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  89.     

Victims

there is sadness in her eyes now
an innocence lost
beaten by indignity and callous
misunderstanding
the arrows of life
wound with impunity
Cupid’s bloody bow
is strung with a million hearts
wisdom bought at a terrible price
and love laid to rest
on the river of Time.


(First published in Emotions, Vol.2, Issue 4, Apr.1999; The Poet's Porch, Aug.2001)
 
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  90.     

Wade In The Wave

Every stone I cast
on water ripples

to the edge of an unknown
world

and when in time
another stone skims past

the hand I know not
rippling why

remembers
the choosing of the rock

its color and touch
immortal, divine.


(Previously published in Poetry: Soul to Soul, July 2004; World's Strand Anthology,2007)
 
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  91.     

Washington Square Park in Fall

Washington Square Park
on a fall afternoon
cool breeze blowing
‘neath a water blue sky.

Kids on a concrete hill
riding skateboard bikes
frolic on the jungle gym
laughing children’s shrieks.

Young girl on a park bench
in a blue-jeaned sneakered pose
scribbles in a notebook
and dreams some faraway thought.

Black youth by the garbage can
rusty red bucket dented
mumbles to the passersby
disjointed joints for sale.

White youth tossing pigskin
in his stylish sports fatigues
tanned and bronzed like summer
muscles rippling on the green.

The middle-aged Joes play chess
black/white castles on the block
they send their dreams to battle
on ordered squares inert.

Old men sit in patience
cross their legs and heave a sigh
watching leaves go tumbling past them
like a memory

drifting…


(Previously published in Ixion, Winter 2000, Issue 9)
 
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  92.     

When Flora Opened the Door

At the Bonnie Prince there standing
The blood of war hard upon his face
His eyes defeated, all hope lost

She covered his pain in a blanket
As best she could
Water to drink and a bit of bread

Ferried him across in the dark of night
The breaking heart of Skye
Set him down on a farther shore

The sun of some other day to come, surely
She thought, as winter before spring
When the bloom of the heather will

Take the hill and dance with the bagpipe
Again.



Historical Note: Following the disastrous Battle of Culloden in Scotland in 1746, Flora MacDonald helped the defeated Bonnie Prince Charlie flee to safety.

(Previously published on Ancestry.com,2003)
 
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