Oceans cross oceans

 Wind from off the weather shore

Carry me away

Like a thief you stole into my heart

But you never meant to stay

You were there for just a day


Oceans cross oceans

Deep currents lie

Below this darkness

Of silent why

A single teardrop

Contains the thought of you


What was this really all about

A game designed for two

Rules you figured out

Just a way to make it through

Predicated on my love for you


Oceans cross oceans

Deep currents lie

Below this darkness

Of silent why

A single teardrop

Contains the thought of you


Did you know I’d let you go

Turn and walk away

Bygones be you gone

Another passing yesterday

Did you know that you were wrong


Oceans cross oceans

Deep currents lie

Below this darkness

Of silent why

A single teardrop

Contains the thought of you


Shall – 2017




Your words came again today

Held out my hand as they past

They wouldn’t land


Thought of them

Forgot to write them down

Failed to tie them up


They seemed like you

I smiled and paused

They have your way

I love when they come


Try as I might

I can’t get them to land


Then off, there they go

Wonder when they’ll be back

How many will come


I’ll be happy then

Wish they would land

So now I wait




 Shall – 2010/2017

Keira Knightley

Put simply…

 I find your beauty the most exquisite

That exists on the face of the planet

Or beneath for that matter

Though I’ve held witness so


Your radiance and charming smile

Possess the warmth of every good thing

Still you advance no threat to me

Nor to any light or love near by


For my life would surely expire

Before transcending the distance

Your light travels to reach my world


My hands my heart my soul bare scars

From scratching at brilliance beyond me


My path’s worn heavy my time weary

Yet I see and appreciate the light


Oh God please

Let it last

Always perfect

I shall not love you

Not that I wouldn’t love to

It’s just that my wishes grow few

And tooth far too long



Every time I see you

My heart feels like

It can achieve flight


Shall – 2007/2016

Butterflies in Heaven

 Bullets turn into butterflies in Heaven

So when gangsters wake up there

And try to shoot each other

Only butterflies come out

And finally they see

The senselessness of fear

And the greatness of love

Maybe that’s Heaven

But maybe it’s not

Either way

They’re stuck there


 Shall – 2017

Love thy neighbor

Think about the greatest people in your life

What do they all have in common?

They listen

They encourage

They are always happy to see you

They ask about your day

They take the time

They never seem to have problems

They don’t judge your actions

Or try to solve anything

They are always positive

They are always there

And you are drawn to them

That’s because a life of faith

Is a life of servitude

Everyone has problems



Great people

Are not driven by their troubles

What motivates them

Is being there for others

Being there for you

And calming your fears


That’s true greatness

There is potential for greatness

In all of us


 Shall – 2016

Secret to happiness

The natural law of the jungle is every man for himself with a focus on self…

 I need, I desire, I want. I did, I got, I don’t have. I should have, I am entitled to, it’s mine!

 My faults, my weight, my body, my looks, my wealth, my phone, my friends, my image, my pride, my things, my troubles, myself, my, my, my

 There is no bitter person who doesn’t covet life through their own reflection. I lack, begins with I

 There is no gracious person depressed for lack of someone to help. There’s no shortage of need. A parent’s first thought in a car accident is their child

 I find that the less time I spend thinking about me the richer my life becomes. Time is better spent

 Bitterness steals your life your looks your health and leads to discontent. It serves no other purpose. We can’t control life but we can control how we receive it

 So maybe natural law is wrong

Try this law…

 [ infinity – πr2 = happiness ]

 ‘It’s the area outside the circle’

 Let's call it the 'shall law'

 There’s a crazy wonderful life out there, that begins just outside of you


  Shall - 2017

Change and strength

 Do you cry for the end of a chapter

Or for fear of the next one to come

 Or do you exalt in the promise

Only tomorrow can bring

And what if you fall

What if


Look around you

 The strongest people

Have fallen the hardest

And gotten up

 They get it


Assess your path

Distinguish what works

Discard what fails


 Embrace your stride

The quickest path forward

Holds the fewest steps back


 You can’t embrace your future

If your arms are filled with the past

Put down regret

And pick up tomorrow


  Shall – 2016

To the girl who chased me

 Saturday night

You pulled over

East Jump Off Joe


Saw you at the gas pumps

Peering out through reckless hair

You were looking too

Out through the glass

I saw you

You were fine

Too young I thought

Best let it go


Then you were gone

Nice, but good riddance

Of course then I turned off

And there you were

Icy roads

I couldn’t let you catch me

Spoil the fun


What do you think you know

Angel Flats?

I wasn’t going home

You couldn’t know


We sought the same I suspect

Love that lives for fire

Perilous danger

Matter and antimatter

A new sun a new dawn



It’s not real you know

It‘s why I’ve come not to expect

Not to imagine or want

Perhaps hold for a moment


Tonight you were my smile


It felt nice to be sought again

Worthy of pursuit again

You made love good again

 Tonight you made me feel


 Shall – 2017