Configurations

 

Just a line or two you’ll see

To let you know that I am me

I’m not someone just like you

You may sing this like me too

 

You see I can’t help but find

The things that make me defined

By those around who make me up

And pour me into a melting cup

 

We claim that our differences make

For each of us a lovely cake

A sweetened little confectionary

Not quite correct or dietary

 

Because we are all of different crumbs

Our lives add up from altered sums

We do the best we can to live

Which requires a lot of take and give

 

So I am one and you are too

Every day we start as something new

And we must know and so allow

Our separate lives all times somehow

 

Not to judge or make obscene

Slurs upon any human being

Just because of what you thought

Just because of what you were taught

 

I am different you can surely see

You are you and I am me

I shouldn’t have to change myself

So you can ease your cluttered shelf

 

Draw instead upon your inner mind

That is where the truth you’ll find

The truth about us human souls

That have as life our common goals

 

It’s not to lie or discriminate

To find the things that we hate

It’s not to find what we are not

And condemn other’s souls to rot

 

Let my life be mine for me

And I will do the same you’ll see

Let me be as I work my life out

We’ll be happier with no doubt

 

Barbara Blackcinder

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Endings

 

It’s all gone now, the ever pressing need to hide

There is no one left to fool by my side

The carnival ended, no tracks to ride

 

Life is at an end now, there’s only days to see

It matters none of what you see of me

All those detours and enclosures for me

 

Regrets are heavy in a pain filled existence

There is some comfort in less resistance

As consciousness loses its consistence

 

Barbara Blackcinder

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Arrogance Of The Universe

 

We know now there are billions of planets

Some are rocks and some are ice

Many uninhabitable for creatures like man

But with billions, millions must be nice

 

Of all the creatures developed on these rocks

We stand tallest on the one we possess

Even with the diversity of worldly spheres

This is the only world we can easily assess

 

And what comes of our superiority here

We can pick and choose what we believe

Even with the limitation of a single planet

We should admit to what we can conceive

 

Yet we go out and claim universal rule

As special beings that a single god has found

And now we stand on the single sanctuary

So that we can claim it as sacred ground

 

Stars come and galaxies go

But we were the first sinners

The believers want you to know

First to sin, the first beginners

 

We are first, I admit we are

The most egocentric man

We elevate our stature high

As though that were the plan

 

We have a god who serves only us

On this little grain of earthly dirt

And still only some are chosen

The rest are here only to hurt

 

We’ve had thousands of gods

On this isolated bit of soil

All but one we worship each

But on all of us does he toil

 

How significant are we in this world

How much do we really count

when faced with its enormity?

Our doubts should surely mount

 

But our ego in its enormity

Is beyond the reach of space

Alien planets each have gods

We are only the human race

 

Barbara Blackcinder

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Eternal Days

 

I had a day, it was so good,

Quite special in its own way

I tried just as hard as I could

But I knew it wouldn’t stay

 

And so through time as by it went

To eternity where moments go

A fading view of an event

Losing its colors and warming glow

 

Barbara Blackcinder

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Don’t Hang Yourself Up

 

To procrastinate, you can be sure

Of nothing towards the goal

To put it off for another day

Doesn’t mean you’re on a roll

 

Likewise letting doubt have its way

Can surely end something begun

And so we must fight against it

Rather than to turn and run

 

So shove those ill thoughts away

While the tale continues to emerge

Leave those doubts to submarine

Whenever writing is the urge

 

Barbara Blackcinder

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Castaway

 

Why can’t you accept, what I’m made to feel

Why can’t you accept, that it is a big deal

Can’t you accept that the pain is so real

That your calling me names won’t quickly heal

 

Stop telling me that it’s all in my head

Try giving me some comfort instead

Stop yelling at me to reform to your mask

That I can revert, that’s all that I ask

 

I’m suffering greatly and you don’t want to know

Because it changes the way you’d like to go

But there’ a real chance that I won’t see you there

Because where I go I sometimes don’t care

 

It’s not your rejection that is all that I fear

It’s never having someone that will hear

The reality of just what I am really about

Perhaps my death is the only way I can shout?

 

So plug up your ears to lessen my scream

Life for me was never some sort of dream

Sometimes I wonder how many years it does take

To put it all away, suffering this foul boat’s wake

 

Barbara Blackcinder

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No Illusions

 

Pretty much, it’s just a dream,

A wish that will never come true

Something that will never happen

A fortune that will never come due

 

It is hard to imagine something that

You wish for with all your heart

For all your dreams and imagination

With reality will never part

 

And so you must accept as real

The something that won’t ever be

That fate has already sealed

The way that I’ll always be seen

 

Barbara Blackcinder

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