Before I sleep

This is supposed to be a song lyric. It is a work in progress. It’s almost complete but the verses may need to be altered a bit and/or rearranged.

Before I Sleep

How can you look at the conclusion?

How can you smile through your fear?

Because never again and always

I’ll be here

 

So shake me and tell me two more times

Stay with me as I fade

I’ve been dancing my whole life

Right here’s where I’ll be laid

 

When I gaze at you with question marks

Drifting toward the end

Remind me that you’re forever mine

What’s six feet between friends?

 

I’ll carry the melody

And we’ll sing to the birds

Don’t let me see a tear roll down your cheek

If I forget the words

 

So shake me and tell me two more times

Stay with me as I fade

I’ve been dancing my whole life

Right here’s where I’ll be laid

 

You’re a tall drink of water

New every time we speak

But I have promises to keep

Just a mile now before I sleep

A mile before I sleep

 

So shake me and tell me two more times

Stay with me as I fade

I’ve been dancing my whole life

Right here’s where I’ll be laid

Seven Days

I tried writing this specifically as a lyric as opposed to just a poem

Seven Days

What I feel today will surely fade

Right now it’s sharp and new

If not with ease, if not with grace, Then

With time I can forget this too Am7 Amaj7 D

 

In two weeks I’ll be gone

And you’ll feel far away

I’ll be here with a lonely song

And there’ll be nothing left to say

 

In a week the strain will worsen

As only half the time remains

Enough left to make the world our own

A well spent seven days

 

My brain tells me to throw up walls

Says I knew better than to start

When I could always see the end

But it’s said with half a heart

 

In two weeks I’ll be gone

And you’ll feel far away

I’ll be here with a lonely song

And there’ll be nothing left to say

 

On the street I stumble into you

Two kisses wait for me

Goodbye lurks just past hello

With not a minute in between

 

If there’s a dream of pulling through

In my mind I’ve seen it

I haven’t fallen yet

But I’m leaning, I’m leaning

 

In two weeks I’ll be gone

And you’ll feel far away

I’ll be here with a lonely song

And there’ll be nothing left to say

 

A feeling that will surely fade

With another seven days

Please another seven days

Seven days

Imperial Problem

Here’s some spoken word poetry.

Come What May

Everything stops

With that first hit

The kind of peace that I can’t quit

In a moment it all slows down

As I let my brain bathe in sound

 

The world

Appears to me brand new

I hear every chord as it comes through

The crescendo builds inside my brain

Tranquility bubbles through my veins

 

Such longing

For a heated spoon

Hard to find a spot where there’s still room

This hide and seek’s a scary game

But I’ll keep playing, all the same

 

One Motion

Of a graceful hand

The bells are up, the music stands

An open box, with all the things

Bad with the good, but how it sings

 

These times

When it all starts to blend

So many parts that I’ve got to mend

When the feeling’s gone the need will stay

But I have my armor, come what may

Lost

Lost

 

What’s the length of an arm?

And how many shots does it take to feel warm?

I’m biding my time in this room that’s too bright

Waiting on chemicals to dull the night

 

I can’t lie, I don’t understand the game

But if my drink’s got rum I guess its all the same

Sometimes I try to play along

But one misstep, and they’ll know I’m wrong

 

If not for the music and beer

I wouldn’t even know why I’m here

Hard as I try to get caught up in it

The alcohol only lets me wade through the minutes

 

They can all sit on the roof watching stars

And I’ll walk home past the empty bars

Out here I can see my breath

And that autumn rain it feels like death

 

I wish that I had a hand to hold

A little warmth to take the edge off the cold

Can’t get past the distance, it only expands

From my lonely shoulder to the tip of my hand

When I Lie Flat

When I Lie Flat

 

I work from the top rung of the ladder

And I’ve never seen the ground

If I jumped now would it matter?

When I lie flat is the world still round?

Can you call this swimming when I know I cannot drown?

 

When I look into the mirror

I see a person twice removed

Our falsehood’s gotten clearer

As imitation has improved

With no way to peel the layers, we’ve got nothing left to lose

 

The absence of conspiracy

And sinister design

Leaves us sifting through our theories

But there’s nothing there to find

Our progression back to nothing is a function of our minds

 

So I’ll keep working on that rock

And I’ll keep pushing up that hill

I’ll innovate, I’ll beat the clock

Though all I’ve got is time to kill

The way is set, all that’s left is to find a will

We Wouldn’t Fold

We got lost in the shuffle that never ends

Was it me who changed or you?

At first I tried to make amends

But when you’re through you’re through

 

I thought you might be one of those

No matter the cards we wouldn’t fold

a part of my life, wherever it goes

that’s what makes the shoulder so cold

 

You’ll always have a spot in my mind

I’ll remember you better than you were

We walked nine miles, nothing to find

But that uncertainty, so young and pure

 

I don’t know where I’m going

Or what I really want to say

I feel my gratitude’s not showing

But I have to say this anyway

 

The point is no hard feelings

Though it hurts a bit sometimes

I know that you’ve been reeling

Trying to make reason out of rhyme

 

So I’ll wish you all the best

In a verse since we don’t talk

Our friendship failed the test

But a part of me with you still walks