She stood there waiting to dance

This really isn’t about romance

I thought; why not give it a chance

My dance skills are somewhat lacking

She was kind and didn’t send me packing

As we danced in grand style around the floor

I was happy, hungry for more

Dancing is a gateway to happiness

It brings out the best in all of us


A cool morning devoured by the ascending sun

The first task will soon be done

As we cross items off, we feel we’ve won

Many opportunities for the day

Getting much accomplished feels like play

Few setbacks, tomorrow is another day

Each day, I set aside time for fun

Each day, I welcome the sun

Each day marks progress towards the goal

Each day, I refuse to sell my soul



Love and acceptance are the natural state

Justice for all is the natural state

A better world will be our fate

It takes work to learn to hate

It takes work to close a mind

It’s easier to just be kind

Hand in hand we advance mankind

It all makes so much sense

A serene world will be the consequence


I’m not a lifelong poet

Just read my work, you’ll know it

I write to spill my brain

Surprised by the thoughts I contain

It matters not what they mean to me

It only matters what they mean to thee

Open your mind, let the words flow in

Accepting strange thoughts could be a win

I’ll leave you here, go experience life

Experience is all we have, enjoy the wild life



Don’t be afraid to speak your mind

You can do it without being unkind

To live life fully, open your mind

Receive ideas, they needn’t be aligned

Trust is precious, give it and receive

Share yourself and you will achieve

Welcome the adventure, assume the uncertainty

Life has its problems, never carefree

To experience it will bring peace and tranquility


The road may be long, but not lonesome

I feel sorry for those living in a slum

I have myself as good company

Driving is meditative, I stare blankly

I am in control of my universe

I’m singing my happy song, on third verse

Outside the air is hot and dry

The most interesting clouds fill the sky

My back is sore, the day is done

I marvel at how far we’ve come



Spinning round and around

Exalting in love just found

It’s another new day

The blues have gone away

So happy to have found you

The world doesn’t have a clue

Together, we become lost in the music

All the result of a single right click

Who thought love resides in technology?

Lucky me, I only suffered through three


Love makes the world go around

All without making a sound

Quietly, without control, casting its spell

Even without knowing, all can be well

Open your heart, let it in

The entire world is actually your kin

As you are, love yourself first

It will quench the perpetual thirst

Love your fellow in a manner appropriate

The path of life will become a pleasant banquet



I cried the day we first met

I cried again the day you left

In another life, we’ll meet again one day

Maybe, this time, you won’t go away

I reveled in the time we had

We went our separate ways, I feel sad

Life in its wisdom is not always fair

Apparently, we weren’t destined to be a pair

To live our life without regret

We need to forgive and forget


It was a long lonely drive

At the end, I would feel alive

She welcomed me with loving arms

I lost myself in her many charms

Time expired, it was time to go

The open road was my new foe

How many days till I return?

For the touch of her hands, I do yearn

Is it wrong to be driven by this feeling?

Because it does leave my senses reeling


31 sustainable medieval bride wear disturb

Deer grazing in a mountain meadow

Sustainable peace on a spring day mellow

Bears eating wild berries with flavor rife

Do not disturb their flow of life

Rabbits raiding my garden, many crimes

This hasn’t changed since medieval times

Spring is the bride of the new year

It is the harbinger of all that is clear

Colorful are the clothes we wear

Start each new day without a care

32 compass quick anchor echo pander

To make it through life, we need a compass

A meandering course will lead to a morass

A quick decision is not always the right thing

The wrong choice can leave the heart aching

Don’t pander to the wants of others

Believe all troubles will pass

To echo their thoughts is self-betrayal

The words of wise ones are not drivel

Anchor yourself in the now

A life of peace, confidence will endow

33 fresh rust betrayal feral reason

Do not conform, live life feral

Embrace the color purple

A fresh perspective makes the challenge easier

To prepare, be a lifelong learner

Reason is not always the solution

The path to follow is decisive action

Beware the betrayal of false information

Platitudes coated in obscuring rust

Are not the truths we should trust



The sweetness of life is a vindication

Doing the right thing is the anthem

The work of justice is never done

One day, a peaceful world we will become

Hard work and fortitude required here

Attention required, the end is near

We have the power, nothing to fear

We are common residents of this wondrous planet

The opportunities are an astonishing banquet

Respect and acceptance are required

The utopia we desire will be acquired


When feeling blue, I drive to the beach

While a fair drive, it’s within reach

The wind and miles of sand

Wash away the cares of the day as planned

The quiet little tourist town

Yuppies acting like a clown

Can’t leave town without caramel fudge

Need to walk, so waistline doesn’t budge

Starting peaceful drive home, troubles emptied

Back to regular life, no longer frenzied


Dance with me, the night is young

No rhyme or reason, the fun has begun

The music inhabits our soul

Moving around the floor, a tranquil stroll

The fantasy of life goes by in a blur

Reality disappears, ecstasy grows deeper

The world of dance is an amazing place

It might be the salvation of the human race

The legs ache from crazy abandon

Sadly, signaling the evening is done


It’s been a while since I’ve posted the five word challenge poetry. I’ve tried to incorporate some of the things I learned reading about poetry. It’s a little clunky and forced. Not my best work. I believe this exercise opens new pathways in the brain, expanding my horizons. I hope it does the same for you.

28 simplicity tinge nape ice kleptomaniac

A tinge of orange streaked the sky

Announcing the beginning of an eventful day

The nape of my neck dripping with sweat

Challenges looming, nary a threat

It won’t finish itself, enter the fray

Simplicity of approach, set goals high

Don’t let the kleptomaniac of time steal your day

Use it wisely, you have class

The clank of ice in the glass

Once again you have escaped the morass

29 monkey option panoply fold heifer

The panoply of wonders never ceases to amaze

Earth cradles and nourishes us, respect it

The black and white heifer grazes peacefully

Earth cradles and nourishes us, respect it

The monkey climbs, baby on back, banana in hand

Earth cradles and nourishes us, respect it

Universal kindness is not really an option

Earth cradles and nourishes us, respect it

Fold a vision of the future with today’s reality

Earth cradles and nourishes us, respect it

30 how avarice paralyze whisk portent

Let not the current situation portent future apocalypse

We can not watch as quality slips

The avarice of the few isn’t the destiny of the many

Bad news manifests daily

Let not the current trajectory paralyze the necessary change

A better world is what we must exchange

Working together is how the future is shaped

The surface has just been scraped

Status quo is not to be whisked into the future

Progress must be achieved without border


Against my better judgement, I have been reading some books on writing poetry. Some of it is helpful and some conflicts with my core writing values. These conflicts create a dissonance I hope I can wash away without too much influence on my writing.



I opened my spirit, I am in control

The heavy rush of air fills my soul

It reminded me of a fresh spring day

My morning cup of earl grey

Sweetened the start of another day

The delicious challenges awaiting me

I know I’m ready, I won’t flee

Adventure and experience sustain my soul

I follow my spirit, I am in control


I remember those days of shame

Friends don’t associate with my name

I alone carry the weight

The others have no cause to hate

Each day I meditate

To exorcise the feelings we all carry

To feel good, create a boundary

To live in the present

Makes all our lives pleasant


The dusty trail stretched ominously before me

Lined with brush, stones, and boulders

I could taste the heat and dust

Nary a tree in sight

From the glaring sun, no respite

In the distance, the view is blurry

In the day, no wildlife ventures out

The silence is almost a shout

Sweat coursing over my body

Hard to believe this was my choice

Yes, I am enjoying the strange form of fun

When I arrive back at my car

I still only see our lonely star



A tranquil, bucolic little town

Becomes beyond belief at sundown

The crimson sky highlights the beauty

The fishing boats on the rolling sea

This my home, my destiny

Take me back to my little town


Loneliness can be freedom, embrace it

It is not a curse, celebrate it

Allow yourself to stop the orbit

Be the harbinger of abundant truth

To deny it would be uncouth

Bring life to that which is youth

Be in solitude with your best friend

Allow your spirit to ascend

Let the tranquil mirth never end


Hand in hand we stood facing the wind

Many obstacles came before us

Hand in hand we stood facing the wind

Each day our differences clashed and battled

Hand in hand we stood facing the wind

Heartache and tragedy befell us

Hand in hand we stood facing the wind

Problems were addressed and conquered

The sun burst forth each new day

Life evolved into exceptional joy

Hand in hand we conquered the wind