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I sense a shadowy echo

On peripheral of my grief

Attributed more to others

Who’s long since left me

Before darkness did befall  

I hear well-meaning people

Sputter in their platitudes

Not realizing at all they do

Insensitively make it worse

Still, I’ll remain charitable

And carry this extra burden

How ironic they do believe

I should forget my memories

Of the very loved one I loss

Pretend life is good again

Move on, move past them

Compartmentalize emotion

As if they were just a thought

To be forgotten from now on

Yes, they do insult love itself

In my full understandment

Of what love should depict

But then again, it might be

They’ve never loved anyone

Let alone… unconditionally


Poet of the Light © 2021


Rush of colder temperatures

Stir me from a noon’s slumber

In the meadows lush grasses

Under a drunken subfusc skyline

Tripping over the dirty clouds

Strewn about the vast horizon

While goosebumps erupt on my skin

As I wipe sleep sand from my eyes       

Somewhere in the back of my mind

I hear read words written by Yeats

Titled: Death, and now on this day

It depicts how I image death comes

Catching mankind lazily asleep

A dreamer within a dream… for peace


Poet of the Light © 2021  

‘Poetry Partners’ update — The skeptic’s kaddish

Just over one month ago, I launched a poetry sharing initiative here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish, called ‘Poetry Partners’. Since then, I’ve been grateful to get many poetry submissions, and more continue to come in. Thus far, at my rate of posting one new Poetry Partner’s poem every Friday, I have had the privilege of […]

‘Poetry Partners’ update — The skeptic’s kaddish

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I walked in a million waves

That crashed on barren beaches

Waiting to be quenched- once  

Finding only remnants of lives

I lived but inside secret dreams  

And I bore a thousand sunburns

Standing next to you but you

Were just some passing moon

I believed was sent to guide me

Eventually, I came to realize

You’re not the source I’ve needed

And my life grew darker- again

It’s defeating when even lies, lie

But you believe them…to survive


Poet of the Light © 2021  


It was a heart-wrenching epiphany

To be staring face to face at- truth

So long I’ve subsisted without you

Only at that moment had I recalled

Things that mattered to you at all

I’m uncertain when my care faltered

Or threshold I must’ve tripped over   

I’m overcome by overdue guiltiness

And today of all days the bill is due

I’ve no excuse- just my humiliation      

More broken promises are fruitless

I’m duty-bound to offer up something

In practical purpose, I must be better      

Answering to a mirror… more often


Poet of the Light © 2021


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I’ve discarded too many things

Over the course of my lifetime

I dare say the greatest was, me

Liken a colorless harden cover

That blends into the mundane

There’s a great deal to discover

Beneath the essence of myself

A half-lived life, half-lived lie

Often peeking through the pall

Trying to determine which side

Is reality and which is fantasy

Not that I really have a choice

Or mystical ticket for the other

But if I did, I’d live it all…truer 


Poet of the Light © 2021


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My days were becoming a blur

I needed a break from doldrums

Time was an unwanted guardian

I chose a ferry ride across the river

April winds swirled upon the water

Subtle change of pace for difference

No person in mind or destination   

Upstairs to a near-empty upper deck  

Sun gleaming off the watery surface

Then she turned, faced my direction    

Life paused and I became breathless    

But when she smiled, life is renewed

After three years we’re still having

The very same …first conversation  


Poet of the Light © 2021


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Sometimes I just have to escape

Change something even if briefly

Everything is better when I hear

Pitter patter of those raindrops

Reminding me of your footsteps

Coming down past wooden floors

Walking in darkness of my dream

Sliding in beside my sleeping body   

And I can feel the warmth of yours

Intertwining within my heartbeats

As you wrap yourself around me   

We slowly wash the world away   

And there’s nothing more we need  

Baby, come rein me… in all reality


Poet of the Light © 2021


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When brilliance becomes grays

The foreboding head front winds

Tries to play like big bad wolves

We’re all our affirmation together

When raindrops became icy pellets

My love cast itself like our shelter

Betwixt the lightning and thunder

In the silence before the clapping

I’ll be there, loving your darkness

Embracing together all your pieces

Shrouded by mere moonlight glow

Long after those frightening storms

Neglecting to raid us of each other

I will hold on longer …to love you


Poet of the Light © 2021


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Betwixt one’s life and death

Waffling in love or madness

Nearly a full lifetime is spent

Off or be it on tenterhooks  

I reached my own conclusion  

You’re the only real breath

My soul needs…to breathe


Poet of the Light © 2021