zebrastripes

United States

Published Work

Masked Truths

We're not picture perfect
Just a jumbled puzzle of broken sharp edges
We hide behind our Chesire grins
And disguise with sunglasses paper-thin
So one does not see the tears that slip
between our red-rimmed eyes
And with that, they can imagine
We're in a beautiful paradise

We have the facade held strong
And the walls built tall
Became masters in our own game
But we still feel out of control 
With only our name

Under the mask holds the truth 
Can only be discovered by
an impossible sleuth
We feel alone in a crowded room
And feel suffocated
like a mummy in a tomb

Sugary words escape our lips
As more mistakes may slip
But they believe every one of our lies
Even when we are not doing fine
We cry a silent plea
Because we just want to be seen 
But we're only a grain of sand
lost in a tremendous sea

What The King Knew

It's been raining for days now
Could see the storm in one's eyes.
Water falling down the cheeks 
Because it's too late to say goodbye.

Warriors flood the once deserted parks,
Homemade signs are waved around, 
But now the chants are altered into barks,
And violence has come to town.

The wheels are turning
As the fire keeps burning
With glass shattered everywhere.

The economy is crashing
As people keep lashing out
With weapons thrown in the air.

The cameras are shaking 
As people keep taking
With greediness and no care.

The streets are filled with 
dark-colored clothes and neon green suits.
Two different sides of the opposition
But all want justice for the truth.

This is the wrong way to do it though,
Like a dove transformed into a vulture.
Think of what the king taught you to know,
Take the peaceful route and go.

Sunlight

I've learned the truth too late
Now he's left me with a heartache
Surviving on my own with the pain
Trying to walk through all the rain
Cause
After every storm, the sun comes up
Melts the feelings of when I've gone numb.
Looking in the future, I see myself grow
Letting all the hurt I've gained go
Cause
When I've hit rock bottom 
And wished I would have brought him
down with me
I will see the clarity of him as an absentee
But right now, I'll have to go day by day
Until the tears in my eyes fade away
Just waiting for that sunlight to come and stay

Future

We talk about the future as if we knew where it would be
Making choices like we had any guarantees.

Starting early with all this planning,
As if we had answers that were enchanting.

But we don’t,
We’re clueless as before,
Naive as we hope that our dreams will soar.

We’re winging it every day
creating mistakes along the way.

It’s like looking through a foggy window with dread.
It’s scary that we don’t know what lies ahead.

But we have to trust that life will turn up just right.
Fingers crossed, eyes closed, that our fate is bright.

Todays

Sometimes I just can't deal with todays.
Even though, I know they aren't
The worse of the worse
No matter how hard I try,
They still hurt. 
But I always find a reason to stay
While there are so many that say to walk away.

During those sleepless nights in bed,
Going over all that I have said,
Worries and insecurities crash down
Making me feel like I'm gonna fall to the ground.
These whole emotions going to my head
When I just need a breather instead.

Cause sometimes I can't deal with todays
And forget what people can say.
 

Remember

Remember the times you bleed
From the open wounds that run down deep.
Remember the times you will cry
Long enough until your face turns dry.
From sadness to victorious, 
These are the moments that define us.
Because history is in the past 
And these events won’t ever last.  
Memorize the bumpy rollercoaster of your life
Even if it cuts you like a knife.
This is all for your sake,
No matter how long it’ll take.
Cause
The more you hurt,
The more you ache,
Helps you learn from your mistakes.

Lost at Sea

Sometimes I feel like I’m lost at sea
There’s nowhere to go and I cannot breathe
I’m sitting in a lifeboat with waves crashing down
There’s nothing around me except a lot of clouds

A storms approaching fast
I don’t know how much longer I can last 
Send me some help
Send me some hope
Show me the light when I cannot cope

When times get tough and I think I had enough
I’ll remember the newfound beliefs that have found me
Even if I am dreadfully lost at sea

Song Writing Competition 2019

Revolution

Get past the bigotry
Get past the bias
Get past the variety
And show some kindness

Shift the views of society
No matter the diversity

Cause 
We need a revolution
We need a change
A chance to be more open minded
And broaden our range 

Change the world 
Change the mind
No more division
Just listen
It might be worth the time

Shift the views of society
No matter the diversity

Cause 
We need a revolution
We need a change
A chance to be more open minded
And broaden our range 

Come together 
Everyone’s invited
Stand as one 
We can all be united 

Shift the views of society
No matter the diversity

Cause 
We need a revolution
We need a change
A chance to be more open minded
And broaden our range 

Cause 
We need a revolution
We need a change
A chance to be more open minded
And broaden our range 

Cause we need a revolution today