this shop was built for coffee
yet it smells of something less imported,
for never could from the falling of filtered beans
arise aromas such as these
of empathetic eccentricities
which lull my anxious, underspoken heart.
around this room are books and shelves
and people! ah, those particles
of the eyeglass-bearing,
bold stench that holds these walls
from dropping the weight of the worthless
atop our caffeinating cups,
our captivating minds.
perhaps it is the coffee talking
but this high seems fueled
not by espresso, but expression,
because when I no longer smell
this welcoming air
it’s not the headache I'll await
but a heartache I'll feel.
and I'd rather not leave
this shop built for coffee,
these tightly packed particles
of eclectic appreciations,
because here my heart can speak up
and my mind can chill out
and my lungs can slow down--
so I'll sit here felicitated,
LIFE in a Smooth Sail!
That was when I was young, with innocence falling upon coffins; for others to mock on Crucially so, this is when a rough ruffler was called thereupon, and with his two fold follies, he dig up graves —into which, I got casually thrown! Not so much as in reality, my presence, as it is —not much to be seen, with no trace of it’s formerly, was completely gone.. Then on, tacitly tearing a sense so common , left to tatters, that in which I had claimed as my very own —was all gone ! While , abhorring the senselessness which hopscotched my soul as some evildoers pun … Perhaps there , the WILL—the bread n butter of my sustenance —kick- balled me to a powerless 🏃♀️ run! But…. Seemingly determined, reveling me into a person: in actuality, I was overrun! Perhaps ,That WILL which did well to distill my deaths’ —mocking return— had —again—gradually overturned! And there , For there— in the grave lay stand still, this heaven’s injustice, all smoothly wrapped up with all its ills burnt. Then, ‘Twas a total inversion of the deep faith; As all had turned into a tragedy and reckoned into a nothingness of none Yes, it all came as an illusion; an oblivion smooth; smoothly sagacious; sailing smooth on every turn ! Here, over smooth seas, this savage life when so dastardly and daringly runs; Much so much as to yield, to seek, it so quickly churns, Mixing one day with another, milking each day worse than the other; ultimately, it turns, all into ☝️ one! And in this course ,it shrouds up in face, like a thistle twisted upon a full fledged frown, Thence—Onwards trickles this Crushing calm , halting those trembling tears -that —smoothly roll on — so long ! That in which we expect one thing, altogether another gets pushed around! Further on…. Those quivers on lips, bent o’ver as holdings, for some grandly staged song And as to one whimper, a cry stills in silence —as if, like a tyrant’s sign, it all rises up on a twilight dawn Thereupon, Beheld upon those moments, a gale unnoticed , rustles by, on it’s own ; yes, appearing unseen as an aged-out worn, For to- day, fully and surely, onwards it rushes , all out, through this remotest town Look ! It’s all unhinged, yet at lengthS breaking —those heartstrings, held to hopes —so far gone ! Then, Buried in sorrow, and journeying thro’ this grandly-vested -ribbed-out-gown— A mercy affixes in one track service, plunging down the throat as some recurrent moan! A throb then takes over it’s triumphal throttle, and stops at nothing unfinished; all closed up as ——-long withdrawn —— O ! Lo! Behold! where do those wanderings lead thee on , O! Halt! Ye breathing calm as idled woe drifts away in a sad song, Of those highs mixed with lows on some slumbering ground , O! there ,a treble warbles in lutes so, so, far too long, Within time echoing it’s celestial whispers as gently as it cruises along! Such so, set on Smooth sails some Souls move on! Guessing ?! This is how human nature copes to live by, wailing those miseries thro’ verses hidden in some sorrowful songs .. Oh! Look 👀 a singer is born ! There, UnSeen to the visible , dwellS in a vain valor, a soul distantly sitting afar -all alone And to it’s quiet stretches bequeathing all over those deserted pastoral lawns; Thriving upon those tufted meadows all so roughly grown ! Hitherto, all that its worth, and all that’s sought, gets taken, gets sunken, So, ‘tis a lil ... no , no , a lot is gone ! And before life pulls through onwards; whereof, when it beguiles to a final abscond… A Parting with no traces, no marks and no nothing, accents to a noiseless haunt O! Look! therein descends another silent tone still mastering to speak, though, smoothly—but, long dead on it's tongue O! Much as a frantic indignation to be tattered till it gets totally torn, And as things get bypassed as daunting shadows to another of those —early morns….. So, forthwith, believing in the ardent good, I think the big easy life has been run on —full on, Thence, Placing blushing honors unto stones As these death bells which thence —smoothly —dell on ! Lo! Behold! For a better curse which chases in persistence, prances herein, for so long , Whenever sentience bends above these mild sleeps; until the substance in soul has fully sown Yea, illuming the abyss , this innermost spirit rises to a lofty place, somewhere unknown… For over a tomb within those mossy planes It’s in blooms I lay finally grown ... far thrown ! And while the bells from the temple sprinkle holy laurels over the graced sounds O! Such everlasting are those evergreens —standing alone, as stalwarts in stately forms! And as in all , as lasting in forever, this elegy gets stamped-marked on—THAT cemented ground And as Much as a settled soul, my essence in presence has been fully sown —transformed! Yet again, in transition, an eternal glory, still majestically moves on; Coffined to a grave into those depths —quite unknown ! Then suddenly, lost ever to all appearances —like the emperors’s new clothes—I am gone ! It’s all gone ... Yea’! gliding in bathetic shifts, it’s s all gone , all gone , all gone ... bidding adieus , far from this sunny hearth - bidding it’s last farewells, it’s all gone .... Then …. Those sweet smiles fade away, Tending to tears that reveled around , With afflictions on mortals “his grace ,” has been finally shown ! Pouring over mansions of grief, he from up above showers supposed relief; As in mercies thrown in good grace, unto his chosen ones ! There, with full expectant eyes you may ask — Why does his charity so uniquely usher in relief as showers thrown ?! Why , redeeming us, O! in such a belief, Will it so rush on? Of what worth is this barter when heaven’s glory on earth—pays a heavy price to every Ounce ! For what calls us to live for this suffering from birth into times —smoothly races in a deathly bounce ; that which abounds all around! For whom we put our hearts on fire , by whom all owned is counted to a legions amount! As if, hastily calling us for summons, in grace or to a winning approval for our “worldly worth,” to be finally announced Is this life so pronounced ? yes , it’s this sweet life —smoothly sailing with it’s renewed intensity , just affirming itself, back to pounce ! So scattered unshrinkingly to every service of the heart , to every mind toiling hard , in recurring resets — in times, it all rebounds ‘Coz light is the mirth which rises quickly, ascending the swollen girth to a dance and pounce ... In it’s sheer evanescence, it gets up, dresses up, for yet another —naked truth to be reborn Yes , erasing this existence which makes false claims and thereupon , It shall be newly BORN .... And as in the consequence for those who walk those paths unbound, Failing to fetch me at first ,my maker, keeps me , thusly, so spellbound ! Yet this journey which invariably accompanies me from birth to rebirth , affirmatively says — Come, slide smooth and pass on; until all stages are over and your pithy works are all done —until then, MOVE ON!
Shining a Spotlight on the 2023 Vocal Writing Awards Shortlists
The Vocal Writing Awards concluded earlier this month with a flourish, when we announced the winners here. Now, we are delighted to share with you the incredible shortlisted entries for each category. Passing the muster of the Vocal Curation Team to be shortlisted is no small feat. The entries on this list displayed extraordinary creativity, innovation, and a profound ability to convey emotional resonance through their compositions. Please join us in honoring these entries by giving them some well-deserved reads and comments.