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I typically write free verse poetry. I can write the classical styles of poetry, but I’ve just always enjoyed a more free style of writing. Today, though, I had a song going through my head. It was Bruce Springsteen’s “Philadelphia.” I’ve always loved this song, and my favorite part of it is the captivating and…

Stillness

Stillness I need days like today   Quiet Dark Raining Cool   Pain surging through my lower back With every little move   So stillness is the order of the day No frenetic activity No urgent motion Just quiet sitting listening to the waters flow Just listening to the heartbeat grow Toward a restful anticipation…

Freedom’s Choice

 Freedom’s Choice Such startling contrasts Often get our attention We often question why When pain and suffering enter in Yet in the midst of all of that raucous din We seem to forget to ask why All the beauty and majesty are there as well   Sometimes as small as the hermit crab’s shell Sometimes…

Hope

Hope Today I felt the heavy pain of the land Entire forests burned, charred Entire mountains with blackened scars The leaves of the valley oaks dulled orange Not from autumn skies But from death Demise Destruction Yet then there is this An angel in the skies bringing life Color Salmon and periwinkle Coral and slate…

Molting

Molting I keep coming back to this well And every time I find it dry But I keep coming back And I keep coming back   Empty Empty  Emptiness    There seems to be no word association With Emptiness   Because when there is nothing there There is nothing to associate with Just like everyone…

Divorce

Divorce I am filled with vengeance I have been since my youth I do not like it there It rises up against my will   No, it does not   I have trained myself to accept it Now I choose to simply reject it Every time it screams my name Vengeance never solves anything It…

Floral

Floral This photo reminds me of God He brings color to the gray Life to the death Never in a domineering way But rather in the form of a flower You can marvel You can ignore You can crush You can explore   You can sing   All these options  Where freedom rings Are proof…

Birth

Birth I can feel the poems Some are like angst and depression Some are like joy and peace Some the words flow like the winds Some refuse release   I think those are the best ones The ones  that stay locked in the womb Awaiting just the right moment to be birthed Crying, gasping for…

Ocean Walk

Ocean Walk I’ve reached the midpoint The place where I have to turn Going back where I came from   My way here was wondrous Boisterous, powerful Alone   I walked away from my childhood home Until I could walk no further   I’ve reached the midpoint The place where I have to turn Going…

Microscopic (Infinitesimal)

  Microscopic Most of the time it’s easier to do the “wrong” thing It seems like holiness, perfection Are just much too high I can’t reach it I can’t jump anymore The pains in my feet go screaming galore So I just simply sit down and stare Then my head goes down I look toward…

MishMash

MishMash My logic and beliefs have worked me into a place Where my own life is totally meaningless I felt the inky black tar pulling me in A small black hole here in the arms of the Milky Way Small, but still no light could get through Somehow wakefulness pulled me out of its throes…

Traversing Oceans

Traversing Oceans Often I’m writing poems Even I don’t understand The words just seem to flow from me Like water from the hand Though there is some deliberate direction There is always also splash The life seems just to splatter It stains the crimson sash I often love to drift along Sail the open seas…