Thursday, December 30, 2010

The View From My Tiptoes

I stood on my tiptoes to see a bit farther,
To see past the people and over the trees,
And over the forests and past the blue mountains,
And then I looked farther, past stormy gray seas.
And I just kept on looking. I looked past the clouds,
And I looked past the skies and then out past the stars.
I kept looking ahead 'til I couldn't see farther,
I stood on my tiptoes and saw beyond far.
No, I'll never forget what I saw on the day
That I peered past the world and all that it contained.
I saw past forever, past all that we know.
I stared at eternity from my tiptoes.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Mr. White

Mr. White was a blank slate,
A hole in the spectrum,
In his spotless white suit and white shoes and white house
At One-Twenty-Three White Street just off Off-White Lane,
Mr. White lived a life that was crisp, starched and plain.

But behind all that white,
Back behind the white whiteness,
A breathtaking masterpiece hidden from sight.
He felt splashes of colors, bold strokes in bright hues,
He felt greens, he felt yellows, deep reds and sad blues.

Mr. White was a painting,
A rich, colorful canvas,
An intricate portrait no one ever saw.
You see, poor Mr. White, was not white, not really -
Just a canvas, hung backward, his paint to the wall.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cowboy Ed

There once was a cowboy named Ed,
Whose boots were a bright shade of red ...
Silver guns at the ready
Lasso of spaghetti
In a nine gallon hat
Cowboy Ed proudly sat
On a three-legged pony
Who ate only bologna
Backwards in his saddle
His eyes on the cattle
Yes, Ed drove the herd
Never saying a word
Though he did like to hum
And chew pink bubble gum
As he crisscrossed the plains
Holding tight on the reins
With a wild-eyed stare
And the wind in his hair
Others thought he was weird
Cause he shaved half his beard
And he buttered his chaps
And stopped often for naps
Filled his pockets with snakes
And his pants with corn flakes
Had a squeaky left knee
A bovine allergy
And a canteen of gravy
For his pet cactus Davy ...

Ed was a bit odd, they said.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Lost Thought

Tonight while having a deep think
I tipped my head to sip my drink
And as I did my thought slipped out my ear.

It rolled across the hardwood floor,
Continued right out my back door
And I have lost that thought for good I fear.

It's such a shame, if I may say,
To lose one's well-thunk thought that way.
To have a thought fall right out of your head.

If only I could get it back,
But life's sometimes unfair like that
And so I think I'll just go on to bed.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Rainmaker

I lean my ladder
Against a dark sky
And I climb to the top
To the heavens, where I
Sit with my pail
On my lofty perch
On a billowy, silver cloud.

I am the rainmaker.
I pour the rain
In drizzles and drops
O'er the hills and the plains.
I spill the raindrops
That sprinkle like tears
On a parched and thirsty world.

Yes, I am the rainmaker.
I wash away
The dust and the grime
And the dirt of the day.
When my bucket is dry,
I climb down again
And I walk through the puddles, home.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Man in the Desert

I met an old man as I walked through the desert,
As I walked through the desert I met an old man.
In a tired straw hat
And a pair of worn sandals,
That carried him over an ocean of sand.

I said to him "Sir, it's a pleasure to meet you."
"It's a pleasure to meet on this fine sunny day."
But my greeting was met
With a stare and a silence,
He passed me and wordlessly went on his way.

I still travel the trail that cuts through the desert.
I still walk the path that winds through the sand.
I wonder whatever
Became of that stranger,
That stoic, that sun-chapped, that weathered old man.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Three Sisters' Folly

One Tuesday three fortunate sisters,
Found five chests of silver and gold.
But alas, only six short days after,
They had wasted a fortune untold.
And so seven years later the sisters
With just nine pennies left to their name,
Shared a dented tin cup
And a mangy brown pup
And had only themselves to blame.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Rise and Fall of Nobody

None hundred black knights
From the Castle Nobody
Crossed over the windswept moor,
Heading straight for the Kingdom of No One,
To wage a forgotten war.

No One saw them coming,
No One heard their shouts,
No One was prepared to defend.
The good kingdom fell to the Knights of Nobody,
Yes, No One had come to an end.

Nobody remembers
Just why they attacked
It happened so long ago.
Nobody thrived for none hundred long years
Till the rise of the Kingdom of No.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Roger and Roger and Roger and Wayne

Roger and Roger and Roger and Wayne
Shared Roger's umbrella as they strolled in the rain,
They waved to Wayne's brother in front of the market -
His name was Roger, too.