Sunday, November 27, 2016

November 27, 2016 The Sunday Whirl #275 -- Sunday's Whirligig #85 -- Poet's United Poet's Pantry / Patterns of Change

Patterns of Change

as we live      we find we do things over and over     until they become patterns

patterns define us       give keys to who we are          patterns of speech

patterns of movement patterns of expression            you say you want change

change isn't easy          hard to drop old ways            over time we have become

who we are                    point to our chest                    this is who i am

like the sculptor            i have worked hard                 to become me

in all my weirdness       who is to say                 we are not like the house of cards

if one is pulled               the whole thing might fall       who can say which one



not to sound righteous     but accept me as i am           less than perfect                    

no easy way to remove          the offensive parts           cannot be cut away with scissors

swinging from your chatelaine       in church we heard       remove the plank

from your own eye      before you attempt to remove the splinter from mine     all is quiet

someone coughs in the back     the sound echoes           the liturgy continues              

i am not a sudden appearance     but rather i am a work in progress     i am not an apparition

i have been here for a long time        creating patterns     i hold the ends of the yarn

thread the shuttle        weave a life                                   in my own image



where is it written       we can ask another to change         we have been ourselves       

since we were kids       we have heard the call                      we have answered

now we are old              change isn't easy                               at any age

the day will come          we will lie flat                                     we will be food for the crows

we will begin to smell      you will recognize the change         the last change we will make

loved ones dabbing                tears from their eyes                  it will be a furtive change

the patterns we created          will be set                                    will be remembered

November 27, 2016

                                                                                                           

                                   

                                   

  

November 27, 2016 The Sunday Whirl #275 -- Sunday's Whirligig #85 -- Poet's United Poet's Pantry / Patterns of Change

Patterns of Change

as we live          we find we do things over and over               until they become patterns

patterns define us       give keys to who we are                        patterns of speech

patterns of movement patterns of expression                          you say you want change

change isn't easy                   hard to drop old ways                  over time we have become

who we are                             point to our chest                         this is who i am

like the sculptor                      i have worked hard                     to become me

in all my weirdness                who is to say                         we are not like the house of cards

if one is pulled                        the whole thing might fall            who can say which one



not to sound righteous            but accept me as i am                        less than perfect                    

no easy way to remove          the offensive parts                  cannot be cut away with scissors

swinging from your chatelaine           in church we heard                 remove the plank

from your own eye      before you attempt to remove the splinter from mine     all is quiet

someone coughs in the back             the sound echoes                   the liturgy continues              

i am not a sudden appearance           but rather i am a work in progress     i am not an apparition

i have been here for a long time        creating patterns                    i hold the ends of the yarn

thread the shuttle                    weave a life                                        in my own image



where is it written                   we can ask another to change         we have been ourselves       

since we were kids                we have heard the call                       we have answered

now we are old                       change isn't easy                               at any age

the day will come                   we will lie flat                                      we will be food for the crows

we will begin to smell             you will recognize the change           the last change we will make

loved ones dabbing                tears from their eyes                          it will be a furtive change

the patterns we created          will be set                                           will be remembered

November 27, 2016

                                                                                                           

                                   

                                   

  

Saturday, November 26, 2016

November 26, 2016 Writers Digest November Chapbook Challenge 2016/ You Came as a Visitor

You Came as a Visitor

you came as a visitor             as we all are                     to my world

a beautiful boy                      a joy to hold                      straight and tall

a child to all                          didn't stay long                  i should have known

you would always be a visitor      found nowhere to call home          you were my son

the only one                         the child i loved                  an alien to be sure

came from another world       perhaps another planet           had your own thoughts

you came to me                   heard my call                       and there you were

for a little while                   blue eyes like the clear blue sky            blond hair

like the setting sun               a joy to see                              you made your own way

far from me                         and all who loved you                  found your own place

remained a visitor               all of your life                         a visitor who heard my call

November 26, 2016




Friday, November 25, 2016

November 25, 2016 Writer's Digest Nobember Chapbook Challenge 2016 -- Will a Little Tape Help

Will a Little Tape Help

to mend                          to put back together                                 to cover a wound

one side sticky               one side plain                             how to mend a relationship

what about a little tape   will it work                                             will it hold

a little torn paper             a broken toy                                           words spoken

to hurt                              will a little tape help                              cover the offense

a glass dropped                smashed to a million pieces              can they be recovered

taped back into shape      and what about a heart that is broken          will a little tape help

November 25, 3016



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

November 23, 2016 Writer's Digest November PAD Challenge 2016 / When You Come Again -- Poets United Midweel Motif/ Stretching the Truth

When You Come Again

when you come again      or... will you come again          how long has it been

how many months           how many days                         hours/minutes/seconds

the emptiness stretches    expands like a rubber band       or...the land before me

which stretches to the horizon     and then i can see no more   except for the clear blue sky

still... i search the horizon      for the dust that rises          from your pony

i wait for your return     nothing happens in between        only the ticking of the clock



in years past            so many thanksgivings                       prepare the turkey

put it on early      tv on to watch the thanksgiving parade         so many people

crowd along the streets         balloons fly above                 sometimes cold

sometimes not           commentators chatter constantly       a relief when it is turned off

family and friends gather       glasses tinkle                         toasts are made

wishes exchanged          memories of other years                other thanksgivings



the old songs are played       on the phonograph                church bells ring in the valley

drums from the pueblo         fill the air                               cultures mix

cheery hellos               waved across the way                     the news offers little promises

i step through the looking glass      where all is new          clear/resolved

i reach under my shirt      place my hand on my breast       feel my heart still beating

it does not ease the longing         i wait for you                   will you come again

November 23, 2016

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Stretching the Truth

let's stretch the truth a little       it must have been a million years      since i saw you last

i remember a spring day            way back in ancient times                 in your bed

a cozy cocoon                             you yourself was not a larva             but seemed to be

just ready to become a butterfly           and you did                             flew away

out the window                         into the sunlight                             free from what held you

free from pain                           i alone                                                 watched you go

knew your destination               and now                                              you wait for me

still the river of time rushes       life doesn't stand                               still i try to keep up

try not to get stuck in the past    my thoughts face forward                yet sometimes

march backward                         with spyglass                                    they look for you


November 23, 2016          











Tuesday, November 22, 2016

November 22, 2016 Writer's Digest November PAD Challenge 2016

All That You Were Meant to Be

you share with me your very best      ask me to tear it up        return the tiny pieces

all in the interest of growth         growth is the challenge       and the desire

sometimes it is hard          how to skip from stone to stone     reach a new level

how to see what was there all along     what wasn't seen before      what held us back

often there is resistance      a reluctance to throw away            what was hard won

who says it is so                 who doesn't                                   still it is hard to find one

who will tell you the truth   that elusive thing                          that subjective thing

it is up to you                     to take what you need                       and discard the rest

find your own truth            i am here to help                              look through the glass

describe what i see         knowing there could be pain                 i will try to take care

but make no promises       there can be no detours                   because of hurt feelings

scattered about like potholes      a desire for comfort                        a tender heart

i want for you the very best       all that you can be             all that you were meant to be

November 22, 2016




Sunday, November 20, 2016

November 20, 2016 the Sunday Whirl #275 -- Sunday's Whirligig #86 -- Poets United Poet's Pantry/ Sing the Old Songs/Remember



Sing the Old Songs/Remember

no it is never easy              but through it all                  we hold on

our voices quake      we sing old familiar songs     we are joyful to meet again

another year has passed      with repetition                      we create a pattern

drop all that we do         meet again/exchange words       share the news



we follow parallel paths      from beginning to end              a call beckons

strike the keys with your lovely fingers      you say            “i still love my life”

yes we are blessed       we have known joy and sorrow       we are not righteous

but we try to be honest             about who we are                where we have been



our needs are primal         our work feeds the desire       it lies flat on the table behind me

waiting                 the clock ticks /strikes the hour time             slides out under the door

gives a plaintive cry          stands and walks away                  there is only so much to give

it has nothing else         when time is gone/it is gone                and cannot be recovered



you sing again               words to the old songs                          fall from your lips

it is a means of remembering      things that happened                   along the way

you smell a scent           the cologne you wore                          the nose remembers

you feel the texture of the cloth      the roughness of your jacket     your fingers remember

the words follow                 still singing you trill                      the last notes of the old songs

November 20, 2016

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Friday, November 18, 2016

November 18, 2016 Writer's Digest November PAD Challenge 2016 -- The Slate is Clean

The Slate is Clean

the slate is clean       no words written there            a school day begins

i remember myself   a quiet student                         until the adolescent years

it was then i began to talk      i couldn't stop myself        one semester i was given 

                                                                                   64 detentions

each detention was 15 minutes       there was no logic to it     my mouth would open

and i would begin to talk         i was caught in a web      of my own making

eventually i out-grew this talking stage         and returned to my quiet self

                                                                                    words spoken

words wasted                  words without meaning                    packed away

as if banked for later use      those words have come forth              when needed

written down                  shared with no one                           the slate is clean

November 18, 2016





Wednesday, November 16, 2016

November 13, 2016 Writer's Digest November PAD Challenger 2016

Play For Keeps

1

all in                              play for keeps                                       roll the dice

sometimes you win       sometimes you don't              take a chance

dance to the music        the music only you hear         sing your song

roar like a lion               howl like a coyote                sprinkle it with love

or sparkling stars      gathered on a starry night     remember your mommy

and your daddy             play for keeps                        make it count

you only have so much time        when you look at the big picture

                                                                                                 it ain't long


2
we are but fireflies          sparking off and on               in the forest clearing

fairy dust shimmers         the path is lit                         we have but to follow

pick up your hand            the cards are dealt                   no two hands alike

bounce the ball                 pick up the jacks                      or pick up sticks

board games                     pin the tail on the donkey         blindman's bluff

the day comes to an end     children gather                     red rover/red rover

life is a game or a stage play         from the first act to the last        play for keeps

November 16, 2016

Note:  Life does seem like a game, or stage play.  What's it all about Alphie?  Still we continue,
get up each morning, grab the to-do list, and follow through.  Evening comes, we lie down to rest, knowing it is all to be done again tomorrow.  And then it is over.....





November 13, 2016 Writer's Digest November PAD Challenger 2016

Play For Keeps

1

all in                              play for keeps                                       roll the dice

sometimes you win       sometimes you don't              take a chance

dance to the music        the music only you hear         sing your song

roar like a lion               howl like a coyote                sprinkle it with love

or sparkling stars      gathered on a starry night     remember your mommy

and your daddy             play for keeps                        make it count

you only have so much time        when you look at the big picture

                                                                                                 it ain't long


2
we are but fire flies          sparking off and on               in the forest clearing

fairy dust shimmers         the path is lit                         we have but to follow

pick up your hand            the cards are dealt                   no two hands alike

bounce the ball                 pick up the jacks                      or pick up sticks

board games                     pin the tail on the donkey         blindman's bluff

the day comes to an end     children gather                     red rover/red rover

life is a game or a stage play         from the first act to the last        play for keeps

November 16, 2016

Note:  Life does seem like a game, or stage play.  What's it all about Alphie?  Still we continue,
get up each morning, grab the to-do list, and follow through.  Evening comes, we lie down to rest, knowing it is all to be done again tomorrow.  And then it is over.....





November 13, 2016 Writer's Digest November PAD Challenger 2016

Play For Keeps

1

all in play               for keeps                                       roll the dice

sometimes you win       sometimes you don't              take a chance

dance to the music        the music only you hear         sing your song

roar like a lion               howl like a coyote                sprinkle it with love

or sparkling stars      gathered on a starry night     remember your mommy

and your daddy             play for keeps                        make it count

you only have so much time        when you look at the big picture

                                                                                                 it ain't long


2
we are but fire flies          sparking off and on               in the forest clearing

fairy dust shimmers         the path is lit                         we have but to follow

pick up your hand            the cards are dealt                   no two hands alike

bounce the ball                 pick up the jacks                      or pick up sticks

board games                     pin the tail on the donkey         blindman's bluff

the day comes to an end     children gather                     red rover/red rover

life is a game or a stage play         from the first act to the last        play for keeps

November 16, 2016

Note:  Life does seem like a game, or stage play.  What's it all about Alphie?  Still we continue,
get up each morning, grab the to-do list, and follow through.  Evening comes, we lie down to rest, knowing it is all to be done again tomorrow.  And then it is over.....





November 13, 2016 Writer's Digest November PAD Challenger 2016

Play For Keeps

1

all in play               for keeps                                       roll the dice

sometimes you win       sometimes you don't              take a chance

dance to the music        the music only you hear         sing your song

roar like a lion               howl like a coyote                sprinkle it with love

or sparkling stars      gathered on a starry night     remember your mommy

and your daddy             play for keeps                        make it count

you only have so much time        when you look at the big picture

                                                                                                 it ain't long


2
we are but fire flies          sparking off and on               in the forest clearing

fairy dust shimmers         the path is lit                         we have but to follow

pick up your hand            the cards are dealt                   no two hands alike

bounce the ball                 pick up the jacks                      or pick up sticks

board games                     pin the tail on the donkey         blindman's bluff

the day comes to an end     children gather                     red rover/red rover

life is a game or a stage play         from the first act to the last        play for keeps

November 16, 2016





Tuesday, November 15, 2016

November 15, 2016 Writer's Digest November PAD Challenge/We Sip Our Tea

We Sip Our Tea

i reside in a world of nature      the super moon invades my bedroom     lights my dreams

in the morning    the sky the softest shades of pink and blue    the mountain a rich dark blue

everything is silent        even the church bells are silent                        the day begins

rulers of the night                      on silent footsteps                                 retreat to sleep

the wind lays down to sleep        the sun rises              the dried grasses greet the new day

all seems to be waiting       it is the pause in the symphony of life           we sip our tea



i recently visited in a world that isn't so      an urban experience           all quiet unnatural

lunch on the 36th floor              see the city from above               as if i were a hawk or a bat

gliding through the air         catching bugs high above the trees             driving in cars 

racing the freeways                   walk on concert                                      park on asphalt

houses all crammed next to each other       lights blink off and on           all night long

the silence has escaped          it is a world of “fast noise”                          bright lights

the stars have disappeared         faces unfamiliar                                      we sip our tea

November 15, 2016





November 15, 2016 Writer's Digest November PAD Challenge/We Sip Our Tea

We Sip Our Tea

i reside in a world of nature      the super moon invades my bedroom     lights my dreams

in the morning    the sky the softest shades of pink and blue    the mountain a rich dark blue

everything is silent        even the church bells are silent                        the day begins

rulers of the night                      on silent footsteps                                 retreat to sleep

the wind lays down to sleep        the sun rises              the dried grasses greet the new day

all seems to be waiting       it is the pause in the symphony of life           we sip our tea



i recently visited in a world that isn't so      an urban experience           all quiet unnatural

lunch on the 36th floor              see the city from above               as if i were a hawk or a bat

gliding through the air         catching bugs high above the trees             driving in cars 

racing the freeways                   walk on concert                                      park on asphalt

houses all crammed next to each other       lights blink off and on           all night long

the silence has escaped          it is a world of “fast noise”                          bright lights

the stars have disappeared         faces unfamiliar                                      we sip our tea

November 15, 2016





Sunday, November 13, 2016

November 13, 2016 Waiting for a Change in the Weather/ The Sunday Whirl #274, Sunday's Whirligig #85, Poets United Poets Pantry

Waiting for a Change in the Weather

black eyes flash       rain drops streak the windowpane         tears smudge make-up

sparkle like diamonds     there is a certain fear that lays waiting         i want to run

until out of breath           when hope fades      death slips her arm around my shoulders

she reminds me /she is here       she walks with me                holds my hand

i gaze at her                  her long silk skirt brushes the floor           her skirt is black

the color of her eyes       sometimes when living is hard              she pens her answer

she is the only hope                   she is certain                          she is faithful



the building is cold/empty      your footsteps in the hall            echo against the walls

decorated with neglect            the day shifts                              the sun comes out

the weather is warm/indian summer     is it winter yet               a clown appears

rolls/tumbles/tickles             makes us laugh                    to think the weather is warm

yet... it maybe winter          everything is brown        we wait for winter to reveal itself

to cover the world with fashionable winter white     shift our mood      the fire in the hearth

warms the house              we snuggle under the covers               post the letter

with black eyes shining         we dream of spring                        wait for your response



November 13, 2016       

November 13, 2016 Waiting for a Change in the Weather/ The Sunday Whirl #274, Sunday's Whirligig #85, Poets United Poets Pantry

Waiting for a Change in the Weather

black eyes flash       rain drops streak the window pane         tears smudge make-up

sparkle like diamonds     there is a certain fear that lays waiting         i want to run

until out of breath           when hope fades      death slips her arm around my shoulders

she reminds me /she is here       she walks with me                holds my hand

i gaze at her                  her long silk skirt brushes the floor           her skirt is black

the color of her eyes       sometimes when living is hard              she pens her answer

she is the only hope                   she is certain                          she is faithful



the building is cold/empty      your footsteps in the hall            echo against the walls

decorated with neglect            the day shifts                              the sun comes out

the weather is warm/indian summer     is it winter yet               a clown appears

rolls/tumbles/tickles             makes us laugh                    to think the weather is warm

yet... it maybe winter          everything is brown        we wait for winter to reveal itself

to cover the world with fashionable winter white     shift our mood      the fire in the hearth

warms the house              we snuggle under the covers               post the letter

with black eyes shining         we dream of spring                        wait for your response



November 13, 2016