As a whisper

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As a Whisper

As a whisper, you adhere to limbs

the child in me wants angels

written in the snow

you are the first of the season

changing my landscape

letting me know

to be a child

Tip my head back

stick out my tongue

you will kiss it

with your cool moisture

I would not have noticed you

unless I looked for you

as love is in the air

your coolness is a breath

of freshness

No howling today with winds a flurry

Just a whispered touch

Brings brightness to the desolate limbs

as love brings hope to the heart.

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Smoke Ring

There is a brand upon my heart

Burned by others souls

The smoke ring burns its brand

Never letting me forget

Less is more in my future

your boots walked in standing firm

Boot scoot and shuffle my thoughts

Bringing danger into my heart

I refuse to linger on thoughts of you

Never wanting to tune another’s rues

your approach came in as thunder

Your boots upon my heart will plunder

There is a brand upon my heart

Burned by others souls

A smoke ring burns its brand

Never letting me forget

Remove those boots from my view

Gentler touch should be used

lean in with a subtle grin

Pass the beer let us begin

There is a brand upon my heart

Burned by others souls

A smoke ring burns its brand

Never letting me forget

Shower me with your silken touch

Slowly the brand will be washed

leaving a ghost of a ring

my heart will never again sing

There is a brand upon my heart

Burned by others souls

A smoke ring burns its brand

Never letting me forget

Time will tell if this is true

Or another dog day wasted

lingering kisses tasted

Brand me with passion

There is a brand upon my heart

Burned by others souls

A smoke ring burns its brand

Never letting me forget

Come on now

Let’s push into the plow

righting the wrong

Help me sing another song

Gather together halting my fear

never bring me another tear

Rope me in with your grin

Taste everlasting treasure

There is a brand upon my heart

Burned by others souls

A smoke ring burns its brand

Never letting me forget

Hearts of Discontent

Scream at me your discontent

Mark your foreheads

wrench your malice clothes

Bare your grievance with defiance

Burn the embers of bigotry

Show your souls darkness

Life matters yet only yours

Money is at the core

Shouts of blame fingers pointed

showing many are united

Yet the truth be known

Words are coerced

Ministers at pulpit bible and verse

Cheers of hallelujah rings out the chores

Inciting the forces, all are for us

empty burnt offerings raised

Children left without protection

Parents raise up an insurrection

Catharsis of emotions

Futility fans the flame of devotion

Defeat spurs next sermon

Participants lose revolutionary chide

Limitations of riots moral conundrum

When will victory come?

Beneath the discontent

A stirring will never be met

With victory with blood spent

Hollowed walls of anarchy

Reality of diversity

lies beneath the misery

listen to your heart

Never the speaker

Fist and wrath are not strength

Listening is not weaker

sharing values with your children

Will always be the place to begin

Finger pointing should be inward

before we shout our moral dilemmas

Work ethic with sweated brow

Calloused hands against the plow

Sit downs not sit in’s

Here is where it begins

Civics 101 needs teaching

One on one

Flames of Wrath

Flames of wrath enter the streets

Mayhem brought to store-keeps

Neighbor upon neighbor

Yielding their petulant discontent

Rights are theirs for peaceful discourse

One throws a punch another a bullet

Discourse turns cars upside down

fire ablaze hate then creeps

Fear of what is not known

Truth being hidden from citizens

media blazon miss direction

fans the flames of hate and bigotry

Leaders lead with flaming tongues

upholding the rational of the thug

Knowing better the law of the land

Instead they say “Yes you can”

Children with signs of hate

Parents spewing this is great

Lives matter to us all

Leaders must ring out a new call

Hold accountable leaders of violence

No longer allowing laws to be broken

Media’s words will be held to the light

Journal events no longer editorialize

A word to the wise among us

If you agree with me or not

Show by example

Love as you want to be loved

Those with the heart to love

Measure your words

Wait with your response

Peace is not passive

Peace comes to those who choose

Walking away from a fight

is an act of valor

Not a sign of cowardice

Stand your convictions

By volunteering where there is need

IF we all go by this creed

The shallow will eventually concede

By Christine Swiderski

Frame

Frame

Memories are a frame

Referencing good and bad

Walking through your mind

Each nook and cranny

Depicts the salt of the earth

You are made as an earthen vessel

Rejoice in the good and bad

Your pearl personality registers

Foibles and noble portions

Making each of us a snowflake

Different in appearance

Yet same within existence.

Do we see?

Do we see?

Social media lurches forward

We click like but did we read?

How often many walked by?

Not taking in all that is thy.

Many views very little commitment

Popular press is what is gained

Emptiness is the drain.

Where is the substance or value?

Click like and never view.

No different in the street

Passer’s by never meet.

Eye contact is avoided

Our lives become void its sad.

Touch and taste

seems to be wasted

on culinary aspects

leaves many devastated.

Take the time, stop and view.

You may make a difference

In the lives of others with persistence

Just knowing you care to view.

Hope in this day and age

Pass it on, help others break free

Inspiring is the key

say hello before you turn the page.