life and a 3-legged dog

life and a 3-legged dog by anelephantcant

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life and a 3-legged dog

I
can tell
from his skin
grey and tired
his hair
long unwashed
his clothes
worn and grimy
that he has
no home

he walks
the quayside
probably seeking
a place to sleep
shelter
from the rain
wind driven
from the brown
turbulent
Mediterranean

his companion
clearly devoted
has
no rear right
leg

I
approach him
offer
some too small token
for food
his voice
is educated
articulate
but uninterested
I
long to ask
where
what
why
but do not
so
he stumbles
into the dusk
with
only a rucksack
containing his
life
and a 3-legged dog

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the answer

the answer by anelephantcant

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the answer (to everything)*

I always knew she’d wait for me
her feelings never hidden
I always knew she’d wait for me
until at last she didn’t

I thought she was the one for me
that we’d always be together
I thought I was the one for her
that our love would last forever

I was restless and impatient
I thought she’d understand
and that no matter what I did
our life would always go as planned

I thought that I could take some time
knew she would never meddle
that she loved me just the way I was
and would wait for me to settle

I wasn’t seeking other loves
just some time to call my own
I liked to drift off randomly
and spend that time alone

always knowing that she’d wait for me
never thinking that she wouldn’t
always knowing that she’d wait for me
until at last she couldn’t

Note: The full title is taken from an old Del Shannon song which once had significance to the poet:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUu9kKvLNLs

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many sins

laughing games by anelephantcant

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many sins

I hear the teardrops in your eyes
please don’t cry because I’m gone
I’m sure you’ll find another love
but for me you were the one

I recall again the fun we had
the laughing games we played
and though I left with scarce a word
I truly wish I could have stayed

your patient love always amazed me
as you forgave my many sins
but my heart quickly understood
this is how the end begins

for deeds fly by so quickly
but thoughts can linger long
an action lasts a heartbeat
unlike an aching Cohen song

I remember my last words to you
stay safe my love be well
but neither of us knew back then
I was tumbling straight to hell

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silent voice

silence by anelephantcant

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silent voice

the view is very different since
my world turned upside down
when once I was the leading man
I am now the tear-stained clown

I think I can write the perfect script
but each time I find the wrong word
you read the scene and leave the stage
sad as a silent song bird

I never know quite what to say
though thoughts tumble from my tongue
the lines are etched around my eyes
but only last week I was young

my mind drifts off into the clouds
I cannot concentrate
I am aware for years to come
I will endure the longest wait

because my love I’ll wait for you
I do not have a choice
the only sound that I can hear
is the silence of your voice

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nothing is certain

through the glass by anelephantcant

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nothing is certain

what do you see when you look through the glass
asks the patiently urgent schoolmaster
trees and the sky and the clouds floating by
but one boy has a different answer

birds to be caught and moose to be shot
all manner of beasts to be hunted
that can’t be right they are out of our sight
he shrugs as his money is counted

time to open the books and get learning instead
this hobby is getting expensive
it costs five dollars a head to make something dead
the studying must now be intensive

why do you ask questions that have no answer
why do you answer me then with another
the children beseech him to continue teaching
but he climbs upwards to where he must suffer

so parents are called and stories are told
it seems that nobody is happy to lose him
but he is high in the hills forgetting their ills
and his mind is still wreathed in confusion

will they see him again will he ever return
yes of course is the official assertion
but as he wanders through life avoiding all strife
the only sure thing is nothing is certain

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the children

where by anelephantcant

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the children

where are the children
the question once more raised
why are they so hard to find
are they already in their graves

where are the children
we think it’s time to speak
but governments and schools evade
the answers that we seek

where are the children
a question decades old
we suspect the ghastly truth
that makes the blood run cold

where are the children
the flowers of the brave
the petals scatter in the wind
to cover unmarked graves

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where

we hold rainbows by anelephantcant

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where are we

so where do you think we are my love
now that nothing is ever what it seems
do we smile share a kiss say goodbye walk away
or do we continue to believe in our dreams

do you really think we can go on as before
do you still feel the buzz and the chemistry
or do I disappoint as I predicted I would
when I promised magic so wrongly and shamelessly

do I let you down by being only me
is there something more I could have done
I realise I am able to drive you insane
I know that you want more than fun

it’s difficult when we lead such different lives
and when we have such divergent aims
but the plan always is to make me see sense
it is time to stop my juvenile games

I want to discover the answers you have
though it is clear that I don’t know the right question
I hoped you might tell me in spite of yourself
I thought for me you would make an exception

the end draws near and that decision awaits
we hold rainbows and dance on moonbeams
do we smile share a kiss say goodbye walk away
or do we continue to believe in our dreams

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yes or no

yes or no by phil burns

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yes or no

there are so many ways and so many words
to tell me what I need to know
but there is only one answer that means anything
just tell me if it’s yes or it’s no

there are so few requests I make of you
I make no demands on your time
but there’s always one topic you try to avoid
it’s as if I am crossing a line

is there something that I’m missing
somewhere else you’d rather go
if someone else is in your heart
why don’t you just let me know

there are so many questions unanswered
I ask but you never reply
it seems there is one word you can never say
just tell me so I understand why

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when the ripples began

when the ripples began by anelephantcant

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when the ripples began

looking back I remember
when the ripples began
that exact moment
when my life
lost tranquillity

like a sweet gentle breeze
your smile
brushed my mind
and your eyes
and mine
started dancing

your voice soft as love
your accent beguiled
my ears
were enchanted
and heard
not a word

but these days are long gone
and my life
is now calm
though there are times
when I still miss you

my soul starts to writhe
and my heart beat is faster
because
looking back I remember
that exact moment
when the ripples began

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water

rain falls eternally by anelephantcant

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water

I clamber up the mountains
quench a thirst from ice cold stream
breathe sharp air into gasping lungs
try to climb out of this dream

I stagger to the waterfall
see the clouds rise from the rocks
but nothing can disguise the sound
of the tongue that never talks

I limp down to the valley
where the wretched river flows
crawl desperately towards the sea
to seek the word that no one knows

I stumble through the puddles
the rain falls eternally
your reflection boldly mocking
while my eyes stare back blindly

for water is like last year’s love
swallows hope like flooding earthquakes
seeping in through tiny cracks
like memories and heartaches

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