Poems & Lyrics

What I Like 🙂
Kaci Rigney

Writing releases
Reading relaxes
Playing piano pleases 
Drawing delights 
Singing satisfies
Photography fascinates 
Music’s magic 

The Beach
Kaci Rigney

Ocean waves and palm trees
Hot sand and a summer breeze
Walking hand entwined with hand
The one I love with me

Hearing children at their play
Watching kayaks on the bay
Bare feet sliding through shifting sand
My heart is feeling free

The blissful sounds of crashing waves
The rocky cliffs and silent caves
The sight of water touching land
That’s where I long to be

Dyslexia
Kaci Rigney

A dyslexic reader, yet I love to write.
I mix up the letters, it makes me uptight.
Calvary and Cavalry mix up and I find.
It takes a while for my mind to unwind.

Trying to author a book, come what may,
I flip flop the letters, transposing all-day
Writing poems and songs and prose, all the same
But I’m not detoured, by dyslexia’s game.

Elements
Kaci Rigney

His blood is like rain
It washes clean
All that it touches

His grace is like the wind
Strong or a whispered breeze
It moves those captured in it

His mercy is like an avalanche
It overwhelms
With great force

His love is like an ocean
Great and wide
Unfathomably deep

His Spirit is like fire
Burning away dross
Leaving precious glistening gold

May Day
Kaci Rigney

Dance around the may pole
Dance around and sing
Put flowers in your hair
And sing about the Spring
Young love and babies come
And Winter’s put away
Love your lad and kiss your lass
For Spring is here, May Day

Calaveras Big Trees
Kaci Rigney

Out under the stars
Groves of the biggest trees I’ve ever seen
Looking for bears
And deer in the clearing in meadows green

Squirrels climbing trees
Chasing each other higher and higher
Singing camp songs
With many more around the big campfire

Brothers fishing
In the Stanislaus River, ‘neath the pines
Dad with the boys
Baiting worms on hooks and casting lines

Me with my Mommy
Swimming in the shallows and splashing around
Making up songs
Mommy reading yet enjoying the sound

Skipping smooth rocks
Hiking the trails back to our campsite
Laughter ringing
Is there another campfire tonight?

Finding a friend
Using sticks and pinecones for little toys
Out on the dirt
Dad pitches our tent with all of the boys

Mom makes lunch
We all scatter while she’s at this chore
She calls “soup’s on”
We eat it all, my brothers ask for more

Searching campsites
North Grove, South Grove, but Squaw Hollow’s the best
Whenever we’ve camped
Calaveras Big Trees – a notch above the rest

You Know Me
Kaci Rigney

Over, under, around, though
You know me, every part
All my ways, old and new
You comprehend my heart

Awareness so deep
I never could hide
My memories keep
My dreams confide

Knowledge so great
Memorize and hold
Me in every state
Crazy or controlled

Wickedness or good
You love me still
Where I have stood
Every moment real

You have loved me
So I will love you
You have known me
I long to know you

Uncle Sam
Kaci Rigney

I’m in a jam
Uncle Sam.
And although,
I know,
You don’t give a hoot
I’m short,
You know, of something
Called loot.

Lettuce, bread,
Dough, moo-lah
To have some
I’d say “Hallelujah!”
But my pockets are empty
My bank account too
Got a few pennies
But you want them, too

What do I do?
In the jam I’m in
Uncle Sam
I know
You are gonna win.
I’ll pay this year
And then one more
If not another ten!

So Few and Far Between
Kaci Rigney

So few and far between
The days I count so rare
That you are here beside me
And my heart is laid out bare

A rhythm fascinating 
Hearts beating wild and free
Just being in your presence
My lock, your only key

I faint e’er for that day
When love is born anew
The glorious time slowing
Our times so rare and few

But soaring to the heights
Abandon sweet and wild
Like children at their play
And laughter of the child

Those days though passing brief
The ones e’er far between
Are sweetest in your arms
Than any fair sweet dream

My dear, I love you so
My heart e’er yearns for you
Like flowers long for the rain
And grass for morning dew

So run to me, dear, swiftly
I race to cling to you
You are my heart’s fair treasure
A love forever true

Fools 
Kaci Rigney

Those fools are just fools,
No matter what they do.
Be wise when you approach
Or they’ll make a fool of you.

Listen carefully,
Then just back away
When they prove they are fools
By what they have to say.

If you don’t know the answers
Don’t speak. Keep it cool.
Just keep your mouth shut
To prove you’re no fool.

With My Love
Kaci Rigney

With my love, I’ve gone away
Respite I need within
Troubles hemmed me all around
But peace I find with him

Just the chance to rest a while
In the shelter of his arms
Is a balm unto my heart
He lures me with his charms

With my love my days are bright
Even in the thund’ring storm
With my love the night is bliss
His arms to keep me warm

Just a glance into his eyes
My troubles fade to none
In his face, a love so fair
And love, bright as the sun

The Lucky One
Kaci Rigney

With openness and honesty
Sincerity in truth
He wooed the lucky one
With candor and with couth

A gentleman, by all accounts
Smooth and debonaire
In and out, a handsome man
Quick wit with which to share

Enthralled by all that filled her eyes
And all that thrilled her heart
For that perfect gentleman
She fell, right from the start

So at the alter hand in hand
Before people and their God
They said “I do” and shared a kiss
And no one found that odd

Writing music and poetry has been pretty much a lifetime past-time. The very first song I wrote with my guitar. Although I had yet to have any experience in the world of love, I was (and still am) a romantic at heart. 🙂

A Fool for Loving You
Words & Music: Kaci Rigney
Copyright 1979

I called you up the other day
Just to see how you’ve been
And talking to you let me know
I’m in love with you again
We hadn’t talked for a while
I thought that we were through
But talking with you let me know
My love for you is true

Every time I hear your voice
I know it must be true
I’m just a tenderhearted fool
A fool for loving you

I saw you just the other day
With a lady by your side
You’ve got to come on back to me
My love, I just can’t hide
All this time we’ve been apart
I’ve thought of all with shared
You’ve got to come on back to me
You knew I always cared

Every time I see your face
I know it must be true
I’m just a tenderhearted fool
A fool for loving you

Memories of you are coming back
They’re distant, but they’re clear
The way you held me, O so tight
I want you, O so near
All the time we spent alone
The things we used to do
The way you held me, O so tight
I wish that we weren’t through

Every time I think of you
I know it must be true
I’m just a tenderhearted fool
A fool for loving you

Now my life is just a mess
There’s nothing more to do
But sit around and cry a lot
Because I can’t have you

Every time I think of you
I know it must be true
I’m just a tenderhearted fool
A fool for loving you

I was so excited when I finished this song. I ran out with my guitar and played it for my dad. He listened intently and then said, “That’s nice. Now, why don’t you write some good lyrics.” I wasn’t crushed. I knew what Daddy meant. So off I ran to my room where I wrote Christian lyrics to the same melody. I came back out just about a half-hour later with the new lyrics. They are as follows…

My Life is Safe With You
Words & Music: Kaci Rigney
Copyright 1979

I prayed to You the other night
To tell You of my sin
And talking with You let me know
You’ve forgivin’ me again
I hadn’t prayed for a while
My sin was all I knew
But talkin’ with You let me know
You’ve cleansed me through and through

Every time I pray to You
I know it must be true
That now and forevermore
My life is safe with You

You walk beside me every day
You make my eyes to see
And when those troubled times arise
You up and carry me
I know abundant life is mine
My dreams You can fulfill
If only I will stay with You
In the center of Your will

Every time I walk with You
I know it must be true
That now and forevermore
My life is safe with You

Memories of sin are coming back
The pain of guilt so near
But I don’t have to think of them
You took away the fear
I can’t wait to see the home
That You’ve prepared for me
I’m glad I gave You my whole life
It’s Yours eternally

Every time I think of You
I know it must be true
That now and forevermore
My life is safe with You

My life now longer is a mess
I’ve got so much to do
Like tell the whole world that You care
And give the praise to You

Every time I praise Your name
I know it must be true
That now and forevermore
My life is safe with You

Consume Me
Kaci Rigney 2000

The deepest part of me
The part I like the hide
The secret places of my heart
My wicked selfish side
I hold now in my hand
And I offer it to You
Please take it from me now, O God
And give me more of You

Consume me
Consume me with Your fire
Consume me until all I am
Is all that You desire

Take what’s in my hand
And throw it far from You
Forgive me, Lord, forget my sin
And make my heart brand new
For now, I humbly stand
Your presence to pursue
So consume me with Your holy fire
And give me more of You

Consume me
Consume me with Your fire
Consume me until all I am
Is all the You desire

Long to Love
Kaci Rigney 2000

You compose songs for me every day
And You sing them over me
You write my name upon Your palm
And You woo me patiently
Your tender words, they flood my soul
Until all I want is You
You enfold me in Your sweet caress
And You draw me near to You

And I long to see You
And I long to hear You
And I long to know You, Lord
I long to love You more

When I can’t seem to find my way
You say “Come follow me”
You hold my hand so I won’t fall
And You keep Your eyes on me
You dance for joy when I say “Yes”
And You weep when I say “No”
You bear me up on eagle’s wings
When I am all alone

And I long to see You
And I long to hear You
And I long to know You, Lord
I long to love You more

Crown You with Praise
    Kaci Rigney 1998

You are the Lord
You are the One
You are the King
The Ancient of Days
You are awesome
You are powerful
You are the Savior
We crown You with Praise
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
Jesus, we crown You with praise
O, we crown You, we crown You with praise
O, we crown You, we crown You with praise

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   Bring Me to the Place
   Kaci Rigney 2000

O bring me to the place
Where my spirit sees Your face.
A place where sin’s forgotten
In the shadow of Your grace.
Into Your presence where
Nothing ever could compare.
O bring me to that place
And meet me there.

You are the Lord
Kaci Rigney 2000

We worship You
We bow before Your throne
We praise You
Our lives are not our own
Our hands we raise
Our souls cry out
Your name we praise
Your glory we shout

You are worthy
You are holy
You are mighty
You are lovely
You are truth
You are joy
You are peace
You are love
You are the Lord
You are the Lord

We honor You
We lift up our voice
We love You
Our spirits rejoice
Our faces raise
Our voices sing
Your name we praise
Our glorious King

You are awesome
You are righteous
You are sovereign
You are wondrous
You are good
You are light
You are great
You are love
You are the Lord
You are the Lord

The Heavens are Telling
Kaci Rigney 2000

The heavens are telling the glory of God
The sun, moon, and stars of the night.
The planets revolve in the palm of His hand
Proclaiming His power and might.
The earth is resounding in praise to the Lord
The mountains, the valleys the seas.
The whole universe is alive with His praise
Creation sings His majesty.

Why shouldn’t I sing out His praise?
Why shouldn’t I proclaim His glory?
Why should the rocks cry out His name?
Why should creation praise Him for me?

Creation rejoices in Almighty God
The angels obey each command
Yet neither creation nor angels bove
His mercy for me understand
He fashioned and formed me before I was born
He knew me and called me by name
And taking upon Him the sins of the world
He died, my soul to reclaim

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Why shouldn’t I sing out His praise?
Why shouldn’t I proclaim His glory?
Why should the rocks cry out His name?
Why should creation praise Him for me?

O Lord
Kaci Rigney 2000

O Lord, How lovely is Your name
Your glory we proclaim
Throughout the earth
O Lord, how righteous are Your ways
Through never-ending days
We’ll praise Your worth

We sing:
“Holy, holy” forever we proclaim
“O holy, holy, the name above all names!”

O Lord, the angels sing Your praise
Your might and worth they raise
In heav’n above.
O Lord, the earth and universe
Repeat the holy verse
That God is love.

They sing:
“Holy, holy” forever we proclaim

“O holy, holy, the name above all names!”

Inside Out
Kaci Rigney

Inside out You know me
When I rise and when I sleep
When I laugh, Your smile I see
When I cry, my tears You keep

You hold me when I’m scared
You’re with me all my days
You hear me, all I’ve shared
You love me in spite of my ways

For all this and so much more
I love You more than before

Mercies new You give each day
You forgive and wash me clean
You hear me when I pray
When I’m weak on You I lean

Engraved my name upon Your hand
On Your heart, I’ll always be
Your thoughts of me outnumber sand
You write songs and sing over me

For all this and so much more
I love You more than before

Gone Away
Kaci Rigney

Gone away
My love has gone away
Far away from me

Far away
My love is far away
Yet in my heart is he

In my heart
My love, you’re in my heart
And my heart is thine

My heart is thine
My love, my heart is thine
And, my love, you are mine

You are mine
O, my love, you are mine
Please come home to me

Please come home
O, my love, please, come home
Your face I long to see

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