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Literature
Your Friend
I worry the experiences you've had
may make you bitter
with all the falls and trials
and sorrow you must consider
I want to reach you through the ether
to keep you sane and on keel
but I fear if I approach, you will reproach
or pretend I am not real.
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Literature
Insidious grievance
You don't care,
You don't care about their lives,
their tiny little lives, who will suffer and strive,
you just want control over your wives
your pretty brainless wives,
in their aprons and moomoos and fondue beehives,
Using Religion like a gun to the head of some girl
you just want to turn back all the clocks,
to when it was still (for a minute) the white man's world,
with your armbands and signs and glocks,
so you can measure who has the bigger --
Do you really think it is good to trigger anger and pain,
to treat with disdain, all not like you?
To make unjust laws, just so you can pause and detain
the feminine brain? That's just how you do,
That's all you can do, to hold on and maintain
The law of the land still says "you're wrong",
(read it and weep)
No matter if you only stand for the rights of the strong,
(Oh all the secrets you keep)
There will be those who stand up and tell it to your face,
(the price is too steep)
How you violate your word and your creed by being such a disgrac
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Literature
Song in the Making
"dont smoke that pot
its the one I just peed in"
"thanks a lot
thats the one I keep my weed in"
"but you don't smoke it at all
because it makes you paranoid
or stiff and uncomfortable
like a windup android"
it's not heroin or a dagger in the side
or staying glued to the porceline bowl
or zeroing all day due to lack of pride
it's not murdering the soul
but it does bring me temptation to backslide
sliding down the rabbit hole
into a ugly garden full of drunks
and blackout dreams where nothing makes sense
like the daftest of punks
and even the convicts, settle conflicts
by demanding recompense
there was a murmer of hope
in the riots of sedition
that we might find a way to cope
with this terminal condition
life, and death like dual harmonies
driving us all insane
as crazy as you please
like a fist right through the pane
and then silence is the last straw
the back broken from too much grief
and here we go breaking the law
all I can say is it was a big relief
but it does bring me temptation
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Literature
The Apocalypse Age
Time to hold that anger and be gentle and tender
Time to listen to the message and not be offended by the sender
Time to pull in our rage and turn another page
we are heading into the apocalypse age
If you can't move around the obstacle, move with it
because avoiding reality isn't going to get it...done
we have work to do and no time to do it in
if we get set back 100 years, we will just have to start again
These are the words I try to tell myself
as I open my long closed eyes in terror and surprise
there is no point in guilt or recriminations
we must survive another day to keep hope alive.
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Literature
Im Still Here
I spend a lot of time recently
thinking about who I am
when a man asks me for a spare banana and I say no
when I know
I really can
what does that say?
Who will help me
when I am broken in that way?
Down and out
and full of self doubt
and struggling for a hand up
or at least a
nod or smile to help me to stand up
{chorus} I am still here
I am still struggling
I am still playing magic
so tragic all that strategic tragedy
game playing strategy
mentally defying gravity
but feet planted firmly on this earth
because that's what I am worth
some day we will all be gone
but I am still here
When I give a piece of my self
and it is turned around against me
or taken advantage of  because love
isn't contagious enough
what do I become
when I am not the sum of my parts
when I can't account for all these empty hearts?
all these quests to find something that never exists
like love's true kiss
or eternal everlasting bliss
what is it we really miss?
reigning sorrow
like a king without a court
borrowi
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Literature
Breath in, Breath out (tentative title)
here I am sitting waiting for serenity
I keep missing my rendevous with serendipity
and I am no longer of the faithful
that what's meant to be will be
I breath in and needles and pins
I breath out, wallowing in self doubt
anxiety bridges the depths of my despair
all I can can think of is "get me out of there!"
but the train is late for the station
even the birds are slow in migration
the world is running on low tide
the rest I leave to your imagination
here I stave of the bouts of insanity
and I keep missing my rendevous with serendipity
there is a lot to be said for not being dead
when it comes your turn for charity
breath in, the keepers keep on keepin
breath out, don't forget to scream n shout
jump up and down, rant and pull your hair
the world is inherently unkind and generally unfair
maybe its just my lost ole generation
we still think in the old fashion notion of nations
the world is looking for places to run and hide
waiting out the coming conflagration
I am always at my best du
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Literature
The Unkindness
people are dying right and left
can't even stop to catch my breath
all this noise is making me deaf
breaking hearts in record time
the arguments about right and wrong
are hard to put to rhyme in a song
especially when the words are long
and the feeling are complex and complicated
sad to say, dime a dozen
lose a friend, a brother or cousin
it hurts like, well like nothing
because you can't compare your pain to mine
the blasting sounds of tv heads
talking bad about the living and the dead
some walking some crawling instead
the shame is we just could be loving each other
grief and greed struggling for space
on the book that we all log on to with our face
to tweet and twit the news into trace
little pithy comments that leave marks across the world
how rotten that when we come together
like birds who've been oil tarred and feathered
we can't even discuss the impending weather
without someone's offense making someone else blow their mind
meanwhile conspirators of the dumbest kind
are prowlin
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Literature
A Moments Reflection On The Politics Of Self
Whenever you think you're being inventive
you're just copying something you've never heard before
if opportunity is knocking maybe he will go away
if you ignore her at your door
if originality starts in sin, maybe there is no way to win
so don't bother trying to make it into something more
if the tides of change start with a butterfly in spring
there is still no way to see the future before it is in the store
the chance to succeed isn't based on your need
to be important to the ones you love
if you quit while ahead your time ends up feeling dead
waiting for your lawyers to show off the glove
the moments spent shining brightly into the night
don't reflect the pure evil that you've been thinking of
and twisted tales of forgotten triumphs gone badly
will not change the vile hawk to the cooing dove
maybe the lense you use to view the world is broken
like the keys to the lock that keeps your soul inside
the eyes you perceive with have no innocence to show
you how to end the charade that is
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Literature
No Peace Today
I can't find no peace today no matter where I look
fighting and bickering the red phone is off the hook
I can't find no peace today not in the labs or nooks
no peace in the streets or palaces not even in the books
peace has to start with someone has to start right here with me
if I refuse to fight for your made up animosity
with hate and rhetoric maybe I can make it stick
don't need a violent end my friend it makes me sick
I don't need your war today its not what I covet most
I don't need your war today on any foreign coast
the oil of your prizes is not the enhancer of my dreams
and when tension rises and it all falls apart at the seems
I don't have no peace today because my family is dead
or being jailed because of wrong words because injustice rules instead
and war is just an excuse to rifle through the past
for treasures or a ruse to steal it all at last
Some cant find no food today because they've been robbed and controlled
we look the other way while they break the virtues they've
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Literature
All Apologies to Dylan
I don't want to work on trump's farm no more
I don't want to work on trump's farm no more
he says we can win if we just knuckle down
one more buck, one more star in his crown
but listen, hes just lying
to keep us all buying
until we are worse off than ever before
I don't want to work on trumps farm no more
I don't want to work for trump at all
I don't want to build his 90 foot wall.
he just wants to be king and have control
over the people he fears heart and soul
ramped up racism and the politics of fear
are the only tools he holds dear
to crush his enemies is his only goal
I don't want to work for him at all
there's war on every step towards our door
there are millions of refugees looking for a shore
and here we are comptemplating letting them in
but there he is saying we can win
if we just keep them all out
spreading shame and doubt
letting the world keep igniting into havoc and war
I don't want to hear about trump no more
then there's Cruz and Rubio in store
yeah Cruz or Rubio could
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Let It Go
you're a musician can't hold a note
you have no pockets in your tattered coat
you sink even when in a life boat
oh man just let it go
you know no one cares what you think
this gossip is bad its all a big bad stink
vomit left sitting in a dirty sink
because sometimes you have to let it go
letitgoletitgoletitgo
you thought they were talking with you
but it was just too confused to ignore
a conversation you weren't even there for
glad to have you out of their hair/door
you wish you were fourteen again
you'd do it better than back when
chasing the right dreams this time
in the do-over high school
your friends were only dolls and twigs
and your only clothes were made of figs
if only you could stilll smoke cigs
without feeling so uncool
the trends keep rolling out
even in the midst of doubt
red is black is green is white
no one knows what you are on about
you're a deadbeat poet without a soul
you hold on tight to that charcoal
a brick lighter in the load than in the goal
but eventually have
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ambling amber in the sky.
Like the tide, I'm wont to pull
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I do NOT understand the new layout of dA. They changed the literature layouts so they no longer have our lit tags going down the side and it appears that they should instead go across but the settings do not allow that.

:/ I much prefer sensible changes.
I worry the experiences you've had
may make you bitter
with all the falls and trials
and sorrow you must consider
I want to reach you through the ether
to keep you sane and on keel
but I fear if I approach, you will reproach
or pretend I am not real.
You don't care,
You don't care about their lives,
their tiny little lives, who will suffer and strive,
you just want control over your wives
your pretty brainless wives,
in their aprons and moomoos and fondue beehives,

Using Religion like a gun to the head of some girl
you just want to turn back all the clocks,
to when it was still (for a minute) the white man's world,
with your armbands and signs and glocks,
so you can measure who has the bigger --

Do you really think it is good to trigger anger and pain,
to treat with disdain, all not like you?
To make unjust laws, just so you can pause and detain
the feminine brain? That's just how you do,
That's all you can do, to hold on and maintain

The law of the land still says "you're wrong",
(read it and weep)
No matter if you only stand for the rights of the strong,
(Oh all the secrets you keep)
There will be those who stand up and tell it to your face,
(the price is too steep)
How you violate your word and your creed by being such a disgrace,
(but words are cheap)
"dont smoke that pot
its the one I just peed in"
"thanks a lot
thats the one I keep my weed in"
"but you don't smoke it at all
because it makes you paranoid
or stiff and uncomfortable
like a windup android"
it's not heroin or a dagger in the side
or staying glued to the porceline bowl
or zeroing all day due to lack of pride
it's not murdering the soul

but it does bring me temptation to backslide
sliding down the rabbit hole
into a ugly garden full of drunks
and blackout dreams where nothing makes sense
like the daftest of punks
and even the convicts, settle conflicts
by demanding recompense

there was a murmer of hope
in the riots of sedition
that we might find a way to cope
with this terminal condition
life, and death like dual harmonies
driving us all insane
as crazy as you please
like a fist right through the pane
and then silence is the last straw
the back broken from too much grief
and here we go breaking the law
all I can say is it was a big relief

but it does bring me temptation to backslide
sliding down the rabbit hole
into a ugly garden full of drunks
and blackout dreams where nothing makes sense
like the daftest of punks
and even the convicts, settle conflicts
by demanding recompense

oh no don't worry about me, my sobriety is still intact
the play was written so long ago
my lines read, and forgotten, it was just sincerity we lacked
but I have learned to mean it anyway, because you never know
the traps we spring, bringing torment to our lives
the hidden subtleties of innuendo
like sharp teeth and jagged knives
they are the reason we must keep letting go
but time is short and reasons thin
it is when adversity bites hardest you stand firm
there is rulebook or manual of how to win
love is such an angry and cruel term.
Song in the Making
lyrics not quite finished yet but posting anyway. This is in response to: clever word play, listening to Regina on Charlie Rose and seeing someone I know post copious amounts on Twitter about their love of pot.
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  • Eating: Air
  • Drinking: Dreams
Is almost finished so I figured Id post a little information about it here.

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- Also used Pentel fine liners and Uniball pens for the line work.

- Used Staedler fine liner color pens for detailed work and alternative colors.

- Made quite a few mistakes some of which caused me to tear up the card and start over and one which I gave away to a fan who was enjoying watching me draw.

- Learned that people do actually like my drawings (Ive received so many comments irl while doing this) despite the general lack of attention given online.

- In fact I am quite surprised by how nicely  the set has turned out so far and plan on doing another right after I finish.

- The next set will be on Bristol Board using the same general size.

- Self-lamination is a pain in the ass (wallet) so if anyone has suggestions to make this easier (cheaper) please let me know.
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If this persists I may delete all my content here and just completely abandon dA. The quality of the site has gone down a lot and this pretty close to the last straw for me.
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awkwardparanoidkid Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the llama :D
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GandoTheBard Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the :+fav: :D, figured that was worth a llama.
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awkwardparanoidkid Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol yw
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theskymew Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Spread the DA love around! (you can copy and paste this message on their userpage!)

RULES:
1- You can hug the person who hugged you!
2- You -MUST- hug 6 other people, at least!
3- You should hug them in public! Paste it on their page!
4- Random hugs are perfectly okay! (and sweet)
5- You should most definitely get started hugging right away!

Send This To All Your Friends, And Me If I Am 1.
If You Get 7 Back You Are Loved!

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an-xperience Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for blessing my gallery with your presence<3(~)
I am most humbled by your continued kindness<3(~)
blessings and respects
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GandoTheBard Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am glad you are still here doing this stuff. Sadly most of my other dA friends have either stopped using dA altogether or just parted ways with me for reasons largely unknown.
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an-xperience Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
spirits seem to drift along<3(~)
i am sincerely honored to share these melodious moments with you relative<3(~)

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theskymew Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Thanx for da watch and favorite!
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luneu Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
Merry Christmas! :xmas: 
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GandoTheBard Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You too! :)
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