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PAPER

I am what I meet in
My mirror; a reflection
Of perception, an idea
That’s me. I am a bunch
Of parts, named like 
Constellations of stars
Real enough but labels all
The same. I am me and this;
Fleshy bipedal creature
That snorts and dozes and
Walks and talks and wonders
About, well everything.
I am a legacy of things gone
Before; the result of aeons
Of complex activity, of which
I am ignorant. I am what comes
Before things that will happen
Of which I am ignorant. I am a
Paper boat, riding a stream
Catching glimpses of dreams
That pass me by as I soak it
Up so much that I dissolve
And finally die!

Copyright © David Byrne | Year Posted 2010



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EVERYTHING

The mind and universe confide. Between
Them, they are one. Like lovers devoted.
They share fluctuations on an ocean
Wave, washing mindful shores, to redeem
Those sparkling pearls, that have formed along.
Pearls of wisdom and love, confounding one
On sands that motion to and fro, unseen.
Like lovers they, the mind and universe 
Converge – inseparable – beholding
One another. Cosmic thoughts emerge
Like bubbles on the ocean waves, changing
Detailed rhythms – familiar all the same.

Together, they hear a song; they dance as
Lovers do – mirroring both reflections. 


Copyright © David Byrne | Year Posted 2010

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WORDS

Walk with me for a while
And listen to my words
That fall like rain and 
Drench the ground we pace

Talk with me for a mile
And I will watch your words
Spread like butterflies
On this road we grace

Brilliance comes in many ways
In words, in smiles, in deeds
But the greatest brilliance 
Blinds the eye and
Dazzles make shift needs

Words they fall like petals
They carpet all the ground
And in the end their 
Blown away and
Gone without a sound

Copyright © David Byrne | Year Posted 2010

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TRUTH

I try to draw a map of the universe in my mind
With language that cannot be accurate in any sense
I try to draw the map with images moons, doors, passages
But these are ravaged by the passing of thoughts in my head
Instead with words I try to paint my dreams moons, doors, passages
It seems, that nothing can define any semblance of a truth
For there is no truth, just things that are said.

Copyright © David Byrne | Year Posted 2010

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Brazen Heart

Of love there is no antidote nor cure,
A brazen heart knows nothing of the hand,
That guides this Cupid arrow fair and pure,
And pierces through with art that soul can stand.
Of choice the soul knows nothing to begin,
As seeds that scatter aimlessly on clay,
Some grow and flourish unbeknown to him,
That stalks the Earth oblivious and grey.
Confounded he, who is awakened so,
From anaesthetic binding dark as night, 
When true love strikes and soul begins to glow,
He see’s a Universe that’s blazing bright.

And brazen heart is smelted down to flesh,
And nourished through with all of loves relish.

Copyright © David Byrne | Year Posted 2010



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BEAT OUT THE RHYTHM

[NOTE:This is just a bit of silly fun]


Beat out this rhythm baby,
You can surely do it baby,
Beat out this rhythm to the clock!

Beat out this rhythm baby,
There’s no room in it, for maybe,
Do it, with a goofball in a sock!

There, is no room for error,
We can pull this off together,
Beat out our rhythm with your sock!

If you feel you cannot play,
Try it out, another day,
Our rhythm will, never cease to shock!

So:
Beat out our rhythm baby,
There’s no room in here for maybe,
Never mind those people who will mock!

Beat out the rhythm baby,
Do it like your acting crazy,
Smash up everything that’s in the shop!

Copyright © David Byrne | Year Posted 2010

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BEING YOURS

How can I tell you
In so convincing a way
That I am yours
I could tell your eyes with my lips
Your shoulders with my breath
Your tummy with my cheek
Your bosom with my embrace

I could whisper in your ear
Massage your feet
Sponge warm water on your back
Stroke my fingers along your contours

I could listen to you without saying anything
And love you

Yes I am yours my lovely

May 5th ‘15 

Copyright © David Byrne | Year Posted 2015

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Mystic Tampering.

Some ancient wisdom
Doth behold; a parabolic
To unfold. Mathematics to 
Delight ; resemble crescent 
Moon at night! The alchemy
In this I see; a medieval
Fantasy . Behold the dragons
Tooth and claw; from it, 
Power I will draw. Mystic
Names are writ in clay; and
Swept away before the 
Day. Squalid squawks that
Screech the sky; bring chills
Into the heart that lies. 
Fingers bony, nails that
Split; do stir the cauldron
With some spit. “Hail my 
Demon, come to me”; if 
You indulge my fancy free!
Thus I challenge, this bleak
World; what’s real I order
Inward curl. Tumble down
And thus reform; a universe 
“Reductio ad Absurdum “
Is reborn! 

Copyright © David Byrne | Year Posted 2010

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QUANTUM WAVE Extended

In your mind
I see a passing 
Wave –

On a 
different frequency
to mine –

If only you and I
could surf the same

On silky waters
Crest and trough in
Time –

The resonance that 
Vibrates for us both

Is oh so tantalizing and
so close –

If only we could make
a quantum shift

And let uncertain 
Hearts together
drift!




In my mind
I see what I can 
Save-

A Quantum
of our senses
caught in time-

If you and I
in moments
could remain

Potential seeking
souls that shrill
sublime-

Reverberate and strike
a perfect note

Resounding in this
Universe of both-

With Energies of will that 
 quantum sift

Through certainties
in hearts a cherished 
gift




In other worlds
I see how we
Behave-

Two particles
in congress
so divine-

If only you and I
begin to crave

And dance in unison
while in our prime-

If reason for each other
we betroth 

Two shifting Quantum
hearts that we behold-

A Universe resounding 
with our song

A Universe in 
which we both
belong !




In our minds
I see a passing 
Wave –

On a 
frequency
that is sublime –

And you and I
can only 
surf the same

On silky waters
Crest and trough in
Time –

The resonance that 
Vibrates for us both

Is oh so tantalizing and
so close –

And only we can make
this quantum shift

And let our certain 
Hearts together
drift!


































Copyright © David Byrne | Year Posted 2012

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ECONOMIC SONNET

Note : as an experiment i took a random article from the newspaper and extracted phrases from it to eventually form this sonnet. A fun exercise!
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Economic purists say, relief should,
Never have been given in the first place.
Whether that is true or not, perception,
Has always been politically good.
Sensitive issues, as they have and could,
Ever been percieved as assisting in grace.
Relief to be aboloshed! Reflection –
Affordability is understood.

However, now it is to be removed,
People shouldn’t get alarmed, the market
Change to this would deem, respite is disproved.
Any mortgage taken out – we regret.
For seven tax years by that date – and yet
We believe this is the case – hmmm, approved!

Copyright © David Byrne | Year Posted 2010

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