Dwindling in the Downtown Eastside

🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 large, littered, lonely fieldsoiled, sodden, sagging tentscursed, chaotic, chemical prisonshuddled desperately onpatchy grass and mud,lit by yellow flickersunder shaking fingerschasing the dragonbitter, brutal windicy, drenching rainthere but for thegrace of Godgo I - Paul Raworth Bennett

Dire Straits

not much more time will pass or destiny unfurled before we're forced to breathe apocalyptic gas that coats the wheezing lung brown air will steal the sun the seas will rob the shore and drown the old and young today's the hour to act ensure that we destroy the certainty that our existence is attacked … Continue reading Dire Straits

The Rally

filling a grand old theatrean orange cardboard armadaa sea of upturned optimisma rolling clamour of applausedecrying the avaricious one-percentersthe tin-eared politiciansin bed with the capitalist classthe private-yacht crowdthe loophole expertsthere is hope here, hope that a salmon named unity willconquer the river of cashsettle in a lake of compassion andspawn the warriors of justice-- Paul Raworth … Continue reading The Rally

Winter of the Mind

🙂 To hear this story, use the player below. 🙂 Winter of the Mind The Experience of Severe Depression and Imminent Suicide one woman’s perspective, as told to Paul Raworth Bennett Although everyone with depression experiences it uniquely, a universally accurate metaphor would be “emotional winter”. Throughout this chilly time run two common themes: profound … Continue reading Winter of the Mind

Freedom Wheels

🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 Freedom Wheels by Paul Raworth Bennett ~ in memory of Bob Rea ~ (July 1961 - August 2019) I love to ride my freedom wheels Unbridled joy is how it feels At once when I begin to roll It stirs my mind and feeds my … Continue reading Freedom Wheels

Heather’s Waltz

To hear this file, simply use the audio player[ ~ for Heather ~ she swirls about the room epitome of grace a flower in full bloom like visual perfume she does my heart embrace she swirls about the room she's gorgeous in costume with gossamer and lace a flower in full bloom her joy does … Continue reading Heather’s Waltz

Reunited

and then, atop a mess ofsoaked Egyptian cotton, whilewater trickled fromthe overturned bedside vase, andas if discovering a spring aftera week without water in the SaharaRemy and Anäis devoured each otherplaying one anotherlike musical instrumentshim the sax and her the violintheir harmonics blending inrainbow explosions thatraised neighbors' eyebrowsrattled the Royal Doulton andrippled the orange pekoe … Continue reading Reunited

The Kiss

🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 The Kiss by Paul Raworth Bennett When you're nearby you spark in me desire A primal urge to have our bodies meet So we might make a lengthy moment sweet Let's join our mouths and set ourselves on fire So let us both draw near … Continue reading The Kiss

The Terrifying Seduction

As I listened to her slender fingersMaking exquisite loveTo the ivoriesTo RachmaninoffTo the UniverseTo my soulTo the thousand miles between usAnd to every atom in my BeingI realized that we mustNever actually meet, for I'dGive myself instantly to herDisappear within herConsumed by her brillianceIncinerated by her beautyAnd I was terrified~ Paul Raworth Bennett

My First Kiss

~~ for Lynn S ~~ While staring holes into the sea-foam patterns slipping away in the ferry's wake, my father's arm draped across my small, skinny shoulders, I felt for the first time a melancholy, a sadness, a yearning that I'll never forget. I was eight during that sunny August of 1972, and my family … Continue reading My First Kiss

My 19-Part Resolution for 2019

Next year, I will... 1. Give at least 1,000 hugs, commit countless other random acts of kindness, and bring love to every interaction 2. Honor, respect and acknowledge both myself and everyone I encounter 3. Listen more carefully and communicate more thoughtfully 4. Poke fun at myself and litter my world with laughter and smiles … Continue reading My 19-Part Resolution for 2019

She Sang My Body Electric

🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 She Sang My Body Electric (for starry-eyed lovers everywhere) She sang my body electric that time Her teenaged hazel eyes caught mine Adrenaline sparks electrifying My trip-hammering heart She stole my breath, gave me a start That breezy April afternoon while We flew kites among … Continue reading She Sang My Body Electric

Writer’s Lament

by Paul Raworth Bennett It's New Year's Day, I'm uninspired And here I sit - hung over, tired Resolved to write, just peck away For fifteen minutes every day Who knows what stream of words will flow From foggy brains that rarely glow? If gold, how fortunate I am! If dreck, then I don't give … Continue reading Writer’s Lament

Word Powerless

🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 Word Powerless by Paul Raworth Bennett Within our common heart We once savored joy’s nectars But then we tore apart A gaping hole rent my bleeding soul And my heart scarred over with Blown chances, squandered gifts, and broken dreams “She misses you!” cooed a … Continue reading Word Powerless

The Award Ceremony

🙂 To hear this story, use the player below. 🙂 The Award Ceremony by Paul Raworth Bennett Thinking briefly that he was dreaming - that he wasn't in that packed theatre after all - Remy leaned forwards in his seat, grasped the sides of his walker, and rose unsteadily. Softly taking her husband's forearm, Anaïs … Continue reading The Award Ceremony

You!

🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 You! by Paul Raworth Bennett ~~~ for my son... Happy 23rd Birthday!  ~~~ My hand glided over your mother's beautiful, swollen belly Feeling your kicks and taps We sang you lullabies and read you stories while You explored your warm, liquid cocoon Nine months of excitement, … Continue reading You!

The Birds of Aleppo

by Paul Raworth Bennett ~~~ a tale of hope, for the people of Aleppo ~~~ The four-year war had become especially violent during the Fall.  Now the Army was closing in, choking much of eastern Aleppo.  Intermittent radio broadcasts featured Alawite songs, propaganda, and Assad’s reviled voice reassuring them that soon the rebel menace would … Continue reading The Birds of Aleppo