Little Words

Little words

can tumble

out of

mouths

into ears

  

Little words

sometimes

say nothing

that matters

 

Hello

Fine

Good

Of course

Thanks

Let’s do that

Call Me

Bye now

 

Little words

sometimes

say everything

that matters

 

I miss you

I hear you

I see you

I’ve got this

You’ve got this

I care

Hug?

Take my hand

I love you

I’m here

 

Little words

can tumble

out of

mouths

into hearts

© 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All rights Reserved

Spoken Word:Where Did You Go? Written by 1WiseWoman/A Lion Sleeps in the Heart of the Brave & Read by Christine Ray/Brave and Reckless

I am deeply honored that 1WiseWoman invited me to make a spoken word version of her poem Where Did You Go?  Please visit her blog A Lion Sleeps in the Heart of the Brave to read more of her powerful words.

 

Where did you go?

Little one

With your smile as big as the sun

When did running

Change from game to survival

When did hide and seek

Become staying hidden

You were always first in line

Brave and limitless

Shouting from the top of the pines

Who hurt you?

Little one

Everyone

She says, with eyes on the ground

Where she believes she belongs

Among the dirt and trash

Birthed with the seeds

Of poisonous weeds

Planted deeply in her soft heart

Cursed from the start

She has tired of running

But cannot stay

Not this way

The hurt is rooted

Pain undiluted

And every step is wrong

Remember you were so strong?

Little one

That time has gone

It was taken without permission

By the ones who proclaimed true love

In the shape of fists and shoves

And whispers behind closed doors

Stolen away in lies and betrayal

Reflected in swollen eyes of hazel

Revealed in protruding ribs

Deprived of essential substance

She is truth, seeking justice

Will you come back?

Strong one

I want to

She says, with shaking voice

It is time to make a choice

Take back that which is essential

Bury the inconsequential

Surrounded by passion revealed

Verity no longer concealed

Climb the tallest tree

Know that you are free

Strength beyond bounds

You were lost

Now you are found

A Savage Release-Nicole Lyons/The Lithium Chronicles

Scorching piece from Nicole Lyons of The Lithium Chronicles

The Lithium Chronicles

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My thoughts have turned
from racing to raging
to beasts beating
their great wings
against the cool shadows
in my mind.
With swollen bellies
full of fire they come
screeching,
bursting flames
upon the walls
of my restraint
until the peace I had
honeyed and hidden away
gushes forth and quenches them
into submission once more.

© Nicole Lyons 2017

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The Daily Song A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall Bob Dylan/Patti Smith Cover

When Patti Smith accepted the Nobel Prize on Bob Dylan’s behalf she sung a stunning and emotional version of A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall.  If you had forgotten for a moment what an amazing writer Bob Dylan is or what an fabulous performer Patti Smith is, this will remind you.  I cannot imagine a more relevant performance given what is currently going on in our world.

I recommend The New Yorker’s  great piece A TRANSCENDENT PATTI SMITH ACCEPTS BOB DYLAN’S NOBEL PRIZE


 

A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall Bob Dylan

Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son

And where have you been, my darling young one

I’ve stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains

I’ve walked and I’ve crawled on six crooked highways

I’ve stepped in the middle of seven sad forests

I’ve been out in front of a dozen dead oceans

I’ve been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard

And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard

It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall


Oh, what did you see, my blue-eyed son

And what did you see, my darling young one

I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it

I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it

I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin’

I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin’

I saw a white ladder all covered with water

I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken

I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children

And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard

It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall


And what did you hear, my blue-eyed son?

And what did you hear, my darling young one?

I heard the sound of a thunder that roared out a warnin’

Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world

Heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin’

Heard ten thousand whisperin’ and nobody listenin’

Heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin’

Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter

Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley

And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard

It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall


Oh, what did you meet, my blue-eyed son?

Who did you meet, my darling young one?

I met a young child beside a dead pony

I met a white man who walked a black dog

I met a young woman whose body was burning

I met a young girl, she gave me a rainbow

I met one man who was wounded in love

I met another man who was wounded with hatred

And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard

It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall


And what’ll you do now, my blue-eyed son?

And what’ll you do now, my darling young one?

I’m a-goin’ back out ‘fore the rain starts a-fallin’

I’ll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest

Where the people are many and their hands are all empty

Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters

Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison

And the executioner’s face is always well hidden

Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten

Where black is the color, where none is the number

And I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it

And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it

Then I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’

But I’ll know my song well before I start singin’

And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard

It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall

Dreamscape

The breeze carries the whisper

of my name

an unknown voice of longing

calling me from slumbers

beckoning me

into unfamiliar dreamscapes

 

I cannot help

but answer

this forlorn appeal

that echos

soul to soul

heart to heart

 

I become a wanderer

through this uncharted night

I move as if

in a fever dream

Alice in a Wonderland

destination unknown

 

Drawn further

and further

from my safe

familiar resting place

knowing only

that I am helpless

to resist your aching need

 

© 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All rights Reserved

Image by Christian Schloe

A Voice Like Lava Flowed

Once I whispered my truths

to the unfeeling dawn

unheard

my words began to build up

choke me

overtake me

and in the stifling silence

I discovered a voice within myself

hot with rage

pain

deep in my soul

my gut

simmering and bubbling

that erupted unexpectedly like a volcano

cleared away the debris in my throat

 

I didn’t mean to shout my truths

 

But now that I have the dawn’s attention

I am reluctant to let it go

it does not feel

like time to go back to sleep

 

© 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All rights Reserved

The Daily Song: Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers)/Shawn James

A soulful, passionate cover of one of my all time favorite songs.



“Ain’t No Sunshine”

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone

It’s not warm when she’s away.
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And she’s always gone too long
Anytime she goes away.

Wonder this time where she’s gone
Wonder if she’s gone to stay
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And this house just ain’t no home
Anytime she goes away.

And I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know,
Hey, I oughtta leave young thing alone
But ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
Only darkness every day.
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And this house just ain’t no home
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.