The Last Romance

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The last romance

Was unexpectedly short.

Was beautiful

And then was gone.

So much hope can end so quickly.

We all wish for so much in life.

Yet, there are few resources

To meet all our needs.

So, we are left with what?

Shortages–

Shortages of everything we expect:

Shortages of emotion, of hope,

of love, of happiness.

So then, what next?

I guess that we just have Life.

So then:

Just steady up and carry on.

Because there are no other choices.

 


A New Place

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Some time ago I decided to go to a strage place.

My advice to you is that before you go there,

Or anywhere else,

Think about what you want.

If you do not know

What you want,

Then take a break.

Before you go

To places unknown

Then think of this:

Great things happen

When you go outside.

 


Places to Go

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There are places we should go

Before we die.

Places in our minds

Places in the sky.

But nobody gets everywhere.

So there you are,

Stuck somewhere short of where

You should go.

Short of a life and learning

You should know.

So the places you should and could have seen

Are places you’ll never know.

But…But…

Cherish the spaces you know.

Somehow you ended up here.

I did too.

So here we are

Trying to figure out how things work.

In the meantime, I hope we can agree to this:

The sky is a beautiful blue

And with the clouds makes great romance;

The Moon keeps us honest

By watching from afar;

Waves are honest

Because they never repeat their lies;

And dogs love to smell

Because they don’t believe their eyes.

 


A Green Bird Goes

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A warm wind blows south

While a cold one goes north

And a bird flies them both

Trying to find a balance

Within the change

When warm winds fly south

And cold birds fly north.

Then the green bird

With black feathers

Sat on a branch

On a tree

On a cliff

Between forest and plain

Between mountain and sea

Between living and life.

That green bird sat

Watching the winds move

North and south

And thinking: which way to go?

Then a whisper from the wind said:

“Lift your wings.”

And so the green bird

With black feathers did.

And so she sailed north

Then south

Then…

 


The Way

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Wearing the scars of a hundred solitudes,

I march in a direction unknown.

Sea breeze fills my ears with kindness

Near a place that is not my home.

The ocean roars madly

On a calm and peaceful day.

While people talk wildly,

Without anything real to say.

Yet, an orange tree grows quietly

Far, far away.

And so I wonder:

Will I remember this beautiful day?

 



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About This Place…

"This website is dedicated to the many people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who have suffered and died."

 

The writer was a journalist, prosecutor, and Canadian soldier who is now trying to help the people who live in the DR Congo.

 

The photographs and the commentary here are solely those of the writer and his pet dog named "Bark." The United Nations and MONUSCO have nothing to do with this website.

Similarly, the township of Puskokum in eastern Tennessee is equally not interested.