Unbroken Joy

You are the rhythm I dance to
No one else can match it
The song in my soul belongs to you
Just as I do

I sprint through fields of truth
For a moment to touch your beauty
I can’t quite grasp you in my hand
You open up my whole arms
My whole heart
Taking over my being

Here I am
Take me
All my pieces
You don’t make broken people
In your presence
I am whole

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The Consequences of Moving On

In commotion we try to rush things
Moving on before things are finished
Abandoning lives before they’ve fully blossomed

There is rhythm in motion
And there is upset if you skip a song before it’s over
This is not a solo road trip

Stop leaving without saying a word
You have built something
Don’t forget that you have a family

No one is ready to let you go
They want to send you off right
A house warming and goodbye in one

Welcome to real life
Where decisions are hard
But we choose to live with the consequences

When a Stranger Speaks Your Name

I’ll rest in this a while
Although I’m not sure what this is
A stranger passing spoke my name
Without ever saying a word

I find myself unable to move
Carrying a weight of a land that I never knew was home
My heartbeat is this rhythm
The beat of the rain on the roof over my head

There is a love here that took me away
A longing that aches for a return that is on its way
Could you ever know it?
Wake up and hear this song

These words slap you across the face
Yet gently tuck you into bed
Somewhere safe to lay your head
As you belong here

A welcoming with open arms
An unexpected arrival
A pasture to lay down in
Sectioned off fields of fairness

Floating through every step
As if a ghost lives inside of me
Maybe it’s time to start listening
When strangers call my name

Whispers of warmth tracing across the cracks in this cobblestone heart
Hearing angels pulling at the seams
Take off your coat and feel the mist
Be ready to experience a homecoming

You don’t have to know where you are
In order to know that this foreign land is your home
Your entire life you have been on holiday
Let the prodigal return

Ireland waited for you
Embraced you in her loving arms
Not ready to let you go
Hear her in the whispers of strangers

Agape

Agape
I heard you in the shop
As the city bustled around me

I had left myself somewhere back there
Forgetting to pick myself up where I fell
Cracks revealed as voices echo through me

Agape
You centered me again
A taste of a memory that I’d like to keep

Agape, help me hold on!
The trickles could soon become tidal waves
Watching as the dam is breaking

Agape
You wash over me
Like these voices that drown it all out

Agape, I have not forgotten
You are the rhythm I dance to in the streets
You’re every new note that I meet

Agape
You have struck a chord in me
A resounding sound that knocks me off my feet

In laughter I’ll lay in the grass with you
Bring me to my knees
Watch me weep

Agape
I remembered you
Even in all I have lost

Agape, I’m sorry if I blamed you
Forgive this weakness
For I’m still strong

Agape
It took this crowded city to wake me up
Realizing this was never just a dream

Agape, I don’t know that I’ll ever understand
Yet maybe a heart needs to be broken to become whole
And I am wholly yours.

Racecar Excuses

I want to blame it on my tired eyes
My racecar excuses that sound just like lies
But I am seeing you in a new light
Wondering if I’m seeing right

It will always be easier to lie to you
Because everyone always lies with a smile
And really I can’t tell you the truth
Because I’d like you to stick around for a while

In whatever capacity this lasts
Don’t become just a part of my past
Be in my future
Not the whole thing, but still be there

I wish I could show what my eyes see
Or maybe I need to get my vision checked
Take your eyes out, go blind toward me
Because I can’t bear this light anymore

Could your ears take my voice
Not just hear the music, but the words that I’m saying
This rhythm gives you a choice
Even if you’re going, I’m staying

But I’m not standing around waiting for you
I’ve closed that door
Left it behind me
But don’t you dare call me a bore

I have bigger things I’m doing here
I am moving, growing, changing atmospheres
But that’s not something you’d understand
I don’t need you to hold my hand

I am climbing this mountain on my own
This summit is my own accomplishment
You can’t take this credit
For my freedom