Sunday, 29 May 2011
A strange and eerie silence just before the midnight train
in the distance rolling thunder, through the darkness,
here's the rain
now wind is whipping sideways, tearing limbs from massive trees,
it's a wonder, jolt of thunder, every man's not his knees!
In a frenzied call to sleepers, get your loved ones up, she screams
it's the grimmest of all reapers come to rob you of your dreams
and it's grinding up the ground ten miles south, a mile wide
and it's headed your direction, so you'd better run and hide!
So panic takes the front seat while we quickly dive for cover
and we pray for God's deliverance, 'cause no one wants to hover
and we wait upon hell's plunder,as it devastates the land
and leaves it's monster's calling card, demise of all things grand.
lighter than a feather, yet never made for flight
carried on this wrecking train through blackness of the night
butcher knives! and power tools! an airborne metal shed!
A rabbit cage! an auto harp and someone's unmade bed!
the stuff which neighbors value, all their papers, jewels and cash
have been caught up in the whirlwind, torn to shreds and churned to trash
it's then I hear the grinding of the wheels upon the track
and brace myself with others in the bowels of my shack
a locomotive bearing down, we hold on tight and pray
the shrill wind screams, you can't believe it's happening this way!
and all we care about right then is staying on the ground
and keeping those we love alive, intact and safe and sound.
The way it goes, no one quite knows the way it's gonna be
we trust that God is here to lead us through the deep Red Sea
though man's no match against it, we'll find shelter in the storms
and pray escape the reaper in the whirlwind as it forms.
Monday, 23 May 2011
Thursday, 19 May 2011
in the mugginess of a mid-August night without air conditioning
on the second floor of an ancient cape, a rewired black electric fan oscillates while the unmistakable scent of must wafts through a zippered cotton pillowcover...
Hundred year old striped ticking struggles against the shifting weight of tired duck feathers, long since retired and unable to fluff with the punch of a determined fist.
Against my sleeping eyelids, tiny quills poke back like angry needles into a pin cushion
and I, squawking to half-consciousness, shield my eyes against the attack.
How did they ever do this?
Saturday, 14 May 2011
I took a walk with Misery
we've been walking for a while
sometimes he says I go too slow
but I'll go that extra mile.
We don't say much and that's okay,
I'm not much one for talking
Silence makes good company
though some may find this shocking.
Well Misery's been up and down
these old familiar roads
prefers to walk with strangers now
who'll kick against the goads.
He's seen his share of Trouble
it invites him in for tea;
he walks the sullen pathway home
They take the train quite often
and meet up at the bars
Self Pity's always waiting
with her bottle, wounds and scars.
They buy a round and toast the clown
whose always got one-liners
to keep the crowd distracted
from the sad-sack whining piners.
Adversity can test your will
and take away your smile
you might meet up with Misery
and settle for a while,
to dwell upon the negative
will limit where you go~
and stuck inside, you'll just abide,
and surely miss the show.
Reflecting on old Misery,
I've often let him lead
and my own uncertain need.
I slow my pace and let him pass,
and turning up the sound
I bid farewell to Misery,
it's time to turn around!
I hear his voice and get a skip in my step
I have to watch it cause I'm getting a rep
for acting crazy when I'm walkin' along
I hear his song
and nothing else is makin' me tingle
could be the way he puts the gin in the jingle,
the cock 'n bull is always brimming with fizz
ain't no wonder 'bout the best that there is
though he's old
and it's said
being old is better off than dead
well we know
where he'll go
Who saved his soul and for our sins He bled
and when I'm blue
his voice can reach me in the worst places
bears the burden, then he ties up my laces
and lifts me like the sun in His song
staying with me while I'm walkin' along.
Monday, 2 May 2011
the storm clouds rising up inside me
here alone I've faced a darker day
hard to know where you begin just like the rain
you touched my skin and suddenly I'm drenched
and looking for a place to hide away
with you ( with you)
hide away with you ( with you)
take me back to where you're from
and dry me off beneath the sun
and speak to me the words which turn cold winters into summer
melt the ice within my heart please make it safe
and never part my life with you is so much more
than what it was, a bummer
with you (with you)
summer fun with you (with you)
Clouds move in and storms roll past
the darkness comes but never lasts
and through it all the Lord, our closest friend
First and Last, He's still the same and
trusting in His Holy Name
He's sure to bring us sunshine in the end
with you (with you)
in the end with you (with you)