Going with the Flow

In the splendor of a poet’s pen
a poem lies in waiting.
The words spill from ink
infused with vision.

Some will write a smile
that lights the page
and some will write
to quell some inner rage,

Some will write to share
a deeper thought
and some will fill the page
with endless rant.

Poems are like people
in all sizes and all shapes.
Some prefer the classic
while some seek only new.

The best of all the poems
and the happiest people too
are those content
to do just what they do.

Photograph

It wasn’t just the purple shadows
that I wanted you to see, not just the snow
jeweled trees, or the swirling filigree
of sky – it was more
than spellbound breath
adrift in silence.

A snowflake caught, soon leaves empty hands,
I might wonder if it’s memory or dream –
that moment, too full for one to hold
alone – this knowing
why twilight skies bring
sighs of melancholy.

Record Rainfall Continues

Alas, the rain falls endlessly, ever pounding relentlessly
and each single drop seems hellbent to call its cousins to the fore.
Ah, winter you have cheated me, I thought for sure that you would be
a wonderland of alchemy leaving magic at my door.
My lowly home would be a castle with your crystals at my door
but this rain is such a bore.
And the dismal darkening sky ,  this sobbing January cry,
seems to have no goal but to try to sour me to the very core.
Ha! I share my frolicking glee, as I sit sipping steaming tea.
The shovel is in the shed and I am happy to be free,
free from frozen fingers’ misery
and those January chores.

The Third Day of the New Year and…

Even the ceiling is pure white,
not a crack or a stain  anywhere.
The windows are all sealed tight;
the door jambs are square.
There ought to be some imperfection,
anything to spawn inspiration.
Everybody knows it’s the cracks
that invite the light to come in.
Even the Aflac duck has deserted.
I think his boat must have sunk…
or caught in the limbo of holidays gone
with no paddle and nothing that floats.
Woe is the poet in the garret
with naught but a pen and a sigh,
and a dream of the masterpiece poem
that he plans to write bye and bye.

Alice’s Winter Reverie

“Alice opened the door and found that it led into a small passage,”
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
                                               ~
In the casual plane of an inner world
barren with ravages of drought,
flutes notes filled her soul with song;
gone the bustle of traffic.
~
The cacophony of a chaotic city
disappeared and she found herself
barefoot on a carpet of green
as plush as any velvet,
~
not manicured like formal lawn
but fringed and free with butterflies
and honey bees.  The breeze a warm caress,
a kiss on her face.
~
From deep in the forest
came that silver tune of a flute,
a sampler of sound, more scale than song
and each note brought a picture to mind
and each picture meshed with the next.
~
Birds gathered ’round, silent in their awe;
all the animals stood still and listened.
Even the squirrels, busy with their thievery
and hoarding, stopped what they were doing.
~
The trees began to sway; pine and oak alike
heard the same song.  When forest and meadow
and all that inhabited either had become of one mind,
the music turned to rain, a misty glistening rain.
~
Thirsty wild flowers opened
and from out of a bed of stone
a wee creature rose on delicate wings,
dragonfly or angel or maybe a wisp of energy,
it’s hard to say
~
but the music grew softer
and the sun shone again.

Hearth Fires

Gabled roof faded red to gray,
tiled moss curled
against a century of winds
whistling to get in..  Thyme
and vines compete to claim their space.
Trod bare from barn to kitchen door
the yard wears its foot print paths
like welcome mats.

My mother’s grandmother
once tended wood-fed fires
that warmed this hearth and hearts
for miles around. I take a faded apron down
from hand hewn wooden hook, begin again
to knead the dough, to bake the bread,
to tend the fires that light our lives
and make this house a home.

In Lieu of Resolutions

At the ending of the year
when recollections travel far
from present day,
we reminisce.

Time passes fast
and all too soon we see
the gray, those silver strands
that streak the gold.

Spider cracks
etch wizened hearts. So much
is lost to gravity
and we have used up

all excuses. Still we rise again
and keep the lesson,
freed from inner prisons
by new vision

that turns foes to friends
as fears retreat, felled
by the majesty
of faith.