Dwindling in the Downtown Eastside

๐Ÿ™‚ To hear this poem, use the player below. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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

Let the Great World Spin

by Paul Raworth Bennett(painting: "Let the Great World Spin" by Deborah DeJong) life is just so unpredictable!hereโ€™s what always seems to happeni plan my life, work hard, get my act in gearthings seem like theyโ€™re coming together nicelyand i feel pretty good!like life is just one big partyand iโ€™m dancing all night long and then … Continue reading Let the Great World Spin

Child’s Play

by Paul Raworth Bennett(painting: "Child's Play" by Deborah DeJong) excuse me sir! wanna come over here and see what i painted? i had so much fun painting it that i wanted to LIVE in itso i closed my eyes and asked an angel if i could live in itjust for a little whileand the angel … Continue reading Child’s Play

Eagillac

๐Ÿ™‚ To hear this story, use the player below. ๐Ÿ™‚ by Paul Raworth Bennett ~ for Barb Poole ~ A '59 Cadillac named Zoom She's a sexy, magnificent eagle Her elegant scarlet fins Yearn for the sky Her enticing gullwing doors Herald lofty adventures With joy and excitement I embrace Her muscular, feathered neck My … Continue reading Eagillac

Winter of the Mind

๐Ÿ™‚ To hear this story, use the player below. ๐Ÿ™‚ Winter of the Mind The Experience of Severe Depression and Imminent Suicide one womanโ€™s perspective, as told to Paul Raworth Bennett Although everyone with depression experiences it uniquely, a universally accurate metaphor would be โ€œemotional winterโ€. Throughout this chilly time run two common themes: profound … Continue reading Winter of the Mind

Bon Voyage, my Biking Buddy!

๐Ÿ™‚ To hear this poem, use the player below. ๐Ÿ™‚ Bon Voyage, my Biking Buddy! by Paul Raworth Bennett ~ for Janice ~ Very soon youโ€™ll leave, dear Janice For your travels far away What an antidote for sadness To just ride your bike all day Whether zooming down from high hills Or just rolling … Continue reading Bon Voyage, my Biking Buddy!

Freedom Wheels

๐Ÿ™‚ To hear this poem, use the player below. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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

The Kiss

๐Ÿ™‚ To hear this poem, use the player below. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 Bard’s Kiss

๐Ÿ™‚ To hear this poem, use the player below. ๐Ÿ™‚ The Bard's Kiss by Paul Raworth Bennett When thou art near thou spark in me desire A primal urge to hasโ€™t our bodies meet And maketh now a lengthy moment sweet Let us join lips, setteth ourselves on fire Alloweth us draw near and close … Continue reading The Bard’s Kiss

She Sang My Body Electric

๐Ÿ™‚ To hear this poem, use the player below. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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

Revenge, Foiled.

๐Ÿ™‚ To hear this story, use the player below. ๐Ÿ™‚ Revenge, Foiled. by Paul Raworth Bennett Today, I almost did a terrible thing. My dog Bingo and I were taking our usual morning stroll, walkingย briskly west along an eastbound one-way lane.ย  As we passed in front of a daycare centre and playground, a row of … Continue reading Revenge, Foiled.

The Words

๐Ÿ™‚ To hear this poem, use the player below. ๐Ÿ™‚ The Words by Paul Raworth Bennett In my mind live flocks of colourful words The offspring of thoughts and feelings and dreams The spawn of pleasure and pain In kaleidoscopic swirls they hover and dart Captivating my awareness, lifting my spirits, Derailing the train called … Continue reading The Words

Word Powerless

๐Ÿ™‚ To hear this poem, use the player below. ๐Ÿ™‚ Word Powerless by Paul Raworth Bennett Within our common heart We once savored joyโ€™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 โ€œShe misses you!โ€ cooed a … Continue reading Word Powerless

Happy Birthday, Roshanak!

๐Ÿ™‚ To hear this poem, use the player below. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

My New Friend Heather!

๐Ÿ™‚ To hear this poem, use the player below. ๐Ÿ™‚ My New Friend Heather by Paul Raworth Bennett He loved to ride his bike, did Paul Across the land, or to the mall And normally would sunny skies Delight his nose and ears and eyes So greatly was his patience tried On yet another rain-soaked … Continue reading My New Friend Heather!

The Award Ceremony

๐Ÿ™‚ To hear this story, use the player below. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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, Anaรฏs … Continue reading The Award Ceremony

You!

๐Ÿ™‚ To hear this poem, use the player below. ๐Ÿ™‚ You! by Paul Raworth Bennett ~~~ for my son... Happy 23rd Birthday! ย ~~~ My hand glided over your mother's beautiful, swollen belly Feeling your kicks and taps We sang you lullabiesย and read you stories while You explored your warm, liquid cocoon Nine months of excitement, … Continue reading You!

How Many… ?

๐Ÿ™‚ To hear this poem, use the player below. ๐Ÿ™‚ How Many... ? by Paul Raworth Bennett (for a long-gone girlfriend who tried so hard to set me free) How many? How many ways can I ruin the eggs whileย you're Warming under the duvet? How many ways can I mangle the notes while I'm Singing … Continue reading How Many… ?

Sunset over Greg Lake

๐Ÿ™‚ To hear this poem, use the player below. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sunset Over Greg Lake by Paul Raworth Bennett Every year, a few musical icons from our formative years will pass away.ย  This year, many rock music greats from the 70s and 80s (David Bowie, Prince, Glenn Frey, Keith Emerson, Leonard Cohenโ€ฆ) have left us to … Continue reading Sunset over Greg Lake

All Hail Canada’s Hair Apparent!

๐Ÿ™‚ To hear this story, use the player below. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!