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VIGNETTES

Chapter 4

Vignettes in this chapter are short poems packaged as mini-dramas, comedies, or dramedies ranging from the mundane to small revelations we can encounter anytime.

Sample Poems: My Daddy’s Hands, Sunset Blues, Affluence

My Daddy’s Hands

 

When I, a little baby boy, was reaching for

my father’s huge index finger, I didn’t know

what I’m now starting to remember:

that daddy was beyond happy.

 

But there came a time of misconceptions

and later hate; tears shed, but in the

open only once. Late came the hour

I could’ve held his old, beautiful hands.

 

My hands never resembled his, except

for my index finger and thumb. His gently

playing with my tiny, tiny finger lives on

beyond the years in my own empty hands.

 

 

03-23-20

 

 


 

SUNSET BLUES

I’m guess these are my lesser days.

I wondering what’s been going on.

A carefree, sunny time has gone.

What’s left is neither this nor that.

The sun is low; my life seems set,

yet much is still unsaid, not done,

and who will care when I am gone?

The sky’s all red with lesser rays.


1992 

 


AFFLUENCE


To make both ends meet,

you need at least two ends.

To handle two ends, you surely

need at least one beginning.


For that, you want some room,

and there, over time, we’ll find 

a meeting place of minds,

people, lives, ideas, friends.


It’ll take at least two of those

to make things happen. To have

us connect, let’s meet now.

In the end we’ll strike it rich.



2004

VIGNETTES

 

 

68 Affluence

 

69 A Marriage

 

70 Lifespan of a Haiku

 

71 On a Medieval Painting of the Fall of Man

 

72 A History of Sarcasm

 

73 The Lovesick Anemone

 

74 Looking Out the Window in Autumn

 

75 Silent Question

 

76 Letters in a Drawer

 

77 A Bird Landing

 

78 Finesse

 

79 Sunset Blues

 

80 A Breakup

 

81 Night Secret

 

82 The Touch

 

83 Fireworks

 

84 My Daddy’s Hands