Backyards

In everyone’s backyard
If you listen closely
You can
hear the sound
of Hearts,
seeds,
Breaking wide, and
Rising through
The earth to
Open once again
In a full view.

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Mundane Thoughts

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Mundane Thoughts

Mundane Thoughts

Mundane thoughts
recorded
mind and eye
Insignificant
observation
statement
of the heart
Stock in trade
of dilettante or
of Hemingway
Van Gogh
Neruda
Plath
and Picasso.
Fascination
of inhabiting
another’s mind
Life effervescent
most relevant
In time

Life and Death Conversation

Life and Death Conversation

Looked into
his eyes
wide, bright,
alert and wise,
He said:
With this year
practically
all my friends
have passed,
And you know,
I’ve thought
often since then
to myself:
So
my friend
this
Is how people
Die.

I reach into my
trusted bag
of years
And pull out
all the proper
gems of knowledge,
All my little bits of
trial and error,
experience and faith,
my sweat and tears,
and yet
only now
is it that I know
that
this
is how people
Die.

I circumvent
the years
with common sense
And discipline,
efficient action
considered and
carefully applied.
It seems as if
I’ve lived
a million years,
and yet only now
is it
that I’ve learned
that
this
is
how people
Die.

I have learned
the love,
the comings,
and the goings
Of mother, wife,
and friend,
The joy and solace
of my arrows,
sons and daughters;
what it means
to truly
be alive,
And so I strive
on my own,
In

my own way,
always doing
more with less.
Yet it’s only now
that I know
that
this
is how people
Die .

And I know
inspired or not
by love or care,
there comes a time
when the artifice
of human effort
fails
and only
fate presides
above it all.
Only now
do I truly know
That
this
is how
people

Die.

Haven’t Been

 

Haven’t  Been

I haven’t been

where you have been.

I don’t know

the things you know

but as sure,

as surely,

as you have been

and known the places

and the things

that you have seen ,

I will journey there

far

and on my own

and will return

after I have

been and seen

and known ,

the places where

you’ve been.

And we shall then

begin

to be,

those who live within

each other

and within

the very one

and

the one within

ourselves .

From “A Matter of 4” by PWChaltas