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Introduction To Poetry

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem's room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author's name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.

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The Way Out

'There must be some way out,' they say.
'There must be some way out!
We've fallen on an evil day;
That we no longer doubt.
But surely there's some magic rare
To banish this dull load of care,
And strengthen out defences.
We'll find it, yet, if we but look;
But this is sure: By hook or crook,
We won't cut down expenses!'

How like a harried housewife these
Wild politicians seem.
'Oh, George!' she cries. 'Don't scold so, please!
You must find some shrewd scheme.
There surely must be some way out.
What of those deals you talked about?
Are all your plans pretences?
I want a frock; I want a hat.
My parties? Bridge debts? What of that?
I can't cut down expenses!'

But George he knows, as well we know,
There is but one way out:
When incomes fall we must go slow.
Stern facts no man may flout.
And well we know, as George must know,
A pound note just so far will go.
And all men in their senses
Well realise there's but one way,
When we fall on an evil day
We've got to cut expenses.

The magic stone philosophers
Sought in the olden years,
May, by no chance, be ours, or hers,
For all our pleas and tears.
The only magic's common sense
Despite vague schemes and sly pretence,
Wrangles and differences.
When economic stress appears,
One warning echoes down the years:
'Go slow, and cut expenses!'

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Leave The Past And Moving On With The Future

What does it means to
Leave the past, and moving on with future?
It means you have to just let it go
Even it going hurt and feel so much in pain
You have other things looking forward too
If you love something so much
It will come back to you
It does it meant to be and if don't then just move on
I have finally learn my mistakes after yesterday
It's was perfect day off
I want to be who I am
I changes so much just to fit in
That's not like me
Time to figure out what I really want
What does it means to
Leave the past and moving on with future?
It means that this is now and your chances to do what you been waiting for
Time is running out
No going back and forth in path
No going back and forth in past to future
I'm stop acting like I'm scared
I'm not and now this is my time
I'm not regreat anything anymore
I don't want be like this
I need to think before I say something or do it
Past is not something I need think about
I need to think about future that I'm waiting for to happen
This is me and I finally understand what I didn't before
It's all right in front of me
I need to grab it and hold onto it
Future is waiting for me
I'm moving forward
Leave the past and moving on with future

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Hold On

(written by natalie cole, marvin yancy and kevin yancy)
You know, of all the things in the world Id miss
It would probably be music and love
They say you dont know what youve got til its gone
Thats so true
Even though we still take it for granted
And I used to be like that but not anymore
cause I found out what love really means
Love means happiness and dedication
Love will sometimes bring complications
But you must have faith and a whole lot of trust
Most of all you can never give up just
(hold on, hold on)
Hold on to your good thing, yeah
(hold on, hold on) forget about the small things
(hold on, hold on) do it for love, do it for love
And remember that love is a feeling
But its also an action, yes
Youve got to give sometime
If you want to get back some, well
And when all the kings horses
And even all the kings men
Cant put it together again
That is exactly when youve got to
(hold on, hold on) hold on to what youve got
(hold on, hold on)
Its the little things that mean alot
(hold on, hold on) do it for love, do it for love
In spite of everything, no matter what
Youve got to h-o-l-d on (you gotta hold on)
Hold on, hmm, hmm, hmm, ooh, oh, oh
Youre so hard headed
cause you feel that youre right
Well, tell me how you gonna feel
In the middle of the night
All alone, all alone
I know, I know
It doesnt matter whos right or wrong
If you feel so inclined
To blame that shame on someone else
Ooh, stop and think about it
Point the finger at yourself
Ooh, hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo
Hold on to your good thing (hold on)
Forget about the small (hold on) things
(hold on) and hold on
Hold on, oh hold on (hold on)
Real tight in spite of everything
Hold on (hold on)
When you feel like walking out that door

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Rat 2

now one can figure out
what this really means, except you
because this is exclusively for you
if you are really true
in deciphering what is missing
or what is obvious
too obvious and too wordy that you
cannot finally recognize it

but this is all about you
your shadow cast in stone
it is too small and too deceiving

i know what is that verbosity
we do it during parties and people misunderstand it
and misquote it
as the progress of the pillar
the stability of the wall
the highness of the fence

now, i give you a hint and you may not mind it
after all
your world is inhabited by busy letters
and not a syllable must be wasted

it is the message my dear
so do not accuse the messenger.

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Looking For Meaning

she comes to an age
not of reason but of trying to figure out
what she really means:

a mother for kids
a doctor for the natives
a vagabond for life
or an absconder from
her past

whatever that means
she will take the chances
she goes on a trek
on the mountains
moving on
for greater heights
looking for
meaning
re-creating reconstructing
some pieces of herself.

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No Respect

Respect,
Always everybody looking for some
Respect,
Who do you think youre gonna get it from
Respect,
Anybody here deserving of none
Respect,
Tell me what makes you think
Youre not the one
No respect, no respect none
No respect, no respect none
No respect, no respect none
No respect, no respect none
Respect,
Why be concerned with
Public adulation
Respect,
Pat on the back crying
For attention
Respect,
Finding out what it really
Means to me
Respect,
Honor comes only after
Humility

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Santa's On His Way

(David Anthony)
Christmas is always my favorite time of year
Sleighbells ringin', jingle lingin'
Christmas time is near
Can't wait to build a snowman
And play outside all day
Nothing could be better
I gotta write a letter
Santa's on his way
Christmas time is always
A special time of year
A time for joy and happiness
And lots of Christmas cheer
Can't wait to decorate the tree
That we brought home today
Nothin' could be better
I gotta write a letter
Santa's on his way
--- Instrumental ---
(Christmas time is always)
(A special time of year)
(A time for joy and happiness)
(And lots of Christmas cheer)
So have a very Merry Christmas
And a jolly happy day
Nothin' could be better
I gotta write a letter
Santa's on his way
Santa's on his way
Santa's on his way...

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That's Not All They Do

People do not listen to others.
In fact,
If they are not directly affected...
They could care less.
Not all people.
But enough of them to make this noticed.

'My dog,
Who had been my best and closest friend...
Since a puppy.
Was hit by a bus this morning.
And this makes me sick to my stomach.'

~You?
Many of them have no respect.
Cussing?
You should hear those kids that live near me.
That's not all they do,
When they get on public buses.
It's enough to make me want to throw up too.~

'No. No.
You're not paying me any attention at all.
It was my puppy.'

~You've got a puppy that cusses?
And your a passenger like me on a public bus?
If I were you,
I'd look into having my own reality show.
I have never heard of that before.
That would be an instant hit.~

'What a friend you are! '

~Hey...
What can I say?
You want me to make a few calls for you?
I know I can get you an appointment,
To see somebody.
Male or female? ~

'What are you talking about? '

~You puppy's gender.
Or preference?
A dog that smart can be what it wants.~

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We Will Find a Way Out

We've been in this room eight days now.
The food supply is low.
And there is very little water.
Perhaps we should listen to that young kid.
He does have a flashlight.
The others have been studing that map...
Discussing whether the hinges on the door,
Swing in or out.
They have few matches left to strike.
We will be in total darkness soon.
That kid keeps saying there's a light switch...
And a door next to it that is unlocked!
Why don't they listen to him?

'First of all...
He is black!
Second,
He has no experience!
How do we know he can be trusted?
You just mind your business.
We will find a way out.'

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Wasting My Time / Ill Find Out What There Is

Chain me up
Its easy to take, it is
Its never enough
To care for the outcome
The average faith that there is
Discussions of nothing pertain to the mountains
Rattling around in the my head
Maybe theres nowhere or no one to run to
But Ill find out what there is
Oh well, Ill find out what there is
And Im using up space
We wear in our travels
And straight into hit or a miss
And Im watching my childhood and hometown unravel
And Ill find out whats left
Oh maybe Ill find out whats left
Slipping down landslides
Bearing on wildlife
And my biggest days
All your faith in your liberal disclosures
Are there in your face
Pine away in the corner of the closet if you think that its safe
Yeah maybe theres nowhere or nothing to turn to
Oh well, Ill find out how youre made
Oh yeah, Ill find out how youre made
And Im wasting my time
Issues never worth solving
All that there was there still is
And Im watching my friendships and love life dissolving
And Ill find out what there is
Maybe Ill find out what there is

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The way out of hell

You may feel you're lost
You may believe there's no hope
but there's a way
just follow what I want to say
When you're alone
when you feel like you want to scream
and the anxiety kills your well-being
don't follow their way
don't let them bring you down
(stay small, as small as you can be)
believe in me, I've been there
in the reality where the demons feast
where the paranoia and delusions make you mad
(it's the sorcery, the sorcery of the beast)
don't believe, (in It)
do not let fear control your actions
try, and you will see
the way out of hell is a narrow and long way
(you will make it, just don't give in)
don't believe, your mind is playing tricks on you
don't fear, (stay small, as small as you can be)
cry, but never burst out in anger
never let them get to you
(it's the sorcery, the sorcery of the beast)
(stay small, as small as you can be)
you'll find your way, just believe
there's a way, you will see
(don't believe in It, it's the sorcery of the beast)
(they will win if you fail)
the road to heaven is a narrow and long way
you'll make it, you will see
(don't believe them, don't let them get to you)
it's all in your head, just believe
there's a way out of your agony
there's a way (a way, a way, a way, the right way)

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When I Get To The Root Of What I Really Want

When I get to the root of what I really want
it all comes down to the nothing that I've got.
If a mirror were to publish me the way I really look,
I'd look like a rootless tree, scattering all its leaves
and dropping its fruit like tears that got too heavy to bear.
I look at a beautiful woman now as if she were art,
a Caravaggio in a gallery, as my eyes are
just as happy to see, as my hands once were to touch.
Noli me tangere. Because I don't love anyone,
not even myself. Love is a double-edged sword
that can't dance solo, and my longing's been
a wandering troubadour for so long now, I can
mark the eras of my life by the number of windows
I've stood under singing to the waxing moon as it opens up.

I've always been a foolish dream weaver
trying to make a waterbed out of a snakepit for two
knowing how long it takes for the flying carpets to wear through.
I'm Pictish enough to live with a blue body
covered in lunar tattoos, or play the sacred clown
so I can use my absurdity as an alibi for the loss of my innocence,
and everybody's innocent at the beginning of love,
as if the moon were renewing her virginity in you.
I've lived with a lioness, two witches, an apostate madonna,
a beast mistress, one demon with juno, a couple of butterflies
that landed on the tip of the split dragon's tongue
divining for water in hell a moment or two
before their flightpaths got so erratic I couldn't keep up
and not wanting to fly wingman anymore,
tilted my wings good-bye, and banked back
into the depths and the heights of my reptilian solitude.

If things aren't perfect after you get over the shock of moonrise
believe me, the night you stop blaming
the flaws in your telescope
or the cinders in your own eyes
and realize how much dark ore it takes
for a nugget of gold to cast it
like a mountain of shadows behind it,
you'd make a much better astronomer than you are now.
You'd be able to relate to the asteroids
as easily as you do the radiant rings and shepherd moons
with their alluring promise of a mysterious life
just under the eyelids of their ice-caps,
as you peer through the cracks in their cataracts.

My heart's been savaged by firestorms of stars
sweeping across deserts of volcanic ash and pumice
by thousands of delusions arming themselves like mirages
to wound the very water they depended for their lives upon
because they didn't think there were enough bubbles in the hourglass.
You wake up one morning and find the skull of the moon
polluting your wishing well, it's time to pack up
and take your lute on the road again like uprooted rain.
Try for a graceful exit but if it's a little more brutal
than your entrance, do the best you can one abyss at a time
so that when you're on your death bed reviewing all this,
you won't have to wince too hard
at all your futile attempts to remain indefensibly human.

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My Way Out

You brought me into this world,
Only to tear me apart piece by piece.
I'm nothing but a toy to you
An i will never be anything more.
You left me alone all on my own
the cuts left from you hurt
they burn melting me inside.
You left me for dead
knowing what would happen
I wish you could see me,
Just turn around and see me cry
An realize the damage you have caused.
I look around praying you will be there
Just so i can say good bye.
I take a blade,
and force it through my beating heart
the beat stops as i bleed out.
You brought me in this world,
now I'm seeing my way out

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The Juvenile Offenders Act

The Juvenile Offenders Act gives soft-on-crime judges an out,
While the names of young criminals don’t get published throughout,
The statisticians do surveys that say everything is fine,
And it doesn’t matter who got off with a whole bunch of crime.

The people don’t have referendums nor required to vote,
And young criminals know they can get away with it and gloat,
The height of political correctness with lawyers by the score,
Nodding and waving as the criminals walk out the courtroom door.

Are we the only people in the world with these stupid laws?
As the judges, the lawyers and the pink socialists applause,
Where can we find a politician that really means what he says?
How do we go about getting binding referendums these days?

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Can You Find Your Way Out, Alone

It is not alright...
To do as you please.
Because you are grown.
And I am not your daddy.

No.
It is not alright...
To disrespect me,
In front of your friends.
And you expect me to say nothing,
But sit and grin.

It's not alright...
To come home late.
After what you describe,
As a 'dinner' date.
And then within my listening distance...
Mumble under your breath,
About your feeling trapped.
And you wish to seek an end.

Guess what?
I wouldn't want you to go through,
More of that.

I'll take back my car keys.
The house keys.
My credit cards too!
Now...
You can just leave.

There is one thing I 'can' say about you...
I would never accuse you of being a fool.
You have a way of making those announcements,
Yourself.

Should I show you where to exit?
Or can you find your way out,
Alone.

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There's No Way Out Nov 7th,2012

THERE'S NO WAY OUT NOV 7TH,2012

BY

JAMES BREDIN

The death-with-dignity crowd is trying to help you out,

Because you don't have much of a clue what death is all about,

But biased aristocrats don't want anything to change,

No need to think about this because they will arrange.

If, God-forbid, you come down with Lou Gehrig's disease,

Like Sue Rodriguez; whom the establishment did not please,

The death-with-dignity crowd suggestions might help you out,

Though this is still illegal in Canada; what this is all about.

Because, there's a chance that you might have a miserable death,
We are here now and it looks like we can't get out of this mess,

Because the Supreme Court is not likely to change their rules,

And we must be considered compliant obedient fools.

NOV 7TH,2012

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No Easy Way Out

The same thoughts going through my head
So many things better left unsaid
Well Im telling you baby, theres no easy way out
Dreams may shatter, tears may fall
So hard to make any sense at all
Well Im tellin you darlin theres no easy way out
All I can do is wait, I dont care how long it takes
Baby I just want to be standing by your side
Whenever you need whatever I can do
Dont worry bout losing face
You know my heart is in the right place
Well Im telling you baby theres no easy way out
You know its only a matter of time
Then everythings gonna work out fine
But Im tellin you darlin theres no easy way out
All I can do is wait, I dont care how long it takes
Baby i, just want to be standing by your side
Whenever you need someone to hold you tight
Try to understand that every word I say is true
Tell me what else can I do?
I just want to be

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Way Out West Of Wagga

The train winds west from wagga
Me - sitting sweating from the sun
My swag up on the swaying rack
Now beholden to no-one.

It's a morning on the sky line
The sun slides slanting rays
The countryside is counting
In years and not in days.

Way out west of wagga
Is why the journey ends
I’m off to find my people
And cast off city friends.

My mob came from out that country
That the white folks made their own
They sent us off to rail yards
And Redfern was our home.

Its hard there housed in Redfern
Caught between two worlds
The white man's world don't see us
Us cut off from our birth.

The line sings out its rhythm
The sound of wheel on rail
The wheels made in those workshops
Those workshops were our gaol.

Way out west of wagga
I’m sure that I’ll find my mob
I’m told they’re drinking swearing
With more flies than there are jobs.

Yeah, I drank drinks with the piper
Lost control and do not know
Why what is west of wagga
Is now where i must go.

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Leaving Is The Only Way Out

I'm not sayin' I have all the answers
And I don't care who's right or wrong
I'm tryin' to pick up the pieces already fallen
And put them back where they belong

So slow down your horses
Stop draggin' me around
And if cryin' is the only way into your heart
Then leavin' is the only way out

We've slammed every door in anger
And we've opened wounds we can't mend
And one night lonely is one night too many
Don't wanna wake up to one more night that won't end

So slow down your horses
Stop draggin' me around
And if cryin' is the only way into your heart
Then leavin' is the only way out

When late nights and long lies came knockin'
You just invited them in
And our voices got too loud for talkin'
Then my heart hit the floor
But your feet just kept walkin'

And if cryin' is the only way you hear me hurtin'
For the lovin' that I can't live without
And if lovin' ain't the only way into your heart
Then leavin' is the only way out

Oh

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Takin The Easy Way Out

Writers: leo sayer & david courtney
You contend
That youll never got back to her again
Youre as free as a night without end
So you tell your friends
Just what you had to endure
When you told her never, never again
And as the room about you starts to bend
You pretend
That youve taken the easy way out
Though you know ehn you told her last night
You were fakin the easy way out
With one hand reachin fo the door
But your feet werent movin
They were nailed to the floor
As she told you once more
Theres no easy way to get out
Shes not like you
Shed rather stay at home
n not get the blues
And if you ever do try to intrude
Shes so respectfully rude
So it was hard to believe
Last night while you were drunk n
Threatening to leave
That she walked through the door with such ease
n threw you the key
And shes takin the easy way out
And youre alone with no number to call
Shes taken the easy way out
With one hand reachin for the door
And you so speechless
Marooned on the floor
She walked out of your life
Couldnt stand it no more
Now youre all on your own
cos shes taken the easy way out
You know shes taken the easy way out
Oh, but your pride will only admit to a lie
Yeah, shes taken the easy way out
But, to your friends
Youre the hero of the night
Drowning with beef all the tears in your eyes
Hopin it dont show that youre dyin inside
cause you cant quite believe
That shes taken the easy way out
Theres no goin back now
Stuck here on your own
Lookin for a home
Drunk and on the streets
Stuck on your feet

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