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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Friday, November 10, 2017

As Long as You're Alright

I'll be fine.  It makes no matter
The pinpricks a suffering heart may conceal.
Going down slowly, first once, then
Twice, but never thrice as the waters congeal
To hold up this form, though the spirit may wan
Like a lingering sunset o'er ocean's expanse.
There are not villains in this final episode,
Simply the irony of circumstance.

We held such hope in our humble beginning,
Seemed that forever was so far away.
But who could have known, who would have guessed
That forever would be little more than a day.

We were both victims of folly's desire
Holding our candles aloft in the night.
And I shall be counted among the survivors
As long as I know that you are all right.

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Thursday, November 09, 2017

Taking on the Beast

It crawls through the night of the great
Forest floor hiding its colors
So none can reveal,
Blending its shade in the
Evergreen folds 'til the shadows
Conceal every cavernous crease.
Veiled as it is in its labyrinth
Secrecy, void of all consciousness
Eager to steal
Every fiber of decency left to
The mortal soul, filling its fable,
Becoming the beast.

I follow down to the pitch
Of its battlefield, eager to
Conquer your favor to win.
Knowing that victory helps to
Secure a seat at your table,
A taste of your feast.
The battle unending is worth
All its suffering knowing
The bounty which waits at its pause,
And I struggle freely with
You as my treasure. Gladly lamenting
To take on the beast.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

The Face of a Child

Heartstrings grow longer,
Emotions run stronger,
Passing along every Saturday smile.
Feeding the hunger,
Singing a song or a
Nursery rhyme pulled from a forgotten file.
Gender's no matter,
Nor thinner, nor fatter,
The clatter and chattering need not make sense.
The needed response in the
Wide-eyes of wonder contain
All the joy of required recompense.
The innocence born to
The nature of humans,
The sweet gentle creed
Of the meek and the mild,
The awe and the wonder
Of worlds undiscovered,
Uniquely in place
In the face of a child.


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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

The Blessed


If they who have suffered are truly blessed,
Then mine is lifetime beyond all reproach.
The circus calliope mocks its refrain
Attempting in vain to cover the hoax born in
Happier times before you went away,
Before all the skies became brooding and gray,
Before life became such a trivial wisp
Of smoke knowing nothing of night and day.

Yes, it's true my lament has a sadness avoid
Of all gladness the sane world holds dearly in store.
But hope is my neighbor, my roommate, companion
And guide who searches behind every door.
And though I am skeptical, slow to
Accept my litmus example put to the test,
I can't play the martyr or run the risk
Of missing the chance to be truly blessed.

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Monday, November 06, 2017

Early One Morning

Early one morning,
Awake before dawning,
I rise with a knowing
Of missing you.
Broken, downhearted,
Meager reflection of me
Since we parted
And started anew.

You are my universe,
Not just the center,
But every galaxy
Spinning in space
From corner to corner
With lines infinitum
Unable to capture
The joy in your face.


I have no choice.
My motive is driven.
The imminent fate
Of my faithful return
Is written in stone
On the mountains of time,
Wiser and older,
And eager to learn.

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Sunday, November 05, 2017

The Big Thrill


I recall that special feeling
Of recoiled anticipation,
Sitting poised and ready
High atop the snow-capped hill.
The rush of spilled adrenaline,
The gush of gusting wind which
Hurried past as I went flying
To the bottom.  What a thrill
It gave a young and foolish heart
To know a danger quickly born
Of pure delight, turned by flight to
Pure uncensored ecstasy.
Knowing at that moment that
No matter what the future held,
Nothing could be better.  It's as
Good as life was meant to be.

Oh!  The joy of being wrong.  For
Of all the memories I recall,
To know the sweetness of your touch
Is the greatest thrill of all.

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Saturday, November 04, 2017

My Lady

Gracing my days with a light
That shines brighter than
All of the stars in the Heavens above.
Wearing my heart on her delicate
Fingertips, soft with the feel
Of a white satin glove.
Bearing my soul to the world
All around.  Meekly confessing
As though it were sin.
Then loudly professing an unbounded
Passion, blatantly crying the
State I am in.
You are the passion.
You are the reason.
You bring me joy on the wings of a dove.
You fill each day and
Comfort my nights with
Your bountiful favor.
My lady…..my love.

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Friday, November 03, 2017

Blazing Heart

There is a spark which
Dwells deep inside of us all,
Silently biding its time
Waiting for kindling to flash into flame,
Starting a blaze, which never will die.
I felt the spark the moment
Our eyes first encountered each other,
Risking a glance, a chance
Which taken and given its measure
Can never be hidden inside of a lie.
Yours was a treasure more
Precious than silver or gold
And I rushed to capture a part.
Now nothing can stem the tide
Of emotion, the sea of devotion
From this blazing heart.

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Thursday, November 02, 2017

I Saw the Whole Thing

Witnessed!  Yes, I witnessed it all.
Saw a man fall so hard that
Bones were in danger of shattering
Into dust whence they came.
You were to blame with your
Beckoning wiles, your
Flashing of smiles, a
Wink and a start, the
Smell of your hair, your
Voice softly tugging the
Strings of his heart.
He never stood a chance from the start.
You cast a spell with
Your feminine charms
Reaching your arms out enfolding your prey,
Stretching the night to
The shining of day,
Reeling the line 'til your net was below.
No way to escape.  Nowhere to go.
No desire to be set free.
I am so happy your capture was me.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Bewitched


You turned on your pagan charms
To whisk away my every doubt
And cast a spell which you
Claimed set us free.
Free to be what God intended,
Free to love in harmony,
Free to take and in return
To give back two-fold willingly.
No one said I had to yield.
No one set a limit or
Placed boundaries around our hearts
Confining our emotions.
I strode boldly through the night
Running free to catch the light
You emanated from a distance
Quelling every doubt or notion.
As the earth spins infinitely
One great constant remains true.
I will spend my life and more
Bewitched by just the thought of you.


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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Where has the time gone?

It seems like only yesterday
Our lips touched for the very first time.
I lightly brushed your cheek and
Whispered "I love you", and you
Softly echoed the same.
You took my name and started a journey
Which lasted for years through
Laughter and tears,
Heartaches and fears.
Kudos and cheers.
You kept the flame
Glowing brightly no matter
How darkened the way.
You turned it to daylight
With only a smile.
You've made every mile
An adventure recorded
In timeless song.
'So quickly' I wonder,
Where has it gone?

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Angel Falling Down

Heaven must have opened up
Its portals for an instant
Giving temporary freedom for
An angel to fulfill my dreams.

Falling like a downy feather
Through the gentle air of morning,
Playing softly on my heartstrings,
You have touched my very soul.

And I lie captured by your spirit,
Longingly and willingly to
Do your bidding, win your favor,
Touch your scented haloed hair.

You approach and I surrender
Caring not for human pride,
Knowing I am only half, that
You complete me, make me whole.

As I pause to count the blessings
Which most certainly abound,
Not a one could be more precious
Than my angel falling down.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Lake by Night

We watched as the sun sank into the earth,
Dancing its twin on the shimmering waters.
I called to the cabin to come and observe
And all obliged save for one in the shower.

We watched as the stars slowly came into view
Piercing the sky with the pinpricks of angels.
Blanketing Heaven from light years beyond,
Touching our souls with their awesome splendor.

You take my hand and we cling to each other
Tasting the night without judgement or pause.
Savoring moments too special to question
With reason or rhetoric.  Silence prevails.

A breeze gently rustles the lush green foliage
Then ripples the shore of her watery surface.
Tiny dances amuse the moonlight's reflection
Then silently tiptoe away.

Breathlessly waiting the scene to develop,
Watching the passion arise in your eyes,
A scene too precious to share with a stranger,
Enfolding our hearts in her watery arms.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Taking a Chance on Love


Who would have thought?
It could happen again,
Especially after that
Last chapter when my heart
Was ripped from corner to corner,
Shredded, minced
And then ground to puree.
I knew that it would be
Many a day before
Life would creep back and
Hope be reborn from the
Ashes left by a lover's scorn.
And then you entered in chapter two
Sweeping away the primordial fears,
Shaping and molding the
Softened clay.  In a single day
You rescued my soul,
Reconstructed and made it whole,
Giving me wings to fly high above,
Once again taking a chance on love.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Please Don't Go

You say that it's over;
That there's nothing left but to say goodbye.
But even as you say the words
A hint of denial escapes your eyes,
Which speaks much louder to my heart.

To think that we could be apart 
Is madness, simple lunacy,
A pretext masked in rogue's disguise.

My failing heart could not survive 
The leaving as you breach the door.
Veins constrict the flow of life
And air no longer can sustain.

The ever-growing constant void,
The cataclysmic emptiness
Which knows no bounds and only stops
To fill itself with cosmic pain.

Love is the question.
I need to know.
You are the answer.
Please, don't go.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

You're the One


You're the one who picks me up
When all the world would knock me down
And leave their footprints on my soul.
You complete me, make me whole.

Wandering through aimless seas,
I heard your sultry siren's call,
Found your island in the mist,
Tasted lips as yet unkissed

By one whose heart could claim your own.
We became a single soul
United by a pledge so sure,
So strong that it must long endure.

Other eyes may tempt and tease
With peacock feathers fluttering,
But there's no chance that I might yield.
I've no desire to play that field.

My love for you can't be undone.
No contest.   You are the one.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Knockdown-drag out


So, we disagree…. Big deal! So what!
Let's not make it World War III
A knock down-drag out mugging
With but one survivor when it's done.

Let's not say those hurtful things that
Anger brings to lesser minds,
Firing darts into the heart,
Emptying our verbal gun.

I have so much love for you,
Seeds of honor and respect that
I'll not seek to desecrate the
Firm position that you hold.

Instead I'll seek to use your eyes
To see your view, to stand your stand.
Seeking out the humble piece
Of common ground our hearts enfold.

Knock down. Drag out. Winner takes all.
That's no way for lovers to be.
Compromise is easy when you
Look to see what others see.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fair Weather/Foul


Life isn't always peaches and cream.
In eating its fruit we sometimes taste
The pits and find it bittersweet;
Not so easy to endure.

And you have been there through it all,
Sharing the bounty along the way,
Sharing the load, laughing the laugh,
Crying when sadness raises its head.
I loaned you my shoulder and you took my hand
As we stood together united as one.
No one could cut us to make us bleed.
Nothing would part us this side of heaven.
I shall take your laughter to my grave
In fond remembrance of your face.
But more I cherish friendship's grace
Through weathers fair/weathers foul.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

You Win

Life's too short for arguments.
You win.
Let's not cross that restless stream
Again with all its heartaches
And abysmal lies.  The tearful eyes
Too proud to say I'm sorry or
Excuse me for not listening.
Sunlight beaming, gleaming
Upon the rapid waters edge,
Both feet dangling from the ledge.
I regret not telling you
More often how I need your love
To guide me through the murky trials
As life reviles and shuns my name.
Why I could not give the same
Undying trust you gave to me is
One of life's great mysteries.
It will not occur again.
This I vow.
You win.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Life is an Adventure

From the moment of birth
When an innocent child shares
The same air with its mother,
The adventure begins,
And the flight doesn't end
Until ashes reclaim what they gave.

Front seat on the roller coaster
As it slowly climbs the hill
Topping the crest and
Plummeting down to a certain death.

As wave after wave of
Adrenaline gushes through
Over-stretched veins,
Eyes growing too large to see.
The mind become mush as 
The body grows limp and
Legs fail to carry their weight.

Ready to heave
Once the hassle is over
Promising "never again".
Yet knowing full well that
You've caught the addiction
That no force on earth can abate.
Life's an adventure, ready to wear,
Traveling in circles, awaiting the dare.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Second Chance


I've been hoping for a second chance.
You've been holding me off at a distance
Ignoring all my calls.
You've been out there with some other someone 
While I'm sitting here night after night
Staring at these four walls.

He says he wants you and that he'll always be true.
But you know deep inside that it's
Foolish for you to agree.
Your heart is breaking because you know the truth.
You're really alone
And you'll only be happy with me.

You walked away because I was afraid
To give all my heart.
You were exciting but I wasn't ready to dance.
Now things are clear and I know without fear
What I need is you.
Say you'll forgive me and give us a second chance.

I've been praying that you'll see the truth.
You can only imagine the Hell you've 
Been putting me through.
But I won't mind it if in the end I find
This long dusty road is the pathway that
Leads me to you.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

I Know That Song

That's the song they played
The very first time we danced together.
That's the tune we sang as we strolled
Hand in hand along the beach.
That's the song we listened to
The first time that we shared a kiss.
That's the haunting melody we heard 
The night we fell in love.

Life's great moments often are
Reflected in a single song, 
Coupled with a memory which
Takes us back to yesterday.
Private mini-celebrations 
Dance around inside our heads
Stirring up emotions that are
Sure to bring a smile our way. 

It could happen any time
As life's great journey strolls along.
The airwaves stir and you reflect,
"Ah yes! I know that song."

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Empty Nest

This house was once a teaming, screaming,
Rowdy loud menagerie.
Sometimes it seemed a thousand feet were
Pounding floor from dawn to dusk.
At times my own voice cracked as I related
My displeasure with
The maddening annoyance
Singing, ringing in my ear.
Praying for a moment, just one
Minutes peace to calm my nerves.
Wondering if it would have been 
Wiser to be celibate.
Settling disputes with the diplomacy of
Solomon. Finding commonality to 
Wash away all doubt and fear.
Now there's such a peaceful calm
Surrounding every moment that
I feel as though my life is truly blessed.
And yet at times I find myself reflecting 
On the sweetness of the life we knew
Before our empty nest.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Love's Consequence

You would have me change, but
I don't want to change.
I like myself.
Just the way you see me
Is the way that I intend to stay.
You keep saying you've made 
Your concessions just
To be with me,
But your confession isn't what I need
To make me change my way.

Haven't I expressed to you\
I love you just the way you are?
Wouldn't have you change a thing
Or make you sing a different song.

…Except for just a few annoying habits.
Oh! Such little things like
Always being late.
You know I hate to have to wait too long.

And what about the way you jump on
Every little phase or fad?

…Hold on just a second.
Maybe change is not so bad.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Lot Of Work To Do

Listen to the lovers as they
Bicker, tease and pine away
For what they haven't yet achieved
In their great quest for total joy.

Dreams laid often by the wayside
Waiting patiently their turn,
Battered, shattered, beaten, broken,
Like a child's forgotten toy

Brave hearts will pick up the pieces,
Mend the break and carry on
With hope renewed and vision
Rising over that of lesser men.

Goals revised and redirected,
Spirits bolstered and renewed.
Never minding failure, finding 
Favor to begin again.

If a dream is worth pursuing,
Always keep it within view. 
If perfection is our goal,
We've got a lot of work to do.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Cherry Blossom Smile


Show me just a little of 
That cherry blossom smile. 
Not too much, 
Just enough to last me for a little while.

Wouldn’t want to overload 
Else I be filled with wild desire and 
Unable to concentrate on 
Anything except your fire.

Must admit a lustful bit of 
Anguish when I hear your name. 
Cannot hide the awesome pride of 
Knowing that you feel the same.

We are two and we are one, 
And that is how it’s meant to be. 
Yesterday until forever, 
Lifetime is our destiny.

Every footstep hand in hand, 
We face every trial, 
And everything I need is in 
Your cherry blossom smile.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Wonderland

Follow into wonderland. 
I know Alice wouldn’t mind 
The company of one more fool 
As she winds through her fantasy.

Riding on her magic mushroom 
Hiding behind Cheshire grins,
High tea parties, 
Birthday wishes, 
Getting large, then small again.

Bashful dormouse taking cues from 
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum Dum, 
Bash heads with the Queen of Hearts 
Until your tale is a conundrum.

Land of wonder
Isle of pleasure 
Transport to another plain, 
Transitory sanctuary, 
Only fantasy remains.

Feeding souls the breath of freedom 
From the humdrum daily plan. 
Respite sought but for a moment, 
Peace abides in Wonderland.

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Monday, October 09, 2017

Old People

There’s something to be said for growing older. 
When you think of the alternative
It’s not so bad at all. 
In fact it would seem sad to miss 
That time of quiet reflection, 
Remembering the good, the bad, 
The Cinderella ball.

The burdens of the world upon their shoulders, 
Though labor seems to be a slave of youth. 
Quiet desperation to find harmony,
Seeking the benevolence of unrelenting truth.

Every wrinkle, every line a story to be told, 
Lessons learned more valuable than solid bricks of gold, 
Treasures far too precious to be ever bought or sold, 
Guiding young hearts through the trials 
As pangs of youth unfold.

Never doubt the force old people harbor. 
To waste the knowledge of their years 
Would surely be a crime. 
Though youth would seek the power and the glory, 
Power comes from wisdom 
And wisdom grows with time.

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Today

Never know about tomorrow. 
        Can’t rely on yesterday 
                To catch the brass ring of forever 
                         On this busman’s holiday. 

Sweep the floor of dusty sorrows. 
        Cannot use them anyway. 
                Damn the foil of stormy weather 
                         If it dares get in the way.

Do not be afraid to borrow. 
        You’ll repay the debt someday 
                Before the beast of leave-me-never 
                         Comes to steal your soul away.

Even when the path is narrow 
        And the sky turns steely gray 
                 Hope will rise with feathered wings
                         On gentle breezes of today.

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Saturday, October 07, 2017

Roll of the Dice

Life is a crapshoot… 
        Roll of the dice, 
Waltz-around cakewalk 
        Sold by the slice, 
Meat and potatoes 
        Seasoned with spice, 
Waiting for sundown to fall.

Step to the table, 
        Your turn to roll, 
Seven eleven 
        Set point to goal, 
Game on and gamble, 
        Watch it unfold, 
Shoot for the top of the wall.

Paying the piper or
        Rolling in clover, 
Magpie or mute 
         Rounder or rover, 
Pick up the pieces to 
        Start it all over, 
Banking on winning it all.

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Friday, October 06, 2017

Dreams


Silent tiptoes ushering 
An angel chorus from on high,
A single note, 
        A breathless sigh
Leaves a feathered cloud of dreams
Soft upon my waiting pillow.

Never seems to be too much, 
Ever welcome to the touch, 
Always cotton-candy sweet to taste, 
If dreams were made of such.

Rapid eyes survey the scene, 
Anxious to view everything and more 
If more presents itself  
Beneath the glow of starlight beams.

Anything and everything is possible it seems. 
Flights of fancy are forever,
Living on in dreams.

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

A Picture is Worth

Press a button 
        Snap a shutter 
                Instant memory
                         Captured in time.

Keeper historical 
         All categorical
                 Storybook treasures 
                         Of reason and rhyme.

Telling a tale of
        Fantastical youth.
                 Shining bright fortune of
                         Beckoning truth.

Brazenly bold 
        Through the heat, in the cold, 
                More revealing than sunlight, 
                         More precious than gold.

Devine distinction 
        In frolic and mirth, 
                Measures untold 
                        What a picture is worth.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Do the Right Thing

No hiding allowed in this sacred shrine, 
No holiday from fractured facts, 
No merciful dispensation from
Magnanimous benefactors.

Time to step into the light, 
To say the say 
        Do the do 
Be the one who is the one 
Regardless of distracters.

Praise the opportunity 
The glory of enlightened grace 
When all the nay-say’s folly foils and 
Worship comes to heroes.

You and you alone will reap 
The harvest from her fertile field 
Sewn in truth and vigilance 
Where silent conquest grows.

No one knows the outcome 
When you opt to fight the fight; 
Simply that the only course…
To choose to do things right.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The Best There Is

Really 
        Truly 
                Honestly   
To hope 
        To give 
                To try and be 
The best
        The very best there is
A model 
        For the world to see.

Purpose for 
        The purposeless 
Primed and ready 
         To confess to 
Faults perceived 
        And unperceived 
Through controversy 
        And distress.

Holding tight 
        To purity
Reaching out 
        with surety
Striving without
        Food or rest 
Intent to be 
        The very best.

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Monday, October 02, 2017

Hearts Aflutter

Young love tends to make me smile; 
Hearts aflutter
Giddy laughter 
Sweet surprises of amazement,
First time blushing flushing cheeks.

Optimism running rampant 
Common sense a distant glen where 
Foggish mist obscures all vision 
Save the light in lover’s eyes.

And who’s to say where love may lead? 
Who is seer of mystic power 
Adept with craft of bold prediction? 
Can one know what is unknown?

Time reveals the hidden treasures 
Buried deep beneath the stone. 
Lovers with their hearts aflutter 
Need not face the search alone.

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Sunday, October 01, 2017

Cavalry Charge

Heed the cry of innocence lost to 
Hapless heathen reckless wrath. 
No amount of weepy wailing 
Halts the imminent attack.

Not for lack of warning 
Nor a need for preparation, 
Just grasshopper mentality, 
Never forward, 
Never back.

Now raise the call to summon forces. 
Now sound your bugle loud and strong. 
Call your horses from their stables 
Swift and ready for the fray. 

Now draw your sabers, feed your cannons, 
Let the battle lines be drawn. 
Let your lightning and your swiftness 
Be the savior of the day.

In the aftermath of battle, 
The reset of memory, 
Praise the bravery and the daring 
Of her wondrous cavalry.

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