Journey's EndJourney’s Endincluding The Jade Gates and Our Secret HarborThe needed provisions gatheredThe loading has beganUntil finally all is finishedThe sails are hoisted,In readiness for the voyageAs we begin the adventure of a lifetime.Casting off from our home portNot know when we shall returnLooking back at the shorelineAs it slowly fades into the horizonLeaving only the vastness of the seaTo be seen in every direction.Sailing on through sun and stormWatching whales breech the surfaceAnd dolphins ride in our wakeA promising of good fortune to comeThen running into the doldrumsWe drifted on the currents for days upon days.When there in the distanceA speck is glimpsed on the horizonOur first sight of anything other than the seaSailing on with our new course establishedOnward now with greater purposeFor now our journeys end maybe near.The land formation grows ever largerAnd now we see its majestic natureThat dwarves our vessel more than the sea hadSlipp
The GatheringsUnited by a common bondLinked to yesterday foreverBringing us together once moreTo share in the camaraderieThat stirs the memoriesOf a long distant past.
A Prayer AnsweredOut of the darknessFinally a ray of hope.A new sunrise soon to arriveFree of anguish and painGone the mental strainOf trying just to surviveNow finding it easier to copeAnd realize some happiness.Out of the bleaknessThe path becomes so clearThrough the months of treatmentTo hear the words carrying reliefThinking of all who held the beliefThat this day would bring enjoymentKnowing the strength of their friend so dear.And always praying of a return in kindness.10/29/14
Effort at ReunionFour decades and five have passedSince we walked those hallowed hallsSo many reminiscences have fadedLost forever to the ravages of time.We now gather together to shareIn the experience of that connectionCreated in that far distant pastWhen we were wide-eyed adolescences.Now meeting again after all these yearsOr for some, for the first timeReady to establish new memoriesFrom a conscious effort at reunion.9/24/14
A Window to The PastAs I flip through the pagesAnd try to think back to those timesSeeing some faces I remember.Like opening a window to the past,It shows us what used to be,And stirs our memories.In the years that have gone bySo many things have changedWill the faces still be familiar?But like opening a window to the pastEach time it awakens thoughtsOf the hopes and dreams of nineteen sixty nine.8/27/2014
The JourneyIt starts the day we arrive upon this earthIt is sometimes so hard to see the path to followYet still we continue onNever knowing if we have taken the correct direction. At times the road seems impassableCluttered with missteps and uncertainties.But still we muddle onAlways seeking the way that will lead us to happiness.10/26/13
Behind the FacadeIs there anyone who really knows us?Other than ourselves.Are we so untrusting or so afraid?So many questionsSo few answers.You spend years getting to know someone.But what do you know?Only what they let you.How much of ourselves do we hide?Behind the facadewe started to build so long ago.Living in a masqueradeDo we loose ourselves?started 02/15/13
The Truest GiftThere is no monetary valueyou can put on the truest giftthe one that comes from the heart.The touch of a caring handThe words of comfortThat create a wondrous smilethat in return lights the world.
Wish I Was ThereStorm clouds gather in mock celebrationBringing the darkness that surrounds you.The river of tears swellsFlows in endless streamsFrom eyes reeking of the painOf the bitter taste that remainsFrom the memories of the torment.Oh how, how I wish I was there.To be the shining light of remembranceBringing the warm affection that engulfs you.The dam to block the fearsCalm the turbulent timesGive you the comfort and strengthNeeded for you to regain hopeAnd remember all is not lost.Oh how, how I wish I was there.05/31/12
AloneI look aroundI see peopleYet I'm aloneAlways.
About WallsIn human history,when a wall falls somewhere,then somewhere else,silently is growing another one.
When They ComeWhen They ComeThose men on horses and dragonsThose men of vile heartsThose legions of darknessWhen They ComeTheir armies will marchTheir numbers will swellTheir horns will blazeWhen They ComeThey will pillage and burnThey will enslave and rapeThey will murder and conquerWhen They ComeWe will fightWe will defendWe will die
moontwo sides to me,one shining bright,and one you'll never see.
Morphine DaysSepia world, barnstorming, brainstorming, building up, looking outOf dusty cracked windows to see it all happen, now, again, boldInto the empty yellowed skulls piled up around the old churchOnly on morphine days, though, when we fall out of graceGod, look at the crows, how many pilot their way across the skyObscene noises through the dust, shitting on old rusted machineryAbandoned throughout dried-up, smashed-down stalks of cornHere, to the left, the foundation of a house that no longer existsThere were good days here, once, weren’t there? Maybe not…
Installation PieceIron thorns push through skin, I’m part of an installation pieceFlesh and bone, metal and stone, electronicsWheeled in on a cot, phones for eyesThat never ringBut I see how they look at me; (they’re thinking)How lonely it must be to slowly die aloneThey smile anyway, good at faking itAfter all, it’s their jobOne day the artist will be able to push a button, and I’ll spinMy speaker-mouth will sing about snowOnly one more push allowedAnd I’ll spin into spaceMy last human thought will not be of you, but of us, togetherSitting in the cold morning, coffee and cigarettesBack before they began assembling usOne at a timefor departure
Venice MoonVenice MoonBeneath the full moonA mysterious rendezvousOf lovers locked in secrecyHidden behind masquerade masksFrom any prying eyesThat may chance a peekOut of the windows above.6-10-13
This work was inspired by by Foxfiresand has been sitting around for a long time. I finally decided to post.