Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sunscreen


Sunscreen

Light pours down
through the trees and
touches the leaves.
They become a
translucent shield
through which we
glimpse the sun
without hurting
our eyes.





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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Missing Pieces


Missing Pieces

The pieces sit
on the table.
You link them
one-by-one.
When you are
almost done,
you realize some
are missing.
Their outlines remain,
but the picture
will never be
complete again.





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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Dream Voyage


Dream Voyage

I used to dream
of sailing in
the ships of old.
Tall and tilting
in the wind,
throwing a spray, 
salty and cold.

I would stand on
the deck at night
and use the stars
to chart the course.
Day after day, we
would move as one.
Fearless and
adventuresome.
The ship, the sea
and me.





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Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Natural Scribbler


A Natural Scribbler

What is the
patch of yellow
sitting on the lawn?
 A leaf with squiggly lines
scribbled on one end.
Could it be a poem 
by Mother Nature?
Did she write it down
while on her rounds?  
Did the loss of her
loose-leaf notes cause panic? 
No, Mother Nature 
 doesn't want for backup.
She has her choice of clouds.





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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Rocks in your Path


Rocks in your Path

Rocks in your path
are very disturbing.
As a matter of fact,
they are perturbing.
Are they there
to block your way
or do they have
something to say?
Are they a sign
that you should stop?
Stay where you are;
let your anchor drop?
Perhaps they
could help you see
your future
a little differently.
Let you step up and
look at the view
of the things you
still could do.
Give you some time 
to decide if what you see
is worth the climb.





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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Shielded


Shielded

You are shielded both day and night.
Protected from the falling rain.
The constant pounding that could maim.
The wind that blows with all its might
won't strike you if you just sit tight.
Be patient or you could get hurt.
Be beaten down into the dirt.
Relax and let me be the one
to take the hits so you take none.
Don't worry, you will be all right.

This is one version of a poetic form known as decima. There are 10 eight-syllable lines and the rhyme scheme is: ABBAACCDDC. Thanks to Robert Lee Brewer for discussing this form on his blog, Poetic Asides. Click the link  to read more about decima.





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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Change of Seasons


Change of Seasons

Summer turns to autumn.
Leaves turn red and gold.
Warmth turns to coolness.
Thoughts turn to change.

Autumn turns to winter.
Trees turn bare.
Coolness turns to cold.
Thoughts turn to snow.





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