Where the Sidewalk Ends

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One of my favorite collection of poems by Shel Silverstein, a poet whose works I have read a few times in the past, is Where the Sidewalk Ends. Here’s the poem where the title of the book comes from:

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

Sidewalk

 

Fierce

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My eyes are fierce

The tears fall down

Like waterfalls of fire

I fall into a portal of heat

And see the world through fiery licks

The battlefield is fierce

I trudge on ahead

Through the smoke and gunfire, shrapnel falling at my side

Until I arrive at my noble chariot and briskly ride away towards the golden city

Fierce

Expert or Bust

I’m not an expert

Still have a long ways to go

Don’t make me laugh

Expert

Cheated 

I’ve been cheated out of life

Lost so many damn chances

Dealt with this stinking hand

And thrown to the curb

And stepped on like a wad of gum

But I get back up and fight again

Because that is what fighters do

And throwing in the white flag is

A surrenderous defeat

A pathetic end

A premature disposition

Cheat

Miniature Me

I discovered a miniature version of me

It was alike in many different ways

Told the same jokes, even on the same days

Ate like me, laughed like me

There’s no way we could be apart

The greatest duo that ever lived

From start to end, heart to heart

Miniature

The Eyes Have Seen

My veteran eyes
I have seen the pain
The death and destruction
Everything that is wrong
with humanity and beyond
The selfishness and greed
And now I see you
And my heart breaks
Because I want you so much
But your eyes return a cold stare

Eyes

 

Casino Royale

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The slots be churning

The hearts be racing

The excitement of a win

The gambling and money burning

Like rats pushing a button

Over and over again

They’re all in it for the same thing

To get rich quick, go on vacation

So I took a trip to the FireKeepers casino today with my folks. We got aquainted with the casino floor and all the games. I tried my hand at the Kitty Glitter slot machine. No matter how many times I pressed the betting button, no matches would come up on the screen. My mom beforehand, on the same machine, was as lucky as hell.

Complicated

The road to eternal happiness

That is a complicated endeavor

Many times you will fall down

And cry your eyes out

Hoping for better days

But with friends and family around

The gift of love is everlasting and abundant

And your worries can be cast out of the window

For love is the ultimate healing power to all

Darkness, death, and fear

 

For the Song Lyrics of the Day challenge, I provided the song “Don’t Stop Believin” By Journey. It’s always a great song to listen to in times of despair and hopelessness.

 

Point of No Return

Reach for the bright stars

But don’t bruise yourself up

On the long way down

Reach

 

Haunting Me

To the edge of the stairs
I thought it was just me
But the spirit in my quarters
Shouted out a raucous laughter
Pounding the wood so fiercely
Disturbing the peaceful sleep
Oh, the horrors of this dreadful house
How I wish I could drive them out
And have angels sparkle again

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