Man’s Own Box


Appearances are everything

Along with that

despite one’s name

shaven better than beard

endowed rather than not

Cold is like hot-headed

Shy is worthless

while quiet means nothing

to live without doing

Who wants that recipe?

Mankind wears a button

of those they know and love

and hate

Still, they are in the know

Trying

Doing

Lest one tries to produce

Failure is a label

worn after grief

Alas, appearances are everything

when we remind ourselves

that we are so worthy

Somebody’s Wretched Somebody


What if I

Told you this morning

I was feeling down and out

Just say it sweet enough

So you wouldn’t scream and shout

 

What if I said

I just couldn’t pull it

All together, today was not the day

 

What if I wanted

You to just stay with me

 and not go away

 

What if I needed

To be by your side

‘cause I didn’t want to be alone

 

What if I

Started saying sweet nothings

To somebody, like you do on the phone

 

What if I

Pretended to be somebody

that somebody else knew

 

I wouldn’t mine as long as I was

Somebody’s wretched somebody too

 

I may not be

What you thought I’d be

I know I’m not brand new

But I did my time

Leaving reason to rhyme

One of the last good few

I may not be anything you see

Except a wretched somebody


What if I

Started to hold my head up high

And smile and say, “Hello”

 

What if I told somebody

They looked nice and they

made my heart glow

 

What if I let somebody

Touch my heart like

Somebody they knew

 

Then I wouldn’t have to be

Somebody’s wretched somebody

Who cared about you

The Bus


Can’t tell you how I feel

Showing is just too damn cold

Never wanted this to be real

I guess this story is getting old

 

There is something I want to hide

And it’s taking its toll on us

I thought you were just in it for the ride

‘Til I saw you get off the bus

 

How could I not trust you

To make sense of all this

Should I all but fault you

For all this scary bliss

 

What on earth made you want to stay

Thought it would make you cuss and scream

Some folks can deal in their own way

They even turn a chance into a dream

 

Although I can’t forever feel like this

I don’t want to give up on us

Can we seal it with a long kiss

So you won’t get back on that bus?

 

Promise to do my best by you

Doing what I can, whatever it takes

Will a simple “I Love You” do?

Every day a love story makes

 

You went through so much to reach me

Truly a fool I must have been

My own excuse is I just couldn’t see

I never want to be that way again

 

Let’s go away by train or plane

However it is, let’s not make a fuss

 Promise, I won’t drive you insane

Just please don’t put my love back on that bus