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  81.     

Castle Loch

In great hall
Kilt and bonnet
Crest upon the wall

By cold stone, a fire burns
Ale poured in goblets
A grim Scots tale of woe.


(Previously published in The Poetry of Scotland, Aug 2007)
 
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  82.     

Cold Driving Rain

It’s raining.
Cold driving rain.
Commuters rushing home from work
Home to hubby, wife and family
Spot and Cleo
And a fire on the stove.
Another day of brutal business
Accounts are squared
And errands run
No more phone calls
No more hassles
Watch some boob tube
Think of sex
Spare some change, sir
Spare some change, ma’am
I haven’t eaten for three days
You haven’t washed for three days either
Get a job, you dirty bum
I wonder how my stocks are doing
Shelter some money in a tax-free fund
Spare some change, sir
Spare some change, ma’am
Walk past quickly and ignore him
He just wants a shot of booze
Please sir
Spare some change, sir
And the rain keeps pouring down...

All is quiet on the street now
Two a.m. of a Tuesday night
All is quiet, all is peaceful
Save for the drizzling of the rain
Gently tapping
The lifeless body
Huddled on the pavement
Spare some change.


(Previously published in Rinse & Repeat, Scars Publications,1999; The Poet's Porch, Nov.2000, Poetry Soul to Soul, Apr.2002; World's Strand Anthology,2008)
 
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  83.     

Colorado Dreaming

The cabin
Set on Rocky Mountainside
Snow-capped peaks across the valley
Green meadow and wildflower below

Wood-burning fireplace
Logs piled high
Bacon sizzling on the skillet
Smoke curling through the pines

The dog barks
An echo rolls along the road
A bird in answer
Wings a song into the sky

L.A. is gone
A stone skipped upon a mountain stream
Washed into the sea
My boots crunch the needles in applause.


(Previously published in Poetfest Anthology, Summer 2000)
 
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  84.     

Curtain Down

the stage is dark
barren
my footsteps echo
hollowly
no one hears
but me
the swish of a broom
melodic
constant
the janitor bids goodnight.

i sit at the mirror
a face looks back
with tired eyes
hears the voices
that matched the faces
laughing voices silent now
faces detached
drifting
to their final resting place
in the twi-lit coffin of memory.

i step into the night
cold air
gently close the door
the lock clicks
quietly
like the latch on my brittle heart.


(Previously published in Wings, Aug.1999; The Poet's Porch, Oct.2001)
 
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