Possibly offering a little illumination...

Love Until It Isn’t

Valentina wandered in today
To drop off her heart, offered to stay
But you were otherwise engaged
Takes a fool to turn down such a present
Seems you can’t see love until it isn’t

Valentina’s shuttered eyes
Look at you and realize
A caged bird cannot fly
She broke her heart on the walls of your prison
You can’t see love until it isn’t

 You dodged a bullet – a real close call
You can’t see love can’t see love can’t see love no
It was a near life experience, that’s all
You can’t see love can’t see love can’t see no no no no

Valentina’s gone, she dried her tears
Called by a voice only lovers can hear
Is it missing her or the silence you fear?
You could have held the sun ’cept you didn’t
Seems you can’t see love until it isn’t
Yeah you could have held the sun but you didn’t
You can’t see love until it isn’t

Copyright © 2017 Gregory James Shields
SOCAN

 

Glimpse of Sun

Stepped off the bus into a foot of snow
So much for the green green grass of home
After ten prison years the law forgives
They toss you out to see if you remember how to live
I wrote you they were dropping me in town tonight
But all I see is strangers in the station lights
I’m feelin’ like a punchline in a drunkard’s fight…
And then there’s you…

You draw the pins from your hair and lose fifteen years
You’re the tomboy I knew before hard times and tears
You seem to forget what I become
And the clouds lift just enough to see a glimpse of sun
And the clouds lift just enough to see a glimpse of sun

Fell from your mountain paradise into dustbowl hell
Chased a road to a concrete cell
Love died at the end of a gun
Buried under stone walls no glimpse of sun
But the world’s shifted, this moment is new
For eternity you stare through me
Your eyes of silver blue…
And then you smile…

You poured a rainbow ‘cross a desert cold and hard
You dragged a poem from this rebel’s heart
Beyond the mountain spreads a sky red as blood
And I think tomorrow we might see a glimpse of sun
I think tomorrow we might see a glimpse of sun

Copyright © 2018 Gregory James Shields
SOCAN

 

Dancing to his Touch

Dreaming under moonlight hanging in her window
Prayers in the darkness that only darkness hears
Her mind’s lying with him wrapped in his body
Safe in a story that has no tears
Imagination dances to his touch
Her imagination dancing to his touch

Ragamuffin child at the gates of light
Just a little innocent at not so sweet sixteen
Her flawless heart can’t imagine being broken
Welcomes the pirate plundering her dreams
Her every cell leaping at his touch
Every cell dancing to his touch

Soul dying for the spell to be cast
You thought he sang to the love in your eyes
He casually shattered the gift freely given
You thought so this is how it feels to be alive

Dreams of moonlight hanging in her window
Like mist in sunshine she watches them fade
Doing what she has to do to get by
But sometimes remembering the way
Her body danced to his touch
How her body danced to his touch
Her imagination’s dancing to his touch

Ooh Ooh Ooh
Ooh Ooh Ooh

Copyright © 2016 Gregory James Shields
SOCAN

New Love Born

Locked myself
In a dark place
Then light broke in
I see your face
Funny thing
In shadow gloom
Turn your head
Love blooms
Love’s new born
It’s a new mornin’
New love born

Past is lines
On the face of the man
Future’s written
In the palm of your hand
Surround this prison
Sound your angel horn
Bring these walls down
Bring me a new morn
Love’s new born
It’s a new mornin’
New love born
New love born

Love’s new born
It’s a new mornin’
New love born

Love’s new born
It’s a new mornin’
A new love’s born
A new love’s born

Copyright © 2011 Gregory James Shields
SOCAN