What makes you stay

When you want to go?

Why do you question

The things you know?

What makes you say

The things you say?

What makes you leave

When you want to stay?

What makes you fail

When you’re about to win?

What makes you cry

When you want to grin?

What makes you feel

The things you feel?

What makes you fake

When you want to be real?

Why do you feel wet

When you’re on fire?

What puts you to sleep

When you’re not tired?

What wakes you up

In the middle of the night?

What keeps you strong

When all you feel is fright?

Who warms your heart

When you feel cold?

Who keeps you young

When you’ve grown so old?

Who makes you laugh

When you feel like crying?

Who picks you up

When you’ve given up trying?

What makes you take

When you want to give?

Why are you dying

When you want to live?

What makes you write

The songs you sing?

Whose name is inscribed

Inside that golden ring?

How do you say a thing

That can’t be spoken?

How do you heal a heart

That you have broken?

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  1. Edward Sweeney

     /  November 23, 2012


  2. no comment beyond saying that i’m sorry for the demons that chase you, i’m a fan of your writing, and, given that i’ve done a comics history of the am. revolution, i’m glad to read about your efforts to link sally’s descendants with thom’s.

  3. Michael Thrash

     /  November 23, 2012

    On a good day, I vacillate between a glimmer of hope and utter despair.
    On a bad day, I forget my choices. (Write these down and keep the list handy)

  4. Up ’til now your prose has been readable and mostly enjoyable. The poetry not so much. However I will look forward to more of the former

  5. Denise Brown

     /  November 24, 2012

    Wow…I mean really…that’s all i can say is “wow”… man, i just love your writing, the good, the sad, the love, the thoughts, the feelings, the EXPERIENCES, the “trip”, the depth, the solitude, the warmth, and finally…the man behind it all. You are inspiring to those of us who have become weary or just “older” and perhaps out of touch, and I mean REAL TOUCH. I am so grateful I stumbled upon your blog. Again, thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  6. Joan Gillman Smith

     /  November 24, 2012

    This lyric provokes a lot of answers to the probing questions. Maybe that’s the part two to this verse? Joan Gillman Smith P.S. I am wild about your writing. Found you in the NYT. Great piece about Phony Hero.

  7. Pete Cronk

     /  December 31, 2012

    Luc – Pic at top of this chapter is hardly different from you at Washington Plaza Hotel, Sat., Nov. 10, holding forth on bongo-bongo, donkey-donkey! – Cronk


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