Flotsam & Jetsam

Flotsam and Jetsam

Were best of friends

‘Till one began

The other’s end

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Layaway

Baby loves the ocean

But he’s afraid to swim

Stands out against the waves

And takes ’em on the chin

 

Baby loves his music

But he won’t play a note

Leans against the lyrics

Repeats ’em all by rote

 

Well, what’ll come out if baby plays?

If he lets the tide take him away?

Nobody knows ’cause nobody stays

Baby’s love’s on layaway

 

And baby loves tomorrow

Always one more than today

Postdating his sorrows

But someone always pays

 

Well, what’ll come out if baby plays?

Lets the tide wash his fears away?

Nobody knows ’cause nobody stays

Baby’s love’s on layaway

Faith

 

Of all the ends

And all the starts

And every in-between

I asked the moon

To give me faith

And here is what I gleaned:

 

She lured the waves

To sandy shores

And set the wind at ease

She asked me, she said,

‘Go to water

Wade out past your knees.’

 

Beyond the breaks

Close to my heart

The peaks and troughs grew wider

I balanced on my tippy toes

As though on a wire

 

Standing up

Against the waves

I swallowed my own wraith

Surrendering

To something else

Now that was having faith