There Is Light

pushed to limits

all too soon

by what you did not seek 

legs of the journey lay ahead

there is a door 

that will lead you out 

the night may be dark

but stars hang high above

holding the sound 

of summer’s peace

it all comes to pass


in the distance

I see you clearly

no longer stumbling

the corners are empty

as you dance out front

spinning free

halls of massmoca
north adams, ma
june 2019

The Hollow Rain

the hissing is all around

but fading fast

a settled pace had held me in place 

antsier now as autumn looks to find its stride

an afternoon’s deluge 

has left gutters bloated and coughing

the  bouquet of summer rain

brings memories and a smile

steam pushes from the asphalt

as a rainbow confronts the clouds

imperfect droplets linger 

upon nature’s pedestals 

while there is much that is heavy

in this moment there is no weight to carry 

garden post rain
aug 2019

Sleeping Truth

staring in the mirror 

but I can’t see a face

tears roll sideways 

on the outline taking space

I will tell you this

dragging me from ring to ring

the emptiness has me falling down

hard not to feel like a clown

I tell myself

no one can see me here

but the lights are so bright

that truth seems far not near 

it has happened before

beautiful days do come two in a row

looking to be inspired

I choose to heal and grow

2am acrylic
jsp – 2019

It Matters

my heart on a string

the days stretch

running me out

pulling you in

walking in circles

dizzy and quiet

the tighter my grasp

the more that floats away

I can’t see the line

obscured by the time

darkness holds light

when you lie next to me

I Always Remember

with every starless night

I feared tomorrow’s dawn

unwilling to close my eyes 

wishing this haunting to be gone

morning after morning 

wishing it were all a dream 

but sunshine brought it back again

had me choking, I could not scream

it was so hard on me

long shadows always held the dark

I would never understand your pain

once vibrant paths now stood stark

a love so strong

unable to win the fight 

did your heart ever have its doubts

it’s getting late, I hope the stars come out tonight

the Pursuit

the pursuit 

endlessly elusive

as the chirping rings like laughter

eyes stretched wide 

gliding and bouncing with purpose 

ready to meet face to face

do not fear my dark shadow

curious and kind

is my nature 

friends are not always easy to find

we share this terrain

come play with me

chipmunks in there for sure
friends in here too

Notes in the Sand

the ocean keeps the time

get caught in the rhythm

do not struggle

follow nature’s lead

and drift away 

with sun on your face

and feet in the sand

tomorrow is left behind

with no bombs above

tragically waiting for the rain 

will leave you empty

there is no defeat 

on this horizon

hold firmly to the jogging kite

and lose your way

in the crashing waves

there is much to see

just close your eyes

Westerly, RI
Misquamicut Beach