wishing you a peaceful and progressive new year!!

for you, on the eve of this new year…

i wish that all of your joys outweigh your worries.

i wish that whatever road you’re searching for
appears beneath your feet.

i wish that anger and negativity falls from
your back like water.

thank you once again for sharing in my work
and coming to visit my blog!! and i promise
you bigger and better things for 2011!! have
fun and be safe out there!!!

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when steam rises(to sagal)

the rwandan statue
of a mother and child
still stands tall on my dresser
faint traces of perfume
still reside on the envelopes
that bear your delectable script
and i cant help but
think about that tenderness
i used to kiss below your ear
at the curve of your neck
every time i put this tim horton’s mug
to my lips
i’m left with memories
still warm as the space
between my arms
that you no longer fill
and each time that steam rises
your kiss
stretches across my skin
maybe once again
it will stretch across time
regret and distance
when happiness was yours and mine.

serenity on the road forward.

hey folks, i haven’t been updating for quite a few days
now. part of the reason is that i was still coping with
the loss of my grandmother. the other part is, i’ve been
in a period of quiet, heavy reflection. it’s always said
that the holiday season evokes(or should evoke)a lot of
emotions. for me, it’s no different. but the overwhelming
emotion or feeling is, serenity. serenity to let go of
past hurts and present fears and future worries. this state
of mind is exactly what i need going into this new year.
because while i’ve accomplished another goal in publishing
my second book, i want to ensure that i keep setting and
reaching bigger and better goals with my craft and my own
personal growth. in the long run, your legacy is more than
words on a screen or page. it’s who you are, who you choose
to show to the world day in and day out.

i’m grateful to you for stopping by and checking out my
writing and i promise there WILL be more to come in 2011.
stay tuned and please spread the word!!!

tree of faith (for dorina alexander)

she
took up roots in the land
of sunshine and smiles
her voice that of a songbird
a heart that stood as wide as the horizon
she was
willing to let her spirit tell the story
within the whisper of leaves
willing to bare her soul so
you can see the rings
her life left behind
i recall all of those times
her hugs enveloped me
how they gave me shade and shelter
like windswept branches
and she bore beautiful fruit
that stretched across years
oceans
even after her going home
see she was
more than my grandmother
she was
that tree of love and faith
and the seed of her strength
lies in my heart
always.

A train, 11:18 P.M.

he was
a homeless pharisee
looking for that buck fifty
that would lend him a temporary paradise
a distraction from the lice
that clung to loose and wiry locks
and looked to feast on his scalp
barefoot on a subway car
his eyes viewing some sort of peace afar
he held his hand out
as others held their breath
and clenched their noses for the stench
the flesh of his feet had worn away from his toes
making them look like fossils reborn
a homeless pharisee
who couldn’t have seen
life turn out this way
if only one could lend him
hope
instead of loose change.