Archive for August, 2021

so many things I wanna tell you

August 28, 2021

So many things I wanna tell you
Every single day
So Many things I wanna tell you
But you went away
Parting is all we know of heaven,
And all we need of hell.Emily Dickinson
I heard a funny story
I saw a good film
So many things I wanna tell you
Things to make you smile
So many things I wanna tell you
Every single day
So many things I wanna tell you
But you went away

I had a bad day
I wanted to cry
So many things I wanna tell you
To help me get by
So many things I wanna tell you
Every single day
So many things I wanna tell you
But you went away

I pulled myself together
Dug out of my ditch
So many things I wanna tell you
Life is such a bitch
So many things I wanna tell you
Every single day
So many things I wanna tell you
But you went away

Everything that happened
Was better with you
So many things I wanna tell you
But there’s nothing I can do
So many things I wanna tell you
Every single day
So many things I wanna tell you
But you went away

by Richard W. Bray

for the soldiers I have known

August 18, 2021
there’s no magic words
to protect you from the hurt
there’s no magic words
there’s just a lot of dirt

there’s no magic words
to cover up the lies
there’s no magic words
for the empty in their eyes

there’s no magic words
just try to stay real
keep your people close
and take the time to heal

by Richard W. Bray

You don’t get to say who I am

August 16, 2021

You don’t get to say who I am
You can think what you want
You can tell your favorite aunt
Just remember – I don’t give a damn

I’ll keep being me
I’ll never fit your fantasy 
You don’t get to say who I am

You don’t get to say who I am
You got ideas inside your head
You can put them all to bed
It don't mean a bucket full of spam

I’ll keep being me
I’ll keep on flying free
You don’t get to say who I am

You don’t get to say who I am
So just worry about yourself
It’s so much better for your health
Than talking up a big old mess of sham

I’ll keep being me
I’ll keep on flying free
You don’t get to say who I am

by Richard W. Bray

a kiss, a smile, a rainbow

August 8, 2021
You did not come,
And marching Time drew on, and wore me numb,—Thomas Hardy, A Broken Appointment

I guess I just amused you
But I felt so much more
Wondrous happy singsong
Leading to your door

A kiss, a smile, a rainbow
Aren’t always what they seem
Underneath a streetlamp
Waiting on a dream

Time to face my sorrow
Time to live my fate
The moon is now descending
The hour is getting late

Hope, rejection, heartache 
My never-ending theme
Underneath a streetlamp
Waiting on a dream

Memories immortal
Melodies divine
Radiance and laughter
A moment of your time

A kiss, a smile, a rainbow
Aren’t always what they seem
Underneath a streetlamp
Waiting on a dream

by Richard W. Bray