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A Little Luck Left in My Shoes
by +Steven Curtis Lance

Saturday, October 02, 2010
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"And every day a multiverse of open roads not taken yet"

A Little Luck Left in My Shoes

a Mystery of Nine for Sachin


I always seem to have a little luck left in my shoes
If nothing else but weariness where used to be a penny
In the left for luck for many years but now bereft of any
Because luck and money are not necessarily
Birds of a feather I have found from watching warily
All I can do is know my wish was granted and came true


Though sometimes I allow analysis to run amok
Because it does sometimes as some things like that tend to do
When it can get confusing in the wonder of it all
A flood of feeling all about and only drops of doubt to drink
And life is even more confusing in a time of drought
Repeating things I hear like "I do not believe in luck"
Insisting "that is only hay I find between my toes"


But the fact is that whatever you may call it here it is
An observable phenomenon like writing in the starry sky
And if you speak of it and me you might say "it is his"
Or "that ungrateful one does not know what it really is"
As the he of me is as surprised as you are I suppose
At having what I have for having nothing left to lose


And after I walk in circles awhile I think to stop to think
How I could kill myself again or I could sing the blues
Left foot right hand wings to fly away the way I choose
Or I could be an even bigger fool than I have been
Having a hell of a time of it now as heaven already knows
And as those of you like me who have been fools know what I mean
If I forgot my luck and got stuck out of the in between


But the good news is I have a little luck left in my shoes
Good enough for me somehow at least enough for now
With luck in any case the grace to make my footsteps sure and swift
Though I have been a long way down I step up now and this is why
At never any better nor indeed another time for me to be


A little luck left in my shoes becomes the transcendental gift
Of one who knows my footsteps and has been this way before
Who knows we must exceed ourselves and supersede us that we tire
Of being where we are to get to where we next desire
The fire of forward motion falling out of the commotion
Of a disciplined dissatisfaction with what is outgrown
Discarding what becomes too small exceeding what before was known


And every day a multiverse of open roads not taken yet
A crossroads of a thousand ways and shadow on the way through yes to know
With each moment a decision everyone must make alone
Creating in detail a future when we see succeed or fail
A thousand worlds which are yet never were with some to our regret
And some to our relief with every possible joy and probable grief


Worlds we never were to know yet are forever even so
Worlds which I remember at the same time I forget
What went before I wonder when I then discover more
In and with and under I transcend into and through the wonder
Of it all now as I find the great revealed within the small
Ungrateful he transcending to be thankful me who knows
As the he of me is as surprised as you are I suppose


I know who brought my feet this far these years to more through less
As the walls have shrunk the sky has grown into one great embrace
Of my footsteps through the path of sky as led to follow sure and swift
Pursuing as pursued by the familiar transcendental gift
Of one who knows my footsteps and has been this way before
Who blessed me by the journey I begin again this time to bless

Chorus Mysticus

My footsteps through the starry sky will find my place
At the crossroads of space with time where they embrace
When a little luck left in my shoes there by the grace
Of one who has been here before will be enough for me

+Steven Curtis Lance

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