Awaken Now Kristen

we sat on
the sofa
a laugh and
a smoke
we stood in
the kitchen
and listened
to what

she was workin on
she was workin on
practicin her horn
she was workin on

the next piece
her lessons
her songs
her sound

it was in her bones
it was in her bones
it was in her bones
it was in her bones

her music
her laughter
her anger
her tone
her mischief
her cancer
her wonder
her own

she had to go home
she had to go home
she had to go home
she had to go home

to her father
so tender
her mother
so strong
she fought it
and fought it
it twisted
her arm

when finally
no remission
was given
permission
was given
to give in
to give in
to give in
and taken
with mercy

awaken
now Kristin
and straighten
your fingers
on your horn
and blow

on your horn and blow
on your horn and blow
on your horn and blow
on your horn and blow

 

Sat Morn

Got some buddies there I see
the runner said to me
as me and Townes and Frids lounged in the sun
Twas a gorgeous Sat’day morn
cool breeze, warm sun
the day barely begun already runnin’ round

Townes chewin on a stick
Frida chewin’ on her leg
all rollin on our backs in our grassy gowns
Under the trees by the stream
across from where I’ve been
I can see the rut I’m in and how well worn
How I sit day after day
dreamin’ of places I’ll play
instead of finding ways to get it done

And Townes said Let’s jump in the pool and chase things
and Frida said Don’t mind me, I’ll sneak along behind
and I said Come on, move along, let’s go now
And home we flied

Takin advice from the dogs is a mugs game
Takin advice from the cats is fine
Take me some good advice for when you need relaxin
Take yourself a little time

Cause I know that Townes is right
a dog needs his exercise
but I feel like some catnip and following behind
Now they’re dozing on the porch
and I’m strumming a few chords
to get my head restored to the how and why

I know that I need a plan
that details who I am
defines the discipline to win the war
To forget about my worst
put out my best and bust
on to the scene like the first one to be born

And Townes says Please don’t be gone all the time
and Frida says I’ll wander off into the night
so I told them that I’ll stay and myself that I’ll play
and walk them everyday forevermore
walk them everyday

I Can See You

With a name like Maile how could you be anything but
An island child, laying by the water in the sun
Drinkin’ tea and reading magazines
Taking naps in your bikini
Hey mama what’s your name? You’re my one.

I can see you
I can see you
I can see you playing on the beach
I can see you
I can see you
I can see you comin up and kissin me

Yes there is something inside me you alone stir with your strut
I do a funny little dance cause I can’t contain my love
Walkin hand in hand, strange city streets
Takin’ pictures, loving who we meet
Sittin in a restaurant long after we are done and everyone’s gone

I can see you
I can see you
I can see you sittin there with me
I can see you
I can see you
I can see you lookin’ so sweet

Your eyes told me hold me
Your map told me unfold me
Your lips practice poetry
Your stars a certain symmetry

And so you called me Jabie, your singin twin, your bean-headed nut
Whistlin love songs for you all day, all night touching toes under the covers
Still remember when I saw you in the store
Still want you everyday a little more
You’re my constant question, my how, my why, my when, my what

I can see you
I can see you
I can see you standin there right next to me
I can see you
I can see you
I can see you marrying me