Fellow Man

“Give me liberty or give me death”
Screams the sign on your city hall
Now that you face a real choice
I wonder how you can stand so tall

All of a sudden that authoritarian
Who can lock down his own people at will
Begins to look like a great benefactor
As your democracies stumble and spill

The custodians of your constitutions
Wring their hands and scratch their heads
And your hollowed-out institutions
Don’t have enough ventilators, or even beds

Your leaders are asking you to choose
Between death and a fate that may be worse
Well it’s too late now - you elected them
In the name of ideology you brought on the curse

Your CEOs sleep in their mansions of gold
While you toiled ever harder, they got rich
They’ll get big bailouts from their friends
While you stay stranded in the same old ditch

Ever wonder how we became so inhuman
We won’t help our own in their hour of need
Capitalism without a trace of compassion
Has another name - it’s called plain greed

Wake up now, friend, while there’s still time
Wake up and change the world - yes you can
Or it’s not this scourge that will destroy you
I hate to tell you this, but it’ll be your fellow man

Good News

If you could use
A little good news
To help you get through the day

Have no fear
There’s lots of cheer
That I can bring your way

With my own eyes
I saw varicolored skies
As the sun rose in the east

The morning breeze
Put my mind to ease
As I enjoyed the harlequin feast

It wasn’t too long
‘Fore I heard the sweet song
Of the mynah on my windowsill

A bracing April shower
A carpet of jasmine flowers
My cup of bliss began to fill

I turned around
And to my delight, found
My loved one smiling at me

Yes, I am housebound
But my pleasures abound
Because I am happy just to be

When you feel stressed
Miserable, depressed
Just know that you will survive

When you keep your eyes
On life’s simple joys
You’ll know it’s great to be alive

Lose your fear and greed
Help those in dire need
Be generous, have an open mind

Dig into your reserve
To protect and to serve
Together, let’s save humankind

Infect Me

Infect me with your beautiful smile
Let me feel the glow of your joy

Permeate me with your heady perfume
Let me experience what heaven smells like

Capture me with your beguiling gestures
Let me again become the fool that fell for you

Conquer me with your winning ways
Let me be yours always, every day

Occupy me with your sweet sweet love
Let my thoughts always be with you

Secure me with your selfless care
Let me bask in my glorious happiness

Pervade me with your undying affection
Let me relish my great good fortune

Cradle me with your soft caresses
Let me never wake up from this dream

Fill me with gratitude by being in my life
Let me make this day last a little longer

No matter when our lives on this planet may end
I will forever cherish these moments
Of togetherness

Purpose

Life can become a lot more fun
If you give it a sense of purpose
Life becomes a void if it has none
A black hole that can usurp us

A purpose - it need not mean
Anything lofty, majestic or profound
It’s a thing from which you can glean
Contentment, pleasure, joy unbound

A purpose - it imbues your simplest act
With a deeper reason or aspiration
It can help your work have an impact
It can help you provide inspiration

A purpose - even the simplest one
Can work wonders for a woman or a man
It really can be quite as simple as
To be helpful to others when you can

A purpose - it’s like a beacon that guides
The ships and boats through a storm
With its light they can navigate the tides
It can illuminate, educate and inform

All the great philosophers of history
Have asked what’s life and how to live it
I have found that there’s no great mystery
The purpose of your life is what you give it

Invasion

I view every face with suspicion
In a crowd I hold my breath
This is how you’ve clouded my vision
Where I once saw life I now see death

They tell me to keep “social distance”
They tell me to remain at home
They tell me I’m old and lack resistance
So I am confined now, while you roam

It’s not only lives you destroy
You can decimate an entire nation
Does this give you some devilish joy
While we squirm, helpless, at your invasion?

Just as our nasty wars were ending
And the world heaved a sigh of peace
Just as our broken fences were mending
We now face your deadly disease

So all my plans are now on hold
Everything is suddenly uncertain
Dumbly I watch your drama unfold
Will I survive it, or is it curtains?

I feel you gnawing at my insides
I fear that you’ll forever remain
You may not yet be in my body
But you’ve surely invaded my brain

The Word

Which is the one word
We use a hundred times a day
But rarely if ever think about

Which is the one word
We’ve ruined with overuse
It’s one we can’t live without

Which is the one word
That has lost its meaning
While mankind thinks it's progressed

Which is the one word
That can lift us from the morass
Into which we’ve all regressed

Which is the one word
That has become shorthand
For unbridled prurience and lust

Which is the one word
That has lost its true beauty
It also means respect and trust

Which is the one word
That has the power to end
These endless cycles of strife

Which is the one word
That has the power to bring
A fresh new meaning to life

Which is the one word
We need to learn again
The real, true meaning of

Which is the one word
We utter but seldom mean
The word, ma chérie, is love

Solitude

The night is so dark
I have to touch my face
To know it’s even there

I sit myself down
With my head bowed low
I try hard not to despair

I peer in every direction
Looking for someone, anyone
No, they’ve all gone away

In a nearby tree
I hear the rustle of leaves
A lark? A finch? A blue jay?

And just like that
The bird begins to sing
A song I haven’t heard before

A song so sweet
That my loneliness retreats
And my spirit begins to soar

I begin to wonder
For whom the bird sings
Surely it cannot be for me

I listen intently
For her companion
No, she’s all alone in the tree

And suddenly
It dawns on me
Her pleasure is all her own

You can find joy
In your solitude
You sing best when you sing alone