A Game We Play

We don’t know how to help

Because we are not allowed to say

We have to conform

To the social norm

Our work culture can be

a game we play

Winning joy and

Losing pain

Rules and common sense

Healthy communication

Shouldn’t hesitate

No situation is that tense

Let’s ease that into

I want to please you

Strength will come again

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Do you know what I mean?

Let’s keep it clean

Streamline the connection

by sharing hard facts

We are more productive together

If contributions are clever

Caring more for safety and wellness

With understanding covering

More and more and defining

the very protection of all of

Each other’s

Straining, aching and loaded

Bold

And breaking

Backs

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We don’t know how to help

When we are not allowed to say

We have to conform

To the social norm

Our daily culture can be

a game we play

Winning joy and

Losing pain

Rules and common sense

Healthy communication

Shouldn’t hesitate

No sitting waiting on the fence

Let’s ease that into

I want to please you

Strength will come again

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Sometimes it’s the way you say it

Sometimes it’s where you are

Sometimes it’s the sky who is listening

And for moments you shine like a star

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Our mind hinges on time

Opens to the space around us 

And between us and who we are

*

If we get up and speak up

About our best

Intentions together

Into forever

We will get

Very far

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What is fact?

Here it is

The story on the table

Truth can heal

Choose it wisely

Only for better wellness label

A belief as a fact

Standing tall

No harmful fiction

Well maybe a fable

But have a chat

No pure lie addiction

Let’s put it all

on the table

*

Look hard

Weigh the options

Create as much

Good health as we can

**

In fact we are clearly

Able to learn

So let’s

Always

Work for the best new plan

*

Modern culture can be

a game we play

Winning joy and

Losing pain

Rules and common sense

Healthy communication

Shouldn’t hesitate

This situation we comprehend

Let’s ease that into

I want to please you

So our strength will come again

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What My Mind Has to Say

There are moments in life that we

don’t like to think about

Like when a mistake is made

Throwing shade 

That makes us fill with doubt

Why do we have to think of

Unfair, unhappy things?

Often to get through them

And understand what stings

So we can heal it

Maybe we can’t repair it

But we can try

And get by

And feel better in time

**

What we think

Is what makes us

*

Defines our feelings

And our actions

Only mood can overtake us

Despite our logic

Good or bad stuff

*

We can make someone’s day

We can get carried away

If we are programmed that way

By genetics and experience

And what goes on each day

And what our mind has to say

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There are moments in life

that we would like to think about

Like when the day has gone great

Made the grade

Thoughts we can’t live without

Why do we have to think of

Unfair, unhappy things?

We see them to get thru them

Patient understanding 

So we can feel love

It’s like we graduate it

When we try

And get by

And feel better in time

**

What we think

Is what makes us

*

Defines our feelings

And our actions

Only mood can overtake us

Despite our logic

Good or bad stuff

*

We can make our own way

We can get carried away

If we are programmed that way

By what we eat and how we sleep

And what goes on each day

And what our mind has to say

**

Overflowing mood of peace

Can overtake stormy times

If I am fearful

Or angry

Or sad

I find the wave of strength that’s glad

Gratitude to breathe

And think the thoughts I choose

*

I choose my mood

I choose to impact others

in a positive way

I choose my own healthy

Work and play

I choose

what my mind

has to say

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Until Forever’s Known

Crazy world keeps spinning round

It won’t stay the same

Till we hit the ground

Getting down low

The grind we all know

I’ve been on my own

But I’m never alone

*

All our friends are in our head

Won’t ever leave

Not better off dead

Open our eyes to get ahead

When the path is shown

We turn to stone

And roll until

Forever’s known

**

Feeling heavy

Wearing years of armour

Feeling steady

But setting off the alarm

And waking all the dragons dreaming

I want all of this world

And treasure gleaming

Now I’m out of this world

Trying to turn the other cheek

As I make it through the week

I begin to speak

But I’m back in the dungeon again

**

Blazing world

keeps bringing us down

It stays the same

When we’re on the ground

Getting down low

The grind we all know

We may be on our own

But we are never alone

*

All our enemies are in our head

Won’t have to leave

We may want them dead

Open our eyes to get ahead

When a solution’s shown

No sticks and stones

We stand until

Forever’s known

**

Feeling heavy

Wearing years of armour

Feeling steady

But setting off the alarm

And waking all the dragons dreaming

I want all of this world

And treasure gleaming

Now I’m out of this world

Never bruise the other cheek

As I make it through the week

I begin to speak

But I’m back in the dragon’s hold

**

Amazing world

When winning’s found

It’s always the same

When we hit the ground

Getting down low

The grind we all know

Here we are on our own

We will never be alone

*

All our thoughts are in our head

They never leave

No dreams are dead

Open our eyes to get ahead

When the river’s shown

We throw the stone

And sink until

Forever’s known

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Kind and Calm Persistence

Sometimes I say stuff that is off the wall

Sometimes your opinion doesn’t matter at all

Sometimes we have to brace ourselves

and prepare for the fall

*

It’s all how you take it

Life is how you make it

But if you’re ever in trouble

Make sure you call

**

Reaching out to you

Is the first thing I will do

Whatever I can do

To make a difference

*

I may seem too much

I don’t want to fall out of touch

Let’s share our loving touch

In everyone’s best interest

*

Check in to make sure all’s fine

Always put it on the line

Try to be more kind

All we need is calm persistence

**

Sometimes I tell stories that seem way too tall

Sometimes my opinion doesn’t matter at all

Sometimes we have to face the world

and tear down the wall

*

It’s all how you take it

Life is how you make it

If you’re in constant struggle

Reach out

Don’t fall

**

It’s all how you take it

Life is how you make it

If you’re falling down and out

Find strength and stand tall

Reach out and call 

*

Find the best for all

One life may seem small

But we are all connected

We can be protected

When we all

Share kind and calm persistence

**

Reaching out to share

Is the best way we can care

However I can care

To make a difference

*

My words may seem too much

I don’t want to seem out of touch

I try to share a loving touch

In everyone’s best interest

*

Check in to make sure

We’re on time

Always caring for the mind

Try to be more kind

All we need is calm persistence

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Nice Things

I walk through life

like many others

We focus on the day

as we try to make our way

Hearts set on nice things

Nice places and nice people

*

I talk true life

That we can discover

We know the games to play

And we work to make our way

Hearts set on nice things

Fair faces and lives we keep full

**

Then I look down

And see the hard side of town

I work for my life

But theirs’ can’t be found

*

I walk through the field

But I can’t see the ground

The life that is there

does truly abound

How can we save it

When there’s no help around?

*

I have to look up

Raise my head

Hope I’m stepping fine

Impossible to believe

The human race isn’t kind

**

I walk through life

like many others

We have a focus that must stay

as we try to make things okay

Hearts set on cool things

Quaint places and kind people

*

I talk through life

About what we can discover

We know the things to say

And we work to make our pay

Hearts set on nice things

Happy faces for more people

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Remorseless

Sometimes the world is so blind

To what is yours or what is mine

They keep so much to themselves

With nothing else on their mind

*

It’s the resources

Like the courses

Or the buildings

They’re remorseless

*

How can they lay claim

To everything in the world

Just because their’s came with money?

*

Those with much less

have no chance

Those with too much

just think it’s funny

**

Sometimes it’s hard to feel fine

When your life is on the line

They keep so much to themselves

With nothing else on their mind

*

It’s the resources

Like water sources

and the forests

Taking them with Earth’s wild horses

*

How can they lay claim

To everything in the world

Just because they have spare money?

*

Those with much less

Search for a chance

Those with too much

Just keep them running

 **

Sometimes wealth thinks it’s by design

But they’re the ones that have no spine

They keep so much to themselves

With nothing else

on their mind

*

It’s the resources

Like world forces

Fight for the people?

Every dinner with five courses

First thing next

Their own raise, he endorses

And still they feel completely remorseless

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No Outcast

Artwork by Lee Matuga

Roving through the days

And I fell flat on my face

Nothing you can say

Can make me feel out of place

I was down before

Hitting the hard cold floor

The fact I’m standing now

Should mean a whole lot more

*

Climbing steepest stairs

Reach the top again

If I ever have to come back down

It won’t have been in vain

*

The framed paintings

down the hallways

Are not the same as before

They change all the time now

They are in my head

While I’m waiting at the door

*

I look to the future

Stay safe from falling fast

Climb up to the attic

To recognize the past

A window is the present moment

With great care

Good times can last

We look forward still

To every new thrill

And hope expectations

can be surpassed

If I get down and out

I won’t fill with doubt

No way to be outclassed

Clear as day

I’ll be okay

I am no outcast

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A Different Peace of Mind

I may be different

But we are all out there

The ideas I have

Aren’t out of place

I may try to lift them

And that’s not uncommon 

Don’t look at me

like I’m from outer space

*

I know I’m different

There’s no doubt there

The ideas I have

Are keeping pace

I may have to shift them

If they get forgotten

Don’t discount me

Like I’m a hopeless case

**

We may be drifting

Put the pedal to the metal

The world is shifting

As the dust settles

We find that fear

is left behind

When greed and hate

Are sent back to the grind

Clearing up

To an open road

And an open time

Fast machines

Blasting off the line

Shivers running

Down our spine

Help us find

Our peace of mind

**

Do I seem different?

I’m feeling out there

The ideas I have

You don’t have to chase

I may try to gift them

Right from the bottom

Don’t look at me

Like I have no taste

*

We are all different

Good to know you’re out there

The ideas we have

Build up home base

We may be different

But together we’ve caught on

You don’t have to tell me

We can all win this race

**

We may be drifting

*Shakes a pan handle

for the metal*

The world is sifting

Will the dust ever settle?

We find that folks

Get left behind

When greed and hate

Culture our mind

Clear it up

To an open path

And an open time

Riches in kind rivers

It’s not just gold that will shine 

Silver linings

We design

Help us find

Our peace of mind

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Perfect Peace (Calm Beyond the Chaos)

Perfect, I believe

The only one I see

Everything about

Everything I need

Vision is complete

Happens naturally

Everything around

Everything I need

This view keeps me free

All-consuming creed

Everything I think

Everything I need

I’ve found all I need

There’s nothing in between

I may have tunnel-vision

Guiding light

Right in front of me

**

Perfect, I believe

The only one I hear

Everything about

Everything I need

Harmony is complete

Happens naturally

Everything around

Everything I need

This sound keeps me free

All-consuming beat

Everything I think

Everything I need

I’ve found all I need

With nothing in between

I may hear what I want to hear

Finest heights

Tight like birds in trees

**

Perfection is a needy thing

It can take all that you have

And ask for all that you bring

Existing most in

Divine simplicity

Coming close

when it gets complex

 *

Perfection is the missing link

It could be

Just out of reach

It depends on what you think

 *

We can reach

High as the sky

Or we can sink

Deep into

Perfection

**

A smile

All we need

As we sink into the sea

Washing all our thoughts

Seconds can be

Perfect peace

*

Do you also have those moments?

Calm beyond the chaos?

I work hard to share them

Find them

Prepare them

Dig them

Snare them

Make everyone aware of them

A second of calm

Perfection’s the bomb

Working for perfect peace

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Is it Me or is it the World?

My world depends on me

Just like I depend on my world

I have my identity

Inside my head it’s curled

& in society it roams

You know, like our phone away from home?

Hope I’m free from broken bones

What did they say about sticks and stones?

My passive aggressive tendency

Is not really me

Is it the world?

*

The world pretends it’s me

Just like I pretend I’m the world

I have my sense of peace

Inside my head, a pearl

And in society it’s shown

U know, like our phone’s most welcome ringtone

Of the best contact known

Or my newest coolest poem

A massive ego messes more than me

It’s really not me

Is it the world?

*

Is it the world

That no one else can see?

Is it the world

That comes crashing down on me?

Is it the world

or is it me?

*

Is it the world

Where we can all be free?

Is it the world

Challenging constantly?

Am I up against the world

Or can I flow with it

Patiently?

If this is the world that will always be

I can only

Just be me

*

My world extends to me

Just like I extend to my world

I have my intensity

Inside my head it’s hurled

And in society it’s known

You know, like our phone when it can’t be postponed?

As we get into the zone

Catch every thing that will get thrown

The blasted progressive immensity

It could be me or

Is it totally the world?

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