Quick - before the sun Dips under the horizon again Let’s make this one Last shadow rabbit on the wall Together Quick - before the rain Washes the sidewalk again Let’s play this one Last game of hopscotch Together Quick - before the top Stops spinning again Let’s just this once Relive our childhood Together Quick - before the match Goes out again Let’s light this one Last bright candle Together Quick - before the music Stops playing again Let’s have this one Last magical dance Together Quick- before the second hand Moves forward again Let’s finish writing this Last chapter of our story Together Quick - this fleeting moment May be the only one that’s left Let’s try to make it Last as long as it can Together
Which me is the real me The person that I am Or the person I want to be Which me is the real me The person who chases mirages Or the person grounded in reality Which me is the real me The one who’s an alien everywhere Or the one for whom the world is family Which me is the real me The one who longs to belong Or the one who’d rather roam free Which me is the real me The man standing on solid ground Or the man who’s unmoored, all at sea Which me is the real me The man who has it all together Or the man with a fractured personality Which me is the real me The person you fell in love with Or the person you wanted to make of me
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
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
Every morning I wake up and face a new day The first thing I do is kneel down and pray Tell me how to make it stop I see young children locked in a cage My heart is overcome with rage Tell me how to make it stop Bystanders getting killed by thugs Who want us all to buy their drugs Tell me how to make it stop Rich men who already have all they need Still grab more with obscene greed Tell me how to make it stop Cowards send their sons and daughters To fight their wars and get slaughtered Tell me how to make it stop Driven from their homes for taking a stand Refugees exiled in their own homeland Tell me how to make it stop Another school shooting - I hear their screams Innocents are dying - they haunt my dreams Tell me how to make it stop Parents grieving for their loved ones Politicians want still more guns Tell me how to make it stop Global warming has seared our souls Our leaders want us to burn more coal Tell me how to make it stop Lies from the left, hatred from the right We’re all stuck in the middle of this fight Tell me how to make it stop Racism, sexism, ageism, casteism All that’s missing is simple humanism Tell me how to make it stop God, if you are really up there And if you even pretend to care Tell me how to make it stop
Today, for the nineteenth time I will relive the terror Of the day when the towers fell Watching the jet plane blow up In a giant fireball That tore through the glass wall Felt strangely cold As if an icicle pierced my heart And its freeze gripped my spine The horror of the moment Writ large on the twisted faces With the dark dust cloud chasing them How many more planes How many more buildings How many more people, we did not know All we knew As we stood arm in arm Was that we were together as never before That day brought to me The very worst of humanity Yet I also saw the very best that we can be Nine Eleven The damage can only be undone If we come together again as one
In 1990, five New York youths were wrongfully convicted of the rape, assault and attempted murder of a jogger in Central Park. It later emerged that the police had manipulated them to obtain confessions that were false. In 2002 the serial rapist who had committed the crime was apprehended, his DNA matched that found on the victim and he confessed. The five young men, who had served over ten years in prison where some were brutalized, were released and the charges against them were vacated, but their lives were altered forever. The story of the Central Park Five has been dramatized in a new television series called ‘When They See Us’. It is on Netflix.
The next time someone tells you even the littlest white lie Stop them and ask them please to reconsider: Why? For this is the story of the Central Park Five Who were forced to lie and nearly paid with their lives Four young children, a young adult who wasn’t even there Convicted of rape and murder in a manner most unfair Hoodwinked by the cops, caught in their vicious snare Condemned by a cruel city and a society that just didn’t care A vile man even advertised that these five kids should die He simply wouldn’t buy the truth that they were made to lie That man is now our president - to him we turn a glass eye Even though he’s committed crimes that he continues to deny Bullied, cajoled, deceived by the law, five children took the fall A justice this blind, this broken, should we call it justice at all? When a young girl was raped and killed, on a whole nation it cast a pall Five young innocents went to prison - no one bothered to answer their call Five young humans faced the fearsome fury of a million naked apes This is the heartbreaking story - of not one, but six gruesome rapes