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Friday, September 26, 2014

Joyful Girl By:Ani Difranco (This is the ONLY one I did NOT write)

i do it for the joy it brings
because i'm a joyful girl
because the world owes me nothing
and we owe each other the world
i do it because it's the least i can do
i do it because i learned it from you
i do it just because i want to
because I want to

everything i do is judged
and they mostly get it wrong
but oh well
'cuz the bathroom mirror has not budged
and the woman who lives there can tell
the truth from the stuff that they say
and she looks me in the eye
and says would you prefer the easy way?
no, well o.k. then
don't cry

and i wonder if everything i do
i do instead
of something i want to do more
the question fills my head
i know that there's no grand plan here
this is just the way it goes
and when everything else seems unclear
i guess at least i know

i do it for the joy it brings...

Again, I did NOT write "Joyful Girl"  It was written by Ani DiFranco...

Experience. Freedom. Love. Now.


What do you see when you dream
About it?
Eyes blue and filled with tears?
Someone you used to know?
In between what's real
And what's a memory
What's the difference anyway
If it all adds up
To nothing much either way
And who decides?
Keep walking down this one way
Acting like it's easy
But really it's beyond hard
Getting pretty good at acting normal
Like everything's just fine
So tell me again, my oldest friend
What do you see when you dream?
Do you prefer the truth
Or maybe how it seems?

Experience. Freedom. Love. Now.

In Between Seconds

Helena beat
Dirty feet
Singular seconds
In between
That's where we meet
That's when
I think of you.

Experience. Freedom. Love. Now.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tree of Life

Forward thinking
Binge drinking
Following the fairies
Into the moon dust
The light is faint
Stumble and bumble
Mumbling something
Along the way
Drowning in your reflection
You're so vain
Swinging from trees
Admiring the giant leaves
The flutter in the breeze
All perspectives
On the tree of life
Peddling forward
Deep breaths constant
In with the good
The air on the way out blows
Wishes on the flowers
They grow in cycles
Like us, I suppose
New opportunity
To see things clearly
Not as they were
But as they are
And how it is
So tell me...

                     Who wins??

Experience. Freedom. Love. Now.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

All Over The Place

As the sun rose this morning
I awoke and opened my eyes
I thought of change and the differences I've made
In my own life but also the world...

Down.  Down a different path I go
As I stopped so long
At the fork in the road
Held my stomach tightly
As the wind blowed
I never felt so alone.
Years have gone by now
And I've got nothing to show
Just that hand on my belly
And a checklist of  "no's"

So anyway
Get movin' down the road
Slow at first
Disqualified at Go
As I walk alone
I take stock of it all
And realize how much I've got
To change
I don't want to look back
And say
What a waste of space
I want to matter
But matter, as matter
And it's all over the place...

Just like the thoughts in my head
Negative to Positive
Change, change, change
      Change, change, change, change

Learn from these things
Pick up my head
Like the changing of the leaves
Everything means so much to me
And I've got so much further to go...

Now, now I don't have much to say
Just gotta go ahead and do it all the way
Forget the fork in the road
Going forward the wind still blows...

Inspiration lives in me
The past is history
And now, I decide which way to go
I choose how it's going to be
Gonna make a difference in this world
Just gotta start with me...

I'm not going to look back
And say
What a waste of space
I want to matter
But matter, as matter
And it's all over the place

Experience. Freedom. Love. Now.