Friday, July 25, 2014

Death Makes a Ripple

          "What was that?

He's gone.

          Oh no!

Oh yes.

          I didn't know...

Couldn't you tell?

          Well, now that you mention it...

The signs were all there.

          Yes, I see them now...

Now it's too late.

          but I was busy...

Busy with what?

          rowing as fast as I could!

Aren't we all?"

and they rock gently 
in silent reflection

in sunsets and clouds

until life's waters
lie still again.

in memory of g.w.c.

Ken Owen   Van Niddy Press   July 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What The Wind Is Saying

Some days 
I keep the window open 
just slightly 
to give a voice to the wind

and I listen 
to the howling messages

      "I just came in from Hawaii---Paradise!"

    "Do something, anything!"

perhaps it's 
           "The people next door hate your barking dog!"

or maybe even
             "There are great atrocities out here 
               that you can't fix from your room!"

Some days
I keep the window open 
just slightly 
so I can hear what the wind has to say

but most days
all I can make out is
"What's done is done, 
come on, let's go."

Ken Owen   Van Niddy Press   July 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Good-Bye to Dreams

I woke myself up
kissing the dream of you

Your face in my hands
I kissed tenderly
upon those gentle lips

I woke alone
watching the image
of love drift away

An unreachable cloud
erasing itself from memory
with every blink.

Ken Owen  Van Niddy Press  July 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Oh Unrequited Lover

Visions new the eyes do seek
life's beauty undiscovered
to burden ease and heart to please
oh unrequited lover.

Hobbled mind and spirit torn
seek love not from another
thy gifts within let healing begin
oh unrequited lover.

As thou has loved at greatest height
in depth so shall ye suffer
with tears of pain the saddest rain
oh unrequited lover.

And as these clouds shall one day pass
tis then you shall discover
the world is love in all your view
oh unrequited lover.

inspired by the poems of Hafiz, Suffi poet, 1320-1389

Ken Owen.  Van Niddy Press.  July 2014