Respite

Respite, some respite
When’s it going to come
Just a little awning
to duck beneath the sun

When it rains it pours,
my Mother used to say

Grew up too fast,
we grew up too fast
We forgot all of the fun
We learned to overthink

Remember, remember
Nothing lasts forever

My Last Confession

Over and over
and what is the point?

I lie down and practice
breathing
as if I forget how it’s done

Praying to nameless
that these chest pains
are only anxiety

I keep on doing it,
this living thing
Keep on continuing
because I do not
know anything else

And over and over
So what is the point?

Struggling to find the strength
to remove this mental blade
from my ribs

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Today is day 67 since my last drink.
It’s been 80 days since my last confession.

West Vine Press Sampler #6

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Cover image courtesy of Andrew H. Kuharevicz

It’s been quiet around here lately, but I am excited to announce some news: On Sept. 11, West Vine Press will publish my latest poetry book, titled Pancreatic Care Package. In the meantime, folks can get a preview of my book right now by purchasing WVP’s sampler. The paperback features poetry and prose from a variety of West Vine Press writers. Purchase here.

Game Ball

Some are here for the baseball
Others overpriced beer
The best are here for both
But others are just bored

Some are here for the home team
Some are here for away
But there’s nothing like the feeling
Of catching a game ball

Nothing like being a kid
Dippin’ Dots and lemonade
Nothing like being a kid
At the old ball game

3: Poems for My Wife and Kids

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I’m happy to announce that my second book of poetry has been published. Over the past six years or so, I’ve written a number of poems about/for my wife and children. This fall I decided to pick the best ones, make a book out of them, and publish it on the heels of our 10th wedding anniversary. I’m extremely pleased with how it turned out.

So sweet
I smell her hair
as she listens to my heart beat

3: Poems for My Wife and Kids” is just that — a collection of love poems inspired by the three most important people in my life. The book of more than 50 poems, written mostly in short form, offers a glimpse of the first decade of a marriage and the wisdom gleaned from two young children.

Fans of my shorter poems — and anyone with young children — should find the book enjoyable. The book is available to purchase via Amazon and the CreateSpace store (this option puts more money in my pocket).

Sun and moon combined
I live to revolve around them
My son and daughter

P.S. My first book, FM Ghost, is still available for purchase as well.

Thanks for reading and following my work!

Rock Chandelier

Today
I am outweighed
By anchors ripping clouds
By upstanding conveyances
Sky bound

Today
No more dismay
No more adjectives for
falling airplanes and poking at
bruises

Outweighed
Happy to say
The sky is the limit
Willing to break rock chandelier
with fall

Outweighed
By things do change
For the better if I
grab the wheel and steer this vessel
off rocks

Today
will be that day
I’m taking back the reins
I’m melting icebergs, removing
roadblocks

Today
No more dismay
The sky is the limit
Grab the reins and steer this vessel
sky bound

 

From my debut poetry book, FM Ghost, available online.