After the Rain

Leaves jeweled in raindrops
sparkle in the afternoon sun
Thunder rolls in the distance,
the storm’s dying gasp

Steam rises from parched city streets
Summer heat returns –
a roiling, shimmering blast as
remaining clouds boil away to white-blue sky

A twittering robin peeks over her nest
and nervously looks around
Finding it safe now, she launches,
swimming through thick, sultry air

I stand like a statue with eyes closed,
drinking in the summer warmth
It caresses my skin like a lover
as I drift away on a passing breeze.

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Why Must the Morning Come?

As evening fades to black,
I escape into dreamless sleep
Why does it have to end?
Why must the morning come?

Sol ascends his throne
The play begins anew
But the story never changes
Only faces & names cycle through

Life was once held a virtue,
worth endless striving & strain
The curtain fell, the lies were revealed –
All is empty and vain

Why must the morning come?
Why can’t darkness & silence reign?
What fools we were to believe the con!
The evidence proves we’re insane.

Is it too much to ask to lie in peace?
Earth is nothing but a prison cell
Whose walls send my words back to taunt me:
“Why must the morning come?”

Dream of Old

Gray somber skies
Interrupt the rites of spring
Lacy curtains of snowflakes
Echoing, forlorn sighs

A barren tree stands guard
over winter’s sudden surprise
Stripped of life, it parodies me –
existing, but empty inside

Time marches on, its song the same
Singing a monotonous refrain
Another day older, a few degrees colder
Romancing death, but in vain

Close the door and walk away
I’m through with life and its pain
Thus goes the futile dream of old,
Sadly, tomorrow I’ll wake again.

All Over Again

(more of a song than a poem)

Columbine; Orlando, FL; Newtown, CT; Virginia Tech; San Bernadino, CA; Charleston, SC; Aurora, CO; (too many others); & now Las Vegas, NV.

What goes through the mind of these people, who think it’s justified to brazenly take the lives of others? I’ve never experienced losing someone to violence. For those who have been there, I can only imagine …
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I hold your hand as you look in my eyes
Tears begin to fall ’cause we know it’s goodbye
This is not the way we’re supposed to end
Can’t we start today all over again?

How do you speak when the words won’t come?
How do you think when your mind’s gone numb?
How do you breathe when the air won’t flow?
How do you live when your heart just broke?
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For a moment, we were happy – “footloose and fancy free”
In a single bullet’s time, that whole world changed for me
This is not the way life’s supposed to end
We need to go back and learn to love all over again
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(bridge)
If we’d walked a thousand miles, it would never be enough
If we’d lived five hundred years, I wouldn’t tire of your touch
You’ve been my friend forever, at least that’s how it seems
So how can I let go and throw away our shattered dreams?
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I stand there alone as they take you away
Out of nowhere comes a stranger, we lock in an embrace
I know I’m not alone in this ocean of pain
Together we’ll go on and learn to live all over again

A Reverie

The idea is rather simple –
that everything that’s good
is given in equal measure
to each person in the world

No more loneliness or hunger,
no danger or despair
No unjust deprivation
when so many have no cares

Ah, but cynic that I am
and man always being man,
As I live and breathe today,
I know greed will always stand

Whether nature or by nurture
(a demon’s whisper in the head?),
A heart is rarely satisfied
with what it has in hand

And the arrogant will believe
they deserve more than their brother,
though basic needs are few
and excess means only trouble

The dream is but a reverie
Evolution is but a joke
Our progress has not been real, in the end
it’s merely tightened the yoke.

The Love I Seek

You sit before me
not a word is said

I gaze into your eyes
You gaze into mine

Primeval in intensity,
penetrating to the core

What was lost is found,
What was secret is revealed

That feared is now accepted
That denied, now embraced

Time ceases to exist,
the world fades to nothing

Waves of energy ebb and flow,
the eternal dance of death and creation

Our souls kiss .. ever .. so .. gently,
yet forming a bond that hell couldn’t destroy

Night falls,
Pegasus gallops across the sky

I gaze into your eyes,
you gaze into mine

You sit before me
Words have no meaning.

Salute!

(A police officer was killed in the line of duty in my home town the other day. He had barely been on the force for a year.)
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Lower the flags in honour
Bow your heads in prayer
I heard another hero died today
How much sorrow must we bear?

‘Justice will be served’ is bitter comfort
for the wife, brother, parent, and child
Let us never forget the courage
or the sacrifices made in their lives

The thin blue line stands strong
It may bend but will never fail
Tho’ each heart may bleed for the fallen,
it always soldiers on to answer the call.