Voices


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Hearing people say what you cannot do

too old, too late, too hard

voices that are constantly speaking

do not listen

Voices that doubt

no faith in who you are

in what you can do

make them silent

Murmuring failures

giving life to faults

foul breath covers you

turn away

Inside yourself others speak

strength, passion, ability

daily growing louder

drowning out the other voices

One


space

Needs of many

outweighing needs of few

or one

Sacrifice neither vain

nor empty

Best of times

or worst

Far better place

to go

Soul was most

human

Would not presume

to debate

Lived long and

prospered

Have been and

always shall be

one

Pressure


water

 

It bears down on me

like so much pressure

pushing, ever pushing

never letting up.

 

School, work, family

always something to do

never any rest or peace

even in my dreams.

 

Overwhelming pressure

leaving dents

in my mind, my heart, my soul

getting deeper all the time.

 

Smothering, getting sick

no strength to push back

going under

and no one sees.

Instinct


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Self preservation
selfishly existing
thoughts of oneself
instinct
Insulated ambiguity
emotional icebergs
feelings for none
instinct
Nothing shocking
without care
focused on you
helping none
feigning ignorance
they don’t matter
instinct

Lost


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So much gone
never to be found
not enough tomorrows
for the lost

Searching in vain
frantically running
seeking something
always lost

Plugging the holes
it never holds
over and over you try
still lost

No more tomorrows
time far gone
remaining empty
forever lost

Speak


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It takes courage to speak
silence is easy
quiet is not hard to do
voices take work
speak faith
speak pain
speak help
speak torment
these are the hard things
silence faith
quiet pain
silence help
quiet torment
these are easy to do
It takes courage to speak
open your mind
expose your soul
feel something
Speak your courage

Reaching


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Reaching out for a hand
to hold as we fall
hoping it will save
wishing, knowing not at all

What if the hand’s not there
how then do we survive
when we are all that’s left to hold
do we remain alive

Is there any way to tell
what tomorrow brings
will we awake
when the alarm bell rings

We keep reaching
looking to find hope
just tie a knot
at the end of your rope

Optimistic


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Day one filled with hope
no losses yet incurred
fresh beginnings at the start
last year’s season blurred

First pitch, first hit, first run
all brand new again
always optimistic
hoping for the win

Days go by as summer comes
win or lose still we hope
more losses than wins some weeks
and then we mope

Season end draws ever near
we hope the postseason to play
whatever comes for our team
optimistic we remain each day

Reinvent


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To begin
start out fresh
anew, renew
reinvent

Forget yesterday
tomorrow too late
now, today
remake

Past mistakes
future is unknown
ready, set
remaster

Seek truth
found in yourself
believe, trust
re-imagine

Life



Horribly beautiful
in all it’s glory
inspiration one moment
desperation the next
painted with
telling brush strokes
the truth never
quite revealed
horribly beautiful
this thing called life

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