Whispers…

Whispers in the wind
Ancient wisdom bring

Hear them singing
Songs of peace & war

Listen there is more
Fear we are them

Born to fail again
Whispers in the wind

LiLibug

PaPa’s poems for a granddaughter…

Lilibug oh LiLibug
In puddles jumping

My heart you tug
I feel it thumping

A bed time book
PaPa will read

Breakfast we cook
Pancakes indeed

The sweetest hugs
And bye bye kisses

These are what
Your PaPa misses

Moon & Stars…

PaPa’s poems for a granddaughter…

My moon and stars
Oh there you are

On walks we go
You & PaPa Joe

Often to the park
Almost till dark

Nuggets and fries
The need for alibis

What’s a bubble guppy?
And there’s a puppy?

1 – 2 PaPa Loves you
You know its true

My moon and stars
Oh there you are…

papa - lili

Misty Eyes

With misty eyes
Yesterdays parade by
Dear faces departed
Their wisdom imparted

children now grown
the nest have flown
empty rooms & halls
awaiting their calls

The mistakes of youth
The source of truth
Now ours to share
But do they care

With misty eyes
Yesterdays parade by
Dear faces departed
Their wisdom imparted

Chin Kisses

PaPa’s poems for a granddaughter…

Chin kisses & PaPa hugs
Oh these are things I love

Ice pops and fruit snacks
Pink shoes and backpacks

ABCs & pop-up books
Big grins & silly looks

Cats, Owls, & moo cows
Hoot hoot, moo moo, meow

Chin kisses and PaPa hugs
Oh these are things I love

Emerald Eyes

I can’t look away, I can’t break free
For your emerald eyes have captured me

As that sweet smile plays across your face
I have forgotten everything else in this space

What kindred spirits are we
Sand, surf and of course teriyaki

So my pretty Irish girl
You’ve given my heart a whirl

I can’t look away, I can’t break free
For your emerald eyes have captured me

My Wife

My Wife

The sparkle of powdery blue eyes
A whimsical smile escapes

The softest touch
And a playful spirit

Caring, nurturing, committed
Grace born from experience

Tested, tried, and triumphant
Partner, playmate, friend

The sparkle of powdery blue eyes
A whimsical smile escapes

I love you…

Broken From the Start

Broken from the start I gave you my heart
It was all I had to give; I gave it all
A new start, a new life, you as my wife

A promise made, a vow to be kept
The past never to be repeated
Another chance, a new beginning

Was it really so long ago
Now I don’t know where to go
How did we get here from there

Am I really doomed to repeat it all
How do you make that final call
But honey didn’t we have it all?

Broken from the start I gave you my heart…

You didn’t know…

You were runnin fast… did you know it couldn’t last
What would you say… would it have changed your day

Its fucked up, but you didn’t know… it was your time to go
Yeah its fucked up but you didn’t know…

Played your last game… last flash of fame
Dancin to the beat… man that thing looked sweet

Its fucked up, but you didn’t know… it was your time to go
Yeah its fucked up, but you didn’t know…

Get your last kiss… your last wish
As that ‘stang starts to roll… its your final curtain call

Its fucked up, but you didn’t know… it was your time to go
Yeah its fucked up, but you didn’t know…

They say you were drinkin… what were you thinkin
So are ya feelin bad… lyin on that slab

Its fucked up, but you didn’t know… it was your time to go
Yeah its fucked up, but you didn’t know…

Hey you didn’t know… it was your time to go
Yeah it was your time to go

Author’s Note:
I wrote this while my children were still in high school – a young man they knew believed to fervently in his own immortality – life’s lessons are harsh and unforgiving, he died one night losing control of his car – driving to fast – drinking – indulging in his invincibility… 

Dreamland

While in slumbers peaceful embrace
What dreamlands do you trace?

Your happiness there is true
Do you often take me with you?

With a wistful smile on your face
What dreamlands do you trace?