Category Poetry

We Begin

~~~~~ Fly forth radiant doves, Stygian corvids, bright birds of all nations. Fill the sky with sound and color so staggering, we begin to think/ ~~~~~ People Over Politics, World Over Wealth! Peace is Purpose, Nonviolence is Strength, Diversity is Unity, Empathy is Empowerment Unite the World! ~~~~~ See more of my creative offerings at: […]

To See Clearly

~~~~~ Times and places I left long ago Bring memories at odd moments. Not strange, but not sequential. Random and in no way numbered To follow like instructions to explain Who I was, would come to be; games I played and whatever residue they Left inside, behind. Brushed from My hair and shoulders. Brain dust, […]

Life Courageous

~~~~~ Time Bomb ~ Philip Brent Harris What gifts given and received would will my words to sing Tripping lightly from my brain, my heart, my tongue Able to express the subtle hopes of anything and everything The true name of all the life and death I live among Would my hearing need to be […]

What Sages Tell

~~~~~ Brief interludes may be the joy of life. A smile, kind word to dispel our strife. If only briefly, our day becomes better. Duties we feel ted to, it foils our fetter. Our shackles have only been imaginary, Yet we say it’s Marley’s chain we carry. Our forced claim feeds a thing we need, […]

Hold On

~~~~~ Form a figure three by three Where each space speaks In its own language, rhythm. Yet all fit together like a child’s Puzzle where every piece Is a different color and The pattern changes with how You change them, rearrange Your view and your perception. Memory marks the surfaces As they slip away, repeat. […]

Before the Conductor

~~~~~ Speaking to a stranger with common ground, Though the setting is alien to our daily lives. Shared interest, music, a universal language, Waiting, the hall fills, the orchestra appears. Clattering steps down the stairs. Young feet And old changing seats, seeking a best view. To see and hear, closer or farther depending. The orchestra […]

Soliloquy of the Elder Man

~~~~~                 Variation on a theme by W.S. of S. on A. To pee, or not to pee, that’s sequestration: Nether squeeze, a whimper in the line to buffer The zings and harrows of reluctant motion, Now to fake aim against an urn that bubbles. And by pretending flush then. To zip—to leave, Open the […]

Thoughts at a Concert

~~~~~ A clumsy rearrangement of the players. A forgotten score, a shifting of brass. To see that global warming can call forth Both the ultimate disaster and salvation A perspective I have never dreamed So easy to see once shown, so hidden By prophets and profits, disguising What should be obvious, plain to all. How […]

Meaning is Meaning

~~~~~   Each word I write comes from a placeWhich jazz musicians know well.Riffing off the world and each otherWhich will never sound the same twice.Each dependent on brief feelings,The vibe of the moment, connection.Never right or wrong, barely there.So that when it’s written downThe rest of us hear but a spark, an instantThat echoes, […]

Quick Dead

~~~~~   Brave sentinels stand silent, watch,Patiently wait for their next attack.Battle scars in evidence, some not.Greensward stretches before them.They simply watch, wait, exposed.Wind and rain, fire and small life,The hand of man the most deadly.Still, all life dies; the quick dead.Marvel then at their long life andHow strongly straight they stand. ~~~~~ People Over […]