Paths Made Straight

The alps of airport security––
     slow steps like summitting Everest,
     dragging gear as our own sherpas––
I’ve seen laid low.

The valleys of expense––
     fees, costs, contracts,
     numbers involving commas instead of periods––
I’ve seen lifted up.

I’ve seen crooked roads––
     that normally take days or weeks
     to wind through––
straighten like an interstate.

All to bring you home.


November 2019 Poem-a-Day Challenge #21

Telescopes (Hir a Thoddaid)

Telescopes can use mirrors to see
by reflection of light, so dimly
shining, past the frail ability
of an unaided eye. But closely
mark: the eyes that peer through the lens do not
perceive themselves looking intently.


What is a Hir a Thoddaid?

November 2019 Poem-a-Day Challenge #20

The King (Reverse Shakespearean Sonnet)

See the majestic king proudly survey
All the vast expanse of his great empire,
Free to roam and govern, to feast and play.
Small and large alike genuflect before him.
His sons and daughters run the lengths and depths,
Heights and widths of his dominion again,
This to become theirs in due course of time.
Nights are spent sleeping near the royal harem.
Should one contest his strength or claim his land,
He will not hesitate to rise in might.
Could you imagine one so foolhardy?
Be so glad to be in his good graces.
Robed and crowned in his victorious gold,
Known and feared, loved and avoided, he reigns.


What is a Shakespearean Sonnet?

November 2019 Poem-a-Day Challenge #12