Sunday, January 29, 2012

Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven

It was on January 29, 1845 that 'The Raven', by Edgar Allan Poe, was published for the first time in the New York Evening Mirror. In honor of the anniversary I was going to post the poem, but then I discovered that so many actors with outstanding voices have read The Raven. So I thought why not post a reading of it instead. If you search for it at Youtube, you'll find that Christopher Walken, James Earl Jones, Christopher Lee and other have done it, but I couldn't resist the Vincent Price version. I've always loved Price's voice! Hope you enjoy it.

(Thanks to pangea7777 at Youtube for the video)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Hesitant Walk

We feel
our way to love-
hearts taking baby steps-
through fearful, uncertain minefield
of life

This is my first official foray into cinquain.  I only recently discovered poet Adelaide Crapsey and I'm loving her poetry, as well as the form.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I Carry Your Heart With Me

(e.e. cummings)

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
                                  i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

[When I'm going to be away for awhile, I post a few of my favorite poems in advance.  I only recently started reading e.e. cummings' poetry.  This is one of my favorites so far. ]

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

My Heart's Always Ready

My heart's always ready
when you come home
They ask-
Aren't you lonely?
but I'm never alone
My heart's always ready
Please don't ever doubt
My love is a pillar
you won't be without

When you're trapped by the world,
ensnared in her web,
battered and damaged
by unkind words said,
There's one place
you'll always be safe from the storm,
where human inhumanity
can do you no harm

My heart's always ready,
my arms ever wide,
the hearth always warm
when you come inside
So go where you must
on adventure's wide sea,
knowing your voyage
won't take you from me

Monday, January 16, 2012

Killer Thoughts

 Life bleeds out
a river of red
heartbeat silenced
demons fed

From cold darkness
the killer came
knife blade sharpened
soul black-stained

Heart unhampered
by mercy's grace,
he took the life
that filled her face
He watched it drain
with loving eyes,
this essence
that he so despised

As drop-by-drop
it touched the floor, 
his anger calmed,
his thirst no more
Her body lay
in peaceful pose
as he placed
a single rose

Filled with content,
his hunger tamed,
he crept away
to hunt fresh game

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Title Track


I can't tell, if I want to know,
What's on your mind,
Should I just go.
It's a long way down from here
I better start with the stairs
It's a long way down from here

You know there's other ways of speaking

Words are just the deep end
I'm not good at keeping secrets from you

But I can't tell, if I want to know,

What”s on your mind,
Should I just go.
It's a long way down from here
I better start with the stairs,
It's a long way down from here

You know there's other ways of speaking,

I can read you when you're sleeping
I can feel you when you're breathing
And breaking in two

But I can't tell, if I want to know

What's on your mind
Should I just go.
It's a long way down from here,
I better start with the stairs
It's a long way down from here

You know there's other ways of speaking

Words are just the deep end
I’m not good at keeping your secrets from you

I found myself suffering one of my typical bouts with insomnia and listening to music when I realized I had never put up the lyrics to Other Ways Of Speaking at this blog which owes it's name to the song, it's Title Track so to speak.  Unforgivable of me.  It's one of my favorite songs (and it's title track as well) off the 2003 CD by Russell Crowe & Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts.  And if you've never heard Russell sing it, you can go to my other blog, Leaves of Russell Crowe and listen here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Day by day 
their pitying stares,
disdainful glares
and aloof avoidance
tear away
another piece 
of his skeletal soul-
wasting away
in the concrete desert
he once thought of as home.
They throw food 
and coins
his way,
yet none offer
what he craves most-
a warm smile
a bit of conversation
a hug-
nourishment for the soul.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Inevitable Road

Georgia's frigid winter rain
falling down upon my head,
it's cold overwhelmed
by my heart's silent dread
You made a promise you'd be home
by January's cold last light
That was hours ago
Still, you're nowhere in sight

We smiled and waved as you left
late night December 28th
We knew you'd be back
We took it on faith
It's part of life with you,
all the coming and going,
but it's not always easy
to love you not knowing

You follow the road
wherever it leads,
while we're left behind
with all of our needs
It's enough just to know
you're out there somewhere,
and thinking of us,
to know that you care

So we keep our vigil
We hold down the fort
We wait patiently
'til your ship comes to port
The choice was made for us
an aeon ago,
but we'd make no other
knowing all that we know

So our candle burns
as we patiently wait
'til the curve in your road
brings you back to our gate