today

Today is a new day
And you can dance again
eternity touches this moment
with tiny fingers
nothing but kindness
lasts
the day is far spent
but it is not over
hope rearranges time
into the width of the now
The now opens wide
One can hear the angels singing
How is life possible?
Is it not the greatest miracle?
a victory
Life triumphs.
I rejoice with you
my sweet friend
life is sweet
The scent of
orange blossoms
leaves its aroma
inside of me
for just this second
I know all things
we have lived
before
we are naked
and a presence
feels our every mood
and sensitivity –
we throw away
our old Pajamas
and wear a new gown
December has so quickly
become April
The days are falling fast
The only thrill
is now
We need not hurry
look at all the flowers
every variety
touching our eyes
believe in healing
In patience is the quest realized
it is right here
where we are…
In this beat between moments
joy uncovers
and cleanses
the stagnant air
and refreshes us
Release the constraints and confinement
We feel are holding us back
grace has save us
light ascends
rises up out of inner gifts
we sometimes take for granted
The first day of spring
just a few days ago
You are not alone
the intimate wind
Kisses your lips
caresses your body
your trembling breast
that once felt fear
again feel the life and vitality
swimming in your bloodstream
Make the most of each year!!
Celebrate each day.
Whisper to yourself

 

© Stephen J. Kalinich

 

 

             

 

The great American poet and lyricist Stephen John Kalinich has been a profound voice of the rock ’n’ roll era for four decades. When Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson, two of the most prominent icons in rock history, recorded “A Friend Like You” by Kalinich and Wilson on an album featuring Elton John and Eric Clapton, it was a testament to the lyrical poet at the height of artistic achievement.

An originator of the California sound, Kalinich rose to fame as a young man when he began writing songs with Brian and Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys on their Warner Brothers/Reprise record label. During his 30-year collaboration with the group, it became “America’s #1-selling rock band,” according to Billboard. Brian Wilson described Kalinich as a “poetic genius” and credited him with stunning the music world by unleashing Dennis Wilson’s full creative potential.

Although he has risen to the highest echelons of the music industry, Kalinich considers himself a poet first. A voice of conscience comparable to Bob Dylan, he has inspired audiences around the world. Kalinich was invited to Washington, D.C., to recite his epic poem “If You Knew” before members of Congress to benefit Children Uniting Nations. Actor Stacy Keach recorded his poem “The Magic Hand,” and former Beach Boy Al Jardine’s EP A Postcard from California features actor Alec Baldwin reciting “Tide Pool Interlude.” Newscaster Jerry Dumphy appeared on a video in which he read “America I Know You” by Kalinich. Jez Graham’s 2004 CD featured Kalinich’s poems “America Is You and Me,” “Life Against the Wind,” and “You Can Soar.”

A performer whose spoken lines are as powerful as the music that carries them, Kalinich played to thousands on a recent European tour of his Galactic Symphonies, written with internationally acclaimed guitarist Richard Durrant and recorded on CD and DVD. One reporter described the audience’s “sense of awe” as the poet delivered the title poem to an audience transfixed, “managing to get out the last words without collapsing, but maintaining so much power and dignity.” Kalinich’s poetry readings have an emotional impact comparable to that of poet Maya Angelou.

Kalinich continues to write poetry for films and music from Los Angeles, the city he loves. “As long as I have breath, the river of love will speak through me,” says Kalinich. “When I look back, I will ask, Did I stir someone, reach one soul. . . . Did I help them understand that when the breath of love poured itself into others, it didn’t forget them.”

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