All Of It

Of all the words I didn’t say Of all the acts I didn’t do Of all the petty choices made Of all the barbs that were untrue— The self-aimed motives with my friends The littleness with sons and wife The tiny falsehoods others saw The secret groveling, the strife The cringing fear of lack and... Continue Reading →

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Value

I’ve turned to you so often And it’s more than I should do You have a certain power But it really isn’t true And as I get to know you Well I see there’s nothing new So the more that I have thought of you The less I thought of you.

Passing

She tossed her hair Upon the street For that young man She’ll never meet Once you tossed hair Deliberately You did it really Just for me So you don’t think These things ring true Now that we’re old But I still do.

They Didn’t Know

They didn’t know they’re beautiful They didn’t know they’re young They didn’t know the song that lay In how their clothes were hung They didn’t know they’re gorgeous Each gesture made it so And later they wrote poems about The things they didn’t know.

Sidewalk

What’s inside your brain today What’s inside your brain I pass you on the sidewalk And so what does it contain? Our eyes meet for an instant And there’s wrinkles on your face So I wonder what is back there With each thought in its own place Each thought is in its place I know... Continue Reading →

Don’t

I’m guilty ‘cause I’m angry And I’m angry cause I’m scared And I’m mad that you can see it And my feelings have been bared. So please don’t come and pat me Just to make things better soon For I’m trapped here in this corner Like a wounded sore raccoon.

Father

No one built a statue No one gave a plaque But even now you turn to me And sometimes you come back Sometimes you come back, my dad Sometimes you come back You come to me in sleep, my dad Holding up a snack Holding up a snack of course And with a smile it... Continue Reading →

Here

Chris is gone, But I’m still here, Mark is gone But I’m still near Pat is gone His words were dear But I’m still here But I’m still here How strange it is That I still fear I listen now Without an ear For this brief moment I’m a seer Cause I’m still here Yes... Continue Reading →

The Spin

Just when you think that the ball will roll over you it misses and hits the demon who chases you just when you think the demon is done with you he's all fired up from that cannonball smashing him just when I think I'll never be happier the roof starts to leak and ruins my... Continue Reading →

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