“ THE DRAGON AND THE BUTTERFLY”

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The Willow

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I came upon a willow
And I asked, “Sir,
“Why do you so weep?”
Then he cleared his throat,
Wiped his tears,
As he softly said to me:

“I’ve seen the Red Man’s spirit
Burned within his hand,
I’ve seen a free Man sold here
Then shackled to the land,
I’ve seen two brothers, kill each other,
Wearing blue and wearing gray—

And the worst part, Sir, about all this
Is I can’t turn the other way.”

“I’ve seen some mighty creatures
Killed with guns or left in traps
For nothing more than the sport of it
Or put a coat upon your back.”

“I’ve seen my quiet brothers
Felled with axe and cut at will,
Not caring about the outcome
Till the last ones in the mill.”

“I’ve seen the land and waterways
Spoiled, so I cannot recognize,
And the sun will never shine the same
With all the pollution in the skies.”

He started to go on and on,
But I heard all I could hear,
So I stopped his truthful renderings
With a tug and with a tear.

“I’m sorry, Sir,” I said to him,
“But I’m the one your story names–
That the honesty your words convey
Have left me feeling quite ashamed.”

He slowly lowered his branches,
He gently wiped my eye,
His leaves began to rustle
As he sighed a long, long sigh.

“This is what’s confusing,
The reason that I weep,
Is I’ve never seen another race
With such compassion, yet so oblique.”

“You have the power to change things–
For this you are unique.
You have the power to stop right now
If it is truly what you seek.”

Those were the last words that he spoke to me.
He never spoke again
So now I share those words of wisdom
Coming from an old, old friend……

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Sprite

received_1429885330378273.jpegI stood at the edge of the pond

Where the bullfrogs howl, as the wind whispered through the pines

Where the green frogs hide amongst the bones of the earth

Listening I could hear the music, faint in the darkness

As I watched you dance

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Then all at once you were gone

As the night swallowed you up

I stood alone

Where the green frogs hide amongst the bones of the earth

Where the bullfrogs howl, as the wind whispered through the pines

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Fairytales

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Someone once told me
There are no such things as fairytales
Just words on paper brought to life in dreams

Fairytales are not just words on a page
For they start long before the first ink is spilled
Before the quill is dipped
When the parchment lay blank

Fairytales are not fireflies growing voices
But rather the soft flutter of leaves
Dancing to and fro in the breeze
Fairytales don’t start in the clouds
They quietly push themselves out of the ground
As they reach for the sun

Fairytales aren’t absorbed from the outside
Coming to life as they work their way in
They start on the inside
Exploding out like fireworks
In a dark summer sky
Painting multicolored pictures on one’s eye

Fairytales are more than dreams
They are the reality of reaching our goals
They are not running from
They are running to
Shaking off the darkness that pursues us
The chains that would bind us to one place

If fairytales weren’t real
Then clouds would just be clouds
All the flowers would smell the same
The birds wouldn’t be able to sing
If fairytales weren’t real
Everything would be just black and white

But everything isn’t just black and white

Someone once told me
There are no such things as fairytales
But someone blew me a kiss
I saw it grow butterfly wings
Dance across the meadow
To land on my cheek
Now every night the dragons dance
Around the moon
Chasing their tails like shooting stars
And the fireflies spell out your name
As they skip across a field of wildflowers

So make your wish
Dream your dreams
Don’t ever give up hope
But most of all
BELIEVE
Believe in fairytales…..

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“A Leap of Faith”

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We’ve lost our faith in fellow man
So we look up to the sky
To put our faith in His command
Yet His word we misapply

When we look to find His meaning
Look at me, then look at you
It’s a simple, soulful, gleaning
In finding what is true…

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“Forbidden Fruit”

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If my name were Adam
If your name was Eve
I would eat every apple
Until you believed

Until you could see me
For just what I am
Until it came clear
That I’m not the same man

I’d stand naked before you
So your heart it would see
That the person that loves you
Has always been me….

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The Clown

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There’s a clown in the swamp
Where the alligators lay
His smile will never fade
There’s a door, with a sore
That he’s opened before
Filled-
with the bills, he’s not paid

There’s a fair, unaware
There’s a moth in her hair
Her buzzing never fades
Till her grin stumbles in
Like it knows where she’s been
Conscious-
of its own escapades

They greed on the need
Whenever, together
The heart is always betrayed
Yet, its together they see
Alone there’s no soul
Just games that are so often played….

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“I Never Will Say”

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I wanted to tell you
Life took you away
Now I’m sitting here feeling
What I never will say

I kept it inside
Feeling you knew
Now I never will tell you
How much I love you

All the times that I felt it
I should have just said
Now the moments have passed me
The words feel dead

I wanted to tell you
Life took you away
Now I’m sitting here thinking
What I never will say

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Twilight Whispers

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The twilight whispers,
your name.
As the stars blink bright for me.
With my ear pressed against the night
I listen for the slow breath of dawn
for that faint heartbeat,
that not even the dark may silence.
As the colors,
stolen by the night
return to my eyes, I see the beauty
of the morning.
I hear music in the softness of your breaths
I feel the warmth of the sun on my face
as your eyes open.
Can life offer any more pleasures than
your smile?
Can words have any more meaning than
your name?
Is it simplistic of me to think?
I have felt all there is,
in you.
I am a shadow
you are the light that creates me
I am the twilight that whispers
your name.
For you are the slow breaths of dawn

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Love Always Wins

We could splash across your happiness
Climb through mountains of despair
Together wade through everything
Dripping lovedrops everywhere

So

If you would just give me the word
Maybe mark a place to start
I would put your hand inside my hand
Then together
Cross your heart


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DB new beginings

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The magic of the butterfly
Could not malicious hold
By spell or incantation
Of darkest sorcery bold

Beauty in their boldness
Poetry in their flight
Fragile in their nature
Capture in their fight

The symmetry of the dragon
A heart of ages told
Bold and fierce redemption
From darkest sorcery’s hold

Boldness in their beauty
Poetry in their fight
Damaged by their nature
Quick is their respite

Within the souls of dragons
Are fragile butterflies
Ageless passions burning
Deep within their eyes

The dragon and the butterfly
Could not malicious hold
By spell or incantation
Of darkest sorcery bold….

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