Aging Troubadour

Aging Troubadour

Aging Troubadour. I sing sweet songs to serenade the beauty on the balcony. Her fierce duenna has forbade the maid to show herself to me. I hear her trying to persuade her to allow a glance at me. You must keep well back in the shade and hide your face most carefully The lady did […]

I Live for my Dreams

I Live for my Dreams

She comes to me in dreams at night. And holds me as she used to do. But disappears by morning light So I am left to grieve anew… There’s no one left to comfort me My family is long since gone. I wait for nightfall eagerly Just for a while, I’m not alone. Each night […]

Unwelcome Visitor

Disparate shadows coalesce and form a dark amorphous mass. Through which no ray of light can pass. It frightens me I must confess. I know I’m truly terrified although I know not what I fear I sense an evil presence near Some ancient evils still abide For eons in a dormant state but they don’t […]

Cast Iron Contract

Cast Iron Contract

My old friend death called in today. As he was passing on his way. To free an old man from his pain. He felt obliged to ask again. If I had changed my mind yet. Had I some reason to regret I know he’s only teasing me because I have his guarantee. We made a […]

Vague Memories

Vague memories. My mother died so long ago. I only have vague memories So many things I’d like to know. There is no possibility. There’s no one left to verify the small vignettes that I recall I can’t be sure although I try. She died when I was very small My memories may prove to […]

Oriental Memories

Oriental memories Italian Sextet Fluttering like butterflies Geisha girls. Trying to attract the rich men’s eyes. Professional and well trained courtesans. Beaming smiles reveal teeth that shine like black pearls. Which to western eyes comes as a surprise most will not appreciate, but I can.

Grandma Smiles

The tinkle of a mandolin from the dark courtyard far below Recalls forgotten memories Which swiftly come but slowly go. Grandma smiles her secret smile and she pretends she does not hear as she recalls the dashing style Of her unknown cavalier. Who used to sing love songs to her. When she was young so […]

I Can

I Can

I can Inverted hexaduadad. I can choose to be a man. Stand tall upon my own two feet Or to retreat. The choice is up to me. Though not quite free I can’t refuse I am compelled to choose. What shall I do? I will not change my view I will be the best man […]

I Say “Steady On Old Chap”

I say “ Steady on old chap” A pictures worth a thousand words; they say Though even pictures only say so much. I have no doubt there is a better way. We can communicate by touch. Shaking hands we are accustomed to. Most people find that quite acceptable But introducing something new can makes us […]