When hope seems so far
Our faith is so low
A silent voice we'll hear saying
It will be alright in the sweet by and by
And at this point we try so hard to believe
What we are hearing
But somewhere deep inside of us
We still don't believe because
Everything that could go wrong
Has gone wrong
We keep praying the serenity prayer
Day by day the pain lessens
We see a little ray of hope
Not too much
Just a wee bit enough for us
To hold on to
And then we sit down and think
Back to all the hurdles and all
The storms that God has brought us though
We remember each one and begin to laugh out loud
Thanking and praising God for all the
Troubles he has brought us through
Her heart was as light as a small bird in flight
As she danced to a merry old tune
With two lively fiddles, banjo in the middle
Her heart was as full as the moon.
He was as drunk as a fogbound skunk
And he filled up the corner with gloom,
Then he started a fight that lasted all night
And ended up well past noon.
That very same day she put him away -
She was sick of his meanness and booze
To get the job done, she borrowed his gun
And she shot him right of his shoes.
Now the music is gone for lovely Yvonne
No dancing, no fiddles, no fun.
Now the year's dragging on by and her song is a sigh
And the things that she loved are all done.
Oh, bring back the music and dancing,
Bring back the laughter and song,
Bring back the pure joy of living
From before Yvonne done him wrong.
Black Man Prayer
Sometimes I don't know if I wanna live
Walls closing in and I have nothing to give
Pain builds time passes gradually
Lonely at heart a vulnerable soul
Searching blind in the dark
Not yet knowing what I seek
In my path hoping each breath
I take won't be my last
Friends gone locked up some dead
In a grave at night I look upon
The sky that's dark as jade
Will I make it tomorrow and
If I do will it just be another day of sorrow?
NAMON GAMBLE, JR.
Against All Odds
Life will not always be easy
For that's not how reality can be,
So if things seem difficult or impossi-ble
Remember determination is the only guaranty.
You have the power to defeat more
Than the odds of a thousand men,
And to conquer the enemy of life
With a force that comes from within.
It is better to rise above all
Than to settle beneath those against thee;
A wise man fights for his survival
While the fool ignores his misery.
So whenever the sides are uneven
And the rules seem unfair,
Allow your confidence to disregard,
For you were chosen to win
Against all odds.
KENNETH W. BALDWIN, SR.
Far away in Rockaway
With waters shimmering bright
And golden sands that warm the soul
Where birds have taken flight
The sky and sun are brighter here
Along the endless coast
Although with beaches all ground
Of this I will boast.
DORIS E. AGUIRRE
Gone are my friends like the late au-tumn leaves
Gone are my friends while I am left to grieve
Gone are my friends for whom I hold so dear in my heart
Gone are my friends whose voices I still hear even though we are apart
Gone are my friends who have shared their lives with mine
Gone are my friends if only once more I could touch
Gone are my friends whom I loved so very much
Gone are my friends who had shared many laughs with me
Gone are my friends for in my heart they shall always be
Gone are my friends, but this is not the end
For someday down the road, we shall meet again.
In Memory of Raymond Rosado and Michael Sweeney
JOHN M. JOANNOU