In the spirit of our competition, I will cross the stage so I can shake your hand. The audience has some expectation That our exhibition will be so grand. To see who goes first, we will flip a coin; The other will pick the side they will take. Ideas we’ll explore; clashes we’ll join Will bring us to an agreement we’ll make. Though it may seem like we are in a fight, There is a greater purpose happening. We will find a compromise that is right That comes about from all this explaining. The purpose for us to participate, To learn what is right from our great debate.
I just wish to live a life that’s simple, Roaming the plains from where I was born, But there are those that look at my pimple, Thinking it’s not right for me to adorn. So I have to spend my days in hiding, Keeping careful watch for these greedy men. My problem is my eyes are short-sighting, Making it hard to see where I have been. This gives the advantage to the hunters, Creeping nearby me in the undergrowth. I will never know about their saunters, Thinking of a tree as neither and both. That’s why I keep secret my location, Keeping horns safe from another nation.
It will only take a tug on the thread Before another one will come undone, And soon on the ground, gathered in a bed, Will be left a weaving that was once spun. Focusing on one not to pull and pick Will leave someone else to give a try, Doing nothing big, just a little flick, Allowing the rest of it to comply. You run over there before it’s too late, But that will leave other idle hands free, A battle ‘gainst inevitable fate For a carpet that’s never meant to be. Still you do your best to clean up the mess As a model of calm under duress.
It is time for us to say our goodbyes While standing in the middle of the road. I laugh at how our time together flies, And our time apart bears a heavy load. As we stand at the gate for departures, Me with my bag firmly in my hand, To me, a stark revelation occurs: These moments have a limited demand. But I have to live with the choices made, And engage within the fare thee well hug, And though my emotions, right now, are frayed, I pass it off with a casual shrug. You may not think I saw the tear you shed, ‘Cause I was busy with my own instead.
We have made our home across the black sand Where we have beached our sea-faring vessel. We hold the might to tame this bitter land By using resources for our castle. The lava stone will build a mighty wall That will frighten away our enemies, And if they pursue an untimely fall, We can cut down this forest of pine trees. From their wood we can fashion pointy spears That will give it a formidable sight. We can project an atmosphere of fear When we yell from the rampart with our might. Our renown from these hills will always ring, And they will know that we are the Vikings.
It takes courage to walk across the aisle To make the best out of what you work with. We often complain that it’s not our style; It might change the character of our pith. But we should not buy that superstition; Instead, look into the fear that we hold Because we will always avoid that migration Because we do not wish to be so bold. When we make that walk something great happens That benefits more than just our ego, Instead we get to see the grateful grins On the ones who we’re supposed to help grow. Why did you start this job in the first place? Was it so you could see their smiling face?
As the sun finishes another lap In the northern sky, I watch the shimmer Of its light glimmer on the ocean’s sap. I know the night will only get dimmer, So I can sit out here a bit longer, And from my well deserved drink, take a sip. As a distant brewing storm gets stronger, And threatens to give the air a sharp nip, I will breathe in deeply this last moment As I wait for its coming arrival. For the sun in the sky has not been spent; I will bear witness to its survival. What else can I do on this grassy shore, But enjoy the scene that’s been laid before?
What harm can come from walking in the rain? Most folks I know would rather stay inside As if getting wet causes severe pain, Holding on to the safety of their pride. I enjoy the world without company, Pretending I own all the puddled streets. I think it funny, they need it sunny As my footsteps complete the splashing beats. An umbrella will provide no shelter As I walk on such a beautiful day, For it washes away all the clutter Of what it means to experience play. So let the clouds continue with their tears, For the city is mine until it clears.
The drops of last night’s rain cling to the bench, Hanging on to a fear of letting go. Ever since they fell from the sky, they clench To the only rail that they ever knew, Beading into an individual Bubble that appears like all of the rest. They know that if they lose their grip and fall Originality found in the nest Will be lost upon reaching the puddle. All those little things that made them distinct Will be gone, gathered within the huddle, When to the bench, he is no longer linked. To continue to clutch on or to fall, The choice that determines the fate of all.
For years, my springs have not been tight enough, And I have been lying around dormant, Sitting amongst all this forgotten stuff, Given no one to deliver my rant. One day that sliding door opened to light, So I could run my hands across my face. My innards wanted to put up a fight To let you know that I was in this space. You moved on to browse the other junk, And I wanted to make my voice be heard, So with the rhythm of a ticking punk, I shouted out my only chiming word. I did not know it would give you unease To hear from rarely given vocal tease.