Sipping Maples

Luc Normand

Maybe some wanted to travel ...but the world said "No." Maybe some were to retire ...but the bank said "No go." When life gave me lemons, I had no tequila, but this one bottle sat on my table. And as the snow started fallin', I cuddled my guitar ...and quietly sat sipping maples.

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Bo Sox Cap 

If I was a river and you were the sea,
I’d long for the rains so you’d flow into me. 
If I was the sun, and you were the Plains,
I’d long for the winter so I could melt you again. 

And we’re never quite happy
with what we’ve become;
until we see the purpose
of the road we came from.

Wish I’d snapped a cellphone picture with you
wearing that Bo Sox Cap, so disarmingly cute.
But in matters of love, I’m not quick on my feet.
And these beautiful moments slip away from me.

Though I’m never quite happy
with what I’ve become;
(suddenly) I see the purpose
of the road I came from.

Ya, this path I have travelled, oft getting me lost;
if it brought me to you, then to hell with the cost.

(Instrumental)

Ya, this path that I’ve travelled, oft getting me lost;
if it led me to you, then to hell with the cost.

As we strive to be happy
knowing who we’ve become
will all stem from the purpose
of the road we came from.

Yes, Dear, you are the purpose
of the road I came from. 

_________________________ 
© L. Normand, 2019 
All rights reserved.

Jesus Came Walkin' 

Jesus came walkin’
up to my porch, 
and pulled up a rocking chair. 
"I've got questions for you brother.
A catechism of sorts." 
he said, as he threw back his hair. 

“Forgive me,” I said
as I flashed an audacious smile, 
“I have water but I’m out of ice-nine. 
Still I do believe
you’re an oenophile?” 
as I teased an empty goblet for wine. 

O mercy me…  Jesus came walkin’...

Jesus came walkin’
up to my porch, 
and pulled up a rocking chair. 
"Prepared for my coming;
 though not quite how I’d hoped." 
he said, as he threw me a stare. 

(I said)
"Oh I’ve read all your books,
 the old and the new, 
not exactly Pulitzer worthy, I’d say.”  (then I asked) 
“Were you surprised
to have been crucified, 
after your old man spewed so much hate?” 

O mercy me…  Jesus came walkin’... 

Jesus came walkin’
up to my porch,  
and pulled up a rocking chair. 
"No, I wasn’t astonished
 to find myself on the cross it’s 
kinda hard to forbear a forebear." 

"Ha! Cleverly put!
 You should have done that in your books!” 
I exclaimed as he went on to say 
“but I take comfort to see
 you have questions for me. 
Shows you might believe in your own unique way.” 

O mercy me…  Jesus came walkin’... 

Jesus came walkin’
up to my porch,  
and pulled up a rocking chair. 
"I’ll take a kind Atheist
 over ten hateful 'Christians'.” 
he said “This truth, I bring to bear.” 

“For he'll atone for his transgressions,
 if the Reaper comes to beckon 
and stand calmly on judgement day.” 
I said “I’m listening.”
and he threw me a grin 
as he got up to start walking away. 

“So,” I said “it was never about me
believing in you, 
it’s about whether you believe in me.” 
He stopped on the steps
“So simple, it’s complex.” 
Threw me a nod and took his leave. 

O mercy me…  Jesus came walkin’... 

_________________________  
© L. Normand, 2016  
All rights reserved. 

Bringin’ up the Rear 

While you remain aloof 
I may claim my life as proof 
that nice guys finish last. 
An opinion you may hold 
that it was a different mould 
from which I was cast. 

Quite often, those telling you 
that you shouldn't hold a grudge 
are next in line to screw you over. 
That's harsh, I know. And, 
really, who am I to judge? 
But there’s a reason 
 forgiveness is what they're after. 

So I’ve been meaning to ask 
if nice guys finish last, 
don’t nice girls finish last too? 
So you be nice to me, 
and I’ll be your devotee 
and I'll be happy finishing last with you. 
Ya, so you be nice to me, 
and I’ll be your cup of tea 
And we'll bring up the rear, we two. 
Maybe we both can finish last too. 
I’d like to finish with you. 
Ya I’d love to finish with...     you. 

_________________________ 
© L. Normand, 2016 
All rights reserved.