Sunday, November 20, 2016


70 Poems for 70 Days 
 is a collection of poetry I wrote as a birthday present to myself and gifted in book format to 70 of my friends and family members. Over a period of 70 Sundays, I am submitting the poems in the order of composition, along with a short comment about the poem’s style or theme,
often including a complementary photograph.

With linked poetry, a form of Japanese Renshi poetry,
the last lines of one poem are used to form the title of the next poem,
then the next poem shifts to a different topic.

I hope you find a few entries that bring a smile to your face or a long buried memory to the surface of your consciousness. Poetry is like that, whether you are the reader or the author.


I see how coral thrives along the
jagged coastline.
How geckos live and play
among the plants.
Silverswords disguise the
peaceful Nene,
on the slopes of dormant
volcanic rock.
Night marchers travel through
the steaming mist
on lonely roads lit by
a silver moon. 
A surfer’s board on water
Orchids blooming in sweet air
Pineapple roots in soil. 
is what I see.
So much of life in its natural state knows to cooperate with its surroundings to survive in comfort. Humans, superior in their reasoning, are unable to fully grasp this concept, instead always striving for more of their allotted share. Would mimicking the practice of coexistence demonstrated by nature offer a more collaborative existence for men?
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What You See
Society on the edge
Politics, redefining lives 
Men engaged in war
Family structure, realigned 
Control in flux
Freedom, the goal 
Question not
what you see, but
the lack of change 

Change may not be an acceptable long-term solution. Then society might consider the simplicity of recognizing that whatever we have to share can be used as a catalyst toward equality. The result, an end to riots, anger, and rebellion, leads to satisfaction.
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