Category Archives: Perspective

Goes Away

Contemplating cause and effect…

   Goes Away

Every day dogs bark
And the post man goes away
Is the Why so stark?

   -gl-

From   –   Short Thoughts: A Book of Haiku   (aWIP)

Off Target

Contemplating the fight…

   Off Target

Everybody worries about the head
And while it’s true most knockouts
Come from blows leaving no doubt
That hitting the brain puts one to bed

But has to be right
And the shades of over refined
Leave much room for drifting away off target

Underneath it all what most fighters forget
How quickly moments define
Who will see the light

Ribs or the liver instead
Of glorious head shots lead to rout
If the body won’t work there’s no need for clout
Shutting down in dread

   -gl-

From   –   A Warrior’s Battles: Poems of Struggle   –   (AWIP)

Yesterday Stilling

Contemplating weakness and pain and why I’m late…

   Yesterday Stilling

My back did go out
Yesterday stilling my voice
But for pain filled shouts

&

   Of Clay

And now but a rock
Or a wobbly lump of clay
Learning how to walk

   -gl-

From   –   Straight Thru the Curves   (aWIP)

My Son Knew

Laughing at life…

   My Son Knew

Once again
The training has saved my life
This many more times than twice
The trained reactions take care of me like an old friend

The first two lines all I said
And from only that much my son knew
At hearing his certainty I bellowed with laughter

And he waited for the story that would come
Sure I’d fallen like something he’d do
Glad I wasn’t dead

Three steps up then flat onto my face. Marble doesn’t bend
Limping the next few days. Bruised the price
But still with my life
Once again

   -gl-

From   –   A Warrior’s Battles: Poems of Struggle   (aWIP)

Sing-Song Of Whales

Contemplating perspective…

   Sing-Song Of Whales

Seas subtle and blunt
The sing-song of whales echo
Submariners hunt

   -gl-

From   –   Short Thoughts: A Book Of Haiku   (aWIP)

Cause Of Such

Contemplating the nature of duty…

   Cause of Such

It’s words like duty
The cause of such abhorrence
Honor and beauty

   -gl-

From   –   Straight Thru the Curves: A Book of Haiku   (aWIP)

Seven Was Enough

Contemplating struggle…

Excerpted from   –   Seven Was Enough

In legend, Robert lay restless in a cave
Taken with grief
At the horrors beyond belief
He’d brought to family and friends that led to their graves

He pondered giving it up
Of sailing off to the holy land
But at that moment espied a spider

Struggling to reach the wall while he lay there
Six times it was that it failed…

   -gl-

From   –   Robert the Bruce: A Warrior’s King

Lightning’s Leap

Contemplating the power and beauty of nature…

Excerpted from   –   Lightning’s Leap

Lightning rips the night sky
Children flinch even while deep asleep
Thunder cracks in the wake of sudden lightning’s leap
Hear nature’s awesome cry

Watching out the window
Nothing there but light filled explosions
Darkness darker under the solid sheets of rain

Storms delivering renewed life as well as pain…

   -gl-

From   –   A Warrior’s Love: A Book of Love Poems

Her Courage

Contemplating family and the circle of life…

   Her Courage

A rite of passage
For both children and parents
One of the ways we feel the passing currents
Of time and of generations these moments presage

Growing up
So she’s out the door
Down the road on a mission

And we reach out to our friends seeking their commission
All this becomes ancient lore
Hoping it’s enough

And she gets the message
Without undergoing overmuch torment
Or maybe she’ll have fun peddling the Girl Scout cookies but either way parents
Proud of her courage

   -gl-

A Difficult Job

Contemplating public service…

   A Difficult Job

Curse the IRS?
Doing a difficult job
And mainly righteous

   -gl-

From   –   Straight Thru the Curves: A Book of Haiku   (aWIP)