POEM FOR DRIVERS GOING DOWN THE HIGHWAY NAMED “BATTLEGROUND”

I play “lane switch”

With a big long-haul truck,

With a “No Manners” driver.

I try to squeeze in his lane,

He lurches ahead leaving me

“No room” in between,

The road narrowed for road-

Work- ahead,

What to do?

I have all the qualifications

For senior-slow driver,

Sticking always to the right lane,

[…]

CHANGES AHEAD

Never think you are

Permanent

Where you are –

Life is a staircase on

Which you can fall,

But get up again,

Go on,

To the next

And to the next phase of Life.

I see once again

New horizons,

New visions looking […]

SMILE THOUGHTS

While a smile may be contagious,Complimenting one can be precious!

Simon Stargazer III (Aug.’20) adds, “That boda-cious smile on “Pat” is courtesy of my wife. The caricature was done on one of our weekend visits to Gatlinburg summers ago. I might add that while a smile is beautiful, a discussion about it could be […]

GIRL AND PREDATOR

Chicago 2002

Five fifteen A.M.

Perfect happy, open-the-door rush. Pink sky, moist and dewey air today as I stepped out, soon to witness a girl getting stalked as I waited for the bus to never- neverland.

First saw in distance, a girl in pink skirt with pack down the sidewalk. Then comes truck with […]

CHANGES AHEAD

Never think you are

Permanent

Where you are.

Life is a staircase on

Which you can fall,

But get up again,

Go on,

To the next

And to the next phase of

Life. I see once again

New horizons,

New visions looking out

Another window where

New flowers grow.

I tell myself, “Stand ready,

[…]

EIGHT MINUTES

Count them!

Long enough to make

Three pieces of toast,

Boil water for eggs,

Vacuum one room,

Give a short speech,

Make words for online

Scrabble—

Think about how long

Eight minutes is—

How painful

How we ask for medication

When pain is excruciating—

When there is no relief

Is why people gather,

Move […]

ISOLATION

Watching the fallout of

isolation,

grimness confined to

inside spaces,

people weary, looking for

change;

businesses closed,

restaurants empty,

masses out of work

the question begs

wondering,

where is the money

going to come from?

Whoever wanders streets

goes a lonely path,

en-masked.

Even the homeless are not

asking for money.

We lack touching,

[…]

FURTHER DAILY OCCURRENCES

Chicago, 2002

Blessed beauty man

behind me in L seat

spouting off’

spitting deliberate cusswords

in muffled amused ramblings.

Me trying to make out what pure rambling wisdom

may be forth spewing from his filth

but all I can make out

is the “muthaf–as.”

It’s the sound of the urban preacher

which haunts all […]

MOTHERS’ DAY

Taking time to

Honor

All mothers whether

Birth or sacred –

Friend or aunt or

Foster mother

Whether near or

Far, whether

Gone –

Today a daughter

Or son’s

Spirit is celebrated

If only in remembrance,

And, too, a grandmother

And a mother,

Our minds can go

Back over years

Memories stay fixed,

Can […]

UNINTERRUPTED TIME

A plant grows through a crack in pavement.

Mother Nature

Needs time…

Uninterrupted,

And lots of it!

Simon Stargazer III (Mar. ‘20) observes, “As spring approaches, what I see every-where is a reminder that mother nature never sleeps and is ever vigilant and pursuing her goal of reasserting her real ‘green-ing’ of America and the […]