Category Archives: Poetry

The Voices of Pain

“Don’t give up!”
One cries to others,
For it too well remembers
How a light so snuffed
Shatters and sunders
Those left behind.

“Make it stop!”
Another screams silently,
For it too strongly feels
How a life subtly skewed
Shackles and slices
Those bleeding inside.

“Leave me alone!”
Whimpers the one
That too deeply knows
How powers held singly
Falter and fragment
When faced only outward.

“Be with me!”
Begs yet another
That too clearly sees
How days left but not lived
Frighten and fracture
When paced ever onward.

From whimpers to curses
And whispers to screams,
They overwhelm and overflow
Mind, soul, and senses:
A cacophony of can’ts
An onslaught of shoulds.

From crescendos to solos
And all in between
The chorus continues:
To all but their target,
Unheard and unseen.


Last Days of Christmas

Still, brittle beauty
A moment: preserved and dried
Cherished kindling


Change Impels the Choice

May we remember that
Every year there are
Rays of bright light and
Rot of dark despair.
Yule holds both and all.

Change impels the choice;
Happy and harmful vie to
Rule your heart and mind.
Invoked as the focus, either
Spreads and affects all –
Thieving joy that could be or
Manufacturing more from little.
Again and again or for the first,
Shall you bear, bow, or build?


Awaiting Results

Awaiting results,
I both have covid and don’t:
Schroedinger’s patient.


An Erratic Hailstorm

Questions like razors.
Events like buckshot.
Life as a minefield
In an erratic hailstorm:
Duck, cover, patch, piece,
And bleed.


Cornered by Feelings

Cornered by feelings
The fluttering heart escapes
In turning pages


What Will You Add?

In the void of this world,
The vast and fertile net,
What will you add?

Add breath to the flames
And fan them higher?
Raise the anger.
Affirm the scorn.
Feed the fear.
Indiscriminate
Of who or what
Is torched and
Left for ashes?

In the raging mob of opinion,
The dire and crushing press,
What will you add?

Add force to the flow
And move it forward?
Lift the torch.
Judge the target.
Toss the rope.
Unconcerned
If truth or law
Are dashed and
Turned to dust?

On this pedestal and soapbox,
The conduit of chaos,
What will you add?

Add weight to the apathy
Of violent division?
Share the post.
Like the meme.
Fuel the agenda.
Heedless
Of who or what
Is cast as villain only,
Remade with partial truths?

In this world of flying insults
Of sides and enemies,
Of pride and inflated ego,
Of all-wrong and all-right,
Of lies and misleading truths,
Of intense and unreasoning
Anger, hate, and fear,
What will you add?


In Frozen Turmoil

Shift after shift,
The fields change.
Moment by moment.
Past and future
Merge then diverge.
A sturdy compass,
Once true,
Now argues with stars.
Now agrees
As real shifts.
Do stars lie
Or merely hide?

The ship’s rudder twists
And turns and bends
From side to side
And path to path,
Loosed from the wheel.
Freed to the fates.
The currents pull.
The winds push.
Fore, aft –
Nowhere.

The ship flounders,
Its path uncharted
As lies and right
And truths and wrong
Battle and dance –
Stirring the storm
And casting the ship
Forward, back, and beyond
In frozen turmoil.


A Definition

He cannot mow like he used to do.
He cannot climb or clean the roof.
He cannot calculate or pay the bills.
He cannot remember to take his pills.
He cannot repair or drive a car.
He cannot find home if he goes too far.
He cannot find plates or cups or food.
He cannot articulate his wants or mood.

Except to say, “I’m worthless.”
Oh, that – that he can do, and
As he defines it, yes, it’s true.
What of your definition?
For him? For you?


And So

Planted and tended,
It grew until abandoned –
Dormant and waiting.


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