The Terrifying Seduction

as I listened to her slender fingersmaking exquisite loveto the ivoriesto the melodyto Rachmaninoffto the audienceto the Universeto the thousand miles between usto my heartand to every atom in my BeingI realized that we mustnever actually meet, for I'dgive myself instantly to hermelt into her minddisappear within her souldazzled by her brillianceincinerated by her beautyand … Continue reading The Terrifying Seduction

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

May God E’er Turn Your Head

~ for Sara C, who's battling cancer ~ May God e'er turn your head To show you gorgeous flowers May peace e'er fill your heart Throughout your darkest hours May God e'er lift you up And keep your body strong So that your Earthly time will be Like summer days, prolonged And Sara, may you … Continue reading May God E’er Turn Your Head

12-Step Success Muffins

~ Inspired by Christina Edick ~ Ingredients: * mission * vision * values * integrity * humour * mindfulness * compassion * effort Tools: * sustained-effort oven * imagination bowl * creativity fork * progress skillet * goal pan Time required: variable. Servings: 7 muffins, if you're lucky (serves one) Procedure: 1. Preheat a sustained-effort … Continue reading 12-Step Success Muffins

The Struggle

by Paul Raworth Bennett in support of a good friend Her shrink asks how is Bree He merely wants to see How well that she may be So fudge the truth does she I’m on my meds, she'll say And thus Doc's fears allay Since Doc has no X-ray His trust she does betray They … Continue reading The Struggle

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

Appalachia hit by “Animal Rainstorms”

by Paul Raworth Bennett BREAKING WEATHER ALERT: For several days now, from mysterious origins thousands of feet above, it's been literally raining cats and dogs upon the leafy streets and stately old mansions of Beech Bottom, West Virginia. On every block, thousands of drenched, collarless and confused kitties and pooches - of all breeds, shapes, … Continue reading Appalachia hit by “Animal Rainstorms”

Revenge, Foiled.

🙂 To hear this story, use the player below. 🙂 Revenge, Foiled. by Paul Raworth Bennett Today, I almost did a terrible thing. My dog Bingo and I were taking our usual morning stroll, walking briskly west along an eastbound one-way lane.  As we passed in front of a daycare centre and playground, a row of … Continue reading Revenge, Foiled.

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

Happy Birthday, Roshanak!

🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 Happy Birthday, Roshanak! by Paul Raworth Bennett ~~ Star of Magnificence ~~ The beauty of the zodiac God brought to earth in Roshanak Who brightened up in many ways The darkness of my winter days She can be crazy, loud and wild She can be … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Roshanak!

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!

All Hail Canada’s Hair Apparent!

🙂 To hear this story, use the player below. 🙂 All Hail Canada's Hair Apparent! by Paul Raworth Bennett Canadian Federal politics just got a lot hairier after yesterday's landslide victory for the Liberal Party's youthful and telegenic leader, Justin "Selfie" Trudeau. Lock-dreading, tressed-out Tory supporters may just feel like curling up in knots this … Continue reading All Hail Canada’s Hair Apparent!

Happy Day (a poem for DH)

🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 Happy Day by Paul Raworth Bennett (for DH) The graceful young woman, her dreamy blue eyes Reflected the colour of heavenly skies Her hiking companion, with spirited heart Did know that their friendship had made a good start One late summer weekend that Autumn had … Continue reading Happy Day (a poem for DH)

Kisses Conquering

🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 Kisses Conquering by Paul Raworth Bennett ~ for Bingo ~ Poochie's sleeping, my legs snuggling His head's resting, rarely stirring Maybe dreaming, quietly sighing Dawn approaching, room is brightening Birdsong starting, breezes flowing Sleepy eyes opening, sideways lying First not moving, now I'm stretching My … Continue reading Kisses Conquering

What, Exactly, is Love?

by Paul Raworth Bennett As Valentine's Day approaches, many of us think about love - but what exactly is it? Ask someone and they'll quite likely utter "hmm… well… uh… gee…"… The essence of love is rather tough to capture, because we experience it in so many ways! There's the love shared by men and women... by pets and their owners... … Continue reading What, Exactly, is Love?