someday, when the sun goes down…

someday, when the sun goes down
upon the last of your regrets,
you'll find that life is slightly kind
at last at least in little bits

and then, you'll find it true to say
that your life was a real success
because you'll have the peace of mind
that comes when you have done

your best

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best you are capable of becoming.”

– John Wooden

Now, we must face together this unknown.
The moments have led us here,
  the roads we’ve traveled —
We, each from a different background,
  house, and world;
Led to a cord we would not see unraveled —

But this is our task, our battle, only us:
To enter the fray with purpose – once, twice, thrice –
And never to stop the fight until we win,
And given a reason to the sacrifice

That those who suffered from this wrong have made.
For tall in our memory such trees have grown
As place us today within a holy shade.
Now, we must face together this unknown.

if minds could touch…

if minds could touch,
you’d know that i was near you,
if hearts could sing
you’d hear me everywhere,

if eyes could see
when all around is empty,
the dark’ning day
would never seem so bare —

i’d kiss your wearied thoughts,
and rouse your courage,
i’d stroke the edges,
worn and frayed too much,

of all your fading hopes;
a loving blanket
i’d be for you, today,
if minds

could touch

Perceive, remember, and descry…

Perceive, remember, and descry
The truth among the many weeds
That hide away from softer eye
To where the heart’s true river leads –
For love’s a day,
A year, a land,
And hope is ever
Near at hand.

Observer, discover, and inspect
The reasons why the night still aches:
And in the quiet times, reflect,
That love may bend, but never breaks –
For where we be
The echoes fall,
And hope is ever
Standing with
Us all

I Fought Against The World Last Night

I fought against the world last night,
It didn’t go that well.
But for a little while, man,
I really gave ’em hell –

Yet when the fight was over, world
Was standing, strong as stone —
And I was staring at the mat,
Then limping out alone.

There is so much that happens to us
Not of our own choosing;
We fight sometimes, and know we’ll lose,
But keep on. past our losing —

I heard the crowd in padded seats
Who jeered at my last fall:
I know my name and bloodied face
Fell out of their recall –

I fought against the world last night,
It’s hard when you go through it:
But there are things that must be done,
And someone has to do it –

For there can be a better world:
There’s wrong that still needs righting —
And we can yet win out, at last –
As long as we
Keep fighting


(“I Fought Against The World Last Night” – 2-15-2017)