Gathered Up

The enemy cast us out,
Made us slaves indeed;
Live or die,
Here or there,
Made no difference to me;

The people trembled in fear,
Unsure of what to do;
Masters whip and ill use,
Made decisions for us;

Let us be gone,
From this,
Our rightful home;
Home is lost,
At all cost,
When slaves are we;

Heard stories of a land,
Ripe with fruit and trees;
Far away,
But then again, no,
But still not next door;
We chose to go,
To live abroad,
Than to be held in chains;
Rattle the saber,
Strike the shield;
We are still children,
To whom shall we yield;

We long to be,
Children of GOD;
Not tormented,
And left in ruins;
Lifted high,
To be all we can be;
Princes and Princesses,
In our own land;
Not held by whim,
Caged within;
Or chained like cattle,
But definitely not men;

They said,
Be our leader,
Take us away;
For we have heard of a land,
In which we may stay;
‘Tis better than this ruined abyss,
Of rock, sand and sun;

We long for peace,
Prosperity,
To be GOD’s chosen ones;
To dance and to sing,
Plant in the spring,
To raise up a family;
Children come near,
Let my voice touch your ear,
We must leave this calamity;

Each to his home,
Pack up your things,
Make ready to leave at dawn;
No more shall we wait,
In this frozen state,
Like some unnamed pawn;

Gather your children,
Animals and possessions,
Put them together in tow;
By this time tomorrow,
In wagon or barrow,
We will be children on the go;

We went to our homes,
And gathered our things,
Made ready for the new dawn;
Slept a little,
Fidgeted and turned,
All through the night;

Woke up at dawn,
Willing to go,
Like a thief in the night;
Made the rounds,
Checked one and all,
Tied everything as it should be;
No more living here,
No more this my home;
No more living like a slave,
With no room to grow;

Gathered up my belongings,
One last look around;
Said a prayer to my GOD,
We left our sacred ground;
Miles we walked,
And miles we rode,
Flies a pestilence;
Sunshine burning me,
No rain, the sun persists;

Days and nights,
We walk along,
No rest for the weary;
Sleep it comes,
In fits and starts,
My soul longs for change;
Desert heat,
Melts my soul,
My will has gone away;
I no longer see,
The horizon,
The wave crashes over me;

My people gather round,
And bid me take my feet;
Lead us away,
Bring us to,
That land of which we dreamed;
Promised,
Not forsaken,
A land of milk and honey;
A land of freedom,
A land of peace,
A land for eternity;

Many days we wandered,
Many days no rest,
Many days bewildered in this wilderness;
We crossed a raging desert,
Once a landlocked sea;
Now made waste,
From sun and wind,
Lost in obscurity;

We lost a few to hunger,
A few to disease;
A few were so parched,
Their bones became bleached;
We made it to the other side,
Relief felt from the heat;
But still had a ways to go,
To stop and to eat;

Rest it was wicked,
Made us want to stop;
Made us all lazy,
Like about to drop;
A day or two of rest,
Was all we could afford;
Time to go,
And make our way,
To destination unknown;

We rose in the morning,
Found the sun at our back;
Put one foot in front of the other,
Dare not to look back;
We wandered olden paths,
Wide and narrow we found;
Some were just recognizable,
Some worn to the ground;

The people asked how long,
The people cried for rest;
How long before we will see,
This land of which we dreamed;
I gathered the leaders near,
We spoke of the concerns;
We knew that turning back,
Was not our lot in life;

We told the people our decision,
We told each one the truth;
No matter when or where,
We go forward to the promised land;
The people understood,
Asked can we rest;
Just a day is all we ask,
The next we’ll do our best;

Rest it came easier,
But still fatigue’s our friend;
Bright and early
We broke our camp,
And started on our way;
Westward, then a little south,
Whichever the path would lead;
Would we know, would we see,
The land for which we dreamed;

We saw with our eyes,
Only a little with our hearts;
Our minds were so weary,
From not being held in check;
Worry and doubt,
Were our biggest fears;
But prayer and friendship,
Had gotten us through the years;
Our days lasted mightily,
Nights went by so fast;
Food and water our desire,
How long will this walk last;

We churned out many miles,
We churned out many days;
Blessed be the GOD above,
I hope we have not lost our ways;
We were a sullen bunch,
For sight was poor indeed;
We could not tell up or down,
Or tell plant from a weed;

The land turned up lush,
Right before our eyes;
But still we couldn’t believe,
We thought our eyes were telling lies;
We hustled to arrive,
We ran just to be sure;
Hoping it all was real,
That it wouldn’t disappear;

The grass it was so green,
The trees hanging with fruit;
Could it be the promised land,
The one of which we dreamed;
We walked along carefully,
Not wanting to break the spell;
No one spoke or made a sound,
But the cows and their bells;

We each wandered idly,
Looking at all that could be seen;
Looking for a place,
To plant our wandering feet;
The people breathed a sigh,
The burden lifted free;
The people spoke to the sky,
Thank GOD for His ability;

To bless those been cursed,
Love all the hated;
Conquer death,
Give life to the oppressed;
To show us mercy,
Grace and joy;
What it is to be loved,
Every girl and boy;

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Tears

I heard you cry
When we said goodbye
But I didn’t know what to do
I know your heart, it
Broke like mine
So many pieces to sift through

I know I didn’t
Show my heart
When we grew apart
But then again
I kept it all in
Didn’t want you to see me hurt

And the pain I felt
Came to a head
After we walked apart
All the anger and pain
Words in vain
Came crashing to the walls

And the house I’d built
With sin and guilt
Crashed down around me
Once and for all
No more living
With this weight
My freedom is
Here to take

And I see your tears
Through the years
Raining down from the sky
Now I understand
The heartfelt plan
The words spoken to the wise

This Is The Title

Sentimental mind at ease
Go ahead, do as you please
No more worry here today
As you wander on your way

Fathom loss, ache again
Show me all of your pain
Tears hidden all inside
Suffered for my foolish pride

On and on it goes it seems
Never ending raging stream
Ebb and flow, rising tide
Die a little more inside

For the love that you seek
Acceptance here, we beseech
Remembrance afterwards
What is left, still in reach

Pictures of happy times
Chapter verse, yes it rhymes
Snapshot of a time long ago
Where is the love we long to know

Friend or foe, here we go
Down this road of deepest woe
Time and time and time again
Draw a breath and start again

Eyes that see but then again, no
Seeking for a time of peace
Ears that hear, but deaf to all
As we slip, rise and fall

Feet that fail, trip along
Will we be weak, forever strong
Clash of egos hinder us
Will this last forevermore

Dream of humility, foolish pride
Heart pulled along on a foolish ride
Trampled under the feet of sin
Here I am, lost again

And I wander and wander
On this path
Seeking a moment
That will last
And the best that I can do
Is never good enough

Her I am, on my knees
Looking for a remedy
A word, an herb, a bandage fair
To help with my repair

A light, a sound, a notion please
That will show a reprieve
That the path I am on
Is the one that I belong

And after all is said and done
Will my flesh come undone
And will the things I have done
Be good enough this time

The Contract

Tired and hungry
Down in my luck
Asked the man
If he could spare a buck
He said
Come inside
I have just the thing
That will get you on
Your feet again

He pulled out a contract
The longest I’ve seen
Said this is the one
That everyone sees
It has life and death
And taxes and fees
It costs a small fortune
But everything’s guaranteed

This is a way
To find your feet again
To get you where
You need to be
Just sign this waiver
That you agree
To give your life over
Over to me

We’ll give you all
That you will ever need
No need to work
Or repay the deed
Food is here
For your family
But your children
They will belong to me

They’re education
Is free of charge
But they’ll be taught
That I’m in charge
Of all that they want
All that they wish
All that they believe in
Is here on this list

If they do as they’re told
And speak what I say
They’ll be taken care of
Til they’re dying day
They must turn from their GOD
And worship mother earth
Hand over their children
From their first day here on earth

They must bow to my idols
And give fealty
They must turn from their ways
And sin mightily
Have children with anyone
As long as they’re for me
Sin here upon the streets
Where everyone can see

Make sacrifices to idols
That we will appoint
The blood of your children
Will soon anoint
Don’t worry, it’s safe
We’ve done it before
No one feels a thing
After hitting the floor

We’ve rooms and rooms
To slaughter the poor
No sacrifice to small
That comes through our doors
We’ve men and women
In charge of the lines
They’ll get you through
In the nick of time

Now, before we go on
Is there anything you’d like to say
About what we provide
As services today?
The cost may seem high
But all is included
From your day of birth
Til you take your last breath

I sat for a moment
Dumbstruck, in awe
That there was a man
Selling everything I saw
I looked at my hands
As they signed away
This life that I lived
On this very day

He snatched it away
As fast as he could
Took it from me
And locked it away
He laughed at my plight
Til tears they appeared
Told me to leave
Before he boxed my ears

Now I’m a slave
To the man here in charge
Forever in chains
A slave on this barge
Be careful the contract
The page that you sign
For some of them rob you
Til the end of time

Peace

On the last day of war
There was no one left to kill
No one left to murder
Or bury ‘neath a hill
The children had all died
That were sent to War
The parents had all died
Their hearts couldn’t take anymore

No one could proclaim
That the war had come to an end
The voices had been silenced
Except for the wind
No tears were shed
For the bodies returning from war
Everything lay stagnant
Was there life here before

No one heard the birds that sang
For they’d all gone away
No one heard the dogs barking
Not even a lonely stray
The leaves on the wind were silent
Their audience dead and gone
No one to enjoy their voice
No one to hear their song

Mushroom clouds over head
More than the eye could see
More than one could count
More than one could conceive
Buttons pushed in panic
Buttons pushed in anger
Wiped out our loved ones
Along with the stranger

Who would have thought
In so short of time
That time would stand still
Till the end of time
Bring about peace
Before peace dies a horrid death
Before we lose our life
Before we lose our breath

Crying For A Savior

Leaders leading through a swampy mire
Dance a dirge – round a funeral pyre
Money in the coffers hidden from us all
Blindness – we all suffer for our desire

Waver which way the wind blow
Never knowing how we go
Circles show us where we are
As we wander – follow a hidden star

Mind a mess of murky thoughts
Pick a subject before its lost
Is this really what we want
When darkness surround – our thoughts

Shall I play a tune for you
Sing of only skies of blue
What is the truth we wish to see
And is it true – for me and you

Do we get what we deserve
When we break the status quo
Urge the public to take the fatal blow
For the money – makes it all go

Will the light we seek for the subject we reach
Be enough to counter it all
And bring a new dawn
To the gloom – to the pall

We look for a new way
To survive another day
But each day we fall to our knees

In this day and age
We challenge it with rage
But the problem – still it persists

Crying for a savior
Crying for a favor
Do we really know what we need

Look for the light
Look for the way
Look for the GOD who made it all today

Influence

When all that’s left
Is emptiness and pain
When all you see
Is the darkness at your feet

I AM the one
Who will lead the way
Back into the light
Of a new day

When all that you can do
Is never enough
And the trials you’ve gone through
Have left you in the rough

Call upon the One
Call upon your King
For I will help you through
To receive everything

And the mountains that you climb
And the rivers that you cross
Are just a moment in time
In a line that’s here and gone

So rise up and be free
Take the path that’s before thee
To a future not been writ
To a play with no script

Make the most of your destiny
As you make your daily plans
Mix the good with the bad
And live a life for eternity

And all that you choose
And all that you say
And all that you think
And all that you pray
Influence the man
Influence the boy
Influence the child
You were meant to be

Rekindle The Fire

The gods we all worship
The gods to whom we sing
The gods we bow before
In the winter and the spring
Be it money, power or fame
Be it something more discrete
We all seek the answers
From the wrong side of the street

We wallow in our sin
But cannot see our pain
That which grieves us most
Is deeply held within
Round and round and round we dance
Without a care in this world
If only we could see
Through our pain and misery

No cheap dress or uniform
To hide our darkest fears
Only the best money can buy
To last us through the years
We fill ourselves with pride
We fill ourselves with disgust
Never to show our true selves
Throughout the days, months or years

Can we hide the pride that kills our soul
Can we find a cure for the darkness whole
Can we become all we wish and desire
Can we be restored, rekindle the fire

The Throne Of GOD

Have you been a target
For their barbs and their hooks
For their cutting remarks
And their dirty looks
Have you been mocked
And knocked to the ground
Every time
Your turn came around

Have you been depressed
And Ill at ease
Felt nothing but shame
Covered in disease
Left all alone
Like a leper and a fool
Shunned and ignored
At work and at school

There is a place
A word that will heal
That will touch your heart
And change how you feel
Bring forth renewal
Bring forth growth
To make you a shining star
In the eyes of GOD

Come to the throne of GOD
A place of peace
A sacred space
Where many come for life
Healing and wonders
Not seen by mans eyes
Can bring you to a better place
For eternity

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