Belfast (2021)

I never understood the historical, religious and political conflict in Northern Ireland. At the time, all I saw was tragedy. No, I did not live there, so it is perhaps not fair to comment. I do not judge, and naïvely, I always wondered why everyone could not find a way to live in peace. When … More Belfast (2021)

Homebody

A retreat to recalibrate Getting to know me The stillness is my song Even my shadow is carefree Do not fear aloneness Embrace it openly Reconcile the musty past History is your eternity This respite is a turnabout Along an unwritten journey Breathing in the spectral day Threading together each memory I’ve wandered and lived … More Homebody

Some Days

I feel inside of a dark fog Lightheaded and free-falling The reality compass spinning A ghostly voice calling — Prayers, searching for a reason I’m an astronaut in space Drifting into darkness Disappearing with no trace — I’m okay and then I’m not I move forward then fall back The journey becomes a squiggle Thank … More Some Days

The Wheel

Round and round, floating off the ground Why must we run, with each morning sun Huffing like a gadfly, trying to leap high No matter how we feel, up on the wheel Life in a slump, grounded by a speed bump Every day the same, tie score in the game This plight is real, the … More The Wheel

Hole in the World

There’s a hole in the world today It’s noticeable and leaking love Now she’s an angel in flight Peace and hope on the wings of a dove – There’s a hole in our hearts today Releasing a river of pain and sadness Shock gives way to harsh reality Taking a good one is such madness … More Hole in the World

Footprints on the Moon

A defining impression There for nobody to see A watermark in dust Preserved, for eternity – A special human touch Unique and enduring Emotionally charged Warm and reassuring – Fingers outstretched Curled tightly in mine A personalized fit A six to my nine – Your fingerprints Never washed away Like astronaut steps Forever on display

For Want of a Miracle

Hail Mary, more than a touchdown Tears fall, streaming down my face These silent prayers reach God’s ear The heart is thirsty for a loving embrace – Life floats beyond outstretched fingers I see, but cannot reach the healing light I am tired, frustrated and scared But vow to not surrender the fight –

Altered States (1980)

Writer Paddy Chayefsky’s last film and unfortunately, not his best. Altered States is very entertaining and thought provoking, as well as visually trippy (given special effects in 1980). Chayefsky (Network, The Hospital), one of the top five writers in Hollywood, adapted his novel for the screen. This film was a difficult birth. The first director, … More Altered States (1980)