Words have a way of cutting deep 
Deep within the soul
They should be measured carefully
Their weight  worth more than gold.

One comment made…. can cut deep
Can tear one’s heart to pieces
Once the trust is violated
All faith in friendship ceases. 

Double talk …. twisted words
Rearranging thoughts and motives
Can’t repair the damage done
Can’t change what’s been denoted.

“If you’ve got nothing nice to say,
Don’t say anything at all”
A phrase that has been known by most
Often posted on the wall.

Kindness can’t be bought or sold
It’s innate ….. it lives within
Within the confines of our heart
That’s where it all begins.

Apologizes don’t suffice 
They can’t change the past
Remarks and accusations
Seem to linger …. seem to last. 

Think before you tell someone
What may hurt or sting a bit
Consider how they may feel
Reconsider sharing it.

Always respect boundaries
Not just yours …. but theirs
Try to think before you speak
Show others that you care.


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Feeling so anxious
Encumbered by fear
Wanting to conquer
No time for these tears.

Stepping up boldly
Stating my claim 
Calling out clearly
My purpose …. my name.

Sharing my feelings 
Bearing my soul
The need to be heard
Will never get old.

Stories worth telling
Memories linger 
The plight of the artist
A poet …. a singer.

Whispering emotions
Tales of lost love
The depth of one’s feelings
Is more than enough.

Intros and verses
Bridges and riffs
Your mind now sedated
Will aimlessly drift.

The power …. the strength 
Of words interwoven
Carefully written 
Now melodically spoken.


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Let’s walk down to the jetty
We’ll leave our shoes on the boardwalk steps
Let’s walk along the beach together
Who cares if our feet get wet? 

Feel the sun and the cool summer breeze
Smell the sea …. watch the waves
come to shore
Walk beside me …. feel the wind in your hair
Don’t you know …. that’s what summer is  for? 

I love your smile and the way that you laugh
The color of your long, curly hair
Feeling you close …. wanting you to be closer
Trying so hard ….  not to stare. 

I reached for your hand …. as we climbed the rocks 
Piled high ….. to block the waves
I pulled you up …. then you let go
As we both walked toward the cave.

It was dark and felt somewhat cold inside
I could see ….. you had started to shiver
I took out my jacket from my backpack
The one with the gold and grey zipper.

I put my jacket around your shoulders
I longed to hold you next to me
But I knew …. it was better not to rush you
And to let things happen gradually. 

Before long … we had to get going
The tide would soon block our return
It was almost dusk …. when we started to leave
The waves were beginning to churn.

Back on the beach …. the sun set on the horizon
The moon glowing in the distance above
I wanted to tell you how I felt about you
That I was so deeply and passionately in love.

But I didn’t want to appear too aggressive
Turn you off …. or turn you away
So I kept silent about my feelings
Being careful about what to say. 

We walked back in the dark together
Slowly …. we walked barefoot in the sand 
You said that it was ….. a perfect day 
Then reached out and held my hand.


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You turned off the lights
You locked the door
You let her in
You wanted more.

Never enough
The pleasure …. the pain
The thrill and desire
Of starting again.

A loss of interest
A matter of time
Thinking about her
The one next in line.

Break out the wine 
Spare no expense
She’ll be impressed
The feelings intense.

Like nothing before
Her head will be spinning
You’ll make her feel great
Right from the beginning.

The night in the dark
The longing ….. the fire
She’ll do what you want
She’ll want to get higher.

No where on earth 
Has she ever been
Beyond the clouds
Where the air is so thin.

So thrilling ….. addicting 
So intoxicating 
The power of lust
So captivating. 

Without a doubt
Pushed to the brink
With no time at all
To stop or to think.

The clock will be ticking
But she’ll have no clue
This feeling won’t last
No …. never with you.


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I CAN’T FORGET (a song)

Never felt better
Than I felt with you
Safe and secure
So into you.

But …. it fell apart
When you said we’re through
You told me you loved her
What could I do?

It’s not the first time
That you said …. goodbye
You’ve got a habit
Of telling me lies.

I took a fall
Got pushed off the ledge
Gut punched …. back stabbed
Was left for dead.

What is it about her?
Her hair …. her perfume?
Nothing compares to
The stars and the moon.

A thousand wishes
Could not make you stay
I begged and I pleaded
But …. there was no way.

Even the devil
Gave up on me
No deals to be made
No chance for mercy.

Nights in the dark
The passion …. the bliss
The way that you held me
I can’t forget this.


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Spit balls and pea shooters 
Skate keys and chalk
Let’s go to the park
Let’s take a walk.

Stick ball and baseball
Cardboard airplanes
Tree forts and horseshoes 
Crayons and games.

Hide and Go Seek
Races and bikes
Rope swings and gliders
Whatever you’d like.

Run like the wind
Skip all the way home
Play in the backyard
With friends or alone.

No laptops …. no cell phones
No video games
It was so simple
Wish things …. never changed.


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I went back to your apartment
You had moved away
I followed up on every lead
Looked for you every day.

I spent my days wondering
Remembering nights with you
The quiet exchange of memories
Of the things we used to do.

Never dreamed I’d be without you
Never thought that you’d move on
Thought we’d be together
But something had gone wrong.

I wasn’t what you wanted
No …. I could never be
The one that you were looking for 
The one you really need.


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I’m calling again
Please pick up the phone
I know that you’re high
Please stop getting stoned.

It’s time to get sober
You’re losing your grip
You must be so tired
So tired of all this.

Please put down the pipe
Shave off that beard
Clean yourself up
Stop acting so weird.

Your ship needs a rudder
You don’t need a drink
Get back on track
Before your boat sinks.

You’re not by yourself
Don’t go it alone
Please take my call
Please answer the phone.


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.You never think of others
Before thinking of yourself
So hard for you to reach out
To offer any help.

Always in the spotlight
The center of attention
Sharing of one’s compliments 
The bone of your contention.

Extremes and innuendos 
Passive and aggressive
Always an agenda
Always so obsessive.

The antithesis of kindness
So shrewd and calculating
Trying to get over
Always  manipulating.

Getting someone else
To do the work for you
Anything to put it off 
Telling others what to do.

Whining half the day away
Needing someone you can use
Someone you can boss around
You thrive on the abuse.

Alone …. you are an island
You push everyone away
No friends …. no one to speak of 
You’ve always been that  way.

But …. most have paid attention
They are on to you
They know the insincerity 
They know what you’re up to.


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Spitting on the sidewalk
The perfect analogy
No regard for promises 
No attempt at apologies.

It’s time for me to walk away 
Nothing I can do
I have simply had enough
I’m tired of loving you.

Been charging up the middle 
Meeting  with resistance
Been getting knocked around
Complete with consequences.

Feeling belly up
No options or recourse 
You show no depth of feeling
No guilt …. blame or remorse. 

Found the invitation
A late night rendezvous 
I’m not  into slumming
Sorry …. but I’m through.


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