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Make a Law So That the Spine Remembers Wings

So that the truant boy may go steady with the State,
So that in his spine a memory of wings
Will make his shoulders tense & bend
Like a thing already flown
When the bracelets of another school of love
Are fastened to his wrists,
Make a law that doesn’t have to wait
Long until someone comes along to break it.

So that in jail he will have the time to read
How the king was beheaded & the hawk that rode
The king’s wrist died of a common cold,
And learn that chivalry persists,
And what first felt like an insult to the flesh
Was the blank ‘o’ of love.
Put the fun back into punishment.
Make a law that loves the one who breaks it.

So that no empty court will make a  judge recall
Ice fishing on some overcast bay,
Shivering in the cold beside his father, it ought
To be an interesting law,
The kind of thing that no one can obey,
A law that whispers “Break me.”
Let the crows roost & caw.
A good judge is an example to us all.

So that the patrolman can still whistle
“The Yellow Rose of Texas” through his teeth
And even show some faint gesture of respect
While he cuffs the suspect,
Not ungently, & says things like ok,
That’s it, relax,
It’ll go better for you if you don’t resist,
Lean back just a little, against me.

BY LARRY LEVIS, sent to me by Stephen Palley.

Vortex

What would happen
if you danced like Rumi?
If you loved another so deeply
that blood mixed with tears?
In the symphony of silence,
the heart wakes.
Love is what happens
When we let go of our fears.
Why aren’t you whirling yet?
Spin with the wind,
let loose desire,
and burn like the hidden sun,
until your life
is a whirlwind.
No dust left on the mirror.

(Courtesy of fractastical)

Just for you…

Here’s ANOTHER previously unheard song…

Hey

I hope you’ve had a good week and this message finds you well.

As I promised last week, it was my aim to touch base with you a lot more regularly and keep you more involved with my journey. I really value the fact that you take an interest in my music and support me and I want to reward that loyalty with bits and pieces of content that no-one else in the world can see! (other than you…)

Now I’m afraid it’s been a busy week..auditioned a new drummer and writing lots of personalised & signed lyric sheets for you, which you can still order here if you wish! (link opens in a new window).

So, rather than record you something new, I’ve dug into the private archives of the past and am enclosing a private link to a song only a handful of people have ever heard…

It’s called ‘I Told You I Was Crazy Sweetheart’. It’s a very personal song to me, and strangely it was written in a hostel in Barcelona about 5 years ago. I was writing a personal email to someone on the cafe computers and my internet credit time ran out before I pressed ‘send’…I lost the entire email, and it never got sent.

I therefore still had all the feelings and emotions pent up and weighing me down. So I stood on the stairwell of the hostel (which was really atmospheric and echoey) and began writing this song. As I always say, i’ve never ‘written’ a song in my life – instead, songs find a way to flow out of me when the level of emotion I’m feeling exceeds a certain threshold.

Anyway, I’ve included a link to the lyrics below the video. Interestingly, the very last section of the song didn’t exist until a week after I’d written the first part. I was walking up the Barcelona beach alone, carrying my flip flops, looking up at the sky as the sun was setting and all of a sudden I heard the final section melody and the words crying out to me: ‘I Told You I Was Crazy Sweetheartttttt’ – it just all appeared very clearly, and it just seemed to express everything I was feeling perfectly. The perfect conclusion to the song.

So…I hope you enjoy it. And I hope you go easy on me because this version was recorded all in one take on a Friday night after quite a few drinks! But this is why I love sharing things with you – because I give you unfinished, and imperfect things, which I hope makes the sharing all the more special.

As always I’d love to hear what you think of the song, lyrics etc, but most of all i’d love to hear from you! What’s your news? What’s been happening? Just hit reply to this email to drop me a line…

We’re in this together and I can’t take my music anywhere without you and the support you have shown me up until now.

Have a great week ahead,

Love and hope always

Mike

From Emma:

That said, I hope you are having a good rest, and speaking of rest, here is a long quote a friend recently sent me, which I thought I’d send to you…

“Rest is the conversation between what we love to do and how we love to be. Rest is the essence of giving and receiving. Rest is an act of remembering, imaginatively and intellectually but also physiologically and physically. To rest is to give up on the already exhausted will as the prime motivator of endeavor, with its endless outward need to reward itself through established goals. To rest is to give up on worrying and fretting and the sense that there is something wrong with the world unless we are there to put it right; to rest is to fall back literally or figuratively from outer targets and shift the goal not to an inner bulls eye, an imagined state of perfect stillness, but to an inner state of natural exchange.

The template of natural exchange is the breath, the autonomic giving and receiving which is the basis and the measure of life itself. We are rested when we are a living exchange between what lies inside and what lies outside, when we are an intriguing conversation between the potential that lies in our imagination and the possibilities for making that internal image real in the world; we are rested when we let things alone and let ourselves alone, to do what we do best, breathe as the body intended us to breathe. When we give and take in this foundational way we are closest to the authentic self, and closest to that self when we are most rested. To rest is not self indulgent, to rest is to prepare to give the best of ourselves, and to perhaps, most importantly, arrive at a place where we are able to understand what we have already been given.”

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