Democracy has fallen to the ground
And no one has the time to put it right
So busy each of us must rush around
While liberty’s removed from common sight
The bell that tolls for me a siren wail
And peace is symbolised by holding gun
No coup de grâce as freedom’s left to fail
And right becomes the view of only one
Totalitarian yet I remain
Unease becomes a part of my routine
My silence isn’t easy to explain
I look but I won’t say what I have seen
I’m independent see how I observe
The line was drawn but see how it has blurred
Without you here I’ve finally become
The man who walks away not looking back
The two divide and I’m remainder one
The future parts repressive clouds of black
I ran until my very breath expired
Then took the time to find the man I am
For life had left me bruised and broken, tired
Reality was nothing but a sham
The war of independence over now
Republic not subjected to a king
Consider this my last and final bow
For you to me no longer mean a thing
I’m not confined I live without a plan
Except to be a free and happy man
I went to work. I wandered home. My life was simplified.
For I was there and all alone with no one at my side.
The roundabout of love for me was not an easy ride.
No pity please! I can survive. I’m made of stronger stuff.
That playground’s made me realise that I can be so tough.
I have my health and sense of self, for now that is enough.
I see you look. I see the eyes. You want to ask me why.
Am I aloof, unpopular, or simply high and dry?
That sombre and unsmiling man who watches you pass by.
You turn around. I feel your gaze. You pierce me deep inside.
And all the pain and hurt that over years I’ve tried to hide,
You comprehend and validate then gently put aside.
You take my hand. You swing my heart. You turn my insides out.
You want to change my life and that you can, I have no doubt.
I go to work but simple has become more roundabout.
I took a little happy
And mixed it up with joy
My life became less lonely
With so much to enjoy
My mind was trained like body
Each smile a muscle flexed
And if you cut down sadness
Who knows what happens next
Those feelings simply choices
So exercise them well
Decide to create heaven
And that is where you’ll dwell
My life it isn’t perfect
I go both up and down
But if you just keep smiling
You might forget to frown
Too wild to be for ever so the days were precious few
Unwise decisions taken always knowing what we do
So high you had me flying like two eagles we would soar
In everything success and then we wanted nothing more
The day it dawned when suddenly I wanted to be down
My Peter Pan confused because my feet were on the ground
The neverland forever’s not the place I want to be
So if you want to fly you must continue without me
Reality sobriety my heady days are done
The rush of the roulette but now I’m putting down the gun
I love you hate you want you hope you’re never coming back
For everything you take is just to hide the things you lack
So chase the rainbow dance with stars and reach for greater highs
And down here on the Earth I see you flying through the skies
In being touched was left a mark unseen
And from the living world to be removed
The turmoil deep the surface so serene
And left to only wonder what was proved
In isolation ward off each advance
A wall against the world it shall be built
No touch or feel and preferably no glance
In purdah with another’s shameful guilt
Some people bruise or break their skin and bone
But pain can manifest in darker form
Ever more to feel complete alone
A witness to the darkness of the storm
A stone is found where once there was a life
Survival twists until it blunts the knife
The trouble is he wants to be a man
He’s overgrown his boyhood he assumes
If anger and aggression are his plan
The future very ominously looms
A man is not an animal you see
Maturity should bring a slight finesse
And if he wants to win the fight with me
He’ll always be a boy, no more no less
To put away those tantrums and those tears
And look inside to own the hurt within
For when he can admit both hopes and fears
Perhaps the days of adulthood begin
He thinks he is a bigger man than me
I’ll teach him all the ways that he can be