Thought and Durability

Lost at sea
Lost in thought
Thought less of
Thought I knew
Knew the way
Knew my place
Place last
Place of solitude
Solitude is a fortress
Solitude is a cabin
Cabin fever
Cabin for Thoreau
Thoreau the idealist
Thoreau had competence
Competence eludes me
Competence is fleeting
Fleeting days
Fleeting hope
Hope doesn’t spring
Hope gives strength
Strength under pressure
Strength revealed in fire
Fire in the deep
Fire in the eyes
Eyes on the prize
Eyes are a window
Window inside
Window shattered
Shattered life
Shattered mirror
Mirror off the wall
Mirror of words
Words in cadence
Words on a page
Page after page
Page the doctor
Doctor my soul
Doctor of
Of a kind
Of a persuasion
Persuasion persuades
Persuasion sways
Sways in a storm
Sways under test
Test the mettle
Test the durability
Durability endures
Durability defines
Defines
Endures

Unknown

I wish I could identify the
birds I hear around me.
I wish I knew the right names of the
mountains over there.
The shrubs, the trees, the weeds
are all alien to me.
I’m a traveller who never studied
the culture I visit.
I still enjoy the cool breeze
of spring – as far as I know.
I enjoy the sun on my skin,
the light through sunglasses,
the quiet, the open, the still
old friends in a strange land.
Or – is it a trick of the mind?
Do I fool myself so I will
believe this life is livable?
Am I the stranger having no
business studying the land -
no need to know about
the birds, the mountains,
the trees, the shrubs, the weeds,
the breeze, the sun.
I am the illusion?

Born to be loud.

Partial lyrics for a song I once wanted to write and play in an old band. Once upon a time …

Throw your horns I the air
Never let them fall
We earned our pain
At the headbangers ball
Scream and shout
Play it loud and proud
We know what rock’s about
We were born to be loud
We know what rock’s about
We were born to be loud

So crank it up, way past eleven
And hit the light on the stairway to heaven
Scream and shout
Play it loud and proud
We know what rock’s about
We were born to be loud