Thursday, March 27, 2014

Opening Night

Places! Places!
Dim the lights!
Tempo. Timing.
Make it right.
Attack the stage.
Forget the fright.
Finally it’s
Opening night.
Grueling weeks of
Late night trends,
Burning candles
At both ends.
Do it over
And again
Until we get it all
Just right.
Love the crowd.
Forget the crowd.
Stand up proud
And shout out loud.
Curtain, lights.
Bring the house down
Opening night.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Awake at a Wake (A Conversation)

“He was…”
          “I know.”
“I’ll miss him.”
            “Me, too.”
          “So well.”
“Such kindness…”
          “It’s true.”

"And laughter…”

          “That too.”
“He so loved to laugh…”
          “To sing.”
                    “And dance.”
“To toss back a few.”
“Up for a challenge…”
          “Taking a chance.”
“One of the bravest I ever knew.”
“He’d want us to celebrate.”
          “Raise up a glass.”
“Have one for him.”
          “At least one.”
                    “Maybe two.”
“He looks really good in that suit.”
          “Yes. It’s new.”
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Simple Pleasures

Full moon enters my bedroom
This morning.
I watch it descend to the
Western horizon,
Inching its way over
High-arching rooftops,
Winging through feathers of
Billowy clouds.
I see it winking,
Watching and wondering,
Guarding the night
As it silently sails through
The harbors of heaven
Casting pale shadows,
Keeping a promise to
Always return.
Night bird announces
A new day is dawning,
And sunrise grows miracles
Fresh in her garden.
The world is alive
With peaceful endeavor
And life’s simple pleasures
Abide everywhere.
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Growing Old

“You’re not growing old,” she said.
“You’re simply growing beautiful.”
I smiled and hugged her with my heart
And placed a kiss upon her cheek.
To be so young – so innocent –
And yet so wise beyond her years,
My eyes stay tears
As memories flow
To fill my simple mind with joy.
Fleeting summers come and go
So quickly in a moon-kissed sky
As subtle scents of lavender
Give yearning pause to sunset’s glow.
The mirror grieves a faded past
Of tears and laughter –
If only I could keep those precious
Diamonds through eternity.
Be still, my sweet.
Be brave.
Be bold to
Relish the joy of growing old.
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Sunday, March 09, 2014

Ice Cream and Cake, Candles and Clowns

Come to my party, please,
          Help celebrate.
The invite will tell you
          The time and the date.
You won’t want to miss this.
          It’s gonna be great,
Guaranteed to erase all your frowns.
It’s prizes and favors
          And candy, all flavors,
With singing so loud it
          Disturbs all the neighbors.
Where fun lasts forever
          And everyone savors
The ice cream and cake,
          Candles and clowns.
And after the ice cream
          And cake are consumed,
The candles blown out,
          The clown danced ‘round the room,
The bloom of excitement will
          Fill every pore,
And a wrinkle of memory
          Lives evermore.
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Sunday, March 02, 2014

Let’s Get Together

Enough is enough
     -Is enough –
Is too much.
Patience and common sense
Running amuck.
Lit up in firefight,
Caught in the crush
By her saber –
     Cut to the bone.
Sudden explosion
     Trembles the ground
Mocking the silence –
     World upside down til
Cymbals crescendo
     And I look around
          To find myself
Lost and alone.
One might imagine
     A world without hate
Where patience evolves
     And all celebrate
Diversity’s beauty.
It’s not too late.
Let’s get together.
     Let’s get it done.
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