1980--Last Year for Generation XThat year Hope had (made) her reservations:
Reagan had just clutched office,
Orwell's '84 within sight,
Big Brother became bigger.
Oil was almost cheap;
They could load the eager houseboat,
Weekend on a semi-gemstone lake blaring
Van Halen, Queen, Zeplin . . .
Cell phones were for the spoiled haves,
Computers still infants, Internet (mostly) for a cunning military.
Yet they could leisure chat and use blonde post-it notes
Before the late First Amendment was enhanced (to better guard them)
Summer Olympics in malevolent Moscow
Would see no U.S. athletesFull coverage
On the (new) twenty-four hour talking head Cable News Network would tell all:
The U.S. held (in custody) her own "Olympics" for disillusioned athletes.
This is when Hope began to pack
Though Small Pox was executed (by the New World Health Organization)
Insulin now genetically engineered;
The U.S. refused grain to the sinister Soviet Union (something about Afghanistan)
Hope took flight by December, expatriated/exhausted.
Orphan's AnswerHome never meant I belongedOrphan's Answer2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Patchwork family of left-behinds
all clinging to whatever
Rag-doll existence we could sew
cross-stitched and hemmed
Nothing to call mother
Nothing to call father
No one to call your own
No day was ever new
dawn could only awaken you from dreams
Scar you with truth
within a living nightmare
Night brought fear
the endless ache for someone
you have to give in
That's how you grow
Not under the
sun and light and warmth and care
But under winter life and frost
with ice memories
BirthdaySo I can wish you happinessBirthday2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
You decorated a day:
Smiles are garland
Voice is melody
Coldness could not know
Such a place.
So I can wish you contentment
This life you filled with joy.
Your birthday is an honor:
You--the jewel of my world.
Ten Real-Life Similes1. As slow as a pharmacy filling a prescriptionTen Real-Life Similes2 years ago in Editorial More Like This
2. As unconcerned as a worker at the Department of Motor vehicles
3. As cold as the frozen food isle
4. As strange as the unnameable smells in a hospital
5. As long as the line at the Post Office
6. As annoying as the person in front of you questioning the sales clerk about everything
7. As rude as an outdated waitress
8. As confused as the new bank employee
9. As empty as my wallet
10. As dark as a tax appraisal
AdorationMy life's exhausted stage was barrenAdoration2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Blackout, obscurity: an audience of one
Yet you took the spotlight
Colorful lighting awakened faith
On cue you began your performance:
Benevolence, fondness, and more than friendship
Music furnished the set
A kind melody of understanding and trust
Your face under lights merged each scene with
confidence, understanding, trust.
Hope: the themea drama of dreams and devotion
A final curtain will not set: the performance continues,
No longer a tragedy.
WeightedI sought a tender caressWeighted3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
There was no spark of warmth
To allow comfort
I wanted to hold you
There was no flame
No breath no soul
In my attempt to awaken you
No spirit no life
Existed behind your eyes
My world became
Spent matches and
When We ArriveWe'll take the tripWhen We Arrive2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
visit unwanted memories
and lost opportunities
There's a detour
through a road of pain
take a left at embarrassment
(Don't forget the scenic route overlooking
On the way we'll stop to discuss
a lost past
When we arrive
failure will be behind us
Haiku IIIDistant lightning pealsHaiku III2 years ago in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
Late summer rain descends
A season now lost
No ApplauseSpotlight waitingNo Applause2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Center stage is sterile
You missed your cue
Who will tell you
This isn't a tragedy?
Searches for resolution
Emotionless photographic smile
In illuminated torment
Take your bow
CodependenceWe'll hold hands:Codependence2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
You are afraid of the dark
I don't want to feel alone
Of course, we'll embrace:
You desire security from the world
I am fond of the warmth
Though Love will be mentioned
Necessity will be the answer
A kiss, a sigh, a smile
Nothing will divide our affection
Need will be our strength
Journey's EndI know this placeJourney's End3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I have been here many times
Or I have never left.
In the moonlight of friendship
I cannot recognize this plot
The beauty of the beams
Against harsh rocks
And rough terrain
I am left here
When the sun's heavy light
Reveals my trepidation
I stand alone
Where once again
I have to say
Surveying the NestBreaking of the shellSurveying the Nest2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Soon there will be birth
Hunger and thirst
Seed will not quench the appetite where
Acceptance warmth and love
A longing for companionship
Two eggs in the nest
ProphetNo Insect is holier than the Praying Mantis,Prophet3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Who, when perched on a twig or a leaf, goes unnoticed
In the light and the dark.
I've met you once before in fantastical
Childhood. Caught and trapped you
As I hold you now, a green and curious
Predator, poised on a stick kept
In a jar upon the bedroom shelf.
Youstagger, looking for
Balance, like a child
Feeling his way
Across the rocks in a creek.
Perched now upon young, budding blossoms,
Among unfledged dew drops
In your armsyou clean yourself
Cat-fashion in the Sun. Looking away,
Taken in by the scent of pungent spring-green,
I return a glance to find
You have gone away.
AloneWind and rain discover my window,Alone3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Ashes of evening disfigure the stars
You are gone.
Monotone of indoors, a void,
defines my longing, distorts the room.
I will stand searching
beyond the gray, the rain,
beyond the wind, the emptiness,
with a longing, a hope.
Of finding you.
SanctifiedNo light from your sleepy window guided me.Sanctified1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
No primrose path lead me to your door.
No music attended my hearing to awaken me to you.
I was guided by uncertainty.
I was lead by longing.
I heard only hurt.
We perceived when others ignored.
We understood when no one could notice.
We listened when no one could hear.
Friendship is the most Sacred of words.
UnityYour tearsUnity2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
will be mine
A quilt of comfort
Sewn with memories
InseparableWhen I feel closestInseparable3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I see you
In the sky and clouds
Fields and mountains
In my solitude
I feel your warmth
When the sun
Touches me with kindness
When I am silent
I hear the music
Of your laugh
When children play
The world is a place
I can still discover you
Where I can be reminded
You haven't really left me
EaseThe day we spent away from the worldEase3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Where we were our only inclusion
Perhaps we never fell asleep
Our dreams extended the day
The look into your eyes
An understanding deeper than words
Our time became a place
I could return to escape
Whenever life became molten
And intrusion within intrusion
I remember the evening
Where, for the first time,
A memory could ease pain and sorrow.
DesignerShe creates a sacred trustDesigner3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Exceeding all others
When she first smiles at you
Began long before
This faith cannot endure
The slightest betrayal
There will be no words
To express your commitment
Those moments she says,
"I need you."
Cherish each word
Her symbols of tenderness
Will define your life's journey
There is a loving bond
The moment she can look you in the eyes
And call you
Scattered PiecesThere should have been a wayScattered Pieces3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
To frame your voice in silver.
Your comfort would be
A beautiful decoration.
If, somewhere, I could have
Collected your caress,
Relief would be a keepsake
On the mantle next to your portrait.
Our past had a brighter future
Than my present.
I should have preserved
Your embrace in the scrapbooks.
More than tender memories
Would flow from each page.
I want to hold each moment close,
Assemble them--store each second,
Since I have to face this life