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Patagonia

Quiet, parted by a gentle breeze
A still life beckons us to proceed
I smile as they gaze
Those tiny creatures endure their praise

I found my soul in Patagonia

Hide from their innocent eyes
Magic encased, our awaited prize
Dust behind and memories flow
Though snakes may cover the road below

There I danced as you pulled the strings
No idea the consequence of our fling
Rhythm melted the ice
Enlightened by your clever device

I found my soul in Patagonia

Never this unraveled
Emotionally traveled
Will you greet me where I land?
Do you know I understand?

I found my soul in
Found my soul in 
Patagonia

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A Dream of Home

Your big green eyes have swallowed my mind
And stolen my sight
My mind has bled and turned my captor
I'm healing faster
Can't do it alone
Can't do it alone

Behind me... I've burned up the veil...
And now... I cannot fail                     
I'm not only just smitten... 
by the words that you've written

I had a Dream
A Dream of us
A Dream of us back home
You know, we've come so far
The gears of time are grinding us together
In the clockwork skies
Spilling from our eyes

I feel the lies that keep me from you
Now they lie broken
Billions of years can't hide you from me
Never again
So far from home
Far from home

And now, I wait alone... 
Alone incarnate
Wait, for something like never... 
Will I wander forever?

I would give everything to touch your heart
I would sell all the world to pay your ransom
And the transaction...
...is underway

I want your mind... You hold my mind...
Your pretty eyes have made me homesick
Beyond the sky
You want my mind... I hold your mind...
Your pretty lies have crushed my sight
I'm not alive

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In Time

Afraid of what might be, why are you inside me?

I find your trials in the way
as I unravel more each day
This game is nothing I can't shape
Follow me... Into the abyss
Take my hand, walk along with me
I'll show you everything I see
Here, from Hell to Heaven's gate
In time the fear will fade away...

I feel I've been slighted, but I have decided...

I'll hold you as we burn away
This fire must be our last escape
Once gone, will nothing else remain?
I'll follow...  Into the abyss
Your fears are broken, now I say
My grip is stronger anyway
Now, I'll pull you from self hate
In time the darkness dissipates...

What is this feeling I can't shake?
Why did my universe just break?
Nothing within me left to take
I'm hollow... Inside the abyss.
Not alone now, who's in front of me
We're bound together at our feet
Dream, and feel us integrate
In time we'll be no mystery...

We've seen what this life is, now our minds are priceless.

What you have done for me this way
Held my will as it went astray
I live now only to repay
Follow me...  Into a new bliss
Familiar plights will be erased
As this force bends the story straight
Free, we'll never hesitate
In time our music dominates...

You feel me inside you; do I not excite you?

I find your trials in the way
as I unravel more each day
This game is nothing I can't shape
Follow me... Into the abyss
Take my hand, walk along with me
I'll show you everything I see
Here, from Hell to Heaven's gate
In time all pain will fade away...

Your pain will fade away...

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My Pretty Life

They tell me to push, to finish my race
Though I wonder these days, can I keep this pace?
Nothing changed, same as it was long before
The goal may shift, but they always keep score
I guess that I failed them time and again
But the blame's not mine, no...
Nor was the plan.

Is this pretty life I'm living
All that I wanted it to be
Is this silly path that I've led
Worth more than the tears that were shed?
Will this pretty life I'm living
Ever look...
Ever feel...
Ever be...
The way I know we all dream?

At the end of old and start of the new
I found that I could never ignore you
Preoccupation with lofty modes of thought
Has taken my mind down the tracks that you wrought
Tore the veil and cleansed the mind's eye
Was blind before.  Oh...
'Til I looked to the sky

Ideas converge and old dreams replaced
This life I've led here will not go to waste
My dreams are built from yours...
The soul lifts to soar

Ahead of me is the future I make
And yes, I am aware of what's at stake
But I do not have the luxury now
To wonder if I'll regret this somehow
I'll plunge headfirst into the heart of the storm
Will I find you there? 
Where we completely transform?



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Never Me

I'm growing now and have been since I found the prism's edge
A child inside that died while I just pushed him from the ledge
I pushed him from the ledge
He found the prism's edge

His freedom grasped forever clasped; given to those who sing
My growth would wane if not insane, but the ceiling found its wings
The ceiling found its wings
Given to those who sing

Perpetual pain
For growth and gain
The poison lost its sting
Stand in the rain
With no disdain
For minds that cannot sing
Expanding brain
No end to feign
I'll never be or see
The thing I am
Please hold my hand...
Because I'm never me
No, I'm never me

The end ahead I'll never reach; not even if I fly
My being, there; I'll never care or even want to cry
I'll never want to cry
Not even if I fly

Belonging here, and chasing fear forever through the sky
Suspend our dream right here for me as I stare into my eyes
I'll stare into my eyes
Forever through the skies

My nothingness could cause me stress; Oh, I do surmise
I wouldn't know, nor could I show a symptom of his lies
No, none of his lies
Oh I do surmise

Pulling up, forever stuck; Do you see through my disguise?
I'll rip it off, and bleed so soft, melting through the cries
I'll melt right through the cries
No more disguise

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Lunatic

Moving west, the sun has set and blood shined over you
Now in this place, I count this grace a gift from something true
You've shaken me, but breaking isn't something that I do
So now I lift my weary head, and cry out to the moon

Unending dark
Forever will be tempered by my grin
Time now to start 
I found your heart
I will enjoy this night with you
In endless dark
Deep in your heart
Deep, deep inside of you

Above duress, though I confess the pain of breaking through
I found the mess just as you left and picked a fight with you
Ironed out the wrinkled fabric, nothing else to choose
It laid us back onto this track, as they howl at the moon

They're crashing in, and bashing me around my empty cell
The hollow nest inside my chest is holding them from hell
Would you rise up to set them down? Of course, it's what you do.
Then stick around with all we've found, and cry out to the moon

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Violet

Entangled in the twisted vines 
With all of life's shame left behind
In the vines
These withered branches animate 
Floral beauty incarnate

I am the shining Sun above
Though clouds would hide my depth of love 
High above
The light inside is piercing through
All around and down on you
Down on you

...The storm. The storm is raging.
Slowing, ever changing...
The sun, the light is coming...
Through darkness neverending
It seems to me...
That soon we'll see...
The world just as it's meant to be...
...Free

But now it's raining and I know you're happy
I can feel it when you smile about me
Keep smiling
If less is more then stay away
Unless you don't care what they say
Don't stay away

Then let the rainfall pour down on you
As the Sun will burn it off you 
The Sun inside you
I will rise and you will bloom...
The Violet growing in the gloom 
The Violet...
...Violet in bloom

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Bloom

Hear my plea, and you will see, what I believe
Will save us all
I don't know, how far we'll go, but if we grow
Our wings, we'll fly
Look in reverse, it's been rehearsed, past wasn't first
We've been deceived
Fallen man, can't understand, or see the plan
Though he may seek
Live in fear, too long my dear, you'll never hear
The voice of truth
Cast aside, that cyanide, forget your pride
Or we all die
Then embrace, and set in place, the saving grace
Of your own mind
Dive inside, but never hide, that you're alive
Believe your eyes

No starting gun nor setting sun
Suspend us here as the world begins to bloom

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Waiting For You

I want to hear you; to hear you laugh
I want to feel you; to know you care
I want to hear you; to hear you laugh
I want to feel you; to know you care

It's taken over
I can't want anything else
If I'm wrong, at least tie me together.

I don't know if I can reach you
But I know you're there
Don't know if you can see me yet
But I know you will
And I'll be waiting for you
For you...

I want to meet you; to see you smile
I want to hold you; when you need to cry
I want to meet you; to see you smile
I want to hold you; when you need to cry

It's too late now
I'm beyond turning back
Let us embrace, come and tie us together

I've only ever waited for you
It's all you

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Fractal Love

I found my center
And then I saw yours
This dream we created
Has yielded these cores

The story folds in
And is not without you
One day they awaken
To find their center is true

Fractal love will abound
Not one left behind
As the world will astound
In this space without time

One common vision
For all those inside
Each body is charged
To live. To love. To thrive.
To thrive

Copyright © Ryan Echard | Year Posted 2017