Firefly

I’ve flown many times in a Firefly
Sometimes you wonder how she stays in the sky
When you’re flying out deep in the gaping black
You can rest assured she will get you back

They added landing struts to the old aught-three
And they make a smooth landing such a breeze
It keeps your precious cargo from jostling around
From those belly-flop landings on solid ground

(chorus)
I’ll take a Firefly and rule the sky
There’s no other ship I would rather fly
They may scorch the land and spoil the sea
But they’ll never take the sky from me

We still count years by Earth’s solar days
Even though the outer planets swing in different arrays
In the timeless void it’s hard to decide
If there really is such a thing as time

You can say what you want about a Firefly
How much baling wire and duct tape you must apply
But it’s love, the one thing you can’t do without
You got to love her, little albatross, without a doubt

You can know every bit of math in the ‘verse
And she’ll shake you off sure as the turnin’ of worlds
You see it’s love that keeps a Firefly in the sky
Yea, it’s love that’s the heart of the Firefly

copyright 2018 Donald Paul Harris
12/3/2018

Red Planet Rising

Cast out into the great expanse
From a low-bid, cut-budget launching pad
Now we’re soaring fast into the danger zone
And we leave behind everything we’ve known

You pass time on a solar voyage
With a tight schedule as you slip the void
So you run the system til it’s all routine
And you run again to refine your technique

Red Planet Rising
Earth that was is dying
Life must find a garden
Mankind needs restarting

Mars landing is coming due
When the red planet comes into view
We got to buckle in for the hard descent
And pray the lander deploys on the first attempt

A crucible of fire and ice
Like a blood drop in the cosmic lights
The rocky landscape’s a barren waste
Just a rough binding on a cratered face

Red Planet Rising
Earth that was is dying
Life must find a garden
Mankind needs restarting

copyright 2018 Donald Paul Harris

November Wind

Photo by Das Sasha on Unsplash

The white wolf of winter bites hard in the cold
It runs with the wind and chills to the bone
It rushes like rivers through valleys below
And swallows the landscape wherever it goes

Winter brings darkness as the sun hides its face
Lost in the mist-world of furies and fates
Despair is an island where hope has no friend
It dies with the leaves in the November wind

As the old year is dying
A new year is rising
A new love is trying
To spring forth again

Lonely the mountains that rise from the sea
And pierce through the clouds as the wind pierces me
Their rock faces stoic and weathered by years
Of November winds and December tears

A heart like a mountain grows lonely and cold
And masked like a stoic as years take their toll
Remembering love they thought would not end
But chilled in the cold of the November wind

But as the year is ending
A new one is beginning
Another chance to love again
As the year is ending
A new one is beginning
Another chance to save my love
From the November Wind

copyright 2018 Donald Paul Harris

Our Lovely Mrs Reynolds

Why, it’s our lovely Mrs Reynolds
And she’s had so many husbands that we
Just don’t know who she will marry next
All we know is she’s a puzzle and we
Wish she had a muzzle on her
Mouth ’cause every time she speaks we’re vexed

In my bunk
I’ll be in my bunk
Don’t come looking for me
I’ll be in my bunk

So we plan the perfect heist
And realize that she’s a feisty one
And wants to be the leader of the band
So she helps us with the manning of the
Smash and grab we’re planning and we
Can’t but think she’ll kill us if she can

In my bunk
I’ll be in my bunk
Don’t come looking for me
I’ll be in my bunk

So we work out all the details and she’s
pretty in her pigtails and we think she’s
Not so bad now after all
Then she smiles and looks so coy and gets
A dirty look from Zoe and I
Swear I think there’s going to be a brawl

Saffron, why did you hit me?
Yolanda, you broke my heart
Bridgette, I knew you’d come back to me
I’ve already pushed the alarm

She’s had so many names I never
Know what I should call her, Mrs
Reynolds, YoSaffBridge, or Tinkerbell
But it’s true when life is over and I’m
Pushing up the clover I may
Find that I am in that Special Hell

In my bunk
I’ll be in my bunk
Don’t come looking for me
I’ll be in my bunk

copyright 2018 Donald Paul Harris

The Kingdom Is Now

Cut the cord; release the tethers
Break the chains; loose the anchors
Slaves are free; Sins forgiven
Life is new; The dead are risen now

The past is gone so don’t relive it
The night is done; a new day given
So cut the ties; replace the triggers
It’s God’s design so live in freedom now

The Kingdom is now; the Kingdom is within us
The Kingdom is now; the King is with us
The Kingdom is now; the Kingdom is within us
The Kingdom is now; the King is with us
Let old things pass away
And come with empty hands

The key turned; the lock is broken
It’s time to learn the cage is open
With eyes to see and ears to hear now
You are free so live in freedom now

The game is changed; the prize is won
Fear and shame are overcome
Holiness is the standard
Godliness – Christ has shown us how

It’s a different way of living than the way you know
It’s a different kind of loving than the love you’ve known

copyright 2018 Donald Paul Harris
October 6, 2018

Your Victory is Sure

When the shofar sounds
And the clouds reveal the sun
You’ll have no doubt your victory is won
When the battle cry is sounded
And the enemy is confounded
You’ll find the strength to fight til the day is done

So shout, for the victory is yours
Run like a lion on a hunt for prey
Sing with the angels, fill the skies with constant praise
Dance for your victory is sure
Dance for your victory is sure

When the giants stand
And mouth their blasphemies
You know the time has come to end their reign
So you sound the battle cry
And shout your praises to the sky
Because the God of Angel Armies rules the day

So shout, for the victory is yours
Run like a lion on a hunt for prey
Sing with the angels, fill the skies with constant praise
Dance for your victory is sure
Dance for your victory is sure

copyright 2018 Donald Paul Harris

Fade Into Darkness

I fade into the darkness as the night is sneaking in
I run to the shadows to escape from death again
The land I love is overrun by strange marauding men
So I fade into darkness and live
Fade into darkness and live

The veil of night descends and blurs the details of the day
The swift of foot are quick to hide their treasure fast away
I wish to run through open fields but hidden I must stay
So I fade into darkness to live
Fade into darkness and live

I fade into the darkness
I live a shadow life
I live in constant fear
Of the hammer and the knife
I fade into darkness
And hunt throughout the night
I live in the shadows
And crave the taste of light

It’s been six months or maybe more since Spring birthed hills of green
And with the bloom came foreign ships spreading on the beach
They give no indication that they’re ever going to leave
And they spread death everywhere they go

The sun feels warm against my skin but sounds a danger knell
The risk of observation is first kin to sense of smell
A furtive glance along the shore assures that all is well
But I fade into darkness again

copyright 2018 Donald Paul Harris

Holy Fire

Music by Cindy Wilkinson

Holy Fire burn my sin away
Light my heart where shadows still remain
Light the way into your holy place
Holy Fire make me whole

Holy Fire sanctify my praise
Cast away all my rebelliousness
Guide my feet down paths of righteousness
Holy Fire make me whole

Consume me with your holy fire
Redeem and set free my desires
Teach me to live a holy life
And find joy in sacrifice
Holy Fire make me holy
Holy Fire make me whole

Holy Fire sing over me
Make my song a worthy offering
Cast every spark of strange fire out of me
Holy fire make me holy
Holy fire make me holy
Holy fire make me holy
Holy fire make me whole

September 16, 2018
copyright 2018 Donald Paul Harris

Rebel Child

I’ve always been a rebel
Fighting for my own way
I danced to my own music
And trampled your holy place
When I saw that you pursued me
I tried to run away
But you captured me inside your heart
And now it’s here I want to stay

Your words
They slay me
Your love
It raises me
And tells me through it all
I am your child
Your breath
It scolds me
Your arms
They hold me
And you never let me go
Because I am your child

You offer tender mercies
To soothe my troubled soul
You heal the wounds I carry
With balm that makes me whole
When I kick against your prodding
You remind me of your commands
And with a gentle whisper
You guide me with your hand

Copyright 2018 Donald Paul Harris

Time and Tide

No scarring blade or scorching flame
Can wipe the memory of your name
Oceans rise and mountains fall
Still I hear your whispered call

Pale moon rise as dark shapes fly
Between bright diamonds in a star-pocked sky
Bare trees dance as the cold wind blows
Second chance is granted to the heart that knows

Time and tide wait for no man
Long ships sail towards fertile lands
Sea waves crash against painted shields
Tides will turn but the sea never yields

No howling beast; no serpent’s fang
Can snatch away this burning flame
Our love lives on in the wind and sea
Our waves beat on the shores eternally

Time and tide wait for no man
Long ships sail towards fertile lands
Sea waves crash against painted shields
Tides will turn but the sea never yields

Copyright 2018 Donald Paul Harris