Chilled to the bone

With warm overtones

Waiting for green

To be seen

Spring’s almost here


Spring is here

The calendar reads

Time for hoeing and seeds

Winter jackets close by

Though I’d rather defy

Cause Spring is here


Spring is here

Myself I keep saying

To keep me from fraying

I’m going to miss it

I have to admit it

Spring is here


Spring is here

I have this ideal

But my vision’s not real

The review will be faulty

Both sweet and salty

Spring is here


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Strong Syllables

I am afraid of deep waters

I know not what lies under

I need a bridge


I am afraid of bridges

Underneath there is deep waters

And bridges creak and break

Under pressure


Safe bridges are words

Encouraging words

Loving words

Helping words

I cross over on the sound of them

To a safe and secure place


I cross over on the memory of them

I engrave them in my mind

And never let them go.

They strengthen me

As I repeat them I strengthen them.

I preserve them

They preserve me

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Secular and Sacred


On floor

Meows and hungers



In chair

Points to food



She wants

A little more



I beckon

Her to come



To God

Where are you



My Son

Died for you



To Him

Cry no more



And silence

Both get louder



Jumps up

Feels safe again



In some

Shuts the door


(A haynaku)

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Wrestling With Restlessness

Stabilize my heart Oh Lord

I am like water

My thoughts drift

And my feet follow

Suddenly my words change

Then I look and some one else has taken my place


Strengthen your hold on me Oh Lord

For weeds grow where fruit should flourish

Soil is dry

Cannot be nourished

Time moves

Weakness grows


Settle the storm within me Oh Lord

The wild bronc within

Follows no direction

There is contentment in the even tide

Help me find it

And there abideabide


(Followed no prompt but my own)



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Two clerihews

For day 25 I shall write two clerihews to make up for the earth day poem I repeated


My mother was Mildred

She kept five clothed and well fed

Now I have two of my own

Awaiting the harvest of seeds that she has sown



Poetry started for me with my brother Bill

After three years he’s long since quit but I continue still

He has gone on to statistics and has no extra time

Oh, what are the odds I would have all this rhyme



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Old Age Artifice

Taking an old poem and writing a parody of it.

When You Are Old


When you are old and grey and full of sleep,

And nodding by the fire, take down this book,

And slowly read, and dream of the soft look

Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;


How many loved your moments of glad grace,

And loved your beauty with love false or true,

But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,

And loved the sorrows of your changing face;


And bending down beside the glowing bars,

Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled

And paced upon the mountains overhead

And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.


Old Age Artifice

When you are old, oh don’t think that you know

For all you have hidden, perhaps now you will show

Your true self no longer a reason to disguise

You say what you want and you don’t close your eyes


Only the lids that cover and protect

You see and you hear,  sense and inspect

The situation they surmise you may not have to fear

I’ve watched life go on when they say death is near


And all those regrets from fleeting days gone

Well this is one stage on which perhaps you’ll perform

And your grand finale will leave mouths agape

And your life in the twilight will finally take shape





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None But One

How many kings do I bow to

How many kings of my heart

Only one will do

So everyone else move away

I am spoken for

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