Time and Time Again

finality holds off the daily pace

we walked all those paths together

time has tipped its cap to our youth

a new equation now chases me west

I hardly knew that autumn day

when weighty thoughts stopped us in our tracks

it was hard to look as you lifted away

don’t I look different

looking ahead or yearning for yesterday

crisp mornings don’t always feel the same

folded laundry laughs in my direction

I have all that I can take

no secrets were spoken out of turn

rhyming moments with routine

the songs inside my head

are trapped without a tune

talking on things we don’t know about

helps the whiskey travel smooth

enamored with words that shine in darkness

as the connection warms the ragged soul

let’s share today together

watching hummingbirds dance away

tomorrow will arrive right on time

whether you jumped on board or not

if stars told the story of time

morning would dim in the lyrics of the night

I really should be moving on

the heart always knows it’s way home

it was all I could do

to keep from crying

so I smiled

and walked out in the rain


as part of a 10-15 minute writing prompt challenge (a poem about the one thing you can’t live without) I submitted the following

as we lay in darkness 
your heartbeat matches mine
when sleep takes hold
your shape molds to my every curve
paws prance between muted calls
at sunrise
I wake to your nudge
nature calls
and we begin again
I cherish each day
with my best friend 

Sons & Daughters

don’t miss a step

you will fall

and when you do

double back and touch them all


at the rail of the party

empty promises overflow your mind

their dreams are not your to chase

stories with no end will be what you find


keep wandering

find your base

until you do

be wary of the mirror and its reflecting face


details and depth in truth

are real

you can live chapters of fiction

you just may not feel


stop pretending

and you just may get free

open your eyes

to the person you want to be

the Wire

one bird remains on the wire


the cats confer

repeating the chant

pulling wreckage from the rut

link by link

pieces salvaged

will become parts of tomorrow

some last for eternity

unchanged, never falling

the soundest core

is often built from adversity

stay the course

the journey will buck

move with it

rewards may appear later than expected

all birds yearn to be free

in their own way

cats will not starve

you can hear it in the wire

Closing It Out

the edge of 19

yearning for a different sunrise

maybe the moon begins the day

not another power play this time

the muffled horn leads the awakening

a place to hide will be your need no more

so much lost by not standing tall

suddenly it’s all about to change

painless in the reflection of the rain

feeling like this could last forever

tomorrow’s wave of heat and spark

strangers only fear themselves