If They Couldn’t Change Us

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If They Couldn’t Change Us

What if we didn’t go their way
What if we didn’t care what they say
What if we yearn to discover who we are
What if we dared to catch that lonely star

What if riches and fame meant nothing to us
And the inventions we wished to see is what we sought
Even seeing that those around us were as good as us

What if no matter how much they tried
They kept failing, they kept falling
Every time they threw their lies
On us
What if they couldn’t change us
What if they couldn’t change us

What if they couldn’t shame us to live as they do
What if we didn’t care to believe in their truth
What if we knew what we wanted life to be
What if we worked to turn that dream into reality

What if having lots of friends meant nothing to us
And building community on genuine love was what we sought
Maybe a lot of the world’s problems would turn to dust

What if no matter how much they tried
They kept failing, they kept falling
Every time they threw their lies
On us
What if they couldn’t change us
What if they couldn’t change us

© 2019 C. A. Barnes

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The Greatest Gift (Repost)

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This is a lyrical poem I wrote years ago, but always revisit it each Christmas. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll recognize it. I have to share it one last time because, after all, this is what Christmas is all about. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas Everyone! Have a wonderful New Year as well 🙂

The Greatest Gift

One can’t bring anyone
Anything greater than this
There’s nothing in the world
That can surpass this gift
Beyond all the goodies
And the bliss this season gives
Nothing compares to…

The greatest gift
It’s more than one could wish
Oh the greatest gift
Greater than anything big or small
Is the son, who died for us all

One can’t compare the joy
This season is with this
There’s nothing in this world
That can surpass this gift
Above all the stars in the sky
Or reindeer that fly
Nothing compares to…

The greatest gift
It’s more than one could wish
Oh the greatest gift
Greater than anything big or small
Is the son, who died for us all

So this holiday season
Let’s count all the reasons
Why we will celebrate
Above all the presents
Beyond all the treats
I have one wish
That all may never forget
The greatest gift

The greatest gift
It’s more than one could wish
Oh the greatest gift
Greater than anything big or small
Is the son, who died for us all

© 2005 C. A. Barnes

Go On Be Bold

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Go On Be Bold

Get it out of your mind
They’re not leaving, you’re wasting time
Fretting over what will never be
You won’t be alone, they’re here you see

Push those dark thoughts away
You don’t have to worry another day
Why are choosing to be barren and cold
Free yourself now, go on, be bold

They’re not leaving
I know right now
It’s hard to believe
But you got to see
You’re dreams are meant to be

Leave it alone, let it go
You have what you need here
Be brave and fight the fear
Everyone believes in you
Make them proud, do what you have to do

Banish those dark thoughts away
You don’t have to worry another day
You’re not barren and alone
Free yourself, go on, be bold

Go on, be bold
Don’t lose another day
Do what you have to do today
They’re not leaving, they never did anyways

I Didn’t Know

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I Didn’t Know

I didn’t know, I just listened
Only to the world
That swallowed me whole
I didn’t know, how to think
Only to believe
In what could be seen

But even what I saw
Were all allusions
Glittering delusions
Filled with confusion
That drowned me
To the abysmal sea
Where I couldn’t breathe

I didn’t know, I just listened
I followed fear
It pulled me to the night
It kept me caged for a decade of my life
I found comfort in the trinkets
In the glossy lies
They occupied my mind
As I found myself within their tide

I didn’t know
I didn’t know
What I was doing
Where I was choosing
To go
I almost gave up my soul
But in time, I saw His light
And reclaimed my life

©2018 CAB

Let It Go

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Let It Go

No one’s ever going to say
Why did you do this
Should have done that
No one who’s sane is ever going to say
What you did was a bad mistake

So try
Stop holding the chains
That you have all your life
Let it go
And watch yourself grow

No one’s ever going to say
That was not good
Should have turned back
When you surely could
No one who’s sane is ever going to say
What you did was a bad mistake

So try
Embrace the change that’s a part of life
Let your past thoughts go
And all the things that wouldn’t allow you to grow
Let it go

Let it go

Let it go

©2018 C.A. Barnes

Change/An Update

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I was told, change is good
So to avoid it, I never should
I was told, change is inevitable
It is the only way to truly grow
So change, I will say
I’m letting go of the past, yesterday
So change, come my way
I will welcome what is to be
In future days
No change, I won’t fear
No change, I won’t shed a tear
Cause change is what we must eventually face
In order to see a better day…

It’s been very long since I posted an update on myself or anything related to my writing goals. If you read my author bio, one thing you will know is that I’m a writer who wants to be a published author.

For some time—a few years, I’ve stalled in achieving that goal. I guess working and paying debts became an unfortunate distraction. However, in my dissatisfaction with life, and realizing I was never going to be content spending most of my time away from writing, my dream was renewed. I started following writers and indie authors, reading their stories and discovering how they were able to get back to doing what mattered to them—writing.

So in the past year, I jumped back into my writing. I’ve attended conferences, joined a writer’s group, read more about the industry from self publishing to traditional publishing, and many other things. I decided I was going to pursue a career as a hybrid author, self publishing and traditional publishing. Currently, I’m working on an author’s website.

My author’s website will primarily focus on my stories, the novels I seek to share, but also valuable and helpful information for writers wanting to be authors. That will include recommendations for book cover designers and book formatters, different types of editors and determining which one is best for your story, why I believe every writer should self publish even if they seek traditional publishing, and more.

What will happen to this blog?

Nothing! I will still post my poetry and book reviews, as well as updates and other relevant information. But if you’re interested in learning more about my stories, I will have an author website up in the coming months, which I will announce here in a future post.

Thank you all for your support and sticking around. I look forward to sharing my work with you, hopefully, inspiring you to press forward with your goals and dreams as well ☺