There and Then


I walked straight into a dust
storm ten minutes out and
walked back and that was it

my gear and I were covered
with grit so a shower before
dinner was in order then I had

a sandwich and a jigger of
scotch to watch Endeavor by
my adventure didn’t end there

One Endeavor and one scotch
was my limit so I worked on
my writing notes stuff until I

started to think about you
I was reading notes about
first century Rome and Judea

and the like when I realized that
if we were alive then nothing
would have changed

I would have still been looking
for you and waiting for you to
arrive on the next camel

(gotcha dearest read on when
you stop
laughing)

I would have loved you just as
I do now and missed you the
same wanted you the same

only I would have loved you in
the there and then just like I
love you in the here and now

camels or no camels it still
adds up to always

Seems Like Mars


if it was morning
I’d say something
like this is the

last thing I did
before I went to
bed last night

but I can’t why
because I’m
still up closing

in on midnight
while you are
sawing logs

a few hours
from first light
but I had to

tell you I love
you one more
time today

which if you
could hear me
counts for the

first I love you
for tomorrow
morning

but you can’t
hear me
I’m here

you’re there

by the way
choir practice
was a whopper

can you hit a
high G he
asked me

I leaned into
the mic and
said I have

no idea
I hit
something

all the while
my thoughts
ran the gamut

from Frankie
Valli to you
sound asleep

anyway here is
another I love
you from what

seems like Mars

 

Just You


too many
transitions

too many
thoughts

too many
memories

I had to give
myself
permission

to do very
little today

I sat there
lamenting
this and that

I sat there
thinking

I have hope
in God

I hope my
books will
do well
someday

the ones
I’ve written
and hope to
write

our brief
flurry of texts
reminded me

how sweet
how special
it is to be
loved by you

wanting you
remains

loving you
remains

that’s enough
for me

just you