Category Modern Life

Will Teach Us to be Wise

When Air Becomes Breath ~ Philip Brent Harris ~~~~~ I find treasures on the beach all the time. They inform me, tell me about myself, in how and what they cause me to remember, where I stood and what I was doing. That first shell, sea glass, sand dollar, calls to mind other beaches. The […]

Not a Race

Memento Mori ~ Philip Brent Harris ~~~~~ When no joy of faith or belief sustains,While our crazy world carries on apace,Despite hymns or verse, I sing or retain,I rarely see more than my same old face. If each instant, choice makes a new lane,Is there a second I’d choose to replace?If each spawns the new, […]

Nowhere and Everywhere

~~~~~ According to some beliefs, I knew I would end up here Long before I was born. Despite all the paths I take, Each one leads to this instant. Nowhere and everywhere I belong. ~~~~~ People Over Politics, World Over Wealth! Peace is Purpose, Nonviolence is Strength, Diversity is Unity, Empathy is Empowerment Unite the […]

To Dance or Duel

~~~~~ Country dancers are now afoot, turning figures, trading gossip. They are tripping ere so lightly across a polished parquet floor. The hall holds a slight glamour that disguises the peeling walls. Our hostess hides in a shadowed corner, concentration deep with focus; she even shows a smiling vision of herself, circulating, but beyond reach. […]

Bang the Rocks Together

The Rouge Regina ~ Philip Brent Harris ~~~~~ Please stop showing me the former guy. His face sickens me. Do I need to explain? He cheats, foments insurrection with lies. A venal narcissist, he simply can’t refrain. All who think him the savior reincarnate, I wonder, do you at each full moon bay? Vilify outcast […]

The Sum of Us

Going In, Leading Out ~ Philip Brent Harris ~~~~~ We lose bits of our life through carelessness And pieces we coveted, we simply give away. Perspectives of age, time, distance change us. What we thought lost, we decide we donated. Realized another needed the color of the wind Or feel passion in burning hearts of […]

The Hunt

~~~~~ Steps follow through the darkness. Factory clamor obscures the sound. When the machines simultaneously Stop, before galloping on, you hear Heavy steps, not your slight tread, a Moment late, unready for the scant Second, when the machines halt as if An indrawn breath of anticipation. No, it’s again time for the rhythmic Dancing music […]

To Live in Darkness

~~~~~ Here they come, dancing down the lane. Joyful laughter ringing out loudly, until Mrs. Croft erupts from her door to glare. Those beady eyes silenced many before. Laughter tiptoes past, giggling like bits of shattered glass beneath scattered feet. Their soles are not young. History scars. No longer moving carefully, totally sure, They race […]

Decide We Believe

~~~~~ Counting time like the beating of my heart. I hear it pulsing within my ear each night, Head upon my pillow, other quiet times. What are my worries in the grand scheme, Space and creation? A tiny mouse squeaks Into god’s ear, infinitesimally tiny. Beggars Our imagination, comprehension. Oh, well. What else are we […]

Plans They Have Made

~~~~~ Not all, but many gray heads Marvel at youth’s energy and Innocence, worn by cynicism. Now, the sun shines on youth, This moment of first flowering. Wonder how many will realize Dreams they are dreaming, or All the plans they have made? Do we recall plans we drew? Did we don them, a sharp […]