Tiny White Flowers

What I need
Is seldom what I want

But if I merely listen

I too find wading through the tide pool
Of thirsty lapping waves

A revelation to the
Spirit of things

That which profoundly
Animates and illuminates
The heart of the young

Once I’m buckled into the
Unbreakable bonds of love
I will not have to ask
Will I remember you

Even if we crash

It seems the
Weeds overtook what was
The new arrival of
Ten tiny white flowers

I never would have noticed them
If what I needed was to
Lie here on my stomach

It’s what I wanted

© GÄ

Desire

You are the light of the world
You are a town built on a hill
You cannot be hidden
Although hide and seek
Is fun to play with you

Can we take our blindfolds off?

I think about the last hour of this day
Old friend
How I wish to rewind it
Paste your smile all over the walls
Experience it together again
In a different collage

My quick sleep tonight
Might just delete it all
Starting over tomorrow
Will it be as great as it was
Yesterday?

Will I be alone
In a strange city
Figuratively

Intervening time and place
I know I knew you from before
Like the first book
I ever read

I remember it well
The way the pages felt
The smell

Like the bitter-sweet
Shakespearian tongue
That picks the fruit
From my soul
When you speak
It could only be yours

Just as I am ferociously

Consumed in the fire
Of my desire
For you

© GÄ

Even If

My son
Imaginary
We tried
We wrote it down
But then
Grandma and Grandpa
Said he was never born
But I saw a picture

Good lore came down
Out of the sky
Shook me with terror

REEKER REEKEER REEKER
REEKER REEK

Heavenward
It would shiver
The skyscrapers down to
Pure nothingness as if
Typed in an old scrapbook
And then burned

My aunt had pictures in an album
Of these things
That’s when I knew that
People loved me

I see non acceptance as a result
Lit up just like a
Feeling of persecution
Someone ignoring us
Spitting at us
Hitting me in the head

Suffering is that which
Comes when we live
You know it as the truth

The only lie
Would be forgetting
That I loved you
Even if you
Never existed

© GÄ

Twin Trees

We are a pair
Twin trees at night
Meaningful and bright
I prefer to confine myself
To the roots that hold us upright

Imagine sitting in a concert
Of nature listening to a
Symphony of owls
Your favorite rustling of wings
An orchestra resounding
In the weeds and we
Are so moved by natures music
That our trunks shiver
As they sing bark rattle and ring

Now if just to bring you here
So I can comb through
All your branches
Take care of you a bit
Careful not to split
Your heart in two
Your wood is delicate
To tug at your limbs
Would be a treat

Often in our forest
I think about the arrival of
A Sasquatch parting
Through our woodland
Stepping over boulders
Like a giant strolling deep into
Our dreamland

Would your offshoots bend down
To rescue me from the lumberjacks
Timber! Called out scanning the ground
Axing us down
I want to illustrate that
You know me by sound
That you see me completely
Before the cold gentrified
World comes around
Making bonfires of us
Blazing in ovens
Mulching and chipping
Us up innocently enough

Still never knowing
We’re madly in love

© GÄ

Home

If I stayed in that house
If I lived in that town
I would still be alone
A winter of snow and stone
Frozen to the bone
Sadness wrapped around my mind
Nothing left but the time
Wasting away
In this broken heart of mine

I forgot how to shine
Forgot that the sun was even alive
And now I’m here with you
So happy I could be here to
Tell this story to sing
Knowing with so many things
In my life all going wrong
Something is finally going right

Why do I love this so much
I don’t know why I do
Why do I love you so much
I don’t know I just do

No more goodbyes
Always understanding why
This is where you belong
With all of the loss and harm
All the fights that you’ve fought
All of the pain that you’ve been through
Has brought you to me
So let down your walls
Open up to it all

Dry your tears
Calm your fears
Let the meltdown fade away
Into the flames of eternal forgiveness
All your confusion erased
And replaced with a kiss
My love is relentlessly
Breathing for the both of us

Why do I love this so much
I don’t know I just do
Why do I love you so much
I don’t know I just do

Knowing that tonight
We have a life worth living
And you make it a better place for me
Can I make it a better place for you
To start receiving
The love that you deserve
Do you have the nerve
To look me in the eye
And call this home

Why do I love this so much
I don’t know I just do
Why do I love you so much

Call this home
Call us home

© GÄ

Illusion

Is it a jealous boyfriend
Or just my third eye burning

You may not choose to
Share your bed with a copacetic
Head if you unearth
Your palace as an exciting
And wondrous place

Do you marvel at the handiwork
While nature vines about
Twisting through the sod
Do you want to see it close
Rub your nose in the fruit of life
Does a sunrise smell of change
Are we two peas in a pod

The brackish seawater
Calls to the mermaid in your
Green and noble heart
At its first spring
Flower petals softly floating
Like the snow around your soul
Scales protect you from the sting
In a magnificently trialed
Stand in western lonesome awe

Find your legs on the abîme
After your journey through
On the back of your pet Loch Ness
For life can be a monster

A blunder or a wonder in this world
Turns pool tides upward into a
Universal bridge unbending
Without a passion for mystery
Pressed between our pages
There are at least
Two ways to breathe into the night

One is as though nothing is a miracle
Just what is always there
The other the phenomenon that we are
Between the rhythms in our chests
Love will not vanish from our breasts
Even after we are gone

© GÄ

The Chance

Moved by you in ways
I can’t explain
I let my tears
Make purpose rain

I wish I would have had
The honor of knowing you
Your presence astounds
Even the acceptance of itself

Thank you, for what you
Have given me
Is more than anyone
Could have known to give

In sadness I struggle
Because your beauty is so striking
I wish only that everyone
Could witness just how
Incredible you are

Somehow overlooked
I know that no one
Could have ever
Loved you in the way
That you deserved
Because I never had
The chance

© GÄ

Peril

I came here to retrieve you
To break the chains
That bind you
To free you from your prison

The guard at the gate
Let me in
Take my hand
I’ll show you the way

« It’s not the way I know.
Die with me. » She said.
For she could barely lift her head
And when she did
She saw her curtains
Take their bow

Hurry! We must leave
If you stay here any longer
Your will cannot believe
That there is any breath
Left in you to be stronger

I grabbed her hand
And tightly so
It’s measure was so small
So feeble and so pale
It slipped like death through all
My ready fingers

I knelt down
To pick her up
My arms beneath her arms
I lifted us
Her shoulders shifted
And with her palms raised
To the sky
She folded out from me
Spilling like a cup
Completely empty

« You see, you cannot take me. »
She sank to the floor in desperation
But that’s absurd, you —
« You see, you cannot make me. »
She crawled back to the wall

« I have to see it your way,
And all I see is mine. »

I said —
Open your eyes, there’s so much more!
« I’m grateful that you came,
And I love you so insanely
I have built this prison
To remind me of my pain. »

I said —
But now we can go!
You’re free to leave
« Only I can say it’s so
And what is there for me
On the outside? »

« I’ve nothing left to live for
I’d rather bathe my agony
Befriend my lonely sore. »

I pleaded with all my might
Her eyes refused my sight
Pushing me away
As limp-like as she was

I turned in slowing steps
Hoping she would change
Her mind would rearrange
Before I touched the gate

As I passed the guard I sighed
He looked at me with eyes
Of knowing and reprise

I failed to bring her back, she was
Much too far behind, and so
I left her there to find
Whatever she believed
Her sentence would

In time

© GÄ

Love Terrors

Sovereign love
Why did you make
My heavens delighted to touch you
Why is my earth quaking with your
Terrific power and wide smile
Nothing is too difficult for you
Will I dream about it for a long time?
Will I linger in your nonexistent arms?
Will I find you under the bed
Hide to jump and scare me if you dare
Do I wish for you to sneak behind a wall?
Grab hold of me and shake me
With your love terrors
Wrap me in your playful charms
Pull me around like the stars
If I wake up and find you laughing
In the drum of my ear
I would only be dreaming
For I will never find you here
A game of waiting
But I can play pretend
Until someone like you
Does exactly this
My friend

© GÄ

Fountain

Not a spoon
Please not a crumb
Every pebble sacred
To the materialistic possession
Nothing without those things
Amounting to nothing without objects

I fear my stomach turned upside down
At the sight of your anger
At the shriek of your hate

Maybe some things will come up missing

From anger and bitter eyes
Beady looks
Evil grins

What is the terror
I am witnessed to?

Don’t give up
Every morsel has a place
In the spectrum of the shards
The broken glass
Of the hearts you’ve walked upon

Turn around and look
Into the eyes of the future
Staring back at you with immense
Curiosity and deep adoration
So proud now
So gorgeous

As the strands of life
Sweep across your face like
Every strand of hair from your head
Has a purpose to be there
So do you

Your lips
Your eyes
Your words are the sprayed cascade
The presence of your everything
Resting on the breast of tomorrow
Yesterday’s milk is down stream
Fill your cup with a fresh
Pour of love

And from the fountain
Comes flowing through the spout
A mountain of inspiration
Don’t give up

© GÄ