The Romantic RideAll in a long long lineBoys and girlsWaiting - excitement, anticipation, hopeFor their turnWill I go once? twice? forever?It's time!Moving forward, two by twoFind your place, strap in, hold onBright lights, hot breezesBelly butterflies, flickering fear like summer lightning bugsSurging slowly into the first loop, twist, spinStill can see the faces of others crowded at the gateWaiting their turn, their chanceTo dance the danceFaster whirls, whirls within whirls,Becoming breathlessBodies pressed together by centrifugal forceSpin, dip, upside down, round and roundScreams - joy? panic? fear? pain?Laughs - joyful? forced, fearless? mean?In this box with a stranger, totally aloneSomeone will surely hurl now or on the next goSometime in this long seasonSomeone will be thrown freeFree-falling through the airGround to their death in theJaws of the machineOr tossed to the earth,Like a worn sad dollStuffing bleeding out in sadness, despairUnno
Forever GratefulI see you thereNervous and proudOutside the recruiter's officeKnowing your life is about to changeForeverHigh expectationsCountry to protectWorld to exploreValor shines throughYou're willing to serveYou know nothing of warYour life is about to changeForeverI see you go bySweet innocent youthRiding in military convoyProud and braveAnd a little bit scaredUniforms deployedYour life is changingForeverI see you on TVIn some faraway placeOne face among thousandsThousands as one faceExploring,protecting, willingI didn't see what you sawI can't, won't imagineThe orders you followedThrough honor drillingYour life changed to protect meForeverI seeyou on the streetI can tell who you areStronger, harder, proud bearingYou cannot disguiseCan't change who you areNo matter what clothes you are wearingBecause your life willingly changedMy lifed changed not at allAnd I will be gratefulForever
Little Boy MineLong long lashesringing sparkling blue eyeslike angel's wingsenfolding a miracleSoft strong armsencircle my necka whisper of a kissyou hold my heart for eternitySweet little boydark dervish curlssmile filled with joylove and innocence shiningSuch a strong bondinstant and electriclarger than I've felt, unrelatedin my half centuryI did not know youor even of your conceptionyou came into my lifeon strong toddler legsAnd claimed my lifeclaimed my heartwith your loveand your innocence
Apple Dumpling WomanFace like lightly toasted breadTopped by a hat of apple redBrown eyes like dark chocolate about to meltSmile creasing troll faceDumpling warmth can be feltGirdled up tight, hiding all soft and sweetDressed in her Sunday Go To MeetAnd that hat! oh, that hat!Perched atop all hergirdled trollish beautyLike the skin of the appleinside the dumplingDignity and dutyPuffed up and plumpingHeld to her head with a band of apple peel
Wizard or Winemaker?Bashful blue eyesInquisitive, joyous, piercingLightly bearded, covering a weak chinSoft lips, sweet smileLumbering, yet gracefulCould be the winemaker...Could be looks are deceiving...
AgedSlowly walking cronePlacing each foot gently downBones acheMuscles creak"But I'm still young!" is cried"Be young..." is replied"I'm afraid!""Then you will be old..."
A Basket of OrangesIt's raining tonightThunder!Lightning!I had a dream.I was walkingThrough the rain, at duskDown a dimAnd winding roadLined in turnBy tall pinesSpeaking like the roar of ocean waves"Hurry, hurry!"And wide open fieldsInviting, whispering"Ressssst... Relaxxxx..."I was bringing youA gift basketOf oranges...
SeeingI wish you could see youAs I see youAll golden and silvery and brightI wish you could see youAs I see youInfused with a glorious lightIf only you knew how dear you areSpecial and important and WOW!If only you knew what you mean to meYou'd see you as I see you nowNo matter what's been done to youNo matter if you hide it awayI see through it all, the pain and the fearAnd you're perfect in every way
Wanted ChildThere was a timeWhen I was blindAll was dark and warmFaint beating soundsBlurred musical notesI was safe from harmThat beat, those notesAre part of meOr I'm a part of themCradled softly, gently thereOur beats keep time the sameThen, squeezing, tighteningPushing me outI am being bornI heard the laughThe musical beatsThen I'm taken from her armsSo cold, so brightSo scratchy and loudI don't know where I amI ache and hurtNo loving warmthOnly quickly touched by "them"Forever laterSo scared and aloneI'm held a longer timeHearing different beatsWe slowly matchOur heartbeats quickly alignOur eyes meetSoft brown, baby blueBoth thinking "you are mine"Hearts attachStrangers no morMother and child for the rest of timeForever lostTo one who lovedWho kept me safe and warmGiven freelyTo one who lovesWho protects me from all harm