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Sifting through the carrion

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The vulture hovers above
Smiles with exuberant glee
Waiting to rip at the flesh
And every dying part of me

And I scream
To wake from this dream
Push my arms up
To stop the inevitable

So he won’t sup
On these weary bones
That still have life
Despite this inner strife
He can’t have me now

And I smack at the grin
From the raven’s beak
Take away the feast
He was here to seek

Look to where the crow
Laughs at his fellows folly
Amidst his murder, jolly
That a feast awaits
And looks me straight
In the eye
And seems to know

The cracks in my soul
Are widening
Waits with patience
Agrees to pay the toll
And ignores my pleas
And refuses to flee

Just sits and waits to see
When the end comes
What will be left of me

Just because you see a smile

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Sitting in this brilliant sun
Trying not to come undone
Whether I should stay or run
To wipe away these silly tears
Or wait until it all clears

Just because you see a smile
Doesn’t mean it’s all okay
Just because you’ve walked a mile
Doesn’t mean you know my way

Pondering what has to be done
Wanting this crazy battle
To finally be won
With only steps forward
And none undone

Just because you see a smile
Doesn’t mean it’s all okay
Just because you’ve walked a mile
Doesn’t mean you know my way

Throwing wishes in the well
Wondering where they all went
Please don’t promise me
Only time will tell
Because my patience
Is all but spent

Just because you see a smile
Doesn’t mean it’s all okay
Just because you’ve walked a mile
Doesn’t mean you know my way

And at the end of the day
When you’ve all had your say
And it’s all been said and done
Will what remains be lost
Or can this time it be won

Just because you see a smile
Doesn’t mean it’s all okay
Just because you’ve walked a mile
Doesn’t mean you know my way

Promise

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A single drop
Of succulent moisture
Doesn’t stop
When petals closed
Resist the offering

But softly considers
The deep problem posed
Of how to get within
To nourish the seed
Of delicious hope

Demonstrate the need
To greedily feed
The promise contained
In this single drop of rain
To lovingly embrace
This beautiful space

In the face
Against all odds
To trace every petal
Again and again
A promise
To remain

Become the beauty
Plainly seen
Instead of the crushing
Realization
Of
What could have been

Stupid rain

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I stand here in this horrid space
Wishing I was in another place
As big, fat raindrops
Plop,
Plop,
Plop
Onto my chilly face

And I wish upon a star
I was in my warm car
Instead of standing here
Or better yet
Holding you near

Except these stupid
Drops of rain
Mingle with my salty tears
Bring up untold fears
That I will be here
For years and years

In this dreary place
Where I’m dripping wet
And it isn’t over yet
And I’m willing to bet

I will be here again
Standing
In this cold, cold rain
Feeling like I’ve gone insane
Again.

Unexpected epiphany

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Rummaging casually
through trash cans
Every empty bottle
A nickel on return

Dirty clothes
Hard lines to trace
Surely to passersby
A very lost case

Except the beautiful smile
On his weathered face
Despite the miles
He stood and spoke to me

Said “you see
I may look downtrodden
And I just may be
But I’m in love with life”

Then he pulled out his guitar
Dented and missing strings
And told me softly
Of his deep love of things

Played me a song
With that beautiful smile
As in green eyes
Tears slowly piled

Left a trail on pale cheeks
And for weeks
I’ve heard his song
And just how wrong
Those passersby had been

If only they’d seen
Just what I did
As he strummed his strings
With Arthritic hands
Off key he sings

Every note lands
In the centre of my soul
And that moment
Helped to make me whole

As he sang
Just for me
And I wanted to be
So much more than I see

The clock keeps ticking

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Somewhere hidden within
Not sure where to begin
This voice inside my head
That somehow
Gets me out of bed

Convinces me to see
The truth of this reality
Somewhere between
Heaven and hell

Right now I just can’t tell
Where I belong
And where I should go
This brain of mine seeks
But still doesn’t know

Except the love I feel
In this wounded soul
Where your touch can heal
To make me whole

Somewhere between
Heaven and hell
And here on earth
Only time will tell

But until that clock
And it’s final tock
This voice inside my head
That somehow
Gets me out of bed

Deflecting the pity

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Quiet space
Eyes closed in face
And reflect

Deflect the thoughts
Constantly prying
Keep me crying

Until no tears left
Happiness theft
And smile wavers

The only saving grace
The loving face
So close to mine

And time stands still
For just an hour
Takes away it’s power

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