Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Dear Andrew





A Note To Andrew (An Ode To Jack)

Sometimes I look for traits in you

Of a great big dog you never knew.......

A dog that loved me all his days

And understood in special ways.

But that's not fair to you, Andrew;

You're not a substitute; but yourself!

You've eased the loss, soothed the pain

And tugged my laughter home again.

Yet, "Puppy", at times I almost start

When your eyes recall him to my heart

You'll never lack for love, it's clear

Because of him, you're twice as dear....



Sunday, June 24, 2012

For Primo







"Ghost Story"

I watch the Western sky
The sun is sinking
The geese are flying South
It sets me thinking

I did not miss you much
I did not suffer
What did not kill me
Just made me tougher

I feel the winter come
His icy sinews
Now in the fire light
The case continues

Another night in court
The same old trial
The same old questions asked
The same denial

The shadows close me round
Like jury members
I look for answers in
The fire's embers

Why was I missing them
That whole December
I give my usual line:
I don't remember

Another winter comes
His icy fingers creep
Into these bones of mine
These memories never sleep

And all these differences
A cloak I borrow
We kept our distances
Why should it follow
I must have loved you

What is the force that binds the stars
I wore this mask to hide my scars
What is the power that pulls the tide
I never could find a place to hide

What moves the Earth around the sun
What could I do but run and run and run
Afraid to love, afraid to fail
A mast without a sail

The moon's a fingernail and slowly sinking
Another day begins and now I'm thinking
That this indifference was my invention
When everything I did sought your attention

You were my compass star
You were my measure
You were a pirate's map
A buried treasure

If this was all correct
The last thing I'd expect
The prosecution rests
It's time that I confess
I must have loved you.

Saturday, June 23, 2012