I Can’t Breathe, Momma…

~ for George Floyd ~ breathing how miraculous! ever-present, reliable, obedient quietly keeping us all alive inhale, exhale, inhale exhale rhythmical, dependable feeding us with life-giving oxygen removing carbon dioxide in and out, in and out in and out I can't breathe... Momma!... Momma!... I can't... breathe... I'm... through... .... ... .. . Dear George … Continue reading I Can’t Breathe, Momma…

The Birds of Aleppo

by Paul Raworth Bennett ~~~ a tale of hope, for the people of Aleppo ~~~ Before the summer of 2011, hundreds of species of songbirds such as swallows, warblers, wrens, chickadees, and nuthatches would serenade and sooth the citizens of Aleppo, a Syrian city of almost 5 million. Twice daily, when the sun painted the … Continue reading The Birds of Aleppo

Private MacPhee

By Paul Raworth Bennett~ for brave soldiers everywhere ~He was a kind and loyal friendWho hailed from clan MacPheeAnd all the boys were jealous ‘causeHe loved his girl MarieA lock of hair from her he keptWithin a tiny boxAnd in his heart were memories ofTheir kiss back on the docksMacPhee had always relished lifeWith humour … Continue reading Private MacPhee

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

Joy Sings My Body Electric

Joy sang my body electric when her teenaged hazel eyes caught mine a thousand sparks electrifying my glowing soul and joyful heart she stole my breath, gave me a start that breezy April morning while on sandy shores of Passion Isle we sailed our kites among the gulls and rode the gusts between the lulls … Continue reading Joy Sings My Body Electric