FROM THE POET PRISONER

 

A Shame

 

From here

Where I sit

I can see

All of it

 

Of  the mess

I have made

Of the love

That she gave

 

How I turned

Her gentle heart

How I tore

It all apart

 

Twisted the words

Spoken by two

You blaming me

Me blaming you

 

Trying to hold

Onto the wind

Once of pure

Now of sin

 

Again alone

Again in pain

Again my heart

Feels a shame

-peace

 

 

 

Our Hearts Will Soften

Please dear Lord
Take them in
They’re so young
And void of sin

Hold them in
Your loving heart
Whisper to them
That heaven’s the start

And that they’ll spend
The rest of time
As guardian angels
To me and mine

They’ll never get sick
They’ll never feel pain
And from now on
Blessed be their name

Let them fly
Along the wing
Of other angels
That dance and sing

And Please dear Lord
Remind them often
That we’ll carry on
And our hearts will soften

peace

TILL WE GROW OLD

Once we met

I knew for sure

That I’d never have

To look no more

I found the one

Right for me

It happened so quick

I almost didn’t see

But thankfully yes

I did embrace

Her eyes her heart

Her lovely face

I pinch myself

Every now and then

Do I deserve

What heaven sent

Of course I do

And so does she

I’m sure she feels

The same of me

She is my life

My heart my soul

I love you dear

Till we grow old

I AM ADRIFT

I am alone

I cannot touch

Bound by doubt

I do miss much

“You should believe”

They say to me

I say, “I cannot

Unless I see”

You have yours

And I have mine

You kneel in prayer

I only stare

I know I should

You’re probably right

Believe as you do

Believe in might

There’ll come a day

A place and time

When it might make sense

To me and mine

But, until then

I’ll float alone

Until then

A rolling stone

REHAB THIS

There is a place

Known by few

It’s run by those

And their point of view

I was sent here

To pay for my sin

I’m okay with that

So let’s begin

To those outside

And what they see

This place is here

To rehab me

But that’s not true

It’s far from real

There’s no rehabbing

Its pride they steal

The little things

Of day to day

They know we have

They take away

I wish someone

Would tell me why

My time spent here

Makes a better I

I’LL START THE LIVING

There are things

In this life

That give me hope

That gives me strife

It’s not for me

Or you to say

Will there be good

Or bad today

I open my eyes

I’m ahead of the game

Now hear your voice

Call out my name

I take these moments

These little things

I wear them like

Big diamond rings

My smile now pure

And full of truth

I take a deep breath

I fill with youth

I must take

What I am given

I’ll stop the dying

I’ll start the living

THE PAIN

I just watched

Him walk away

I wanted to help

What could I say

He just hung up

The telephone

The call he made

Was to his home

With shoulders hunched

And glazed over eyes

He saw me watching

The tears he dries

Are you okay

What can I do

If you want to talk

I’ll listen to you

He shook his head

And looked around

He walked away

With not a sound

Once again

I see the shame

Once again

I see the pain

THIS SONG TAKES ME BACK

 

In a car, in a bar

Walking by or driving thru

You hear that song

That meant the world to you

You have to stop

You have to listen

The words take you back

To a place you’ve been missing

You close your eyes

And dream a dream

Back in time

It almost seems

Then comes the end

The tune is done

But, man o’ man

That was fun

AGAIN TODAY

I often think

To myself

That my life

Just sits on a shelf

Like the things

At a store

They’re all lined up

But what for

Why am I

In this box

Surrounded by walls

Doors and locks

Of what good

Does this do

It certainly hurts

Both me and you

Day in day out

My body goes

Yet deep inside

The pain it grows

I’m on autopilot

In almost every way

Except my heart

Broke again today

-Peace

CAMERA ME

On the wall

Where I live

It records

What I give

A little left

A little right

It records

Day and night

Following me

Across the room

It records

Far and zoom

Never sleeps

Or even blinks

It records

While we think

I wonder if

It even cared

It records

What we shared

This world we’re in

The pain we see

It records

My camera me

WHERE DO I BEGIN

 If you please

A moment or two

I have some words

To say to you

To get this right

Only one place to start

It is in me

It’s from my heart

For all you do

Each day and night

For all the wrongs

You help make right

How I knew

All along

That you’d be there

Thru prayer and song

I thank you sir

And I ask of thee

After all I’ve done

Would you forgive me

You’ve given me

A gift within

My turn to give you

Where do I begin

-Peace

LAZARUS’S SLEEP

Hear this story

Pure and true

It will restore

The faith in you

It’s about a man

Mary’s brother

Her love for him

Equal to another

The story goes

That he did die

He was entombed

There he’d lie

But not for long

It has been told

He rose again

Into the fold

Come forth

I say unto thee

Walk again

Walk with me

So once again

HIS glory so deep

HE did awaken

Lazarus’s sleep

-Peace

MY FATHERS SHOULDER

 It started out

Like any race

The others and I

Running our pace

Like life it was

A little rushed

Like life we tend

To keep things hushed

You try to make

It thru with hope

Sometimes that helps

You just to cope

But then it happens

What’s not rehearsed

That moment you fear

Might be the worst

Things break down

And fall apart

It is in HIM

You must have heart

And when you need help

To carry your boulder

You’ll always have

My Fathers shoulder

-Peace

PICKING UP THE TAB

This is a story

About a man

Who along with his father

Had a plan

To take to earth

And straighten out

All the wrongs

That we’re about

Not that they said

“Let’s wipe the slate clean”

It’s more like

Let’s show them what we mean

So he took his place

And traveled around

Gathered followers

To share his sound

Soon the bad

Discovered him

They hurt this man

For his teachings

But lucky for us

His plan succeeded

My sins corrected

My debt deleted

-Peace

MISSED

When I think

Of all I’ve done

Disregarded rules

To have some fun

Simple things

That at the time

I believed

Were not a crime

But I guess

They all add

To a total

Of doing bad

And for that

I must submit

A few years

To pay for it

Now I’m not

Angry or upset

I’m just hoping

To forget

That I’m in

A place like this

The signs were there

I just missed

-Peace

EVERYONE’S PAIN

Like a coat

Worn all day

It covers you whole

In every way

You’re able to walk

And move about

Still you feel

The shame and doubt

Sometimes it feels

Like you’re the one

Like you were chosen

To carry the shun

I feel the weight

Upon my shoulders

Will I crumble

As I get older

Looking around

I must decide

To reveal my burden

Or continue to hide

What if they see

The pain I hold

Will I be caught?

Or invited into the fold

LET IT OUT

Every now

And every then

Relationships

All but end

At first it is

Just little things

Like how he acts

Or how she sings

Then it grows

But not outside

We both keep silent

We both play pride

Then one day

You both explore

You both are shocked

At the unload

I didn’t know

Why didn’t you say

All the things

That went astray

So know you know

Not to pout

Now you know

To let it out

-Peace

TIME

As I sit

And await

For them to unlock

This heavy gate

I count the days

The hours too

I count the minutes

Till I hold you

That will mean

That time is done

And our new life

Will have begun

We will repair

Replace, rebuild

Years to come

With happiness fulfilled

Like it was always

Meant to be

My hand in yours

As we walk free

You are my love

And I give you mine

Together forever

For all of time

-Peace

SPEAK OF ME

All I want

In this life

Is me be husband

You be wife

That is it

Nothing more

Nothing less

I ask for

All the trouble

All the pain

Disappear

With your name

I hope you feel

This way too

I hope my love

Makes you do

When it’s told

Of how we cared

They’ll speak of all

The love we shared

Of all the things

Meant to be

They‘ll speak of you

They’ll speak of me

-Peace

SPECIAL EDITION

Open the cell

Close the heart

Open the mind

Close the thought

Open the arms

Close the fist

Open the eyes

Close the view

Open the mouth

Close the talk

Open the letter

Close the tear

Open the phone

Close the call

Open the time

Close the truth

Open the gate

Close the chapter

-Peace

LOVE SAYS SO

Another night

Away from you

Once again

I’m one not two

Day to day

And night to night

I sleep alone

In sleep I fight

My memories

Fade in fade out

Sometimes rich

Sometimes drought

I hope to meet

You in my dreams

Your gentle voice

Replace the screams

My prison cell

My bars of steel

When I awake

The steel is real

Not too long

For me to go

Soon I’ll be home

My love says so

-Peace

THE BEING HUMAN

ACCEPT

BARGIN

CARRY

DESTROY

EXPLORE

FINISH

GO

HEAVEN

INVEST

JAIL

KILL

LOVE

MANAGE

NOTION

OUT

PUSH

QUICK

REMEMBER

SUPER

TALENT

UNDERSTAND

VERBAL

WET

XXX

YELL

ZOO

-Peace

HER ROAD

She is traveling

But not alone

With children in tow

Far far from home

Her burden she carries

Like a stone

Sometimes she feels

She can’t go on

Tired and sad

She doesn’t mind much

For she knows

Soon they’ll touch

He’s coming to meet

Me in the middle

When we’re together

We’ll solve this riddle

The road is long

And filled with turns

That cannot extinguish

How her love burns

Up there ahead

She sees him running

Her load feels lighter

She knows he’s coming

HIS ROAD

He is her husband

She is all he dreams

His heart feels heavy

Or so it seems

He must have faith

That she’ll survive

It is that thought

That keeps him alive

Never too much

For him to bear

He hopes she knows

Their life they’ll share

The heavy heart

The distant look

He’ll never get back

The time they took

But still he walks

With steady pace

He cannot NOT

Finish this race

Over the horizon

He knows she’s coming

He sheds his pain

And starts running

-Peace

I CAN’T REACH YOU

I tried to call

And reach out

If I wasn’t this far

I’d try to shout

It’s been two days

Since I heard

From you my dear

Not a word

Please oh please

Be okay

Me not knowing

Feels a way

Even writing this

Makes terrible thought

Every word

A breath not caught

How can I make

My scared heart rest

I must find a way

To do that best

I’ll try to dream

My way thru

Because awake

I can’t reach you

ROSES ARE BLUE

So once again

One more time

Here I am

Without mine

On this day

Of candy and flowers

We are apart

By higher powers

I’m not mad

Or angry at all

I just wish

There wasn’t a wall

Since I can’t

Be with you

I hope this poem

Will make do

I want to say

How much I care

How much I wish

That I was there

Roses are red

Roses are blue

Honey I love

The heck out of you

FLOWER POWER

Run to the florist

Pick a bunch

Make a date

Have some lunch

Pull out the chair

For her to sit

Center the vase

Put flowers in it

Light a candle

Set the mood

Unfold her napkin

Serve the food

Time to eat

Just you two

It’s so romantic

The whole day thru

She’s in love

With you today

You’re so lucky

So you say

Here’s to us

And all we do

But most of all

Here’s to you

BOX OF CANDY

Every year

About this time

I buy some candy

For the girl of mine

It’s in a box

With a ribbon

Filled with treats

Some forbidden

Open it up

Look inside

I see my favorite

It can’t hide

Take one out

Take a bite

Tastes so good

It’s out of sight

One for you

Two for me

There’s so many

I’ll take three

Every year

About this time

I share some candy

With the girl of mine

THE ONE WHO GIVES

With the sun

She does rise

Day after day

Its no surprise

She’s the one

Who gave me life

The one who endured

All the strife

With a simile

A hug or a wink

She made me better

She made me think

Sent to me

From above

Sent to protect

Sent to love

So on this day

When we give flowers

I want to thank

Those higher powers

For giving me

One like no other

For giving me

A giving mother

SWEET THING

Some say candy

Taste the best

I say kissing

Beats the rest

When I think

About my girl

I see a vision

Of chocolate swirl

Of sweet toppings

And treats inside

Of bursting flavor

That just can’t hide

Like a kid

With eyes wide open

I stand there staring

I stand there hoping

That you’ll let

Me have a bite

Let me enjoy you

Thru the night

Then comes morning

You think we’re done

Now I’m the candy

Your turn for fun

ON ST VALENTINES

Here I sit

All alone

Our loves become

Love by phone

I wonder what

She’s doing now

By herself

I wonder how

She’s as alone

As I am

As I sit

In this can

It breaks my heart

Every year

It makes me think

Does she tear

Is she feeling

A certain way

Because we’re apart

Again this day

Honey this is

The last time

That we’re not together

On St Valentines

YOUR SKY ABOVE

Early this morning

I did arise

And to my wonder

And great surprise

I saw the blue

Of the sky

That like a blanket

Covers you and me

I can’t believe

Or begin to try

To figure out

How far or high

I wonder if

Past my sight

There are eyes

On me and my plight

Saying out loud

Hey look up here

Above these clouds

That we share

I am the blue

I am the love

And I’ll always be

Your sky above

-Peace

HOLE IN MY HEART

With every breath

I take these days

It feels so cold

In many ways

Hard to describe

To those back home

I guess it’s connected

To me being alone

I’m always hungry

For food and love

Can’t shake this feeling

Of feeling empty

At night it’s cold

And lonely in here

Then comes morning

I wipe the tear

I look in the mirror

And try to see

Is there something

Missing in me

At last I got it

Now I know

There’s a hole in my heart

No place to go

-Peace

100 OTHERS

Prison is

And always will be

A place and time

Done by me

But I’m not here

All alone

There are others

Here that roam

Living in cells

Built for two

A bit of others

Spills on you

Try to keep

Your inner peace

While others plot

Your peace they fleece

Head held high

Will get you thru

Forget the others

Just do you

Outside we’re all

Son’s or brothers

Inside prison

I’m like 100 others

THE PEACE WITHIN

At mornings light

You rise and shine

Release your dream

And cleanse your mind

You must be sharp

You must be clear

The days challenges

Will now appear

A moment to think

Of what to do

Now you stand

The size of two

Absorb the blows

And return a few

The peace within

Resides in you

-Peace

WHAT YOU HAVE SOWN

I am in the middle

Of who I am

I am not the same

Do you understand?

Is my “not”

What you can see?

Or is it just

What’s meant to be?

How shall I share

What I’ll become?

With those who’ve seen

What I’ve undone?

Reach out to touch

Or simply graze

It is your eyes

That show your daze

Do not fear

Or cry inside

Be of full heart

Thou will not hide

Remember your life

Is not your own

Remember to reap

What you have sown

YOU SHALL BE FREE
I stand and wait
For you to arrive
Is your fear
That I’m not alive
Still you know
That you must travel
To me here
As I unravel
Step and step
Will bring you near
It isn’t me
That you fear
It is what’s inside
Of your heart
That makes your journey
Hard to start
As you walk
On my path
My open arms
Are love, Not wrath
You’re almost here
We both can see
Just a bit closer
And You Shall Be Free
-Peace

SONS OF 53

I heard a story

Long ago

About a place

Where men would go

Hidden by walls

And gates of steel

They made a life

They kept it real

Some stayed there

Much too long

Some went home

To wine and song

The men still here

Hold their own

They survive long

Just flesh and bone

To outsmart time

And see the door

You must walk tall

This concrete floor

So tip your hat

If you should see

The men who are

The Sons of 53

  • The sons of 53 are still not free

WHAT MATTERS MOST

It the little things

That I miss

The way I feel

When we kiss

Or when she walks

Next to me

Hand in hand

So happily

She catches me

When I fall

Her encouragement

Keeps me tall

I’d like to finds

A better way

To make her happy

Every day

To let her know

That “all is well

She shouldn’t worry”

Is what I’ll tell

Our life will be

A gentle coast

Her peace of mind

Is what matters most

-Peace

STRANGERS IN A ROOM

Once a week

I’m allowed

To leave this place

And board a cloud

I get to go

To a place

That allows me

My own space

Where I can sit

And meet a friend

Where relationships

Begin or end

So where do I start

To say to you

That what feel

Is so new

I saw you there

With a smile

I hope that moment

Would last awhile

Well here goes

Bust or boom

Any chance for us

Strangers in a room

-Peace

JINGLE CELLS

O’ Christmas time

I’m doing time

It’ll be awhile

Till I smile

I won’t be home

At all this year

I’m not allowed

To drink a beer

O’ Christmas time

O’ Christmas time

I really miss

That girl of mine

But have no fear

Don’t shed a tear

I can’t come back

Just send some macs

And if you think

I’m having fun

Just rest assured

I’m having none

So, tip your glass

And toast to me

After 18 months

I will be free

SHACKLE THE SANTA

It’s Christmas eve

And here we wait

They say he’s coming

He’s at the gate

We wait all year

To get our gifts

The mailroom here

Must sift thru it

I wonder how

He’ll get in here

Santa Claus

And 8 reindeer

I’m on his list

I know I am

To bring me a file

To escape this can

But what if he

Was patted down

And during it

The file was found

So, now he sits

Alongside me

Maybe Santa Claus

Can do the tree

-Peace

RIPPLES

Take a stone

In your hand

Go where water

Meets the land

Throw the stone

In the air

Where it strikes

Do not care

When it meets

The water still

All the beauty

It will kill

Many things

High and low

Will be affected

By its blow

Just like now

With me in here

This disrupts

Those I dear

Prison upsets

It almost cripples

All those around

With its ripples

-Peace

VISIT TODAY

As I look

Upon the sky

I think and wonder

It’s not that high

I can almost touch

And reach beyond

Hold out my hand

Till it’s found

I wish they could

Come on down

Stay awhile

Smile from frown

Sit and chat

Maybe tea

Talk a bit

Share with me

Tell me what

It is they do

When they’re far

From me and you

Can our dreams

Be filled this way

Can lost love

Visit today

-Peace

MAY YOUR TIME GO FAST

Just like that

I look and see

Another inmate

Looking at me

He is new

To this place

He looks around

Like lost in space

Taking it in

All new sights

Hoping to avoid

The inevitable fights

I once was him

First day in

Sentenced here

To pay for sin

Now my time

Is almost over

It’s his turn

To grow older

I turn away

And walk on past

Good luck I whisper

May your time go fast

-Peace

MY MISTAKE

Deliver us

From all lies

Spare me

The phony tries

I’ve heard it said

Many times before

That in a minute

You’ll open this door

Yet again today

I awake inside

Still locked away

Because they lied

It’s not the act

Of being untrue

It hurts because

It’s what they do

You always hope

And look for proof

That at least one

Would tell the truth

But who am I

To expect a break

When after all

It’s my mistake

-Peace

DISTANCE

Like a planet

On its own

I’m an object

All alone

Far from home

Far from love

I’m an object

Way above

Looking out

Into the night

I’m an object

Out of sight

There are many

Others here

I’m an object

They are near

Rotating

To and fro

I’m an object

Going slow

In this orbit

Like a dance

I’m an object

With distance

-Peace

NEVER FORGET

Every year
Since that day
I'm still unsure
Of what to say

Of how it was
Just before
That horrible sight
That we all saw

Once they stood
Grand and tall
Beacons of might
Did crumble and fall

And when they came
Crashing down
Discharging dust
And death downtown

They took a piece
A little part
Of our soul
Of our heart

We will survive
On that I'll bet
And we will never
Never Forget

-Peace

A LITTLE PEACE

I thought about it

More than enough

The hardship here

And all the stuff

Like an open wound

Like a cut exposed

I never imagined

That I could close

That I could come

To terms with this

Being away

Not hold or kiss

But then at once

Something changed

Like my life

Had switched lanes

I was at ease

In here now

I learned the why

The who and how

I found a balance

A life of ease

Inside these walls

A little peace

-Peace

I WILL WAIT

Here I wait

For what I know

Is the last chance

For me to go

It isn’t like

I know the time

Or what it is

That I will find

It’s more that they

That choose this thing

Are determined

To make me sting

Do the things

That they decide

Is best for them

And not my pride

I will comply

At least for now

When my chance comes

I’ll show them how

To lead a man

To his fate

Until that moment

I Will Wait

-Peace

MY SINS

My mistakes

Should only be

A burden shouldered

Just by me

I created all of this

From our lives

I deducted bliss

I have a son

That had a life

Of only good

That now is strife

I’ve affected him

In a way

That makes him hurt

Most every day

I left our home

To serve my time

He ended up

Sharing mine

I pray he learns

Life’s outs and ins

I pray he doesn’t

Pay my sins

-Peace

OUT MY WINDOW

There is a window

In my cell

I wish it open

So I could yell

But, alas

It’s meant to be

Another means

To imprison me

Just like the bars

Gates and doors

The concrete cells

Walls and floors

All here

For your protection

To keep you clean

From my infection

Yet, this glass

Let’s me see

Less of you

And more of me

And at night

To sleep I go

With one last look

Out My Window

-Peace

SON – SHINE

Years from now

When you are old

You’ll understand

What is told

About your dad

And what it did

Why I left

When you were a kid

Not by choice

Was I gone

And because I was

You carried on

You lived your life

Grew strong and true

You’re who you are

Because of YOU

And I’ll be back

I will return

And at that time

You will learn

That what was lost

Was not time

It was a chance

To see my SON SHINE

-Peace

I LEFT THEM BEHIND

I didn’t want to

It wasn’t a choice,

I had to leave

“Go now” said a voice

Don’t look back

Don’t turn around

One step, then another

Don’t make a sound

Am I stealing

What little hope they had

How dare I be happy

When I know they are sad

I look out

As if I’m free

They just stare

And wish they’d be

I must go

They’re calling my name

I will not forget

From where it is I came

Look in your own heart

And maybe you’ll find

How I felt

When I left them behind

-peace

CAMERA ME

On the wall

Where I live

It records

What I give

A little left

A little right

It records

Day and night

Following me

Across the room

It records

Far and zoom

Never sleeps

Or even blinks

It records

While we think

I wonder if

It ever cared

It records

What we shared

This world we’re in

The pain we see

It records

My camera me

-peace

SITTING ON  A SATURDAY

REMEMBER WHEN

THERE WAS A TIME

WHEN WEEKEND NIGHTS

WERE FILLED WITH WINE

THE DAY BEFORE

WAS SPENT WITH PLAN

OF DRINKS IN BOTTLES

OR DRINKS IN CAN

OF WHO’D YOU LIKE

TO SEE THAT NIGHT

EVEN THOUGH

IT WASN’T RIGHT

BUT WE DID IT

ANYWAY

AND YES WE REGRETED IT

THE VERY NEXT DAY

I ALWAYS WONDERED

WHAT BECAME OF

THE ONES WE LIED

AND SAID WE LOVED

DID THEY

DO THE SAME

SAY THEY CARED

WHEN WHISPERING MY NAME

WELL, THATS THE PAST

OR SO THEY SAY

AS FOR NOW, IM JUST

SITTING ON A SATURDAY

-PEACE

WATER WALKER

“He did what?”

Is what they say

Nothing like that

Happens today

To see a man

Walk on waves

Is impossible

To imagine these days

But, those who saw

It all take place

Believed He created

Time and space

Now I ask

This of you

If “He” exsisted

And it was true

Why only then

And not now

Why only written

And not shown how

Is it because

It was not His Son

It was Him

When this was done

-Peace

HAVE I ABANDONED YOU?

Did I leave

You all alone

Make our marrige

Love by phone

Was there something

I took from you

Something shiny

And brand new

The life you asked

Me to provide

Do you now

Feel I lied

Was it there once

But now deleted

Do you feel robbed

Swindled and cheated

What we had

We earned with heart

I shall return

I shall restart

I’ll get it back

Return our life

Return my love

To you my wife

-Peace

THESE WALLS OF MINE

I did not see

I did not plan

Yet here I am

I understand

The walls are hard

The time is long

In my heart

Is a sad sad song

The colors gray

Green and black

The clock is stuck

No turning back

Where I sit

I eat and play

Where I sleep

Most every day

Count the nights

Pass the time

Seasons pass

These walls of mine

-Peace

I had a buddy that lost loved ones in a fire. He and I spoke and grieved together for his loss. I felt overwhelmed and wanted to put into words a poem for him to send to the services since he was unable to attend.

EVERY MORNING’S SUNSHINE

Today I saw

The sun arise

It’s morning’s light

Kissed my eyes

Nothing different

To set apart

Today from other

Days that start

But, it’s not for me

To pick and choose

Which days we win

Which days we lose

It is a power

Greater than I

That makes us smile

Or  makes us cry

Today I am

On bended knee

To Him above

To hear my plea

Hold close the ones

I lost of mine

Show me their safe

In the mornings sunshine

-Peace


WHEN FRIENDS WRITE

I share this message with all of you. The first part was written by a very special person I met purley by chance in south Texas eariler this year. We ended up becoming true friends via the internet. He wrote about me and I felt moved to write a response.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

-Peace

THERE IS THIS MAN

There is a man’ whose initials are as SOB

He was raised in the bowels of NYC

Not  meek of body and mind because the neighborhoods where rough

This Irish lad named O’Brien who walked the streets where you had to be tough

Cunning and character was an absolute necessity

Survival in this block city demanded it physical fee

Roaming these streets was not for everybody

This Irishman was strong in mind and body

To all of these challenges he met without fears

Yes, he accepted the battles won and lost without tears

Certainly he suffered some bruising and banging

But rest assured he doled out his share of battering

Make no mistake he was no little angel by any means

In that Irish generation/neighborhood it was just in the genes

Loyalty to friends was perpetually paramount

Everyone knew he would be there at the count

That is what I was, not what I am, he says unequivocally

For now, I am a family man with a loving wife living happily

There are some dark clouds on the horizon’s which makes the future obscure

But it is yet another corner of life, which must be dealt with for to endure

He roamed the country for a while looking at lighted windows

Forever wondering what drama lay behind glass that glows

Time passed and he did many things this Irishman

For him, corners were turned to make him into a man

Sure, there were difficulties like everyone experiences

Hurdles were overcome, and of course, there were fences

Through all that, this man named Steve O’Brien prevailed

Pride was a constant companion in every direction he sailed.

Creative he was, Lo and behold, he turned another of life’s corners no less

He became a writer, about tales of his young life, as you might guess

I met this Irishman named Steve O’Brien by chance

I read his stories of life described in words that dance

A friendship we share to be sure and I forever wish he and his family the best

As he eloquently writes and signs off with the word peace …and you know the rest

As always Peace

WGS

THE HANDSHAKE

I once took a trip.

Alone.

My world was changing.

Family.

I traveled far south.

Alone.

A place where others go.

Family.

I sat at a table.

Alone.

He entered to meet someone.

Family.

I was ready to leave.

Alone.

He sat here by chance.

Family.

I said “good morning.”

Alone.

He said, “not from around here huh?”

Family.

I told a story.

Alone.

He told a story.

Family.

I said,” writing a book”

Alone.

He said,”me too”

Family.

I left.

Alone.

He wrote.

Family.

I wrote back.

Family.

-Peace

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