Awakening


I have lived on the cusp
of knowing, and still my days
are filled with
incertitude,
Laughter rings my home
where generations have
gathered,
Flesh and bone betray
and to this day
I cannot make out the faces
that call me brother!
My father fell from grace
the day I was born and
stumbling, perfumed by
the scent of failure
and sweet vermouth,
he made his exit.
I never knew him.
My legs stretch long
before my faltered steps
but they cannot carry me
far enough away.
My dreams are salted and
weathered; my hope reserved
for the scattering of
copper pennies upon foreign
streets.
My only wish is to sleep
through this overture of
nothingness until cool
waters redeem my parched
awakening.

Fade to Heaven


Time comforts me, though the clock winds down
And I’m driven to the ticking of another sound
My heart beats so softly, in erratic measure
And portends the end to this life I have treasured.
I’ve done my best, or so shall I plead
As the Book of Life will surely read
When comfort was asked, I held out my hand
I shared what I had without a demand
Solace I gave to those deep in sorrow
Lived for today, and prayed for tomorrow
The sick I did comfort, the hungry I fed
If needed I fought, and oftentimes bled
For the weak and the child with no one to care
To fill them with love and crush their despair
My joys and my sorrows, both equally scattered
Like dying fall leaves that no longer matter
Now days turn to hours, and hours to minutes
Now comes to a close this life with me in it
Softly my prayers in last utterance fall
Grace be upon me, I’ve given my all.

Love’s Transforming Hand


I don’t profess to understand
The power of Love’s transforming hand,
But I can’t deny what’s plain to see –
Loving you is changing me.

As a child walking on the shore
I saw the ocean…nothing more.
I cried, “Oh God – what senseless waste,
This vast expanse of liquid space.”

Yet now, with Love’s hand touching me
I cherish the life within the sea!

I built myself a one room home
And dared to live there all alone;
It wasn’t that I did not care –
Just felt I had not much to share.

But now, beneath Love’s soft caress
I simply have to give my best.

I once viewed stars as nothing much -
Cold, distant worlds beyond my touch.
I had no need for cheap sensations
Built on simple constellations.

Then Love’s hand touched me through your kiss
And I knew that stars were more than this.

No, I don’t profess to understand
The power of Love’s transforming hand,
But I can’t deny what’s plain to see –
Loving you is changing me.

Wrath of the Phoenix


Laugh at my misfortune, rejoice in my defeat
Plunder that which I hold dear, for I am incomplete
My foolishness brings you delight, my tears a source of glee
Be careful though, for you don’t know, what price your victory
The constellations whirl and spin, my time, now lost, will come again
And who among you then will stand, when I regain my promised land?
You say I’ve lost my vision; I’m blind to better days?
Perhaps somehow, but even now, I’m breaking through this haze.
Be merciful, restrain your dance, my day will come again
Watch yourself, you’ve had your chance; my star once more ascends
And in its glowing light, my foe, my victory unfolds
I’ll rise again, even though; my story now is left untold.
Laugh at my misfortune, rejoice in my defeat
Plunder that which I hold dear, for I am incomplete
Your arrogance will catch you up and lay you at my altar
Implore me now, in that somehow, I overlook this falter
Be gone you fools, don’t stoke my fires
With your evil deeds, your foolish desire
A new day has just broken; I fear the worst, it’s true
With urgent speed, you should recede, I’m coming now for you.