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Flash Poety  May 2005
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I write these poems in a flash with morning coffee in one short sitting.
It is more like a stutter of consciousness than a stream.
It is good to be writing.

Time's Up

Some feel like it comes too late
Some people feel like it comes too early
They stand defiant and surly
Bent to beat their fate

Whether they've gained a little or a lot
In the end it comes to naught
Save what you've learned and you've taught
What you have and you have not
Is neither here nor there
When you are passing through death's gate
Hopefully you will have had enough
When the reaper taps and says "Time's up. "
For he is not one to wait
May 31, 2005


Laughter rings like wedding bells
It warms the heart and it tells
Us there is hope for a tomorrow
To return the things that we borrow
Get a bit of it for heaven's sake
It is best to give and to take
It is one of our best tools
To make our mark or play as fools
It causes aches of face and middle
It causes us to spray spittle
And to jump. At first, a little
It is better than the best riddle
There may be no happy ever after
But day to day is best with laughter

May 26, 2005

In Memory

In memory things aren't clear
Time softens the edges
Of what might appear to be
The way it really was
Or does it just seem so because
It is what we wanted
And what we didn't get
It leaves us slightly haunted
So we remember to forget
Images that cause us pain
If allowed they would claim
All the joy that should be ours
As we walk our way through the hours
Of our lives and still we see
We are shadowed by our memory

May 30, 2005

Let Me Go

I am walking towards the door
The world is calling me onward
I crunch the broken glass of the past
And look out and up and homeward
To a place of peace and rest
Where I can say I did my best
Some times were smooth
Some times were rough
And I guess it's true
Some things were not good enough
But I will take the line in tow
When my time is done
Let me go

May 25, 2005


Wanderers the world over
Seek there dreams
Their four leaf clover
And it seems
They are the few
Who change the world
For the many
For what they do
Needs no penny
They do their deeds
Don't count the cost
To meet the needs
Of the ones who're lost
They may not make the history
Long may they run in our memory

May 28, 2005

Sometimes I Run

Sometimes I run for cover
Face to the wind
Umbrella bent and failing
Feeling weak I discover
I can see the end
With rain sting wind wailing
I run head down
Like a charging bull
In a rage
The eerie sound
Is thin and somehow full
No more cage
I say I am free until I'm done
Full speed a head I run
On and on I go
For what seems so far to me
In the end I know
Where I am is where I'll be

May 24, 2005

Sleepy Head

Slumber crusted eyes look on
A new day that has begun
Feeling lost and feeling stuck
So I brew a cup of fresh Starbucks
And feel empowered
What can I say
We are blessed with yet
Another day
The circle of life is not undone
Here's to the one's
Who have come and gone
Up and at 'em and on the way
Drink a cup and what the hey
Caffeine called is sated
Sleep is over rated

May 22, 2005

The Blend

Hot and cold clash
Wind and rain smash
Sun and lightning flash
Oil and water don't mix
What is broken seek to fix
Wounded hearts pang
Joys and blues sang
Like the yin and the yang
Like a tear you cannot mend
Like the longing for a friend
Such is this life's blend
Conflict seeking comfort's end
Each day to begin again

May 20, 2005


Wounds occur
That is part of life
Time's a blur
The joy, the strife
Pinnacles of feeling
Canticles for healing
Broken hearts and heavy cares
Are eased with time and prayers
And from dusk until the dawn
Life goes on

May 23, 2005

You Can

Difficulty rises like a wave
Racing towards your shore
Opportunity to seize and save
Facing forward seeking more
Peeling puzzling placing perks
Smarter is the one who works
Smarter, not harder to make the grade
Knocks difficulty down like grass to blade
Walks apart from all the horde
Catches the wave and rides the board
Settles softly on the land
Just believe and then you can
May 19, 2005

Bosa Nova

Move me like the music does
Listen to Bosa Nova just because
It is light and lilting
Hot but not wilting
It is the music of love
It is the music of romance
It is what we are thinking of
So hold me close and let's dance
Dim the lights and hear this
I love you, let's kiss
May this love never be over
Always new like Bosa Nova

May 21, 2005

Bluster This

I can face the stinging rain
I can face the howling wind
But I cannot face the pain
Of the loss of face of a friend
I guess some things you cannot know
There fore it is best to let them go
It is a waste of time to start
Second guessing someone else's heart
Flinch and give a flustered kiss
Single finger waving says bluster this

May 18, 2005


Patience little one
Time is turning
When day is done
Look at learning
Be there
Where you are
Bask in youth
Catch a star
Where ever you are
There you are
Know sometimes
The toughest match
Is when you wrestle
Learn your cadence
Be nice to you
Have patience

May 17, 2005

Keep Dreaming

Tired comes and tired goes
If you're still breathing
I suppose
You can be achieving your dreams
Little by little and step by step
No matter how hard it seems
Work it out
Pump your pep
And who knows
You might just realize
What your mind's eye has seen
Keep dreaming

Keep dreaming
Keep dreaming

May 16, 2005

Rain Up

Rain up it's waking
Scratch that, reverse it
New pup in making
Watch out, rehearse it
Soft rain patters
The leaves outside
What really matters
Is not seen by eyes
Wet symphony of sounds
Make for dancing ferns
The cacophony resounds
Stirring passion that burns
With a chance at another day
Stand up, dance, make your way
Forlorn forsaking
Rain up, it's waking

May 15, 2005


I want to move
But I am standing still
To find my groove
But I've lost my will
Couples cancel commitments
I've know those sentiments
How could I pay that bill
One step backward
Then I slide
One step forward
Then I ride
A wave that sweeps me
A current that keeps me
Against the tide
God, I'll recall your number with some luck
The forgetting is the reason I am stuck

May 14, 2005


Fate can be kind or mean
Take for example
The number thirteen
Twelve is ample
Complete in itself
Used more than any one else
Just one number behind
The number with no luck
So many reasons come to mind
When things run a muck
To blame this number that is stuck
In its place in line
Its place like yours and mine
Is just a place after all
It has no place in a mall
Or on a hotel floor
To 12 and to 13, less is more

May 13, 2005


Together we can weather any thing
We can make the world a better place
We can join our hearts and hands and sing
We can wear our love upon our face
We can believe the things we say
Together is better than apart
We can lift our hearts and pray
Each day make a brand new start
Ancient hearts love's circles ever wide
Calling God to make it better and better
Reaching out and sharing turning tide
Beauty shines from in to the outside together

May 11, 2005

Letting Go

Hanging on to hurts
Only makes the hurting grow
Tugging at our shirts
The past doesn't want to go
There are times
When pain will be our lot
Nickels dimes
Struggling with the plot
And the meeting of the ends
Hoping we can know
When it's time to make amends
And when it's time to let it go

May 12, 2005


Wish I could breathe better
Wish I had a warmer sweater
Wish I had more dryer less wetter
It's all good, not in vain
I saw warning signs of a hurricane
Flu is causing much disdain
Tired and seeking some relief
Burning nose is causing grief
To bed surrender to the chief
Homeward bound to love and hugs
Weary of attempts and shrugs
I must away to beat these bugs

May 9, 2005

Babies ?

Did the phone ring for God
Each time you prayed for a child?
Would He give out a cod
To one who asks in a manner so mild
For a small human being to nurture and care
To shelter and love like no other
Someone for whom you'd be there
You'd live for the thrill of a being a mother
Life is mystery; layers upon layers
Some answers cannot seem to be found
Still I wonder at unanswered prayers
When my belief is so full and profound
I can't see why God didn't give you a baby
But I am so thankful that he gave you to me

May 10, 2005


Clouds cover up the sun
Blocking out the warming rays
Clouds can sometimes come
And darken up the best of days
But sunshine can be a state you're in
Even with clouds warmth can begin
Simple joy is within your reach
Just take a walk out on the beach
Never mind the clouds
Never mind the clouds

May 2, 2005 Clearwater Beach


Severe weather is coming your way
Move indoors and indoors stay
Gather up your sons and daughters
Hail will fall the size of quarters
Weather man speaks to beseech
Stay inside, stay off the beach
Outdoors may be to your liking
Better in when lightning's striking
My aunt used to kneel and pray
When thunderstorms would hold sway
Cruel terror tormented her
When a blast of thunder would occur
Our fears were far from forming
We'd run in rain heedless of warning
Fear can cripple any one
Live your life until it's done

May 4, 2005 Clearwater Beach


The mind stands still as the images move
Free thought thinking has ceased to be
The color and motion tend to prove
That a vidiot can easily be made of me
Life goes on round and round about
Here I sit inside this shell
Sometimes I want to shout
All the stories I have to tell
But I sit in quiet solitude
Soak up all the scenes I see
Some are happy and some are rude
Life imitated by the TV
Why do you watch when all is said and done
When there is so much to see and do
I guess in the end because it is fun
And the choice is up to you

May 1 , 2005 Clearwater Beach


If you were here
We could discuss the Fickels
And drink a beer
Eat some pickles
Give a cheer
For the fun of it
Drink until we're done with it
Maybe we'd solve the riddle
Maybe we wouldn't try
Maybe we would stay in the middle
Maybe we wouldn't pry
Into things that are tied
To things tied to other things
Maybe I would be the one who sings
Maybe we would all sing along
Some happy memories, some favorite song
Maybe fun would be our duty
As we all sang along to Boody Wah
Boody Wah Boody Wah Scoody

April 30, 2005 Clearwater Beach


I awaken on a new day dance
Thankful that I have this chance
To live, to love, to laugh and cry
To live so life won't pass my by
To spend some time with the Bible
To pray forgiveness for what I'm libel
To seek to find and know the truth
To age better than I lived my youth
To thank my lucky stars above
That I had the chance to love

April 28, 2005

The morning whispers
Moist fog crawls across valleys
Hiding earth's rebirth


Yesterday I learned to tie my shoe
I chased a squirrel for 7 blocks
Stopping in surroundings that were new
Pulling cockle burs from my socks
I contemplated my predicament
Just what the recent chase had cost
As mindlessly on and on I went
Tears burst forth for I knew was lost
All in all it ended well
Though I don't recall how I found my way
But I am here to tell
Being lost is not my favorite even to this day

Man with his many imperfections
Is better served by asking for directions

April 27, 2005

Crease in Time

Take time and fold a crease
Wonders that never cease
To amaze my intellect
Cause me to reflect
On choices that I had made
Blind to how behavior can jade
Someone or something innocent
In and out and in I went went
Never more the wise
So cleverly disguised
I didn't know who I was
Angry child steering all because
Of a bit of undigested emotion
Some sad submerged commotion
Lingering, fingering anger's trigger
Acting small but feeling bigger
Striking like a snake
Blind to the mistake
Give me please some inner peace
Take time and fold a crease

April 26, 2005

Easy Does It

Easy does it as the new day begins
Grumbling stomach echoes sins
Of a certain over indulgence
And longing for calm to commence

And quiet my abdomen's
Morning song sung in alien
Awakened with dry mouth and thirst
I listen and wait for my tummy to burst
Some creature to flee across the room
Leave me pushing up daisies that bloom
But soon enough the feeling will pass
Lo and behold it's only gas

April 25, 2005


Now there is a word
That I heard
Referring to lying
Deferring , trying
To soften the behavior
Of our politicians
Lacking inhibitions
Saying savior
Sacking contrition
Lies on lips forming
A platform that denies
Green house gases
Global warming
From a place of fame
Forgetting the masses
Wearing shame
That never meets their eyes
Let truth be continuous
Open the eyes and hearts
Of the ingenuous

April 23. 2005

True Treasure

Where does the treasure lie
On the journey or when it ends
We do our best to get by and
It's made easier by friends
In our lives a time is fixed
When every thing becomes quite clear
Though our feelings may be mixed
We know who we are and why we're here
We've all had times we thought
We would not make it
We've lost at fights we've fought
Said we couldn't take it
Painfully we eased up from the ground
And were helped up by a friend we'd found
Breathing in and out
One breathe by one
We faced another bought
And found out we'd won
A friend blesses every woman and man
Heaven help us help us because we can

April 22. 2005

Thank You

For these sunny skies
And for these days that rain
For these teary eyes
For the joy and for the pain
For the jubilation
And for the misery
For each situation
For my family
For the music that I make
For the players who play
For all, both the give and take
For the friends who choose to stay
For the earth below and stars above
For every thing that still rings true
For the miracle that comes with love
For all of this and more, thank You.

April 20. 2005


The earth in form is circle shaped
The sun is like a circle draped
Suspended there against the sky
Giving life, causing some to die
The wheel of life leaves no escape
So is there a reason to be
Seeking the reason sets you free
From losing to some concession
From feeding your depression
Ride the circle round and see
We are all really very much the same
We stumble through this circle game

April 21. 2005



Work like it all depends on you
Pray like it all depends on God
May your words be kind and true
When there's a chance to serve please nod
A heart can be battered and bruised
When innocent of the crime accused
Love seems all unfair and just a ruse
Stout hearted still care for the accuser
Give God the chance to humble the refuser
We are each us just flesh and bone
Share living for we are born and die alone
Keep God's face before you
In your mind's eye
Know when it's time to stop
And when to try
Let God, Let go
Wait. Trust. He'll show

April 16, 2005

Walk On

What is there
Something that
Once was here
Do you care
Did you shed
One single tear
Who is this
A new burst of light
In your life
A new kiss
A new adventure
Far from strife
One is out
One is in
One will shout
One will grin
Love is blind
Heart will crack
Love is kind
Love is lack
One fell on her face
Wept on the sod
Was granted grace
Lifted by God
Walked off alone
Toward tomorrow
Headed to heaven
No more sorrow
Love has gone
Love is here
Just walk on
He is near

April 19. 2005

Pay Attention

Pay attention
Or you will pay
Pray mention
How you feel, say

An invention
That would convert
All pretension
And heal all hurt

Would find use
Every where
And stop abuse
When it was there

No machine
Is called to task
Find serene
That's what we ask

Reach out
Soft as a dove
Be stout
And show your love

April 15, 2005


Time spent together
Whether we talk or not
That time whenever
Is best because we've got
So much that matters
So we stay aware
If our world tatters
We continue to care
Caring for each other
This and no other
Thing except grace
And trust in our Lord
Helps us keep pace
And await our reward
When I awake
It's your face I see
I could do that
For eternity

April 18. 2005


Define the effect of time
It is different for each
But character will make us shine
And is within our reach
It's not weak to seek forgiveness
Or meekly give the same
Just how much can you live with
There is no honor in shame
Know when to say I will
And when to say I won't
When it comes to some new thrill
If in doubt, then don't
Life races on
Page by Page
Far too soon it's gone but
Love and honor never age

April 12, 2005


With effort and with focus
Your success is exponential
It isn't hocus pokus
To reach your full potential
Though challenges may be severe
The prize awaits those who persevere
There is no limit to what you can achieve
If you will but truly in your heart believe

April 14, 2005



Homeward find me
Haven call me
Hear me pray
Wayward wandered
Fortune squandered
Help me stay
In the shelter
Of your love
I have dreamed of
The comfort felt there
Let me learn to share
Let me be
A beacon for thee
Shine Your light
Not mine
Call me home Lord
Ever homeward
Let Your and only Your
Light shine

April 10, 2005


Sleepy eyes
Return to work
No more wise
No more a jerk
Stumble blind
About my tasks
Computer grind
Help one asks
Home again
To carry on
Home and then
Were we really gone

April 11, 2005



Grandfathers watching
Ageless as time
Generations come and go
Grandfathers live on
Straight and true as honor
Or what used to be a vow
Men will go to dust
As the great ones look on
Recalling when the people
Walked among them
And sought to be wise
Ancient ones who understood
Majesty and magic of these woods
Reaching heavenward
All their days
Not for honor
Only to give praise

April 8 2005


Long Beach Cabin
Cottage by the sea
Time for reflection
Time to let it be
Time to take it easy
Before we head back home
A week can pass so fast
When you are out on the road
With no particular agenda
No plan before your eyes
Time to sit on the verandah
Lay back and realize
That life is just a moment
When you stop and take a look
Forget the rhyme or reason
Spend some time with a good book
And make that moment count
When all is said and done
Hopefully you've done some good
And you have had some fun

April 9, 2005

State Line

State Line
New day
New state
More country
Can't wait
Funky town
Passing through
On to see
Something new

April 6 2005

Rain Clouds

The rain has found us
All down the coast
Clouds surround us
Thunder's our host
Rain and rain
And more to come
No surprise, no shame
We're from Washington
Rain helps to paint the scene
A deeper blue
And greener green

April 7 2005


Down time

Morning cuddles
Crashing waves
Down time
Splashing puddles
Close shaves
Clock ticking
No one counting
Yours mine
Soft picking
Stress surmounting
This is truly fine

April 4 2005

I Got A Key

Two keys is what you get
Every where we stayed
Three there were
But one went without
And too bad if they strayed
But it was cold outside
And out side they would be
Lucky I never left the room
Or the locked out would be me

April 5 2005

Hi Ho

What do fools say
When they pass this way
On a fine April day

Do they give thanks
Do they play pranks
Do they rob banks

All around the nation
They seek information
And suffer constipation

Are they trouble skirting
Disaster flirting
Head hurting

I don't really know
But it's up and off I go
Hi Ho Hi Ho Hi Ho

April 1, 2005


April Flash Poems 2005

Road Trip

Driving down the road in Oregon
Feel the tension lose its grip
Set out upon this road we're on
No plan per say just a trip
A change of scene for days and hours
Away from sound waves and tracks
Aimless drive to see new flowers
Away for a time to just relax
Three parts of our family
Head to coast to see the sea

April 3, 2005

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