Sidetrack

Just when I’m feeling
like being productive
or responsible
it never seems to fail
some little something happens
to knock me off the rails

might be a bird outside the window
leaves whispering in the breeze
a song from long ago
someone dying
someone being born
the latest travesties
or tragedies littering
the airwaves
someone’s problem I can’t solve
pains I cannot ease

and productive responsibility
seems a ridiculously impossible goal
as meaningless syllables rattle
in my head like popping corn
and I’m useless until I have
a bowlfull hot and buttered
ready to serve of questionable
nutritional value but add a little
salt & better than nothing I hope

So forgive me if my gift
is not what you need or want
but hoping against hope
the will to love and carry on
are all I have left to give
I wish it were more, too.

Offer

Scars require no explanation
when broken people congregate
they know how life happens
and they know it’s never too late
for the healing power of laughter
for the healing power of touch
when that’s all they have to offer
each other and the rest is just too much

Chords

 When even in sleep your hand grasps mine
firmly with childlike faith and trust
with fragrant curls teasing my lips and nose
as bodies essed familiarly nestle warm
snuggling close, and the gentle music
of your breathing, the lullaby mantra,
strikes chords of peaceful joy in my soul

Then let the God who has granted me
the Blessing of this moment
hear the song of praise and thanks
my heart sings.

For More

A little quiet
conversation about
nothing much
with a good friend
nourishes the soul
like a gentle rain
on parched soil
comforts the heart
like laying down
in clean fresh
smelling linens
you want to go back
for more, like the
sea to the shore.

Offer

Scars require no explanation
when broken people congregate
they know how life happens
and they know it’s never too late
for the healing power of laughter
for the healing power of touch
when that’s all they have to offer
each other and the rest is just too much

Seeds

It’s best to pursue Happiness
at a very leisurely pace
that fickle creature may come to you
if it does not feel chased

you cannot bind it to you
like Love, it must be free
if you want to reap the bounty
you must first sow the seeds