Scattered Leaflets Fall Like Confetti

Standing on platforms after the last train

The scent of falling stars burn my eyes

Karma evens the scales, a jolt returning me back to life

Stir autographed story lines purposely forgotten

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Fresh ink on old proofed copies, reminders still wet to the touch

Right siding my compass, the magnetic pull forcing a turn

Scattered leaflets fall like confetti, gravity pulls in one direction

Lining streets, cushioning my fall

Pausing Underwater

Underwater

Beauty of muted sounds

Movement in slow motion

Above, the sun’s rays reflect on the moment

Leisurely I contemplate joining the conversation

Resurfacing to engage once more

I pause just for one last embrace

Before opening up to the sky at the last moment

Deep gusts of breath fill my lungs

It burns, but in a good way

I feel alive

Run Its Course

With a turn of the spigot

Gravity departs for uncommon ground

The sound of coffee cups emptying upward fills the air

Ears searching for the presence of my father’s hand

Only find rolled up blueprints bound by disintegrating bands

Yesterday has run its course, old arguments fade

The anticipation of freedom running marrow deep

Parting ways, an escape to blow in the wind

The sum of all fears left a day behind

Courage to mouth the words out loud, finding my voice

It’s time

Summer Stumbles into Fall

Summer stumbles into fall

Broken skin bleeds oranges and yellows but not reds

Leaving me confused about the colors of tomorrow

But not disheartened about the path ahead

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Faith scatters voices to the side

Revealing paved walkways, making way for each step I take

Ever forward, no longer backwards

Erasing footprints behind in my wake

Playlist on a Tokyo Train

Crowded Tokyo trains

Ear drops of home in my ear

Ocean crossings travel through my thoughts

Familiar voices suspend me in air

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Melodies transport me for the moment

Adrift in the warmth of nostalgia’s embrace

And just for now, all life pauses

Family, friends, home and grace

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Train stops return the presence of now

Reality greets me with a bittersweet smile

I fall in step among the crowd, a departure

Home still lingers despite the miles