Sonnettic Smoke

Sonnettic smoke was once poetic light
A flame that lit the way when life was dark
But now it only bows before the night
Its warmth has been reduced to just a spark

Its metaphors retract within the wick
Of words that cling iambically to life
Its similes are like the words I flick
From ashes in a candle, with my knife

I wish that I could find a simple match
To strike, and thus re-light my little song
I know there must be some way I could catch
The smoke that rises where my words belong

Sonnettic smoke was once a brilliant flame
But now it seems to want another name.

Texas Wind Turbines

I wondered what Quixote would have thought
Of all the vibrant windmills that I saw
In Texas fields; too many to be fought
I wondered if he would have been in awe
The fields of beasts in Texas took my mind
To places like LaMancha, with their grace
I found a beauty few take time to find
As if Cervantes built this wonderous place
And yet, I saw dichotomy abound
Within the fields, another Texas beast
Black beasts that sucked black gold from underground
Beneath the windmills, from the west to east
I’m only Sancho Panza, but I know
The beauty that the Texas winds can blow.

Independence Day, July 4th, 1776

At times, events are human, words divine
At times we must declare the words we feel
The laws of Nature’s God and man’s align
When justice is declared and words appeal

Self-evident are truths declaring rights
Of Liberty and Life, and the pursuit
Of Happiness. Come celebrate these lights
Endowed on all. Such points are never moot

America was born, July the fourth
Two-hundred years ago and thirty-six
United then, united now, henceforth
Forever, Independence Day depicts

The way a prudent people claim their right
They use their words and if they must, they fight!

Read by Scott Ennis

Forever Dad*

Much more than just some actor on a stage
You’ll be a dad forever; that’s the truth
I’ll always find your timely wisdom, sage
A treasure that I found while in my youth

I love the wisdom that my father shares
He teaches me what strength and love are for
I know he isn’t perfect, but he cares
He gives me all he has, then gives me more!

I hope that I can be as sage as him
The Wise Old Owl in fatherly disguise
I hope such wisdom fills me to the brim!
I want to overflow with words so wise!

Such thoughts of you, forever make me glad
I’m happy for such thoughts, Forever Dad.

Forever Dad, read by Scott Ennis

*For my Father

Esse est Percipe

I am a word, define me if you must
I’m just this guy who seeks to know himself
True, Thou art God, thus in thy word I trust
Your word and I are books upon a shelf

Come read me and define me, soon or late
Perceived, I come to be the guy I am
Though not to be might also be my fate
If you perceive me not, who gives a damn

The oracle at Delphi let me know
That I must know myself before I seek
To know the future paths I seek to go
The future words I want to write or speak

Perceive me not; I couldn’t give a damn
I’m just this guy you know; it’s who I am.

Life’s Peace

Life’s Peace is like a gentle, cooing dove
The Giver of Life’s gift can give Peace, too
Such Peacefulness of Life is filled with Love
Life’s Love is heard within the Peaceful coo

The Gift of Life is given, full and free
My thanks go to the Giver of this Gift
I’m glad for all the peaceful doves I see
They bring me hope that makes my spirit lift!

The hope of life resides in every choice
In every choice I make, I hope I’m right!
I love the sound of hope within my voice
It rises as the doves of Peace take flight

I love the Gift of Life that I’ve received
I’m thankful for the Peace that I’ve achieved.

(Originally entitled The Gift of Life) and posted on April 29, 2012.

The Gift of Life is given, full and free
My thanks go to the Giver of this Gift
I often like to fill it with esprit
It comes with hope that makes my spirit lift!

The hope of life resides in every choice
In every choice I make, I hope I’m right!
I love the sound of hope within my voice
It rises as the doves of Peace alight

Life’s Peace is like a gentle, cooing dove
The Giver of Life’s gift can give Peace, too
Such Peacefulness of Life is filled with Love
Life’s Love is heard within the Peaceful coo

I love the Gift of Life that I’ve received
I’m thankful for the Peace that I’ve achieved.