Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Four Seasons

In early spring when love is new
And hearts are light and troubles few,
We see the world in quick review
And dream of all we've yet to do.

The summertime is meant for play.
Sun and fun fill every day.
Worries can't get in the way
And rules are meant to disobey.

Autumn's harvest comes and goes.
Dawn to dusk the burden grows.
Where it may lead us, no one knows.
Still the labor is a rose.

A rose that stands the winter chill
To bloom defiantly until
The bitter winter winds are still
And peaks of snow dance on the hill.

Seasons come and seasons go
And who are we to think we know.
But love survives each bitter blow
From springtime bloom to winter snow.


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Saturday, December 09, 2017

Cry Yourself to Sleep

Will it ever be the same again?
Can your lonely heart return to when
The daylight brought you waking smiles
And you were set to play and win?
It was all so easy then.
You thought your love forever true,
Always coming back to you.
Lover's blindness blocked your view
To hide a multitude of sins.

Love lives on a two way street,
And true love never knows defeat.
It proudly holds its head up high
And lays the whole world at your feet.

Silently the heart may weep
With joy for all that it may reap,
But true love never leaves you all alone
To cry yourself to sleep.

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Friday, December 08, 2017

The Road Back to You

Though I should trek a million miles,
Gathering a million smiles
From strangers met along the way,
Still I hunger for the day

When once again I touch your face
Clearing every fearful trace
Of doubt that I would soon be home
No matter how far I may roam.

You're the sunshine in my day
Chasing every cloud away and
Filling up my heart with glee,
Giving love so willingly.

Any wonder my heart sings
With joy for all the love you bring.
And so with swiftness I pursue
To road that leads me back to you.
  

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Spring Reborn

The morning sun is warmer now.
It burns the chill of evening
Far more quickly to a level
That human flesh may tolerate,
Causing man to celebrate
The rebirth of his humble world
Rekindling the spirit that
For months lay cold and desolate.

Robins greet the morning dew
As daffodils reach for the sun.
Lilacs speak a fragrance
Unlike any other on this earth.
And I am left to ponder
All the wonders as I wander
Bearing witness to the miracle
Of newness, of rebirth.

Levels of emotion peak,
And love is in the springtime air as
Hope revives its' flourish
And anticipation grows.
Spring reborn inside our hearts
Is more than just a season.
Just where it may lead us,
No one knows.


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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Diabolical

It must have been a demon who
Made up this game and named it love.
All the crafted twists and turns
As subtle innuendo burns

Life's incense slowing smoldering
And you're left standing, shouldering
The weight of the entire world,
Another lesson sadly learned.

The field is never level, without
Bevel or uncertainty,
And we are left to ponder
As we wander across open seas.

It's all so diabolical
Steeped in psychological
Mind games between physical
Opponents biological.

Crushing blows than weaken will,
Broken egos slow to heal,
As curtains open to reveal
Emotions we're not meant to feel.

Though obstacles block every mile
Still the journey is worthwhile.
And we make it willingly,
For that's the way it's meant to be.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Balancing Act

Life's great see-saw…
Love commands the ups, the downs,
The turn arounds,
The outstretching hands with offerings,
The thrill that every new day brings.
The joy that every young heart sings,
Filled with wild imaginings
Of bold exhilaration as they
Blindly reach to grab the ring.

Foolish hearts secomb to pain
When disappointment causes rain to
Fall with vigor and disdain
And living becomes muddled.
Love can be a painful thing
When hearts insist on clinging to
A hopeless situation as
The mind becomes befuddled.

Seesaws tilt with ups and downs,
Counter weights and balances.
Filled with promise,
Filled with thrills,
But also filled with challenges.

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Monday, December 04, 2017

Scream Softly

He makes you want to scream sometimes,
Doesn't he, girls?
Makes you want to place diminutive hands
Around his scraggy neck and squeeze
And shake some common sense into
That yard-thick concrete head.

No one ever said that it would
Always be so peachy keen.
That's why they sneak the ominous phrase
"For better or worse" into your vows.
And then they make you promise,
With the foresight of the ages,
To put up with his foolishness
Until one of you is dead.

But you took the vow so willingly,
And you mean to keep your pledge.  So,
Scream softly from the mountain's peak
As you approach the edge.

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Sunday, December 03, 2017

Blame the Creator

Breaking up, as they say, is hard.
No one has ever done it well.
No one has written a 'How To' book
About ending relationships once they are done.

No one's devised a scoring system to
Tell who's ahead and who didn't try.
Who was to blame for letting it happen?
Who's the big loser? Who won?

Truth is, in break-ups, everyone loses.
It's been that way since time began.
Blame the creator for making us different,
For drawing the line between woman and man.

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Saturday, December 02, 2017

Lonesome Souls

Sing yet another mournful song for
The lonesome souls in search of love.
Lift up your voices to make them feel
A little less naked and alone.

Be their redemption, a warm consolation,
Although a poor substitute for the real thing.
Moments of respite from cold desolation
Whispering softly a warm breath of spring.

Pity the plight of the lonesome souls,
Roaming this world never knowing the joy
Of sharing a heart, of building a dream,
Of being the light of the one you adore.

They never know the exhilaration
The sheer ecstasy of a love that is new.
High as a kite flying over the rainbow,
Reaching with gusto to open the door.

Sing them your song to make them feel better,
Although reality taunts and cajoles.
All of us dwell just a heartbeat away
From living the lives of the lonesome souls.

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Friday, December 01, 2017

Walk Away Tall

Now that it's over,
As you say it's over,
Little is left to say or do.
Watching a dream disappear
In an instant,
Hope is a distant reminder of you.
There was a time when
I felt deep inside that
We were forever, you and I.
But no one can see how
The future evolves
Or know with assurance love will survive.
Only one thing is
Left for the doing,
The unwanted kiss of goodbye.
I'll walk away tall without
Looking back so you won't see
The tear in my eye.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Bait and Switch


You drew me in, tempted and teased me
To think that our passion
Would be just one night.
I was impressed, as the evening grew longer.
You clung to virtue
As I held you tight.
Nothing, I thought would have given me pleasure
More than to be with you
Flesh unto skin.
But you had a different mission that evening,
Mountains of conquest,
Battles to win.
Men on the prowl are blinded by passion
Thinking the ladies will
Fall for their pitch.
But don't underestimate the wiles of a woman
In playing the old game of
Bait and switch.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Crossing Continents


I'm coming home after so long away from you,
Back to your arms and the love they enfold.
So far away has my sojourning taken me,
Far beyond continents searching for gold.

God creates fools just as surely as geniuses,
Watches them dance as he pulls on the strings.
Then one day you wake to the sounds of reality,
Breaking with clarity as your heart grows wings.

It's not too late for our love to survive
Nourished in sunlight, bathed in its glow.
You are the wisdom for which I've been searching,
Much more than I ever needed to know.

Distance apart isn't distance away from you.
You're in my heart and you know that it's true.
Nothing on earth can keep me away.
I would cross continents to get back to you.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Row 23, Window Seat

Five miles up, above the clouds,
The world has a different perspective as I
Swiftly ride on a cushion of balmy air
Over mountains and rivers, valleys and fields.

Rushing back to your waiting arms,
Your ruby lips, your honey hair,
My thoughts adrift roll the minutes to
Hours as countryside hurriedly passes below.

Someone engages polite conversation
Attempting to speed up the passage of time,
But I prove to be quite inept as a listener
Lost in a mindset of home and you.

Constantly seeking your face in the clouds,
Watching for shapes that remind me of you,
Placing my trust in a guardian angel to
Bring me back swiftly and safely home.

Fate is the keeper of many a secret
And trust is a champion who knows no defeat.
I travel safe on the wings of your love
In row twenty-three, window seat.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Who Knew?

Who knew…
          That you would be the one,
          The only one to steal my heart away.
          Breaking every rule established
          By polite society.
It's true…
          That I was waiting for
          A miracle to come along
          And sweep me off my feet,
          To carry me to ecstasy.
Adieu…
          To old memories of
          What love was supposed to be.
          No clue is what I possess
          As you confess your soul.
All new…
          Are these feelings that you
          Stir in me with every breath.
          The sudden, certain knowledge that
          Your love is my true goal.
Who Knew?

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Art of Dating

No one really knows the
Art of dating anymore.  It was
Lost sometime back in the 60's
Between doo-wop and the Rolling Stones.

The free-love movement desecrated
All regard for proper form,
Tearing down the barriers and
Clearing out restrictive zones.

Nowadays the dating game
Is played upon a different court.
Rules relaxed down to the point
Where no rules need apply.

Sleazy, darkened, noise-filled clubs
Replacing Mother's parlor.
Rooms where desperation dwells
And morals go to die.

Tricks devised to bed, not wed,
Are etched on bathroom walls,
As lurkers, losers, louts and creeps
Stalk freely through the halls.

And no one really knows the rules.
They're made up as they go along.
The art of dating gone for good,
A dirge it's dying song.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Full Court Pressure


Brace yourself, for here it comes.
Time for a little one on one.
A crazy quilt of random pattern
Meant to fool, create diversion,

Quickly sneaking past defenses,
Testing all reflex reactions
Leaping high into the air to
Crash the nets and score the goal.

Persisting with tenacity,
Boldly questioning endurance,
Trying hard to wear your will
Down to a point where I can win

Your favor in the game of love.
You taunt and tease and fan the flame,
As I keep up the full court pressure
Hoping you will do the same.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Sometimes a Good Thing

Martha Stewart, eat your heart out,
Always telling me about the simple,
Finer things in life that make it
Just a little more enjoyable,

A little less deplorable and
Self-fulfilling if my mind and
Hands are willing to find the
Slightest bit of creativity employable.

No more waiting in the wings
To be a players' understudy,
No more watching QVC to
Order someone else's craft,

I am out to make my own,
Claim my prize in a lover's game,
Striking out like Tom and Huck to
Float down stream on a hand-made raft.

What bold adventure, this journey called love,
To fly up to Heaven on gossamer wings.
Martha, my dear, you can't build love by hand,
But sometimes it truly is a good thing.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Giving Thanks

Going through our daily tasks
That sometimes seem routine,
It's easy to forget what brought us here.
Guiding forces, ever present,
Sources seldom seen,
Leading us along throughout the year.

Only fitting we should
Set aside a special day
To give thanks for all our bounty,
To reflect and pray.

Life is such a special gift;
A miracle it seems.
Reaching far beyond the heavens
From where starlight beams.

Tiny blessings fill our lives
With joy in every way.
To be thankful is a mantle
To be worn each day.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A Constant Vigil

Always watching, standing guard
Against the common criminal
Whose goal it is to pilfer hearts
And use them for a time,
Then run away with disillusioned
Disappointment when they find
Your true love lingers for another
As you fall victim to their crime.
Looking out beyond the gates
With eyes alert and jaw set tight,
I stay my keep and search horizons
From my station high above
Making every effort in
The maelstrom of living
To keep a constant vigil
From the watchtower of love.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Where Earth Ends and Heaven Begins

We met on a Saturday,
A chilled November evening
When the heat inside was
Magnified by bodies jumping,

Dancing to the rhythm from
A jukebox playing in the corner of the hall,
Lively jaunting melodies
Kept filling up the air.

You were sad when first we met,
Looking for a shoulder you could
Lean upon, needing someone
To restore your faith in love.

I was wide-eyed, filled with
Expectation, just a bumpkin
From the country with an
Empty open heart to fill.

We had just one dance that night;
Threw all caution to the winds.
I held you in forever…
Where earth ends and Heaven begins.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Forever

How long does forever last?
I know what I believe is true.
It started on the day we met,
The day I started loving you.
It lingers in the evening breeze,
Reflected in your smiling face,
Like the interlocking pattern
Woven into finest lace.
It casts an evening shadow
But the darkness never falls.
It waits a final passage
But the reaper never calls.
Forever…you and I together
Till poems forget to rhyme.
Forever lies within your eyes.
It is no measurement of time.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Chambers in the Heart

We are probing, you and I
In an unfamiliar land
Where wishes tumble to the ground
As listless falling autumn leaves,
Where hope runs highest early on
And expectation generates
A spectrum of emotions
That a thriving foolish heart believes

We are children playing hard
To understand a grownup game,
Hidden in a land so strange,
Too often seeming worlds apart.
Seeking wisdom with comparison,
Hoping love will find our waiting
Empty cornucopia
To fill our chambers in the heart.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Just Once…

Just once…
          If I could see your face again
          Feel your warm embrace and then
          Never let you go I know,
          It could be like it was when      
         You held me in your loving heart,
         Vowed that we would never part
         As we pledged our love to grow,
         But I wasn't very smart.
Just once…
          You were true as true could be
          Saved your love for only me.
          I went sowing one last seed
          While you were waiting patiently.
          How could I have been so cruel?
          Set to break a lover's rule
          With a hurtful wicked deed.
          Now I feel like such a fool
          I never meant to make you cry,
          Can't present an alibi
          Can we give it one more try?
Just once…

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Bliss

Bliss,
This.
You,
Me.
We
Be
Heart
Free
To agree
Or disagree to
A degree on
All we see.
Lovingly
Tenderly
Knowingly
You hold the key.
Thankfully on
Bended knee,
I share with you,
You give to me
This
Bliss.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Promises Made/Promises Kept

We stood before the altar and
Made promises to one another,
Vowed our love would always be,
A pledge made before everyone.
You and me forever in an
Ever-changing mixed-up world,
Looking forward to the future,
Looking back on how we've grown.
Reveling in times of plenty
When our voices laughed out loud,
Comforting each other,
Sharing shoulders as we sadly wept.
Healing one another with
A comfort only lovers share
Making good on promises we made
With promises we've kept.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Heart Song

Lifting my eyes to you,
Knowing your heart is true,
Finding a world so new
There in your heart.
See how the time has shown
How much our love has grown.
You'll never be alone.
We'll never be apart.

The heavens above declared
Their desire for you.
Blinding your eyes
So you couldn't see.
But fate took your hand
And gave you a shining star
To carry you safe
And bring you to me.
You've kindled my desires
Setting a world of fires.
You're all my heart requires
Right from the start.
Say that you want me too,
And that your love is true.
Home holds a place for you
Here in my heart.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Walk With Me

Walk with me as all the trials
Of this weathered world beat down
Upon our naked supple flesh to test
The strength of our resolve.

Help me see the light as we
Stroll hand in hand along the sandy
Beaches watching sunrise/sunset,
Silent as the world revolves.

Stay with me.  Be my passion.
Be my heaven here on earth.
Sharing joy as well as sorrow
Just the way love's meant to be.
Cherishing our time together,
Locking treasures in our hearts,
From forever 'til forever
Take my hand and walk with me.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Tearing Down the Wall

I spent a lifetime building up a wall,
Reinforcing, so afraid to fall into
The endless chasm filled with life's temptations,
Then you thrilled me with anticipation
And the walls came down.
The walls came down.

All the hurt I felt before this moment
All the pain, the anguish and the torment
Disappeared the minute that I met you
Now I know I never will regret
That the walls came down.
The walls came down.
  
You must believe that I'm
Ready to answer your call
You've never needed a hammer
To break down this wall. 


Cheek to cheek we're dancing in the clearing.
I can't believe all the music that we're hearing.
All the stones are lying at our feet now
Passion's senses turning up the heat
Since the walls came down.
The walls came down.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Nothing Ever Dies

The taking always the painful part,
The tugging and tearing pulls at the heart
Like a large bull elephant straining at chains
'Til he gains his freedom from torture and pain.

But 'Packy' has secrets unable to share,
He runs straight away without e'er looking back.
For as surely as one door closes in time,
Another one opens ahead and on track.

As the train races forward with uncanny ease,
Watchful and hopeful and eager to please,
The wind sweeping oceans of air beneath wings
'Til the uplifting current tickles and teases

The lifeblood to stir in another dimension.
Craving the fresh fettle of a new start.
Boundless emotions, too many to mention,
Falling like autumn leaves, filling the heart.

Waking in Neverland, fresh as the daisies
Free from the yolk of unburdensome lies.
New to a world and awake with unknowing,
Safe and assured
Nothing ever dies.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Weep for Love

Have you the strength to admit that it's over?
Have you the fortitude to say goodbye
When the day is done with no battles won?
Raking your sleeve across tearful eyes,
Cursing the devil who brought you to here
And made you the fool with that silly chapeau,
Stood you before God and everyone else,
Showing the world just how little you know.

Everyone is made the fool one time or another,
It's the rule, or maybe merely happenstance,
The clearly crazy consequence for those who
Listen to the muse as they dash onto
The floor to dance.

Brave souls eager for the chance to gain the prize
Of happiness, not too proud to second guess,
Far too quick to issue tests as
Choices slip from bad to worse and
Settling becomes the quest.
True love is a gift of fate which
Fits the hand like a silken glove.
Once discovered and secured
One need never weep for love.

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