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Monday, March 29, 2010

The Other Side

“Break on through to the other side”
Jim Morrison of The Doors

The Other Side.............

Clawing splintered floors of revelation
I found a place that was paper thin
Dug jackknife deep with imagination
I thrust my head and heart right in

Yellow stars twinkling in violet dawn
Philosophers and prophets walking
Along pearl streets gilded in gold
Voices; rivers of wisdom talking

I asked a poet, where are you bound?
And he contentedly smiled at me
“Do you hear the rushing gurgling tide?
Then know, all rivers run to the sea”

Tearing the boards of illusion away
I found just beyond; another world
Where no night threatens the perfect day
And dreamers wake on crystal shores

No war machines of death I found
In this new Eden vast and unknown
But peace was the constant flowing sound
Where all men shared all things they owned

There was no poverty, crime or hate
No place for prejudice, pain or fear
No tears were allowed beyond the gates
And I longed to go on living there

I met a woman by a trickling stream
Drinking water from the cup of her hand
And she sang a beautiful song for me
In a language I did not understand

The purple mountains rolled far; drew near
And on distant hills bright flowers grew
Green meadows stretched before grazing deer
Round bright birds and butterflies flew

On a rock sat a bard in a flowing robe
Strumming an ancient form of guitar
Singing his songs as the river flowed
Melting the melody bright as the stars

Oh, this was a song I understood
I swooned with every word he uttered
Joy and laughter; beauty and good
Flowed from his lips soft as warm butter

I stopped; enchanted, and listened awhile
My heart swelling up in my throat
And I would have cried but could only smile
At every delicious, delectable note

I vowed to remember each syllable then
As I stood along the bank of the stream
I’ll carry them home to the warlike men
If forced from this magical land of dreams

Falling then came wooden bits and splinters
Tumbling from the sky upon my shoulders
I looked to see the place that I had entered
Someone beyond was carefully nailing over

Stop! I screamed. You must be mad. Don’t do it!
But hammering drowned out all my words
Others may find this land; other dreams pursue it!
My pleading went unheeded and unheard

I slept and wakened to white walls padded
Bars upon the open window of my soul
The doctors say I have gone mad; so sad
My bloody hands had dug the hardwood floor

Fog on Golden Gate

Dawn was a Cyclops eyed volcano boiling
Across the bay, washed in earthbound clouds
Cars were swathed in dreamlike cotton candy
And in the city; buildings wrapped in shrouds

Stoplight of sun burns on hazy highway of life
Blinding daily drivers on their halted commute
Swallowed by fog’s vaporous tendrils gripping
Mechanical gypsies circumnavigate their route

Ancient morning has grown a beard like snow
From hairy smoke and steam along the ridge
White blankets drift across the highway below
Enveloping as they float; both river and bridge

Tug horns in harbor sound for ships in mist
The black and white world is a Bogart movie
A pink smudge of rouge stains the dreamy distance
Until taillights appear with makeup on cue


Intrepid waters; swiftly toss;
Silver leap frogs on green moss
Velvet cushions on round stones;
Streambed carpet; cold and soft

Armored crayfish; speckled, dark
Dart quick beneath the shaded rocks
There the crusty crustacean hides
Until the sun with clouds collides

Gurgle; trickle; skin and bone
Plopping bass of a hollow log
Tumbling tenor of foamy stones
Ghosts of gravity; waterfalls

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Moonlit Sea

At night the wind blows warm
across the rolling waves
Washing in the speckled foam;
tired tourist footprints lay
Jellyfish in sequined gowns
upon the ballroom floor
Twirl electric tentacles
and sparkle down the shore

Bright stars come to wash their faces
in the moonlit sea
The rumbling crash of salty surf
sings like a melody
The soothing ancient song of time;
the vast primordial womb
Every creature in the brine
joins the chorus of the tune

Starfish upon the ocean floor
salute their heavenly sisters
And march to edges of the shore
to view the scenic vistas
Sand dollars roll to spend themselves
in midnight blue casinos
While hermit crabs in borrowed shells
payroll the rumbling Reno

Take a chance to dance, romance;
the gamble is on love
Bets are heavy in the sand
as in heavenly lights above
Hang your wishes on the stars
with each romantic notion
The moon will find you where you are
like fishes in the ocean.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I Like to Watch the Ladybug

I like to watch the lady bug putting away her wings
Beneath her polka dot umbrella and such silly things

I like to see the bumble bee carrying heavy bags
Yellow sacks of pollen hanging from his sturdy legs

I like to watch the writing spider waiting for a fly
Wondering if his diary will record my passing by

I know I might sound simple as a child who needs no toy
But miracles have meanings in the things that I enjoy

Monday, March 8, 2010

Men of Boats

Men of boats go down to the sea;
Calloused hands and watch caps with nets
Salt crusted line of clinging barnacles
Slapping the water like a lover’s stomach

Stale cigarette smoke trapped in cold air
Exhaled by red cheeked brave in clouds
Swarthy scarred by frozen sun and rain
Intent and heroic; more hungry than proud

Soldiers go down to battle to fight;
Poets to till rich fields of dreams;
Lovers to love and laugh or cry
Men of boats go down to the sea

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Poet and musician Fabian G. Franklin invites you to join him on a poetic journey through the soul and nature.