If You Loved Me, You'd Be There for Me
If you loved me, you'd be there for me
To help me do the things I want to do.
My whole life wouldn't
be only for you,
Nor would my love determine who you'd be.
I want you
to respect what I do well,
To share the joy I feel when I succeed,
To give me the encouragement I need,
To be my
wings, not my protective shell.
I love you,
and I want you to be mine,
But I would never say you're not allowed
To be a person who would make me proud,
outside into your own sunshine.
How Can I Tell You What I Feel for You?
How can I tell you what I feel for you?
When I think of you my feelings twist inside
As if someone's
fist reached in and grabbed a few,
And turned and turned them tight and tangled. I've tried
Somehow to say: You're the
sun in my sky,
The wind that takes me where I want to go,
The sweet incense that makes me feel so high
you seems all I need to know.
But it all sticks in my throat! It sounds too cute,
Empty as a wrinkled paper bag.
won't believe it! Better I stay mute
Than offer you cliches that make you gag.
And yet I wish to tell you of my love,
only love its own locks would remove!
I Don't Know Why My Feelings Are So Strong
don't know why my feelings are so strong.
It's as if some giant crane jerked me aloft
And swings me through the softness
of the night.
don't blame you if you're scared, for so am I.
It's as if I'm deep beneath the sea:
Though life is vivid, I can hardly
Free me from my anguish; come
The two of us can wing across our skies
Gliding where we will in joy and love.
I Know I Hardly Know You
I know I hardly know you,
But I think
that I may love you.
You can see the way I look at you
I know you have a boyfriend,
But I think we can be happy,
So take the time to find out
I know we don't have much time,
But I think it's just
If you'd like to take a chance on me,
I Know Well I Have No Right to Love You
I know well I have no
right to love you:
I gave you up, and now you're with my friend.
But I can't stop myself from thinking of you,
though that's not what I intend.
I want you but I also don't want you
To hurt my friend by breaking up with her.
things go wrong no matter what you do;
I long for what I don't want to occur.
Ah, me! I'm in a soap and can't get out!
me if you can by being kind.
I tell you this to banish any doubt
That I'll be waiting, if you're so inclined.
please, please, if my friend still has your love,
Forget completely what I've spoken of.
Holly loves bright lights, friends, and music.
her lips there always is a song.
Life has its darkness, but she'd never choose it,
only what seems clear and strong,
Yet knowing that her pleasure's not for long.
resourceful and refined:
Each proper phrase is tied up in a bow.
She knows that there's an end, and doesn't mind,
long as now her inner clock runs slow.
In her there are both energy and peace,
Clarity and intimate release:
soft and hard, clear-eyed and kind.
Jasmine was my best, most loyal friend,
A lover to the bone, all hot affection.
Squirming out the
moment I came near,
Making for my nose or inner ear,
In ecstasy she'd lick away dejection,
Nuzzling with neither
strategy nor end.
Even death has made her no less dear.
The Pain Will Never Go Away
The pain will
never go away;
The wound will never heal.
The evil that was done to you
Is now your eyes, your heart.
The black will never turn to gray;
The blood will not congeal.
violence is never through;
The past does not depart.
will merely make you whole,
Consuming what you are:
Part sufferer, part comforter,
Part victim, part new
Part mother of an angry soul,
Part witness and part conqueror
Of all that did you wrong.
Look Not on My Body but My Soul
Look not on my body but my soul,
Only on the face
behind the veil,
Only with the touch of inner Braille,
Knowing through yourself my being whole.
ought you touch my skin but with your heart,
Only in the tenderness of love.
Though my outer self
Of me the mask is but a minor part.
Nor should you know me out of charity:
can become a kind of grace,
Yielding special wisdom to a few.
Bring mainly for yourself your empathy,
a richer, wider view,
Doorway to a person much like you
Yet fired by the fate he must embrace.
Can Anyone Explain the Glow of Christmas
Can anyone explain the glow of Christmas?
are candles in the night.
Rebirth comes from family and friends
In one bright blur of food and
talk that ends
Still burning as a peaceful inner light.
There is no way to substitute for Christmas.
it and no circumstance feels right.
All my heart's with you, yet I must miss this
with love and rich delight.
Christmas Is a Time for Love and Fun
Christmas is a time for love and fun,
A time to reshape souls and roots
A time to give your heart to everyone
Freely, like a rich and lavish sun,
a burning star to those whose lonely sighs
Show need of such a time
for love and fun.
For children first,
whose pain is never done,
Whose bright white fire
of anguish never dies,
It's time to give your heart to every one,
That not one angel fall, to hatred won
For lack of ears to listen to her cries,
arms to carry him towards love and fun,
friends to care what happens on the run
life, where joy or sadness lies.
It's time to give your heart to everyone,
For God loves all, and turns His back on none,
Good or twisted, ignorant or wise.
is a time for love and fun,
A time to give your heart to everyone.