Cry awhile

Heart pounding

Brain exploding

You wonder what to do

The pain it tears

At emptiness

Isolated and alone

Coruscating deadliness

When there’s no direction home

 

Well, I’m crying to the heavens

Feel like a helpless child

Yes, I cried for you

Now I’ll sit and cry awhile

 

Chest heaving

Shallow breathing

Lamps are burning low

The hope it flickers

At idle fears

The fringes of the night

Cascading misspent years

When darkness dims the light

 

Well, I’m crying to the heavens

Feel like a helpless child

Yes, I cried for you

Now I’ll sit and cry awhile

Poem: From a Distance

The day it dawned in darkness
The door it was slammed shut
The candle which was burning
Had all but been snuffed out
I fought with all my senses
Against the hope that was so clear
I hear a young dove crying 3,000 miles from here

I waited for 4,000 days
At times it seemed much more
I looked up to the evening sky
Counted shooting stars by the score
Your own flame shone quite brightly
And my hope it was so clear
I hear a young dove crying 3,000 miles from here

An asteroid exploded
On a Sunday back in June
A father’s love rekindled
But someone blew it out too soon
I waited for each message
My heart still swelled quite clear
I hear a young dove crying 3,000 miles from here

(with thanks to local singer/songwriter Ian Hunter for borrowing the last line refrain)

Poem: Fading anger

Look out across the years, can you see me crying?
Your memory fades with each passing night and day
From the beginning I knew that you were lying
Your colour shifts from red to shades of grey

I see through your deceit, I know that you are hurting
Regret it covers your face up like a cape
Memories now become quite disconcerting
I still wonder how you managed to escape

I hear your angry voice, rant like a drum beat
You were protecting yourself last time we spoke
I only asked you for conversation and made it discrete
I’ve never guessed you’d hide yourself up in that smoke

I sent you my feelings in a confidential letter
But you just played at God with Abel and Cain
Ten years further on I think I know you better
But how do you live your life with all that pain?

In my earth-filled coffin I think I will remember
The venom that was howling unrefined
Now old fires they just die to a glowing ember
And anger decomposes in the wasteland of your mind

Poem: A tragedy in three parts

Part 1

Waking up with room to spare

My eyes are filled from crying

I knew 10 years had already passed

With so little time to die in

I see the faces of my girls

My ears can hear them sighing

Just the blink of a life ago

The truth needs no denying

Their little voices laugh with glee

Head and heart they are defying

The August sun beats on and on

Faint hope is still decrying
Part 2

No anger

No hatred

No vengeance

No respite

No quarter

No apology

No sentence

No fight

No hope

No future

No daughters

November

Part 3

Why did you take them?

What did I do?

Just be a brave father

And breadwinner too

You took away life

On the wing of a lie

You took away laughter

And left children to cry

Your name it is vengeance

For what I don’t know?

I am a good father

And that you do know

You took away life

On the wing of a lie

You took away laughter

And left children to cry

You let the years pass

So how do you sleep?

What happened to you

Has now happened to me

You took away life

On the wing of a lie

You took away laughter

And left children to cry

So now I reach out

Just one final time

And ask you to listen

As time it does fly

You took away life

On the wing of a lie

You took away laughter

And left children to cry

Bury your hatchet

The ages have passed

Walk up that hill

Because nothing will last

You took away life

On the wing of a lie

You took away laughter

And left children to cry

Tread your path slowly

Look back where you came

Believe in tomorrow

It is never the same

You took away life

On the wing of a lie

You took away laughter

And left children to cry