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Open your eyes

Open your eyes and you will see
The beauty that surrounds us
Listen with your ears and here
The sounds that calm us

In a world that seems so cruel, dark and full of all our fears
All we really need is a new course to steer
So many people with all their problems hanging on a hook
There's still light, peace and joy if we only knew where to look
Why can't we raise our weary heads
Let it all go and become who we're meant to be instead

Stop hiding away from things you doubt
No more excuses,  no more hanging about
Open your mind and you'll be free
This world can be a better place, you will see

A place that's not so dark and cruel
A place where light, love and peace surround us all


Date: 1999

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Love is like a wild rose

True love is like a wild rose

It can bring so much joy
Beauty and vibrance to behold

Then when you reach out to your hearts desire
The thorns cut deep and scar forever

Once plucked it can never be restored
The very thing you once adored

The rose will wilt and the colour will drain
A distant memory will be all that remain


Date 2015
Competition entry : Choose a topic
Heartbreak and loss

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End the battle

It's time for the battle to end
Lay down your arms why can't we just be friends
Life wasn't meant to be this way
It's time for us to stop the fighting today
The young we bring into life must see
That peace is what we want to achieve

Its time for the battle to end
Lay down your arms why can't we just be friends
Life wasn't meant to be this way
It's time for us to stop the fighting today
The bloodshed has gone on to long
Why must the innocent be scorned
For what did they ever do wrong

It's time for the battle to end
Lay down your arms why can't we just be friends
Life wasn't meant to be this way
It's time for us to stop the fighting today
Open your eyes and look around
What have you achieved in this land
There's nothing but greed, misery and hate
Is this what we really want to relate

It's time for the battle to end 
Lay down your arms why can't we just be friends 
Life wasn't meant to be this way 
It's time for us to stop the fighting today
Now's the time to find a better way 
Restore the peace and hope we need
Just put an end to the fighting please

It's time for the battle to end
Lay down your arms why can't we just be friends 
Life wasn't meant to be this way
It's time for us to stop the fighting today


Date: 1998

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Just wondering

Just wondering why
Just wondering when
Just wondering what is to be

Is it for me to hear
Is it for me to see
Is it just meant to be

What is expected of me
What is it I'm supposed to be 
What is it to be free

Searching for life
Searching for the answer
Searching until I can search no more

Wanting to care
Wanting to share
Wanting to just be there

Just wondering if
Just wondering how
Just wondering what is meant to be

Date 2000

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Another day

The past will fade
The future will come
There's nothing more that can be done

Let it all go and get on your way
There's always gonna be another day



Date: 2009

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Camping

Camping beneath the shimmering stars
Makes me realise how insignificant we really are

The moonlight gently caressing the world outside a canvas door
Such a beautiful, calm picture, I often find myself longing for

In the wilderness, back to nature
Far from the ever growing lights of the town
Away from the hussle and bussle, far from every thing that makes me frown

The peace, the tranquillity 
Time to consider your own reality 
Following the natural cycles of the earth
Some how reconnects you to your own self worth

Sleeping from dusk till dawn
Being woken by the birds morning song


Date: 2005

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I've found my freedom

I've found my freedom
An epiphany happened in the night
Somethings woken in me
I've regained my sight

I've cut the shackles, ropes and restraints
Though not all physical 
They added to my weight

I've let my mind go free
Let go of everything hindering me

Now impervious to my egos desires
I've found a true freedom 
Fulfilling all I require


Date: 2017

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Who's the man behind the mask

Can you tell me, who's the man behind the mask?
Who gives a clever illusion, of a created past.
We've painted his portrait, but will the face we painted last?

A shadowy figure cloaked in mystery, making us laugh.
Do you really know this person, whos play in which we've all been cast?
We listen to a poetic song, leading us on a dance, with a rhythm so strong, so fast.
We're all so happy to be deluded with his attention, as he sits in the limelight and basks.

But once again I yell from the crowd, do you know who's the man behind the mask?
We've been lapping up his stories, like dogs lapping tea from a fallen flask!
Shouldn't we even bring his colourful stories to task.
But no one else has actually stopped to even ask.
Who's the man behind the mask? 

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A walk into the darkness

I take a walk into the darkness 
Deeper and deeper I go
Such courage, such enthusiasm
As I so boldly walk on a path I did not know

With every step I take
The light fading
The path winding
So very disorientating 

A frightening feeling 
Somehow realising
The demons are whispering 
Dancing and prancing 
Never seeing, never touching
But just there, behind my back
Waiting, deliberating, as to when I might snap

Feeling a little scared now
Thinking this idea, should've never been conceived 
A way back now, is what I need

Maybe I should just stop
Is it time to turn back and run
But the curious darkness looms and beckons me on and on
The demons too whisper their song
Come and dance with us, on and on
You know you just want to belong

Then all of a sudden, all is gone
No light to see, nothing left, not even me
A skeleton left, where I used to be
My mind, my body, entrapped
When all I longed for, was to be free

I see now this isn't right
I really need to put up a fight
Return myself back to the light 
The demons whispers are all but rubbish
All I need now, is my own good courage

Battling on and on
I'll find a better way
Living my life from day to day
Never looking back
But always remembering not to stray
Back to the place where my demons lay.


Date: 2017

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Come sit by the fire

Come sit by the fire
Don't be a stranger
Come sit by the fire
Come close and feel warmer

Come sit by the fire 
Let the light dance across your face
Come sit by the fire 
No one here feels out of place

Come sit by the fire 
Join in with the song
Come sit by the fire
It will soon be a new dawn
 
Come sit by the fire
There's no need to feel lonely 
Come sit by the fire
Tell me your story

Come sit by the fire
We will all be friends 
Come sit by the fire
Until this day draws to an end




Date: 2006

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