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Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Green Nurse

The light is limited
by clouds and rain
bright green spring
stands between the hill
and me
across the creek

only last week
clouds of pollen
obscured the view
from where I sit
most every day

I've been in pain
for several days
from a back
the twists me
like a private earthquake
so I seek comfort
in this view today
from this damp nurse
of leaves that fills
the emptiness
I saw all winter

He doesn't take my temperature
or cuff my arm
nor feel my head
and change the sheets
instead his comfort
leaps into my eyes
to fill me with desire
to take the first steps
to wish myself better

The colors of this season
sit near me
in green attire
to pull me through
another day
to hold my hand
and say
“There, there. It'll be alright.”

Copyright (c) 2012 by Barry G. Wick

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Empty Life

I've been wondering all my days
why I haven't found you
and why the ones I find
are always wrong for me
in some overt or secret way

You're always with me
I always know you're there
but every street is empty
when I check on every face
and look through passing hearts

Did I forget the time I sensed
you nearly touched my hand
or driving down an empty road
you head-on drove towards me
and my headlights gave you form

And when I talk with others
I always wonder if I've found
your voice that's heard inside
the emptiness I've come to know
sweet music in each word

With verdant flowers of spring
I've decorated our painful lives
because I know you feel the same
the emptiness of rising daylight
half dark half light half life

I'll keep my vigil though this hour
searching through every minute
for you I've never found
and send my every thought
my deepest love for you

Copyright © 2012 by Barry G. Wick