Saturday, June 30, 2007,12:18 AM
Shakespearean Sonnet
I watch the sun drop slowly down the sky
to end the day that started hours ago
to leave me left with only now a sigh
that shows that there is someone still below.
.
The next to come to me, from far above,
has changed its face so many times yet not
enough to take my mind from thoughts of love
that seems to be so often what I sought.
.
Besides the moon who comes and goes I see
the stars that faintly flash from far away.
They silently watch all below, so free
to watch me sleep and wait for my next day.
.
Remembering each day the night before,
I know they'll be one day I'll have no more.


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Thanks to Gautami Tripathy

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Friday, June 29, 2007,12:01 AM
empty classroom
empty classroom~
in the heat, writing lessons
for autumn

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Thursday, June 28, 2007,12:31 AM
by the river
by the river,
a vine covered tree
that has seen
decades pass by~
mute history

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007,12:50 AM
summer rain
summer rain-
it comes again,
sadness

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007,12:52 AM
an old couple
an old couple
walks by me in the park,
shorts pulled high,
trying to hold on
to today....to tomorrow

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Monday, June 25, 2007,12:15 AM
sunset
sunset

sunset~
soft breeze carries me
far away

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Sunday, June 24, 2007,12:38 AM
billowing clouds lose
billowing clouds lose
their character as they bump
into each other~
after a long day
my thoughts, incoherent

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Saturday, June 23, 2007,12:22 AM
staccato flash
staccato flash
of a firefly in the rain~
syncopation

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Friday, June 22, 2007,12:05 AM
slow falling
slow falling
drops of rain land
on my bare back
among the hot sweat~
summer solstice

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Thursday, June 21, 2007,12:36 AM
thinking of you
thinking of you,
turning down that road
at sunset~
new century, new car,
same feeling

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007,12:03 AM
having to lean
having to lean
a few inches to the left
to see it,
the only star seen tonight,
through clouds and thoughts

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007,12:02 AM
a handmade card
One hour from home, driving way too fast. Far from the footstools of the Ozarks, now looking at a hint of the delta. She's asleep- at least she looks that way. He's staring out his window. I wonder if he's as nervous as I am....
.
a handmade card
for my birthday years ago
found in my closet
.
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(rest of the story: We took our older son to his first time at band camp at Arkansas Tech. this morning. He has played the tuba for six months and has gotten pretty good. He's had lessons from a teacher from Juilliard and form me, of course.
My first year of band camp was at the University of Arkansas in 1979. I ended up first chair/first band playing the euphonium. I was hoping the same for him, but I didn't push it.
When we got there, we found out that there were 29 tuba players for 8 bands!
I wrote this haibun after we got back home. In a few hours, I got the call from him --- he got first chair/first band. I can finally breath.)

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Monday, June 18, 2007,12:21 AM
Bach revisits me
Bach revisits me
with a cello in the dark
bringing it near,
but not close enough,
the name of a past love
.
.
(this is my 1,000th post)

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Sunday, June 17, 2007,12:50 AM
on my bed
on my bed,
four colorful envelopes~
father's day

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Saturday, June 16, 2007,12:04 AM
looking above
looking above
at the endless sea of stars,
dreaming~
if only another world,
if only another time

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Friday, June 15, 2007,12:35 AM
the heat of june
the heat of june
slowly floats to the moon
pushed by the breeze
leaving me behind
with the cicadas

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Thursday, June 14, 2007,12:09 AM
cottontree leaf
cottontreeleaf copy

cottontree leaf,
holding it in my hand,
admiring it~
death was necessary
to bring me its beauty

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007,12:39 AM
one more time
onemoretime

one more time
he faces the world~
strike three

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007,12:33 AM
a red rose
a red rose,
cut in its prime,
shows its beauty
to all who walk by
her tombstone

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Monday, June 11, 2007,12:16 AM
left empty
left empty,
a white sheet of paper
on the table~
my mind's eye sees your face,
taking away my words

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Sunday, June 10, 2007,12:31 AM
sounds of thunder
sounds of thunder
coming from the west~
crescendo

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Saturday, June 09, 2007,12:14 AM
dark night
dark night
suddenly lights up~
first firefly

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Friday, June 08, 2007,12:12 AM
rose petal
I've said it many times, but today, for the first time I understand the magnitude of it; I'll never again bring a new life into the world. For more than 20 years we have spent hundreds of times talking about what ifs, how manys, boy or girls, etc. Four times we have been up, far before dawn, giggling while looking at a pregnancy test result.
While watching you sleep, I turn the last page of the chapter for the last time, thinking of the ones we have left.


rose petal
falls softly to the ground~
moonlight



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Thursday, June 07, 2007,12:06 AM
so close
so close
yet so far away,
the star~
trying to believe
in what I can't touch

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007,12:01 AM
captured
captured
captured
by your eyes in the clouds
drifting by~
a new voice floats
in the summer breeze


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Tuesday, June 05, 2007,12:46 AM
from one hill
from one hill
to another I drive~
they meet,
my past and future,
forgetting the present

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Monday, June 04, 2007,12:19 AM
awake early
awakeearly




awake early
in the summer morning~
smell of new perfume

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Sunday, June 03, 2007,12:16 AM
hidden thoughts
hiddenthoughts

hidden thoughts
uncover themselves
in the dark,
captured suddenly
by the pale moonlight

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Saturday, June 02, 2007,1:35 AM
8 Random facts/habits about me
I was tagged by Kai and Carol

1- Almost all of my poems are written outside: at the side of the Arkansas River during the day or on my back patio late at night.
2- I can't stand to be in a room full of people. (except my classroom full of kids)
3- I really want to sky dive.
4- I love it when it's cloudy.
5- I average 4-5 hours of sleep a night.
6- I hate driving vans.
7- I fall asleep every night watching a DVD of either Seinfeld, Frasier or Cheers.
8- I'm really ready to go back to Europe.
 
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Friday, June 01, 2007,12:44 PM
happy birthday
happy birthday ms. lockhart. now you know what it feels like to be in your 40's. finally. :)
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,12:02 AM
closing my eyes
closingmyeyes

closing my eyes
to be able to see you~
hazy memory


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