Others

Some choose to
Live and let die
Watch a mother cry
Hear an old man grieve
Turn a cold hand, leave

Avoid another vow
Furrows in the brow
Take another's toil
Feed the ego, spoil

Eternally asking 
Am I one or the other?
Do I love?
Do I bother?

Love like

Rain on a tin roof
White noise soothing
Muddled mind
To dream

Each drop echoes
A different sound
Like a typewriter of
Make believe

Writing novellas
Words unspoken
Moves a token
Gesture of love

Sounds identify
Life unbounded
Connect to world
Eden above

Cherishing dark blue
Burning midnight oil
Happiness toil
Space beside

With you

New Norfolk, Tasmania

Looking into you

Look into my face, can you see?

The sketches of my past

smiles and frowns etched with age

marks of honor, sun-baked.

Look into my eyes, can you see?

A reflection of yourself?

Glinting shadows sparkle and fade

To soften the hard edge life of late

Read between the lines of living

on the cusp of heaven, grow wings.

Ease, peace, please, appease.

Muster courage, move to light

Hand holding tight.

Look into my face, can you see

You?


Photo credit: Swiss Alps by Ilze Haynes (C) 2019

The Place of Repose

The feathered bird flips lightly on the low bough and peers

Suspiciously at fronds of smoke waving past his ears

Roundly Red and pale Peach bellies, proudly hide and seek

Circling hoard of humans who visit once a week

Curiously they walk below, felling trunks, digging peat

Bouncing round the fire waving sticks with things to eat

Harmlessly they shape our wood into a tiny home

A private nest, motionless, watching while Red roams.

Giving Plea

We may lay and rise to meet

Expel desire to compete

Friends and strangers’ hearth for feet

Tread the path discreet

 

Fruit borne plentiful and sweet

Eyes of silence wide asleep

Pierce the mocking vine deceit

Thistle blister seat

 

Longing not for pride or place

Passion forbade saving face

Hope in holy open space

Gentle saving grace

 

hobart ruins

 

Poem and Featured Image of Ellendale, Tasmania by Lisa J. Haynes (C) 2018

Image of ruins near Ross, Tasmania – Mercury Newspaper.