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

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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.