I took off my jacket,
put on a sweater
and changed to sneakers
when I heard the news.
I wanted to sink
find a comforting castle
with a benevolent king
and hide from the truth.
But you taught us
to talk about life
and death, to face
realities, so I took
a train of thought back,
knowing it was all right
to grieve, knowing
it wasn't my fault,
and that no wishes
could bring back the one
who liked me
just the way I am.
A mighty oak and a humble fir
stood next to each other in a forest.
After a time they began to speak,
and drew comparisons.
"I am very strong," said the oak.
"My wood is hard, and, except for the dropping of some leaves
in autumn, I am steadfast, brave, and true."
The fir tree pondered.
"My wood is soft," she said.
"And I am sensitive to the sensuous caress
of every passing wind. But I am steadfast too."
"I am king of the forest," said the oak.
"I can see that I shall need to take care of you."
"Not so," said the fir. "You are stubborn, obdurate too."
And so they squabbled for a bit,
speaking from pride.
"You are rigid," said the fir,
"while I am flexible,
bouncing back from every perilous storm."
"I stand my ground," countered the oak.
"None of that namby-pamby waffling for me!"
He dug his roots even further into the earth,
while the fir tree waved her branches frantically.
For some time they did not speak.
Then somehow, with time (for that was all they had),
they came to see
their bitter gibes had roots in jealousy.
"I wish that I were green," confessed the oak,
"and able to bend so gracefully!"
"You're always so erect,"declared the fir.
"And nothing ever fazes you!"
And so they made their peace,
and merrily they dwelt, commenting on, sporadically,
the beauty of each other's progeny.
Of all our months, the perfect one is June
when lemon lilies bloom, to charm us all.
The summer winds play nature's wake-up tune,
while from the marsh the red-winged blackbirds call.
As clover fills the air with wondrous scent,
it bathes my spirit like an opiate.
Delightful melodies that birds present
are cause for me to pause, and celebrate,
but home and duties are now beckoning,
and I must rouse from drowsy summer dreams
for Father Time demands a reckoning
of things accomplished while the sun still beams.
When I recall this tranquil hour it will
bring warmth throughout bleak days of winter chill.
I didn't want to have to want
but I had to want not to hurt
so I wanted what I felt was best
but everyone else wanted it too
and there wasn't enough of it
so conflicts and hurt prevailed
even though we wanted peace.
Now what I really seem to want
is not to have to want at all
but if I can always never want
will that be what I'll always want?
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