Hello, Hi, How Are You?

Hello, Hi, How Are You?

Look at any morning
Visualize a sunrise
Open up those sleepy eyes
Notice when you do
That I am with you
I’m with you

Stir your cup of coffee
Hurry up and hurry
Blink a few times through the blinds
Notice when you do
Yes, I am with you
I’m with you

Hello, Hi, How are you?
Hello morning flower
Hi s at sunrise brighten my eyes
Hello, it’s today
And noticing which “hellos” sing
I look at life that way

Read the morning news and
Step into your shoes then
Grab your thing as a blue bird sings
Hellos, How are yous
Tell him I am with you
I will, too

Birds bring in the new day
Singing in the same way
As the ones who came before
They taught them as they flew
How I wish that I could fly too
I’d like to

Hello, Hi, How are you?
Hello Mister Blue jay
Hi s at fly-byes brighten my eyes
Hello, it’s a new day
And noticing which “hellos” sing
I look at life that way

Instrumental Dance Break –

Look for little rainbows
Not up high but around your toes
Twinkling in the morning dew drops
Here’s some on a rose
They’re all around you
They found you

See how all the trees sway
While the breeze blows the leaves away
Listen closely let them greet you
Here’s what they will say,
“It’s nice to meet you,”
Same to you

Hello, Hi, How are you
Hello Bees and the squirrels in trees
Butterflies arise in fly-byes
To bid you a fond mon dieu
And noticing these little things
I love to live this way

I’m noticing what smiles and sings
It gets me though my day

© 2011 David Brunoehler

Don’t Anybody Leave

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

© 2011 David Brunoehler

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

© 2011 David Brunoehler

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

© 2011 David Brunoehler

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

© 2011 David Brunoehler

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

© 2011 David Brunoehler

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

© 2011 David Brunoehler

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

© 2011 David Brunoehler

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

© 2011 David Brunoehler

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

© 2011 David Brunoehler

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

© 2011 David Brunoehler

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

© 2011 David Brunoehler

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

© 2011 David Brunoehler

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

© 2011 David Brunoehler

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

© 2011 David Brunoehler

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

© 2011 David Brunoehler

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

© 2011 David Brunoehler

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

© 2011 David Brunoehler

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

Don’t Anybody Leave *

Maybe
I’m foolish with my wishes
Maybe
I don’t believe
Every –
One has wishes
Mine is
Don’t anybody leave
I know
What happens when you let go
I don’t
Prefer to grieve
Although
Time may come to let go
Right now
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more breath
Find a way
To stay the night
One more round
Of cheating death
How I hope and pray
We might
Some say
They’ll be back in a minute
Then they
Can’t be retrieved
Some play
Between the doors and exits
Please stay
Don’t anybody leave

Hold on
For one more night
Find a way
To stay until the new day
One more round
Will be alright
But if you must go
I won’t stand in your way
Maybe
tt’s hard to stick around here
So many things
Are hard to like
Reaching out
For what I hold dear
Helps me
Make it through the night
Maybe
You hear another call you
Some far away familiar voice
If it is one you feel you’re drawn to
Tell me
I’ll let you make that choice

I know
There comes a time we must go
To our home
Beyond the light
When that’s so
I’ll see you in a rainbow
Till that time
Please stay and hold on tight
Don’t anybody leave, Don’t anybody leave, Please! Don’t anybody leave

© 2011 David Brunoehler

4TH BATCH GREETING CARDS

4TH BATCH GREETING CARDS

O      600 Pound Bluebird flies overhead
        Bird Watcher: “May the elusive 600 Pound Bluebird of Happiness
                                grace your birthday with song!”

I     600 Pound Bluebird of Happiness lands on a rooftop, crushing shingles.
        It sings: (a long low, glass breaking vibrato) “Chirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrp!”
        HB

O      Trainer stands beside an art painting elephant wearing a big beret, brush in trunk:
           Trainer:  “Mumbo would like to paint a birthday card for you.”   

I       Mumbo has made a mess on the canvas.
            Trainer:  “Well, it’s a start.  It’s art!”   Happy Birthday!

O Two lady elephants at a jewelry counter…
One Holds a ruby pendant next to her ear and asks her friend.
“Do these make me look old?”
I Friend: “Now that you’re sixty five you don’t ever need to ask again!
Splurge!
Happy 65th Birthday!

O Elephant Diving Meet: A huge elephant earns 10s from every judge by entering
without a splash.

I Poolside: another gold medal around elephant’s neck looks grand on the winners’ stand, where second place silver on the giraffe and third place bronze on the baboon lack luster/

I marvel at how well you do what you do when you’re doing it. Congratulations

O    Young elephant sick in bed with a runny trunk.  Piles of linens all around
        Mama Elephant: Here’s another tablecloth. If that doesn’t work…

 I      I’ll bring in the sheep.

         Sorry you’re not feeling well.  Glad you’re in good hands.  GWS
David BrunoehleR
O A Pick strikes a bright gold vein inside a dark mine.
Pick’s thought at the point of contact: Eureka!

I Pull back view: Gold Vein spells Congratulations across the mine wall.

O Ants all around a giant mound. One Stands tall at the top wearing a crown. Looking down from behind we see printed on his robe: “King of the Hill…”

I …still. Congratulations!

O Little Boy with Dad finding seats under the Big Top.
Boy: Dad, why are all the clowns sitting in the bleachers?
Dad: Those aren’t clowns, They’re old people.

I Flamboyant Old Woman (To Reader}:
Another advantage of being 65!
You can wear anything you want, any place, any time

O An Indian Princess sits serenely by a pool in a garden near the Taj Mahal.
Princess to Reader: Feeling Lucky? If so, touch the red dot between my eyes..

I The dot area is magnified 10x so we can read the message inside. It says,

CONGRATULATIONS!
You are a real winner!

]Card

O Two Gentlemen admiring a 1946 Stutz Bear cat. It’s in mint condition.

One Man: Well, I gotta hand it to ya… you and that car got a lotta similar qualities.

I Man Two; Yeah, We’ve got “Chrome Domes, Looks better on the outside than the In, Like the same cereal , see the same doctor – even carry large gas loads — Man One: Cereal?
Man Two Cereal, motor oil – same difference. The main thing is we;re 65!
65 and fit to drive! HB

O Two Hags play Cinderella in a shoe store. POV You, the reader as customer.
A tiny glass slipper is lowered to your feet…

I Shrieks as the two Hags fling back in shock. “It Fits!“

Congratulations. You are the fairest of the mall.

O Two Sloths in a tree
One says,”Glad you made it up here.”

I Congratulations on your big move.

O Old Man walks under a ladder, breaks a mirror with his cane and sees a black cat cross his path in front of him. Luck? Who needs it when you’ve got….

I “Stick-to-it-iv-ness” Endurance and Longevity! Here’s to a Healthy, Happy 65Th

O Friend at bedside of ailing patient
Friend: “I’ll be honest. I don’t want all of you completely well.”

I Friend: “Please keep your sick sense of humor sick. The rest of you can GWS.”

O Man pinned to target board at a firing range. Bullets hit all around him.
I (They had the)* Wrong Target Congratulations!

*(optional)

O Two Sloths in a tree
One says,”Glad you made it up here.”

I Congratulations on your big move.

O Old Man walks under a ladder, breaks a mirror with his cane and sees a black cat cross his path in front of him. Luck? Who needs it when you’ve got….

I “Stick-to-it-iv-ness” Endurance and Longevity! Here’s to a Healthy, Happy 65Th

O Friend at bedside of ailing patient
Friend: “I’ll be honest. I don’t want all of you completely well.”

I Friend: “Please keep your sick sense of humor sick. The rest of you can GWS.”

O Man pinned to target board at a firing range. Bullets hit all around him.
I (They had the)* Wrong Target Congratulations!

*(optional)

O Two Sloths in a tree
One says,”Glad you made it up here.”

I Congratulations on your big move.

O Old Man walks under a ladder, breaks a mirror with his cane and sees a black cat cross his path in front of him. Luck? Who needs it when you’ve got….

I “Stick-to-it-iv-ness” Endurance and Longevity! Here’s to a Healthy, Happy 65Th

O Friend at bedside of ailing patient
Friend: “I’ll be honest. I don’t want all of you completely well.”

I Friend: “Please keep your sick sense of humor sick. The rest of you can GWS.”

O Man pinned to target board at a firing range. Bullets hit all around him.
I (They had the)* Wrong Target Congratulations!

*(optional)

O Two Sloths in a tree
One says,”Glad you made it up here.”

I Congratulations on your big move.

O Old Man walks under a ladder, breaks a mirror with his cane and sees a black cat cross his path in front of him. Luck? Who needs it when you’ve got….

I “Stick-to-it-iv-ness” Endurance and Longevity! Here’s to a Healthy, Happy 65Th

O Friend at bedside of ailing patient
Friend: “I’ll be honest. I don’t want all of you completely well.”

I Friend: “Please keep your sick sense of humor sick. The rest of you can GWS.”

O Man pinned to target board at a firing range. Bullets hit all around him.
I (They had the)* Wrong Target Congratulations!

*(optional)

O Two Sloths in a tree
One says,”Glad you made it up here.”

I Congratulations on your big move.

O Old Man walks under a ladder, breaks a mirror with his cane and sees a black cat cross his path in front of him. Luck? Who needs it when you’ve got….

I “Stick-to-it-iv-ness” Endurance and Longevity! Here’s to a Healthy, Happy 65Th

O Friend at bedside of ailing patient
Friend: “I’ll be honest. I don’t want all of you completely well.”

I Friend: “Please keep your sick sense of humor sick. The rest of you can GWS.”

O Man pinned to target board at a firing range. Bullets hit all around him.
I (They had the)* Wrong Target Congratulations!

*(optional)

O Two Sloths in a tree
One says,”Glad you made it up here.”

I Congratulations on your big move.

O Old Man walks under a ladder, breaks a mirror with his cane and sees a black cat cross his path in front of him. Luck? Who needs it when you’ve got….

I “Stick-to-it-iv-ness” Endurance and Longevity! Here’s to a Healthy, Happy 65Th

O Friend at bedside of ailing patient
Friend: “I’ll be honest. I don’t want all of you completely well.”

I Friend: “Please keep your sick sense of humor sick. The rest of you can GWS.”

O Man pinned to target board at a firing range. Bullets hit all around him.
I (They had the)* Wrong Target Congratulations!

*(optional)