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I’m back with another poem!  This one even comes with a poetic addendum!

This is a fire-up poem I wrote to myself while I was sinking in winter and needed to get busy on the album and website:

Wake Up, Bastion!

Wake up, Bastion.  Get the hell out of bed.
You’ve got work to do.  You’ve got sayings to said
and songs to sing and writings to write
and holes in your heart that you’ve gotta make right.
Only your eyes are watching you now.
You’re not fast enough to ever slow down
or strong enough to ever relax
or bright enough to think you can slack.
Stop slowing and breaking and wandering ’round.
You know where you’re going, so go there.
Now!
 
 

After I posted this, my friend Hannah indicated that she might need to start motivating herself through poetry so I offered her this:

Then Hannah, get on it.  Stop wasting your time.
Stop reading this crap.  Don’t wait for the rhyme.
Go do what you meant to be doing right now.
Go be what you’d be if all the walls were torn down.
You need motivation?  So do we all.
Now go grab the world.  Grab it right by the balls.
Wrestle it down.  Make it say that it’s yours.
Draw out everything that you hoped was in store.
If you’re taking anything away from tonight,
make it fuel, make it fire, make it reason to fight.
If you want motivation, go write up a poem,
but don’t stop there at all.  Make it real.  Take it home.
Make it grow, make it live, make it drag you on down,
’til you feel it all the time, ’til you carry it ‘round.
Make it breathe when you choke, make it stand when you fall.
Make it grow ’til it’s you.  Then go conquer them all!
 
 An image of Bastion Crider, with his thoughts on fire. Photo by Bastion Crider, art and concept by Bastion Crider, 2011.
 

Feel free to comment (especially if you comment in verse)!
To read/watch me perform “A Love Poem For Ghosts,” click here!
For more poems, check out the “Poems” category of my old blog here!

If you like my rhymes, then be sure to check out GRACE@ARMS’ iTunes and YouTube for music and videos (and our Facebook page for updates)!

– Bastion

On my original blog (graceatarms.com/bastion), I had been posting poems that I’ve written.  Since they were pretty popular (and since I’ve already posted my poem and video, “A Love Poem For Ghosts” here), I’ve decided to start posting them here on this blog as well.

Note that some of the thoughts and rhymes from these poems might someday become full GRACE@ARMS songs (as “A Love Poem For Ghosts” has done), but in the mean time, these are the shapes they’ll take.

Seconds of Spring

Poems or songs;
Shorts or longs;
Weeks of weaknesses turning to strongs.
The first taste of spring’s got me feeling like King Kong,
Like nothing can hurt me, like nothing can go wrong.
The season’s change drives us to the sunlight in throngs
’cause if the snow comes back, at least it won’t stay long.
 
 An image of Bastion Crider's head with his thoughts on fire. Photo and art and concept by Bastion Crider, 2011.
 

Feel free to comment (especially if you comment in verse)!
To read/watch me perform “A Love Poem For Ghosts,” click here!
For more poems, check out the “Poems” category of my old blog here!

If you like my rhymes, then be sure to check out GRACE@ARMS’ iTunes and YouTube for music and videos (and check out GRACE@ARMS’ Facebook page for updates)!

– Bastion

At last night’s concert (thanks to everyone who made it out!), I recited a new poem to musical accompaniment.  It’s called “A Love Poem For Ghosts” and, while some of you have seen it on my Facebook page or our YouTube page, I wanted to provide you with the back-story and the lyrics!

What if we never fell in love?

I was thinking about that question that couples always seem to ask each other a year or two into the relationship.  “If things had been different, would we have ever known what we were missing?  What if so-and-so hadn’t introduced us?  What if you had been born three years earlier?  Would we still have this connection?”

What if we fell in love?

I was thinking about this from the other direction, though.  How many people in my life might I have connected with if some slight circumstance (distance, age, past decisions, present circumstances, etc.) had been different?  Might there have been love between any of us, had it ever had the chance to be activated?

What if we we can find love without falling in?

Then I realized that this wasn’t necessarily a “what if” question.  In so many cases, that love already exists–just not in the romantic sense which we normally picture. Maybe it’s a common interest, a kiss, a conversation, or just a passing glance, but sometimes, I think you can detect that connection.  Even though two people might be separated by miles or years or circumstances or decisions, their hearts might not be that far apart.

I started collecting “love fragments” from throughout my life.  I gathered everything that never amounted to a love song, but that I had wanted to say or meant to say to people but had failed to articulate. What I’ve enjoyed about this poem is that when I put all the disjoint pieces together, they actually form a story that isn’t only coherent, but is actually familiar–maybe it’s the story of each of those diverse little shards of love.

In another life, this would be so many “I love you”‘s, but for now, it’s my love poem for ghosts.

“A Love Poem For Ghosts”

I wish I had the words
That could make you understand.
I wish you could look at me
And see a better man.
Sometimes at night I wake
And lift up my arms,
Singing songs about your grace
To the beat of my heart.
When I hear your voice again,
My darkest days are saved
’cause every time you say my name,
You make me feel brave.
It’s been so long since I
Have watched the stars collide
Because the heavens could never dance
Like you did in my eyes.
There’re worlds between our lives
But lying here on the floor,
The distances between;
They don’t matter anymore.
There’re miles between our homes,
But if you pull me close,
Only inches between our hearts…
And our lips can bridge those.