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So Glad

SO GLAD

There’s only one thing I need on this Earth – that’s you.
You feed me with your words, you solidify my unquenchable thirst.
You watch me grow, as I Journey from place to place.
Yes, you stand over me, and you give me Grace.
So, everything I need I have, and it all comes from you.
You’re my sunshine in the morning, you’re my Moonlight at the end of the day.
You’re everything I asked for, in every single way.
When the clouds walk in and find me, and I shiver in the shade.
When I look up and I can’t find you, then you reach out and give me your hand.
To guide me to a place, where I can plant my feet on solid Ground.
Knowing that you will never leave me, knowing that you care –
As I look around and I can’t find you, but I know that you’re there –
By the gentleness of the wind blowing through my hair.
It took a long time for me to find you, but you were always there.
To watch me, and guide me, without saying a word.
You’re my bridge Over Troubled Waters, you’re my sunshine after the rain.
I’m so glad that I found you;
Now we’ll stay together, and meet in silent prayer.

By
Lenny Jaynes

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All Eternity

ALL ETERNITY

You asked how much I love you? This is all I have to say.
How deep is the ocean, how wide is the sea?
How many seeds in an apple, how many leaves on a tree?
If you add them all up, you will see.
Not only do I love you, you’re also my best friend,
And that’s why I will love you – over and over until the end –
Of all eternity.

BY
LENNY JAYNES

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A Shakespeare opportunity!

Shakespeare in Clark Park

The Taming of the Shrew, plus
The Tamer Tamed, by John Fletcher
Both on the same bill
July 27-31, 7 pm
4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue
Pay what you wish
These plays have separate directors, but interviewed separately, they are entirely in agreement that Shakespeare in Clark Park is a great forum for capturing the imagination of young adults who may not have been that much taken with the plays that they read in high school. Not to mention providing great entertainment for older folks. Shakespeare wrote to entertain everyone, not just the elite of his day, and SCP strives to keep that going for modern audiences
The Taming is particularly challenging, due to the misogynistic assumptions in the original. This dual presentation strives to adjust for that a bit, but retain the value of the originals. Tricky proposition. I will publish a further discussion in this space after seeing a performance. (Pandemic and heatwave frustrated my plan to see a dress rehearsal.)
Seating is in a grassy amphitheater, so take folding chairs or a blanket. Think about traveling by El and subway surface car so as to avoid a parking problem.  Check for rain instructions and other more detailed information at shakespeareinclarkpark.org. And tell your young friends.
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Who Can We Trust

WHO CAN WE TRUST

You can’t see me, I’m unseeable.
You can’t break me, I’m unbreakable, and who am I?
I’m the soldier of your wounded soul, fighting ignorance in a world gone wrong.
When one man can inflict so much pain, on families of children, and children not yet seen. In this world and another one.
Where can we lay the blame?
When People in power think only of themselves, knowing that big corporations will be behind them if they just give them a push.
So, I reiterate – who can we trust?

By
Lenny Jaynes

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Long Long Time

LONG LONG TIME

You said you would love me to the end of time,
You said you would love me if the Sun never shines,
You said you would love me if the Ivy stops growing on the vine.
So, tell me. Who’s holding the keys to these promises that you made, and who would be accountable if these promises were never paid?
Because loving someone forever, is not only in a nursery rhyme.
When you find that one you love, they’re keys and promises you’ll never find.
Because when you love someone forever, you forget about all of the struggles you left behind,
And just keep loving them until the Journey is over, in its own lustrous time.
Because loving someone forever, no keys or promises need to be made.
Because loving someone forever, will take to the end of their blissful days.
No keys or promises need to be made. “That’s called loving each other until the end of time.”
And believe me, loving someone forever – it takes a long long time.

BY
LENNY JAYNES