Love is Both a Path and a Guide ~~ Original Poems and Photographs by Rodney Standage, Gilbert Arizona

~~ Read Critically ~ Write Consciously ~ Speak Clearly ~ Tell Your Truth -Clint Smith





Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Mother Tree


Sand Castles, Oceanside California, August 2017

Stepped from beneath the mother tree
Before dying she sheltered me
I walked along the flowing stream
Which guided me toward the sea

Upon the beach many were
Weighing bags they brought ashore
Standing there one caught my eye
She stood and waited by and by
Then on the scale her burden cast
The needle tipped then marker passed
Many years were lost at sea
Deserted island stranded flee
Cheated by the ones she loved
Treated as a worthless pawn
The sea wind bend, the sun did blind
Her love wrapped and tight cords bind
Built palisade no one could climb
Her need is more than I have wrought
For decades lived and love was lost

A soothing salve could not be found
So thinking I turned and stared around
She came to me, what did she see?
She spoke a word, she’d seen my tree
It started slow and what I learned
Was I could sooth the lost and burned





Sunday, August 6, 2017

News



The spider’s web
Quad Camping, West Central New Mexico Wilderness, July 2017
Of sticky strands
And prickly hooks
Of bloody bands

I began to read
The tragedy
Of love undone
So violently

I stopped before
I read the gore
The sappy core
The final score

My peace defend
T’was enough to know
What, why and when
The how? – Not now.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Word Art



Me at Portage Glacier, Alaska June 1998


Ooh – they’re dark and full of pain
Mind is stone and eyes are rain
Do not there tread unless you must
Excise a canker or lost is trust

He took the pain deep in his soul
Mixed in words, sounds and more
Formed a piece on mantle placed
For all to see and some embrace

The hole t’was left when pain had gone
Has healed o’er though scars be long
Yet even they begin to thin
Time works its magic once again

Do not fault the artist’s hand
He did not ask for rocky sand
He only did what thought he must
Restore respect bring back the trust