Mortal Self

from time to time
as i slip in and out of
the skin of my mortal self
i check all the corners and cracks
between me and my dreams
i walk to the edge of tomorrow
and look back on everything
and i wonder if life is really as blue
as she often seems
sometimes the fabric of destiny
gets worn and tattered and frayed and old
sometimes the thread that binds us together
unravels and leaves a big hole.
with it’s question of love
it’s question of heart
the action of starting again
when things fall apart
but given all these
and the difference between
the biggest piece still seems to be
someone to believe in me

it’s not at all hard to imagine
a life passing by in its frailty
without having truly seen
through the eyes to another’s soul
with everyone running around
with agendas and cellular telephones
the unceasing murmur of loneliness
finally takes its toll
sometimes the enemy wins
and steals precious moments
of purpose and meaning
sometimes the universe whispers its secret
the leaves in a careless indifference
with it s question of heart, its question of faith
the action of starting again
and cleaning the slate
but given all these and the sum of their parts
the biggest piece still seems to be
someone….


MyDolls

Dianna Ray, Dianna Ray
Where the Hell are you today?
I wanna go where you are.

Trish Herrera, Trish Herrera
You know I really wanna sit in your chair-uh
I wanna go where you are

Trish Herrera, Trish Herrera
You could play, you could play in my hair-uh
I wanna go where you are

Linda Younger, Linda Younger
You sho are a woman with a whole lot of wonder
I wanna go where you are

Linda Younger, Linda Younger
Ain’t nobody ever gonna steal your thunder
I wanna go where you are


Mountain Lady Woman

i am a mountain lady woman
i got mountain lady feet
i was born in muddy waters
hot,
sticky,
troubled,
deep

i washed up on the mountainside
only half alive
with one foot still in ether-land
the other to survive

i was forged by thunder clap
by naked fire in the sand
and will return from whence i came
but not before i stand

i was left here by the lightening
to remember, to grow old
to forget the stories taught me
and unbind the ones untold

i am a mountain lady woman
i got mountain lady feet
i was born in muddy waters
hot,
sticky,
troubled,
deep

i am a mountain lady woman
i got mountain lady feet
they may crack and bleed and burn
but they never yield to heat

i am a mountain lady woman
i got mountain lady feet
and they can only dance with danger
with my anger as their meat

i’m as steady as the ocean bed
my mountain nestles in
i’m the torrent wave that shakes and quakes
the rusty boat within

my mountain lady feet
have made my mountain lady thighs
i have mountain lady sorrows
i have mountain lady spies

i am a mountain lady woman
i got mountain lady feet
i was born in muddy waters
hot,
sticky,
troubled,
deep

i climbed up the mountain
just to see what i could see
and all i found besides the wind
was the light
the earth
and me

so i sojourn in the valley
to find a good story to tell
and for anyone who holds me
i’m the water in the well

i am daughter to the storm
i am mother to the cloud
though my journey be a stealth one
by my meaning i am loud

i am shelter for the tender
though i burn away the night
by the soles upon my feet
i live to set the souls abright

this is the legend as it is told
the story before time
and by rule of legend telling
i am declared in rhyme

but the skin that binds me to a name
a body, to a face
is too tired to remain
in this god forsaken place.

i will wither and obey the tide
when i return to shore
with my last breath and word
i shall settle every score
with my last breath and word
i ain’t gonna worry no more

i am a mountain lady woman
i got mountain lady feet
i was born in muddy waters
hot,
sticky,
troubled,
deep


One Shoe

I crossed the ocean to this land
Carrying eyes just like a man
So alone, holding on to my mother’s hand

But I held a weapon at my side
It held a promise and my pride
It wasn’t much, just enough to help me make my stand

I knew too well what I couldn’t tell I’d have to show
So it became the only name I’d come to know

See, what you carry in your bag
Could be so much more than others have
Even if it’s just one shoe
No, you may not have a lot,
So you better give what ya got
You only need one shoe

Instrumental

You know damn well, what you can’t tell you’re gonna have to show
So if you wanna stay in this game you’re gonna need to know

Whatever you carry in your bag
Could be so much more than others have
Even if it’s just one shoe
No, you may not have a lot,
So you better give what ya got
You only need one shoe


New Jim Crow

new jim crow
where we wanna go?

you know that man jimmy
took that boy to jail
made it so his mama
never make his bail
you know in that jailhouse
ain’t no room to rock
once they shut that door on you
make sure it stay locked

then that old man jimmy
came up in my bed
taxed me twice for lovin’
listen what he said:
“in my righteous nation
one thing you should know
i decide what you deserve
bible tells me so”

now that old man jimmy
came up in my hood
shut down all the factories
for a greater good
letter from the courthouse
trying to take my home
never saw that trickle down
now i’m on my own