THE FUNERAL

I went to a funeral the other day Something strange was at play Everyone was smiling I saw Even down to the distant in-law What could account for this behavior? Didn’t someone just meet their maker? Memories of a life well spent Could not darken this event Fabulous stories and pictures all revealed Events and […]

LIFE’S FLOWERS

Too many lives Hang unbalanced,Though the sky foreverWaits in blue For what we never know,Time has no plannedSchedule, For-whence we-entered,Nor-when-we leave. Friends,Have flowers growingIn gardens—They fade,And die. But we know betterWhen they leave us,Our vases still filledWith water,Emptied are replaced,With new life flowers What we can never Do is replace a friend. Gayle Bluebird (June […]

JUST BE

A labor of love doesn’t have to be hard … It just has to BE! Simon Stargazer III (May ’19) adds, “I have recently been reminded of both the emotional and physical benefits of hugs. As humans we need them several times a day. To be most effective they should be at least twenty seconds […]

TULIP

I dreamt I was a tulipGrowing in a fieldNear windmills turningAnd a bluest sky—I dreamt myself in purpleBut whites and pinks wereNext to me—No borders, no lines,I could barely see theHorizon—All was well;As a tulip I leaned Back and forthBut never fell—Green stems kept meHealthy—Planted well, I stayedIn a vast field. Beauty never strayedNor could a […]

HOSPICE LOVE

Love life till you can’t… And then love death.  Stargazer III (Apr.’19) explains his lines, “My poem- thought was inspired by a lengthy piece I read on Face-Book. In two parts, a Hospice nurse talked about two patient situations, one where the patient was on a ventilator, in extreme pain and restrained with no way to […]

SORTING MY BROTHER’S THINGS

Sit. Stay, Think as Prayer Going through on a rainy day,Drawers, stacks of boxes ofModel cars, cabinets full ofCanned goods,Shirts, coats on hangars,Photographs from years,Back, like turning back a clock,Though time in reality,Has in years moved upTo now— On a couch I sit,Space is open,My mind in river’sFlow—I am in a kind of mirage,A story […]

A READING OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS MINUTES

There once was a teacher Of a Sunday School Class Who shuddered when she saw The poverty of the mass. She dutifully prayed For their misguided souls Then she talked in sweet terms Of the mission fund goals. Then there were the members Of the Sunday School Class Who bargained with God To fight for […]

POEM FOR MY BROTHER

He was a solitary soul,Kept closeness far fromHis inner self where we allSeek connection,But then there are memoriesForgotten,The wash tub splash of childhoodIn summer;Walks in winter whenSnow covered sidewalks,And we wore rubber boots;In summer roller skates, playing marblesOr parcheesi—We both had a hard timeAt dinner whenHe refused Lima beans,And I, asparagus;We both felt a strapOn […]

OUR DAYS ARE DEAR

Life is not cheap… Be careful how you spend it.             Simon Stargazer III (Mar.’19) shares his thoughts on the above lines, “Realizing that even though my goal is to surpass my grandmother’s age of 96 and sneak past 100, I’ve still got lots of stuff to do before then. […]

OVERSUBSCRIBED TO WINTRY MIX

Aching but yesterday’s snow digging freed our cars. Tense- yesterday’s driving: just plowing thru ice under snow barely seeing out windshield frozen: freezing. Blasting icewinds on the melt, defrost full blast, wipers only shmear. Today: winter storm chaos, Watching Hall Street hill, Cars stuck or slide sideways Intersection: sliding, spinning collision. I pray for drivers: […]