A PERFECT MOMENT When darkness falls and the night is quiet, Fighting is no more, words are of silence. Sitting on a bench, hand in hand, A drink for two on my private land. When echoes of sirens are no longer close, screams of the freeway are not near my home. When all is everything I want it to be, A fantasy is made in my own world to see. A perfect moment can only be what we make it to be, Things of change piece by piece, a perfect moment Can be anything. Keith Garrett
A MOMENT IN THE SUN Has it always been mine since the beginning of My time, I was born to run, I was born to chase the wind, So I run. I've walked along the shore, my feet wet in the sand, Holding hands, by myself I stand alone, a man. There's been at times much fun, I am not done, Friends and loved ones vanished as the hourglass runs. When will it come I ask! this moment, my moment in The sun, It was yesterday, appeared again today, did I not see, Tomorrow will I wonder when it is to be as it lives all Around me. I had dreams of a girl once upon a time, she came to visit me, She came to say hi, for just a moment in time, a moment Gone by. I've had a moment in the sun, a moment to run, to chase The wind, I've had a love who went away with the passing day, She flies. My journey takes me to a place, but who follows behind, On another day will catch me, slow down to that which May be. Keith Garrett
MYTHICAL GHOSTS Keith Garrett In our minds do they live, exist only in our dreams, Gaze out into the night, beyond the stars in the dark. Remember as a child you would put a tooth under your Pillow, As you slept a fairy would visit and replace it with Riches. Mother nature we do not see as a mortal but live Within her, She is known by all with the changing seasons of time. As you drift off into slumber it is he who watches over, A man who possesses a dreaming sand for a believer. Grants do he the gift of love so fine from an arrow, Only Imagine this ghost fore he is forever cupid. He's as old as the universe, he's of the beginning, He knows of life, the name is father time. A cold sort of spirit, he exists from a myth, When the freeze of night comes, lives does Jack Frost. Eggs in a basket, colored and decorated for a child, Jelly beans and treats from an Easter bunny not seen. Last but not least, a jolly old man with a beard so White, He gives to the world on Christmas eve, Santa Claus.
I DREAMED I WAS A CHILD There was a place, there was a child, was it real, Why was he crying, A street, a neighborhood, a school where laughter lived, Clowns on a wall. Duck, duck, goose and a circle of friends, round, and Round they run, A boy named Grover, swing sets and a dream, I walk There it seems. A small boy, lonely in his thoughts, a dreamer of things Not to be thought, Monsters under the bed, who peeks in the window above His frightened head. I dreamed I was a child but who is it I be, a fathers Son from yesterday, A child trapped in a place that does not let go, cartoons And sounds of planes. Reality was but a moment, childhood innocence and magic Slips away, Where were you little girl when my October drifted into Eternity. Imagination and ice cream trucks playing musical tunes for A dime, Warm Summer days lost in a mans' child dreaming eyes. It rests in cobwebs, it quietly waits for my return, A place hidden from my mind, it watches, it knows what I have seen. Keith Garrett
FOR THIS RANCH, WILL YOU DIE? This place of beauty has stood here for generations, Built by a great, great, Grandfather a long time ago. Times have changed in this world around a ranch, The fight to keep what is yours has been since time Began. You battle, climb the hill with sweat and tears, for This ranch, Family before you have sacrificed in ways you can't Understand. What does your heritage mean to you? will you die if They try to take your home? For this ranch, will you die? will you shed a tear for Those who bled before your time? Keith Garrett
BY THE CREEK, IS WHERE I DREAM Away from everyday, away from what is always seen, To a place of peace by the water, where the grass Is green. Birds of song dance in the sky, here in solitude, This is I, A giant oak tree that's as old as many night skies, By the creek. Myself searching for a dream come true, seeking in my Reflection, In the still water a face of a man staring at me, what Does he see? By the creek is where I dream, lost wishes sleep at The bottom, This always working mind tries desperately to awaken Them. I'm a different sort of man now, lessons of mistakes Learned, Taught by what and the who of that which is gone away, Lessons learned from the no more, by the creek, by the Creek. Keith Garrett.
GRANDCHILD A dream, a mystery, for me has not been seen, A child just born to this world, I have learned. A descendent, a great grandchild to my Father, mother, A young child so new, I heard you're a little boy, I heard. Not your name can I say, I don't know you, no name given To me. A grandchild, not for me to see, a daughter so bitter, Sorry. I say to you Grandchild, I am Grandfather with a name, One day you will understand, anger and a grudge will Haunt your land. Keith Garrett
TRIALS' OF A MAN Once a child, a small boy from many seasons' past, In this time and place destined to be a man. Through many battles I've had to persevere, Like heading Into a strong never ending wind. I'm learning to move away from the confrontation, Choosing a new direction, energy not wasted. Struggling to do everything right as I walk forward, Positive lessons' to take ahead, I've learned from My past. At one time I put away my faith, put It high on a shelf, Keep living, keep moving along, and try always. I've had losses and love lost but this won't end me, In this, things gained simultaneously. I still seek some of what's been lost, still within Reach,, Some gone forever, forever a memory. Keith Garrett
MY FATHER, LEON RUSSELL GARRETT, EIGHTY NINE YOU WOULD BE April 11, 1932, you had a life and a family as a Child, A father, brothers of two, Alice and Barbara, all Of you. How it must have been back in those days of childish Play, Running within the trees, simple games with friends Of the day. A boy scout, what were your thoughts and dreams of Yesterday, High school and girls, when the fifties began, already The Korean war. You were such a young man, writing your thoughts upon A ship, From out of Virginia, the Newport News and across The ocean. You had a life, a wife, and children, your spirit Wanders Beyond this Earth, Today you would be eighty nine years, Happy birthday! Dad, Forever missed. Keith Garrett
TO CATCH THE WIND Out there free, in the early morning light from The sky, A shadowy figure stands motionless as the wind blows Across the land. Feeling the fresh air swirling around this powerful Spirit, It raises its head to the rising sun. Miles, and miles to the North, South, East, and West, This great beast can run under the wide open sky. This miracle of nature, a magnificent creation from Heaven, With speed and quickness, gallops to everywhere. Such a gentle friend which stands up tall, Fast, Oh! so fast he may run, and run to catch the wind. Keith Garrett