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World of Words by Elias Tobias

World of Words with Elias Tobias is copyrighted © 1998-2001 by Michael Hall.

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Off the Page

One important thing we learned in school
Was to be punished if we broke the rules.
We were supposed to write only on the blue lines,
And never go in the margin past the red lines,
And worst of all, donít ever go off the page.
Then you would write on the desk,
And that would make a terrible mess,
So youíd get a chance to see the principal.

My life is a mess since I went past the desk,
And I started painting designs over the walls.
Iím the actor, down and center, who went
Past the stage with a great fall.
It all started when I went off the page.

One day I will get my life together, I guess,
And somehow find a way back to my desk.
Iíll learn to use color crayons between the lines,
But, the way things are going, Iíll need more time.

The 2:45 A.M. Approach to Problem Solving

AlertÖ..
	New place, situation.
Something else flows through the veinsÖ
	Coffee, anticipation, enery.

Or perhaps the old pillow graduated to
The couch in a crafty cover, and  changes 
To the new one are hard.

Rollover on your side and find a friend
To hold.  Youíre not alone, anymore.

The morning will come soon enough, and then
Face the challenges of tomorrow wake, not
Walking through a fog.

The Days Will Pass

I just want you to know
that if I go too slow
you can go around me.

Like the tortoise and the hare,
sooner or later, Iíll get there,
and win the race at my pace.

	Whoever said we were in a race
		on this highway anyway?

	Soon the days will pass you by
		and youíll wonder why
		you donít really know
		where youíre going.

 	You think you need to go fast
		because the day wonít last
		and you need to be free.

	Maybe  a meetingís in mind.
		Slow down, and youíll find
youíll get there safe and sound.

Whoever said we were in a race
		on this highway anyway?

	Soon the days will pass you by
		and youíll wonder why
		you donít really know
		where youíre going.

Song of Truth

The song of truth can not be
 found in the music of
 the mind, for the senses will
 distort the vision of the song.

The song of truth can 
only be found in the melodies 
of the heart, where
 angels from heaven sing.