Heaven’s Gate

Exert, my poetry book, Perfectly Flawed


The Cedar Is Me

I look upon the four hundred year old Cedar tree

That has survived such chaos, death, decimation

Of great forests of pine trees by invaders who ‘free’

It of its natural resources, life, and vegetation.

Encased in the trunk of the ancient tree, the world

Is small, burning hot under the summer sun, flashing

It’s heat and brilliance to help everything grow into a postcard

That’s photoshopped into being breathtaking

In its organized life, only disturbed by humans barking

Out order for dissolving the inner and outer beauty of its solitude.

Slipping out of the of the cedar tree, I take my human form

And gaze astounded on my reflection: wrinkled skin,

Darkened splotches, and great disillusionment

Darkens the depth of my eyes as I lay bare upon the bank.

The scenes of war and decimation I witnessed

Have been imprinted on my soul, waiting for any deed

That will alleviate my despair that humanity is a dying breed

That needs new blood, ingenuity, and values

To help it defeat famine, war, racism, and religious discriminations.


Ring Around the Posy

A lone posy sits up in a bone filled garden,

Its petals bright and soft defy the cold. Unbidden,

Its leaves and burgeoning tips reach into the sky,

Savoring the sun’s rays, helping its growth.

Posy buds gather around their leaves,

Waiting for the rain to feed their roots

In order to turn into a bouquet of nosegrays,

That symbolizes love, honor, prosperities

In China, but shame in Victorian England.

Still the queen has made posy bouquets a trend,

Now weddings advertise them to blend,

Fuse the various items together, while they stand

Out looking somewhere between a rose and tulip,

Regal in its stance in the bouquet or lawn.

In the park or garden, bones stick out, they fawn

Over the brittle, broken, dirty white pieces.

The opposition of life and deaths

Where the stark white of animal and human

Bones litter the ground, unseen;

Versus the beauty, color, and softness

Of the vibrantly colored petals raised in

Supplication and gratitude for such beauties.

Stunning those observing into believing

That God created such wondrous beings!