RIVER OF FAITH

What a sad world we live in,
I could almost feel depressed;
Always pain, wars, starvation,
With unending civil unrest.

Somewhere over the rainbow,
Judy Garland rests in peace,
In fields of heavenly flowers,
Where love does never cease.

Somewhere deep inside me,
Down deep inside my heart,
There lies a golden treasure,
Within me from the start.

Far beyond this world of sorrow,
Away from its worries and woes,
A river does run forever,
Where eternal goodness flows.

GRADUATION (for Rachael)

So here you are and you are almost grown.
The seeds of your youth are almost sewn.
You have such a great life, yet to live.
There is still so much you have to give.

High school went by in the blink of an eye.
Now you can accomplish whatever you try.
The whole wide world is waiting for you.
You will be successful, whatever you do.

A mind and heart full of music and art,
You were wonderful, right from the start.
Always full of love, thoughtful and kind,
With the welfare of others on your mind.

May we say this often and say it loud:
Parents and grandparents are very proud!
As we all love you, every single day,
There will never be enough we can say.

While you go off to college and beyond,
You and your family have a special bond,
That keeps you deep inside of our hearts,
With a caring and love that never departs.

So now that your graduation day is here,
Next you will embark on a college career.
Good luck and have fun, wherever you roam.
Always remember your loved ones at home.

THE PACIFIST

This is just a simple verse,
With words concise and clear.
Life would be so wonderful,
Sans violence and fear.

What a fine world it would be,
If people thought like this:
No man strikes another man,
We’d all live lives of bliss.

I would never kill a man,
Even if it saved my life.
I could never shoot a gun,
Nor stab him with a knife.

Life by far is too important.
It means too much to me,
For it gives my soul a purpose,
Allows my soul to see.

That is why I hate abortion.
It does not make good sense.
When it comes to life or death,
I’m never on the fence.

When it’s time to leave the earth,
When all is said and done,
I’ll be proud I did not kill,
Not once beneath the sun.

(Published by The Society of Classical Poets Literary Journal, June 20, 2019)

LOVE OF LIFE

How I long for the days gone by,
Such memories overtake me.
I look back on my life and sigh.
May the future not forsake me.

All the fond thoughts of yesteryear,
Coupled with the thoughts of regret;
Love of life is ever so near,
It captures my soul like a net.

So many things I could have done,
But I did not follow them through.
Maybe I walked, but should have run,
Such thoughts hang pale and blue.

The sun still shines, up in the sky,
The moon is still glowing at night.
Life goes on, regardless of why,
And the darkness turns into light.

All in all, life is still worthwhile,
Happiness remains in my sight.
Some things I recall, make me smile.
My love of this life shines bright.

(Published by The Society of Classical Poets Literary Journal March 26, 2019)

MORNING DEW

This universe of ours will end
As we then return to the source.
No more wounds to tend or to mend,
As the source will chart a new course.

When all the sands of time run out
And existence must start anew,
Our souls will be out and about,
To skip through a new morning dew.

(Published by The Society of Classical Poets Literary Journal, October 29, 2018.)

THE PELICANS

If I ever could come back,
Surely, I’d come back intact,
A pelican on the sea.

Floating on the air, I’ll fly,
Way above the earth, so high,
Happy to feel free.

The ocean as my breakfast nook,
I’ll eat raw fish, no need to cook,
The sea, my grocery store.

Each day a vacation at the beach,
Heaven will be within my reach.
How could I ask for more?

The other birds will be my friends,
No need to argue or make amends,
Knowing how to share.

Late in the day, the sun will set,
One last dive into water, so wet,
Then dry off in the air.

As the darkness comes o’er me,
The night, as peaceful as can be,
I will sleep until dawn.

After my evening rest is taken,
In the morning light, I’ll awaken
When darkness is gone.

It is the freedom I desire,
Which compels me to admire
The pelicans as they fly.

Such a life is truly blessed.
To be a pelican is the best.
If given a chance, I’ll try.

(Published by The Society of Classical Poets Literary Journal May 30, 2018)

LIGHT AS A FEATHER

“How does it feel to be a guinea pig?”
An old hobo did once ask of me.
It was dawn, the morning sun rising,
Up all night in a park were we.

On a sidewalk inside New York City,
Much like mice, inside of some maze;
Wandering around, as we hung out,
We stumbled about, as if in a daze.

We had a hard time comprehending it,
Although it was clear for us to see:
We did not plan a life on this earth,
But that is exactly what came to be.

It was said “Judge not, lest you be judged.”
One and all, we are in this together.
As we each must carry a heavy load,
Our existence is light as a feather.

WHO CARES?

Say your prayers and mourn the dead,
But much more killing is still ahead.
As long as the guns are in our lives,
Only a random number survives.

Empty words are always spoken.
The heart of society is broken.
Many say all we can do is pray.
Legislation’s for another day.

Second Amendment is a suicide pact.
Now is the time for leaders to act.
Do something more than just offer prayers
And show us which of you really cares.

REALITY AND PERCEPTION

A concept is but a concept,
Existing only in the mind.
All of these words are thoughts
Belonging to the human kind.

Objects exist in empty space.
Without eyes, there can be no sight.
The real world which we call nature,
Does contain no wrong or right.

Reality has many forms,
Many more than we can perceive.
All we know is what we know
As the words which we conceive.

GOD AND DEVIL

Good people have at their core,
Standards to be held on high.
A religion can be nothing more
Than a set of rules to live by.

Only the insane are truly atheistic,
Or agnostic and without any rules.
We all must strive to be realistic.
Those without any rules are fools.

Remove an O from the word GOOD.
Add a D to EVIL, it spells DEVIL.
GOD can then be fully understood,
And religion becomes on the level.

God and Devil are Right and Wrong,
Philosophical symbols in the mind.
Only good people will ever belong
To the Universal Church of the Kind.