Don’t Forget Your Key

You’re heading off to college this morningI got up early so we could talk before you goI’ve made pancakes with chocolate chipsAnd wrapped something up with a bowI know I haven’t been the greatest fatherI missed some softball games you’ve playedThat whole year I spent away in CaliforniaWasn’t the smartest decision that I made AndContinue reading “Don’t Forget Your Key”

The Better Thing To Do

Before you took a walk outside And I never saw your smile again We talked for quite a while And fondly remembered when The rooster crowed that morning The grass outside was damp from rain We talked about the pleasure we felt We tried not to speak of the pain When you and I bothContinue reading “The Better Thing To Do”

Red Flags

Well, I’m a different writer But it’s the same ol’ trope Talkin’ ’bout a couple of kids Who decided to elope They were forbidden lovers Their parents didn’t approve So they packed their things And they were on the move First stop was Vegas They found a chapel there Got hitched by a preacher WhoContinue reading “Red Flags”

Sweetheart from Soquel

I once had a sweetheart from SoquelWho moved across the bay from CarmelWe worked together at a local resort hotelThat summer she had me under her spellI was a couple of years older than sheI don’t know what she ever saw in meShe already had her Associate’s degreeAnd loved reading all my latest poetry WeContinue reading “Sweetheart from Soquel”

Luck

She knew my story likely a little too wellIt was the kind of tale I couldn’t quite sellI was a bunch of basic for someone like herShe was the same age, but more mature She had admirers who were older than meWho I’d get to know and like reluctantlyI was jealous of those guys whoContinue reading “Luck”

That Kind of Wrong That’s Right

We met in high school She was trouble for me She lived across town In a broken family I was really lucky I had some stability That attracted her To her I was somebody We split at least twice The fights weren’t nice We’d make up very fast I didn’t think we would last NowContinue reading “That Kind of Wrong That’s Right”

There’s No Shame In Being A Country Boy

You can be ashamed of being a rich kid ’cause your parents give you what you want You can be ashamed of being middle class and of Uncle Jeb who’s a chef at a restaurant You can be ashamed of your hand-me-downs and your little baby brother named Roy You can be ashamed of allContinue reading “There’s No Shame In Being A Country Boy”

Dead Inside

Dead inside That’s how I turned out Dead inside I don’t know what I’m about I have no idea how I got this way But here you are asking me today If I remember a time when I felt well But I promised I would never ever tell I cannot unpack all those feelings LockedContinue reading “Dead Inside”

Beach in Seabright

V1: I look at my kids I look at my wife I think to myself What a wonderful life We have a house A couple of cars I feel so grateful As I stare at the stars Chorus: And I know time is moving faster than I’d like I know it’s been a while sinceContinue reading “Beach in Seabright”