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Time is like a serpent
That devours its own tail
The coils grow ever-tighter
With each moment it inhales

A foreboding sense of deja vú
That cannot be ignored
It's hard to help but feel
We've seen and done this all before

History be damned
It's only progress we embrace
Our eyes closed to the circles
That our memories re-trace

Arrogance & avarice
Distort our field of view
A re-run culture takes your past
And sells it back to you

Decades pass and years go by
Days dissolve into the ether
Condense like clouds
And come raining back down
But we are blind to this debris
Piling up around our feet
And it's killing us

Fear and loathing paralyze
The populace throughout
Disengage the rhetoric
That brought this all about

Overcome and overrun
Pretend all this is new
Surely we'll be hailed as heroes
When this all is through


Our memory is short
We throw all caution to the wind
The story's changed so much
We can't recall how it begins

Foresight is an absent friend
We left in distant days
Reflection makes us realize
The error of our ways



Unsheltered and exposed
When every door is closed
There's nowhere left to find protection

All that I have left
Is this brutal, reckless depth
I'm running scared with no direction

The only thing that's real
It's all that I can feel
And every single nerve is screaming

For sleep that never comes
My imagination runs
Out of reach and it has left me bleeding

When reality returns
And I've finally broken free
I'll stand up and face the world
That once abandoned me

The flow
Of panic in my veins
Anxiety constrains
Every move and I am slowly sinking

To depths I've never reached
My security's been breached
A victim of my way of thinking


A desert without rain
I'm a prisoner of pain
A disciple of my own disaster

This silent symphony
Serenades the barren sea
Calling out as if it somehow matters



I'm sorry I can't bleed for you
The way you want me to
To throw myself against the rocks
The way I used to do
I'm sorry that I can't prolong
The pain I've been put through
I'm sorry, yes I'm sorry
So sorry
But not as sorry as you

You wear your misery like a crown
You're only happy when you're down
And the saddest part is you don't even know why
What are you lacking deep inside?
Depression as a point of pride
If you're not careful the world is going to pass you by

I'm sorry I can't always drown
In rivers of despair
A man forever broken by
A need for your repair

I'm sorry if the things I said
Were somehow misconstrued
I'm sorry, yes I'm sorry
So sorry
But not as sorry as you


I'm sorry that my happiness
Isn't to your taste
A pessimistic optimist
Who's bound to be replaced

I'm sorry I can't grovel in
Emotions I outgrew
I'm sorry, yes I'm sorry
So sorry
But not as sorry as you



A thousand footsteps without direction
Adrift like snowfall from winter skies
Aimless parades of burning ambivalence
Selling false hope in certainty's guise
Living and breathing in sorrow's colossus
The teeming masses await a reply
Hoping for something that tastes of deliverance
Waiting for answers to fall from the sky

Are we just living ghosts
Waiting to be freed?
Stuck at a tipping point
We never dare exceed
And what if no one comes
To liberate our souls?
And all of this is all there is
To make us whole?

Hidden meanings extracted from vagaries
Fruitless missives predicting an end
Mere conjecture impersonates prophesy
Finding doom in every change of the wind

Inside a culture of spiritual violence
Demons singing like creatures of light
Smiling faces awash in hypocrisy
Vending salvation that no one invites


A thousand questions in search of an answer
Seeking a meaning in creation's design
A futile wish for an order in randomness
A certain outcome to which we're resigned

Reaching skyward in hope of protection
Leading the weak to the feet of the strong
Unanswered prayers suggest the conclusion
That all we think we know is probably wrong



Monochromatic reasoning
A divide and conquer legacy
Dissect and over-simplify
All hail the death of compromise

The world isn't rendered in black and white
Other shades lie between
Don't view the world with binary eyes
We are human, not machine

Eliminate the critical
When it all becomes too difficult
Ignore the layers of subtlety
Force feed them full of your beliefs


Some day when we all awake
From the dreams we dreamt for country's sake
The logic you let come undone
Is the noose that you'll be hanging from



I am merely the product
Of the life that I've lived
An amalgam of sorrows
And the wisdom they give
But the weight has grown heavy
And its dragging me down
It's so hard not to sink now
But I don't want to drown

I'm damaged
But somehow I've managed
This far
But I don't know if I can find my way back home
I'm damaged
But somehow I've managed
For now
But I don't think I can face this on my own

There is beauty in hardship
There are poems in grief
There are trials we must go through
Though they may shake our beliefs

But I don't know how I got here
Lost in the cynical dusk
Set adrift in the worry
That I've no one to trust


If to suffer is holy
I'll take my share of the pain
I can swim through this sadness
If there's something to gain

I can reach for the surface
And try to pull myself free
But the last thing I want is
To drag you down here with me


Madman's Dream

I saw cities swallowed by the ocean
I saw children crying in the streets
Hundreds stranded on the overpass
Bodies rotting in the brutal heat

Cries for help fell on deaf ears
5 days passed and no one came
Pointing fingers while the people died
I saw a nation hang it's head in shame

Have I awakened
Deep inside some madman's dream?
This is not my country
This is not what I believe
Have I awakened
Deep inside some madman's dream?
I can barely recognize
The place this used to be

Anarchy in the empty streets
The law dissolved like so much smoke
A dying prayer for the humanity
That washed away when the levees broke


A year went by and nothing changed
No justice left for the destitute
Abandoned cities, abandoned souls
Tomorrow's dream is yesterday's news



The truth is like a dancer with shattered limbs
What once stood proud and graceful is languishing
And the midday sun beats down from above like a giant fist
That evaporates the veracity from within our midst

Don't speak of truth in times like these
The concept's riddled with disease
Deny the sights your eyes have seen
This is the new reality

The truth is like a painting that time defaced
A monument to beauty left in disgrace
And the faded flower that our eyes yet devoured is in decline
What once was as pure as an infant's embrace has become maligned


The truth is like a lantern in heavy winds
What once shone like a beacon is growing dim
And the flickering flame dies out in the rain of perfect lies
Silver threads of smoke float upward into the sky



In dying light, the day is fading
Defeated eyes regard the sun
That sinks behind the broad horizon
Until the two melt into one
Beneath the gravity of failure
Pinned to the unforgiving earth
Bargains we made with fate unyielding
Proved to be without much worth

Raise your fists and crush eternity
In the name of all the suffering endured
When anger overtakes serenity
Restraint and limitation seem absurd

Outside there blows the winds of conflict
With howling gales that shake the ground
Awakening a quiet vengeance
Belief recovered, courage found


The tables turned, the balance shifted
And fragments of the day remain
To light the path in silent witness
To all the fury and the shame



When I grow old
And my memory
Leads me deep into the fog where it abandons me
Will you remind me
Of who I used to be
When I was younger?

When I am old
And the hands of time
Have ravaged all the remnants of my fragile mind
Will you still tell me
Of how it used to be
When I was stronger?

If time is cruel
And it takes away
All the recollections of my younger days
Please help me reminisce
Of all these past events
When days were brighter

And years from now
When I can't recall
The faces and the names I used to know so well
Promise you'll help me
Regain those memories
When my load was lighter

When we were young
And the world seemed
Full of nothing else but possibility
I still remember
Blankets of whispers
That said 'Forever'

But if autumn comes
And your love for me
Has withered like the leaves that fall from every tree
Will you lie to me
So I can still believe
That you still love me?
That you still love me?