Sole Intention

You are an original
Everything you do
Is on your own terms
In your own way

My mind stalls
When I imagine
All the things that
You might become

It is my heart’s
Sole intention
To love
Every single one

–GLB

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I was alive there
But I didn’t live there
It lived in me
Tied itself to ideas I had
Of how my life was going to be
Dug into my hopes
Until realities were
Indistinguishable
Mine were mostly true
Mine were completely false
Out on that street
That night
Truth and fiction became one
I lost myself
In the smoke and mirrors
I found myself living there
But I was not alive there

— GLB

antici…

I beat out these words
Before they were ready to speak
I pushed the present as far
As it would reach

Before pulling on the past slack
Trying to force time to run faster
Trying to reach for your hand
That isn’t there yet

I am confident enough
To reach anyway
To lean in for an invisible kiss
Wetting my lips
Praying they will not dry
Or miss my future, past,
Present…
It is here,
But,
Let me pause this moment…

— GLB

It Happened

It has to have happened
One time
Someone believed
The story I was telling
Someone picked me up
Looked into my eyes
And saw that
I was still there

It has to have happened
One time
Someone saw past
The gibberish
I was speaking
To an empty chair
And put their arms
Around me
So I wouldn’t have to
Go through it alone

It has to have happened
One time
I sat and stared
Out the window
Trying to convince myself
That I had
A place in this world
And someone
Encouraged me
To take inventory
Of my life
To look at everything
That is inside
To be proud
Of who I am

It has to have happened
One time
You took a chance
On loving me
Wholly
Giving me
A place to rest
Something to count on
The ability
To be free

It has happened
Over and over again
I fall asleep
And wake up
Knowing that
You are with me
Holding my hand
A kiss on my cheek
Smiling with me
Feeling more love
Than ever before

— GLB

grinding on

grinding on
roll the window down
the dusty rocky road
heads down to nowhere
no sacrifice is enough
present future past
the blurry non-event
pulls coat tails

tries to stabilize

grinding on
the window slides up
blocks out the world
pull up
pull in
ignore
past future present
the event
happens

in solitude

grinding on
the vacant sky
wiped clean
by the metropolis
a cacophony of light
sacrificing sight
taste the exotic dark
free sliding
through the cracked window
waiting for derision
to fade

 

— GLB

in every being…

in every being…

lines and riddles
and
cries and giggles

slip quickly from hands
that don’t know
what they’re missing

soft winds
through the leaves,
kissing chimes
crystals sparkle,
whispering tiny songs
of hope
that expand with every breath
into gales strong enough
to embrace the world,
quiet enough to
reveal the sounds
of the autumn sky

— GLB