiration has a sound