Let It Go

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Let It Go

No one’s ever going to say
Why did you do this
Should have done that
No one who’s sane is ever going to say
What you did was a bad mistake

So try
Stop holding the chains
That you have all your life
Let it go
And watch yourself grow

No one’s ever going to say
That was not good
Should have turned back
When you surely could
No one who’s sane is ever going to say
What you did was a bad mistake

So try
Embrace the change that’s a part of life
Let your past thoughts go
And all the things that wouldn’t allow you to grow
Let it go

Let it go

Let it go

©2018 C.A. Barnes

I Can See

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I Can See

I can see
A bright light in this world
It’s right in front of me
I now know
Stories told long ago
Were not fables or lies
But truths that refused to die

I am the one
Who now can see
I am the one
Who’s free to dream
I am the one
Who’s no longer scared
I am the one
Who will do it, I dare

I can feel
A warm gentle breeze
Wash over me
I feel it, in the night
In the chill of wintertime
What once I thought of as dread
I only see its beauty
All that it has to offer instead

Cause I am the one
Who now can see
I am the one
Who’s free to dream
I am the one
Who’s no longer scared
I am the one
Who will do it, I dare

I will take all the years of fear
Hiding behind a facade
Drowning in tears
I will take it all
And throw it away
I will choose to live a dream
I will dare to be brave

Cause I am the one
Who now can see
I am the one
Who believes
I am the one
I am the one
I am the one
My story’s not done
It’s just begun…

©2018 C.A. Barens

Relentless

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Relentless

If all it took was one more day
Would it give you the strength
To try again
If all that was needed
Was a minute more
Would you stand in the bitter rain
Deal with the wind and stinging pain
Wait for that open door

Why can’t you believe like this
Why can’t you see things like that
Why can’t you be just a little fearless
Why can’t you live relentless

If all it took was another night
Would you fight
To change your life
If all that was asked
Was to be brave
You can’t lose now
Someone has paved the way
For you, the only thing left to do
Is to choose if you want to win or lose

Why can’t you believe like this
Why can’t you see things like that
Why can’t you be just a little fearless
Why can’t you live relentless

Why can’t we see
That we were created
Created, created, created
To be, to do anything
If we believe this
We can be relentless

©2018 C.A. Barnes

No More

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No More

I let them go
No more
I don’t know
No more
Maybe far away
They’re out there
Calling my name
Begging for some answer
Why they couldn’t stay
No more

I let them go
No more
And yes I do know
The time had finally come
To take the past
And let it be done
There is something out there
For me
So I had to let them go
So I could see
Who I truly am
When I’m stripped of everything

No more
They had to go
No more
No more
No more

©2018 C.A. Barnes

The Greatest Gift

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The Greatest Gift

One can’t bring anyone
Anything greater than this
There’s nothing in the world
That can surpass this gift
Beyond all the goodies
And the bliss this season gives
Nothing compares to…

The greatest gift
It’s more than one could wish
Oh the greatest gift
Greater than anything big or small
Is the son, who died for us all

One can’t compare the joy
This season is with this
There’s nothing in this world
That can surpass this gift
Above all the stars in the sky
Or magical reindeer that fly
Nothing compares to…

The greatest gift
It’s more than one could wish
Oh the greatest gift
Greater than anything big or small
Is the son, who died for us all

So this holiday season
Let’s count all the reasons
Why we will celebrate
Above all the presents
Beyond all the treats
I have one wish
That all may never forget
The greatest gift

The greatest gift
It’s more than one could wish
Oh the greatest gift
Greater than anything big or small
Is the son, who died for us all

© 2005 C.A. Barnes

I originally posted this lyrical poem in 2014, but I think its so appropriate for the Christmas holiday, that I had to share it again. I wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and Holiday!!!

Christmastime

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Christmastime

There’ll be trimming of the tree
And so many sights to see
Little ones wishing it’d always be
Christmastime

There’ll be baking goodies galore
And many cookies and cakes for sure
Eating until there’s no room for more
At Christmastime

There’ll be rooms filled with delight
And children who can’t wait till its night
Hoping to see Santa and reindeer in flight
At Christmastime

There’ll be telling of old Christmas tales
And drinking of eggnog and ginger ale
Looking through windows frosted and pale
At Christmastime

There’ll be celebrations of the savior’s day
Giving meaning to this special holiday
Meeting old and new friends along the way
At Christmastime

Christmastime
May the joy this season brings
Always shine

© 2005 C.A. Barnes

Since Christmas is soon approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to share two Christmas songs (next week’s one is my favorite) that I wrote in my earlier years as a writer. Originally this poem was for a contest, which I’m not sure I ever entered it in 🙂

I Stopped

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I Stopped

I stopped looking
I stopped searching
I stopped wandering
I stopped

I stopping fighting
I stopping trying
I stopped tiring
I stopped

I took a moment to breathe
A moment to be
To escape
To getaway
I spent some time alone with myself
I stopped asking others for help
Because they couldn’t save
Me

I stopped looking
I stopped searching
I stopped wandering
I stopped

I stopped fighting
I stopped trying
I stopped tiring
I stopped

I took some time just to think
Of where I wanted to go
Of what I wanted to know
Most importantly,
How I wanted to grow
And I eventually set myself
Free

I stopped wandering
I stopped tiring
I stopped.

© 2017 C. A. Barnes

Rise

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Rise

I was not looking to be at your side
I was just looking for a place to hide
When the winter comes, I will rise

Down this road for so long I’ve known
I’ve given up searching for a home
Where the grass is green like jewels
It almost glows

Year after year, I’ve lived the same old way
Surrounded by lies that constantly say
No, no, it won’t do
No, no, what you once thought isn’t true
No, no, let it go, give it up
No, no, what you do, will never be enough

Go home, is what I wanted to say
Just go home, I’m not suppose to be here anyways
Go, I close my eyes
I block my ears
Go, I won’t give in to my fears
Goodbye road, goodbye years
Living the same old way
Down the road I’ve only ever known

I was not looking to be at your side
I was just a coward, looking for a place to hide
And now my time is running dry
When winter comes, that is when I’ll rise

©2017 C.A. Barnes

Go Your Own Way

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Go Your Own Way

Don’t force to stay
To play their game
Have strength
And leave them behind

You can’t change their mind
They won’t stand behind
You, no way
So leave them today

And choose to be
Completely free
No more pretending
No more befriending
Foes of yesterday

It’s over now
Be you, you must somehow
Don’t listen to what they say
Just go your own way

Don’t try to prove
Your worth in their shoes
They don’t care what you say
So go your own way

And choose to be
Completely free
No more pretending
No more befriending
Foes of yesterday

Live at last
No longer a slave to the past
Live in truth
Be the one with nothing more to prove
Just go your own way
Go your own way
Life is short
Don’t delay
Go your own way

© 2017 C.A. Barnes

I Let Her Go

 

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I Let Her Go

I always held on tightly to her
She made me believe I could be anything
I always searched for more of her
She made me think that I was everything
No she made me feel lucky
But sometimes a little bit ugly
In holding on to so much of her
Perhaps on day, I could be what she was
Just because
I knew her so well

I never thought I would tell her goodbye
I thought our childish bond was for a lifetime
I knew I was getting too old
To keep tying her to my identity
Declaring it so bold
Refusing my reality
Refusing the world I now lived in
She could no longer be a refuge for me

Still I couldn’t let go
So I delayed my life, so I could hold
Just a bit of joy that I always had
Even in a world diseased and mad
Just a bit of my dreams that I always knew
Even in a world that left me nothing good
I would hold on to her
Until I no longer could

Now I let her go
I had to let her go
I had to walk away
From the past, my childish days
I had to grow
I had to go
I had to let her go

© 2017 C.A. Barnes