Resonate Love contains 144 poems written from May 10, 1978 to November 11, 1998.

They are listed in reverse chronological order, November 11, 1998 to May 10, 1978.

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Love Is The Answer

Mark R. Elsis

An environmentalist, filmmaker, poet, web entrepreneur / developer and writer,
here to protect our future generations.

You're An Irish Poet

by Mark R. Elsis

I was driving my taxi in Manhattan on a beautiful Summer evening in 1981 when a man flagged me down. I stopped, and a woman and man of about 60 years of age entered.

As soon as they were seated, the first thing the man said to me, with an Irish brogue, you're an Irish poet. I turned around and with some astonishment said; yes I am an Irish poet, both of my maternal grandparents were born in Ireland and my paternal lineage is also mostly Irish.

I then asked, how did you know within an instant that I was an Irish poet?

He politely introduced his wife Gráinne Yeats and himself, Michael Yeats.

He then said I'm the son of William Butler Yeats.

William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and playwright. He was one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. In 1923 Yeats won the Nobel Prize in literature.

Yeats is one of the few writers whose greatest works were written after the award of the Nobel Prize. Whereas he received the Prize chiefly for his dramatic works as a playwright, his significance today rests on his poetic achievement.

Not one other person in my life has told me, you're an Irish poet.

I would tell others that I was an Irish poet here to save our species from extinction.
Within moments of John Denver entering my taxi he asked me, who are you, Mark?
My answer was, I'm an Irish poet here to save our species from extinction.

I've always found it most interesting that the first thing that the son of William Butler Yeats, the greatest poet of the twentieth century said to me was, you're an Irish poet.

I've come to the conclusion that when seemingly unbelievable occurrences like this happen, you know you're in the correct time and space and doing the right thing in life.

“The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned; the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

William Butler Yeats

This meeting is from a book I have been writing, Meetings and Stories, about all of my meetings with prominent people, and my many fascinating and wondrous stories.

A few of my Meetings and Stories are online, they include:
Michael Jackson, The Genesis Of Beat It
John Denver, Love Is Why I Came Here In The First Place
Robin Williams, My Two Meetings With Robin

Meetings and Stories

by Mark R. Elsis

This first poem was my 910th, and the last poem I wrote.

It was to my dear friend Aireal, who I still know and love.

Bless You Aireal

Trust and honesty

Being your best

Friendship and beauty

Love takes care of the rest

Bless you Aireal

For the woman you are

I think of you fondly

From so near and yet afar

by Mark R. Elsis

November 11, 1998

Smell The Roses

In this hurried up

To make money society

With television constantly

Enslaving you to consume

Try to often stop

And smell the roses quietly

With mediation and exercise
Daily to keep one in tune

by Mark R. Elsis

December 23, 1996

The Window Of Opportunity

The window of opportunity

Is staring us squarely in the face

Begging us to form a unity

Before we fall from nature's grace

by Mark R. Elsis

December 18, 1996

Sweet Intricate Beauty

Goodbye forever to you

Sweet intricate beauty

Goodbye to all we knew

My White Rhino beauty

Goodbye to fine details

In the superstring soup

Goodbye to friend chaos

No butterflies in the loop

Goodbye forever to you

Sweet intricate beauty

Goodbye it can't be true

Humanity has failed its duty

by Mark R. Elsis

December 17, 1996

The Worst Of All Our Atrocities

To damage nature the way we are

Is the worst of all our atrocities

To ransack her from near and far

Forever diminishes our perpetuation

We have but a small yet significant role

In the intricate interdependence of all things

Living a sustainable life with congruity the goal

And a love of the diversity that all life brings

Will stop this damage toward nature that we do

With the worst of all our atrocities finally ending

But until that day comes all I can say to you

Is that nature is dying when it needs to be mending

by Mark R. Elsis

December 17, 1996

The Obedient Masses

They do just what they're told

They are the obedient masses

It doesn't matter what's being sold

Just stay in your station, caste, classes

And now as the world is going to hell

They still have little to no concern

Their souls to the devil they gladly sell

Will the obedient masses ever learn

They have the power within themselves

To change the course of history

by Mark R. Elsis

December 8, 1996

Our Responsibilities

Dereliction of our earthly stewardship

In almost every way that is conceivable

Our responsibilities long ago we let slip

The utter stupidity of man is unbelievable

Build your weapons and let millions starve

Have your religion and plunder the resources

Take every rainforest to cut up and carve

Follow the leaders blindly until your losses

Are no more

by Mark R. Elsis

November 25, 1996


Complexity far beyond our imagination

Yet we arrogantly go about our merry way

Diversity being felled in one generation

Never again to see the light of a bright new day

The intricacy of all living beings on one another

We know so little about and don't seem to care

Variety being extinguished to put out and smother

For future generations there will be nothing to share

by Mark R. Elsis

November 23, 1996

Our Rightful Place

Amongst the abundance

For which nature provides

Our rightful place

Is when harmony arrives

With all life on Earth

by Mark R. Elsis

November 19, 1996

A New Ethic Of Caring

A new ethic of caring

For all life on Earth is needed

A humane way of sharing

Where reverence for all life is treated

A new ethic of caring

Must now form quickly from you and me

For the web of life is tearing

Apart much faster then anyone is willing to see

A new ethic of caring

Or our species will be taken care of

From bad to worse will go our faring

Till in the end there was no more love

by Mark R. Elsis

November 18, 1996

Tinkering With Divine Creation

Playing with deadly radiation

Like a bunch of babbling babies

Tinkering with divine creation

Never caring about all the maybes

Trying to genetically engineer life

While your own species goes extinct

Lying to hide all inequitable strife

When to Earth you are forever linked

by Mark R. Elsis

November 11, 1996

Keeping The Status Quo Alive

Keeping the status quo alive

In the face of certain annihilation

A masterful job where PR firms strive

And a dumbing down of education

Keeping the status quo alive

In the face of certain annihilation

The place media conglomerates strive

And all Hollywood produces obfuscation

Keeping the status quo alive

In the face of certain annihilation

The part for politicians so desperately strive

A government act of incautious deliberation

by Mark R. Elsis

November 11, 1996

Consume Less

Running from here to there

And then back again and again

For this that and all the other

Silly useless and wasteful things

We no longer are looking to share

Like we did way back when

Almost everyone helped one another

Lost is the happiness this brings

Open yourself try voluntary simplicity

Learning to consume less is so freeing

Show the corporations no complicity

Slow down enough to just enjoy being

by Mark R. Elsis

November 9, 1996

A Unity Of One Percent

A unity of one percent

Who revere all life on Earth as dear

Must begin to form today

If there's any wish for survival here

A unity of one percent

Resonates when thinking as one

Causing a critical mass

Where sustainability will become

Upon all future generations

by Mark R. Elsis

November 6, 1996

The Master's Biddings

Corruption pervasively

Embedded throughout the land

The master's biddings

Woven into the fabric of our lives

Eradication perversely

Unending on a scale so grand

The billion starving babies

During my life's dying cries

Apathy prevailing

The conditioned sheep are all around

The master's biddings

Are now done without a thought or sound

by Mark R. Elsis

November 5, 1996

To Bare Witness

Take a stand

Show your voice

Together we band

For we have no choice

But to bare witness

To our own desolation

by Mark R. Elsis

November 1, 1996

The Pervasive Charade

Keep it up prop it up

Never let it fall

The pervasive charade

Is now spoken by all

by Mark R. Elsis

October 19, 1996

The Weight Of The World

I want to see the majesty

I want to sense the wonder

I want to avert the tragedy

I want to stop the blunder

The weight of the world

The time running out

The hate constantly unfurled

The crime of silence all about

by Mark R. Elsis

October 6, 1996

Once Filled With Hope

I try to find hope

But there is none to be found

It is getting harder to cope

With the devastation all around

I try to find hope

But I'm disappointed every time

I'm at the end of my rope

Waiting for humanity to pay for its crime

I try to find hope

But it is irreversibly too late

I was once filled with hope

But now I know that which is to be our fate

by Mark R. Elsis

October 4, 1996

Don't Worry

Don't worry about overpopulation

Don't worry about all the pollution

Don't worry about deforestation

Don't worry about a sustainable solution

Don't worry about global warming

Don't worry about the ozone hole

Don't worry about new viruses forming

Don't worry about the kids future we stole

Don't worry about nuclear weapons or power

Don't worry about pesticides in your food

Don't worry about the 4000 kids starving to death each hour

Don't worry about the TV being stupid and crude

Don't worry about fish stocks declining

Don't worry about corrosive acid rain

Don't worry about all the strip mining

Don't worry about the slaughtered animals pain

Don't worry about the 265 billion for defense

Don't worry about total corporate power

Don't worry about the loss of common sense

Don't worry about chlorine in your shower

Don't worry about grain yields diminishing

Don't worry about cancer rates rising

Don't worry about another species finishing

Don't worry about your company downsizing

Don't worry about recycling your trash

Don't worry about genetic engineering

Don't worry about it ending in a flash

Don't worry about anything you're fearing

Because our complete devastation of all life is now irreversible

by Mark R. Elsis

October 1, 1996


Blinded by greed

Blinded by ambition

Too deaf to heed

A slave to submission

Materialism fills your days

Return on investment rules

Corporations have their ways

Indoctrination of the fools

by Mark R. Elsis

September 28, 1996


Keep watching those screens

Filling you up with useless information

There is no need for your dreams

We just want a homogenous civilization

Distractions everywhere you turn

So you're caught up in the game

Distractions maybe someday you'll learn

Are only here to keep us all the same

by Mark R. Elsis

September 26, 1996

For All Life Is Interdependent

First the church

Then the government

Now the corporations

Next the cooperation

Of every human on Earth

For all life is interdependent

by Mark R. Elsis

September 23, 1996

Homo Sapiens

The massive slaughter

Of all life on Earth

The iceberg is now ripping

The unsinkable Titanic

Homo sapiens

by Mark R. Elsis

August 1, 1996

Trivial Matters

Wasting our time with distracting

Trivial matters

While our Earth is being decimated

In our lifetime

In front of our eyes

When there is nothing more important

For humanity to do

Then to face this atrocity

And deal with it with all our energies

But no not us

We'd rather be

Wasting our time with distracting

Trivial matters

by Mark R. Elsis

June 8, 1996

The Last Song

Singing and singing

For a mate

But there are no mates

To be found

The last of his kind

But he keeps on singing

I wonder if he knows

How beautiful he sings

The last song

by Mark R. Elsis

May 1, 1996


Beauty is vanishing at an alarming rate

Man is in a hurry he just can't wait

The Sea Empress let go of her oil there mate

In a marine sanctuary now isn't that great

Double-hulled tankers once more too late

Now the coast of Wales is in a slippery state

What we want we get that is our fate

Beauty is vanishing at an alarming rate

by Mark R. Elsis

February 23, 1996

Time Stood Still For Me

As soon as I saw

You and your dad

Your first step down that aisle

Something beyond beauty you had

Time stood still for me

For I'd never had seen

Here comes my wife to be

A miracle vision I did deem

by Mark R. Elsis

May 2, 1994

The Sustainable Limits Have Past

Too ingrained to change

The sustainable limits have past

Time for order to rearrange

Checks and balances brutally fast

by Mark R. Elsis

April 10, 1994

Are You So Greedy

Are you too busy

For the generations to come

Are you so greedy

Depleting till there is none

by Mark R. Elsis

February 4, 1992

Piece Of Debris Number Three

Piece of debris number three

Has been rendered useless

Mismanaged shortsightedly

Plundered expediently

by Mark R. Elsis

June 9, 1990

Hilary Beth

I want you always

You are my better half

To grow together in the remaining days

To be with me each step of the path

With you by my side

I'll have the courage to be

My fears I will no longer hide

I will fulfill my destiny

by Mark R. Elsis

July 4, 1989

Start To Care Now

The situation is critical

Time is of the essence

The answer is not political

Each day gone by lessens

Our very survival here

What we can do

Is up to you and me

We can save ourselves

If we want it to be

Where our grandchildren

Can laugh and play

Start to care now

Please don't turn away

It starts in you

It starts in me

Help restore our Earth

So future generations can be

by Mark R. Elsis

April 20, 1988

All I Hope For

The sun is shining

The birds are singing

The tears are pouring

Will they ever stop

I try to keep busy

But it's no use

All I hope for

Is your love again

by Mark R. Elsis

April 16, 1988


I stare at your picture

Again and again

My eyes fill with emotion

Realizing how lucky I've been

To hold you in my arms

To run my fingers through your hair

I'm taken by your charms

To a place where there isn't a care

by Mark R. Elsis

February 11, 1988

Early November

Leaves letting go

Another cycle complete

Gray impending skies

Waiting on winter to meet

by Mark R. Elsis

November 5, 1987

The Greatest Of Ease

The words use to come together

With the greatest of ease

I thought it would last forever

Until one day when the pen in my hand did freeze

Not a clever phrase it would write

I did not know what was wrong

Emptiness and anguish I was not whole

Bitterness and self-doubt took their toll

Now three years have past

But during my drought I've asked

Friends and strangers for answers

It's just a phase it won't last

My poems were to awaken all humankind

To open our souls and help us find

A new understanding while there's still time

For our raping of nature is the last crime

by Mark R. Elsis

November 5, 1987

The Beings From Afar

The beings from afar

Must look at us and laugh

Just babies in evolution

Crawling down extinctions path

by Mark R. Elsis

November 5, 1987

I Still Imagine

In first grade

My president was blown away

I wondered why

In fifth grade

Martin and Robert were filled with lead

I began to understand

In the summer before high school

Morrison was in French soil

But no one was there

I became scared

For John

The warmest 8th of December

In New York City history

I was driving my cab

When Vinny broke the news

From that day till now

At 29

Every time I pass 1 West 72nd Street

I feel humanity

Has no hope

But I still imagine

by Mark R. Elsis

September 21, 1987

The Atomic Hump

Five evolutions to get it right

And here we go again

Constantly in conflict and fight

I think it's time to say when

Enough is enough

I'm bored of the game

Drop the act of being tough

Finally realize we're all the same

I call it the atomic hump

The make or break time

Flourish on Earth as one

Or pay for the ultimate crime

by Mark R. Elsis

October 6, 1986

Twenty-Two Years Ago Today

Twenty-two years ago today

A five-year-old boy

Was aquatinted with

A very particular lesson

How to kill a president

by Mark R. Elsis

November 22, 1985

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Timeline

by Mark R. Elsis

Distorted Views

Misinformation disinformation

Cover-ups and lies

It doesn't matter which administration

They're all cut from the same pies

Distorted views

Slanted news

It'll make you numb

What right to choose

You'll only lose

Are the thoughts of some

by Mark R. Elsis

July 1, 1984


I really like you

Maybe because

I've been hurt

But you make me feel

So I can forget

And it makes me feel

Alive again

Thank you girl

Thank you

by Mark R. Elsis

February 2, 1984

Perplexed In The Riddle

Knowing too much but

Able to do so little

Suspended on a crutch

Perplexed in the riddle

Don't know the right road

But I know we're on the wrong road

Oh I feel a heavy load

To stop the truth that's been sold

Apathy in a stalemate

Killing on a corner

The powers that teach to hate

The words I write to warn yah

by Mark R. Elsis

January 26, 1984

Take Responsibility

Turn away

And it only gets worse

Stay in the gray

Until your in the hearse

Take responsibility

And it can only get better

We have the ability

It's just the choice of whether

We take responsibility

Or turn away

by Mark R. Elsis

January 8, 1984

To Shed Some Light

I try to write

About what I feel is wrong

To shed some light

About how we're led along

In this land of the free

We must be brave

For our future you see

A new road we must pave

by Mark R. Elsis

November 10, 1983

A Generation Of Lunacy

I'm given every opportunity

But yet feel so defeated

Born into a generation of lunacy

Where with destruction I'm greeted

I feel a failure

With no future in store

A no-win situation

With materialism the whore

by Mark R. Elsis

September 22, 1983

In My Arms

She laid in my arms

And made me cry

She didn't mean to harm

But I thought it easier to die

by Mark R. Elsis

September 10, 1983

Not Knowing

It's the thought of not knowing

If we will be here tomorrow

The constant peril always growing

As if each day we must borrow

This pressure of uncertainty

Is taking its toll on me

Humanity ignoring the emergency


by Mark R. Elsis

July 27, 1983

Still Innocent

The laughter and joy

The pain and sorrow

The still innocent little boy

Learning how to hate for tomorrow

by Mark R. Elsis

July 27, 1983


A year ago

You stole my heart

And even though

We're apart

You're with me always

In every day

No other girl

Has touched me the way

You have

by Mark R. Elsis

January 1, 1983

The Cry Of Helplessness

Come to your senses

It won't hold out

Man has raped nature

There is no doubt

We've grown too fast

Become a burden

Taxed the system

And called it progress

The peak of selfishness

To make life easy

The cry of helplessness

by Mark R. Elsis

December 31, 1982

Groomed Puppets That Deceive

How clever the manipulation

In this land of the free

How money breeds dedication

In the name of liberty

With political promising lies

You know better than believe

They're all the same you realize

Groomed puppets that deceive

So you give up hope

Believing it will never change

Apathy is how you cope

Something you always found strange

by Mark R. Elsis

December 27, 1982

Rests Forever

We have all we need

In order to evolve

But if we're going to succeed

Dire problems we must solve

So face this reality

Our choice is here and now

The key to our mortality

Rests forever with our decision how

by Mark R. Elsis

December 25, 1982

Guilty Of Apathy

The situation is useless

We hold no hope

Our ways can't be changed

We're at the end of our rope

This way of thinking

Is where the problem lies

Negative attitudes are sinking

Too afraid to try

We fear our destruction

Yet guilty of apathy

Free will our instruction

While time dwindles rapidly

by Mark R. Elsis

December 18, 1982

Up To Us

The illusions we choose

Are up to us

The dreams we lose

We never did trust

by Mark R. Elsis

November 25, 1982

Leader Of The Hill

A handful of companies

Make the decisions

They bought the country

Electing their politicians

An army full of men

To protect and kill

The number one game

Leader of the hill

by Mark R. Elsis

June 17, 1982

The Sin Of Sins

Human reality

Skillfully corrupted

Meager mortality

Nuclear deducted

The sin of sins

The killing weapons

No one wins

Stop the deceptions

Life would cease

In vain again

War over peace

Another lesson when

Too much was learned

And turned to kill

Suicide was confirmed

But they went ahead still

by Mark R. Elsis

June 17, 1982

We're Out Of Touch

We take for granted

All too much

Our news is slanted

We're out of touch

Bred to compete

For the almighty dollar

A sucker to beat

They're born every hour

by Mark R. Elsis

April 16, 1982

Evolutions Choice Is Now

Sand slipping through

The hourglass

Evolutions choice is now

Humanity's last pass

Won't wait

Tomorrow's awareness

In vain too late

Today's judgment

Decides Earth's fate

by Mark R. Elsis

April 16, 1982

Disciplined Logic

Disciplined logic

Mindless chaos

There's a right way

There's a wrong way

Back to nature

Manufacture arms

There's life

There's death

by Mark R. Elsis

April 6, 1982

Tell Me If

Tell me if

You think of me

Wondering how

It might be

Cause sometimes

I wonder

And look back when

I grew to love you

And never knew if

by Mark R. Elsis

March 11, 1982

You Remember When

Here to there

And back again

Upside down

You remember when

It was always better

by Mark R. Elsis

March 11, 1982

Emptiness Anxiety Runs

We hold the key

Within ourselves

To open and see

The path that tells

Which road to walk

To find our peace

Unplug the cork

Let conformed realities cease

Scared of the unknown

Or never thought to try

Material possession grown

Leaves you wondering why

Contentment rarely comes

Or worries never go

Emptiness anxiety runs

Until its let go

by Mark R. Elsis

March 11, 1982

Despair And Strange

Dreams that I have

In hope of change

Reality that I know

Is despair and strange

Eats at my inside

With time running out

No place to hide

I no longer doubt

by Mark R. Elsis

February 19, 1982

Insanity Can't Last

See the signs

They're all around

Pay the fines

To Mother Earth's ground

Birds and animals

They're disappearing

Man is next

Yes I'm fearing

Evolution too fast

Is the reason

Insanity can't last

Taking each season

Till nothing grows

From the ground

Only pollution flows

With radiation found

In you and me

by Mark R. Elsis

February 19, 1982

Without Weapons

In this age of technology

With hunger, disease and pollution

You give only your apology

Because you think there's no solution

To the arms race we let go on

To instinct survival

Passive to the deadly harm

To evolve this far

Just to be had by a con

You apathetic humans

With no sense of direction

You follow like sheep

Just tell me why

Cause without weapons

We would flourish

Live without fear

Every human nourished

We could end diseases

And all the suffering

But still you follow like sheep

by Mark R. Elsis

February 17, 1982

My Worries Disappear

Soft kisses so tender

My worries disappear

Tight embraces cause shivers

It is love that's here

Our eyes searching the depths

As if to step inside one another

Our hands reaching to feel

That pleasure for the other

by Mark R. Elsis

February 5, 1982

You've Given Up Hope

You've given up hope

You can't change the system

Mellowing out with age

You no longer try to resist them

You've lost your morals

They've changed your ways

But deep down it eats at you

They've trapped you in the maze

Torn between the dream you had

And the life you live

Still knowing your being had

But not wanting to give

by Mark R. Elsis

February 5, 1982

Feed Them Guns

Feed them guns

While innocent die

Starving mother's sons

Have nothing left to try

Money making weapons

We will supply

When farming technology

Is the pleading cry

by Mark R. Elsis

February 5, 1982

Playing Fate With Dice

We are our own God

For good or bad

Our Earth paradise

So don't be mad

In the years to come

We pay the price

Following blinded leaders

Playing fate with dice

by Mark R. Elsis

February 4, 1982

John Lennon

You made me write the words I do

I'll even admit I idolized you

Your assassination ended an era so they say

But your message still lives in me each day

And I'll reach the masses because I feel

That certain destruction could be real

If our ways don't change from what is now

And stop the killing weapons we let allow

Oh the hypocrisy we let go on

The human civilization ends with a con

With shortsighted leaders sedating us all

Technology betrays with apathy we fall

by Mark R. Elsis

December 12, 1981

Strawberry Fields

Keeping the Spirit of John Lennon Alive

A Film by Mark R. Elsis

To One Of Love

Optimism we need

Instead of the greed

Hope is the seed

If we want to lead

This world of chaos

To one of love

by Mark R. Elsis

December 12, 1981

Savior Of Humanity

What a beautiful life given us

A paradise for humans to run

Live forever or turn to dust

Whatever happens it's what we've done

And now that we have reached

The time to choose our destiny

Global unity I do preach

Love the savior of humanity

by Mark R. Elsis

November 19, 1981

Follow If You Wish

The family unit decays

Our morals slip away

And still the politicians say

Tomorrow will bring a better day

Follow if you wish

But suicides the risk

And ignorance the dish

You feed upon

by Mark R. Elsis

November 19, 1981

Childhood Adulthood

Childhood fun

Innocent smiling

Adulthood run

Competitive lying

by Mark R. Elsis

November 14, 1981

A Paradise Yours Pure

There's always been war

You don't learn by mistakes

A paradise yours pure

And only one for the takes

by Mark R. Elsis

November 14, 1981

Poetic Insight

Poetic insight

Easily ignored

Nuclear madness

Taxed and adored

Apathetic extinction

Terminal trend

Survival instinct

Preservations end

by Mark R. Elsis

November 14, 1981

Scared Of The Truth

Most of us know

Our civilization could end

But not many show

Any concern to lend

Scared of the truth

You don't want to believe

Cornered in your booth

It's only yourself you deceive

Let's fight for survival

While there's still a chance

Only a worldwide revival

Peaceably showing our stance

Could lead us away

From the certain destruction

The rulers of today

Are killing us by corruption

by Mark R. Elsis

November 10, 1981

Living Beyond Our Means

Living beyond our means

Busting at our seams

Yet still we want more

Playing do or die

The excitement of the try

Will soon kill us for sure

by Mark R. Elsis

November 10, 1981

Impossible Odds

Impossible odds

Is what we're facing

A world of hate

Till the end we're racing

Building our weapons

When people are starving

Fighting over our paradise

When only harmony will save us

by Mark R. Elsis

November 10, 1981

Just Infants Being Bold

Just one hundred years ago

We were still on horses

Little did we know

The industrial age loses

Would wipe us out

Cause we could not control

No technological doubt

Just infants being bold

by Mark R. Elsis

November 1, 1981

The Dreamers Are Dreaming

The preachers are preaching

It's almost the end

The dreamers are dreaming

Of a planet Earth when

The masses aren't apathetic

Drugged just getting by

The situations pathetic

So why give it a try

by Mark R. Elsis

November 1, 1981

Drifting Aimlessly

How time slips by

Wandering around

When the truth is a lie

You finally found

We're drifting aimlessly

On our planet Earth

Searching shamelessly

For our human worth

by Mark R. Elsis

November 1, 1981

Let's Join Our Hands

You damn well know

How bad it's got

But still you don't show

You'd rather burn out and rot

Let's join our hands

And not give in

The Earth is our land

And together we can win

by Mark R. Elsis

November 1, 1981

You Just Can't Admit It

You don't want to hear it

Cause deep down it scares you

You just can't admit it

That our years left are so few

So you lead your life fast

In hopes to pack it all in

And maybe somehow it will last

Long enough for you to have been

Through all the scenes till they bore

The drugs the sex the always wanting more

Just copping out that's for sure

When we could still save our rotting core

by Mark R. Elsis

July 17, 1981

Somehow Succeed

Are we scared

Because we don't know

Are we paired

So conflict will grow

Are we bred

To learn to conform

Are we led

To kill and mourn

Will life cease

Because of greed

Or will peace

Somehow succeed

It's up to you

It's up to me

To change ourselves

To somehow see

by Mark R. Elsis

July 8, 1981

Somehow Succeed inspired Michael Jackson to create Beat It.

The single Beat It, along with its music video, propelled Thriller into becoming the best-selling album of all time. The happenstance of Michael Jackson and I meeting that night in AM-PM, created a miracle to make the world a better place.

This brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart, every day of my life.

The Genesis of Beat It

by Mark R. Elsis

From One Another

It's all stealing

From one another

Sell with feeling

Beat your brother

Get rich quick

While humans starve

You're fucking sick

But still you carve

Strip-till it's bare

No more tomorrows

For children to share

There will only be sorrows

by Mark R. Elsis

June 21, 1981

Government Sponsored

There's no way out

Unless you care

I can scream and shout

About what ain't fair

But you've got to change

From deep inside

Brought up fast and strange

Don't run and hide

From the troubled day

By taking drugs

To escape the pain

It's a cover-up

To keep us down

Government sponsored

Every pound

by Mark R. Elsis

June 4, 1981

The Tears Did Shed

(Billy's Funeral November 28, 1980)

Will it get better

Will it get worse

There's rainy weather

With a black hearse

The tears did shed

While not believing

A word you said

So much grieving

Did leave me numb

And memories ago

Kept filtering through

Of a time when no

It can not be

Ever again

by Mark R. Elsis

May 29, 1981

Extinct Is Forever

Man is the enemy

Technology the tool

Extinct is forever

Don't be a fool

And say it's alright

Or laugh it away

Stand up and fight

Our numbers will say

Something positive

That will catch like fire

An expose the greedy

Cold hearted liar

by Mark R. Elsis

May 26, 1981

Without Deception

The ladder of success

With cut out steps

Leads you nowhere

Without deception

by Mark R. Elsis

May 26, 1981

Our Love

(For Ingrid)

I want to live with you

And make you smile each day

I want to grow with you

And make love every way

I want to share our time

Cause together we are one

Mine is yours and yours is mine

Our dream together can be done

To share the sunsets

And gaze at the full moons

To have no regrets

Or hidden forever wounds

To trust and inspire

To dream and create

To want and desire

That which is our fate

by Mark R. Elsis

May 7, 1981

Throw In The Towel

Toxic dumps

Radiation leaks

Cancer lumps

Mutated freaks

Toxic shock

Agent orange

Government mock

Goes on and on

Nuclear waste

Leukemia rate

Technology haste

Is our fate

Love Canal


Throw in the towel

And wave good-bye

Oil spills

Nerve gas seeps

Man kills

No longer reaps

Arms race

Strip mining

Pollution pace

Elegant dining

Atomic tests

Silkwood dead

Militarily best

To beat the red

Drug sedaters

Alcohol waiters

Shut you up

Make you give up

by Mark R. Elsis

May 7, 1981

Together To Better

You can sit back

And let it go on

Take a kickback

And fall for the con

Look the other way

Hear but don't listen

All I'm trying to say

Is common sense is missing

How can we let

Ourselves be fooled

Why don't we get

Our energies pooled

Together to better

And stop being ruled

By corrupt politicians

Leading us down

Lose your inhibitions

And gather around

For unity is strength

And strength we need

To shorten the length

Between poverty and greed

To stop the pollution

And worldwide hunger

There's an easy solution

That you've sometimes wondered

If we all get together

Throughout the world

We could live forever

The way you know it should be

by Mark R. Elsis

May 7, 1981

Another Try On The Town


Have a toke of grass

Have a tote of coke

Have liquor in a glass

Have another smoke

Go out and dance

In your new fashion

Search for romance

You need some passion

Get high come down

Another try on the town

Searching in circles

Going nowhere fast

Living in a dream

But it won't last

You're soon to get bored

It's not like it was

Just the same old chord

As the new club opens

And you got to check it out

by Mark R. Elsis

May 6, 1981

Lost Logic

Lost logic

Lost morals

Lost values

Only sorrows

Family decay

Gone array

Nothing to say

About the way

Our lives are leading

Don't stand up

For what is right

Just give up

Without a fight

A bunch of losers

Who'll stay that way

Just bar room boozers

Who can't see the day

by Mark R. Elsis

May 3, 1981

Sometimes I Wish

Sometimes I wish

I didn't know what I knew

Sometimes I wish

I didn't care but I do

And it hurts to see

The apathy around

Everybody out for me

Well I think we're bound

For self-destruction

Unless there's to be found

The logical deduction

Of caring now

For preservation but

I don't see how

With the road we're choosing

by Mark R. Elsis

April 19, 1981

Industrialed Ruin

Industrialed ruin

Is where we're headed

Industrailed ruin

With workers embedded

Industrialed ruin

Our paradise lost

Industrialed ruin

We'll pay the cost

Industrialed ruin

You don't care

Industrialed ruin

We're almost there

Industrialed ruin

Live for today

Industrialed ruin

Blinded to the way

It was meant to be

by Mark R. Elsis

April 19, 1981

Listen To Reason

How long are you gonna take it

How can you just sit back

How long are you gonna fake it

Before you get on the right track

We're living real high

We're stripping the land

I don't know why

We let it get out of hand

So take a realistic view

You'll see it can't go on

We need an optimistic new

Or certain death from the great con

Survival is the basic instinct

Yet we're burning out so fast

Suicide will make us extinct

The raping of nature won't last

So how long you gonna be fooled

By the great con being played

How long you gonna be ruled

Blinded by the money you're being paid

Listen to reason

I beg of you

The final treason

Is up to you

Listen to reason

I beg of you

The final treason

Is up to you

by Mark R. Elsis

April 14, 1981

Raw Beauty Nature

Windy spring day

New life all around

Golden sunray

Is lost and found

Raw beauty nature

You always astound

Swaying trees moving clouds

Birds chirping their sound

by Mark R. Elsis

April 2, 1981

Foresight Is Cheap

It's come so quick

It's hard to tell

In just a flick

We've emptied the well

Foresight is cheap

When it's too late

We're sinking in deep

Still wanting the bait

Computer malfunction

Warning overload

Drastic measures needed

In order to continue

We must all realize this is it

We must change

In order to exist

by Mark R. Elsis

April 2, 1981

Ignorant Innocence

Pollute the water

Pollute the air

Shoot the mortar

Cause it's there

Radiation leaking

You don't know

Nerve gas seeping

Let it flow

A million a minute

But you want more

To make killing arms

To die in a war

Ignorant innocence

Blind ambition

You've lost your way

Final submission

Rape the Earth

Suck the blood

Take the worth

Lick the mud

If it isn't nailed down

They'll take it

They found the hammer

And did

by Mark R. Elsis

April 2, 1981

Gates Of Heaven

A warm December night

I passed by the Dakota

Sunroof open barely creeping

An hour before the end

I saw a shadow

Lurked in the darkness

I thought security

Because of the article

How many times

I've passed before

Those iron gates

Can I cry once more

Since I was five

I've heard the words

Now only vinyl

Is left to hear

by Mark R. Elsis

February 6, 1981

It was 11:45 pm on December 8, 1980, when I arrived at the Dakota and already there was large group of people mourning. I double parked my Peugeot 504 taxi just about 25 feet West of the gates, in front of the Dakota. Then I opened the sunroof and placed a portable speaker on the roof, so people could hear WNEW FM live. Soon hundreds of people had gathered. Throughout the night thousands arrived, mourned and left.

I stayed in front of the Dakota for the next nine hours. These nine hours were the catalyst that transformed my life. I swore on John's blood that I would do everything I possibly could to enlighten humanity and make our world better for future generations.

Strawberry Fields (Assassination Sequence)

Try And Bring A Halt

We've advanced so far

In too few years

The masses in a jar

Not knowing the fears

They're playing with fire

Like babies with a match

Always shooting for higher

When they don't know the catch

We've got to slow down

And play it safe

Put our feet on the ground

Before it's too late

One button and it's gone

No time to blink

They couldn't back down

No time to think

We let it go on

It's all our fault

Look the other way

Or try and bring a halt

by Mark R. Elsis

January 10, 1981

You And Yours Are Fine

We're living in confused times

We're on that fine line

We're hanging by a thread

Always increasing crime

But you and yours are fine

Still struggling to stay ahead

The competitions rough

But your hard-nosed and tough

Yet you sink like lead

You don't know what to do

They've gotten the best of you

Believing the lies you've read

by Mark R. Elsis

January 10, 1981

Why Are We Here

Why are we here

What is it all about

Each day there's a new fear

Always living in doubt

Cause tomorrow may not come

And today may be the end

Through the selfishness of some

Who will break before they bend

And day after day

We let it go by

Living it their way

Too lazy to try

While deep down you know

It's going from bad to worse

As the mounting problems grow

Like a balloon ready to burst

So don't hide what you feel

Cause this is the last call

And I'm telling you for real

Together we can avoid the fall

And make a new world

The way it should be

One government for all

United and free

To carry on forever

In tune with nature

Knowing that together

We can make it real

by Mark R. Elsis

November 25, 1980

Why Are We Here

Is Dedicated To My Friend Billy Who Died Today

(After This Was Written)

Thank For What Is Ours

I drove down to the ocean

That cold and windy night

I walked along the beach

Until it was nearly light

I thought about so much

Watching the waves and stars

I just wanted to reach out and touch

And thank for what is ours

by Mark R. Elsis

October 12, 1980

Who's Fooling Who

When you just don't care

And see through the lies

When you know it ain't fair

Yet you don't even criticize

You're just as wrong

Being weak an accepting

Giving into the strong

Who think they're deceiving

But who's fooling who

And who'll laugh last

When in the end you knew

What you've learned in the past

by Mark R. Elsis

October 3, 1980

Terminal Trend

The plot is thickening

The stage is set

A rude awakening

Is a safe bet

Cause the time has come

When chaos must end

And realize that some

Are selling a terminal trend

They don't give a shit

Or care for tomorrow

As long they hit

Home with no sorrow

by Mark R. Elsis

October 3, 1980

Our Backs Are To The Wall

You think it's lies

But it's the truth

There's no disguise

We're living proof

So realize now

How bad it's got

And understand how

There's still a shot

To save the Earth

From the modern way

That strips its worth

Only concerned with today

The change must come

From you and me

Stop living on the run

And then you'll see

The pace we've kept

Would kill us all

And already we've slept

Our backs are to the wall

by Mark R. Elsis

September 13, 1980

For Tomorrow Today

We're at the time

When we can't look away

We need a solution

For tomorrow today

by Mark R. Elsis

September 1, 1980

Which Road To Walk

We're on the threshold

We're at the fork

We're at the point

Which road to walk

Destiny is ours

In what we choose

Everything rides

It's either win or lose

The stakes are high

It's the last chance

To either live or die

It's in our hands

The change we need

Is plain to see

No more greed

And then we'll be

Working together

For the future

Rest assured

We carry on

by Mark R. Elsis

September 1, 1980

Given A Paradise

Given a paradise

That's ours to run

So whatever happens

It's what we've done

by Mark R. Elsis

September 1, 1980

Take Take Take

It's total chaos

It's complete madness

It can't go on

It'll never last

Take take take

Until no more

Is left to give

by Mark R. Elsis

September 1, 1980

What You Already Knew

The signs are all over

But you choose to ignore them

Can't face up to reality

Scared of the day when

Our greed catches up

And there's no avoiding

Cause we're self-destructing

And not even caring

What I'm saying is

We've got the choice

What I'm hoping is

You hear my voice

And become aware

Before it's too late

We all must care

Cause it's all our fate

There's only one way

We'll make it through

You got to realize today

What you already knew

by Mark R. Elsis

September 1, 1980

Share Its Beauty

We waste so much

We let it go by

We're so out of touch

Cause we don't even try

To live in this world

And share its beauty

Or look for the future

Perpetuation is our duty

Realize it or don't want to

But it's only getting worse

And the longer you ignore it

by Mark R. Elsis

July 27, 1980

Day After Day

Such chaos exists

In our world today

We all resist

Nature's own way

Irreversible damage

Day after day

So far from nature

Caught in their way

by Mark R. Elsis

July 13, 1980

As If By Divine Plan

Take some time

And think about this

Listen real careful

Cause there's no time to miss

It's getting beyond reach

It's gotten out of hand

The power hungry preach

As if by divine plan

And you don't know

Or just let it go by

And you're always on the go

But always asking why

They drain your life

Squeeze every last drop

Tell you of freedom

When looking from the top

by Mark R. Elsis

July 8, 1980

A Vicious Circle

All the vices

All the crutches

All the choices

That pass us by

Escaping them all

To get high

It's a vicious circle

Hard to break

Where nothing matters

When it's all at stake

by Mark R. Elsis

July 4, 1980

Drug Us All

Drugs here

Drugs there

There's always something

To rid your care

It never stops

It's always there

A constant crutch

From the burden you share

Keep us down

Drug us all

Not a sound

Until the fall

Fuck it all

Cause you don't care

You've given up

You've dropped your share

Sold out to drugs

Your everyday fix

Easing your mind

Of the everyday tricks

by Mark R. Elsis

July 1, 1980

For Patti

I'm home from the Ritz

And still thinking of you

Whether it's lust or kicks

I only wish I knew

But I love the feeling

And have to see you again

Cause the attraction your dealing

Makes me want a winning hand

From your purple clothes

To your three earring earlobe

And your deep golden skin

You've caught my eye

And something keeps telling me

Not to let you slip by

So I'm writing these words

To grab your attention

Tell you of my feelings

To convey my affection

by Mark R. Elsis

June 24, 1980

Decay In Glory

I've seen a lot

And heard the stories

I've laughed out loud

While wondering alone

Just why our morals

Decay in glory

When our civilization

Could have grown

by Mark R. Elsis

June 23, 1980

Wanting Another Try

We've got the choice

And I think it's time

To show our voice

Cause it's such a crime

Living and knowing

Of all the wrong

Yet never even showing

What we feel so strong

So let's not sit back

And just let it go by

Cause we're on the wrong track

Headed for an early good-bye

So get up an say

That we need a switch

We want a new way

We want it real quick

They're ruining it all

They're ruining it fast

Making me hope each day

That it won't be my last

With their pollution and guns

And their greed and neglect

Nuclear power when we have the sun

And all their drugs to keep us wrecked

Don't you see through it

They're just out for today

They couldn't give a shit

About doing it the right way

So let's not sit back

And just let it go by

Finally realizing too late

And wanting another try

by Mark R. Elsis

June 23, 1980

Test Subjects

We are the test subjects

We are the dying breed

We are the last checks

Here to balance the greed

An awaken you all

So we can plant a new seed

Knock down the wall

That strangles you like a weed

We are here to change

Extinction to perpetuation

Get rid of the strange

Leading us to devastation

It's all up to us

To want a new day

With us you can trust

We won't lead you astray

What's best for all

Is the way it will be

Knock down the wall

For unity is the key

And it won't be easy

Cause they're set in their way

Molded in the cast

Until their dying day

Which won't be long

So we have no time to waste

We've already been led along

So now we have to haste

And think for tomorrow

Forget about yesterday

It will only bring you sorrow

And happiness is the only way

by Mark R. Elsis

June 23, 1980

You Create Your Own Reality

Keep an open mind

Look at every angle

Seek and you shall find

What your heart desires

You create your own reality

Which in turn

Reflects your daily personality

The being that you are

The aura that surrounds

by Mark R. Elsis

June 23, 1980

Not To Say A Sound

It took a long while

To finally realize

That behind those big smiles

Were all those lies

Just saying anything

To keep us down

Manipulating our ways

Not to say a sound

by Mark R. Elsis

June 23, 1980

Imprisoned In Strife

Addicted to this

Addicted to that

Building the bridges

With the bricks you subtract

All out of focus

You live your lives

Them feeding you nonsense

And imprisoned in strife

by Mark R. Elsis

May 22, 1980

Confined To Conformity

Confined to conformity

Stuck in your ways

Living so uniformly

Trapped in your maze

by Mark R. Elsis

March 19, 1980

Words Of Warning

You wake up each morning

With only bad news to hear

So I write you these words of warning

To let you know of my fear

We're letting it get out of control

We're losing our grip

We're selling our very soul

We're aboard a sinking ship

by Mark R. Elsis

February 14, 1980

Forever In Harmony

It's make-or-break

One more time

Will we cover ourselves

In our prime

Or learn to live

As meant to be

Back with nature

Forever in harmony

Which we choose

Is up to us

Either we fuse

Or forever rust

But now's the time

To make the choice

And only together we'll find

They'll hear our voice

To make the changes

That has to be

For us to live

Forever in harmony

by Mark R. Elsis

February 2, 1980

Puppets On A String

The draft is back

Just puppets on a string

Or real people

That don't mean a thing

by Mark R. Elsis

January 24, 1980

It's Not Too Late

The Earth has cancer

We can't let grow

And I've got the answer

But don't we all know

We need to get together

To live as one

Share the Earth forever

With the energy of the sun

And it's not too late

But we must start now

If not our fate

You will allow

So please understand

We have to stop the hate

And live in a land

Loving your fellow mate

Where pollution is no more

And hunger does not exist

Cause population had a law

Enabling all of this

And it's not too late

But we must start now

If not our fate

You will allow

So wake up to all the wrong

And see the light

Don't let the manipulating strong

Take away what's right

Cause their foresight is blind

In living for today

Their contracts were signed

With no need for delay

by Mark R. Elsis

January 22, 1980

Everything That Is

(Venice Beach, California)

Sunset with the waves

Rhythmically pounding

Motionless absorbing

Everything that is

How content

With the raw beauty

by Mark R. Elsis

December 20, 1979

A Merry-Go-Round

It's just the same old game

With the played out scenes

A merry-go-round with in-betweens

Lost in a fog in a sea of confusion

Looking for help through realities illusion

Got to break out and getaway

Or the conditioning ties will stay

Trapping you till tomorrow's today

Becomes a bitter memory of yesterday

by Mark R. Elsis

December 15, 1979

So Little We Know

So little we know

But we don't care

Let ignorance grow

And leave us bare

by Mark R. Elsis

December 14, 1979

Waiting For You

Sitting here waiting for you

Looking around with nothing to do

Read the Times so I'll write some more

Waiting for you to walk through the door

Another flight empties out

People walk little kids shout

Potbellied men in their leisure suits

Long haired youths with t-shirts of no-nukes

Fashionable girls dragging their bags

While the country boys dressed in rags

Look aimlessly at the jet set fags

While time keeps passing by

As another pretty young girl catches my eye

by Mark R. Elsis

September 3, 1979

The Black Hole In Space

Reality seems to be escaping

Through the black hole in space

Getting lost in a sea of confusion

Walking around with the human race

by Mark R. Elsis

May 29, 1979

Some Way

As the rain washes in dawn

And the television has nothing more to say

I lie awake thinking of you

And wishing you were here some way

Cause love never felt better

While being in the arms of you

And now all I can do is remember

Those precious loving days so few

by Mark R. Elsis

May 19, 1979

My Bottom Draw

Opening my bottom draw

I take it out and lay it on the floor

Wanting to see old photographs of you

To help me remember things I once knew

But the perfume on your cards fills the air

As I write to you at this moment so rare

You're soon to be twenty and it just seems fair

To let you know that I still care

And want for you all that's there

So take this new decade for all its got

Go out there and give it your best shot

by Mark R. Elsis

December 29, 1978

In A Cage

Trapped within myself

My love for you stays

Tearing at my insides

Like a lion in a rage

by Mark R. Elsis

October 2, 1978

Without You

As the days went by

And turned into weeks

Which lasted months

Until a year passed

Without you

by Mark R. Elsis

September 19, 1978

Can't Get By

Like a roller coaster

In the first car

It feels the best

So where do you go from there

When you see the end

Before the rest

by Mark R. Elsis

September 6, 1978

Love Is

Love is the trust in each other

On which you can depend

That forever kiss

At the sunset's end

by Mark R. Elsis

May 10, 1978

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Mark R. Elsis

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here to protect our future generations.