Tuesday, 9 May 2017

EXPRESSION

it's easy enough to say
"i love you"
many said it before
and later walked away

but relentlessly standing there
by my side
in darkest days
when it cost you everything to care

then leading me out of that dark hole
toward the light
of all my dreams:
you said "i love you" with your soul

thank you

Saturday, 22 April 2017

DOWN A NARROW ROAD

We are all walking
down a very narrow road
some side by side
some before or behind
some with places to go
   things to do
some aimless
but walking, nevertheless

We are all walking
so near each other
on this narrow road
we feel each other's warmth

But each has his own
destination
or so he thinks
so none of us
walk together

Saturday, 29 October 2016

STANDING ROCK

You heroes of such great renown
just doing your job, as you were told
You brave police who beat them down
so they can pipe their poison gold

Was there a line you wouldn't cross?
You fired on them while they prayed
Showing them who's really boss
How dare they faced you, unafraid

Though in the end they couldn't save
the water from a well-armed fool
They showed the world who's truly brave
and who is savage, mad, and cruel

The dying millions give you thanks
The job where you were once employed
put so much money in their banks
but now the water's been destroyed

You've no excuse. It's all on you.
You made the choice. Your soul defied.
But since your kids need water, too
You had to watch them as they died.

Now everything has all gone south
And everyone you love is dead
Please take that pistol from your mouth
And drink a glass of water instead

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

SONNET XLVIII – HEAVEN’S GATE

They say that when you die your spirit soars
into the stars above this dreary globe
and others think you walk down peaceful shores
reviewing life to earn a shining robe
but though I might offend our God most high
I dare not set a foot on heaven’s stair
it’s beautiful up there where angels fly
but can’t be paradise with you elsewhere
I know it hurts, but cut a little hole
and carve a place to fit me like a glove
for heaven’s gate to me is in your soul
please hide me there inside your deepest love
     I cannot rest in peace eternally
     unless it be within your love for me

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

SONNET XLVII - LEARNING

You go to school to learn to read and write.
You conquer math, and maybe take the arts.
But where's the course in treating others right?
Why don't we study healing broken hearts?
It's pain that gives the worst teaching of all.
The test comes first, the lesson after that.
But no one's there to help you when you fall,
and Life will never take you where you're at.
A chosen few might stumble through this world,
and find the things they need to pass the Test,
but by the time that wisdom is unfurled,
the need for it was long since laid to rest.
     But learn to hear the teachings of your soul
     and you've already reached the final goal.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

SONNET XLVI - POISON PEN

I think the trick to writing well is hate,
for who can write a classic when they’re calm?
But when hot anger drives you to create,
your heart explodes as deadly as a bomb.
It’s passion that sends soldiers off to war,
the same red heat that tempts a lover's play.
But anger sends the soldier back for more,
while boredom makes young lover’s lust decay
Tell ladies their love's worth a heavy cost.
Such sweetness might just woo them into bed.
But as sheets cool, such sentiments are lost.
The angry poem remains when love is dead.
     I’d rather read a sonnet full of rage
     than see a sappy ending mar the page.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Friday, 13 February 2015

SONNET XLIV - FORTUNE'S FRIEND

We dance beneath the place where angels tread
the stars are up there twinkling in the sky
but I would rather look at you instead
and wish upon the sparkle in your eye
The mournful trumpet singing in the night
tells sullen tales of lonely souls out there
it feels wrong while holding you so tight
and your soft cheek on mine seems so unfair
But if I'm friends with Fortune's random chance
just for a while, I'll gladly pay the debt
what do I owe for this exquisite dance?
though I pay dear, I never will forget
     the lady causes heaven to descend
     I only wish this song would never end

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

TWO STARS

looking up at those two stars
it made me realize
before I fell down here
I was never truly alive
and now that I am
I'm not afraid to die

before I saw those stars
life was just a dream
a lie, a fantasy
but then I came alive
and I'm still awake
inside the memory

they opened up the door
to life and peace and liberty
eternity and unity
if I give myself completely
to the light I see in them
I'll live forever

then why should I
be afraid to die?
death has no power
compared to the memory
of being filled with light
spilling so freely from you

   You'll never really understand
   how absolutely safe you are
   from ever feeling unloved
   unwanted, unadored
   as long as love exists
   those two shining stars
   are breath itself to me

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

THUNDER

There is thunder in the night
so beautiful, it's scary
but nothing else is right

There is a secret up that stair
a heaven I won't know
though I plainly see it there

There is a knife in the soul
it cuts and wounds and hurts me
but also makes me whole

There is a song in the air
so deep, it's unfathomable
but it's me who put it there

There is a missing piece I need
I've learned to live without it
but the wound will always bleed

There is a hand in the cold
that would have been life's meaning
that I will never hold

There is thunder in the night
the thunder brings us terror
but also gives us light

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Monday, 10 February 2014

SILENT GOODBYE

I said goodbye
after lunch
that random summer day
I said thanks and
see you soon

I never knew
it was forever

If I'd seen it in your eye, that sad
and lonely, faraway look, then I
I would have hugged you longer
I would have talked some more
told you how important you are
to me, how much you mean and
always have. I would have wept

That goodbye
after lunch
that random summer day
was silent as time
and just as final

"Goodbye. See you soon..."

I never knew
and someday that thief will come for me.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

PLAY

little boys will play at war
hacking with their wooden swords

they'll beat each other black and blue
'til arms and legs and heads are sore

never knowing how to win
or what they're even fighting for

luckily, they grow to men
and don't play that game any more

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

SONNET XLIII – BLEEDING

A little bit of fear begins to flow
like blood released beneath a careless knife
a single dripping thought: that I don’t know
one inkling of the meaning to this life
another cut, and now I wonder why
the bad go on while those you love are lost
apparently, what’s right does not apply
what’s right and fair and logical was tossed
and now the angry thoughts come rushing out
the open wound, and all the pain I feel
comes pouring forth with all my darkest doubt
a flood of fears that mental wounds reveal
   Time can heal wounds of every kind
   but what can stop the bleeding in my mind?

SONNET XLII – THE DEBT

for me to live, some other life must die
I’m living still, but I have never learned
the answer to the simple question: why
such sacrifice for life I haven’t earned
for every little thing my days require
the food and drink, and all my other needs
are wasted gifts, like flowers on a pyre
if there’s no real profit in my deeds
the finish line is looming in the race
but let my crossing over be delayed
if I can make the world a better place
then maybe this great debt might be repaid
   I owe so much to gracious mother earth
   perhaps she knows how much I’m truly worth

Thursday, 13 June 2013

CHILDREN

in the beautiful golden sunshine
beneath the canopy of lush, life-giving green
where birds sing praises for every breath
beside the sparkling waters of the stream
the beautiful children are killing each other

the sun shines on
painting the green in golden light
and turning the waters to liquid diamonds
with the music of life all around
the beautiful children scream and cry and hate

but when the fighting stops
the trees will be cut down
the animals will be hunted to extinction
the stream will be blackened with oil
and the sky will be darkened with the smoke
of their industry, their progress, their unity

let them fight
forever children
never growing up

Thursday, 11 April 2013

UNOPENED

after I am gone
they'll probably say
that I loved life

I didn't
life hated me
life abused me
life abandoned me

I loved people, though
my favourite people
are the only reason
I'm still here

you were all
so precious to me
I put up with all this crap
just to spend more time
with you

and if you
should ever miss me
just love the things I loved
and give each other hugs

Friday, 17 August 2012

SONNET XLI - A DREAM OF YOU


each night I lie my head upon my bed
and sleep, my one escape from life descends
then free from cares, I fly with you instead
up heaven's stairs until the nighttime ends
such perfect bliss the darkest slumber brings
and though I know this dream's a false facade
your smile lifts my soul like angel's wings
and in your eyes I see a hint of God
for love's forgiven all of my mistakes
and for my sins, your kisses will atone
but heaven ends the moment morning breaks
and once again my soul will be alone
   Though I may never see love in your eyes
   I'll rest in peace in nighttime's sweetest lies

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

SONNET XL - STAIRWAY


Though others look at her and see her eyes
apparently they're blind to all that's there
and she herself will never realize
that she can slay with just a simple stare
for when I look at her I can't pretend
that she is just a normal pretty girl
my heart is slain and now I must ascend
as hurricanes of love begin to swirl
but I'll climb up where angels freely fly
it's dizzying and scary, but I know
that starry sky will make me wonder why
those blinded fools would ever let her go
   and though i die, I cannot help but praise
   the stairway up to heaven in her gaze

Thursday, 17 May 2012

SONNET XXXIX - LOST TREASURE


i found a piece of heaven in the dark
a dream i hope will help me make it through
in blackest night I saw a shining spark
such heaven in the pain of losing you
I took for granted all that lovely bliss
assuming you'd be here eternally
and now I miss one thing in this abyss
that little gift is everything to me
there's nothing good about a heart destroyed
except for this one thought I now hold dear
a precious treasure lost I once enjoyed
has made my heart's desire crystal clear
   the sweetest thing about a love gone cold
   it's made a simple kiss worth more than gold

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

BESIDE THE STREAM

a summer breeze
breaks up sunbeams
that flutter down between the trees

and down below
upon the stream
that sunbeam's kiss makes ripples glow

but in your eye
I see a gleam
that makes all other beauties die

and now I see
this pretty dream
reflecting sparkles into me

PROMISE HAIKU

the gloomiest clouds
water flowers that stand tall
when the sun returns

TRAPPED

sometimes
the cruelest word
must be spoken
before
the real truth
is plain to see

sometimes
the sweetest dream
must be woken
before
you can accept
reality

sometimes
the universe
is just a token
before
the real gift
can ever be

sometimes
your stubborn heart
must be broken
before
the real you
can be set free

THE GAME

There is a tear
   in God's eye
with my name on it

I'd rather
   make Him
smile

I play the game
   the world taught
selfishness and hate

I'd rather
   just be
me

Thursday, 5 April 2012

SONNET XXXVIII - THE MESSAGE


When I am dead and everyone I know
has followed on with me into the Night,
when time and history have laid us low
and all the world we know has gone from sight,
when all our happy days have given way
and stories we once shared are told no more,
when all our descendants have left to say
is that the world was different before,
then let somebody open this and see
that I was once alive but always knew
I grasped in vain for immortality
unless mere words can share my soul with you.
   I'll die someday and it will be a shame
   if you've read this and only know my name