a small light in the night…

a small light in the night...

the firefly
gave a sigh
and said
i’m sorry
for my sad words
as you may
have overheard
this world
has many dark corners
that need
to be illuminated
so
though
i understand
your need
for songs
of joy
those
pleasant retreats
from life’s harshness
i must
continue to glow
just to show
what otherwise
would go
unseen

a simple lullaby…

simple lullaby

close your eyes
my sweet little child
close your eyes
and
dream of dragons
with wings
soft as elephant ear pastries
sprinkled
with pistachio and sugar
whose fiery breath turns
to a golden nut brittle
yes dream
my little one
for tomorrow
we cross the desert
far from home
for war
is at our door
we’ve said our prayers
for the dead
and made offerings
for their souls
so now we leave
seeking to believe
that god
will find a way
to bless this next day
close your eyes
my sweet little child
close your eyes

mutual concessions…

mutual concessions

when birds
forget
how
to fly
they soon
lose sight
of the sky
true
beauty
soon becomes
unseen
life
unfolds
as dreams
untold
and tho
they sing
sweet songs
as if
nothings
wrong
they soon die