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ALL CONTENT ON THIS SITE IS COPYRIGHTED BY MARK LECUONA AKA THE SUBURBAN POET. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. EVERYTHING WRITTEN IS ORIGINAL.

I have been writing now for several years. The day after the death of Amy Winehouse, I read a quote attributed to her: "As a writer, your self-worth is literally based on the last thing you wrote." This is exactly how I feel and I find myself now waiting, impatiently for the next thing to write about. Always.

One thing about me... I hate arrogance. If I have any obsession it's to challenge dogma that is delivered in an uncivil or close-minded manner. I will call anyone out on it even if I agree with their basic premise. Because of this you might be a bit confused as to what it is I really believe.

I think I should have called myself "The Five Minute Poet" because I typically write very quickly. What you get from me is what I think and I don't agonize over it. It's there and you see it here. I read a hub by Wayseeker where he discussed how 90% of what we write is probably not worthy but I think what I write is what it is and I do not have the patience or the wherewithal to turn anything I do into a project. I just speak in stream of consciousness form and that is my challenge.

[Please note that the following sections contain references to some of my hubs that at one time were links; Hubpages has changed some things and I haven't had the time to re-edit so unfortunately if any of these high-lighted hubs are of interest to you, it may require some digging on my site to find them. Sorry.]

The following piece (which has been a featured article on Hubpages) is how I think and as you can see I very cleverly called it "How I Think":

How I Think

I'm your classic left AND right brainer. So if I appear to be moody or all over the place then I've warned you.

I started out with prose/poetry but I've decided to start a series of hubs about accounting basics as I am a CPA (my dreaded day job). These hubs will target non-financial types (meaning you don't typically work with numbers) and I will attempt to simplify something that is boring and at times difficult to understand. Part one is here:

Financial Statements

If you don't like that stuff then try my poetry/prose which are Simply written; deeply felt; straight and without pretension (being something that I am not) - that's how I would describe my style... Twilight Lawns has described my genre as "emotive prose" and I think that's the best description of what I do naturally. I write in a conversational pattern that somewhat matches how I speak in a serious one-on-one conversation. I try at times to be as idealistic and naive as John Lennon could be. I also try to achieve an intensely empathetic nature when expressing the point of view of another person. I may at times appear to be narrow in my view and that is deliberate. Everything has two sides and at times I must choose which side I represent.

Lately I've come to realize that I am operating under some latent form of thought inspired by musicians from my high school days: Jethro Tull (Aqualung and Thick as a Brick) along with The Beatles (Strawberry Fields - "Living is easy with eyes closed; misunderstanding all you see"). The challenges to the status quo were being listened to nightly in a closed bedroom with head phones masking the sounds so I could project the illusion of slumber to my parents. Now... years later I go back and read those lyrics and nod to myself... yes... that's what I think too...

As for being labeled a poet, here is how I feel about that:

I Am A Poet; Not A Performer
What's A Poet To Do?

There are many, many hubbers whom I admire so I am very hesitant to specifically cite anyone in particular for fear of hurting someone else but these two ladies have taken my hand and given me the tools needed to elevate my poetic sense. They have taken the time to provide constructive criticism and to them I am most grateful:

Nellieanna                                                    
Petra Vlah

And then there's  Maven101... damn! Talk about tough love! But... it's cool and his strong eye always makes me think, "I wonder if Maven will shoot this out of the sky?"

The following hubs of mine have been a "Featured Article" by Hubpages at various times on the main home page and the home pages of Books, Writing and LIterature, Poems and Poetry, and Song Lyrics:

Inspiring Children To Write Poetry 
Inside You
Are We Brain Dead?

Her Son Died On The Beach

What Am I Supposed To Believe?
Philadelphia, Mississippi
A Fist Shaken At The Heavens
We Will Begin
So Far Yet So Close
The Pedestal
I Thought You Were My Angel
Are You Alone For Christmas?
A True Story: Is Santa Claus Real?
Don't Put That Sign On Me
The Soul Of A Truck Driver
I Turned To See The Sunset (And All I Saw Was You)
Racism: Should They Get Over It?
Do I Judge The Poor?
A Bullet Feels No Pain
Girls Have a Brain Too
Forbidden Love
What Will You Do With Me?
Leave My Father Alone you Bastard
Hurry Up And Kiss Me

Oh yeah...my name is Mark, and I'm whatever age you wish to ascribe to me. I was born in Tallahassee, Florida. I have two children that I love more than life itself. My Father is from Cuba while my Mother is from Oklahoma. I'm pleased to be able to contribute to Hubpages, and it's always a good feeling to see new followers. I mainly write poems/prose/songs but on occasion give an opinion piece. I hope you can wade through the poetry, but I'm aware it can be tedious for most people. (Not mine! But poetry in general)

For years I played the piano but got the writing bug in 2007 when I wrote this piece because of my frustrations with death and destruction:

Why Do We Have To Sing This Song?

Now I rarely play the piano because writing is in my blood. For many years I spent much of my free-time arguing with people on political chat rooms but I finally "kicked the habit" because 1) nobody ever changed their mind regardless of the evidence against their position and 2) people were cruel and vile to one another.

The good thing about the above is that my personal opinions were challenged and I realized how biased I was in many ways due to my environment. I feel the experience has changed me to be a truth-seeker which is much harder than it sounds. As I see it a truth-seeker is a person who will accept the truth regardless of what it is and is capable of abandoning long-held beliefs when confronted with an alternative view that successfully contradicts the previously held position. In other words it takes an emotionally mature person aka an adult. Is that me? Well, let's just say it's a goal.

I don't read much in the way of poetry... I am trying to be as original as I can be so I don't want to cloud my mind with someone else's style. I spend most of my alone time thinking about things and then challenge myself to express it to others as best as I can.

After spending some time here and interacting with many interesting people I feel compelled to say something about my reference points: I mention the Bible, God, Jesus, etc in many of my pieces. This does not mean I'm preaching or that I am a Christian (not that there is anything wrong with that). They are merely cultural references in many cases used to illustrate a point. I say this only to ask that you not assume anything about my personal beliefs. I'm not evangelizing or attempting to convert anyone to any particular belief. I'm just doing my thinking and my writing.

I've made some traction as of late as a school in Houston (Writers in the Schools) has used some of my poems in a poetry class for elementary school children. I've received some very gratifying words of thanks and praise and best of all, have received copies of poems written by the children using some of my work (mainly the title and theme) as a basis for their efforts.

In April of 2011 I gave a three-hour presentation to approximately 60 fourth graders about poetry at Annunciation Orthodox School (also in Houston) and it went very well. They even swarmed me for my autograph when it was over! This is definitely the coolest thing that has ever happened to me.

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    The Facade of a Poet

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    Between Awareness and Disillusion

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    You Walked Past The Light

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    Flowing Fabric Fantasy

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    What Is and What Once Was

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    Talking About Sex With Your Son

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    I Can Only Open My Own Door

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    The Sword or Love?

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    0

    Old Folks Home

    3 years ago

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    0

    I Wonder If You Can Reach Me

    3 years ago

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  • The Sun Rises
    5

    The Sun Rises

    3 years ago

    What can yesterday bring For the hopes of tomorrow? What tears of memory Should set the sun in sorrow? You are perfect This you must know Because he loves you You reap what he did sow People judge And can cause pain But...

  • The Love He Gave
    12

    The Love He Gave

    20 months ago

    You are lost and cannot be found You are lonely and nobody is around What you seek from others is never real For who they are is not what you feel It is time to become who you really are Yet each day the journey seems...

  • You Only Scratch The Surface
    5

    You Only Scratch The Surface

    4 years ago

    How wide is the net you cast into the sea for with no depth you will only catch what falls from the sky and not from beneath because you do not know which way to look You scratch every surface of every directionless...

  • A Journey Across Mexico
    2

    A Journey Across Mexico

    4 years ago

    Is a river God’s finger quietly correcting an error that he refuses to admit? The beauty of erosions accomplice paints for a creation that will never end Inside a tornado random power chisels away while we watch...

  • Primordial Love Affair
    0

    Primordial Love Affair

    3 years ago

    In the darkest of caverns where the light of day cannot make its own shadow There exists the imagining of knowledge beyond that which science can provide Empirical data that can only be felt or heard preserves the...

  • Just Letters
    4

    Just Letters

    17 months ago

    What if you took everything you ever said and piled it in a corner? Would the words fall apart and become just letters strewn all about? Would they remember if they were happy or sad or loud or soft? Or would they just...

  • Is It Yours or Mine?
    8

    Is It Yours or Mine?

    4 years ago

    I think I know too much Or maybe instead it’s that I’ve seen too much There is too much to know But is there too much to see? I haven’t looked into a microscope in decades Nor a telescope But I know...

  • It Is Time For Another Miracle
    4

    It Is Time For Another Miracle

    3 years ago

    Each grain of sand that makes up an army of white powder lives its own life where it lays A camels footprint gives form until the winds blow memories of passage into the stillness of the night The cob-webs of the...

  • Did God Tell You To Kill Me?
    0

    Did God Tell You To Kill Me?

    4 years ago

    He asks you a question before you begin your fight to the death Did your God tell you to kill him the same as he has been told? Who reconciles your mutual destiny with the source of the light? If you kill one another...

  • A Way of Life
    2

    A Way of Life

    21 months ago

    I’m not a court jester or a social chairman I breathe and never worry about religion I don’t make life hard for those around me I don’t tell them what to do or ask for money I obey the law and pay all...

  • Your Lighthouse
    2

    Your Lighthouse

    4 years ago

    Sailing far enough to be guided by stars But close enough to see your light Every distant port filled by loneliness Yet I feel comfort, alone in the night In the wake of my own solitude The dark days sink silently,...

  • You Tell Me What It Means
    0

    You Tell Me What It Means

    4 years ago

    Would you ignore a lie if you benefit Or accept the truth if you must suffer? Is there any difference to your shame Or anything beyond the earth’s culture? He wondered of every lie he swallowed And every truth he...

  • You Are My Mirror
    2

    You Are My Mirror

    20 months ago

    If you don’t mean it Then don’t say it If you can’t live with it Don’t even think it Because tomorrow will come And I will have acted upon it You don’t know anything about me There has...

  • Never Has it Been
    0

    Never Has it Been

    3 years ago

    Is our life worse than ever?

  • Waiting for the Call
    4

    Waiting for the Call

    4 years ago

    I had a near death experience It’s happened before Sometimes it’s sudden Sometimes it’s slow and agonizing It wasn’t the first time I was in a position to truly consider my life You don’t...

  • A Gypsy's Sorrow
    0

    A Gypsy's Sorrow

    4 years ago

    I saw you risk your life today for a quarter I’m not sure if I’d risk mine for a million While we argue about our rights and country You don’t worry about believing a politician You crossed a highway...

  • Don't Make Me Your World
    8

    Don't Make Me Your World

    4 years ago

    I heard you tell someone that I was your world It wasn’t what I really wanted to hear I’m not anybody’s world because I’m barely my own Most times I’m selfish and insincere While...

  • I Was The One (who said those things)
    4

    I Was The One (who said those things)

    4 years ago

    You said it was about finding a soul mate And living together forever You said let’s trust what love brings And now that it’s over I realized I was the one who said those things I was the one who said those...

  • Stuck in my Ways?
    0

    Stuck in my Ways?

    4 years ago

    I love you Mommy and Daddy You taught me about life You loved me every day You tried to raise me right I love you America My hand is over my heart You took my Daddy in And gave him a new start I love you Jesus I...

  • Color My Reality
    5

    Color My Reality

    4 years ago

    There’s so much good in the world Even though it seems to be passing me by But the only thing that matters about what I just said Are the words good and by, goodbye I don’t know why It is only my fears that...

  • I Know Who's to Blame
    4

    I Know Who's to Blame

    4 years ago

    Did I mislead you? Or just smile a bit too much? Did I make you feel like my lover When I talked about your touch? I thought about my attraction To a woman who loves my mind You listened very carefully And wondered...

  • Good Is Never Too Old
    0

    Good Is Never Too Old

    4 years ago

    They say only the good die young But good is as old as the sung that is sung How could God need a human more When we still have so many poor? How long should a good life last Before God begins to judge our past? Maybe...

  • How To Decide
    2

    How To Decide

    4 years ago

    Do you vote for the general welfare Or only for what you care? Do you vote as an American Or as a selfish person? Do you vote like an idealist Or as a realist? Do you vote as you live Or as you would have others live?...

  • I Walked
    2

    I Walked

    4 years ago

    I walked by a church And saw my sin I walked by a hospital And almost checked myself in I walked by a cemetery And saw a ghost I walked by a bar And made a toast I walked by a beggar And saw an empty mouth I walked by a...

  • Put Me In My Place
    1

    Put Me In My Place

    4 years ago

    Would you rather I describe a tree to you Or should I just take you to it? Should I tell you what is fact Or should I instead let you live under its effect? To make life real I invite pain To know my place Is to be...

  • With Without Know Forget
    2

    With Without Know Forget

    4 years ago

    For problem with or without but mostly with I look out and in and above and below For love with or without but mostly without I look far and near and forget and know But what I know or forget is what I am And by what...

  • That Which is Essential
    0

    That Which is Essential

    17 months ago

    There is a little red light in the center of my mind It is always on I wonder about it sometimes Even when it is gone But how can something that is always on Sometimes be gone? The essential ingredient For existence...

  • The Tomorrow That Today Refuses To Know
    0

    The Tomorrow That Today Refuses To Know

    4 years ago

    Living is easy if you always believe what you were taught long ago You won’t change your mind because it’s better to argue than to grow One day you decided to look up and you saw a girl sitting in a tree...

  • The Night Will Wait For You To Cry
    3

    The Night Will Wait For You To Cry

    3 years ago

    The afternoon is not the time our fears The day is for smiling away our tears The morning is the time for drying The night will wait for your crying A walk is not for the lonely The sidewalk is for lovers only Passing...

  • I Have Achieved Nirvana
    2

    I Have Achieved Nirvana

    4 years ago

    If enlightenment comes from being a wretch Then I have achieved nirvana If Nirvana comes from darkness Then I have seen the light If seeing the light is feeling pain Then I am blinded If courage is embracing your fears...

  • A Child See's His Father's Demise
    2

    A Child See's His Father's Demise

    17 months ago

    It was one of those days Like being all out of paper products Or your last pair of dress socks Only worse Much worse It’s not so much how much you love them But the realization of how much they loved you They...

  • You May Come Aboard
    9

    You May Come Aboard

    8 months ago

    We ask of you now What skills do you possess? For in the new world Giving defines progress We ask only for life And not self-interest What will be left behind Will no longer exist I am a man of passage By air, land...

  • Hands Without a Heart
    0

    Hands Without a Heart

    4 years ago

    We walk and smile Our pictures show our style Yet nothing has changed We just try to rearrange We clean our corners And use the same colors But now it’s purple, then blue And not the same old hue We look at...

  • Raise A Soldier From The Dead
    2

    Raise A Soldier From The Dead

    4 years ago

    Raise a soldier from the dead Take him back to a time When foreign lands were just a dream And food grew from your own vine Take the flag down from the pole So the holes can all be resewn Though light will still...

  • Your Ego's Removal
    4

    Your Ego's Removal

    4 years ago

    One morning I woke up and I was no longer a boy I couldn’t pretend anymore or treat time like a toy Once I had months or years to make my decisions Now I have hours or seconds to learn all my lessons My friends...

  • Mother Mary and her People
    3

    Mother Mary and her People

    4 years ago

    It’s at the end of the road on the banks of a river The streets are dirty but the children still play It could have been upstream or down But the people live life their own way They know God and they know...

  • That Kind Of Love
    0

    That Kind Of Love

    14 months ago

    My friend I see you In the smiles turned my way My lover I feel you In the heartbeats playing today To the seas and oceans And mountains and streams My choices all glimmer As love gathers all my dreams My heart I...

  • What We Learned
    0

    What We Learned

    4 years ago

    We learn We become We repeat What we learned We witness Emotion We act On what we learned We are challenged We resist We validate What we learned We try to change We are challenged We revert To what we learned We strip...

  • We Are All Afraid
    5

    We Are All Afraid

    4 years ago

    We are afraid Afraid of the future Afraid of death Afraid of life Afraid Just afraid We want more More money More security More love More Just more We imagine Imagine the worst Imagine the end Imagine the beginning...

  • Free Will or a Meal?
    3

    Free Will or a Meal?

    4 years ago

    The world ended the day a man could kill another man without risk to himself It died twice when a man could kill another without seeing him suffer It’s too easy to declare war when there is no risk of loss or...

  • Different But Really The Same
    4

    Different But Really The Same

    4 years ago

    Have you ever had a thought you barely understood or could articulate And had everyone say, “We agree with you!” I wonder if it’s sillier to believe in a magic man who constructed gardens Or to believe...

  • It's a Long Song
    3

    It's a Long Song

    4 years ago

    The first time I saw her she was lying in another man’s bed She wanted something but her boyfriend ignored her instead I asked him, “Who’s that chick there in the corner?” He said,...

  • Do You Recognize Yourself?
    3

    Do You Recognize Yourself?

    4 years ago

    Sometimes I feel like I’m talking to a field of wheat stalks waiting to be cut down Bending with the wind and slowly drying all that remains is the end I used to be angry all the time but now I’m just sad...

  • I'm Not Thinking About You
    5

    I'm Not Thinking About You

    4 years ago

    It has nothing to do with our feelings It has nothing to do with our past We can’t seem to cross the ocean But hope is something that always lasts Our hearts are stronger than our minds They never give up no...

  • Too Many Gabriel's
    1

    Too Many Gabriel's

    4 years ago

    I’ve heard the word and read the book And I’ve decided to tear out some pages I can’t believe things that cannot be proven And yet I still love Jesus and Ecclesiastes The temptation of the lamb taught...

  • A Child Buries Judgment
    2

    A Child Buries Judgment

    4 years ago

    Conviction animates beliefs Empathy transforms opinion Right and wrong have contrast When words offer no confusion Jealousy breeds hatred Freedom becomes slavery But a parent’s confidence Gives birth to a...

  • Extremism or Moderation?
    0

    Extremism or Moderation?

    4 years ago

    Over there is a pretty flower bed surrounded by a rock wall And a waterfall that is bemused at our amazement You know it’s easier to tell you a flock of birds flew away Than to describe them as trilling flutes and...

  • Lightening Strikes Twice
    2

    Lightening Strikes Twice

    4 years ago

    I didn’t ask you for your phone number today I decided to see if fate will send you back my way I knew you felt it by the way you decided to linger All I can do is hope that your heart will remember You told me...

  • Counting Leaves
    4

    Counting Leaves

    4 years ago

    I could call you a fool But then that assumes I’m not I’m pretty sure what you believe isn’t true But if it was I’d probably say so what? I’ve shrugged my shoulders far too many times ...

  • You Don't Know What I Like
    3

    You Don't Know What I Like

    4 years ago

    You don’t know what I like Love or hate, I claim neither Being a contrarian is not art But it’s not science either A reactionary mind waits An active mind reveals A rebuttal offends A smile heals You...

  • This Time The Worry Is Real
    1

    This Time The Worry Is Real

    4 years ago

    It’s not a matter of worrying about what might happen Nor is it the shadow that is so persistent even at night It is the pebbles that strike me from the crumbling wall And the chain that is holding me has become...

  • The Diary of Blurred Vision
    5

    The Diary of Blurred Vision

    4 years ago

    Don’t look at my face Or the way I walk Instead read my words And the way I talk Have you ever seen tears Of a grown man As he passes you by Trying to find himself again? The blood that runs through me Is covered...

  • In The Beginning There Was Sound
    0

    In The Beginning There Was Sound

    4 years ago

    In the beginning there was sound And man said it was good In the end there will be silence Where man once stood Yet natures light will never wane The soul of a man moves no star It harnesses no white artery above Or the...

  • While You Smile
    2

    While You Smile

    17 months ago

    He thought about right and wrong; but it didn’t seem to matter to the wolves that gathered their forces against an elk whose merciless death lent red contrast to their mouths and the snow that fell silently...

  • Behind Holy Walls
    2

    Behind Holy Walls

    4 years ago

    Upon the cross reflecting the light forgiveness began its existence Withering disapproval from the dark heavens belied the message Free will was suspended and in its place the body was sacrificed From that moment...

  • Things We Cannot Control
    6

    Things We Cannot Control

    4 years ago

    There are things that are larger than life Things that are an unanswerable horror And they are more than we can contemplate That’s why sometimes all it takes is rain to make us smile I could never become a...

  • My Son the Outsider
    11

    My Son the Outsider

    4 years ago

    There is no glory being buried inside a culture not of your own making When the past eclipses the present there is only one recipe for the baking There are no chairs at the table if you do not build upon their legacy...

  • Do I Need All The Pieces To My Soul?
    0

    Do I Need All The Pieces To My Soul?

    4 years ago

    I want to tell you that I love you But I can’t Because you’re not the only one I always believed in a soul mate But apparently there is more than one The problem is my soul is a puzzle And nobody can be all...

  • Love Breathes
    3

    Love Breathes

    4 years ago

    Sand crabs scurry away before the tide Nothing exists beyond the next wave Reinventing their life in a matter seconds Love breathes, gulping air that cannot be saved One night is all that we ask As the castle erodes...

  • The Profile is the Answer
    0

    The Profile is the Answer

    4 years ago

    It’s time to dust it up and sprinkle water on all that is green especially that which is not I remember the quick shake of the head that set me back several years even though you forgot In my son’s voice he...

  • The Word Waits For The Bus
    2

    The Word Waits For The Bus

    4 years ago

    The son of man was just taken down The midnight sun failed to light the dawn No stone no angel no weeping woman Only faith baking inside an oven Free will came with a choice Or so declared the trumpets voice Is the...

  • What Is Important Is What Can Be Denied
    5

    What Is Important Is What Can Be Denied

    4 years ago

    What is more important The rules or the human spirit? There is no intent that cannot be denied There is no word that cannot be redefined What is more important The facts or the feeling in your heart? There is no...

  • Patronage
    4

    Patronage

    4 years ago

    Oh stolid nature of a forgotten time Life was accepted in the midst of hardship For no man whose blood transported courage Did cry aloud as fate extracted ease from his grip When was expectation born and was sloth...

  • Who Is Illegal?
    6

    Who Is Illegal?

    10 months ago

    Before you read this piece (and thank you if you take the time) you must know that this is not a political statement because I support strong immigration laws. That being said, this is about the distinction between...

  • Your Heart's Talking Again
    1

    Your Heart's Talking Again

    4 years ago

    You’re not the only one baby The young one’s are lonely too But there’s one big difference Love’s no longer a game to you You remember how it once was You were a flirty young thing But now that...

  • Love or Life?
    5

    Love or Life?

    4 years ago

    You read words from afar And you think about love Love that you never new except in your dreams Or maybe for a fleeting moment Because at that moment You believed in love But now you must believe in life Because life...

  • Three Black Lights
    4

    Three Black Lights

    4 years ago

    The road is covered with the past of others Crushed beneath the weight of my intrusion The light has given me three choices And they are all black confusing my direction The wind blew open the eyes of a decaying man...

  • Road Rage Blues
    0

    Road Rage Blues

    4 years ago

    You tried to cut in front when patience was behind me for miles I didn’t let you in and I enjoyed giving you one of those smiles After you passed you tried to show me your middle finger But I let it slide because...

  • Arguin'
    0

    Arguin'

    4 years ago

    Everywhere I go there’s an argument ‘bout the government or the environment People startin’ to hate one another turnin’ on their own brother They’re sayin’ you’re not welcome...

  • I Deserve You
    4

    I Deserve You

    4 years ago

    I deserve a girl like you You’re so pretty and you’re fun too Life’s too hard to settle for less Yeah I deserve a girl like you I deserve a girl like you You’re so happy and down to earth too...

  • Without a Doubt
    3

    Without a Doubt

    4 years ago

    You can’t pretend to know things just because you think you do You found it easy to believe because someone else told you to You admired the wrong person but you didn’t have a clue He sounded smart so that...

  • The Circus Show
    0

    The Circus Show

    4 years ago

    Welcome to a journey through amazement of human possibility Colors, fire, smiles and fear in a kaleidoscope swirling below Where you see clowns and tigers through a young child’s eyes As fathers and daughters...

  • I Am Emotion
    8

    I Am Emotion

    3 months ago

    I am emotion No matter my wisdom No matter my age A tear in every moment As I have lost my voice Where once I thought of joy Now I have a choice To laugh or cry In the face of pain To see the sun When all I have is...

  • Can You Answer a Question?
    3

    Can You Answer a Question?

    4 years ago

    Why do I hide from man what God knows to be true? If what Pilot asks is unknown then who was Jesus talking to? “Forgive them father for they know not what they do” And yet my conscience always reminds of...

  • Minutes Become Years
    2

    Minutes Become Years

    4 years ago

    Touched with life Before consciousness was born Within the womb of my mother’s fears From meaning I was torn What dream can be devised by others Or as an unwelcome apparition To challenge my existence No matter my...

  • I Want To Sleep
    4

    I Want To Sleep

    4 years ago

    I want to sleep soundly I don’t want a drink or pills I just want peace of mind Losing a minute of sleep Compounds all my ills So what about tomorrow? Who can really say? I just need to let it come Losing a...

  • Living In A Movie
    6

    Living In A Movie

    4 years ago

    I think I know why I can’t reach you It’s because I’m too far along I live life like a movie or a song And you don’t feel that you belong I want to sing my song to you But you want to take it...

  • Where Guilt May Go
    2

    Where Guilt May Go

    4 years ago

    It’s time to find your place But is it the walk or the stop? You ride in a carriage of dreams Is it time for you to get off? You built your throne for one Everyone else has to build their own You have a reason as...

  • It's Just The First Night
    8

    It's Just The First Night

    4 years ago

    I know you’re tryin’ hard to resist me Or maybe it’s not so hard at all I just know that you tempt me baby And I’m tryin’ to make you fall You need to quit thinking so much And talking...

  • America the Half-breed
    5

    America the Half-breed

    4 months ago

    Born under two flags The pride of my father And also of my mother I loved one as much as the other What was in my heart And on my sleeve Was the same feeling Because two flags began to weave But I heard the whispers...

  • Does It Have To Be About Forever?
    4

    Does It Have To Be About Forever?

    4 years ago

    Sometimes life get too tough And there’s no inspiration I’m the same as you We’re no longer the new generation I see you I see how you are so strong I wonder if I can make you sweet again Why does it...

  • Think As We Think
    2

    Think As We Think

    4 years ago

    A trapped mind can only survive if it cannot be caught What truth has humanity fought that cannot also be bought? Riches require premature death of those standing in the way Upon each page blood spills while the pious...

  • I Shed
    6

    I Shed

    4 years ago

    As I shed desire I shed suffering And I will be free As I shed approval I shed need And I will be me As I shed lust I shed hurt And I will know respect As I shed perception I shed assumption And I will not expect As I...

  • Let Me Be Your Life Support
    6

    Let Me Be Your Life Support

    4 years ago

    When all seems lost And you can’t be forgiven When your feelings are hurt And you don’t feel like livin’ Let me be your life support Let me be your life support When you’re lost at sea And you...

  • I Want Everything
    10

    I Want Everything

    4 years ago

    What if I sang you a song And bared my soul to you Is that what it would take For you to lose your cool? What if I was on a stage And said I would die for you Would you show me your heart Or would I be playing the...

  • For a Critic
    0

    For a Critic

    4 years ago

    Do I offend you with my lack of pretension? Are you so sure because of all the books you have read? The lack of literacy plays to my advantage Because you cannot trace the derivation of my thread Where there is no root...

  • Who Weeps More?
    14

    Who Weeps More?

    4 years ago

    Who loves life more than those who have no riches Except for their children who have to be taught to be sad? Who weeps more for a poor man who perishes Except for the woman whose heart beat is all he had? Or is it a...

  • The Tears of a River
    7

    The Tears of a River

    21 months ago

    Tears of the past Flood water caste As the poor line the river banks The wave of guilt flows Fed by weeping willows Who fail to give a word of thanks As salty remorse crests Along with impotent protests The...

  • Highway 473 Visited
    4

    Highway 473 Visited

    4 years ago

    Rolling meadows and green hills The water receding before me A curtain blowing in the wind The rain washed winding road of tranquility Cleansing the ghostly plains As the hurt of the estranged carpet Rises to receive a...

  • The Mercenary
    2

    The Mercenary

    4 years ago

    The pastor spoke to the mercenary “Only you can help us” The hollow eyes said, “I am a killer” The pastor swallowed hard He knew he was making a deal With an unrepentant sinner The pastor said,...

  • She Let's Me Be
    3

    She Let's Me Be

    4 years ago

    She’s a girl I know And I know her name She’s a different girl No she’s not the same As the other girls The one’s I know I already told them That they could go When I see her face And say hello...

  • What Do You Really Want To Know?
    6

    What Do You Really Want To Know?

    4 years ago

    Who took the truth from the dead And smiled? History is written by the winners But what really happened Is an orphan child Che Guevara killed a man Maybe more than one Now his face is on a t-shirt He was a baby once I...

  • Tomorrow I Promise
    1

    Tomorrow I Promise

    4 years ago

    One day I’m going to do it I’m going to be truly free I may be too old to even know But in my mind I will see I will see everything I ever believed And I wonder if I will laugh or cry Because I will be what...

  • The Man Who Forgot Time
    5

    The Man Who Forgot Time

    4 years ago

    They asked, “Do you want to buy a watch?” He said, “Can you tell me what for?” They said, “It will look good on your arm!” He said, “Time is something I ignore” They...

  • What Moment?
    6

    What Moment?

    4 years ago

    Always thinking Always remembering Always hoping In that instant Of living The distraction of the past And of the future Is the moment that never lasts Always traveling Always moving Always leaving In that instant Of...

  • Divorced Man's Blues
    13

    Divorced Man's Blues

    4 years ago

    They say till death do you part But what if the vows are doing the killing? They say in sickness and in health But what if the vows are the disease? You wonder how much you should endure Just because you said these...

  • Of Pride and Ambition
    3

    Of Pride and Ambition

    4 years ago

    Woe unto those who dare to dream Of a better life For of pride You never watch over me Oh Pride, why do I draw you near? What is the worth of your presence? What became of humility’s veneer? You quietly lurk...

  • The Right Measure
    4

    The Right Measure

    4 years ago

    Have you ever been close But couldn’t touch what you wanted? Have you ever been so far That you couldn’t see what you needed? You can’t seem to get the measure of life It’s either too much Or...

  • Is God a Particle?
    8

    Is God a Particle?

    4 years ago

    A body has length, width, mass and occupies space But in what relationship to time? When did it begin and must it end? A mere witness is required at the mark of the line But a rock is not a baby You could ask a...

  • In Remembrance of Sacrifice and Defiance
    0

    In Remembrance of Sacrifice and Defiance

    4 years ago

    For his strained eyes to see And to penetrate his cold heart We declare loudly We are forever apart! Men cast before swine Cannot live under self-proclaimed majesty With honor and freedom We have ended this travesty One...

  • Freedom Is Worth All That
    3

    Freedom Is Worth All That

    4 years ago

    I see you looking at me I saw it That fleeting look of pride that a woman would never admit Yes I saw it Why don’t you let me break your heart now Let me break it before me meet Before I disappoint you Let me...

  • Without Pain Without Love
    7

    Without Pain Without Love

    4 years ago

    They say no man is happy who is not dead I say where pain does not exist life will then end For what is remembered are the scars we wear Even as our joy is preserved in the faces of our children I wonder of all the...

  • You Must Be The One
    2

    You Must Be The One

    4 years ago

    It seems like every three weeks I’m ready for you I come on and get you to admit you like me But then I let the things I’m working on get in the way You must be the one ‘Cause you haven’t told me...

  • Digital Generation
    5

    Digital Generation

    4 years ago

    Who’s everyone talking to? I thought by now true consciousness would transcend the me generation The zero’s have already passed and we hide our minds behind our darting eyes Each of us unto ourselves as...

  • What Can a Poor Girl Do?
    7

    What Can a Poor Girl Do?

    4 years ago

    What can a poor girl do If she won’t sell her body? What can a poor girl do When you can’t live on sympathy? Not every door opens with a smile Sometimes it takes a little more She puts on some sexy clothes...

  • Maybe I'll Say It
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    Maybe I'll Say It

    14 months ago

    I know how I feel But the words haven’t caught up I’ve thought of the word love So many times Maybe one day you’ll hear me say it What can I do To make you feel what I cannot say? You’ve seen my...

  • I Am A Reaction
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    I Am A Reaction

    3 years ago

    I am a reaction The things that should pass Live in my mind Influence, a myth Except in the direction of my walk Towards the things I left behind When a word from my lips Dies the moment it is uttered I wonder of the...

  • Tomorrow We'll Never See
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    Tomorrow We'll Never See

    4 years ago

    The night is not for sleeping And the day is not for dreaming If we follow the moon’s glow The morning will never know Yeah the night is not for sleeping And the day is not for keeping If the morning can’t...

  • Running Wild Inside Your Forest
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    Running Wild Inside Your Forest

    4 years ago

    A forest waiting for the fire With a desire to survive natures worst I entered through your eyes And found myself running wild and free The thunder warned me to let you live And not change God’s plan for you I...

  • I Know What You Ever Say
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    I Know What You Ever Say

    4 years ago

    When my daughter was six years old (two years ago) she sang the first stanza of this to me. It was something she just made up. I recorded it on my phone and I recently wrote the rest of the lyrics. I hope we can do...

  • Protest or Text?
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    Protest or Text?

    4 years ago

    Hey all you people Spending time on your own Look out the window The water’s reached your home You know once upon a time We tried to get it together Now we’re living apart ‘Cause we’re afraid of...

  • The Name
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    The Name

    13 months ago

    Have you ever stared at a name And tried to hear the silence Of a voice that’s already spoken About a life that ended in violence? I wonder if they thought as I do now How there is still time to change I wonder...

  • It's Just Talk
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    It's Just Talk

    4 years ago

    The stone upon which I graze Rumbles under the strain of being asked to be what it cannot I’m so tired I can’t decide if I should be a man or a violet The many moods of a soul search Is like a record that...

  • Multiple Contusions
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    Multiple Contusions

    4 years ago

    Everywhere I go I hang my home on the wall You can’t really see it but I know it’s there It could be framed by red, blue or maybe white But what I know to be necessary is not about how you care A smokey...

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