The Box

The hermit sleeps in a cave with his only possession, a small box. When he opens it each morning, he is always happy to find it empty.

One day, a passing pilgrim shows interest in the box and the hermit, pleased to be relieved of this last burden, gives it to him.

My box is not empty. It holds the envy I feel for the hermit.

Sunday Morning

January’s cold blankets the manse and its denizens. We fear the possibility of freezing rain capable of bringing down power lines and the ensueing discomfort.

With noses pressed on the windowpane, we watch the gathering gloom. I for signs of precipitation and the dog for the other enemy, the squirrel.

The Simple Answer

The Old Man wakes to find
Death on two feet wearing fluffy slippers
with bunny faces and glass eyes.

“I know why you are here
but why the fuzzy footwear?”

“There are reasons.
Some funny, some not.
But the truth be told
my feet are cold!”

 

Patience

Circumstances have nudged me on to a path slightly oblique from my norm and reduced my poetic form to mere muttering which may not be apparent to anyone chancing upon these efforts even though I know my muse is distracted and is unable to provide a clear voice for my pen and I will require patience as I wait the return of the inspiration necessary to proceed in this new direction, whatever it may be.

Conversations

Muse lays back and mutters to itself.
I am not privy to this conversation
until sometime later, perhaps.

If I am attentive, Muse may whisper to me.

Once.

I can capture the words if my pen is ready,
otherwise I lose them forever.

A Walk In The Rain

An illusory downpour is hidden in the glare
of a bright autumn sun shining in a cloudless sky.

It is make-believe. All of it.

Even so, we blissfully bask in what we imagine,
whether rain or sun, on a day we want to call today.

But wait.

It can be erased.
Not erased but unimagined and
it will disappear as quickly as it appeared.

Then, stricken by the pain of our loss, we will mourn.

The Future

As I age, my future
(or at least my concept of a future)
fades.

My spiritual adviser
(I don’t have one)
is pleased since his teaching
denies the existence of a future.

My financial advisor
(I don’t have one of these either)
is displeased since his teaching
argues for an expensive future.

My dog
(I have one)
is neither pleased nor displeased
and in her silence,
dreams of a yard without squirrels.