Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Photo Better Left Untaken

Just beyond where California lies,

The two of them sit side-by-side

As the jet roars through dark skies

On its way to Hawaii's sun and fun.

But uncalled-for anger blights the flight

And they fight.

Yet true affection doesn't keep score,

And the next day on Maui's shore,

That tropical paradise

Mesmerizes and fills their eyes

With love for each other

As before.

Now just suppose the camera of life

Had recorded their brief strife,

Only to wait a lifetime of years

And then out of the blue

Had flashed back to that earlier view,

Reviving bitterness and tears.

No, better by far

That some of life's photos 

Be not taken

So that love remains unshaken

And the heart, once healed,

From past hurt is sealed.

Friday, April 7, 2017


Assignment: Write a metaphor

Tile by tile, day by day,
Some chosen, some god-wrought.
Love of loyal mate,
Delight of four children at play.
Petty hurts and wrenching deaths.
Joys and sorrows in all their breadth.
Would I change some, even one, if I could?
Probably not.