The Phoenix Rises

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WINGS

She left her wings

And left me just standing here

What was I to do

Now that she was gone?

She left her wings neatly draped over the kitchen chair

Did she not think that I wouldn’t notice or that I wouldn’t care?

How would she fly high, how would she soar?

I feel so empty now without her

I don’t think I have anymore

What can I do?

I feel so hollow and empty

How do I walk through this opaque fog?

She left her wings hanging

I don’t think they were ever used

I don’t like seeing that she left them behind

But I always seem to notice them

Out of the corner of my eye

I stood by the kitchen sink

Washing my hands

And started to think

Why did she leave her wings behind?

How could she fly?

Why, why, why?

Like the wings of a dove, carrying a message of peace from above

Or like the wings of a nightingale, with a breath of compassion, like the wind on a sail

As long as there’s love

There’ll always be hope

She was the kindest, most loyal, most compassionate, the happiest, most caring, most loving, most honest, and giving, and sharing of anyone I ever knew

Then I heard a voice that sounded like hers

And I stared at the empty chair

With her wings that were still there

And my body suddenly felt lighter than feathers

And she said, “You know. You do.”

And I didn’t. And she said, “You do. You know all that is true. I give and I share, and I think of you, too. I left those wings for you.”

And the tears rolled down my eyes.

And I looked over again at the wings she had left. Wondering.

Wondering

Wondering

If they were my size.

When the Angels are in heaven

And of all the great things

That they may have

They pass down a set of wings

To anyone they might feel

That needs to lift themselves up

And fly and soar

Open your eyes

There’s wings everywhere

A chance, a blessing, an opportunity, an open door

At the best of times

At the worst of times

Just

Look up

COPYRIGHT 2018. FLEMMING ERIK CARLSON. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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YOU DON’T GET ME

I crack a joke or say something witty

But you don’t get me

Baby, you don’t get me

I say something that I feel deep inside of me

But, still you don’t get me

Baby, you don’t get me

I tell you something profound that I see

But, alas, you don’t get me

So you don’t get me

I can talk about all that I am, and all that I want to be

Cause you don’t get me

Babe, you don’t get me

If you don’t understand me

If I can’t help you see

Then you can’t have me

You don’t get me

Leave me be

Leave me be

I can tell you all my thoughts, what I think, what I see

You say you don’t get me

Then you don’t get me

Someone else will surely have me

And they’ll just get me

So they’ll get me

And so, you won’t get me

Someone else will

COPYRIGHT 2018. FLEMMING ERIK CARLSON. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


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YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU

I have my canvas

But I don’t have enough paint

For me and you

So, I’ll just paint you

You

You, you, you, you

You

I’m writing a story

But I don’t have enough paper

To write about us

So, I’ll just write about you

You

You, you, you, you

You

I’m taking photographs

But I don’t have enough film

To take pictures of you and I

So, I’ll just take your picture

You

You, you, you, you

You

I’m writing a song

And all I have is this guitar

So I can’t play music with you

But I’ll sing all about you

You

You, you, you, you

You

You let me go

You let me go

You had my love

You

You, you, you, you

You

I’m going away

But I only have one ticket

There is no more you and I

But I will always remember you

You

You, you, you, you

You

I will always remember

You and I

I will always

Cherish you and I

You

You, you, you, you

You

You let me go

You

You, you, you, you

You

You still have all my love

You

You, you, you, you

You

COPYRIGHT 2018. FLEMMING ERIK CARLSON. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


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A DAY AT THE BEACH

I checked my email

There was only spam

The wind left my sail

Damn, damn, damn

I checked my voice messages

There was none

Like my writing, empty passages

So I left, to try and have some fun

I grabbed my dog and checked my cash

Made sure I had money for parking

Then made a mad dash

As she was happily barking

So we went to the beach

With the top down on my car

And as far as we could reach

We went way out to a sand bar

I collected pretty sea shells

And found a purple sand dollar

The colors had me in trances and spells

My dog roamed the water as I took the leash off her collar

Hours later as the tide came

The dog barked with something to say

And I felt the same

We called it a day

We had a ball

And upon getting home

I was hoping for that call

I pulled out my phone

And checked my voice mail

Silent, nothing at all

I thought, “How stale”

A nobody’s call

But there was my dog staring at me!

This was my dinner companion for the night

And I saw quite clearly

What was suddenly going right

We needed this break

My mind had been in such a busy state

So for dinner, we had steak

And my doggie and I will tell you, it was just great!

COPYRIGHT 2018. FLEMMING ERIK CARLSON. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


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I WISH YOU’D STILL LOVE ME

I’ve become so familiar

To those empty stares

To the void of silence

Wishing you were near

Wanting a care

Wanting a loving glance

And here you are

Standing in front of me

And yet you feel so far away

You’ll always be my shining star

Oh, how I wish you’d still love me

But I can’t make you stay

I give you anything I can

You have my complete attention

But you look right through me

But I am just who I am

My heart’s so heavy, it weighs a ton

But I guess that’s just not good enough for you to see

You seem so far

That you can’t see

What’s here today

I want you to be my shining star

I wish you’d still love me

That’s all I can say

It hurts me so much

And I don’t think there’s anymore I could do

I miss your gentle touch

And I’d never stop loving you

So go ahead and get in your car

Just go and be

I’ve said all there is to say

And I’ll put everything back in my wish jar

Wishing you’d still love me

But It’ll be okay

And I’ll send one wish upon a star

For you to be happy

And I’ll be okay

COPYRIGHT 2018. FLEMMING ERIK CARLSON. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


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THAT DAY

Life

It’s kicked me down so many times

But I keep getting up

Some days

I don’t want to

But I have to

Or else I’ll miss out

When my ship comes by that day

As I lay down

I always look up

And I get excited

At the new day

And motivate myself

Because every run

Comes to an end

And this could be

That day

This

Could be that day

I could win the lottery

I could meet you

I can make a difference

Things change

This

Could be that day

I could sit around

Feeling sorry for myself

I can do that

Better than anyone else

But I can gain a lot

Wisdom and experience

And appreciate all

From the greatest of things

To the simplest and small

To learn is to evolve

Lessons

Is really to be strong

The sun comes up

But then it goes away

Never really

Because it comes everyday, and so must I

Some days brighter than others

Today can be that day

This

Could be that day

I could win the lottery

I could meet you

I can make a difference

Things change

This

Could be that day

COPYRIGHT 2018. FLEMMING ERIK CARLSON. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


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INTENSITY

There’s an attraction

Like a moth to a flame

It’s a chain reaction

When love is to blame

Intensity

Between you and me

Intensity

It’s something you can see

Intensity

It’s intensity

Oooh, intensity

When I think of you

I have to be near

You feel it too

We end up in high gear

Intensity

Between you and me

Intensity

It’s something you can see

Intensity

It’s intensity

We have intensity

Oh, oh!

Intensity

That grabs you and me

Intensity

It pulls us together

Intensity

Oh, oh!

The fire between us

Burns so big and bright

The passion that guides us

Carries us thru tonight

Intensity

Between you and me

Intensity

It’s something you can see

Intensity

It’s intensity

We have intensity

That look in our eyes

When we look at each other

Hope that this flame never dies

It’s a passion like no other

Intensity

Between you and me

Intensity

It’s something you can see

Intensity

It’s intensity

We have intensity

Oh, intensity

Oh, the intensity

Oh, oh!

Intensity

COPYRIGHT 2018. FLEMMING ERIK CARLSON. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.