|I once wrote a book of verse all about the Vietnam War–a book I hope to get published again someday soon. Well, a few poems therein were and are slightly controversial, like this selection herewith. But no matter what side of any political or philosophical issue you may be on my poem herewith, it was written for those who were the parents of a son. Anyway, a little controversy is good now and then. It thwarts boredom, inflexibility, narrowmindedness and of course the ever-worrisome problem of complacency. 🙂
Have a great non-complacent Tuesday!
Patrick The Poet
MY SON They stole him from me to send him off to war, And there he stayed to fight and die till it was done. It's bad when governments steal sons from you, And he was my son. They said this war had to be fought And that it was for a just and noble cause. So, since I was patriotic and voted for them, I stood by their laws. But it always seems to be the young who go And against whom the scales of death are swung. It's bad when governments send young men off to die, And my son was young. For what matters to them of a million deaths When war is the tender of life they promote? You can be sure when their reelection comes up, They won't get my vote! For the enemy is now my chosen leader, The enemy called peace that all governments abhor! And you can be sure they won't get any more of my sons, Till they end all war. Oh, they may think they can get away with murder And do any damn thing they feel must be done, But they won't take what I love away from me again, And I loved my son.
31 Jul 2012 1 Comment
27 Jul 2012 1 Comment
I think if ever I had a conversation with the universe on the topic of love that it might be like this poem I wrote here. I don’t know if the universal would really listen to me, but I know exactly what I would say to it. And ask of it. And the answer I would hope to receive.
LOVE TO THE UNIVERSE
You know who you are who has been granted the gift of love,
With the long life to relish it for as long as you live.
And because it is magnificent and heaven-sent,
It’s essential that you scream it to the heavens above!
And show the universe the thankfulness you have to give
That comes in the soft smile of an humble acknowledgement.
Then to that infinite happiness that has come your way,
Bid gratitude to love and truth and to a poet’s art!
At the closing of each night and at the dawn of each day:
“The loveliest place I’ll ever know is inside your heart.”
You know who you are who now enjoys that ultimate gift,
Though it be a short life to cherish for but a short while.
In the off-chance it escapes you before you fear it should,
Savor each moment, and pray pain is brief and death is swift,
And you will never forget the shape of your lover’s smile!
Nor the taste and feel of everything that was sweet and good.
Then to the light inescapable…bid a fond adieu,
While facing the unthinkable–what life and death impart!–
And scream to the universe just before it becomes true:
“The loneliness place I’ll ever know is outside your heart.”
24 Jul 2012 Leave a comment
Rod Stewart seems to be eternal. Raspy voice and all, a lot of people seem to either love him or hate him. I used to dislike him until I became convinced he was sincere and he meant every word he sang. Which means: he is a genuine singer and passionately means what he sings. And sing it with passion and conviction he does.
The song “THIS” is one of my two favorites by Rod, and I think it personifies that passion and conviction which his raspy voice can only sing best. Love him or hate him, remember it’s about the song. And the beauty of the song. I do believe “This” has a lot of that!
LINK TO THIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVCg5CY0Rto
20 Jul 2012 Leave a comment
A great film classic with Errol Flynn inspired me somewhat in the writing of this poem. Mostly though, I was inspired by the woman for whom I wrote it, as she was the best person I ever knew and ever spent my life with. So I dedicate this poem to all the lucky men in the world who have or ever had a perfect soul mate to bless their lives…as I once did in a gracious life now, unfortunately, forever gone from me.
Yet love so sweet and true had become our guiding star