Shades of Indigo

January 21, 2019
Mark

He come from Jericho out on the plain
Expecting nothing much from anything
Not one for reason or appeal
An aimless cog inside a wheel of rusting steel

She worked the counter for a dollar chain
In shades of indigo every goddamn day the same
Her daddy barely knew her name
Trapped there entangled in a never ending maze

A random actor in a small town play
An aging ingenue in worn chambray
The curtain rises on the stage
The scene is set to cast the players straightaway

Lifelong disappointment left bitter and unhealed
No secret wish that ever come true

Inside an empty heart where no hurt hides concealed
No silver lining there to cling to

A chance encounter in no special place
An offhand fall, an unplanned state of grace
A dance in stark black silhouette
Redeemed a lifetime of rejection and regret

In dawn’s soft afterglow, the past outrun
With words spoke easily, one and one are one
History’s now abated loneliness
The waning whispers of an old numb callousness

With no uncertain clarity the future is revealed
A promise made that gently binds you

This time a spark takes hold and now a light burns in the soul
A cherished hope that comes to find you

Without You – by Mark Pyles & Kathy Lay

January 18, 2019
Mark

Without You

My world is a little bigger now
It feels unsteady, full of doubt
Your love surrounded me and kept me safe
It gave me strength and it gave me faith

My fragile heart is truly broken now
It feels cold and empty somehow
The sound of your voice fades from my mind
What I wouldn’t give to hear it one more time

Or feel the touch of your hand once more
Your strength always made me feel secure
But my memories will have to see me through, without you

But I’ll smile again and it won’t be long
You taught me well, you raised me strong
Your love for me it never dies
I see your smile when I close my eyes

I’m not really sure where to go from here
The path ahead all too unclear
You were always there to break my fall, if I call

You’re with me now no matter where I go
I can feel your presence in my soul
You left enough love to see me through
And I’ll always carry that piece of you

Wishing You

January 6, 2019
Mark

Once in awhile
A day comes along
And lessons from it drawn

Adrift in my mind
Bending with time
In the hours just before the dawn

Lost in plain sight
Frozen in flight
While the dark takes everything

Rescued outright
Brought down in a fight
By an angel without wings

Fates will align
Hearts will incline
Stars will outshine when you are mine
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Trial after trial
After awhile
Bear the burden of the pain

Deep in denial
Lost in exile
With the worry and the shame

Found in the night
Reflecting the light
From the puddles in the rain

Snapped out of a daze
Fell into place
As circumstances changed

What dreams befall it
Free and exalted
High up on a mountain of your love
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Baby I’m thinking that
Maybe I’ve been wishing you daily
Yeah lately I’ve been crazy ’cause
Baby you’re burning in my mind

All the Things That Matter

January 6, 2019
Mark

The morning sun is rising and I watch you dreaming
And I wonder

How to make some kind of sense of all these new feelings
That I’m under

It’s strange to find after all this time
Some peace of mind
Lying here beside you

It quiets me
Still no guarantee
Of happily ever afters

Sinking ships weighed down by loneliness
Ego trips, one-upmanships behind me

Those left behind, plans redefined, these inept rhymes
All come round to find me

I am awoke
My love a cloak
I give to warm and bind you

I stand enthralled
Steadfast resolved
My heart and soul inclined to

I could spend my life, search far and wide
Use up all my days to gather

But your words, your warmth your laughter
Are all the things that matter

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