Our solemn duty
Replenish resources squandered
Refill our dubious drought
As living waters wander astray
Once-fertile fields with harvests hard-earned
Craves nurture for soil now dry

We must give as we take
We must mend what we wound 

Earth begs a sustainable cycle
Her thirst we cannot ignore,
Sow seeds where they will grow
Where living waters freely flow

We can feed Earth’s hunger
We can quench her thirst
We can preserve each vital source

Replenish, recharge, refill, reload
Our earthly steward moral code

Memory Museum

Displayed in a museum
My gallery
My life’s moments
Sad, framed scenes
Portraits of despair
Hearts broken
Beyond repair
Strokes of blue dappled grey
Memories that refuse to fade
Yet, even in Van Gogh’s saddest work
Purple, pink, and gold splashes
Scatter hope

Joyous moments dance
Painting shimmering light
Of love
Warm light
Buttery bright
But one mural hides
In the corner
Dark with doom
Reflecting Picasso’s
Fear and gloom
Overgrown anguish
And demanding doubts
Shaping chaos too big
To flout

I want to scream
Break my gallery’s
Sacred silence
Yet, I refuse to disturb
The patrons appreciating
Munch’s anxious art

My memory museum
Personal artwork
Some muted
Some bright
Capture fear
Capture fright
Yet, each work
A treasure
By me

The Sun Still Rises

Sun rises on
a new day
flickering light
from dark corners
of my soul

I refuse
to surrender
to sorrow
for I know
love lives on

light and fair
the thorns
and trenches
on my trail

seeks faith
to kindle
hope’s flame
light and fair

spring’s sun
delight behind
winter’s somber