Spirits unit…

When the lights diminish

Your stars shine

A paradox converging

Timeless ticks of time

Replaced by the music

You place in my mind

Twisting, turning, jumping,

High-fiving, cheers deep inside

Raging outward into dance

Each beat brings me closer

To an end

That I only want to start again

Circles connecting


Never dividing

Notes enveloping us

Engulfing us

Metaphorically touched

By soft sound igniting out of you

This is how we connect

With never having met.


Angela K. Crandall


War Aftermath

I give thanks for those who

Fought for me

Even though I don’t agree

I wish war didn’t exist

But I must admit

How else can we protect each other?

Sisters and brothers

From the hurt and pain

What culture is right?

Which one is wrong?

What have we known from all along?

If only love could truly save us

Then others would see it to

And no longer would we have to see

red blood dripping from

The Red White and Blue

Must the Stars fall one by one?

Till there are no soldiers standing

No-one on either side remaining

Til we disappear

Fighting to the death

For what we each have left

Only for nothing to remain.


Angela K. Crandall


Standing by/You gave&give me strength

I woke up hurting recalling what they did to you.

The ridicule, the lies

for me you erased the pain each note eased it

Songs helped me through it comparable to a book with life instructions.

They wanted to shatter what they called my illusions

A warmth that lingers 

A sun they claimed was only out to shine for themselves

not for the misunderstood.

No I won’t open my ears for you.

Nor, Let them take away anew strength found

they call false.

Thinking you would leave…

Never really thought 

but you didn’t

A pillar of stamina, persistence

They say you use your money for power

Me, my answer

You stand for social change, pushing buttons, minds urging them to see equality

among our diversity

These folks see your stash of cash


I see your heart

They think my emotions lie to me.

I’m just unstable they mumble to themselves passing me by…

No one else helped me smile through the years struggled

Adolescence, young adult, then adulthood happened

An icon who never told anyone they were unwanted

So I followed, and continue

I’ve been betrayed before here ‘ll stay

even if they make me pay.

Money is meaningless

Hero’s are priceless

Love goes beyond dollar bills

I take this her, a memory, the gift of song

Who she has helped me become

Don’t you agree

and yes

She does give to charity…


Angela K. Crandall


You taught me…

Shutting down the engines, Protection mode on

Get rid of emotional hazards ripping through your core

Take away the presence of disaster

Discontinue connections

Set yourself in mortar

Shut down your

Dreams, songs ideals

That is what they want

Why don’t I stop?

What leads to me into this ongoing disparity?

A belief that it matters

That each thing I touch

It doesn’t die

Its new life while mine

Slowly moves electricity inside me

You taught me they cannot touch that

Each word, letter, part of me matters

Still I yearn to shut down

Close up, End

Something out there won’t let me

You told me not to halt

Continue continue

Here it comes, the need for appreciation

Rejection never left us

Somehow we carry on

In spite of feeling the need to turn our hearts off

To shut down

Two women worlds apart



Angela K. Crandall

Dedicated to Madonna


If Left to Burn…/Aid each other

If only disasters created


Instead of momentarily fusing together


To solve a current crisis

Merely to once again


Until another should arrive

That’s when we

Knock on doors

Pledge funds

Bake cakes

Shake hands

Shift sides

Comfort friends

Hold family dear

Running to be heroes

Waiting for catastrophe to transpire

In order to assist

Where’s the prevention?

Idea’s heard, spread, and shared

Can, will, and do

Resolve the majority of hardships

Before they happen

Granted we can’t stop them all

Even those who suffer from depression

We can aid, support, and work to improve





And dare I say enemies

For even I struggle

Left in the dark

When there is no light to reach for.


Angela K. Crandall

Dedicated to Madonna

Once I “Opened my heart.”

“Bedtime stories” filled my head

In my dreams “Like a Prayer.”

I know I’ll always find you there

I will always “Cherish” you

You’ve given me the strength to grow

As the “Rain” falls on my head

I am “Living for Love” with nothing to dread

An “Unapologetic Bitch” you taught her moves

This “Bad girl” likes to believe she knows 

You are my “Lucky Star.”

In times of great defeat

“Music”, helped me “Live to Tell.”

An “Angel” said just be yourself

“A Ray of Light” shining down on me

“Everybody” dancing to the beat

“MDNA” runs through me

I’ll never be the same

This “Rebel Heart.”

Is “Into the Grove”

I never knew, you see

That a

Pop icon would

“Rescue me.”


Angela K. Crandall, Author

(All lyrics quoted are taken from Madonna’s albums (songs.)