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MAX HOLLY: POETRY

MAX HOLLY

THROUGHOUT HISTORY THE RAINBOW HAS REPRESENTED MANY IDEAS, BELIEFS AND NOTIONS; THE RAINBOW ENCIRCLING THE BLUE HEART IN THE HOLLY CREST SIGNIFIES A FREEDOM OF SPIRIT BESTOWED AS A GIFT, NOT AN ALIGNMENT WITH OR AFFIRMATION OF ANY SOCIAL MOVEMENT OR ORGANIZATION.

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NINE LIVES OF LOVE

FABLED IN FICTION MIDST TASKS MONUMENTAL
BY HEROIC DEEDS AGAINST ODDS OMINOUS AND DIRE;
CALLOUSED AND WEARY, REFRESHED IN THE GLORY
TEMPERED IN HEAT OF ADVERSARIAL FIRE.

INVENTION OF HEAVEN, PUZZLEMENT OF EMOTION
LEGENDARY CONQUEROR, VESSEL OF THE BRAVE;
MYTHICAL GHOST FROM CELESTIAL SHORES
ILLUMINATED BY HOLY SPIRIT ABLAZE.

AGENT OF SECRETS CLOAKED IN MYSTIQUE
OF QUESTION AND JOY AT ONE TIME;
PROVIDENTIAL GUIDE TO UNCHARTED KINGDOMS
OF ONESELF'S IMAGINARY DESIGN.

SENSATIONS SPEAK IN ARTICULATE DECLARATIONS
THROUGH REALITIES SHINING DREAMS WEAVE;
HAPPILY EVER AFTER ONCE ELUSIVE AND MISSING
BESTOWED WITHIN HEARTS, GRATEFULLY RECEIVED.

THEORETICAL EXPLANATIONS IN INTELLECTUAL DISCUSSIONS
BRING FORTH SMILES ON ANGELIC FACES ABOVE;
FOR MYSTERIES ABOUND IN GENTLE HANDS OF CREATION
BREATHE FOREVER IN THE NINE LIVES OF LOVE.

JOHNNY DOESN'T SWEAR

ATTIRED IN SUNDAY BEST, TRIM SUIT AND PLAID VEST
HAND IN HAND WITH PARENTS IN TOW;
FOR A SOLO DEBUT IN FRONT OF CONGREGANTS IN PEW,
AN OPPORTUNITY OF VOCAL TALENTS TO SHOW.

SITUATED IN SIGHT OF THE ALTAR AND SPOTLIGHT
WHERE JOHNNY WAS DESIGNATED TO PERFORM;
BEAMING AND PROUD OF BLESSINGS ENDOWED
 IN TENOR VOICE MELLIFLUOUS AND WARM.

WITH PAGEANTRY DISPLAYED, A MAJESTIC ORGAN PIPED TO SAY,
PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS, REMAIN SILENTLY CALM.
AS LATECOMERS FILED, MUSICIANS PLAYED IN GRAND STYLE 
AN AMAZING PRELUDE OF A PSALM.

FILLING CHEST WITH AIR IN PREPARATION TO DECLARE
CONVICTIONS IN SAINTLY MELODY;
FOR INEXCUSABLE REASONS, AN UNSEEN INTERRUPTION
IN STINGING FORM OF A FURIOUS BUMBLEBEE.

 LIKE A WHIRLYGIG ON FIRE ATOP A SACRILEGIOUS PYRE
WITH THORN IMPLANTED IN KNEE, HOPPING ABOUT;
 RED-FACED IN PRANCE, A FREE-FORM PAINFUL DANCE
SUDDENLY JOHNNY BEGAN TO RAUCOUSLY SHOUT!

FRIKA!**MISTLE##!DIDDLECUP!!%
SHIRPEN@!!BURKIS**!FRAM!!# 
CRASDER!??DLITZI#%*PECKINFIL^!&
RITZCOW!!^*ZITFUNK*&%DAMN!!!!

THE CONGREGATION SAT DUMBSTRUCK STUNNED BY THE BAD LUCK
AND THE VEHEMENT TORRENT OF CURSE;
 SHRUGGING SHOULDERS IN LARK, FATHER REMARKED,
TELL YOU THE TRUTH, I'VE CERTAINLY HEARD WORSE.

MOTHER IN DEFENSE OF HER OFFSPRING'S OFFENSE
ASKED FOR PARDON OF LANGUAGE UNREFINED;
DON'T BE UNFAIR FOR MY JOHNNY DOESN'T SWEAR...
WELL, MAYBE THIS UNWONTED TIME.

NEXT WEEK IN SUNDAY BEST, TRIM SUIT AND PLAID VEST
A RARE PERFORMANCE OF SOLILOQUY IN SONG;
FLANKED BY FOUR USHERS ARMED WITH BEE SWATTERS
FOR TO HEAVEN LITTLE JOHNNY DOES BELONG. 

BASEBALL AND THE AMERICAN DREAM

THE SCENT OF FRESH MOWN GRASS AND HARD EARNED SWEAT
PERMEATE THE PORES OF THE SEASON;
RENDERING THOSE WITH A PERCEPTIVE NOSE
TO LOSE ALL LOGIC AND REASON.

WITH A SOLEMN SALUTE AS THE FLAG WAVES UNFURLED
TO OUR NATION HELD FONDLY AND DEAR;
A PATRIOTIC SONG TO SING PROUDLY ALONG
FOLLOWED BY A STOUT HEARTY CHEER.

THE UMPIRE'S MUSTER, "PLAY BALL! BATTER UP!"
WITH JUDGEMENTS HONEST AND MOSTLY RIGHT;
WHILE CONCESSIONAIRE'S FARES LINGER IN THE AIR
AS A PERFUME TO TEMPT A ZEALOT'S APPETITE.

OUTSIDE THESE STADIUM WALLS ON FIELDS OF BUSINESS AND WAR,
GAMES OF POLITICAL PERSUASION UNREFINED;
ALAS, RULES OF FAIR PLAY OFTEN GO ASTRAY...
THERE BE A TALE FOR OTHER RHYTHMS IN RHYME.

FOR ON THIS AFTERNOON WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
ROOT FANATIC FOR A FAVORITE TEAM;
THE GRAND NATURE OF THINGS IN THE PERENNIAL SPRING
OF BASEBALL AND THE AMERICAN DREAM.

ROOKIE

WITH THE CONFIDENCE OF A SEASONED VETERAN
BENJI STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE;
MINDFUL THE PERFORMANCE AT BAT
WOULD DETERMINE HIS EVENTUAL FATE.

CALLED UP FROM THE FARM CLUB IN TULSA
BY THE WISDOM OF A SAPIENT EYE;
"WE NEED SOME HELP AT SECOND BASE.
LET'S GIVE THIS BOY A TRY."

OUTSIDE THOSE STADIUM WALLS IN THE ADJACENT FIELD
SAT A KID WITH A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS;
LISTENING TO THE ANNOUNCER DESCRIBE
THE PLAY-BY-PLAY OF HIS FAVORITE TEAM.

COULDN'T AFFORD A TICKET ALAS
NOR A PAIR OF CLEATED SHOES;
BUT FROM THIS LOCATION CLOSING HIS EYES
ALIVE CAME THE GAME WITH A EXCELLENT VIEW.

WINDING UP LIKE A SPRING COMPRESSED
A BALL OF HELLFIRE THE PITCHER CAST;
FOLLOWED BY A WHOOSH OF AIR
THEN REPLACED BY AN ASTONISHING BLAST!

AT THE CRACK OF THE BAT THE MISSILE LAUNCHED FORTH 
ALL EYES ON THE FLIGHT OF THE BALL;
THE CHOIR IN THE BLEACHERS ERUPTED IN CHEER
AS THE SPHERE DISAPPEARED O'ER THE LEFT FIELD WALL.

ON A RAINBOW ARC TO DESTINY'S POT OF GOLD
SAILED THE BLESSED ORB TO PASS
THE ASPHALT OF THE PARKING LOT
ROLLED INTO THE HANDS OF THE LAD ON THE GRASS.

SOMEWHERE IN VERSE A MORAL MAY RESIDE:
 GOOD FORTUNE COMES TO THOSE WHO WAIT;
YET THE DRIFT OF THIS RHYME IS WHY I FIND
LOVE OF LIFE AND BASEBALL GREAT.  

WILD MUSTANGS JULY 4TH 2014

UNITED IN COMMON CAUSE...
FORGED FROM THE HOME FIRES OF THE HEARTLAND.

SUMMER DAYS SPENT RIDING ON ALUMINUM PONIES
UNDER THE SUN AT HIGH NOON
IN PURSUIT OF OUTLAWS HIDING IN THE SUBURBAN WOODS.

SATURDAY MORNING SERIALS
RECREATED IN THE IMAGINATION OF YOUNG MEN;
AN UNRESERVED POSSE BONDED BY YOUTHFUL EXUBERANCE.
NARRATIVES OF YORE SHAPED BY SPIRITS OF THE PRESENT
FORETELLING WHAT MAY BE POSSIBLE
IN THE PSYCHIC SOUL OF THE CREATIVE MIND.

AT DAY'S END,
RIDING INTO THE SUNSET TO THE WARMTH OF BEDROLLS
 IN THE SAFEKEEPING OF OUR PARENT'S PONDEROSA,
PRAYERS EARNESTLY TRANSMITTED TO HEAVEN ON HIGH
FOR THIS FORTUNATE LUCK OF THE DRAW.

UNREPENTANT MESSENGERS OF THE AMERICAN DREAM:
WILD MUSTANGS IN HUMAN FORM
WITH TOUSLED MANES FLYING IN THE WIND
STRETCHED ACROSS THE PLAINS OF TIME AND FRIENDSHIP;
VISIONS OF GROWING UP TO BE COWBOYS
LIVING LIFE LIKE WE WOULD NEVER DIE.

THE KEY 7/7/2007

CLEANING OUT THE DESK TODAY
I FOUND INSIDE A DRAWER,
BENEATH A STACK OF HOLIDAY CARDS,
PHOTOGRAPHS OF YORE;
A GIFT WRAPPED UP IN A NOTE
WRIT IN FAMILIAR HAND,
WITH WORDS PRINTED ON THE TOP,
"WHAT I WAS...I AM.
WHEN YOU READ THESE THOUGHTS LEFT BEHIND,
LET YOUR DAYS NE'ER BE BITTER-FILLED;
FOR CERTAIN AS THERE IS HEAVEN ABOVE,
I WILL BE WITH YOU STILL.
FOREVER AND FOR ALWAYS,
FREELY GIVEN FROM THE START:
A TOKEN OF MY TRUST IN YOU...
THE KEY TO MY HEART."

 

SPEED OF THOUGHT

WITH THE ABILITY TO TRAVEL
SWIFT AS A STREAK OF LIGHT;
POWERFUL IN ESSENCE, MANIFESTED IN THE MIGHT
OF A BRUSH STROKE FROM A DEXTEROUS HAND
OR A WITTY LINE OF RHYME;
EMBOLDENED AND INSPIRED
BY PRETERNATURAL DESIGN.

ON THE DEVOTIONAL WINGS OF INTELLECT
ABOVE THE MURKY SEA,
FANTASY TRANSMUTED ON THE SPIRIT OF I BELIEVE
IN A VISUALIZED REALIZATION
TO CONCEPTUAL ANSWERS SOUGHT;
SOARING ON IMAGINATION
AT THE ASTONISHING SPEED OF THOUGHT.

VALENTINE DREAM

ILLUMINATED BY COMET LIGHT, WONDROUS CELESTIAL FLIGHT
TO DESTINATIONS IN THE COSMOS, WORLDS AFAR;
WITH BRIGHT TWINKLING EYES, MARVELLING IN SURPRISE
FANCIFULLY GAZING UPON HER FAVORITE WISHING STAR.

PURE INNOCENT OF HEART, VISIONS PROJECTED IN FUTURE CHART
ORBS OF MOONLIGHT BIDDING TEMPORAL A SLEEPY ADIEU;
COOING SOFTLY SWEET LULLABYS, ANGELS LOVINGLY SUPPLIED
A PORTAL OPENED WHERE LITTLE GIRL DREAMS COME TRUE.

TRANSPORTED ON CHERUB WINGS TO THRONE OF SOVEREIGN KING
IN A REALM WHERE PRAYERS AND WISHES CONSIDERED IN GRACE;
RETURNING WITH BOW AND QUIVER OF ROMANTIC SHAFTS DELIVERED
AN ANSWER COMPREHENDED REVEALED IN RADIANT FACE.

BE PATIENT TENDER HEART FOR WITH THIS MAGIC DART
THE MYSTICAL PRESENT OF PROMISED LOVE WILL SURVIVE;
EVERY EVENING IN SLUMBER OF PHENOMENAL WONDER
SAGE PRESCIENT IMAGES WILL CONSTANTLY REVIVE.

IN THANKFUL ARTICULATION OF GRATEFUL APPRECIATION
FOR HEAVENLY AMBASSADORS PROVIDING THE KEY;
FOR MANY YEARS HENCE IN MYSTERY OF BYGONE TENSE
ON FAVORED STAR THIS BEAUTIFUL SPIRIT WISHED FOR ME.

KISS FOR LUCK

TO THE TICKING CADENCE OF THE CLOCK
THIS WANING YEAR WINDS DOWN;
AROUSED IN JOY TO CHIMING BELLS
OF MEASURED TIMEPIECE SOUNDS.

ADVENTURES OF SIMPLE DESIGN
FROLIC FREELY ON OUR TONGUES;
MEMORIES AND HOPEFUL DREAMS
SHARED WITH FRIENDS WE ARE AMONG.

ONE LAST CHORUS FROM THE CAREFREE CHOIR
OF GOODWILL IN AULD LANG SYNE;
FOR THE HOUR IS LATE AND HOME AWAITS
IN COMPANY OF THE DIVINE.

TURNING DOWN THE QUILTED BED
BENEATH THE STARS AND MOON ABOVE;
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS SENT TO HEAVEN ON HIGH
FOR GIFTS HELD CLOSE IN LOVE.

BEFORE WE SLUMBER TO AWAKE
IN THE GRACE OF THE MORNING SUN;
A KISS FOR LUCK AS WE WAVE GOODBYE
TO ANOTHER YEAR WELL DONE.

KISS EVERLASTING

BENEATH A SPRIG OF MISTLETOE
IN THE EMBRACE OF TRANSCENDENT EUPHORIA
SECRETS SHARED
BY THE PASSIONATE COVENANT OF KISSES IN THE DARK
PILOT MY ESSENCE BY STARLIT GARLAND
FESTIVE ORNAMENTATION SURROUND OF ENCHANTED PORTAL
TO THE TREASURED MEMORIES OF HOLIDAYS PAST.

ENTWINED IN SACRAMENT OF FERVENT DESIRE AND HOPE
AT THE GATEWAY OF BYGONE TENSE AND EXTRAORDINARY PRESENT
SPIRITS INTERMINGLE IN RAPTUROUS DELIGHT
IN THE IMMORTAL EVERGREEN OF ANCIENT BETROTHAL
CONSECRATED BY HEAVENLY GUIDE.

VISIONARY DREAMS CONSUMMATED IN UNYIELDING FAITH
SURE OF FOOTING AND DESTINATION
DANCE TO THE HEARTBEAT OF CELESTIAL UNIFICATION
IN TRANQUIL CELEBRATION
OF FINALE MIRACULOUS AND ANTICIPATED JOURNEY DESERVED.

WITHIN THE SWEET BECKONING LIPS OF PROMISE AND REVIVAL
MY HEART SPEAKS TO YOU
IN UNCONSCIOUS INTERNAL IMPRESSION OF LOVE ELECTRIC;
A NEW YEAR IN KISS EVERLASTING FOREVERMORE.

THE INVITATION

WE REQUIRE YOUR PRESENCE AT THE POLE OF THE NORTH
WAS ALL THE BRIEF MISSIVE SAID.
IN A RED SATIN POUCH, LEFT QUIETLY AS A MOUSE
ON THE NIGHTSTAND BY THE SIDE OF OUR BED.
THE STARDUST INSIDE WENT STRAIGHT TO OUR EYES
CREATING VISIONS OF MIRTH AND DELIGHT;
WHEN MUCH TO MY SURPRIZE, AN ELF IN MINIATURE SIZE
APPEARED IN A SHIMMERING LIGHT.
DRESSED IN HOLLY GREEN WITH A COUNTENANCE SERENE,
GOLDEN WINGS ON A TWINKLING SLED.
"I COME AT THE BEHEST OF SANTA'S REQUEST."
"WE SHOULD GO," MY WIFE THOUGHTFULLY SAID.

TRANSFORMED BY THESE WORDS, WE FLEW AS A BIRD
AT A SPEED ONLY MAGIC CAN SPARK;
WE TRAVELLED THE MILES ARRIVING IN STYLE
TO HEAR SANTA SHOUT, "DON'T DAWDLE! I NEED TO EMBARK!"
WITHOUT ANY DELAY, THEY LOADED THE SLEIGH
WITH TOYS FOR LITTLE BOYS AND LITTLE GIRLS;
GOODWILL AND LOVE COMING FROM ABOVE,
ON THIS EVE IN EVERY CORNER OF THE WORLD.
WITH THE WINK OF AN EYE, INTO THE STARRY SKY
ON THE WINGS OF WISHES AND GOOD CHEER;
AT THE FIRST MORNING LIGHT, THE CHILDREN'S DELIGHT
WILL RING IN THE NEW YULETIDE YEAR.

A CUP OF PEPPERMINT TEA BY THE DECORATED TREE
WITH MRS. CLAUS AND ALL OUR NEW FRIENDS;
WISHED UPON A STAR AS MY THOUGHTS DRIFTED AFAR,
"PEACE ON EARTH TO ALL WOMEN AND MEN."
SLEEP OVERCAME, DREAMS REACHED GENTLY TO CLAIM,
SWEET LULLABYS CAROLLED IN OUR HEADS;
WHEN THE MORNING ARRIVED, AS SOL ROSE IN THE SKY,
WE AWOKE SNUG AND WARM IN OUR BED.
TWO COOKIES AND MILK ON A DOILY OF SILK
WITH A NOTE EXCLAIMED CHEERFUL AND GAY:
HAPPY HOLLYDAYS TO ALL! MERRY CHRISTMAS BIG AND SMALL!
...THE WORLD'S TROUBLES SEEMED SO FAR AWAY.

FAR TO THE NORTH IN THE CANDY CANE GAZETTE,
BENEATH A PICTURE OF REINDEERS AND SLEIGH,
WAS A MESSAGE FROM SANTA AND DEAR MRS. CLAUS,
WITH GRATITUDE, THEY WENT ON TO SAY.
"THANK YOU KIND PEOPLE FOR REMEMBERING THE SEASON;
YOUR SPIRITS HELPED LIGHT UP THE NIGHT.
GUIDING OUR SLEIGH TO EACH HOME ON THE WAY
AS WE TRAVERSED THROUGH TIME ON OUR FLIGHT.
WE HOPE THE INVITATION, OUR HUMBLE SUPPLICATION,
BROUGHT YOU PEACE AND JOY IN YOUR HEART.
THANKS AGAIN; BLESS YOU ALL FOR ANSWERING THE CALL
AS WE COMMENCE A BRAND NEW YEAR'S START."

 

 

FOREWARD TO "THE BLESSED CURSE"

THE STORY OF HOW SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS CAME TO BE

THE BLESSED CURSE

DEEP WITHIN THE FOREST IN THE DOMINION OF THE ELVES,
UNDER BOUGHS OF HOLLY IN A STONE HOUSE BY THEMSELVES,
LIVE A PRINCE AND PRINCESS WITHOUT COFFERS FILLED WITH GOLD;
THE REASONS BECOME EVIDENT AS THE NARRATIVE UNFOLDS.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE COURT OF THE WICKED QUEEN
WHERE GOODNESS AND COMPASSION HAD GIVEN WAY TO NIGHTMARE DREAMS;
KISSING AND AFFECTION BANNED BY PROCLAMATION PASSED,
ANY WORDS AGAINST THE RULE WOULD TRULY BE YOUR LAST.

DISENCHANTED LOVERS LOST HOPE AS GLOOM CHILLED TO THE CORE
FOR THE REALM HAD BEEN INFECTED BY JEALOUS SOULS OF KINGDOM'S YORE.
YET IN A WONDROUS DISPLAY OF BRAVERY FOR THE BITCH TO REVIEW
IN A SUICIDAL FOND EMBRACE, THESE TWO KISSED IN EVIL'S VIEW.

"YOU BEING OF ROYAL BLOOD, I CANNOT KILL YOU!" HER MAJESTY ROARED.
"I'LL CAST YOU OUT WITH THIS CURSE INSTEAD FOREVERMORE!
YOU WILL LIVE FOR ALL TIME NEVER TO GROW OLD
WITHOUT A PENNY TO YOUR NAME NOT A COIN IN YOUR POCKET TO HOLD."

THESE FEARLESS OUTLAWS TRAVELLED WIDELY IN GOOD CHEER,
MAKING FRIENDS, ETERNALLY JOINED, WITH A HERD OF NINE REINDEER.
GRACIOUSLY INVITED TO LIVE IN ELFIN'S PEACEFUL CLAIM;
HAND IN HAND IN BLESSED CURSE ON IMAGINATION'S PLANE.

DECADES CAME AND CENTURIES WENT, AGING EVER SO GRACEFULLY SLOW;
REMAINING YOUNG AND VIGOROUS BY THE GIFT OF A MAGICAL GLOW;
WHERE BENEDICTIONS TRANSFORM VICIOUS SPELLS INTO BLESSINGS IN DISGUISE,
BRIGHTLY SHOWING IN HER SMILE AND THE TWINKLE IN HIS EYE.

EXPECTED SURPRISE

WITH THE MOON IN HER EYES
THERE WAS NO DISGUISING
THE LIGHT WHICH SHONE FROM WITHIN;
THE CONFIRMATION, TRANSPARENT AND FAIR,
BY THE DISPLAY OF A DEMONSTRATIVE GRIN. 

WHEN ABSTRACT WISHES OF HOPE
IN PRAYERS OF PETITION
COME TRUE ON THE WINGS OF DESIRE;
THE STRONG SURRENDER TO THE BECKONING CALM
IN THE MIDST OF LOVE'S PASSIONATE FIRE.

IN THE REVOLVING OF EXISTENCE
CERTAIN GIFTS ARE EXPECTED
THOUGH THE APPEARANCE INVARIABLY A SURPRISE;
ENTRUSTED BY FAITH, DELIVERED BY SPIRITS ANGELIC
TO THE CONSTANT PATIENCE OF THE WISE.

THE BALLERINA'S KEY

MOTIONLESS IN SPACE; PIROUETTED IN PLACE,
THE CROWN OF A PORCELAIN JAR;
SILVER FILIGREE LACE WITH AN ANGELIC FACE
ON THE TIP OF HER WAND A BLUE STAR.

FROM A TRANQUIL TRANCE, A THEATRICAL STANCE,
A FRAGILE AND ELEGANT POSE;
SHE COMMENCED TO WHIRL IN A MUSICAL WORLD
WITH MOONLIGHT ILLUMINATING THE SHOW.

A CRYSTALLINE SNOWFLAKE FLOATING ON A BREEZE
ATTIRED IN A CHINA TROUSSEAU,
WHEN SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT, WHISPERING OUT OF SIGHT
AS THE MELODY STARTED TO SLOW.

I BID YOU SWEET DREAMS; A PLEASANT REPOSE.
THANK YOU FOR SETTING ME FREE.

 BY YOUR LEAVE, IF PERCHANCE, TOMORROW'S EVE I MIGHT DANCE;
PLEASE GENTLY TURN MY TINY BRASS KEY. 

MEMORIAL DAY/ VETERAN'S DAY

AS A RAINBOW ROSE OVER THE GARDEN WALL, THE TAPPING OF RAINDROPS TRANSMITTED A MESSAGE IN SPIRIT CODE. THOUGH LACKING IN VOICE, THE PATTER MADE A DISTINCT IMPRESSION UPON THE COUNTENANCE OF THIS OBSERVANT DAY.

BETWEEN THE SHAFTS OF SUNLIGHT IN THE MIST BEYOND THE FRAGRANT ROSES AND LUSCIOUS FRONDS OF FERN, SAT A SOLDIER IN COMBAT FATIGUE; HELMET IN HAND ON CONCRETE BENCH. GLANCING UP, HE WEARILY SMILED...NODDED IN GREETING.

IN HOUSEHOLDS ACROSS THE NATION, MEMORIES OF WARRIORS RESURRECTED IN REMEMBRANCE OF BRAVE DEEDS DONE IN THE NAME OF COUNTRY AND HONOR WALK IN THE LIGHT OF DAY ONCE MORE: CITIZENS OF ANOTHER WORLD...COMRADES-IN-ARMS.

THIS IS NOT A DAY FOR DISCUSSIONS OF THE JUSTIFICATION OF WAR NOR THE MERITS OF MISGUIDED ADVENTURES OF CONFLICT, BUT A DAY TO MARCH WITH THE RECALLED SOULS OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO MADE A PERSONAL CHOICE OF CONSCIENCE TO ARM THEMSELVES WITH IDEALS OF SERVICE AND SACRIFICE; PAUSING IN PRAYER WITH VISIONS OF YESTERDAY IN THE FACES OF LOVED ONES NOW DEPARTED.

WITH THE TWILIGHT APPROACHING, A GENTLE RAIN MELTING THE COLORFUL IMAGES OF MY GARDEN FRAMED IN THE FRENCH DOOR WINDOW PANES, I INHALED THE LAST MOMENTS OF THIS COMMEMORATIVE DAY.

LOOKING REFRESHED, THE SOLDIER IN THE GARDEN STOOD ERECT; SALUTING AS HE FADED FROM VIEW.

CLOSING MY EYES, ROCKING IN MY CHAIR, I SMILED...AND THOUGHT OF YOU.

THE WEDDING 3/3/2012

JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT IN JUNIPER MEADOW
MIDST VELVETY IRIS AND SUNNY DAFFODIL;
ON A WEATHERBEATEN STUMP ATOP A MOSS-COVERED HUMP
EMBELLISHED IN FERN FRONDS FEATHERY FRILLS.

ATTIRED IN NATURE'S BEST ON THE HUMUS FLOOR BELOW
IN ANTICIPATION WAITING SOLEMNLY AND SERENE;
GUESTS GATHERED IN PREPARATION OF IMPENDING UNIFICATION
OF MAIDEN KATYDID AND GENTLEMAN GRASSHOPPER GREEN.

FIREFLIES HUNG AS LANTERNS SKYWARD OVERHEAD
WHILE CRICKET CHOIRS CAROLED JOYFUL TUNES;
ON GOSSAMER SAILS OF FLIGHT THE TWAIN DID ALIGHT
WITNESSED SMILINGLY BY THE MAN IN THE MOON.

BY TENDER EXCHANGE OF SINCERE SENSATIONS
IN VOWS OF PROMISE TO BE FAITHFUL THROUGH LIFE;
MANTIS PROUDLY PRAYED, ABSTAINING FROM MEAT THIS DAY,
BLESS THIS COUPLE PRESENTLY HUSBAND AND WIFE.

FOUR VIOLINS AT ONCE THE CENTIPEDE SKILLFULLY FIDDLED
WHILE LACEWINGS DANCED A WHIMSICAL JIG IN THE AIR;
A DAMSELFLY IN WHITE TO THE CONGREGANT'S DELIGHT
PASSED CUPS OF DEWDROPS FOR EVERYONE TO SHARE.

IN WOVEN CART OF REED AND HOLLY, ALOFT IN THE HEAVENS
BENEATH A MYSTIC QUILT OF STARLIGHT ABOVE;
ABOARD LUNA WINGS OF NIGHT UNTO DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT
ON A HONEYMOON CRUISE OF CURIOUS LOVE.

SO DURING THE NEXT HIKE OR RIDING TRAIL ON BIKE
WATCH FOR LIVING THINGS NOT READILY SEEN;
FOR AT TIP OF A TOE UNDER LEAF UNEXPOSED
MIGHT LAY THOSE NEWLYWEDS THE GRASSHOPPER GREENS.

 

 

PROLOGUE TO THE WAKING DREAM

**AS THE TARGET OF AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT IN THE MID 1990'S,BALANCING ON THE BEAM SEPARATING THE PLANES OF EXISTENCE WITH BLOOD STREAMING OUT OF MY MOUTH, EARS AND NOSE FROM THE POISON I HAD INHALED, THE REVELATION OF THE WAKING DREAM COMMENCED WHERE ALL THINGS ARE REVEALED.

THE WAKING DREAM 5/2/2011

WITH A CHILDHOOD NURSERY RHYME TURNING IN MY HEAD
AS I LAID DOWN TO SLEEP WITH MY NIGHTLY PRAYERS SAID;
AN ANCIENT LULLABY OF LOVE RANG SOFTLY IN MY EAR,
A SWEET HARMONIUM OF AIR IN THE STILLNESS CALM AND NEAR.

DRIFTING INTO SLUMBER ON THE VERSE OF A MELODY,
UPLIFTED AND BATHED BLAMELESS BY A SANCTIFIED SEA
OF A MULTITUDINOUS CHOIR WITH CAROLS BRAVE AND STRONG:
"YOUR WIFE WILL TRAVEL WITH YOU FOR TO YOU SHE DOES BELONG."

FOREVER AND FOR ALWAYS IN THE LIGHT OF FREEDOM'S FLAME;
ONE FOOT IN EARTHLY TRAVELS, THE OTHER FIRM ON HEAVEN'S PLANE.
A CONDUCTIVE BRIDGE OF SPIRIT BETWEEN THIS WORLD AND THE NEXT
WITH THE LIBERTY TO AUTHOR SINGULAR VISIONS OF TEXT.

PROVIDENTIAL THOUGHTS OF WISDOM DEFINING PASSAGEWAYS UNCLIMBED,
KNOWN TO YOU IN WHISPERS FROM FRIENDS IN ANOTHER TIME.
FLOAT FREELY IN A RHAPSODY AS YOU JOURNEY THE CELESTIAL STREAM,
STRAIGHT INTO ETERNITY IN THE REALM OF THE WAKING DREAM.

BLUEBLOODS

IN THE CERULEAN BLUE OF A MID-MORNING SKY
DAPPLED IN CLOUDS OF VIOLET AND WHEY,
SPIRITS OF SOLDIERS ON GUARD IN THEIR KEEP 
IN STEADFAST VIGIL O'ER THE HELPLESS AND WEAK.

IN TENDERHEARTED WHISPERS ON COOL TRANQUIL BREEZE,
AN AFFECTIONATE KISS ON A TEAR-STAINED CHEEK
TO HASTEN THE DEPARTURE OF AFFLICTION AND DESPAIR;
ALLEVIATE THE BURDEN THE TROUBLED COPE WITH UNFAIR.

WITH FAITHFUL COMMITMENT TO CELESTIAL COMMAND, 
JOURNEY ON BLESSINGS OF WISDOM AND GRACE 
BY WINGS OF KINDNESS FROM SUPERNATURAL SHORE
IN THE NAME OF HEAVEN TO SERVE BRAVELY ONCE MORE. 

CONSTELLATIONS OF REMINISCENCE

FROM A COOL ZEPHYR WIND ON MOONLESS STARRY NIGHTS
AGAINST A BACKDROP OF BRILLIANT DISPLAY,
IMAGINATIONS WHIRL ON MEMORIES UNFURLED
RIDING HIGH IN THE HEAVENS AT PLAY.

WITH ONE FINGER TRACING CONSTELLATIONS OF REMINISCENCE
GAZING SKYWARD FROM THE PLANE OF QUARTER'S GROUND,
JOIN ONE POINT OF LIGHT TO THE NEXT STAR IN SIGHT
GUIDE WHERE THE LOST AND MISSING ARE FOUND.

FRAMED OF STARDUST SILHOUETTE IN VISIONS OF FOND REMEMBRANCE
AS LOVE REVEALS YOUR SWEET FACE AGAIN;
FREE TO REMAIN INSIDE THE PASSIONATE FLAME
IN TENDER CARESS OF PRAYERS I SEND. 

BIRTHDAY WISH

A RAINBOW IN THE SPIRIT CLOUDS
CRADLED IN THE HEART OF THE WISP;
CRYSTALLINE PRISMATIC ORB
ENCASED IN A LATE DAY MIST.
AN AZURE SKY AS YOUR PLAYGROUND
WHERE YOU DANCE TO A CHEERFUL LILT;
WITH JOYFUL VOICES DECLARING
TIME REFRESHED BY CELESTIAL MILT.

EACH CANDLE A YEARLONG STORY
NARRATIONS OF LIFE IN HOLIDAY FLAME;
TALES OF HOPES AND SORROW
OF DREAMS IN THE EARTHLY PLANE.
CONVEYED TO HEAVEN ON PASSIONATE BREATH,
DELIVERED IN SMOKE : A BIRTHDAY WISH.
A SECRET YEARNING TO COME TRUE
IN THE WARMTH OF A LOVER'S KISS.

MAGIC OF WORDS/ FATHER'S DAY 2014

A SLEIGHT OF HAND WITH PEN EMPLOYED AS A WAND
IN SPELLS OF RHYTHMS IN RHYME;
TO PULL A PUSS FROM A STOVE PIPE HAT
IN CADENCE OF HUMOROUS LINES.

SPIRIT VOICES ARE HEARD IN COMMUNING OF SORROW
ON WHISPERS FROM GHOSTLY SHORES;
WHERE ENCHANTED RAVEN CONVEY A SINGULAR MESSAGE
IN HAUNTED REMARK, NEVERMORE.

SONNETS OF AFFECTION IN LANGUAGE OF YORE
IN METER OF TWO BEATING HEARTS;
POETRY OF PSALMS CAROLLED HOLY AND DIVINE
ON BLESSED TONGUE THE CHOIR IMPARTS.

CRICKETS FIDDLE A TUNE ON BOARD DRAGONFLY SHIPS
TO HARBORS BUILT OF RAINBOW AND GOLD;
IN CHILDREN'S SPARKLING EYES YOUNG IMAGINATIONS FLY
ON THE WINGS OF GRAND FABLES UNFOLD.

THERE LAY THE ANSWER IN MAGIC OF WORDS
TO FOND HOPES AND IRIDESCENT SCHEMES;
WRITTEN TWIXT THE LINES SOMEWHERE IN VERSE
IN THE VISIONARY LANDSCAPE OF DREAMS.

LUCKY PENNY

IN THE ENCHANTED KINGDOM OF MAKE BELIEVE
BEYOND BOUNDARIES OF EVERYDAY LIFE;
ON SUN DRENCHED COAST IN FIELD STONE COTTAGE
LIVED A POET AND HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE.

ADVENTURES IN TIME TRAVERSED AT ADAGIO PACE
IMMERSED IN BAPTISMAL IMAGERY OF CONCEPTION;
CONCLUDING EACH DAY BY QUILL OF ARTISTIC HAND
REGISTER OF PENSIVE PONDER IN POETIC VERSION.

IN FAIR ROSE OF SUNSET O'ER PEPPERMINT TEA
WITH ANTICIPATION SHE INQUIRED CONTENT OF JOTS;
FROM WHAT REALM DIVINED THIS DAILY FABLE RECITATION?
A LUCKY PENNY, SWEETHEART, FOR YOUR THOUGHTS.

WIDE-EYED GESTICULATING, WITHOUT ANY INTERRUPTION
WEAVING MAGIC TALES WITH A TWINKLE IN HIS EYE;
WITH A BOW IN GRAND FINALE IN ADDENDUM EXPLICATION
CONTINUED AFFECTIONATELY EXPLAINING REASONS WHY.

IN POSSIBILITIES OF POETRY TRANSCRIBED BY PASSIONATE FLAME
EMOTIONS INTO LYRIC ABLY POUR;
WITH YOU AS INSPIRATION THIS REALITY ENHANCED
BY YOUR LOVE AROUSING MY SPIRITS TO SOAR.

IN FERVENT HEARTS OF LOVERS THIS ENDLESS DEVOTION
LIVES FOREVER IN WRITTEN WORD OF ARDENT TEXT;
DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT UNDER STARLIT SKIES ABOVE
A BRIDGE BETWEEN THIS WORLD AND NEXT.

IN THIS ENCHANTED DOMAIN OF MAKE BELIEVE
WHERE MAJESTIC IMAGINATION IS KING;
FREEDOM TO CREATE IN VERSE OF RHYTHM AND RHYME
BELIEVING IN DREAMS HEAVEN DOTH BRING.

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

IN HOT PURSUIT OF SWEET SUCCULENT FRUIT
ON STURDY STALK OF WINDING GRAPEVINE;
A FAMISHED SNAIL, FATIGUED AND PALE
STOPPED TO REST CATCH HIS BREATH IN MID-CLIMB.

GAZING AROUND THIS TASTY FLORA SURROUND
AN APPARITION STIRRED UNDER LEAF;
SPITTLE YET FIRM, "A JIGGLY JELLY WORM!"
GASPING IN SURPRISE AND DISBELIEF.

"PLEASE NO OFFENSE, BUT IT HARDLY MAKES SENSE
TO HIDE WITH EASY TRAIL BLAZED BY SUNSHINE;
THOSE WHO WAIT WILL HAVE AN EMPTY DINNER PLATE
TAKE MY ADVICE, FOLLOW MY GLISTENING MUCOUS LINE."

"THANK YOU KIND SIR, BUT I MUST NOT STIR
WITHOUT A JACKET OR BLOUSE IN THE SUN;
IN MINUTES I'D BLISTER, AN HOUR MUCH CRISPER
CHARRED AND SCORCHED LIKE AN OVERDONE BUN!"

"DON'T BE BLUE, THERE'S ROOM ENOUGH FOR TWO
IN THIS HELICAL SHELL WHICH I BEAR"
ACCEPTING AT ONCE IN GRATEFUL RESPONSE,
"DO YOU HAVE AIR CONDITIONING IN THERE?"

TURNING THE LATCH TO THE DOOR ATTACHED
SWINGING OPEN, SNAIL SQEEZED TO THE RIGHT;
WITH LITTLE ENOUGH SPACE, WIGGLY SLUG TOOK HER PLACE
BESIDE KIND FRIEND, SNUG BUT CERTAINLY NOT TIGHT.

THIS UNUSUAL PAIR WITH MOBILE HOME TO SHARE
FOUND GRAPE REWARD AT THE CLOSE OF DAY;
QUENCHING THEIR THIRST UNTIL THEY ALMOST BURST
A VOICE FROM ABOVE COMMENCED TO GIGGLE AND SAY.

"A SNAIL DOUBLEHEADER!" CRIED IN LITTLE GIRL TITTER
TO HER PATER, "ISN'T HE ADORABLE AND FUN!"
"A CURIOUS SORT," REPLIED IN WHIMSICAL RETORT.
"THEY SAY TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE."

 

 

SCROOGE'S HALLOWEEN

WHEN THE MOON IS FULL AND THE BANSHEES WAIL,
SLEEP ELUDES ALL ON THIS NIGHT;
I PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO KEEP
ATTEMPT TO STILL MY FRIGHT.

THE CHISELED PLANES OF THE HUMAN GEM
MANY FACETS IN ONE SHELL;
SOME MAY GLOW YET OTHERS TURBID AND FISSURED
CAN SEND YOU STRAIGHT TO HELL.

EVERY RUSTLE IN SHADOW INCREASES THE FEVER
OF FEAR THIS ILL DARKNESS WEAVES;
FOR WHISPERS OF SPIRITS IN TALES OF THE DAMNED
CONJURE CHILLS ON AUTUMNAL HALLOW'S EVE.

IN THE PASSING OF TWILIGHT A PROCESSION OF EVIL
INVADES THE SANCTITY OF HEARTH AND HOME;
INCANTATIONS OF PLUNDERING DEVILS
IN HIGH PITCHED VOICES OF DEMONIC TINY GNOMES.

A RAP ON THE DOOR OR THE RINGING OF A BELL
BY COSTUMED CHILDREN OF THE STREET;
FOLLOWED BY THE HORRID RALLY CRY
THOSE CURSED WORDS, TRICK OR TREAT!

IN SILENCE I SIT, QUIET AS A MOUSE
SO THEY WON'T NOTICE I'M STILL AT HOME;
NEXT YEAR A SIGN, NOT WELCOME HERE!
PERHAPS THEN THE TYKES WILL LEAVE ME ALONE.

MISSING LINK

THOUGH WE ARE OF KINDRED BLOOD
BY CRUEL FATE'S FOOLISH FASHION;
COUPLED AS A JOKE BY MINDLESS FOLKS
IN THE HEAT OF MINDLESS PASSION.

IN THIS REALM OF SANDBOX CASTLES
AND BRAVE SOLDIERS MANUFACTURED OF TIN,
TROUBLE INVADES WITH SILK FRIPPERY OF BRAIDS
AND A SLY MISCHIEVOUS GRIN.

ON THE TENUOUS THREAD OF REALITY
IN THE MIND OF THE TRAGICALLY INSANE
COMES A THUNDEROUS CRY ON TEARFUL RED EYES,
I'M TELLING MOM! YOU'RE THE ONE TO BLAME!

IN THE HEART OF LESS UNDERSTANDING SOULS
THOUGHTS OF SIBLINGCIDE WOULD ARISE;
RESPONDING INSTEAD, I SHAKE MY HEAD
OPEN MOUTHED IN MUTE SURPRISE.

YET IN THE SPIRIT OF COMPASSION
I LOVE HER JUST THE SAME...I THINK;
WRITTEN FOR YE, AFFECTIONATELY
MY SISTER, THE MISSING LINK.

WITNESS

WITH WILDFLOWERS OF SILKEN DOWN AS A PLATFORM
POLLINATING MY SENSES WITH YOUTHFUL ENTERPRISE
SIGHT TRANSFIGURED
I COULD HEAR THE THUNDERING HOOFS OF STALLION SPIRITS
RUNNING WITH THE LUNAR ORB CROSSING THE CELESTIAL SCREEN.
ANGELS TRAVELLING IN LUMINESCENT CLOUDS
HUNG AS LANTERNS IN THE FORTUITOUS SKY
LIGHTING THE PROCEEDINGS WITH GENTLE RADIANT BEAMS
EXPOSING THE ENCHANTMENT AND WONDER OF SUPERNAL INTENT.
TATTOO OF RICH REWARD
EMBLAZONED IN ESSENCE OF MY HEART AS VALUABLE COMPENSATION
WORDS OF SINGULAR TRANSFORMATION INDELIBLY PRINTED
IN THE SPIRITUAL PSYCHE OF MY EVERLASTING SOUL.
I WILL DREAM MY DREAMS.
WITH THE MOON BASKING
IN THE ILLUMINATION OF HER SOLAR COMPANION
ALL PUPOSE OF TASKS COMPASSED
AS DESTINY DEMANDED AND FREE WILL DICTATED,
I LAY SURVEYING THE HEAVENS
WITNESSING THE GENESIS OF A NEW WORLD.

TOMBSTONE 8/11/2011

HALF BURIED IN THE CREEK BED
BEHIND THE GREY FIELD STONE CABIN
LIE THE BONES GLEAMING WHITE IN THE MORN.
BRITTLE AND BLEACHED BY THE SUN AND THE HEAT
WASHED CLEAN BY THE OCCASIONAL STORM.

MONUMENT TO THE MEMORIES
OF SPIRITS DISCHARGED AND FLOWN
TO HEAVEN AND OTHER FATES LESS DIVINE.
FRAMEWORKS ABANDONED; STRIPPED OF MUSCLE AND FLESH
BY VULTURES OF FORGETFULNESS AND TIME.

TOMBSTONES OF DEMARCATION
WHERE THE ESSENCE OF THE MORTAL
RESIDE NO LONGER IN THE MATERIAL PLANE.
YET THE ELEMENTAL NATURE ENTRUSTED BY HONOR OF DEED
RUNS THROUGH THE SPIRITUAL BLOOD OF MY VEINS.

HALF BURIED IN THE CREEK BED
BEHIND THE GREY FIELD STONE CABIN
LIE THE BONES GLEAMING WHITE IN THE MORN.
SOLEMN POINT OF ENTRY WHERE THE COURAGEOUS AND STRONG
ARE RESURRECTED IN PEACE: REBORN.

(FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING, JESUS, GANDHI AND ALL THE OTHERS)

CROAK 3/6/2011

WITH A SLIVER OF A CRESCENT MOON SMILING DOWN UPON
A SPOTTED FROG AND HER POLLIWOGS AT HOME IN A FOGGY DAWN.

SITTING ON A LILYPAD LOST IN WONDERING THOUGHT
ABOUT PECULIAR FORTUNE; WHAT LESSON WAS BEING TAUGHT?

THE OFFSPRING SHE HAD HOPED FOR WERE CERTAINLY ODD AND STRANGE;
LIKE POOR SNAILS WHO HAD LOST THEIR SHELLS...
BUT SHE LOVED THEM JUST THE SAME.

WITH A YAWN AND A BU-R-R-RP,
SHE GLANCED AROUND WHILE THE SUN ROSE IN THE SKY;
IN A FRANTIC VOICE FILLED WITH DESPAIR, SHE BEGAN TO SHOUT AND CRY.

"OH WOE IS ME! WHERE CAN THEY BE? MY CHERUB BABIES MINE;
HAS SOME HUNGRY STORK STUCK THEM WITH A FORK
FOR BREAKFAST AS HE DINED?"

THROUGH THE TEARS AND SOBBING, CAME, "MOTHER, PLEASE DON'T WEEP."
FOLLOWED BY A CHORUS OF SYMPHONIC CROAKING PEEPS.

THE INFANTS WHICH RESEMBLED SLUGS WERE SPOTTED WITH WEBBED FEET;
THIS METAMORPHIC MIRACLE TOOK SOME WEEKS TO COMPLETE.

SIGHED A GRATEFUL CROAK IN REPLY WITH MEMORIES REFRESHED ANEW;
REMEMBERING WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG, "I WAS ONCE A TADPOLE, TOO."

(...AND THEY ALL CROAKED HAPPILY EVER AFTER.)

 

 

 

HOLLY HOUSE 6/15/2009 - -poem recited by Holly Stankiewitz from the play "HOLLY HOUSE" written by Max Holly

The comical and the tragic live side by side,
I don't know whether to laugh or cry;
All I hope for in prayers I send,
Is the choices we make turn out well in the end.

HOLLY HOUSE 6/15/2009 - -poem recited by Officer McLaren from the play "HOLLY HOUSE" written by Max Holly

During times of trouble, our ears hear much advice;
How to solve a problem which causes sleepless nights.
Sometimes it takes a steady hand to strike a mighty blow,
To clear away the turmoil, let wisdom's presence show.