Saturday, August 26, 2017

Step Away My Dear (lyrics)

When light’s too bright, you cannot see
A sound too loud, you cannot hear
Plants too close, cannot grow


Step away, step away my dear
Step away, step away my dear


When we think we know, we know nothing
When we are too close, we cannot see
When we say it all, we say nothing


Step away, step away my dear
Step away, step away my dear


Watch me as you watch the moon
Give me space to disappear
I’ll wax and wane but never leave
I’ll stay the same but always change


Step away, step away my dear


The moon knows the earth from miles away
Please see my whole self, not just my sides
Please see my whole self, not just my sides


The moon stirs the tides by pulling towards itself
You pull inwards, and I’ll pull inwards,
And our tide will rise


The moon sees the earth from miles away.
Their love is as clear, as it is far.
Please see my whole self, not just my sides.
Please see my whole self, not just my sides.


Watch me as you watch the moon
Give me space to disappear
I’ll wax and wane but never leave
I’ll stay the same but always change

Step away, step away my dear

Sunday, July 16, 2017

a poem for later


I am learning

That love can come in

Not like a thunderstorm 

But soft, like a drizzle.

You're slowly and steadily drinking it in.

Or it's drinking you.

By the time you realize it's rain...

You're drenched.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

we are (lyrics)

we are enough
we are enough

we are everything
we are everything

we are the Winter's quilt
we are the Poet's tongue
we are the roots of a tree
we are its leaves falling

we are the Summer's rain
we are the Child's laugh
we are the Elder's cane
we are everything
we are everything

we are the silenced people's cry
we are the one who stands up
we bring the key to the cage
we sew the wings to their sleeves

and we sing and we sing for their lives
and we sing and we sing for our lives

oh----we are the ocean
oh----we are a drop

oh----we are the mountain
oh----we are a rock

oh----we are a flower
oh----we are the seed

oh----we are the Seeker
oh----we are found.

even when we forget we are, we are
even when we forget we are, we are
even when we forget we are, we are
even when we forget we are, we are

we are a star, a firefly, the moon's rise, the wind's fall
we are everything, we are everything


more than enough
we are



listen to the song here

Monday, May 29, 2017

when I became the blue




most times I think I've escaped you.



but then

water rushes in

and I remember that night
where we melted into each other

the wind, rain, waves
sounding behind, beneath -- through us

you painted me in every different kind of blue --
all the blues from your drawings

the only moments of color
in your ink of black and white

these were the colors that became me.

but was it you who did the painting,
or me who did the dreaming?

did i paint you painting me?

and were the blues from your drawings
the one splash
you allowed yourself to feel?


the splash dried up--


black and white remains.





Tuesday, April 25, 2017

oh say can you see

Is it bombs bursting in air
Or the rockets red glare
That proves in the night
That our flag is still there?

Or is it the way we resist
And the way we persist
The way we defend our immigrants

The way we stand up
Or take a knee
We raise our voices
Or refuse to sing
An anthem steeped in slavery

Oh say can you see, oh say can you see
A future of peace and equity?

Oh say can you see, oh say can you see
A future of peace and equity?

Our anthem was written by Francis Scott Key
A white man, a slave owner
Why is this what we sing?

In the 3rd verse our anthem does gallantly boast:
“No refuge could save, the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.”

( And you wonder why Kaepernick does take a knee? )

Oh say can you see, oh say can you see
There’s nothing patriotic about slavery
Oh say can you see, oh say can you see
There’s nothing patriotic about slavery

So, we’ll write a new song
Till the stars and the stripes
And the red white and blue
Mean freedom for black folks
Muslims too

For what kind of flag only waves for some?
The few and the rich and the white and the male? ---
Let’s wash the flag from its stains of blood
Let’s change the song so we can proudly hail--

A freedom that means everyone
A freedom that means everyone

Oh say can you see, oh say can you see
A future of peace and equity?
Oh say can you see, oh say can you see
A future of peace and equity?

Monday, January 9, 2017

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