October 22, 2009

One Blood (lyric)

Once upon a lifetime,
Long before anyone can remember
I called you my neighbor
I called you my friend
We never bothered
Dividing up the world
There was one thing we knew back then,
We were all one blood.

Then we changed our directions
Chose our temples, chose our gods
Drew our curtains, drew our weapons
Drew our lines in the mud
Turned our eyes from one another
Turned our hearts to stone
Turned our children into soldiers
Built our castles on their bones

I guess somewhere along the way,
Everybody just forgot
That, once upon a lifetime,
We were all one blood.

We can think of so many reasons,
So many causes to defend
But you were once my neighbor
You were once my friend
How many more will go to die
For someone's ancient choice?
Our languages are different
But we all cry in the same voice

And when we fall, we all call out
To the same silent God
When the fields run red with the blood we shed,
It's all one blood.

In the end, as at the beginning,
We are all one blood.

October 15, 2009

poetry on the bed

You were reading
poetry on the bed
while I packed my bags,

the yellow lamp gathering the night
like a swarm of blinded black moths
filling the room with thick dark flutter.

I packed my bags, thinking
of all the men on all the beds, all
they had done, how none had ever read poetry

and how easy it would be,
how light the silence passed over us,
how the light passed over your face,
and how easy it would be.

But I packed my bags,
time ticking off till take-off,
folding clothes gently
around your fingerprints,

carefully preserving evidence
of night-gathering yellow light,
and you, reading

poetry on the bed.