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Seasons Of Life

Life presents many questions for pondering.  Celebrations, sadness, anger, excitement, loneliness, rebellion, joy, hope...  We respond to our life's journey by reacting with a variety of emotions.  Sometimes the heart leads...sometimes the head...  At any rate, challenge is a constant in learning about our place and purpose in this world...  these poems reflect upon some of those challenges.  Enjoy!

 

Av og Til

Janina Carlstad

 

Jeg er så glad at du er nær

Alle er klar

Nå er du her

 

Før når var alle mørk

Tidene var trist

Lose not the heart

Lose not the heart

 

All is clear

Now that you are here

Before all was dark

Mists rising ‘neath dawning rays

Times were uncertain

Night flowed into days

 

Forget not

Who we were

Or from whence we came

This day or this name

Though voices may claim

It different from long ago

It’s your face, your voice, your eyes  I know

 

Nå sol ☼ er nær ♫

Den mørke er ned

Stemme fra skogen

Og fjellene

Resound with the echoes

Of breath

My heart’s knowing

beginnings

 

Lose not the heart

Lose not the soul

Forget not

Who we were

Or from whence we came

For now we come this way again

                                                            Fram og tilbake

Jeg forstå igjen…

Now we come this way again

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Turn Around

J. Carlstad

 

I  sit and wonder - why

    What’s inside?

Sometimes I feel so dead

-          I’ll hide

 

Don’t know where to look

Uncertain where to turn

Half afraid of what I’ll find

    Or what I’ll really learn…

 

I’m brought along this pathway now

By kindness and a smile

Life is a mystery

This much I’ve learned this while

 

Don’t know much about destiny

Can’t see the forest for the trees

‘cuz I forget to breathe

Real deep

And feel a fresh new breeze

 

The losses we take in life

Don’t always make much sense

I’ve tried so hard

To make it work

But now there’s this big “fence”

 

I see the sun

Don’t feel it much

        Devil music plays inside

    Those “rules” I still rebel against

I simply can’t abide

 

But now somehow

Sweet rays of warmth

Begin to reach and find

Those shadows filtering through

The recesses of this mind

 

It’s like revenge is in reverse

Storm dispelled by sunny skies

A smile playfully hovered o’er your lips

Absorbed in the mirth in your eyes

 

I feel it now

Beginning to change

And soon it will be done –

  

The strength, the fire,

        The flames, my life

Back

Loving

The bright sun

 

Removing the intensity

Of loss, the Darkness, fear

Now weaving the web

      music reaches out -

Friendships far and near

 

I know that life will tell me

Whether this is Heaven or this is Hell

I know I can put

This revenge in reverse

And dance upon shadows

Where life once fell

 

I’ve such pain in my neck and yet

This world weeps a sadder song than I

Though I sit bereft and alone in sorrow

I must at least just try

To turn from

- this selfish reflection ….

mirror of my questioning soul

 

Let me build instead upon this web

Connecting notes in melody

With hope and life spilling across the page

Not anger and rancor for all to see

 

It’s the song that’s brought me here

A ray of light against the dark

Melody to hear

Hopes, words that wait to spark

 

It’s like revenge is in reverse

Storm dispelled by sunny skies

A smile playfully hovered o’er your lips

Absorbed in the mirth in your eyes

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Frettin'

Just Flick It

By J. M. Carlstad

 

Starts w drums

And instrumental Dm, Am, Em

Changing to distortion of chords (on electric) or flamenco style on Classical

 

Why me?

I gave it all I had

Wasn’t what you wanted but

I’ve given to you

‘twas the best I could do, but now

You say it’s not for you…

I’ll be the change I want to see

Not losing out

‘cuz what’s in it for me?

 

Yeah though the sun sneaks

behind the clouds

As you leave this friendship

Cased in shrouds

Through words

That flick the killswitch

On trust and emotion

Dude, Yer leaving behind

A void… yeah

Less devotion

 

Just wonderin’ here…

why is it always me

That has to give in?

Who said that caring

Was ever a sin???

So yeah – suppression

Seems to be the way to go

Though it isn’t right

And this YOU know!

 

I’m not giving up

This soul

Though the sun’s gone behind clouds

And all you’ve left me with

Is darkness and doubts

Winning and losing all the same

Wondering ‘bout faith and who’s to blame

 

Seems ya think life’s so blind

While you leave it all behind?

and it’s your truths, your life

You seek to find?

 

Emotions and giving

That’s what some of us call

Living!

but if this is what you think feels right

you might wanna align yer sight

‘stead of

Thinkin’ the rest of us

Just sit behind reminiscing

Thinkin’ about the friends

That we think we’re missin’

 

Well,

I don’t mind giving

But I’ve gotta live

And I hope you wake up

‘fore it’s all gone through the sieve

Of life’s ebb and flow

Don’t you get it?  Don’t you know?

Dude, I hope you wake up

Before I go, ‘fore I go…

 

Aaaaaggghhhhh! (Scream)

 

Oh why do you leave it?

Let it all go?

A whole world of living

Goes both ways ya know!!!

 

Come on!  Come on!

Make it better today!

Come on! Come on!

Ya know there’s more

You can do it!

Feel the sun, find a way!

 

Yeah,

I don’t mind giving

But I’ve gotta live

And I hoped you’d wake up

‘fore it’s all gone through the sieve

Of life’s ebb and flow

Don’t you get it?  Don’t you know?

I hoped you’d wake up

Before I go, ‘fore I go…aaaagggghhhh

 

(fades with guitar squeal)

 

Aaagh, just flick it dude

I’m tired and disgusted and I’ve gotta go.  Gotta spread my wings

Gonna fly…  Gotta go…. Gotta go…

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Chickadee Breeze

Chickadee Breeze

By J. M. Carlstad

 

Stars stare

            No more do they shine

Trees sing no more

            Through their leaves

But send me chills

            Intent to freeze

Bare from emotion

            On the chickadee breeze

 

Darkness

            My present

Instead of glad light

            Sadness unpleasant

Without respite

            Daily tears

Making it hard to see

            Bearing emotion

On the chickadee breeze

 

Still

The chickadees preen

And the chickadees sneeze

They wing through the trees

On the chickadee breeze

 

Through layers of trees

Emerging like notes

Making it hard to despair

From the  joy that they share

As they fly on the chickadee breeze

 

I wait for the spring time

            Hope makes me blind

Waiting to see the light

            Trying to find

Brightness in moments

            Though in memories I bind

To the trees, to the songs

            On the chickadee breeze…

 

What will I find

            On the chickadee breeze…

           

 

 

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