My life as a poet started in the woods when I was a child. I would wander in solitude through the rocks and trees, singing songs to the Divine. I still enjoy the natural lyricism of my heart and this is my most recent inspiration of song.

Take it all
or leave it

At my feet
defeated

It’s over now
I’m heaving

Won’t be put out
to catch feelings

*shhh*

Strip me down
to nothing

Leave me bare 
and broken

Still I rise
from ashes

Like a Phoenix 
I’m transforming 

*sstzz*

Take control 
or fake it

In your mind
I’m crazy

Still I laugh
not playing

Dangerous games
rigged against me

*shhh*

Strip me bare
to naked 

Shaming me
for hatred 

Condemned now
I’m fated

Purifying
the fire scorching

*sstzz*

You can try and try again 
to break my spirit and do me in
Still I will always rise to stand
undefeated, ruling command 
You cannot take more than I am
boundless magnificence within –
Strip me, strip me, strip me
I have no beginning and no end –

(begin choir chorus repetition in background)
*Aho!*

You can try and try again
to break my spirit and do me in
Still I will always rise to stand
undefeated, ruling command
You cannot take more than I am
boundless magnificence within
Strip me, strip me, strip me
I have no beginning and no end –

(Lyrics to begin at second chorus repetition and repeated twice, growing in power)

Strip me down
to nothing

leave me bare
and broken

still I rise
from ashes

Like a Phoenix
I’m transforming

*sstzz*

(final chorus sung with 3rd choir repetition)
*Aho!*

You can try and try again
to break my spirit and do me in
Still I will always rise to stand
undefeated, ruling command
You cannot take more than I am
boundless magnificence within
Strip me, strip me, strip me
I have no beginning and no end –

(Choir hushes for repetition of last line, trailing out and slowing down)

Strip me, strip me, strip me
I have no beginning and no end –

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