Time


(A song)

I lie ahead, mirage of a future without end
I lie ahead, nothing that I cannot heal or mend
I’m always here, though you never can see me
I’m always near, and as far as far can be

I lie between, weaving through your days and through your dreams
I lie between, nothing is what nothing ever seems
Hold on to me, and my strength will see you through
Hold on to me, as you feel my hold on you

I lie behind, offering sweet solace from the past
I lie behind, gathering the days that couldn’t last
Yes I’m to blame, for the tide that takes it all
You curse my name, as I fail, I fade, I fall

I lie beyond, holding and enfolding what you are
I lie beyond, the living light of your extinguished star
Don’t ask me how, I am you and you are me
No here or now, in serene eternity
No here or now, in serene eternity

The Secret

(A song)
I wish I knew, what do they mean
The years I’ve known, the days I’ve seen
The memories that linger in my dreams?
The sinking hope, the rising fear
Of something which I know draws near
Is my life as pointless as it seems?

I walk alone down on the beach
The present washes out of reach
I cannot tell the future from the past
Then from the place where sky meets sea
A breeze inspired to bring to me
A message that I understand at last

The rocks, the rain, the seed, the snow
The fox, the snail, the bee, the crow
The energy we draw down from the sun
The ebb and flow of time and tide
The will to live that swells inside
The secret is that everything is one
Yes, the secret is that everything is one

It can’t be true, how can it be
There’s really no such thing as me?
I see, I think, I feel, my blood is warm
But on a level deep and high
I don’t exist, I cannot die
My consciousness a process, not a form

The rocks, the rain, the seed, the snow
The fox, the snail, the bee, the crow
The energy we draw down from the sun
The ebb and flow of time and tide
The will to live that swells inside
The secret is that everything is one
Yes, the secret is that everything is one

And all the time I am this man
I’ll do my best, do what I can
An actor puts his heart into his role
We fight for strength and liberty
To be just what we’re meant to be
And offer up our courage to the whole

The rocks, the rain, the seed, the snow
The fox, the snail, the bee, the crow
The energy we draw down from the sun
The ebb and flow of time and tide
The will to live that swells inside
The secret is that everything is one
Yes, the secret is that everything is one

Rise In Me

(A song)

Mother Moon looks down in misery
Her children born in slavery
Once proud, now brittle and bereft
All the stolen land and stolen years
The stolen hope and borrowed fears
See now, how little we have left

And we summon all our ancestors
From twilight where the spirit stirs
Between what was and what is yet to be
And we call upon their ancient source
Of joyful and courageous force
And beg that they would rise to set us free

When the factories consume our souls
We’re playing parts and digging holes
To bury our untamed identity
And the cage is so invisible
That every individual
Thinks this is just the way it has to be

And we summon all our ancestors
From twilight where the spirit stirs
Between what was and what is yet to be
And we call upon their ancient source
Of joyful and courageous force
And beg that they would rise to set us free

Now the summer sky has turned to death
And, withered by its toxic breath,
The trees, the plants, the creatures are in pain
And we know there’s nothing more to lose
Our only chance is to refuse
To kneel before their lies and guns again

And we summon all our ancestors
From twilight where the spirit stirs
Between what was and what is yet to be
And we call upon their ancient source
Of joyful and courageous force
And beg that they would rise to set us free
Rise in me…..

Paul Cudenec