Artisan – Post 126 – I Saw Jesus Making Pancakes

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 126

I Saw Jesus Making Pancakes

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I Saw Jesus Making Pancakes

Chords: C Am F G

 

I saw Jesus in the morning making pancakes before church

And the Buddha in the bathtub scrubbing bubbles on the dirt

Radha Krishna and Mohamed serving sausages to Zeus

Can we tell you that we love you in this moment of our truth?

 

Hear the old man on the mountain telling parables of life

As the Moses of the freed slaves whispers nothings in your ear

When you find them could you tell me what they ever do in stride?

Can you hear me? I am with you in the servitude of Christ

 

I have visions I hear voices singing paintings from divine

Inspirations of sensations this great spirit of mine

Clime the mountain seek the eagle to the buffalo and sun

I can tell you it’s no secret that these Gods and we are one

 

Feel the spirit taste the sunshine in the breakfast we both dine

With my body bread unleavened drink my blood it is wine

Aldus Huxley Jean-Paul Sartre and the meaning of life

For the moment is forever in a twist of space and time

 

Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, Nikola Tesla, Newton’s Law

As i sit here painting nothing in imaginary space

You can love it you can leave it you can make it a mistake

But the moment is forever in a touch of warping space

 

I saw Jesus drinking water turning bottles into wine

I was with you in the beginning in the genesis of time

Now years later, many decades, many centuries passed by

It’s amazing that we got here this phenomenon of life

 

I saw Jesus in the morning making pancakes before church

 

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Artisan – Post 125 – To All My Lady Friends…

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 125

To All My Lady Friends…

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To all my lady friends,
You as a woman should be taking time to look at this election. A woman is running against a misogynistic hate monger. Doesn’t that concern you? It does me as an emotionally disabled person. I’m not known for making the best statements regarding woman’s rights or even successful relationships with women. But never in my life have I seen a woman more qualified for the position of leader of the most powerful country in the world. Yes, they can claim scandals! But what women have I been presented for an option for president in my lifetime or even in that arena? Sarah Palin??? Really??? Geraldine Ferraro was the first vice nominee, but they didn’t even let her on the scene long enough to make a statement. Yes, I’m a single white middle-aged man, but I support rights, human rights over hate and fear always. I rely on them. What would Trump do for a guy like me? Take away my medicare so I can’t pay for medications and treatment? Send me to work to get fired by others with hate and fear against me? Take away my disability check? Send me to a camp? I’m sorry, but at the end of the day, I have to eat and make sure I have a home and I will not let Hate and Fear take that away from me or anyone ever. Not by a strange art community and definitely not by Donald Trump!!! To paraphrase her own words, if Hillary Clinton wants to play the woman card, “Deal me in!” There’s my 2 cents. You can make your decision now!!!

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Artisan – Post 124 – If I Walk Down That Road Again

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©2016

Post 124

If I Walk Down That Road Again

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If I Walk Down That Road Again

Chords: E A E Bm E A Bm

 

If I walk down that road again

To places where I’ve already been

See that sights I’ve seen once more

Would I have a need to close that door?

 

If I walk down that barren path

Afraid to put to rest at last

Shall never know what comes to pass

To live today as if my last

 

Them some can see a place for me

Where I may never write so free

Or share my voice in spoken word

Within a box remain unheard

 

Yet in the gloomy fog and haze

There is yet one left trail to blaze

Where once again I start my days

Or venture to another phase

 

Left to chance and choice a novel

This constant walk my feet will travel

With memories and newfound friends

As I learn to walk again

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Artisan – Post 123 – My Life In A Crowd

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Post 123

My Life In A Crowd

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My Life in a Crowd

Chords: D A G D

 

My life in a crowd

Try to shout

Try to sing it out loud

 

Tell me what’s going down

Won’t you pass it around?

Can you just hear my sound?

 

Walking through the station

All around the nation

Tell me what is happening to me

Is this how it’s gonna be?

I say I gotta be me!

 

My world in a dream

This is really what seems

To see how it’s gonna be

 

My love all alone

Looking wherever I roam

For someone just to bring home

 

Tell me in the morning

In the noontime shining

Tell me in the evening so cool

Do I look like a fool?

I’m my own leading light

 

My life in a crowd

Try to shout

Try to sing it out loud

 

My life in a crowd

What are you doing now?

Why can’t you show me how?

 

My life in a crowd

Try to shout

Try to sing it out loud

 

Tell me what’s going down

Won’t you pass it around?

Can you just hear my sound?

 

My life in a crowd

Try to shout

Try to sing it out loud

 

 

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Artisan – Post 122 – Because I Love You

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 122

Because I Love You

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Because I Love You 

Verses: Am C G F Chorus: C F G

 

Everybody wants to be free

Climb so high in society

Realize the American dream

I just think of you and me

 

Because I love you

 

One more time I’m feeling fine

Don’t care what’s your don’t care what’s mine

From the land up to the sky

Ask me and I’ll tell you why

 

Because I love you

 

If you every stop to think

The world is yours without a drink

The time has come for reckoning

Play guitar just sit and sing

 

I know more than ever before

I’m walking through an open door

Chalk one up and we can score

Our lives are true to this once more

 

Because I love you

 

Instrumental

 

Because I love you

 

Everybody loves to shout and cry

No more need to wonder why

All our lives so hard we try

Ask me and I’ll tell you why

 

Because I love you

 

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Artisan – Post 121 – Kelly’s Army

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 121

Kelly’s Army

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As an artist, seeing a therapist and seeking help for a mild disorder, I have always been concerned with the treatment of patients and sufferers of mental health issue. I have also been concerned with poverty and poverty traps often painting portraits of the then small homeless population of the Fullerton community. I knew persons treated and untreated suffered great abuse and discrimination in nearly all communities. This has been difficult to talk about or bring to the public, due to ignorance and the delicacy of such issues.

But in July of 2011 there was a great game changer. I young schizophrenic man from a treatment facility I had been in was brutally beaten to death by the police. It seemed to me at this point, issues of mental health and treatment for such sufferers was a no-brainer! Then I started to speak out on this cause and became involve in the protests and people involved in this case and what I say was a greater insanity in itself, a group of vigilantes caring nothing about the victim, his life or what events may have led to this murder, instead, dead set on going after all the police. There were drug dealers, anarchists, drunk drivers who felt that a delusional emotional attachment to a homeless man most of them didn’t even know. Led sometimes by the father of the victim, Kelly’s Army became a circus showcase morbidly drowning around a serious murder.

As an artist and a writer, I looked at many avenues of what had happened so that maybe such an incident can be avoided in the future. How did the guy become homeless? Why were the police targeting him or was this just an isolated event? I spoke to the police, other homeless and people in the mental health system regarding what happened to Kelly Thomas. While there were countless testimonies of a family that abused their child to the point of throwing an indigent man to the streets to fend for himself, this was obviously something Kelly’s cop fighting fanatics didn’t want to look at. Instead they made a claim that by choice and not abused he wanted to live on the streets, because he was insane. I’m sorry, but I’ve lived in the mental health system long enough to know that an actual schizophrenic man is not that dumb where he wouldn’t know the difference between a roof over his head, a hot meal or sleeping on pavement and eating out of garbage cans. Nor did these testimonies support that decision either. But Kelly’s Army in support of the living victims turned around and encouraged this “Tough Love” policy of only throwing more alcoholics, drug addicts and mental health suffers to the streets on the basis that homelessness would cure them.

 

The police were cleared of the charges, although we all know they shouldn’t have been. The treatment of the mentally treated in this community only became worse. One leader insulted me, called my art shit and made vulgar intimidations regarding my sobriety and medicine used to treat my disorder. Worse, he turned around and mocked me by telling me to my face that my claims of hypocrisy speaking out against this behavior was just an “insane delusion.” People in weird masks calling themselves “Anonymous” started showing up on social media making explicit offensive remarks to myself and other sufferers. Alcohol, drugs and unhealthy activity were only encouraged more by this “so called” army. Who was their mentally ill hero? A chronic schizophrenic alcoholic local who refused treatment, was addicted to drugs and harassed women and children outside the post office. I am telling you now that mental health is an important issue. Treatment not only comes from the doctor, but the patient, the family and the community as well. Because of such ridiculous stereotypes in the media, that is very hard to accomplish. To continue to make more homeless of these people, not looking at the causes and conditions of what is going on and what can be done, while making a mockery of a serious murder trial made me sick!!

To say what I observed next was a little tricky, they started feeding homeless more, they started giving them clothing and blankets, but made no effort to help any of them off the streets, such as social workers, calling 211, trying to find them a job, etc… What they seem to have intended was to exacerbate numbers of homeless into the community overwhelming our police force and provoking them into another aggravated incident. What happened? Another homeless man was beaten to death by the Anaheim police recently. Now they get to go after the police again while the rest of us sit in the crossfire. Kelly’s Army got exactly what they wanted, another dead martyr. I hope they’re happy!

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Artisan – Post 120 – Politics

Artisan by Dan Joyce

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Post 120

Politics

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Politics is a venomous snake. We all mean well, but our best intentions never seem to get accomplished. For example, let’s say you are a minority of racial ethnicity and you want to campaign for a better understanding of your differences and equalities. What with the Dallas shootings, the Black Lives Matter movement, Trumps attacks on undocumented immigrants, the stereotypes of terrorist Muslims, you feel that addressing this heated issue may sound too controversial. So you devise a slogan and campaign much more generally positive to mask your cause then ease in slowly address the issue. You campaign for “Everybody being happy and getting along.” You share this with your friends at the coffeehouse, at the church, the gym, the school and of course social media. Everybody is excited about being happy and getting along! You even speak on your great cause at City Hall and local political events. But then, a cranky guy comes along. “NO! I don’t think everybody can be and get along! And how do you intend to accomplish this? How much wasteful government money do you intend to spend making everybody happy and getting along? After all, you can’t force people to be happy and get along. It’s unconstitutional!” Suddenly, you realize you have some holes in your theory. You come up with some ideas – positive thinking courses, meditation, hot yoga, encourage sharing and nice compliments to each other… But Mr. Cranky doesn’t like the sound of any of it! He’s running for mayor in this upcoming election and he’s leading in the polls. “You can’t just claim to make everybody happy and get along. It’s impossible!” So he starts to attack you. “Your not really happy and I can state several case with witnesses where you didn’t get along with anyone!” He attends fundraisers telling terrible jokes making fun of you. Your supporters now can’t stand him! You realize the only way to put for your agenda is to run for mayor yourself. You invest a lot of money into campaigning with fancy dinners and big signs about being happy and getting along. But Cranky spends three times as much and is friends with all the rich and important people in town who endorse him. So your guys make a public attack on his crankiness with videos of him yelling at the waiter at Denny’s, his teenage son following in his footstep and beating people up at school and photos of babies refusing to kiss him. Questionable facts arise about Mr. Cranky on social media. Cranky threatens a lawsuit for libel. Embarrassing and degrading information gets thrown back at you publicly. He even claims that as an adolescent male you took drugs and tried to get an abortion. Mud gets slung back and forth. Then, in a rally for happiness, Cranky’s guys and your guys get into a big brawl. The whole town is outraged! Something as simple as everybody being happy and getting along turns into something really ugly! I don’t have to explain who actually wins in this election, but that either way nobody ends up happy and nobody gets along. A serious issue is lost.

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