In this place

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Look back in wonder
At the procession of days
At frost on a meadow
In sun-bleached array
Of silver leaves dancing
In moonlight at play
Or distant horizons
Of water and sky
Like water and Spirit
That opens our eyes
To all that’s unfolding
To all that has been
Still never yet showing
From whence comes the wind
To hallow this dwelling
This uplifted face
My innermost bring
Transformed in this place

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All together alone

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Here we are all together
Together yet all alone
Not knowing the pain each one suffers
Or the fears we must disown
We sit quite close to each other
Yet we’re never close enough
Looking across one to another
Over a void we never pass
And we wonder about each other
The things we never ask
We can not build a future together
Without learning about our past
We were told to love one another
So we try to love those we don’t know
To some of us this seems easier
Than living life transparent and exposed
To truly embrace our brothers
As the Lord had clearly shown
We must open our hearts to each other
To be loved and to be known

Dreaming

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Dreaming alone
in a desolate place
The night full of sounds
like leaves stirring
where there is no wind
As if the trees had spoken
Or like whispering pines
on a distant hill
Telling ancient tales
From a forgotten world
This place is so full
with memories and solitude
and all the things I hide from my mind
The quiet reflection
of stars beyond sight
Hidden by the clouds
that crowd upon my eyes
drifting through time
till they find another sky
One that is empty
of all save the past
So that it can show me
all the things that remain
As I ponder the morning
and it’s revealing light
And step through this portal
Into the essence of time

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Excalibur

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Beautiful strength
woven in longing and myth
holding the promise
of a world made right
not simply by steel
but by wisdom and faith
protected and mentored
and embraced by fate
until the time of times
when all the stars were in place
An image was forged
in both water and stone
The essence of grace
And the beauty of summer
gathered together
in an endless circle
With honor and truth
With blessing and wonder
A harvest of plenty
Where all had a share
until the unmaking
when innocence was lost
and from these shores
The king passed into night
to an island beyond the spheres that we know
to a place of enchantment
where all the dreams now slumber
Within the memories
of those hallowed days
until their return
At the end of this age

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Requiem

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Recalling last autumns dreams
From some strange and distant shore
Like the shadows of your past
in pale shades of lavender and grey
lying close upon the water
The still ghost of a mist at dusk
like the last hours of a time
when everything seemed right
You can feel the twilight beckon
With a longing for the night
You were there amidst the living
With the friends who shared your plight
Their faces all are gone now
from this place without a name
So the distance ever widens
and time ever grows in length
until the last dying embers
of memory lay fading upon the grate
leaving dust and Ashes
At the threshold of this day
That opens on all your tomorrows
and silently leads you away

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