To Fight Aloud Is What You Do

October 30, 2022

To fight aloud
Is what you do
To hide from
What's inside of you

Refute the things 
That people say
And box in bars
On Saturday

To fight aloud 
Is what you do
To hide from 
What's inside of you

Upset, attack  
Disturb, annoy
Nag and nag
And nag your boy

To fight aloud
Is what you do
To hide from 
What's inside of you

Bicker, fuss
And fight and feud
And then you say
"You're being rude"

To fight aloud
Is what you do
To hide from 
What's inside of you

by Richard W. Bray

If You Don’t Tell Yourself the Truth, You’ll Go Crazy

October 27, 2022





I read a lot of books
About psychology and stuff
Crammin knowledge in my head
I’ll never get enough

Tried to figure out
Why some people fall apart
Wondered if the problem’s 
In the head or in the heart

The answer is so simple
And amazy
If you don’t tell yourself the truth
You’ll go crazy

Deception is a poison 
It destroys and complicates
Honesty alleviates
It cures and it regenerates

Living all those lies
Is gonna rot your loving soul
Heal your wounded heart
And let yourself be whole

The answer is so simple
And amazy
If you don’t tell yourself the truth
You’ll go crazy

The Smallness of You

October 22, 2022

Double-cross a lover
While she's sleeping upstairs
Betray your best friend
And never give a care

You could eat a flea for breakfast
Put a saddle on an ant
Ride it like a pony
To the centipede dance

The lies you tell yourself
The lies you tell the world
The never-ending lies
That pushed away your girl

You could hide inside a thimble
Crawl under a door
Get lost for an hour
In a crack in the floor

Leave a trail of destruction,
Misery and loss
Turn and walk away
Let others pay the cost

You could build yourself a castle
With toenails and sand
And declare yourself king
Of Tiny Little Land

by Richard W. Bray

space and time

October 15, 2022

The world is made of frozen light
Everything connects
Nothing in the universe
Works like you expect

Does a tree know it exists?
Does a star know how to love?
Look at thirteen blackbirds
Listen to a dove

Make some room for kindness
As you straddle space and time
The world is charged with grandeur
Everybody shines

by Richard W. Bray


When you don’t wanna know what you know

October 6, 2022

"To see what's right in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle."
–George Orwell

When you don't wanna know
What you know

It takes a massive toll
It'll singe your living soul

When you don't wanna know
What you know

The fables that you tell
The fiction that you sell

When you don't wanna know
What you know

What people say and do
What's right in front of you

When you don't wanna know
What you know

His face is full of doom
He smells like cheap perfume

When you don't wanna know
What you know

When you don't wanna know
What you know

When you don't wanna know
What you know

by Richard W. Bray


glad for every moment

September 24, 2022

I'm sad we broke each other's hearts
Didn't want to leave you blue
I'm sad we'll always be apart
I hate the stupid things I do

I'm glad for every moment
I got to spend with you
Your sweet and blessèd soul
Your heart was always true

A snowflake and a rainbow
A sunset and a flower
They fade and fall from view
But they never lose their power

I'm glad for every moment
I got to spend with you
Your sweet and blessèd soul
Your heart was always true

by Richard W. Bray

in

September 18, 2022

in a fog
in a flutter
inattentive
in love

in debt
in danger
insolvent 
in love

in the dumps
in a pickle
injured
in love

in the groove
in the saddle
invincible
in love

by Richard W. Bray

My Best Thing Is Being With You

September 5, 2022

I can dunk a basketball 
With my left ear
I can sing a sonnet 
While I'm drinking a beer

I'm pretty excellent at everything I do
And my best thing is being with you

I can program a computer 
While washing my car
I figure out physics 
Just sitting in a bar

I'm pretty excellent at everything I do
And my best thing is being with you

I can skip a stone 
Forty-seven times
All the ladies swoon
When I make up my rhymes

I'm pretty excellent at everything I do
And my best thing is being with you

I made a rocket ship
And took it to the moon
I fought off a grizzly
With a fork and spoon

I'm pretty excellent at everything I do
And my best thing is being with you

by Richard W. Bray

you can’t take back the hurt you give

August 12, 2022

it's easy to hurt
another human being
if you're careless
if you're stupid
or just plain mean

you can't take back
the hurt you give
you're gonna
have to face it
as long as you live

it doesn't matter
how bad you feel
it ain't gonna help
the other person heal

you can't take back
the hurt you give
you're gonna
have to face it
as long as you live

by Richard W. Bray

before the fall

August 3, 2022

Build a house upon a sinkhole
You can reinforce the walls
Build a house upon a sinkhole
You can bet it's gonna fall

You can look out real far
And never look too far in deep
You can look out real far
And always wonder why you weep

You can live inside a daydream
It's got a really nice view
You can live inside a daydream
But it never comes true

You can tell yourself she loves you
Any day she's gonna call
You can tell yourself she loves you
You know what comes before the fall

by Richard W. Bray