One Last Pantoum…For a Tuesday

JUST GO

Don’t pack a bag, just go.
Slip silently away.
No one needs to know.
Why you’ve chosen not to stay.

Slip silently away.
Let darkness take your soul.
You’ve chosen not to stay.
You cannot be made whole.

Let darkness take your soul.
Float freely into space.
You cannot be made whole.
This never was your place.

Float feely into space.
No one needs to know.
This never was your place.
Don’t pack a bag, just go.

Pantoumpalooza Nears Its End

WHEN MONSTERS COME KNOCKING

When monsters come knocking,
You can’t remain hidden.
Soon evil comes walking;
Fear gathers unbidden.

You can’t remain hidden.
We need your light shining.
Fear gathers unbidden,
Dark forces aligning.

We need your light shining.
We need your love flowing.
Dark forces aligning
Appear to be growing.

We need your love flowing.
A stronger resistance
Appears to be growing.
It needs your assistance.

A stronger resistance—
Still evil comes walking.
Love needs your assistance,
When monsters come knocking.

Only Questions, Pantoum Style

IN A WORD

Can I sum up a week in a word?
Can it capture my feelings within?
Do I simply repeat what I’ve heard?
Will it stop me before I begin?

Can it capture my feelings within?
Do I dare express all that I feel?
Will it stop me before I begin?
Do I die from these wounds? Do I heal?

Do I dare express all that I feel?
Which word is the one I should choose?
Do I die from these wounds? Do I heal?
Do I really have nothing to lose?

Which word is the one I should choose?
Do I stretch for that one out of reach?
Do I really have nothing to lose?
Is it better to pray or to preach?

Do I stretch for that one out of reach?
Do I simply repeat what I’ve heard?
Is it better to pray or to preach?
Can I sum up a week in a word?

I Thought I Knew Things

YOUR PAIN, AND MINE

i cannot speak your pain
forgive the times i’ve tried
i thought i could explain
that’s why i’m on your side

forgive the times i’ve tried
thinking i knew best
that’s why i’m on your side
i’m better than the rest

thinking i knew best
but what i knew was small
i’m better than the rest
and i’m no good at all

yes, what i knew was small
until i heard you say
i’m not good at all
my pride got in the way

until i heard you say
your story wasn’t mine
my pride got in the way
i had to draw a line

your story wasn’t mine
i thought i could explain
i had to draw a line
i cannot speak your pain

It Hasn’t Even Been a Full Week

WE SET OUR WORLD ON FIRE

we set our world on fire
playing carelessly with flame
now we watch the burning pyre
knowing this was not a game

playing carelessly with flame
we ignited quite the blaze
knowing this was not a game
not a cure for our malaise

we ignited quite the blaze
thought we’d burn our discontent
not a cure for our malaise
this was never our intent

thought we’d burn our discontent
now we watch the burning pyre
this was never our intent
we set our world on fire

Where Does It Go From Here?

SOME FRIENDS TOOK A STROLL

it happened the very next day
some friends took a stroll in D.C.
they said, no one gets in our way
we take our rights seriously

some friends took a stroll in D.C.
and others soon joined them to say
we take our rights seriously
we are here and we won’t go away

and others soon joined them to say
we march for all women and girls
we are here and we won’t go away
no matter what insults you hurl

we march for all women and girls
all preferences, races, and creeds
no matter what insults you hurl
together we’re what this world needs

all preferences, races, and creeds
women and children and men
together we’re what the world needs
our voice won’t be silenced again

women and children and men
a worldwide reminder, take care
our voice won’t be silenced again
mess with our rights if you dare

a worldwide reminder, take care
we say no one stands in our way
mess with our rights if you dare
see what happens the very next day

Not Naming Names

OH SO PROUD

bigly grew the crowds
best ever on tv
a ruler, oh so proud
saw what only he could see

best ever on tv
his ratings can’t be beat
what only he could see
so colossal, so replete

his ratings can’t be beat
all of history take note
so colossal, so replete
not what the liars wrote

all of history take note
be sure to get it right
not what the liars wrote
full of envy and of spite

be sure to get it right
a ruler, oh so proud
full of envy and of spite
bigly grew the crowds