Bravest Be

         Brave here be who find the courage
Brave be when not feeling brave
Brave be you who long to flourish
and found no stumble yet can stave

Bravery has long since found its
Bravest be those not brave at all
and time well tested into habits
raises highest those down to fall

For true Bravery is the most modest
of the most powerful of strengths
and those who think themselves the tallest
will without courage fall great in lengths

So Brave be you who see it frankly
and Brave be you who call it true
Brave be you who admit humbly
that you know less than you want to

Then Brave you go with drive to learn it
as Brave through storms you set your sail
Brave beyond whatever limit
that tests your will to Bravely fail

You’ll be the prettiest by not strutting
and find true strength admitting flaws
you’ll be the brightest when you’re not “but”-ing
and go fastest when you can see the pause

Yes Brave be here if your nerves have you
then Brave be by not keeping still
Brave be who in all that you do
believe you can but not know you will

Brave be when most vulnerable

The Might to Fight

I cannot keep this incomplete
Or open wounds that never closed
I cannot steer a broken fleet
Adrift without its oars opposed

I cannot see what isn’t there
Or claim that which I never had
So how to let go this affair
That threatens to propel me mad

I must learn to let you go
You who elude me even now
I must set this anchor free
Without knowing exactly how

I must take time to redefine
What happiness holds in my mind
And feel it set safely in me
The might to fight my own confined

A Way Out

Blades like swords come crashing
Through sheets of ice like rain
It bleeds a fresh coat of armor
To prevent the perilous pain

With winds roaring in the bosom
And drops pelting hard on the soil
It takes a patience not worth having
To wait for such ends to unfoil

So harden your reins and relinquish
Your drearisome dreams and doubt
The layers of labor shall shield you
And reveal a safer way out

It’s strong sense of self that is truly
The secret to surviving each day
And so right and ready, I rally
Heading on down the turning away

Nothing Left

What right have I to ask for more?
And what write I here to so implore?
I have nothing left
I have nothing for you

What have you to share with me
That I would ask for willingly?
You have nothing left
You have taken me through

I cannot keep this incomplete
Or open wounds that never closed
I cannot steer a broken fleet
Adrift without its oars opposed

I cannot see what isn’t there
Or claim that which I never had
So how to let go this affair
That threatens to propel me mad

I must let you go
You who elude me even now
I must set it free
Without knowing exactly how

I must redefine
What happiness holds in my mind
And feel it in me
The might to fight my own confined

What right have I to ask from you
The right to let me start anew?
You have nothing left
You have nothing on me

What have you now to share with me
That would give any guarantee?
I want nothing left
I want nothing you’d be

Why I Fight

what is this
thrill
this can’t be still
this high in
adrenaline
this whim from within
high time I tried
to find my
why
I keep climbing
higher
on this drive
to no end
with no end
in sight
still
I fight
the will of flight
instead of staying
and facing
the night
I write
to define my mind’s
truest dear
delight
I fear
I might
not own the insight
but I will try
despite
to win the fight
and with luck in time
might fulfill
my right
walk of life

Hungry Again

Feeling far away
Is to be examined
Is to be explored
To understand
To give it more
Worth than present
Dislike may afford

Feeling dismissed
Is a chance to feel
Is a chance to reveal
How I’d make it real
And not for some other
For which I have no
Power to heal

Feeling uninspired
Is lack of motivation
Is the unknown hiding
But light of navigation
Can be found in writing
Feeling myself once again
Hungry for the right thing

Let It Go

Can you blame me for this?
I know it’s my fault
But fault is infinite
And impossible to solve

So let that go then
Let it not be the last
We spoke our piece each
But no peace has amassed

So don’t take it with you
as you run from this trial
for if you go on laying blame
you’ll lose yourself in denial

And I in my own right
Will just move on after awhile

Great White

Drawing           out           in           open           waters
the          drawn          out          empty          words.

No       amount       of       mind       or       muscle
could      save      you      from      the      thirst.

Only     listen     in     those     great     places
as        the        open        circles        close.

And when  you see  form in  the spaces
hit it square on the nose.

Out Loud

Being drawn out
Of myself at such length
In being called out
I’m drawing in the strength

To bring it about
And fill in the blanks
Is to quiet doubt
And instead give thanks

It true takes such clout
To fight for the feel
And see through the drought
A flood will reveal

So with this throughout
A journey I may fear
I’ll find voice to shout
Out loud that I’m here