A Sunset’s Rise

I’d like to watch a sunset
Rise over the Rockies
On a frigid Summer’s eve

Feel the push of gravity
As I soar gracefully
Across an empty sky

See the arms of a clock
Zooming about its face
As Time playfully flies by

I’d like to conjure darkness
From within the light
Find the impossible
More than possible again



The solid reflection of a face on water
Gives way to the gentle, flowing beat
Splashing across the surface.

The disruption, though only for a second,
Tears the image into tatters
And only the eyes remain

Those solid

Demand from the future what they can’t take
From the past.

A Poem for MSA 2011

It broke my heart that day,

Watching you all walk away,

Stepping into the car, driving away

It wasn’t the place, no –

It wasn’t the time, no –

Any other year, any other hall

They could have had us meet

And still captured us all

It was the world they showed us

It was what they could see

It was the broken cages around us

That’s what set us free

I can’t believe the words, the phrases,

That rocked my world those weeks

The summer that left our faces

With countless tears on our cheeks

It wasn’t the place, no –

It wasn’t the time, no –

There wasn’t one single thing

That gave way to the ground below

And set us away on wings

We were taught more than just facts

We were taught how to think

And though we received our wings

We were warned not to sink

And so, my friends, months have passed

Since we last held another

We hoped and prayed the time wouldn’t last

Until we were again sisters and brothers

But I beg you not to falter

No matter how long you’re away

Your cup has only so much water

And you must watch where you sway

Don’t forget the world you were given –

You were gifted with the truest of sights

And though the world tells you to stop living

Be that kid who keeps up all hours all nights

Searching for the truth – what’s right

And don’t give up, don’t ever give up

And don’t let your dreams leave your sight

Don’t go counting crayons –

You can’t win that game

But missing what you can’t have

And having what you won’t miss

That’s really all the same

Just start drawing pictures

Take the world you’ve got

Whether it’s ‘perfect’ or not

Because you’ve got the power

The first grader inside of you

Build something beautiful

You know you’ve got it –

Or maybe it’s got you?

I once was that kid

The one who never shuts up

About his school, his life

His boundaries that just keep coming

But I finally woke up

I saw the world as it is –

Not with stop signs or bumps or walls or dead ends

But with challenges to take

To learn from

To use

And those, my friends, are life’s greatest crayons

The things with which you have to mesh and blend –

Because where would we be

If Eminem stopped in Detroit?

Or if Ray Charles never touched the keys?

Or if Bill Gates gave up after college?

Or if you stopped, and decided you couldn’t contend?

Just another person

Wishing they had more crayons.


I will hold you down.
I am your limits.
I keep you from your dreams
I am what you race against
I am who keeps you from immortality,
You beg me to run by faster
You beg me to slow down
You beg me to stop
You dream of manipulating me
You dream of tying me down
And subjugating me as another of your tools
But I am the ethereal substance around you
Untouchable, invisible, and yet you feel me
I am the shadow that guides you by hand to your grave
And when you look your last
You will see my smile
And know that I still march on.


Is this how I am to be?
Shackled – afraid – alone?
Locked within the human mind
Left to be touched only by the mad
And revered, but lost, to the kind?

I was once the pinnacle of greatness
I gave you all of your worldly desires
Now you cast me away to the insane
The artists, the poets, the liars

As time wears away and you grow old
Your mind’s great wealth of power
Will begin to wither away and die
And it is upon that single hour
That you will pursue the lie

And you will know that you cannot
For I was tossed away long ago
Broken like your brittle bones
And like a beast, you left me so

No, you did not keep me
So I shan’t keep you
And don’t beg for my return
When your days are through


Insurmountable walls surrounding an object of implicit desire
A shield of icebergs surrounding an insatiable raging fire
The road forks here – it’s split between hire and heart
I’m wrestling inside, and it’s tearing me apart
Twitch the hand, blink the eye, turn the head
One without the other, I’d sooner be dead
Just stop ripping me to pieces
I’m being torn at my creases
Until there’s nothing
There’s nothing

Here’s To You

There’s a world I’ve discovered

Beyond GPAs and test scores

There’s a me I’ve uncovered

I didn’t know before


I met a guy

Who didn’t care

I met a guy

Who went nowhere

I was that guy

Until I realized

Being that guy

Got me nowhere


So here’s to the teacher

Who taught me to be curious

Here’s to the system

That taught me to be furious

Here’s to the people

Who tried to kill my soul

Those serial killers

Who eat creativity whole

They demand test scores

They show us bubble sheets

They say life’s a bore

And a problem to defeat


I won’t give in

You can’t take it away

The heart I’ve got within

It’s here that it stays


Stop making me take tests

Stop taking away my fire

Don’t tell me I’m the best

Tell me something to inspire

Just let me be me

Because, the way I am

I want you to see

I will learn

Because I can


So stop denying my right to think

Stop telling me what to drink

This is my time

This is your hour

Hear my rhyme

Stand, don’t cower


Don’t let them choke out that fire

Don’t let them keep you from your desire

Don’t stop loving the things you do

And don’t – please don’t, whatever you do

Don’t stop being that wonderful,