The Phoenix Rises

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YOU FLIPPED THAT SWITCH

I was so dead insideNo chance of hope

I was just along for the ride

Trying to hide being a big mope
Your smile lifted me up

Your laugh was so contagious

I drank from your cup

And it’s just so outrageous
With a flip of switch

You changed me

And my attitude

My life has gotten so rich

I can finally see

It’s a whole new pitch

Since you flipped that switch

Now I’m in love

Since you flipped that switch

I’m outta that ditch

Since you flipped that switch
For so long I felt so lost

Just taking up space

I felt I had no worth and no cause

Turns out all I needed was your friendly face
You let me into your life

And showed me another world

You spun me around and took out the knife

The thoughts in my head swirled
With a flip of a switch

You changed me

And my attitude

My life has gotten so rich

I can finally see

It’s a whole new pitch

Since you flipped that switch

Now I’m in love

Since you flipped that switch

I’m outta that ditch

Since you flipped that switch
I look into your eyes

I can get so happily lost

No more alibis

Your sun has melted my frost

With the flip of switch
With a flip of switch

You changed me

And my attitude

My life has gotten so rich

I can finally see

It’s a whole new pitch

Since you flipped that switch

Now I’m in love

Since you flipped that switch

I’m outta that ditch

Since you flipped that switch
I cannot stop smiling 

Seeing the beauty in everything

Your love is all I’m dialing

You can hear my heart singing
With a flip of switch

You changed me

And my attitude

My life has gotten so rich

I can finally see

It’s a whole new pitch

Since you flipped that switch

Now I’m in love

Since you flipped that switch

I’m outta that ditch

Since you flipped that switch
It’s electric

Since you flipped that switch

I feel the electricity

Since you flipped that switch

Inside of me

Since you flipped that switch
With a flip of switch

You changed me

And my attitude

My life has gotten so rich

I can finally see

It’s a whole new pitch

Since you flipped that switch

Now I’m in love

Since you flipped that switch

I’m outta that ditch

Since you flipped that switch
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BIRTH OF THE PHOENIX

I was born under the sign of AumI was built from the same mettle as the blade of the sword of Odin

And I was under the careful Eye of Horus

And when I thought the flames had all but consumed me

And taken me right to my bones

And into my soul

Something changed

Changed deep inside of me

And lifted me up

Up out of the ashes

A burning flight across the sky

To a higher elevation

To a better position

To a better view

I was reborn

I was new

I was

And I am

I am whole

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MAGENTA HEART

Twenty years agoI met her, not far from the beach

I’d never recognize her now

I hear her hair is colored in bleach
She painted me a picture

On an old white canvas

Of her heart

After some time together

Had passed
It was painted in oil

With a TV on in the background

She labored night after night

Very focused, she toiled away
It wasn’t red

It wasn’t quite purple

Outlined in black

It was magenta

And when she finished

She finally went to bed
The next morning she handed it to me

And as a fellow artist

I looked at it with respect

She wiped the brow of her lip

And said, “It’s anatomically correct”
She gave it to me that day

And said it was her heart

I didn’t know what to say

She put her thoughts, dreams, hopes, and fears into her art.
Her magenta heart

Still hangs on my wall

Sipping my coffee 

I’m still waiting for her to call
Life against her

Placing it’s bets

15 years of memories

I still have no regrets
Despite all the sadness

I wish I could quit

These goddamn cigarettes
It tears me apart

That all that I’ve got

Is her magenta heart
Like her life

Her paintings soon faded

Her eyes changed from bright colors

Like someone who is jaded
But I still hold that painting on my wall

Years and years later

And look at it every night

From spring until fall
Dressed in my flannel pajamas 

All cozy and comfortable 

Before the next storm

Her heart looms over me

To keep me warm
I don’t know what the girl

With the magenta heart

Is doing today

But if I could know

I’d like to hear she’s okay
Her magenta heart

Still hangs on my wall

Sipping my coffee 

I’m still waiting for her to call
I wonder if she ever

Wanted it back

15 years of memories

And feelings I never lack
Despite all the sadness

I wish I could quit

These goddamn cigarettes
It tears me apart

That all that I’ve got

Is her magenta heart
But for me that’s got to be

good enough

For me that’s got to be

good enough
A magenta heart

is good enough

It’s got to be

good enough

The only picture I’ve got

Is her magenta heart

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IF

If I could go homeBack to my mother

And help her in the yard

With her garden

I would
If I cared enough

And really cared

About myself

I’d do all of the things

That I really should
If I dropped my sword

And my shield

I’d stop this battle

That haunts me

And move on
And if I could have

Kept you

And given you

All the happiness in the world

You wouldn’t have gone
If

If is such a bad word

It looks back in time

And it sounds so absurd
If doesn’t mean anything

Although it gives you

Something

To hope for

When you just don’t anymore
If

If there was an if

I wouldn’t be here
Now
If I was a plane

I would soar high

Above the skies

With the wind

Whipping against my eyes
If I could fix

All that I have broke

If you believed 

In anything

I could have spoke
If you were here

Now

I would have fallen 

In your arms

But it’s only a dream of mine
If

If is such a bad word

It looks back in time

And it sounds so absurd
If doesn’t mean anything

Although it gives you

Something

To hope for

When you just don’t anymore
If

If there was an if

I wouldn’t be here
Now
If

But it’s only a dream

Of mine now
Of mine
Now
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EMPTY ROOM

SpaceEmpty space

There’s a place

That you once occupied

A memory

That must be denied

Since you’re gone

And you won’t pick up the phone
Trace

Back the steps

On the road

Of misplaced regrets

But right now

I’ll find a new face

Just one of many

To replace

So for right now

I guess I’ll
Rent out your room

In my head
Empty room

Empty room
It’s never too soon
To rent out your room

In my head
Empty room

Empty room
I can free

Up so much space

It won’t take long

Just wait and see

All I need

Is a warm new face

You can go

And I won’t plea a case
My mind plays games

With my head

But I don’t listen

To what it said

Because if I do

And think of you

I’d be screwed

And so damn down

When there’s so many

Others in this town

Just looking for a new place

And I got one with a lot of space

If only I
Rent out your room

In my head
Empty room

Empty room
It’s never too soon

Or too late
To rent out your room

In my head
Empty room

Empty room
Empty room
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I WANNA PROVE YOU MOMMA

I wanna prove you momma
I don’t want anything but you momma

I only want you momma

My baby

I wanna prove you momma

I wanna make you happy

And I want you to see

My sincerity

I only have eyes for you

There’s so much I can do for you

Little momma

I wanna prove you momma

I wanna work to buy you things

I want you to wear nice things

I want to cook for you every night

While we sit under candle light

I will work for you

My little momma

I will take you places

I will dance with you anyplace

I will hold you tight

My momma

I want to prove you momma

That you made the right decision

You are my life’s mission

My little momma

I will always give you flowers

I will always shower you in kisses

You won’t ever have to think about

What you missed

My baby

My special lady

My sexy momma

You are the smile to my face

That I could never replace

My honey bunny

It’s all so funny

How you make me feel

Like some big ferris wheel

It’s what you do

That makes me roll to you

My momma

Let me prove myself to you momma
Give me that chance with you

To dance with you

Momma

Let me do it all for you

Let me prove myself to you

Let me prove myself to you

Momma
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THE SPIRIT THAT LIES WITHIN

Allie loves Dan with all of her heartShe feels nothing will ever tear them apart

But Dan has a secret

And it’s something he’ll never ever get
He loves somebody else
Jackie’s with Sam at a yard sale looking at items old and used

Something makes her smile but then she feels bruised

One thing reminds her of Dan

But then she just can’t seem to stand
She feels something
Distance stays away from the mind

But the memories of the heart always stay close

Fond memories might not be so kind

Life’s broken love can be a poisonous dose
You might not, but the feelings may hold

Anger and denial can get quite cold as well as old

What’s inside us we may not alway ssee

Sometimes we’re not who we notion to be
Flesh and bone

A little bit of water and blood

Gets thrown in

But it’s our spirit

That lies within
Jackie meets Dan

At a bar with Sam’s band

They can only express pleasantries

Hiding their love’s used extremities
They feel so many things
Pride and ego

Embarrassment and humility

All thrown in

But it’s the spirit

That lies within
So many things

So many things

So many things

All thrown in

It’s their spirit

That lies within
Allie gets to keep Dan

Her spirit says she can

Jackie loses Sam anyway

Because she can’t let her heart stay
This is some of life’s things
Pride and ego

And what you may never know

And some other things thrown in

If you don’t listen to your spirit

That lies with in
So many things

So so many things

Too many things

Get thrown in

It’s your spirit

That lies within
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