FIFTEEN MINUTES

Our Great Room:

A clinic for immunizations.

Waiting for fifteen minutes

After a pin prick on my

Upper arm –

Nothing to be alarmed

About.

I am better able

To smile –

To think future!

I have high hopes

The news will change,

COVID graphs turn down –

Oh! Ahead the world

Will celebrate […]

NEW YEAR 2021

Just a few hours

Away—

Wondering if the

Ball will drop,

Whether people

Will kiss when

The clock strikes

The midnight hour.

I never wait up,

And have no one

To kiss,

Tsk, Tsk,

My limbs react

Slowly,

Some days I am

Truly a mess—

I think of people

With no one near,

Or […]

HOW LIFE CHANGES

Like shifting winds,

As if a hurricane

Hits you,

You always know HARD TIMES will

Pass,

Those fleeting thoughts,

Those temporary fears,

Those contradictions,

You can almost feel,

The turning of one

Position,

To another,

The way it happens,

Is a smile, a word said,

A compliment not expected,

Taking a good look at […]

PORCH SITTERS AND SQUATTERS

Should you happenTo come by,Any evening or earlyDay, the temperatures,Just right,You can see the leavesPreparing for departure.The porch is whereYou might findAny one of us (Mae-Mae, Whoever and me),Reading while reclining,On a yoga mat stretching,(Not me, by the way)Where one can listenTo birds –Most notably squawking,Crows –Mae-Mae stretched whereShe can feel the sun,Me watching, […]

LOTS OF TIME

Mother nature needs time – Uninterrupted,And lots of it.

Simon Stargazer III (Oct.’20) adds, “On further consideration, I find that Mother Nature is extremely efficient. Every time I turn or look around, I see evidence that she has been quietly working to encroach on the progress of civilization. I’ll have to keep a watchful […]

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,

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