Tag Archives: free verse

Tail of the Worm

  Spin Doctor ~ Philip Brent ~~~~~ Tail of the Worm ~~~~~ Beneath the surface of the shadow Live the voices Who listen to the voices Ordinary people Acting in extraordinary ways An unexamined life, ancient wisdom cautions Is not worth living Or is it An uncommitted life denies scrutiny To fully live Requires a […]

Always, Always

  ~~ Peace is Purpose, Nonviolence is Strength, Diversity is Unity, Empathy is Empowerment ……… Always, Always ~~ Stylized dance Dark, light Feet flashing Boots stomping Honor, glory Who praises? Is praised? Step by step Hand to hand Turn and pause Watch and learn Courtesan meets soldier Who the warrior? Who the quarry? Still standing […]

All Life

  Mixed Bag ~ Philip Brent Harris ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peace is Purpose, Nonviolence is Strength, Diversity is Unity, Empathy is Empowerment Over sea and under sky Join me as we soar and fly Play among white, fluffy clouds Fall with the rain Earth’s liquid shroud Storm presages death, Death, where all life leads We never break […]

Buy and Bye

Can you tell us of days, our future cast How we fared and how long did we last Not really important in the grand scheme Everything changes; know what I mean All of our glories and all of our horrors Blink of an eye; so much less than hours We all think we matter; I’m […]

Whatever Happens

Whatever happens now or happened then Will surely, one day soon, cease to matter If it’s not soon, I urge, please remain open You’ll likely lose the former, gain the latter

Life and Time

Life is trying Trying To stretch me Stretch me thin Extenuated Tries Treasons Lies Reasons Death and life Sorrow Trouble Borrowed double   Tears flow Falling Like rain Striking Splashing Battering Splattering Ripples spreading Intersecting No respite No recrimination Insinuation Sentiments shared True words Honestly spoken Beyond token Interim station Terminal destination Past time To […]


Sitting on a bench, while past me the crowd flows Hopeful that no one going by steps upon my toes

Olduvai Gorge and the Origin of Human Ecological Dominance

Earth Day – 2015: Took a while to post, but here it is Tired, cranky, cold and standing much too long Other people, let in early, will sit in front of me At a talk about the rise of human eco-dominance Eco equals ecological, also equals now economy Those that’s got gets, learned at my […]

How Will the Rest Survive?

A verse for this or any holiday/family gathering. The tension was so thick we sliced it and served it for dinner. He didn’t notice. The hostility so sharp we had marinated that tension in it. He didn’t know it. The rancor so pervasive it filled the room and suffocated us. He didn’t feel it. The […]

When Fear Fades

When fear fades, what will I discover Maybe another person the same as me One who struggles to meet like needs Who seeks the same answers that I do When anger fades, who will I become Will I learn to be patient, quiet, to wait Never to merely speak, but to converse To think, feel […]