Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The day a poet died

Twenty-eighth May
The feeling, a somber one
Learned my beloved is 
To move abroad
Soon after news 
A poet legend passed on
I went along my morning ways
Then it hit me by midday
Life itself, is fleeting
Here one day, the next we are gone
It may not always be death
That separates us all
Life, time and distance
Can keep loved one's apart
Tears streamed down,
While looking in my daughter's face
She consoled me as she could
In her loving way.
She asked what I was feeling
As she wiped away my tears
No words at first although I tried,
But more tears for her to dry. 
I spoke of Dr Angelou
But she knew there was more. 
I looked at her straight in the eyes, 
I just could not lie
(Gasp) my friend is moving far away.
Have you known him long? She asked
Since you were really young?
Yes, I said, since high school
I liked him all along.
Relation, association, a little joke
She tried them all.
Maybe you can meet him,
Somewhere in the middle
Take the car and drive.
He can do the same, 
So it won't seem so far.
It is not so easy, baby
Not where one can drive
It is clear across the ocean,
On the world's other side.
Well maybe you can facetime
Talk daily, email, so you won't feel so blue
Don't worry mommy, you'll see him again
Just don't cry anymore.

Monday, May 26, 2014


Undying melody
The overture to your
Eternal masterpiece
Lifetimes strummed on
Devout heart strings

Though apart
Time and distance are but
Silence between notes
Sheets of music - a love untold
Holy, pure silence strengthening
Preparing what will unfold

Ever changing composition
Resonating deep within
The darkness of
An ancient soul
Timeless, boundless and
Forever yours

Forever patient
Awaiting cue to reenter the score
Do tell maestro,
What will the next movement be?
A fifth, perhaps, and final
As weary the fiddler grows

Shall the concerto end
A solemn requiem,
A mournful adieu - closure
Releasing your faithful muse
Shall she inspire no more? Or

A harmonious allegro
Climbing crescendo
Up front and center
In all her glory, for all to hear - exalt
Forever thine and you mine
For all eternity

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


I woke up thinking of you
A dream I was having
On the verge of tears 
An eminent sadness 
Deep within past my diaphragm 
Making it hard to catch a breath

In my dream you were sharing all 
That you hadn't in so many years
For decades kept it all in
To yourself, guarded
It wasn't easy to hear the struggle 
In detail, many seasons of
Seeing, watching me from a distance
While you suffered in silence 

I woke up just as I built up the 
Courage to apologize for 
Leading you on,
If that's what you would call it
For not making it clear, year after 
It was you I always wanted
For not expressing, not just my heart
But what was felt in every ounce 
I too believed you and I 
Had been in another life 

Many other lives,
Back to ancient times
To the rise of the
Chrysanthemum Throne
When you left on a bitter winters day 
Emperors orders to defend the 
Land of the rising sun
Never to be seen again 
Unknowingly leaving behind 
Your first born son and
Me alone in the harsh rural land 
Waiting night after night 
Finding solace and comfort in the 
Autumn moon light 

Centuries past 
Missed crossing paths
Timing always was off
If not you, it was me 
In other relationships, situations
With other important obligations

I will never know why we were 
Not destined to be 
The stars never aligned you and me
Things happen for a reason
Reasons we may never know
We may never comprehend 
Why the gods were never in our favor 
We may never be with one another
Yet we will never be alone
There will always be a harvest moon