Shackles and Shades (Walk for Freedom)


In the shadows of cities

Haunted shades lurk

In the corners

In the crowd

Eyes empty

Souls hungry

Hearts heavy

In a pit writhing with shame

They think they are to blame

For the sins of their imprisoners

The deeds of their oppressors

Oh my child you are an innocent!

Affected by the cruelty of the world

You were tortured by poverty and exploiters

You were hidden carefully in sight

The world has failed you

We have failed you

Oh dear tortured child!

For we are blind

We must open our eyes

To root out the evil

And save you

Oh how can we learn to see

That you exist

The tormented, the captive, the slave?

For every one of you

There is one who should shout

For every lost child

There should be ten that fight

For at least all of you

There should be those who call out

For each and every one of you

There should be countless walking out

We walk for your freedom

With our silence, we shout!

With our silent protest

We ask the free to call out!

I walk for each innocent tormented child

I WALK FOR FREEDOM


Scarlet Sun Rise Above

 Stockholm in the Morning by Katharine Shelby. 2018.
Stockholm in the Morning by Katharine Shelby. 2018.

Scarlet sun rise above

Shine the autumn with your love

Cast the water in apricot hues

Cover the sky with shades of bittersweet

You have one crimson eye

And one of silver

Great beast lurking to pounce

Dusty sea lip laps

As the world is still and quiet

Before humans buzz on the city streets

Before the world is filled with countless heart beats


Mountain of Stones

 Tiia Monto [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
Tiia Monto [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, from Wikimedia Commons

The sorrow of my heart cries out to the deep

In the darkness, in the shadows, I weep

Hopeless and torn

Broken and worn

I feel my world crumbling around me

 

Tired is my mind, tired is my soul

Spiraling down into a black hole

Weariness seeps into my bones

Carried around like a mountain of stones

 

They weigh on my being

All joy fleeing

Emptiness encroaching

Hopelessness approaching

 

But in all the despair and despondence

There’s a light that breaks the night

Through the clouds of daily worry

There’s a wind blowing new air

Blasting away the thunderhead

Breaking away the smothering smog

 

The radiance of the sun lights up the valley

It chases away the shadows of anguish

It brings new life to the weariness of my soul

It soothes away the woes of my mind

 

The sun, my light

The wind, my kite

Blessing my heart

Making me soar

 

The Son, you are my light

The Lord, you are my wind

Speaking through love of those around

Toppling down the mountain of stones

And lifting up my weary bones

 

To be filled and merry

Hopeful and airy


War Is Our Future (War Is Our Past)


Blood ridden battles of strife and pain

Don’t call out for truth in vain

You, you war-hardened men!

But truth

It won’t survive scrutiny

And the lying, cowering cowards

They will cower under the power of safety

The illusion of constancy and peace.

Fools!

War is our future

For war is our past

There is no peace in the present

Look around you!

There is blood on your footsteps

And blood on your skin

Don’t try to wash it off!

It will be there regardless

Your flesh burns of self hate

Why?

You are human

A mere mortal for immortal’s games

Given the pearl of power

The only power controllable by men

Fear and violence


I Was No More

 Fading Away by Pain of the Fallen
Fading Away by Pain of the Fallen

A path I saw

Among the raindrops

As they fell down from the crying stars.

The moon smiled

At his children’s joy

Playing in their heavenly pool.

The sun came and looked down at me

Its eyes were shady

The mouth sorrowfully wavy.

Its tears dropped on my forehead

They were painful.

Ice shards broke wounds

On my body

In my body

In my mind

In my soul.

The sky saw right through me

I was invisible.

The wind blew right through me

I was no more.


Copper Leaf

The song of copper leaves

Dreams such as these

Bronzed by hope

Yellowed by light

 

The song of copper leaves

Falls into the eaves

A century passes by

A thousand years float by

 

The song of copper leaves

Is heard in the trees

As the wind plays through the branches

And the copper leaf dances

 

It sings about its happiness

It sings about its mourning

It dances out its sadness

It gestures for you to follow

 

Up and down

Spiralling

Ducking

Flying

Leaping

Across the sky and closing on the land

 

Follow the leaf as it dances, dances

Follow the leaf as it sings in you

The leaf is your coppery dream

The leaf is the dream that lights your way