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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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    Gettin' Old

    5 years ago

    I dared to be happy for so long Now I'm almost afraid to smile I wonder if it's time for me to pay For when I laughed all the while Nobody told me how to get old It seems my body knows what to do My Daddy has the same...

  • Life Changing Responsibility
    2

    Life Changing Responsibility

    5 years ago

    Sometimes you think one thing But it's really another All your dreams come true But it seems ambition is consequences' mother They changed my life But actually they didn’t Now I know what money is for And for what it...

  • Even If They Didn't Like Who You Were
    2

    Even If They Didn't Like Who You Were

    5 years ago

    The last time I actually forgave someone I felt like Jesus or something Until that precise moment I realized I was good for nothing Why was it so important to me? I knew what the book said Do unto others as you would...

  • Subject To Your Interpretation
    0

    Subject To Your Interpretation

    5 years ago

    Where leaves may gather The wind will soon rise For the weight of conformity Brings haste to freedom's demise You say Lucifer has intercepted grace Disguising it as a shade tree of a tallish sort Planted in my mind...

  • Moon Love
    6

    Moon Love

    5 years ago

    Our voices Are they an echo Of a desolate love in the air? Our longing Are they the reflection Of an unrequited love affair? As we sleep It watches Knowing all our secrets All our pain All our loves A reluctant...

  • Selma: The Bridge to Heaven
    6

    Selma: The Bridge to Heaven

    5 years ago

    Selma bridge crossing

  • You Became The Man
    4

    You Became The Man

    5 years ago

    I was stunned by how desperate your love-making was My eyes remained dilated Even as the sun revealed everything I ever forgot But now we have a problem I can see right through you You showed me too much Can we do it...

  • The Myth of Humanity?
    4

    The Myth of Humanity?

    5 years ago

    All that can be touched And seen Renders the verdict All that cannot be seen Or touched Sows mankind's conflict Stranger upon stranger Bound by pride And certainty's cause In mortal combat To demonize each other Reaping...

  • Unreachable Beauty
    1

    Unreachable Beauty

    5 years ago

    You are so beautiful And you know it You feel their eyes But try not to show it An untouchable bird Never lighting for long Do you want love? Can you hear my song? You have the power That no man can understand You can...

  • But On The Other Hand
    6

    But On The Other Hand

    5 years ago

    On the one hand I am complete But on the other I know I'm not A forest is unaware of its beauty Yet it never stops growing On the one hand I am a mentor But on the other I'm never really sure A teacher may never...

  • Am I A Racist?
    33

    Am I A Racist?

    5 years ago

    Well? Am I? I'm asking you I don't think I am But I wonder if it's true Can it? Me? I don't know why But I may be I don't hate But do I judge? Am I tired Because "they" hold a grudge? When I read about a crime My minds...

  • Mock Trial - Prose
    5

    Mock Trial - Prose

    5 years ago

    What if I told you I think I have a brain tumor? And that I’ve tried to make contact with the chosen one? And that my sense of self has been over-ridden by a sense of community? And that suddenly I’m worried about...

  • Fasting From Humanity - Prose
    11

    Fasting From Humanity - Prose

    5 years ago

    Can mere flesh transform consciousness? Can a mind fasting from humanity Recognize courage? Compassion? Mercy? Justice? Dignity? Fairness? When it denies itself the right to give? Can mere flesh transform emotion? Can a...

  • The Instant - Prose
    2

    The Instant - Prose

    5 years ago

    And as we part Has time ever stopped As when two arms extended With finger tips touching In the instant Of a lifetime That will forever be remembered And cherished More than the love making Because in the sorrow of...

  • Pain Grows Well In This Soil - Prose
    6

    Pain Grows Well In This Soil - Prose

    5 years ago

    The rows were plowed once again Sowing the seeds of bitterness The tears dug deep this time They forgot about tenderness I let it happen The fields awaited A meadow A mountain Death Heartache It’s all the same What is...

  • Unholy Forgiveness- Prose
    5

    Unholy Forgiveness- Prose

    5 years ago

    I can’t do it Not like you want me to I’m not a God I’m mortal just like you I loved you once I needed you like air But then you changed You became a lion in its lair You controlled my thoughts You controlled my...

  • Talking To My Son - Song Lyrics
    16

    Talking To My Son - Song Lyrics

    5 years ago

    You can talk to me about anything son Anytime you want I’ll be there for you You know I will love you no matter what Just be yourself and let honesty see you through I love my Dad but we don’t know how to talk He...

  • Led Zeppelin - What They Mean To Me
    7

    Led Zeppelin - What They Mean To Me

    5 years ago

    I haven’t had the talk yet with my son. What? Did you mean the sex talk? No no no… I mean the Led Zeppelin talk. Not just about how cool they were or whatever. But about what they represented. About how they...

  • I Will Not Die For You - Prose
    5

    I Will Not Die For You - Prose

    5 years ago

    The drops of rain Play a leaf like a drum While desperate men Are murdered By a faceless enemy My eyes are drawn near Until the drops Begin drawing lines On my face And my vision becomes blurry Between life giving And...

  • Every Love Has Its December - Prose
    12

    Every Love Has Its December - Prose

    5 years ago

    I walked towards you from a vanishing life With every intention of adorning my loneliness With you I held you in my arms and found within your body Every desire that I felt alone at night Without you I asked you why...

  • What I Cannot Control - Prose
    9

    What I Cannot Control - Prose

    5 years ago

    My helplessness Is not in my mortality But from my beating heart Which tells me of the reality That I walk at someone’s behest I cannot make it stop or start I hope it remembers what to do For I am unable to impart...

  • A Dream Or Is It Morning In America?
    2

    A Dream Or Is It Morning In America?

    5 years ago

    Is it morning in America or should we continue to dream? Should we go to sleep or stay awake to watch others scheme? And as I drift in and out of the twilight’s last gleam It becomes my choice to stay silent or to...

  • Prose - You Need to Tell Me Goodbye
    10

    Prose - You Need to Tell Me Goodbye

    5 years ago

    We can never touch again Because there is no room for love We try to pretend But it’s something we cannot rise above We tried to do it We thought it was an adult situation But we’re really just kids We failed to...

  • Prose - Soothe your Fears
    17

    Prose - Soothe your Fears

    5 years ago

    I could ask you to spend your life with me But why does that seem so shocking? People do it right after they say hello They see hope in a person they don’t really know And what about your love for me? Will you give...

  • Prose - In the Court of Trepidation and Dreams
    5

    Prose - In the Court of Trepidation and Dreams

    5 years ago

    So you don’t like rejection? How do you think I feel? I must approach your throne And hope for audience to my appeal It is your heart that I see In the unsmiling face that adorns It is the wall I must penetrate And...

  • Prose - Let My Flesh Free Your Spirit
    5

    Prose - Let My Flesh Free Your Spirit

    5 years ago

    To the living It is the end times To the dead The times have ended Alive or dead Meaning Has its purpose The only way to God Is to believe In the primacy Of your own heart Before the dust settles The belief In your...

  • Prose - Do You Want My Love?
    9

    Prose - Do You Want My Love?

    5 years ago

    Will you free the creativity that bursts forth Or will you quarter it for your own purposes? Will you accept a man as he is Or will you accelerate with mindless compromises? Will you finally know of companionship Or...

  • Lament - Advice for my children
    7

    Lament - Advice for my children

    5 years ago

    Is there no regret without prior desire that can only be described as a wish to have been someone else? To wonder why is to wonder about why you were born to begin with. The decisions you made were made with uninformed...

  • Prose - Where Is It That You Stand?
    7

    Prose - Where Is It That You Stand?

    5 years ago

    Do you want to read it from him, the name you barely recognize The one who passed long ago with whom you cannot empathize In a language you do not comprehend, even though it’s the one you speak The one that trips your...

  • Prose - I Wish To Be
    18

    Prose - I Wish To Be

    5 years ago

    I wish to be What I cannot see But only feel The honest cry Can only be What is real I wish to be The unproven Sense In silent purpose And longing Without pretense I wish to be In turbulent Flow In horror And shame...

  • Prose - Where Guile May Walk
    11

    Prose - Where Guile May Walk

    5 years ago

    Where may guile walk But within the hour of deception? Where may cunning awaken But at the dawn of deceit? The insincere accumulation Wealth gained without merit Trading in avarice for advancement Family name for hubris...

  • Prose - Depression or Reality
    10

    Prose - Depression or Reality

    5 years ago

    It has been raised before The question Of prosaic content And depression The exploration Of depth Instead of untold heights And the breadth Of what is sanity And what is madness Inducing fear And sadness In those who...

  • Prose - Journey of the Damned
    11

    Prose - Journey of the Damned

    5 years ago

    In her mind’s eye she saw God walking towards her So sure of it she began to give him all the glory Life to her became a game of lost and found She believed even though men wrote the story “Follow me,” she said,...

  • Haiku Observations
    5

    Haiku Observations

    5 years ago

    Side mirror lament Blinking back the past again Red bandana tears I watched her image I wondered as she talked on the phone How old must a woman be To want to live alone? Forgotten wander Thoughts that became some...

  • Prose - I Don't Have A Bad Life (Just Bad Moments)
    4

    Prose - I Don't Have A Bad Life (Just Bad Moments)

    5 years ago

    Sometimes I think I can avoid the problems of life I act like it’s not going to happen to me That stuff only happens to other people I don’t have to pay because I want it for free If feels like I’m living in a...

  • Give Me a Real Woman Any Day (Princesses Need Not Apply)
    19

    Give Me a Real Woman Any Day (Princesses Need Not Apply)

    5 years ago

    I’ll admit it. I love beautiful women. I will always love beautiful women. The fantasy of the princess dressed up in angelic fashion is always there. But I know it’s not real. And it’s time I grew up about all of...

  • Prose - I'm Going to Die Someday
    10

    Prose - I'm Going to Die Someday

    5 years ago

    When I came back The strange was all I knew It was my day and night I thought, “They no longer know you” But do I know them? It seems I do not It takes a God To understand what a human cannot I know it’s true...

  • Prose - A Christmas Present Was a Memory
    3

    Prose - A Christmas Present Was a Memory

    5 years ago

    It is a Christmas present in time And under the tree You open a box In order to see If it’s the gift you wanted Or is it a memory? You find a cross from long ago But how can that be? It is today and not tomorrow You...

  • Prose - Being Alone
    12

    Prose - Being Alone

    5 years ago

    In your dark heart Where loneliness takes hold You no longer hear What you were once told Can you accept a goodbye before a hello? And yet You were lonely With a companion But hope was for him only Can you accept an...

  • Prose - Religion or Spirituality?
    4

    Prose - Religion or Spirituality?

    5 years ago

    The pleasing sounds Cannot be described And yet the notes Can be transcribed You weep As you listen To magic unencumbered By what is written No laws Only harmony Without conflict Perfect spirituality Understanding Or...

  • Prose - A Poem Is No Place To Live
    10

    Prose - A Poem Is No Place To Live

    5 years ago

    As you take shelter In a world of fantasy Admire the rhyme And the alchemy But if you must know Like the spoken word It is empty You cannot see what you heard An uninhabitable furnace Of blistering truth And beauty...

  • Prose - Would That Be Good Enough?
    7

    Prose - Would That Be Good Enough?

    5 years ago

    If I smiled at you Would that be good enough? If I stared at you Would that be good enough If I approached you Would that be good enough? If we hit it off Would that be good enough? If I asked for your number Would that...

  • Prose - Hijab
    22

    Prose - Hijab

    5 years ago

    Yes Freya... it is for you.... She covers for God Not you Are you worthy Of her will to be true? To the word As it is written Not of man But begotten Into the cradle Of our existence Heard by those Who lower their...

  • Prose - Can a Flower Be Itself?
    4

    Prose - Can a Flower Be Itself?

    5 years ago

    It’s the same story I remembered from long ago Or was it just yesterday? I’m not sure I know The flower is in full bloom With exotic allure Covering its true self What it is I’m not really sure I’ve lost my mind...

  • Song Lyrics - I Was The Rain
    5

    Song Lyrics - I Was The Rain

    5 years ago

    Your eyes were never dry baby And mine felt the pain Yeah they were burning baby Because I only brought the rain The sun looked away baby As our tears covered the ocean It wanted to rise with us baby But we all drowned...

  • Prose - Is Fiction Really The Truth?
    7

    Prose - Is Fiction Really The Truth?

    5 years ago

    What is false About fiction Other than aliens And logical contradiction? What of human emotion From experience? The physical A vehicle of convenience Transporting Metaphor Of the human condition As you curl In fantasy...

  • Prose - I Wanted to Be A Christmas Tree
    7

    Prose - I Wanted to Be A Christmas Tree

    5 years ago

    What are you looking at? I know I don’t look very merry I’m a modern day Grinch But let me tell you my story When they came for me The animals all cried The day I was cut down All my hopes died Now with varnish...

  • Song Lyrics - I'll Never Forget You
    8

    Song Lyrics - I'll Never Forget You

    5 years ago

    The time had come to settle down I turned thirty and didn’t like the feeling I met a young girl who took a liking to me It was my heart she would soon be stealing She asked me if I had a girl I was surprised but I...

  • Prose - A Poet's Obsessions
    11

    Prose - A Poet's Obsessions

    5 years ago

    Vomiting talk on love, greed and politics Obsessing about pain, loneliness and metaphysics Pretending to be a prophet in my unslumbering mind Wandering over to you to let you in on a revelatory find That you may or may...

  • Song Lyrics - She's Too Hot
    2

    Song Lyrics - She's Too Hot

    5 years ago

    She never waits for a green light She likes to run the reds She doesn’t wait in line She likes to cut instead She’ll spend her last dime On a convertible Z She owns all the bars ‘Cause she drinks for free ...

  • Song Lyrics - Can A Woman Be So Bold?
    10

    Song Lyrics - Can A Woman Be So Bold?

    5 years ago

    Let’s forget about forever And this talk about tomorrow That’s what brings on the hurt Let’s not worry about the sorrow You and me live all alone We both just need a friend I’m not taking your hand I just...

  • Prose - Trinity
    4

    Prose - Trinity

    5 years ago

    Art, Science, Religion Creativity, Truth, Faith Freedom, Fact, Belief Expression, Experimentation, Revelation Emotional, Intellectual, Spiritual Progressive, Unemotional, Sacred Unsentimental, Factual, Reverential...

  • Prose - My Children Provide Meaning to My Life
    7

    Prose - My Children Provide Meaning to My Life

    5 years ago

    It’s just a feeling I have About the weight you carry Is life worth living my children? As I watch you grow I wonder if you are waiting For life to show itself I fear for my cynicism Because other than you Life means...

  • Song Lyrics - Maybe If I Stop Dreaming
    2

    Song Lyrics - Maybe If I Stop Dreaming

    5 years ago

    I’ve been waiting all my life For my dream girl to arrive I spend my nights wondering Who will make me feel alive I remember the feeling I get But it never lasts too long I always think this is the one But then...

  • Prose - The Lobbyist
    0

    Prose - The Lobbyist

    5 years ago

    An initial for a name A bowtie under his chin An arrogant manner And a smirking grin So very smooth Knowing what to say Then you realize he said nothing As you’re walking away You're not on the inside So you’re on...

  • Song Lyrics - It's As If We Never Met
    6

    Song Lyrics - It's As If We Never Met

    5 years ago

    You would have laughed It was something you loved But then I remembered We’re not together anymore I wanted to call you And tell you about our rose bush But then I remembered We’re not together anymore Everything...

  • Prose - I Don't Know What To Do With Your Love
    7

    Prose - I Don't Know What To Do With Your Love

    5 years ago

    You say you love me Even though I won't let it show Once we were together But our minds didn't know That a feeling Never dies That love Never lies And in your hour of understanding Again fate intervenes Though you saved...

  • Prose - Light a Candle
    4

    Prose - Light a Candle

    5 years ago

    Not every smile is real In seemingly happy times Not everyone rejoices Hearing Christmas chimes If your child is blessed With presents from St. Nick Give thanks with them For this wonderful moment Look into your heart...

  • Song Lyrics - The World is a Junk Bond
    4

    Song Lyrics - The World is a Junk Bond

    5 years ago

    Wantin’ to work, but can’t Got no seeds to plant You can’t digest a rant I'm tired of feelin' irrelevant There ain’t no bulls For all us fools The world is a junk bond They’re ready to foreclose On my...

  • Prose - The Fiction of Relevance
    5

    Prose - The Fiction of Relevance

    5 years ago

    What is the answer To the question? To the protestor Goes the fiction Of relevance Of common cause Of change Of greed’s pause As if anyone cares That the hand On the sign Makes a stand In the square While others ...

  • Prose - I Can Only Wait
    9

    Prose - I Can Only Wait

    5 years ago

    Like a rock Watching the water fall I can only lay Like the sand Watching the ocean surge I can only erode Like an island Watching a hurricane approach I can only survive Like a building Watching the earth move I can...

  • Estelle Bennett - In Dedication
    11

    Estelle Bennett - In Dedication

    5 years ago

    In her glory days with George Harrison She wants you... how can you resist? That's her on the left behind Phil Spector... Check out the styles... They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and to my eyes this is...

  • Song Lyrics - I Want to Love You (But I Know I Don't)
    7

    Song Lyrics - I Want to Love You (But I Know I Don't)

    5 years ago

    I want to love you But I don’t It makes so much sense You and me I want to love you But I don’t I know you love me And it hurts so bad I want to love you Like you love me But I don’t baby I don’t You deserve...

  • Prose - The Fed
    12

    Prose - The Fed

    5 years ago

    It started with old King George III Who forbade the printing of currency The colonies rose in anger And cried out, “This is larceny!” They demanded representation But the bankers in England knew If the colonies...

  • Prose - Why Does The Truth Hurt So Bad?
    9

    Prose - Why Does The Truth Hurt So Bad?

    5 years ago

    Why does the truth hurt so bad? It’s what we want yet it makes us sad The burden of our real world is finally shed Yet we retreat to the fantasy in our head We are unable to set ourselves free Because we make Gods of...

  • Prose - The Shadow Reveals No Purpose
    3

    Prose - The Shadow Reveals No Purpose

    5 years ago

    There is no first snow of the year And no fall except leaves to clear There is no mountain breeze Or sunset on a beckoning sea I have nothing but my mind To which I am freely confined In the light devoured by my shadow...

  • Song Lyrics - You Need Me
    5

    Song Lyrics - You Need Me

    5 years ago

    While I slept Everything moved But it’s all the same Like a reshuffled deck The cards are there But it’s just a game I was feeling sick It gave me an excuse To waste some time I enjoyed the break Even though I was...

  • Prose - Mahatma Living
    4

    Prose - Mahatma Living

    5 years ago

    It must be said Once again No matter how you tire Of sin And hopelessness Where God lives Is love Understanding Selflessness and wisdom The Mahatma Courage Achievement Humility Without rank Without ambition Morality...

  • Prose - Climate Change
    2

    Prose - Climate Change

    5 years ago

    I feel the breath of oceans On my uncaring lifestyle of waste I see the distance of receding ice Filled by the selfishness I embrace I see islands swallowed whole By unsentimental seas I see polar bears drifting on ice...

  • Prose - What Could Be So Bad?
    2

    Prose - What Could Be So Bad?

    5 years ago

    What could be so bad That I would live apart From my little girl? What could be so bad That I would live apart From my boy? I don’t know what is so wrong Or what is so unacceptable That I could ask them to understand...

  • Prose - My Childhood Ended Today
    7

    Prose - My Childhood Ended Today

    5 years ago

    This is about the continued deterioration of my Father as he is slowly succumbing to Alzheimers.... Today my childhood came to an end But am I a man? I looked to God to tell me when Is it time to stand? I heard a...

  • Song Lyrics - Don't Move Too Fast
    3

    Song Lyrics - Don't Move Too Fast

    5 years ago

    I gave her a blank piece of paper She looked with confused eyes She said, “There are no words” “Yes,” I said “… and there are no lies” She asked, “Why would you give this to me?” I said, “Things are...

  • Prose - A Stranger's Son Died Today
    8

    Prose - A Stranger's Son Died Today

    6 years ago

    I do not know you Nor your son But I feel your pain Because I too have one What pain Is worth living? What reward For grieving? My tears For a stranger Gather In a manger Where love For mankind Was born For your son to...

  • Prose - Do You Wave As Life Passes You By?
    12

    Prose - Do You Wave As Life Passes You By?

    6 years ago

    Do the lines on your face Translate to a worth That you let society erase? Or are they the path To a new place Where age cannot hold you back? Has time passed you by As you stand in the driveway Waving as they cry? Was...

  • Prose - A Free Man (a conversation between a man and a woman)
    10

    Prose - A Free Man (a conversation between a man and a woman)

    6 years ago

    She said, “I love the way you live I love the way you fly in your blue skies You’re so free and full of life” I thought, “And yet there is no love Flying high waits for no one Freedom has no partner” She...

  • Song Lyrics - Pepper Spray
    3

    Song Lyrics - Pepper Spray

    5 years ago

    It’s all the same No matter what they say Power will crush your dreams There is no remorse for what they steal Collective bargaining And peaceful assembly Are just words on a paper Hope has never been real An...

  • Song Lyrics - Our Hearts Know Better
    6

    Song Lyrics - Our Hearts Know Better

    6 years ago

    It’s an adult situation It’s just sex and nothing else We think we can handle it But our hearts know better We don’t talk for days And pretend it’s ok We act like we’re both single But our hearts know better ...

  • Prose - A Butterfly's Wings Flapping in China...
    0

    Prose - A Butterfly's Wings Flapping in China...

    6 years ago

    The baby it will never see Bares another And with each generation The force builds A butterfly's kiss So gentle As harmony awakens each morning Striking a chord Invisible to the eye But not the spirit The winds of...

  • Song Lyrics - Turn On The Light
    4

    Song Lyrics - Turn On The Light

    6 years ago

    I’m not sure what you can say when you have nothing but desire It seems odd that something you want so bad can be right there And yet you can’t do anything about it because once again You turned her into the...

  • Prose - The Joining
    9

    Prose - The Joining

    6 years ago

    It was a song that I loved The notes reached me I understood what they were saying It was a song that I knew Even before it was ever heard But one day it just stopped playing Like a high flying bird It vanished into...

  • Prose - A Virtual Life
    0

    Prose - A Virtual Life

    6 years ago

    Virtual life isolation is considered VIP seating as all who may enter are pre-screened in a self-preservation dance of solipsism as strained honesty pours from my fingers onto the digital RGB floor only to harden...

  • Prose - Till Death Do I Believe
    2

    Prose - Till Death Do I Believe

    5 years ago

    Laying prone next to death which may or may not be my neighbor; knowing that nothing I remember will save me; knowledge, useless knowledge, a required accompaniment to my carefully selected claret smiling with...

  • Prose - I Don't Understand
    8

    Prose - I Don't Understand

    6 years ago

    I don’t understand Murder for power I don’t understand Complaint without solution I don’t understand Ego without accomplishment I don’t understand Action without reason I don’t understand Judgment without...

  • Song Lyrics - Green Grass Grows After A Fire
    4

    Song Lyrics - Green Grass Grows After A Fire

    6 years ago

    If you want to see her smile You’re gonna’ have to pay That’s the way she is She’s not giving it away She has a heart But it’s not on fire It’s already been burned So she thinks you’re a liar The...

  • Song Lyrics - Two Lives
    8

    Song Lyrics - Two Lives

    6 years ago

    Living right Living wrong I’m living two lives I’m not sure where I belong Doing what I should Sometimes what I shouldn’t It’s hard to know When I’m using good judgment Living on both sides With two kinds of...

  • Prose - The Chickenhawk
    3

    Prose - The Chickenhawk

    6 years ago

    You ran When it was your turn Hiding While the poor did burn Now you ruin The lives of others Ignoring the cries Of tearful mothers With shameful assurance In your own power You now stand tall Pretending you did not...

  • Prose - Horror
    11

    Prose - Horror

    6 years ago

    Horror When one culture Decides It is superior To another When life Is devalued To the point That extermination Can be done Without feeling But with Moral certainty The certainty That the God Of the dominant culture...

  • Prose - Buddhism
    3

    Prose - Buddhism

    6 years ago

    Do you kill Or do you love? Can you be both? Or neither? Can you suffer Without desire? Can you desire And not suffer? Can you love suffering? Can you hate desire? Will desire Kill you? Will suffering Give life? Without...

  • The Corruption in College Sports
    7

    The Corruption in College Sports

    5 years ago

    Big-time college sports is a corrupt enterprise. It is marred by the perfect storm of greed, glory and the cult of personality. The amount of money being generated is so overwhelming that people who consider themselves...

  • Prose - A Doubting Thomas
    5

    Prose - A Doubting Thomas

    6 years ago

    Is it God’s will Or ours? Why do we pray For hours and hours? Is it the hope That his answer Will find a cure For cancer? Is it the hope That his grace Will soothe the fears That darken our face? When we suffer Or die...

  • Song Lyrics - No Is All It Took
    3

    Song Lyrics - No Is All It Took

    6 years ago

    It only took a moment For you to make a mistake I only wanted to meet you You acted like I was fake What was I supposed to do? Write a poem on the spot? Tell you I play the piano? Show you the soul that you forgot? ...

  • Song Lyrics - I Asked For The Love I Couldn't Give
    6

    Song Lyrics - I Asked For The Love I Couldn't Give

    6 years ago

    I gave her some of me And turned on her light Should I say you’re welcome Or give her my life? Now she’s smiling at me And sends the sun my way I feel the pressure to love her I’m not sure what to say I didn’t...

  • Prose - Man is Deluded; Woman is Real
    10

    Prose - Man is Deluded; Woman is Real

    5 years ago

    A man will ignore the fact of his own shortcomings while a woman will dwell on the mere hint of her own. It's that delusion of their own greatness that gives men their self-confidence. It is very difficult to explain...

  • Prose - Sadness Then Salvation
    5

    Prose - Sadness Then Salvation

    6 years ago

    Every night I exhaust myself With thoughts of your past I take them off your shelf And to my heart they hold fast In God’s image they say we are made And yet I feel what I cannot see At my feet emotion has been laid...

  • Prose - When Will It Happen?
    6

    Prose - When Will It Happen?

    4 years ago

    You were always there waiting For a patch of blue in a storm cloud So you could smile at what you might find Because you knew then that what you waited for Was not a dream but the water that cooled your mind You felt...

  • Song Lyrics - I Didn't Get To Say Goodbye
    15

    Song Lyrics - I Didn't Get To Say Goodbye

    6 years ago

    For Kurt, Carol & Rick.... I didn’t get to say goodbye But I sure remember you We drifted apart counting the years And lived our lives as time flew They told me you were gone And my heart skipped a beat That’s...

  • Song Lyrics - Why You Complainin'?
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    Song Lyrics - Why You Complainin'?

    6 years ago

    I just heard from another friend Somebody they loved had died There’s sadness every time I turn around I didn’t know what to say even though I tried I get tired of all the complaining By people who have it made...

  • Song Lyrics - That's Not What She Wants
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    Song Lyrics - That's Not What She Wants

    6 years ago

    My friend buried his wife today And hoped she's in God’s hands He had to tell his kids “Don’t worry, we’ll be ok” He thought about their wedding day And all of their plans He had to tell himself “Don't...

  • Prose - In Her Time of Dying
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    Prose - In Her Time of Dying

    6 years ago

    As you suffer We suffer with you Yet you smile And say “The only part of me that hurts Is the part that won’t let go The part that cannot say goodbye The rest of me Is with God That’s how I can bear the pain You...

  • Song Lyrics - Occupyin' Blues
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    Song Lyrics - Occupyin' Blues

    6 years ago

    It’s their tea So don’t take it The ones who got nothing Want someone to share it Where they sit No matter The whole thing Will just get swept Under another rug The limo’s are full Of unrepentant braces Full of...

  • Prose - A Constant State of Inspiration
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    Prose - A Constant State of Inspiration

    6 years ago

    I want you to listen And show me your heart I try to show you life I try to show you art You seem to shrug And ignore what could be Do you want an open mind Or would you rather avoid me? Is it my ego Needing your...

  • Wall Street & Free Markets
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    Wall Street & Free Markets

    6 years ago

    Rubin and Greenspan... "So... what did your friend Ayn Rand say again about the virtue of selfishness?" It seems that Conservatism has become synonymous with greed. The term free market has almost become a religion by...

  • Prose - You Are Worthy of Love
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    Prose - You Are Worthy of Love

    6 years ago

    Love without need Companionship not control Vulnerability not weakness Fall but not fast Giving without expecting Desire not desperation Sharing without resentment Compromise without loss Freedom without indifference...

  • Prose - You Have No Idea
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    Prose - You Have No Idea

    6 years ago

    I may seem like everyone else But you have no idea The things I think Like looking up From the bottom of the sea To watch the birth of the tide I look like everyone else But you have no idea The things I think Like...

  • Song Lyrics - If You're Willing
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    Song Lyrics - If You're Willing

    6 years ago

    Are you going to give me a chance Or are you going to walk on by? Are you going to let me into your life Or would you rather go home and cry? I’ve been watching you for years it seems I always hope to see you on the...

  • Song Lyrics - Truth Is Their Greatest Fear
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    Song Lyrics - Truth Is Their Greatest Fear

    6 years ago

    “Everyone is tired of what I have to say,” He said to nobody but himself “The more I complain the more they walk away” There’s no time to mourn The death of an innocent boy Even though he does not know it yet...

  • Prose - To The War Go The Poor
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    Prose - To The War Go The Poor

    6 years ago

    Once the decision is made A baby will cry There is no just war For innocent people who die There are no heroes For the poor Only the spread of terror From door to door Always by someone Of their own kind Because the...

  • Song Lyrics - She's A Prophet
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    Song Lyrics - She's A Prophet

    6 years ago

    This will never happen I’m tired of waiting A dream is exhausting Yeah that’s what she said She knows The future Because she knows my past You won’t be a man And you will never be Unless you set me free Yeah...

  • Prose - How Can I Go Back?
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    Prose - How Can I Go Back?

    6 years ago

    Well, I wouldn't call this one easy listening.... It wasn’t a misunderstanding You crushed my spirit I can no longer smile The best I can do is forget Forgiveness is too high a price When your inner self must die I...

  • Prose - Hope Does Not Burn
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    Prose - Hope Does Not Burn

    6 years ago

    What you saw Made you afraid What you felt Was emptiness What you assumed Was wrong Hope did not fuel the fire Hope does not burn Hope survives As enslaved dreams Suppressed by madness Are born With a shock To those Who...

  • Song Lyrics - Fear Makes No Sound
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    Song Lyrics - Fear Makes No Sound

    6 years ago

    When I’m alone I think about words and rhymes And write about what tomorrow may bring But when you’re here I can’t seem to think of anything But you I think I’m so smart So clever too But when you are here My...

  • Song Lyrics - It's All Been Done (Are You Trendy?)
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    Song Lyrics - It's All Been Done (Are You Trendy?)

    6 years ago

    Your words have no meaning Because it's all been said Yet you are speaking You are speaking Your actions are nothing new Because it's all been done Yet you are acting You are acting You pretend to know the way Even...

  • Prose - I Wish For One Day
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    Prose - I Wish For One Day

    6 years ago

    I wish for one day I could understand How electricity Becomes a pixel I wish for one day I could be in the mind Of the man Who wrote a Gospel I wish for one day I could be as strong As a man Arrested for being black ...

  • Prose - How To Live
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    Prose - How To Live

    6 years ago

    Live a life of surprise In your gifts With no expectation No disappointment Or suffering Live a life of thinking By your mind With no moderation No limits Or censuring Live a life of freedom To be yourself With no...

  • Song Lyrics - A Better Way To Leave
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    Song Lyrics - A Better Way To Leave

    6 years ago

    What did I do To deserve all that? Maybe you’re not in love anymore But did I deserve a slap? You made me the bad guy So you could sleep at night Why didn’t you just leave And not turn out my light? There’s got...

  • Song Lyrics - Something I Can Believe In
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    Song Lyrics - Something I Can Believe In

    6 years ago

    This is my 300th hub and while it may not be my best, it is my heart. I think and write all the time but the answers are already there..... I spend a lot time thinking About what I can believe in It seems life is...

  • Prose - A Friend Faces The End
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    Prose - A Friend Faces The End

    6 years ago

    This is not about me... For some reason all I can hear in my head is a sitar and tambura drone. I lay on a bed of nails As existence becomes all too real I feel the coals under my feet As pretense will no longer...

  • Song Lyrics - I Don't Know Your World
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    Song Lyrics - I Don't Know Your World

    6 years ago

    I no longer live in your world The one that’s so blinding So blinding I no longer hear your words The ones that are so confining So confining I don’t know who taught you I don’t know who bought you I don’t...

  • Prose - Takin' The High Road
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    Prose - Takin' The High Road

    6 years ago

    They say the view’s nice But I can’t do it I can't breath up there It’s where forgiveness And holiness Sit and stare Wondering about me And why I won’t climb To the top of the mountain To find God’s word To...

  • Prose - How Many?
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    Prose - How Many?

    6 years ago

    It's about a father living apart from his children.... How many years must pass Before they become a waste? How many words will I swallow Before I begin to hate the taste? How many nights away from home Before I...

  • Prose - What Else Can A Poor Man Say?
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    Prose - What Else Can A Poor Man Say?

    6 years ago

    A flower blooms In a dry creek bed But to you it’s just a weed Money is your life Which you deny Because of the book you read Gold may shine But my soul lives on Even in the shadow of your greed A boast is loud But my...

  • Song Lyrics - Class Warfare
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    Song Lyrics - Class Warfare

    6 years ago

    If I dare to compare... this is a little Dylanesque protest.... It's class warfare but I don't care.... I made a mistake and read the news today About how a pale expressionless man got away With hurting people and...

  • Prose - Be Who You Are My Son
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    Prose - Be Who You Are My Son

    6 years ago

    This is about being who you are. You may not agree with everything but it is flavored by my own experience. It is a hard concept to be able to love a woman yet remain independent and still give her the passion and love...

  • Prose - You Are God's Will
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    Prose - You Are God's Will

    6 years ago

    Your tears Are dying Which one will be the last? You cry Your own river For us to see Replenishing us For our own sake As you float past Your tears The essence Of who you are Giving them away As you gave yourself To...

  • Song Lyrics - That's All Behind Me Now
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    Song Lyrics - That's All Behind Me Now

    6 years ago

    Why do I keep throwing my memories away? Every new girl wants to kill my past Didn’t you? Now that you’re gone The next one will want to kill you too I don’t want to deny my past I just want something that will...

  • Song Lyrics - Things Change
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    Song Lyrics - Things Change

    6 years ago

    When I need a break There’s a place I like to go Sometimes it’s just the water Sometimes the islands show It reminds me of us How we aren’t always there I’m never sure where we stand Or if we even care ...

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