The Phoenix Rises

A PEACE Of My Mind!


Leave a comment

I

II’m leaving on the train on time

I’ve

Been so lonely I want to take back what’s rightfully mine
I’m

Bringing you flowers but they’re no where as pretty as you

And I 

Am plotting all the wonderful things that we can do
And I

Won’t be very much longer till I reach my destination 

And I

Will never rest until I’m done
Winning you over

Winning you over
Baby don’t you know

That it’s all about you

And there’s nobody who

Could ever show me who

How to to live and grow

Through life’s high and lows

Planting seeds we sow

And all that we tow

Ain’t nobody but you

I been wondering all my life

I

Been wondering through a smirk and chagrin 
And I

I been wondering when my trains rolling in

And I

Wonder when your hearts gonna give in and let me win
But I

I can’t win you over

Until

Until you accept me as your lover
And I’m winning you over

Win you over
Baby don’t you know

That it’s all about me and you

And there’s nobody else

Could ever show me how

How to to live and grow

Through all the highs and the lows

That nobody knows 

And the heart wants to show

Ain’t nobody but you

Ain’t nobody but you
Winning

Winning you over

Winning

Winning you over
Nobody but you
Nobody

Nobody but you
Nobody

Nobody but little old you
Nobody
COPYRIGHT 2017. FLEMMING ERIK CARLSON. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Advertisements


Leave a comment

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
COPYRIGHT 2017. FLEMMING ERIK CARLSON. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Leave a comment

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

COPYRIGHT 2017. FLEMMING ERIK CARLSON. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Leave a comment

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
COPYRIGHT 2017. FLEMMING ERIK CARLSON. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Leave a comment

SAD DAYS

Sad daysOut of country

Sad days

For all my family
Sad days

I know this walk so well, I know the way

Sad days

The light is for what we paid
Sad Days

They won’t ever add up

Our tears will never fill

Time’s coffee cup
Sad Days

Soon they will fall behind

The past can be so mean

But our future will be so kind
So sad days

So sad days
Sad days

Sometimes it’s not so nice

Sad days

We pay a painful price
Sad days

They seem to last forever

Sad days

Not very bright not very clever
Sad Days

They won’t ever add up

Our tears will never fill

Time’s coffee cup
Sad Days

Soon they will fall behind

The past can be so mean

But our future will be so kind
So sad days

So sad days
A sad day like a rainy day

Lead to rainbows along the way

A sad day can exasperate your joy

But like the clouds it will pass

Like a child’s old broken toy

Sad days like any day leads to a brand new day

It’s okay

It’s okay
Sad Days

They won’t ever add up

Our tears will never fill

Time’s coffee cup
Sad Days

Soon they will fall behind

The past can be so mean

But our future will be so kind
So sad days

So sad days
Sad days

Just like an old lost friend

Sad days

The wounds will eventually mend
Sad days

I sit and I will wait

Sad days

For time will never wait
Sad Days

They won’t ever add up

Our tears will never fill

Time’s coffee cup
Sad Days

Soon they will fall behind

The past can be so mean

But our future will be so kind
So sad days

So sad days

So sad days

So sad days
COPYRIGHT 2017. FLEMMING ERIK CARLSON. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Leave a comment

STATIC

I’ve got too much staticIt comes in manually

And it comes in automatic
Too much white noise

From men and women

Girls and boys
Blah blah blah

Every direction

From your ma and pa
It comes from the north and south

From the east and west

Right to your head, right outta your mouth
Too much static

It’s all white noise

Meaningless nothings

Block it all out

Too much static
I’ve changed my frequencies

And I’ve learned to keep away

Millions of chattering monkeys
Static coming from the right

And it comes from the left

It comes in the day, and it comes in the night
You can wear your tin foil hatties

And your Make America Greats too

But all that noise just makes you batties
Blah blah blah

Don’t give in

It doesn’t get you very far
Too much static

It’s all white noise

Meaningless nothings

Block it all out

Too much static
Too much static

It’s all white noise

Meaningless nothings

Block it all out

Too much static
I want to help you

With your problem

It’s not what you talk about

It’s all in what and the good that you do
Too much static

It’s all white noise

Meaningless nothings

Block it all out

Too much static
You can talk about nothing

Or you can choose to be happy

You can whine, or you can sing
You can float down the river

Or you can tread water in the ocean

You can bask in the sunlight, or just shiver
Static

Fuzzy noise in the air

State of consciousness

Listen to your breath

Listen to your heartbeat

It’s clearer

Louder

Than the static out of mouths

That float into the air

Static
Static
Too much static

It’s all white noise

Meaningless nothings

Block it all out

Too much static

Static

Blah blah blah

Static

Blah blah blah

Static

(Abrupt silence. Cue birds singing far away.)
COPYRIGHT 2017. FLEMMING ERIK CARLSON. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.