Halfway Through

Forty-eight inches,

a decade of growth,

curled into fetal comfort,

seeks the safety

of mother’s womb.


Smooth tender scalp

rests on her shoulder,

arms encircle her neck.

Cuddle toys can’t

fill his need

for security.


Radiation’s brand marks

the tomb of the enemy,

robber of joy, peace and play.

Plastic tubes pump

poison into his chest.


Dad is big and strong,

Mom, warm and wise,

but sarcoma sucks;

that’s just the way it is.



Such putrid canker, loathful Cain
Blackened heart of rotting flesh
Stench rising to his nostrils

All he is and all he is not
As husband, father, man and son
His humanity mocked from deep inside

Clear gin poured down his open throat
In futile hopes that he will drown
The laughter of his demon

Joyful mirth of innocent child
Increases depth of demon’s curse
Stands in contrast to his dungeon

(Wide eyes scream in knowing dread
braces for the blows to come
seeing  father’s twisted features)

Iron fists striking without mercy
Blindness of rage transforms man’s sight
As he fights to gain his freedom

With energy spent and chains released
Eyes turn toward blood of fallen foe

As light reveals the guiltless lamb
The laughing demon twists his knife

Published in: on September 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Toddler Tricks

Your only two and oh so spry,
Run and jump, summersault and twirl.
Mischievous twinkle in your eye,
What are you thinking, little girl?

Salt in the belly button, little dish,
To easily dip those celery sticks.
Reach in the bowl to pet the fish,
Just another one of your little tricks.

Cleaning boogers from kitty’s eyes,
Kissing puppy on the nose,
Love the taste of fresh mud pies,
What is next? No one knows!

Published in: on July 21, 2009 at 5:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Wisdom of Miss Lydia

Miss Lydia is very, very smart. I know, ’cause she told me so.

Her wisdom you won’t want to ignore, even though she’s only four.

Don’t swallow the black watermelon seeds she said. It’ll take the smarts from your head.

If her advice you do not heed, your energy too will lose it’s speed.

“Where did you learn this?,” I asked in amazement.

She pondered before giving reply, ‘I just knowed it.’

Published in: on May 22, 2009 at 9:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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