THE DUNGEON

My lesson is learned,
So this I do know:
My freedom is earned,
So please let me go.

Framed for a crime
I did not commit.
Jailed for some time,
And so here I sit.

Sentenced to the earth
And condemned to die,
Whatever it is worth
And regardless of why.

Kept in the dark,
Blinded by the light,
The outlook is stark,
The truth out of sight.

STANDING ON THE CORNER

Standing on the corner,
Here is what I see:
I see a guy walking by,
Who looks a lot like me.

Going through the motions,
We all must follow through,
Doing all of the things,
We are supposed to do.

Stopping at the lights,
Abiding by the law,
Over and over again,
Like riding a seesaw.

Living day to day,
Surviving year to year,
Staying on the path,
Like life is a career.

Following all the rules,
Playing the same game,
Like bees inside a hive,
Every day is the same.

Everybody looks alike,
We speak the same way,
Somebody asks a question,
We know just what to say.
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In all the voices I hear,
In all the points of view,
Nobody ever knows
More or less than I do.

Standing on the corner,
Watching myself walk by,
Without ever knowing,
As to the reason why.

Standing on the corner,
Walking down the street,
I see a mirror image
In every face I meet.

RED BALLOON

If you can hear
Above the chatter,
Place your ear near,
Does one life matter?

So many live and die,
Too many to ever count.
No one can specify
As to the precise amount.

Generations come and go.
Beings abound far and near.
And we may never know,
The reason we are here.

A frog croaks at night.
His universe is the pond.
Can a life so finite
Have any meaning beyond?

Does every grain of sand
Even matter to the stars?
Does what we understand
Concern the ants on Mars?

Do the fish in the sea,
Or the birds in the sky,
Know about you and me,
Or care if we live or die?

For every red balloon,
There are infinitely more.
We may know the tune,
We do not know the score.

MY DEMISE

I cry when I think of Pete Seeger,
His songs bring tears to my eyes,
But I cannot seem to shed a tear,
When it comes to my own demise.

I get misty about my children,
My grandchildren and my wife,
But it does not seem to bother me,
When I think about losing my life.

I get sad when I think of the struggles,
Some people have all their lives,
But I must believe, when a body dies,
Something greater still survives.

I can see the end of the tunnel.
Somehow, I can see the light
I do not know what will happen,
But I know it will be alright.

INFINITY OF ONE

For whom does the bell toll?
Beneath the stars and sun
All parts of the whole
An infinity of one

HOPING FOR ETERNITY

You are born, and then you die.
Life consists of the days between.
Live and love, laugh and cry.
The source of it stays unseen.

As you grow, you never know
How you came to be alive.
You only know, the row you hoe
Will help you to survive.

Your organism will die some day,
Like a flower, a dolphin or bird.
As you pray to stay some way,
Eternal souls may be absurd.

Born into this world of wonder,
Full of colors and infinity,
Amid rain and sounds of thunder,
Hoping to exist for eternity.

FADE AWAY

In death, I prefer to fade away,
Without any heartache or pain.
Drift away softly, at end of day,
Late at night in the pouring rain.

With raindrops on the rooftop,
In the gentleness of night,
As my heart does finally stop,
My soul will lose its sight.

Whatever comes will be alright,
As I ease on away from here.
As my soul does take its flight,
Beyond all the pain and fear.

Seeking to exist above the fray,
Away from this moment in time.
Ascending to exist another way,
Some way much more sublime.

COME AWAY WITH ME

Come on pretty baby,
Let’s take a little trip.
I’m not too young
And I’m not too hip.

I’m going to California,
Come away with me,
Way down the road,
Come along and see.

We can hitch a ride
Or maybe just walk.
Spend time with me
As we walk and talk.

Three thousand miles
On a four day ride.
As long as we’re together,
We will be satisfied.

Come and go with me,
I will keep you near.
I will keep you safe.
You have nothing to fear.

Together we can make it
In all kinds of weather.
Our love for each other
Will keep us together.

I will watch over you.
By your side, I will stay.
You will never be alone,
Not a moment or a day.

You were born in New York,
I was raised in L.A.
Come along with me,
I will show you the way.

New York to California,
I’ve been down that road.
Let’s hit the highway,
We can share the load.

Make me your home,
I will be your family.
Bring along your love,
Come away with me.

BEYOND THE WALL

I can see my hands.
I can see my feet.
I can feel my heart,
I can feel it beat.

Am I an organism,
Or just using one?
Going for a ride,
Doing it for fun?

Thoughts are illusions,
The organism real.
The body must die
To no longer feel.

Are we born again,
Another place and time,
Or die with our bones
After one lifetime?

The organism dies,
The brain rots away.
Is it an illusion
We return someday?

We exist forever,
To matter at all.
Beyond any limit,
Beyond any wall.