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These are all poems I wrote in Japan. "At a Place" was the first one, which I wrote in my first host family's home, which was not a fun experience. Most of the rest were written during free time at school, whether it was in the library or during class. I wrote many of them with tunes in mind, and hoped one day to turn them into songs. So far I have turned "At a Place Between Here and There," "The Ocean Song,""Music," "Sakura and Scotch," "Colors," "Rusty Fields," "Light and Motion," "I'm the One You Can't Hear," and "The Sway of the Pines" into songs, some of which are availible for download. I have not yet recorded ones that are not availible for download, but if enough people like whats there, I'll get off my ass and record some more.

At a Place Between Here and There
Sun Burned Lawns
A Tune Better Hummed (or if you see Kay)
Late Nights and Money
The Ocean Song
Inner Peace, Outer Rage
Song of a Flower
Music
A ďConflictĒ For The Ages
Sakura and Scotch
Several Haiku by Which to Ponder the Wonders of Water Reflecting the Sunís Rays (in chronological order)
Iím the One You Canít Hear
Colors
Rusty Fields
Frightened Only by the Uncertain Inevitability
Floating Cars in a Dark Ally Waited Nervously
Lilacs
Light and Motion
The Sway of the Pines



At a Place Between Here and There-

When the storm breaks through
The roof will come crashing down
The rain will flow in; Iíll try to swim up
But I canít figure where to begin

I just want to sleep now
And tomorrow may be better
Because here I know love, here I know time
Here I can spin 10 pennies from a dime

The man holding his watch is smiling 
The people watching him are crying
And the one standing on the bridge that spans between the two
Is dying

Youíre train carried me across the waters
Only to find there was nothing but the same on the other side
So I swam back across and still to this day
I sit and draw pictures down by that bay

I hope on my grave they wonít just write ďyoungĒ
To everything a shade of blue
As I write as I sleep
I will not come back to you
Top
Sun Burned Lawns- In a dark lit alley in the city The hypnotic glow of neon lights A girl skips to be pretty In the dark of city nights Walk through the tavern door And take a hard look at the scene But itís just as it was before Nobody wants to be seen Stagger back to your castle Standing tall in the clouds If itís not too much of a hassle Please try not to be loud Off a dirt road too close to the city The wondrous glow of the moon In a back yard a girl begs for pity But her father had come home too soon Walk through the tavern door And take a hard look at the scene But itís just as it was before Nobody wants to be seen Stagger back to your castle Where a forest once grew If itís not too much of a hassle Your lawn reminds me of you Top
A Tune Better Hummed (or if you see Kay) Listen my child and you shall hear In my mind I quench that with fear Are you going? Are you coming? Rest assured Iím only humming Founders of things to be torn down Open your heart and let in the sound Opaque as you only thought you were Listing all the problems you have with her Jackass jabbed me in my back Elephants float by in packs Really wish it werenít a knife Kings can have whatever life Have you looked inside the package? Are you just gonna leave the wreckage? Tip your bartender; heís stuck with you Eclipse this ellipsis itís just not true Lizards of men manifest in line Intent on the invasion of mind Are you going? Are you coming? Rest assured Iím only humming Top
Late Nights and Money- Up a carpeted staircase from a building Straight out of 2086 Lies a sanctuary to those who wait For a hole in their soul to fix You sing and you dance With people you do not know You laugh and you drink And you donít need to think Just watching the garden grow Small smoky rooms filled with laughter and song Flashing bright lights Knowing at home theyíre waiting by the phone I want to party all night I wonder if this little smoky room Could maybe dry up his tears It sure would help in this Land of the rising fears The air is cold, but the people are getting warm You sing and you dance With people you do not know You laugh and you drink And you donít need to think Just watching the garden grow A little girl I once knew from my childhood I though I saw In restless dreams a thousand seems There is no law Top
The Ocean Song- Streams on a mountain Green life flourishes up high Cool breeze, summer air The dying ask for water Because they know it brings life Tranquil streams over waterfalls Become raging rivers of strife That flow and build And may fall again Until they reach Where they began Vast boundless oceans Sanctuary to lonely Lost in the unknown The dying ask for water Because it cleans away strife Been in the ocean for awhile Time to move on with life And the sun, the pretty sun Pries from the safe ocean Reminds you what itís like Fills you with emotion Streams on a mountain Green life flourishes up high Cool breeze, summer air Top
Inner Peace, Outer Rage- Robots weep on a charred hill Remembering what could have been One of them takes a book like a pill Numbing the cold within Thinking the pain had been cleansed away He forced the others to try All of them slept, day by day And when they woke up theyíd died Over the lake I cast my stare They watch from behind but I donít care Once I asked the skyódid we think we could lie? Brothers against brothersótaking away all I had prized Many years later a soul awoke The echoes rumbled over the crowd The heart of the world had been shaken For his voice had been loud A band of ignorance began to follow him But to his brothers he said no Up to the lies you must stand But stand up you must alone They dispersed and went about their lives Remembering what had been said My hope is sincerely that you wonít See any with lies covering their heads Over the lake I cast my stare They watch from behind but I donít care Once I asked the skyódid we think we could lie? Brothers against brothersótaking away all I had prized Top
Song of a Flower- I see a flower reaching up Through a crack in the street Just content to be, oh little life You look happy to greet Blue pedals whisper to me My song please forget never Blossom through snow may thou Bloom and grow forever The wind blew hard And the rain fell violently But the flower stood strong And took what had come, ever so silently But the winter had been too harsh And by springís first day Where a flower once stood There was only a child at play I woke up one day And scolded the child Remembering only my flower That was a mistake For the child knew as I And together we wept for an hour And still to this day I sit down by the bay Singing the song of a flower Top
Music- Listen children and you will sing The song of a thousand silent wings Flying to a place we can only hear Open your eyes teen and you will listen To a world of lies that will have you wishing For a castle in the sky that makes us whole Built on the emotions of a thousand souls Open up your hearts people and you will hear A thousand joys A thousand tears An emotion called hate No, an emotion called fear But love is near Love is here Top
A ďConflictĒ For The Ages- Sage brush, dirt and rocks A carved out river gorge Sit and enjoy the fresh air Watching the ants forage Your mind asks what youíre doing Your heart says just walking around Enjoying the day, far away Listening to no sound Then a violent tremor begins The ground shakes and splits Soldiers pour from underneath In bunkers the enemy sits Thatís when the fighting begins It looks the government had you all along Explosions and screams erupt on the scene Suddenly youíre facing a gun He pulls the trigger without any Second thoughts Suddenly your back, as it was before The battle in your mind was fought Youíre anger comes out loud Because even here you see From the foraging antís mistakes You still are not free Top
Sakura and Scotch- A leafless branch floats gently On a surface as serene as her beauty Long since left has her leafs And joined the ground behind my feet A guitar strikes a chord Man I wish I was bored Then thereíd always be time To keep you inside of my mind Iíve got a secret thatís true And Iíll tell it only to you If everything happens for a reason Changed why hasnít the season? The snowflake lands on my nose Right in front of my eyes Still I stare at the water The water shows me the skies I got high but thatís ok It wisps the bad spirits away Nothing wrong with once in a while It keeps me free from denial A leafless branch floats gently On a surface as serene as her beauty Long since left has her leafs And joined the ground behind my feet City streets and shady trees Light of a sunset shines on me Tall buildings, lights on chilly nights I understand now, Iíve seen enough sights The words keep flowing from my pen I donít really know who, or what, I am A leafless branch floats gently On a surface as serene as her beauty Long since left has her leafs And joined the ground behind my feet Top
Several Haiku by Which to Ponder the Wonders of Water Reflecting the Sunís Rays (in chronological order)- The east winds blowing Snowy pines on a mountain A cold cave inside Sunset oíer mountains Doors that open but wonít close Green by which I lay Crisp of leafs in fall The peace of beauty in spring Rains are here today Pink blossoms for thought The asphalt steams after rain Windy, grassy hills Shady, grassy hills A fox yawns as he stretches Greets morn with a smile Top
Iím the One You Canít Hear- Listen to the flight of a dove Signing a song about love I feel like Iíve been here before Please open the back door Let a light breeze through here Let it light up my fears If a spider is scaling the wall Iíll take care to make sure he wonít fall Iím the one you canít hear Filling the sounds without tear Drowned out by those who know fear But still Iíd like to stay near He planted a seed that never grew He fed it with hollow cries from you Dancing around a pond of fears He died Ďcause he drowned in tears Playing my guitar without strings Playing a silence that stings Iím the one you canít hear Just a void in your ear Blown-out speakers that wait For those who stayed out too late Top
Colors- The flashing colors in front of me Define who I am and who I should be I fly up this spectrum of light Only to find that white was too bright So I fall and on my way I thought I heard you say Run on Colors got me everything Colors ride an endless ring In the land of colors, no one in king Colors taught me how to sing All these things outside my head Pounding on, making me dread I close my eyes, only to find The colors are enough to make me go blind If Iíve died once then Iíve died twice I cannot see though these lies If I were a color Iíd be The color of the soul of a tree Colors got me everything Colors wear a diamond ring In the land of colors, reflection is king Colors taught me how to sing Top
Rusty Fields- Hardwood floors and concrete walls Circling around my feet Green trees, fog and mountain halls So this is where we meet All this projected in my brain From a basement radio signal I canít feel your blindness or pain Iím numb enough to crumble Light shines on moss Just like it shines on me Endless caverns deep underground All of this to be Oh, rusty wheels Oh, golden fields Wooden boxes on west-bound trains Leaving tracks of steel Listen hard on country lanes This is how I feel Asphalt lots at an industrial site Factories of steel The streets are warm this time of night This is how I feel Oh, rusty fields Oh, golden wheels Top
Frightened Only by the Uncertain Inevitability- Restless streetlights shine through rain This carís headlights search in vain It lightnings once, but it thunders twice One for the fire and one for the ice Standing in line to run away Run and run Ďtill yesterday Pick up a ticket and drop off a frown For this Iíve been looking all over town Restless streetlights search in vain This carís headlights shine through rain It thunders once, but lightnings twice One for the fire and one for the ice Iíll take this ticket and show you what to do Iím gonna take this ticket and tear it in two Not gonna let this shit get to me Gonna give it all up and run on free Top
Floating Cars in a Dark Ally Waited Nervously- A city of the future, or was it today High in the clouds Floats above the desert I work until nine Itís always dark down here Listen to the chatter above And see sadness below Locked up in fear Emotionless for years Fog in a chain link fence cold air tires to spare Darker than a trash bag harder than a sandbag holding back a flood of despair Close your eyes, your bodyís covered in pins and needles donít make a move Open up your eyes your bodyís covered in lies A city of the future, or was it today High in the clouds Floats above the desert I work until nine Itís always dark down here Listen to the chatter above And see sadness below Locked up in fear Emotionless for years The moon is rising and Iím capsizing not realizing why I have listened and my heartís wishing no matter I still canít cry Anywhere I go I canít get the plant to grow This is where my ends meet underneath a night street Gone in a heart beat A city of the future Or was it today High in the clouds Floats above the desert I work until nine Its always dark down here Listen to the chatter above And see sadness below Locked up in fear Emotionless for years Top
Lilacs- Every spring the lilacs will bloom Light purple and green reminds Iíll be home soon The rains will fall, the quails will call It feels all in all, itís been a lifetime since fall No matter how cold you get No matter how alone I sit No matter how deep weíll swim Thereíll always be time to begin Toss a penny in a pond of thoughts Need a few? Iíve got lots In one sense I want to move away But I got no place better to stay Still on black ice I slip And stand up with bleeding lip This heat is too much to bear Damnit, itís only fair Sheíll harden youíre heart with that stare And thatís when it all starts to tear Every spring the lilacs will bloom Light purple and green reminds Iíll be home soon No matter how cold you get No matter how alone I sit No matter how deep weíll swim Thereíll always be time to begin Every spring the lilacs will bloom Top
Light and Motion- Running down a dark narrow tunnel Deep beneath the ground The space around me is going faster But the world slows down Two tones playing in my head They keep me on the run Grey and blue are flowing through me Like the restless heart of the sun Backwards, awkward, brokenly Black light starts to say Upside, downside, sideways on walls A distorted cosmic ray The forest starts to close the day A word out to those who prey All of her children are still at play And a sunset lights the way Two tones playing in my head They keep me on the run Grey and blue are flowing through me Like the restless heart of the sun Top
The Sway of the Pines- The cool autumn breeze caught me falling The rays through the trees caught me crying I lie down to rest But thatís not for the best Think Iíll walk on and on All the memories of things to come Flying, come back to me Not many places for a dreamer these days But I think Iíve found a place I can stay The sway of the pines on a cool autumn day Quells my restless soul The pictures Iíd drawnódown by the bay The colors bleed on and on Top