October Rain

The rain pulls me awake
on this warm Autumn morning
the melancholy sky of grey
comforts like a cave

You didn’t stay last night
and maybe that’s the right thing
letting go is truly for the brave

Many times I tried
to pick up the pieces
of this broken moon we left
hanging in the sky

I have no illusions
only disappointments
there’s only so much you can do
until it’s time to say goodbye
say goodbye...

October rain
the bitter knowing change
so let’s make love before the
snows fall from the sky
we both saw the sunrise and both felt the pain
now let it wash away October rain

As the cold wind blows us
through this narrow winter
and the fallen leaves of what we hoped for
lay upon the ground

I hope you will remember
the beauty of the summer
when I found you in the garden
with your brown hair hanging down

Sometimes love is wary
and hides within the fallows
and slips into the darkness
like a moon upon the wane

But you still found the way
through the tangled weeds and brambles
So I will always think of you
in the autumn when it 

©2012 Robin Jackson

The Spring

Once the streets were paved with gold
a precious world oh to behold
and from the dusty ground, 
you evoked the sound
caused flowers too unfold

When the summers turned to fall
you were with us through it all
a ring upon the bell
that echoed through the shell
of winter’s call

Now that you’re away
I feel you every day

Some days were hard to win
we never knew what fate would spin
you filled my cup with grace
and held a steady face
when the ice grew thin

When the branches began to crack
we knew there was no looking back
soon all our hopes and dreams
were tearing at the seams
light fading into black

You told us to let go
the current pulls  below
like sunlight on the snow
into the silent river you will flow
and we’ll find you in the water, I know

There was a time when I never
thought that you would leave my side
and through the shadows you would find the way
And even though you held on tight
I can see your fading light
is stronger now that you‘ve gone away

Tangled roots and history
shadows deep within the tree
shackles from the past
broken way at last
found peace eternally

When Azrael unfolds her wings
for you, a gateway to the spring
that bubbles from the ground,
once a fearful sound now
taught us words to sing

You told us to let go
the current pulls below
like sunlight on the snow
into the silent river you will flow
and we’ll find you in the water, I know

© Copyright 2012  

Roses and Gold

Moonshine, oh cover me in moonshine
and I will fill your cup with sentimental tales of raspberry wine
'cause I’ve been singing these cowboy tears since we came to an end
and Im writing snake oil poems and drinking alabast gin
Like a kite in the wind
I’m caught in a spin
I’m out on a limb

Sweet dreams oh cover me in sweet dreams
and I will paint you a story of roses and gold and bittersweet things
It’s time to say hello to these lonesome lullabies
and ride into the journey of a new sunrise
And may our river of tears
wash away all our fears
and make it perfectly clear

Sweet pie, oh mama make me some sweet pie
fill it with whatever makes it better and will cause my eyes to dry
I pray to Mother Mary, great spirit and the holy fool
That we listen to each other and take heed of the golden rule
That you do unto me
what I do unto you
and we both see it through

Soft grace, oh cover me in soft grace
and I’ll fashion you a cup of forgiveness, gypsum, nettle and lace
'cause the poetry that you’ve put inside my heart
rattles like a ‘57 engine about to start
Like a kite in the wind
I’m caught in a spin
I’m out on a limb

Rain dance oh do a little rain dance
call in the clouds and thunder to wash away this sorrowful trance
and we’ll bath in rose petal fire while the whill-o-whisps sing
and purify our eyes with water from the holy spring
And in the days that were old
may the story that’s told
be one of Roses and Gold

© Copyright 2012  

Paper Bird

I plant stories on paper ships and send them out to sea drift
each one holds a part of the story of our hearts
inky vessels of sweet remembering, 
one last trip and then descending

Paper bird your wings are light
carry hardship out of sight
salty moonshine, morning bell
fly these troubles away across the swell

August introduced us, December came between
tales never told, rust gathered on the gold
the months, they never really knew
the state of things below the blue

The mussels wait with patience
these tales bitter like ocean wine
tears of past and anchors cast
soon mixed within the brine

Paper bird your wings are light
carry hardship out of sight
salty moonshine, morning bell
fly these troubles away across the swell
Lay your axe down by the spring
listen to the starbirds sing
the sweetest sound I ever heard
fly away oh paper bird

And now the bird she flies beneath
frosty snow capped cries, gusty clouds
of grey watch as I cast words away
release this heart from bygone pain
and welcome sunrise once again

©Copyright 2012

Heroin and Honey

We stood on Sandy Avenue
two lovers broken by the rain
this fiery love we tried to leave
but still the coals remain

Your touch it played my skin that night
like a burning violin
I was strung out on your tune
a lover’s heroin

We tried so very hard
to get this love to grow
but I could not hold your crazy wind
which never ceased to blow

You lit a candle in my soul
that singes to this day
and even though it burns me so
I can not walk away

Darling, darling, let me tell you true
there’s something burning
in my heart because of you
Darling, darling, oh, this fire it grew
and now it’s burning
in my heart because of you

A gust of Indian summer wind
wrapped confusion ‘round the night
the stars told me to kiss you
the moon warned to take flight

And when I thought to leave you
temptation played its part
a dancing swarm of drunken bees
put honey in our hearts

We looked so very hard for the steps
to dance among the stones
but we tripped into the shadows
made of sparks and bones

And when I sought to hold you  
in the cracks you slipped between
and when I tried to cool this fever
the water turned to steam

Darling, darling, let me tell you true
there’s something burning
in my heart because of you
Darling, darling, oh, this fire it grew
and now it’s burning
in my heart because of you

© Copyright 2012  

Red Blanket

There is a place where Heaven meets land
I used to find you there wearing a blanket of red
Wrapped up in silence, woven from past
grandmother’s stitches gave you peace at last

Woken at midnight I stumbled through dreams
once scared and shaken
you sewed back my seams
Holding me closely singing Blinken and Nod
I asked what you were doing
you said talking to God

The stories you played with me all fun and games
while you wrestled with demons you never told me their names
The lessons you taught me I still hold today
when looking for answers go to the infinite way

The shadows they danced on history’s wall
but you stopped the cycle
they never touched me at all
So please when you speak to God
while on your bed
give him my thanks
from your blanket of Red

©Copyright 2012

That Time of Night Again

I want you, you want me
but you never come around
I watch the sea, wait patiently
the waves my only sound

Thoughts spin and twirl like a dancing girl
or leaves in the autumn breeze
They pass me by I lose my mind
these thoughts were never meant to be

But there’s a time when thoughts like these
are offered places at my table to sit
You said farewell, and left a spell
oh now it’s that time of night again isn’t it

On that first night you lit a candle bright
and swooned inside my head like alcohol
but in this dream somethin’ came between
and now that candle’s casting shadows on the wall

Oh poets write on stormy nights
and singers in the barrooms they will wail
of all the times loves made us stand in line
another chapter to this unrequited tale

And now my hope is dangling by a rope
and the wind’s blown out this candle love has lit
And all that’s left to me is my own company
and now it’s that time of night again isn’t it

©Copyright 2012

The Royal Hotel

Under the bridge by the Royal Hotel
I held you there as the stars they fell
and the night wrapped its arms
‘round this fleeting affair
as if it tried to keep us there

The streetlamp covered us in dirty gold
your lips were hot against the cold
and your hair a black raven
into my hands it fell
under the bridge by the Royal Hotel

Oh marry me tonight
and the moon will be our ring
and cover you in white
and soot drawn from the rain
and though you say you wish to be
the night next to my day
still you fly away, why don’t you stay

Under the bridge by the Royal Hotel
I held you there while the stars they fell
and maybe we got lucky
like two pennies in a well
under the bridge by the Royal Hotel

Oh we danced a broken tango
by the wall
and the barkeeps pouring tears
and there’s ghosts up in the hall

And the piano in the montage
knew it all along
cause sometimes love
just doesn’t last that long

In room 19 a man’s about to cheat
in room 05 her vows
are on the sheets
and outside on the sidewalk you’ve left a lasting spell
under the bridge by the Royal Hotel

The Wish

I put another quarter in the wishing well
I prayed to the dark and down it fell
Down in the watery deep
are promises no one can keep

I’ve spent so many diamonds my crowns almost bare
And the patches on my heart are sewn on with care
And every time that I hit the floor
I keep coming back for more

Buy me a ticket on this one way train
'cause the only way to love is again and again
And I’m riding the rails through this hurricane
let it rain, oh let it rain
Take a whisper from my lips and breath from my chest
Steal a beat from my heart put my soul to the test
I lay my guns in the ground and my lies to the west
let it rest, oh let it rest

I once stole sunshine from a desert dream
I once went fishing in a dried up stream
I held mountains in my hand
I wasn’t careful and they turned to sand

I came across a sweet magnolia flower
that smelled as soft as the midnight hour
She stole diamonds from my dreams
and wore them like a Zingara queen

And may our scars be as pretty as a pink ole’ Texas sky
and soft and tender like the whisper of a jackalope’s sigh
and when we light new candles
and our old ghosts haunt us on
may the flames burn them
away with the dawn

I met Aphrodite on a summer’s day
through weeds and the brambles she showed me the way
and left a glass crystal in my soul
that echoed like a singing bowl

I rode to edge of a canyon deep
where the wind was so strong it knocked it me off of my feet
Like a banshee out in the storm
I knew again I’d been reborn

©Copyright 2012

This Time

The night once was young
just like you and I
and love we thought we’d never lose
A picture of perfection
we painted on our eyes
always looking for something new

And now time has dealt its hand
and here we are still standing
waiting for our ships to come in
And the streets are getting lonely and the the wind whispers if only
well maybe it’s time for if only to begin

So raise up your flag
put the moon in your sack
forgive and let go and never look back
‘Cause time won’t wait for us
to get it perfectly right
so if you’re willing
I’ll dance with you tonight

And I can see that you’ve
been here as long as I
ao many times fell from this carousel
the tears in our clothing
every bump from the ride
we’ve got to know ourselves far too well

So darling life is short
and the sun is moving faster
so put your lipstick on
or we’re headed for disaster
And I think it’s safe to say that
we’re both a work in progress
so let’s put down our pride
before we miss the boat again

So raise up your flag
put the moon in your sack
Forgive and let go and never look back
‘Cause time wont wait for us
to get it perfectly right
So if you’re willing
I’ll dance with you tonight

Put stars in your flask
tell the band to play
Stop waiting around for
the perfect sunny day
Let’s make love in the rain
like the very first time
and I promise to you
I’ll stay this time
Oh this time.....

©2012