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Wow, I published this without a title. If forgetfulness was the goal, I’d probably be quite successful.
As stated in a previous post, my upcoming memoir and my upcoming collection of song lyrics and poetry is now an upcoming work of the two as one.
So, in this post I’ve included both a song lyric and a poem:
The lyric is full of the gloom of winter. It has a pretty and melancholy little finger picking melody which carries it along I think. I hope readers will be able to appreciate it standing alone here.
Yet it doesn’t entirely stand alone, as the poem is a hopeful one of a spiritual Springtime.
As always, I really appreciate your coming by to read. Please leave a comment if your so inclined. Namaste, jesse
p.s. The photo is from Seattle in my street musician days, back in the 70’s.
(a song lyric)
Every day I have to come back
Every day I have to bring myself back
from this love or some other
from my cold-hearted brother
the untrue friend
We spend these years together
We search for God and then He finds us
Yet now you write and call me never
You fill the empty miles on this crowded bus
with all this nothing to discuss
fair weather, fair weather
Every day I have to wake up
Every day I have to shake myself up
from this love or the last
from all daydreams of the past
the faithless lover
With the innocence of the intimate
in the spring we planted a child
In expectation of the benefit
we believe that nature has smiled
but your heart is never reconciled
and that will mean the end of it.
Every day I have to come clean
Every day I must admit what I’ve seen
of this love and all the rest
No love can pass the test
the false God
creates the hope that lasts so long
as we dance by the midnight oil
as we sing the traveler’s song
where in the garden of love we toil
where we grow like dreams in the fertile soil
until the winter comes along
Every day I have to write a verse
Every day I have to fight the curse
of this lie and every one
for the truth that must begun
for the only one
Only the hopeless have reason to hope
Only the lost can be found
When finally we come to the end of our rope
at the end of the world there is a sound
something to stand on when feet leave the ground
some light in the darkest… where we grope.
Love Like the Spring
Maybe now Spring will come, now that news of You has preceded
Winter has been left with all the burden
he was given no choice
he could give but little comfort, yet he gave what was needed
We’ve dreamt of you in colors white and true and pure
We’ve imagined You—we didn’t know who You were
when we would go to bed crying from the cold
when we’d wake up, still dying from growing old
Are these the days of old, or is the world yet young?
For all we know, we’re in the dark
just primitives around the fire
all simulation, full of wow and flutter
ending lonely, homeless, reduced to mutter
while the world races along on fuel and spark
When my Master left, I had not yet begun
I stood alone on the hot sand beneath the burning sun
I turned stupidly, confused, and in all directions
not another living soul to understand my objections
When Winter came, it was good to be buried
under the snow so deep, under the frozen grass
until the longing could stir again
But as a seeker I have no skills
I go this way and that; so vulnerable against strong wills
But could my weakness prove to be Your strength at last?
You begged Him to accept that man on the end
who had consumed alcohol and meat, so then
Maybe, for me too, You could put such a request
that could soften His heart—since I can’t pass the test
since I’ve never become strong like the rest
since all my failures, I’ve confessed
Maybe You will appear like the Spring
bringing the sun and the rain in contrast
over the windswept hills of this time
Maybe love will have no choice
but to sing of my pain and loss with Your voice
but to answer with the future and to leave behind the past
Hopefully visitors to my blog are by now aware that I have a book, but perhaps there are those who don’t know that I am also a songwriter/musician – was one long before I was lucky enough to be picked up as an author by All Things That Matter Press. My music has been sort of back-burner lately, due to the mechanics of getting the book ready and then working to get the word out that it exists. Well, to borrow from the Blues Brothers, though they’re certainly not the first to use the phrase, only the most famous, “We’re getting the band back together”.
Soooo… , in an effort to simplify my life I’ve decided to include promo for my band The Primatives here on my blog with everything else. The following is the message I sent out this last Friday for upcoming Primatives events.
Dear friends and fans of The Primatives. We’re not dead, but have only been sleeping. Well, not exactly sleeping – very busy actually with all manner of things that have kept us from performing.
Anyway, we’re coming back to life this weekend and the next. Tomorrow night, Aug. 21st, we’re at The Palace in New Vrndavn, WV. We’ll be one of two opening acts for Devananda Pandit and his band. It’ll be a great evening of spiritually inspired folk music that rocks, no doubt about that. The Primatives go on at 7:45 pm as we first back up story teller extraordinare, Sankirtana Das, then The Primatives, then Krypamaya das & Caitanya Bhagavat das.
The Devananda show begins at 8:35.
Then next Saturday, Aug. 28th The Primatives return to the annual Rock The Quarry benefit for The Panhandle Trail in Collier Township, just outside of Pittsburgh. The Primatives have been somewhat of an institution at this event over the last years. We go on at 4:20 PM. Southern rock band Toast is the featured band of the evening (the event actually starts Friday and ends Saturday night.) Our friend Jordan Umbach starts the day off at noon.
If you have the time and the inclination, I’ve attached a flyer in PDF format with the entire schedule of the 2 day long Rock The Quarry event.
Hope to see you, Hope you’re all having a good summer, Jesse and Lilasuka (The Primatives)
Click here 2010 RTQ Flyer to view the flyer.