Tuesday, November 30, 2010

live

live with your eyes open
live with no sorrow
the past is over
invest in tomorrow
focus on the now
not what you cannot undo
embrace all those
around you
and they will
embrace you♥

Monday, November 29, 2010

lead with your heart

lead with your heart
think with your head
the silence that deafens
from words never said
those feelings not answered
with pain unresolved
that continue to fester
no problems are solved

how does one measure

how does one measure the value of a life?
by age, by gender, or the looks of one's wife?
by possessions, by titles, by address and name
by articles of clothing, by degree of fame?
by being born into one species, instead of another?
none of these things matter in the eyes of
the earth mother
equal are all that breathe and exist
by the creator, they have all
been blessed and by him, have been kissed♥

say no to narcissism

it is to the world
we must learn to accomodate
the world for us will not bend
nor will it wait
it does not revolve around us
the sun is the orb
how much more love
would surround us
if we would un-self absorb

Saturday, November 27, 2010

family

family are those
who live in one's heart
a permanent space,
be they together or apart
family are those to whom
we can turn
who we can teach and
from whom we can learn
family is not
by species defined
family is the joy
that fills up our minds
family is the place
that comfort gives
it never stops loving,
forever it lives

in a place

in a place where gentle peace
and quiet prevail
where there is no room for
cruelty to leave its ugly trail
where kindness and compassion
are more than feelings de jour
a home for all hearts that
are open and pure♥

Friday, November 26, 2010

still

we enter the world
without consent
we do not own it
we can only rent
the space that we live in
the time that is ours
spent going back and forth
our lives, moving like cars
if we put on the brakes
then shift into park
silence the greatest
adventure upon
which we can embark

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

felicidades

as we enter the holiday season
i am sitting, here
praying for reason
that mankind finally opens
it eyes
and learns that cruelty is
not the prize
that the greatest gifts
one can impart
are the gifts of kindness
and a gentle heart

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

to dust

whatever happens, love turns to dust

all the once romantic trappings,

soon start to rust

cracks in the fabric mistrust

at the helm

unquestioned answers

then overwhelmed

lost in the every day

tossings and turnings

the once "great passion"

no longer yearning

inner misworkings

doubts and long

harbored fears

shed their great clouds

over anyone near

Monday, November 22, 2010

some beauty

some beauty defies words

only seen and barely heard

some beauty is from

the creator supreme

something of which

we can only dream

Sunday, November 21, 2010

don't ask?

when a soldier is shot trying
to save another
does the bullet ask,
“what are you sister
or brother”
are you straight or are
you gay
if the bullet likes the answer
will it go away?
people willing to die
for the country they
adore
don’t ask don’t tell
should be, no more!!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

facile

it can be all too easy to lose our way
getting caught up in words we say
the meaning buried in empty sounds
in a circle going round and round

the wolf spirit

The wolf spirit is like a beautiful song
One can feel it forever, it is never too long
The wolf spirit is like the freedom of clouds
Hovering ever so gently, with head held so proud
The wolf spirit dances in sunshine and rain
In all four of our seasons, without any disdain
The wolf spirit lives in the mountains up high
Its grandeur is endless, it can touch the sky
The wolf spirit belongs to all who live on earth
It will live forever,
no one can measure its worth

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

although a day

although a day may feel so sad
as long as we are alive
we should be glad
to breathe to feel
to be able to change
that which we feel
is so deranged
a gift to cherish
before we perish

what notes are in a song

what notes are in a song
are they short or are they long
do they evoke a memory?
or ask what is front of me
do they help me sort out
what i feel
do they remind me sadly
of what is real
they are forever once
they are written
as i just listen...
forever smitten

Monday, November 15, 2010

words are

words are action
heart felt when spoken
they elicit reaction
and are far more
than a token♥

there are some things

there are some things from which
one can never heal

there are some things so terrible,
they hardly seem real
...
but nothing is as strong as the
human spirit

even if we wait very long, when ready
we can hear it

Sunday, November 14, 2010

attn: abusers

attn: abusers

when you go to your houses of worship to pray
in front of your god, what do you say?
do you say you were kind, and out and out lie
...or confess to your sins, and then say goodbye
what do you think your god feels about you
harming his creations is not what you
are supposed to do.
just because the law may let your heartless
infractions just “slide”
from judgement in the hereafter,
there is NO place to hide

Saturday, November 13, 2010

the heart is a vessel

the heart is a vessel
of feelings strong
it pumps whether or not
they are right or wrong
each beat a note
...a lifetime lived
for some forgotten
and others
not yet
ready to forgive

fabricated recollections

fabricated recollections
is that what you find
in your introspections?
memories pulled from
a magician's hat
and after expressed
that is that?

Friday, November 12, 2010

a simple prayer

a simple prayer

to all out there

those who do

or do not care

life is fleeting

pain remains

as long as our

hearts are beating

things can change

i see the clock

the hands not still

this forward motion

can be a bitter pill

but it is one that

we do not

have to swallow

our faith in our dreamscape

we can follow

although we cannot

alter our ultimate course

for good we can be

a positive force

as long as we can talk

and walk this earth

let us make this trip

a lifetime's worth

love and light

even after

we say goodnight

Thursday, November 11, 2010

for my father on veteran's day

war sucks and i hate it and always will...but for veterans like my dad, who fought so i could have the freedom to sit here and try to make a difference...

i thank you♥


For my father on veterans day

they stormed the beaches

on that cold gray day.

they did not know what to do

nor what to say.

they ran straight ahead into enemy fire

friends around them shot dead

such scenario dire.

yet fought they did

for the freedoms they believe.

we are thankful for those who made it

and for those who didnot, we grieve.

for without these heroes

we could not type these words

stand for that which matters

have our voices heard

in the eyes of all animals

in the eyes of all animals
a spirit cries
to be heard and
acknowledged
by all that pass by
to be seen for its beauty
both inside and out
it is man's most loving
duty
to hear this
soft "shout"

de-value

in a world filled with values, cruel and inane,
there is an ever growing epidemic of the "insane"
but today what qualifies as sanity
in a world obsessed with image and vanity?
where life is cheap, be it animal or man
and our so called leaders are sheep
herding us into a garbage can

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

every time

every time an innocent animal dies
an angel folds her wings in sorrow
and heaven, cries

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

what should i think?

What should I think of

The human race

On this planet for eons

And keeps trashing

The place

most of god’s creatures

Have to run in fear

Any time a homo sapien

Is anywhere near

What should I think

Of a species like this

Who keeps killing each other

And does not find

That remiss

What should I think

I know how I feel

Hurt, frightened and

Angry

At these horrors

too real

is this the way it will always be

if someone has any answers

will you please tell me

Monday, November 8, 2010

bottom line

urban man dodges cars left and right
engaged in his own survival fight
elsewhere on this planet
animals abound
struggling for food
and to hold onto their ground
each species battles to
make a living
in an at times hostile world
that is not forgiving

the difference

i know what it is
i know what i feel
the difference now
is i know what is real

Saturday, November 6, 2010

the night, so gently

the night so gently
her eyes do close
reverentially
as the stars
start to doze
twinkling laughter
as the skies
turn to gray
forever after
the wolf
starts to bay

Friday, November 5, 2010

the spirit

the spirit walks
inside our soul
he make us well
he makes us whole
and in our gratitude
possessed
we live every day
so very blessed

Thursday, November 4, 2010

nature has

nature has laws that cannot be broken
nature has laws that are never spoken
nature is silent, nature is heard
nature speaks volumes
without speaking a word

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

squid pro quo

i scratch your back
then i have an itch
is that when the rules
begin to switch
if i do for you
than you do for me
it is all about
reciprocity
if you want
be prepared to return
or whatever you want
you surely have
not earned

Monday, November 1, 2010

you have

you have taught me how to love,
unafraid
you have let me into your heart
where love is made
you have opened up a door
buried deep, never found
you keep loving, more and more
which never ceases
to astound

in a world

in world of silence
there is a world
of sound
in between each
whisper
rhythms abound

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i am older than dirt and proud of it!!!! i have managed to incorporate my eternal 60's nation spirit with the high tech 21st century world. i am an artist/writer, who dabbles in rhyme, and, sometimes, reason. my passions are my husband, who is truly the wind that ruffles my sails, animals rights, yoga, the beach, waking up in the morning. i find inspiration in too many things to list, and far too many more to remember. i have added sketching, watercolor painting, and photography to my ways of expressing joy and gratitude. from living with a chronic illness, i have learned the beauty of each day, and treat each as another sun salutation, and another chance. P.S. all painting, poems and photographs are my originals karen Lyons kalmenson