26 December, 2009

Thanks, Drew

Drew, thank you so much for the support. As always.
I don't know what else to say.
Thanks.
I hope you have a nice Holiday.

25 December, 2009

The Forest


Fathers and Mothers everywhere cautioned their children not to go into the forest at night, not to trust the words of the wind and not to stare too long at the moon. But as happens often with all parental advice, this advice was only sometimes obeyed, usually ignored and on occasion, challenged.

The two children in our story who challenged this advice and headed into the forest are Freda and her boyfriend Gabriel. And one night in Mid-September after they had ran away from home, intent on starting a life together, completely unprepared... hand in hand, they entered The Forest.

As the night grew on, it became colder and colder. The sounds of the wind, seemed to whisper
messages like "I'm going to kill you, rip out your heart and consume it, while it is still beating ..". They shuddered together as they tiptoed down the path, quietly as they could. It was so dark they could not help but look up at the Moon, and notice, oh, how beautiful it was.

They tried to look away but found they could not and that's when it happened...

Hello children, the snake hissed, come into my den. It's safe and warm in here. Cold and hungry, they followed him... It was quite foolish of you to come unprepared into the forest, unknowing of her ways...

The snake stared at them with his bright yellow eyes,, but no matter, he said. Eat now and rest. Tomorrow you may go on your way.

And so Freda and Gabriel ate and ate. The snake was more than generous and when they were
finished, they were so tired that they fell asleep.

They awoke early the next day, happy that they were still alive and ran out of the Snakes hole as fast as they could.

Pretty soon, they were walking on the path and since it was light out they were feeling much
more confident. I don't know why we were so afraid, said Gabriel, and they laughed as the
forest animals scurried out of their way.

Pretty soon, they encountered a hunter in the woods. They told him what had happened the night before and he told them that they should have killed the snake.

I have lived out here a long time and the only way you can win this game is if you take control right from the start. The forest is your enemy.

The children thanked the hunter, said they'd be sure to remember his advice and went on their way.

And they walked and walked and walked and soon enough it was dark again and since they were
without a home and food and safety, they became very scared once again.

The snake showed up once again, please, let me help you, he said.

But the children remembered the hunter's advice and killed the snake instead, ate him for dinner and hid underneath a log until it was day again.

They awoke the next day, even surer of themselves and continued on their way.
From time to time they would laugh at their parents, who feared the forest and told them to stay away. There was no mystery here, no great powerful monster.

Freda and Gabriel laughed and laughed and walked and walked and once more it was dark again.
The Snake appeared, offering to help them out. They were scared at first, seeing the snake alive once again, but quickly killed and ate him once more, sleeping under a log once more and waking with the Sun once again.

And the next day they laughed even more, and were even more confident. They were getting the hang of this.

But something worries me, said Freda, what if the stories are true and the Earth will
revolt and the REAL monsters come out?

Gabriel thought for a minute, then had an idea. We will make weapons. Then when night falls, we will be ready. And so they made their weapons, and so they were ready.

When the Snake came and offered help, they killed him and then, hearing the noises of the forest at night, they became afraid...
The rustling sounded like it could have been a great beast, thrashing about, breathing, moving swiftly. Freda and Gabriel ran out into the darkness, looking, searching with keen eyes.

Dashing out into the night, they both spied into the darkness until at last they both saw a pair of bright, angry eyes and they lunged.

Gabriel gave a cry, for Freda had stabbed him. He bled, she cried and soon, he died.
She held him in his arms, angry at the forest...

But the next day she buried him and trudged on... I will conquer you, forest, be quite sure of that, she promised.

And that night, instead of killing the snake right away, she asked, what do i have to do to kill you. The Snake said that he was part of the forest. She bit his head off with her mouth.
And burned the forest down.

I have conquered you at last, she said as she watched it all turn into ashes. She smiled, looking back.

And saw the Snake, outside a burned out husk of a tree.

Why will you not stop haunting me, she yelled, and came over and grabbed him by the neck.

Please, he said, I am the last Snake, I can help you out, but if you kill me, noone will ever help you and the forest will die.

Why should I care? I hate the forest, she said.

But if the forest dies, you die, the Snake told her.

She looked around and set the Snake down.
Come, the Snake said, let me show you to the other side of the forest. The one that is not as dead and lifeless as you think it is.

And this Snake showed her and she realized she was not alone. And she was not afraid.

She thanked the Snake.

Very well, he said, but don't play with me any more. The next time you do, I am going to bite you. And it's going to sting.

11 December, 2009

What it's not

not words not hope
not food not dope
not enlightenment
not entitlement
not tv
not ecstacy
not money
not love bunnies
not escape not denial
not ideals not asylum
not lsd not psilocybin
not prozac not nickelback
not being on a career track
not organic food
not super truth
not exercise, not opened eyes
not whispered secrets, not snarky t-shirts
not giving up not giving in
not finding new worlds to live in
not finding truth not living lies
not becoming the perfect, ideal size
not being famous not being rich
not being nice, not making a wish
not travelling, not unravelling
not meditating not levitating
not magic making not affirmations
not god not science
not lambs not lions
not jesus not gandhi
not beemers or hyundi's
not future not past
not slow not fast
but listen
just love
because
that's all we have

The Sun

The sun shone today
It's amber, warm rays
down down to the ground
warming the sound
the sights everywhere
vibrancy in the air
like something that's awakened
unabaten, unshaken,
and it's something so simple
so clean, uncomplicated
breathe the clean air
i know you can take it
be and not fake it
and yet hey ok then
stand in the wind
on the back porch door
nothing special about it
too simple to doubt it
just a beautiful day
ordinary every way
with the sunshine even rain
and to hear it once again
i know just what it's saying
it's calling your name

08 December, 2009

Only the Wind

Determination is all that be left
in the broken borders outside the cleft
and listen hearing the drums beatin down
and the sun shine in this border crack town
not feeling love, passion fire fury ice
right down to the street, it just don't feel right
and not enough soma here no way dear
to wipe this crystal clear always sincere
deer in the headlights stare, just everywhere
love in the distance and feeling by listening
not enough to know it, gotta grow it
broken straight friend, love, once knew turtledove
yet keeping it real blowing, embers in the cold its snowing
and seeing believers everywhere kind hearts that care
cops, workers, kids, you say apathetic
but they're saviors , im bein prophetic
so while we go on day by day this way
and see the sun shine its gentle warm rays
know it, we ain't blow'd it, ain't no election
can give you power already possessin'
and these old days return, and remembered
things change and then they've ascende(re)d
and you and me, friend, i'll see you again
even if next time im only the wind