That tree those branches leafless boughs the whole year through
Balanced strong against the morning sky
Morning in morning out
As the Sun struggles to light up the Trail
Sending me a message
It’s a backdrop it’s a foreground to something else
Figure-ground concepts on a schoolyard lot
A picture without a frame
Of what I am not sure
But he’s there (yeah, he’s a male)
Mourning in mourning out
Will you be my father I asked him today,
And he said YES!
Handcrafted poetry by John M. Hines, January 2018
Don’t turn the steaks more than once-some of the only advice he ever gave me and why I always think of him when I fire up the grill
Watching a green leaf pushed by a dead brown one across the surface
Of the pool tonight
An early Autumnal sunset of pinkish orange pushed out by purple rains
Sweeps across the quickening sky
As cicadas’ machinistic trumpets announce the darkness cloaking another day
And him there, standing over there, by the grill
Sharing his sage advice:
Turn once, not twice to
Live a well-grilled life.
Handcrafted poetry by John M. Hines, September 23, 2017-September 26, 2017.
Words of thoughts
Thoughts of words
R. O? K. E.).
Like spilt scrabble pieces on
Handcrafted poetry by John M. Hines, December 3, 2016
I woke up this morning with these ideas swimming in my head with memories of my father. The two year anniversary of his passing was a month ago this week. Over the last few years of his life he suffered multiple strokes that took away his words and swallowed him. Thank you for reading.
One of those days Dad,
One of those days where
I reached in my pocket for my phone
To call you Dad
Just to chat and see what’s on your mind
Maybe share some things
Just to tell you how well I grilled the chicken
Share some love for each other
And for life or
Just talk about the weather
Between the pauses of silence
A knowing, the knowing
One of those days Dad
How much I missed you Dad
How much I miss you now, Dad
One of those days,
One of those days.
Handcrafted poetry by John M. Hines, A Sunday in August, 2016