Sing

When it feels like darkness
may over take you
light a candle and sing you a song
when you don’t really want to
but they manage to make you
laugh it off and sing you a song

If no one seems to care
what you have to share
say oh well, and sing you a song
when it seems like you’re never
going to get there
keep going, and sing you a song

Sing a song that says
you’re still on your feet
sing a song that says
you haven’t been beat
sing a song that says
you won’t stop trying
you may suddenly find
that you’re flying

If you want to bite someone
but you’re short on teeth
thank goodness, and sing you a song
might have been a lawsuit
you’d be buried beneath
shrug it off and sing you a song

When the world suggests
that it’s not your day
flip the world off and sing you a song
you cannot win if you do not play
take a chance, sing you a song

Sing a song that says
you’re still on your feet
sing a song that says
you haven’t been beat
sing a song that says
you won’t stop trying
you may suddenly find
that you’re flying

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Epic

Certainly uncertainty
is destined to accompany
me on this fractious journey
limping toward eternity

Can’t say I do though
I know I should
too many epic fails
at doing good
have cost me sleep
and peace of mind
when I never wanted
to be unkind

Perhaps the heroes of fables
had simpler choices: How much
easier to recognize the enemy
when they have snakes for hair
or big horns in their foreheads.

Guess I wasn’t made
to run into the fire
dive into raging floods
build some empire
be put out to stud
when it comes to these
I’m mostly a dud

But I try to bear witness
to the beauty I see
and the valor of those
much braver than me
I cry the pains
and sing the triumphs
and pray in the end
it is enough

Gravity

Gravity brooks no
resistance for long
just ask the juggler
whose timing went wrong
the fallen come
to a sudden stop
why pyramids have
their points on top

Down the dead end we
consider what has occurred
that put us here
and what we once were
before gravity showed us
who was the boss
leaving us among
the shards of our loss

Somewhere nearby
the traffic still flows
and if we can find
our get up and go
we may still rise
on these broken wings
to find a place
and a reason to sing

Less Than Clear

Starting over sometimes
seems to be the best course
though there’s often no time
to return to the source
where you’d only rediscover
the joys of discovery
I guess that’s why we have
this thing we call memory

Even if you’re thinking
that you’ve seen it all
it’s important to get up
after every fall
each song contains the seeds
of a new verse
if we keep singing
we’ll make the devil curse

from pleasant surprises
to dire certainties
what keeps us going
are the possibilities
never over til it’s over
even then it’s unclear
if it’s an ending, or a beginning
that we really fear.

Slow Learner

It was a golden time
I was a fool
kept thinking I
could make my own rules
Life just laughed
and slapped me down
don’t even remember
hitting the ground

I’m a slow learner
so I tried some more
Life keeps knocking me
back on the floor
when I catch my breath
probably try again
sooner or later
I’m bound to win

Maybe when they carry
me out on a board
and God provides me
my reward

Less Than Clear

Starting over sometimes
seems to be the best course
though there’s often no time
to return to the source
where you’d only rediscover
the joys of discovery
I guess that’s why we have
this thing we call memory

Even if you’re thinking
that you’ve seen it all
it’s important to get up
after every fall
each song contains the seeds
of a new verse
if we keep singing
we’ll make the devil curse

from pleasant surprises
to dire certainties
what keeps us going
are the possibilities
never over til it’s over
even then it’s unclear
if it’s an ending, or a beginning
that we really fear.