Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, so here are a series of poems I wrote after I acted a fool and argued with my wife last year while we were planning our wedding. I can’t remember what we were talking about, but I remember I felt so bad afterward, these poems were the result.
When The Dust Settled
The aftermath, the process
Of picking up the pieces
Of picking up the fragments
Of a heart scattered.
My ancestors were good at picking up things
Like cotton…like pieces of a broken heart
I need a spiritual dialysis
To cleanse my heart of all the old wounds…
The weight of words, gravity
My back bends as my heart draws closer to the ground
How can we return
To the place of rainbows and meadows.
The aftermath, my remorse multiplies the sadness
Divided by the pain, emotional arithmetic teaches me a lesson
How can I subtract the words I said, how can I be the man before
Before the wounds, before her heart became frozen in carbonite
Reaching out, a solo memorial of her desire to be heard.
Will forgiveness win? Will love find a way?
Will grace massage the tension and restore?
Will I take the steps to heal, to better our relationship?
Will I be the soldier of change and fight for us
I lost the battle, but the war is up for grabs
Love is the hero of the day…
Smoke and ash filled the sky
Tears like blood flood the streets
Trees left withered, the storm of words had ravaged the land
Everlasting shade had permeated the landscape
The sun blocked out by dark clouds of selfishness
A red, fully bloomed Gerber daisy grows out of the aftermath
A daisy, shining through the cracks, full of
The following song is “Cause I Love You” by Lenny Williams circa 1978. Just listen and feel this song, Lenny sang this spankin song from somewhere else way down deep. The first time I heard it, I had to go sit down somewhere and just think. Happy V-Day everyone.