Bon Voyage, my Biking Buddy!

🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 Bon Voyage, my Biking Buddy! by Paul Raworth Bennett ~ for Janice ~ Very soon you’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

🙂 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

Missing Heather

I have a classy friend whose name is Heather with whom I'd love to walk despite this weather I know she's quite involved with all her dancing a passion that I find is most entrancing and also she's a youthful two-time Nana who's sometimes stuck with spooning mashed banana it's her delightful company that I'm … Continue reading Missing Heather

Ferocious Fruit

by Paul Raworth Bennett (an Irish-jiggy kind of tune) Saturday night I was on my couch watching Show after show of just awful TV When my dull mind thought of homemade fruit salad But in the fridge there was none I could see So I walked down to the grocery and headed Straight for the … Continue reading Ferocious Fruit

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

Ready and Waiting

I’ve known some lovely women o’er the yearsHad ups and downs enough to surely knowMy earnest heart’s had lots of time to growWell-tempered, it's known happy times and tearsMy life is almost always filled with joyHowever what I’m missing is a mateI’m trying to be a patient man and waitShe doesn’t have to be Helen … Continue reading Ready and Waiting

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

ElderLove

when I think back upon the years it always fills my eyes with tears what luck we had to find a love as pure as from the skies above the day won't come that I'll forget the summer camp where we first met and how from such a fumbled kiss grew 60 years of wedded … Continue reading ElderLove

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 Bard’s Kiss

🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 The Bard's Kiss by Paul Raworth Bennett When thou art near thou spark in me desire A primal urge to has’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

Swim For Your Life in Me

~ for M.B. ~ Run to me, oh spotted fawn His raging alcoholic inferno Destroying your soul for ages Is behind you now Sparks still chase Popping and hissing after you You've been running, exhausted Trapped, frightened, confused Escaping your living nightmare But fear not, don't look back Now you are free! Come drink of … Continue reading Swim For Your Life in Me

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

Happy for Her

~ for S.L. ~ The other day, in the wee hours While I couldn't sleep A pencil sketch - long and tenderly held, within my heart - Fading, yet never doomed to oblivion Emerged from my nimble fingertips It was of her and me, aged five and seven Carefree and innocent Walking together along the … Continue reading Happy for Her

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

At the Party

Several times during the party I'd look across at you Feel your laughter, and admire The way you sat - crossed legs, slender ankles The way you moved your fine-boned, tender hands The smile in your eyes - sparkling, loving The way you touched your hair - exquisite! And then everyone else in the room … Continue reading At the Party

Inside the Writer’s Mind

Note to my cherished readers - This frivolity is a little bit like a scene from a play: green text = my inner critic red = my replies to said critic black = what I was struggling to write (strikethroughs are deletions) black italicized = the narrator Oh, and Bingo is my dog. ***** Dear … Continue reading Inside the Writer’s Mind