Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Cycle


I sought.
I found.

I battled.
I won.

I had.
I lost.

I cried.
I hurt.

I died.
I rose.

I learned.
I left.

I live.
I feel.

I dream.
I seek.


Ken Owen   Van Niddy Press   February 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Messages and Commentary


I dreamed
a message:

"She's gone to find peace"

When I woke
my mind quickly added:

"on her own terms"

You might imagine
my concern when I realized 

I was receiving
messages and commentary

from beyond and within
all before 6:00a.m.

Today I will be calling
all my "she's"

to make sure 
everyone is still here.


Ken Owen   Van Niddy Press   February 2015

February Haiku



The commuter train whistle---
a cry of anguish
for its silent passengers.




She seeks a lover               he searches for love
                              sadly                          
                  two different things.




Each winter
his beard returns
with more snow.




Her perfume
on my fingertips—
fragrance for a day dream.




Clouds deliver rain---
I run for shelter and warmth
small birds calmly bathe




By the wind's command
flowers bow in her presence 
as my lover leaves





Ken Owen   Van Niddy Press   February 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015

My History (For My Children's Children)




I am documenting my history
in verse and song just in case 
I am too feeble minded 
to remember these things when I grow old

Perhaps someday my children
or my children's children
will sit by my bedside
and read me my poems

helping me unwrap dusty old visions
in one final appreciation of great loves 
long forgotten in dark corners 
of a mind going quiet

Perhaps I'll look at my children
or my children's children
and tell them I have no desire
to relive a life's worth of sadness 
and die again before I die

Perhaps I'll look at my children
or my children's children
with no memory of any of it
and ask them to turn on the ball game

Either way
someone will inherit my memories 
and place them on the family book shelf
where history goes to age unnoticed 


Ken Owen   Van Niddy Press   February 2015