"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." -Maya Angelou

Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Look Back...

At 2009

I have never really done a year in review or anything like that, but here goes. The happy moments, the sad ones, the feats and the memories:

In 2009...

10. I read 55 books, and began a 56th.
9. My favorite students threw me a goodbye party
8. I sledded in the Alps (as 2008 became 2009)
7. I toured Edinburgh, London, Budapest, Bruges, Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Vienna, and Glasgow
6. I fell in love with a school and a country
5. Matthew came to France
4. We lost Louis and got Henry
3. I had a special visitor all of September
2. I met Matthew, and fell in love
1. I got to live another year of love, life and joy with the 4 (and now 5) people who mean the most.

Friday, December 25, 2009

The Almost-Christmas

If this is the time to be with the people you love, I'm only 4/5.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

On My State of Being

Did you ever think it would be like this?
I dreamed it would, but did I really know?
The answers we may never find,
But perhaps I don’t even need them.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Reminiscent of another age

Thursday, November 26, 2009


I'm feeling rather torn
Not knowing what
To do

And you would too.

My heart says one thing
My head
Well it says

Nothing's etched in cement.

Maybe I should just
Go for
It the thing I truly

I do indeed aspire.

There is a good
Here I'm getting rather

And yet it takes so long.

If it were up
to me
Well then I'd be sprinting
to you

Straight 'til you're in view.

But it is, up to me
That is
So maybe I should adjust
My mind

Stop waiting for a clearer sign.

It's time to seize my life it's
I'm tired of putting it on

I choose today to start growing old.

With you.

Monday, November 16, 2009

I Love Us

This week marks 8 months
That we have been us.
It's gone by fast,
But the separations
Go by so slow.

Learning to still have fun
While apart is like
Trying to breathe
Underwater, nevertheless
I'll do my best.

Love's my light in a
Sea of shadows,
Hold on tight I'm
Coming I'm running
As Fast as I can.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


My poison courses all around,
Spreading warmly through my veins,
Tracing its terror from my heart
And slowly back again.

No more will I infect you all,
Those who care and watch over me.
Instead I will hide it deep and away,
Protect you from the toxic sea.

They carry the precious antidote
In the palms of their tiny open hands,
Needing, wanting me to have it,
Kindly and freely offering and—

I stretch so long and far with all
The strength that I possess
I—reach, sometimes even catch it,
Salvation from the constant unrest.

But this is only for a moment
For all alone again, consumed
I wade in dark and murky waters
The bulk of my life in an empty room.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Iseut (English Translation)

From the moment of the potion’s touch
Delicate fingers rise to brush
Her quivering lips, light clearing the dim
A fresh pain she senses, the love of him

She sees in his eyes, calm before the storm
So deep are they, so courageous and warm
He renders Brown beautiful as never before
Giving life to the color that’s always ignored.

Circumstance fights with all its force
Nature wrestles with strength and resource
The Elements whirl about in aggression

But nothing can erase her undying passion
She loves him despite Them despite great distance
Love the victor, for them, pleasure’s ever immense.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Just Ask June

There’s no reason I shouldn’t be mad as hell,
Screaming at the gods or brewing a spell,
There’s no reason I shouldn’t shake my fists,
Drowning in endless planning and lists.

There’s no reason I shouldn’t curse the Earth,
Shouting profanities, for what they’re worth,
There’s no reason I shouldn’t just let go,
Let chance take me places I cannot yet know.

There’s no reason I shouldn’t cry every night,
Aching in agony, writhing in spite,
There’s no reason I shouldn’t just give in,
Allowing these burdens the hard earned win.

But I won’t ever let these things be so,
Or turn my back on what I surely know,
That you are the reason I’ll suffer it all
No matter how fast or how often I fall.

Instead I say let’s dive right in, head first,
Together I know we can conquer the worst
Of the hardships in life or the problems we’ll face,
Our epic love spans through time and through space.

So ignore them, those who told you to pause,
Keep the dream alive, believe in the cause,
The brevity of life should keep us going,
Not stopping for anything, always knowing

That the message is clear and has been all along
In all of our poems and in every song,
Our time is our own, so I say make haste and
Sing out: Let’s go, time’s a wastin’!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


It’s one of those things
People expect you’ll just
Right back, but you can’t.

They just don’t understand
Even if they do
They don’t.
It’s almost ineffable

The hurt we feel without him,
Two weeks later
Here I am crying all over
Again, I can’t stop

The world without him
Feels even more alone,
As if that were possible
Especially now, but somehow

It is.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Spice to My Sugar

There is this girl
I know so well
And you, you know
Her too she’s
Always dance dance dancing
Life away with
Little to slow
Her down swirling
Whirling round
And round and
Round and

Perhaps that
Just the way
She wants
You to see her
Can’t stop-
For a minute or
All falls
Apart she
Depends on
Me, depends on

She has a heart
Of gold, of gold
You know
She cares so much
It makes her cry
The tough exterior
And carefree way
Are merely guises
For the fragile
Soul that lies
Within and

She’ll keep on
Keep on dancing
And try
Her very best
To be brave she
Keeps on keeps on
Dance dancing
Until she finds
The one
Brave enough to

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Choppy Constance

Being apart gives me the constant sensation
That something is stuck on the tip of my tongue
Like there’s something I’ve forgotten to say
Or an important story left untold

It’s like losing my keys or even forgetting
An important meeting I meant to attend,
That clenching in the pit of my stomach,
Shoulders tense to remind me that

You aren’t here to talk to me, and
To make me feel at ease in life,
Showing me all that I want is right here.

I can only sigh, attempt, fail to relax,
Because the dull pain I always feel
Is the lack of you, and that, alone.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Full Circle

Once there was a little girl
Who thought she'd go and see the world,
But little did she know the suprise
Awaiting her warm and bright blue eyes.

She saw great wonders in the Pope's home,
Went to Florence to catch a glimpse of the dome.
She climbed the peaks of Switzerland,
And even viewed gifts for Mitterrand.

She heard the ringing of Big Ben,
Learned tales of ghosts in Edinburgh then
She marveled at the chateaux in Perigord,
And listened to endless French folklore.

She tasted splendors in Ankara,
Explored the entire Alhambra,
She danced the tango in B.A.,
Went to Versailles to see the palais.

She visited the Marché de Noel,
So much she knew she'd have to tell
To those whom she had left behind
When she had known they wouldn't mind.

And what she learned she did not expect
Despite her marvelous intellect,
That the home that she had left one fall
Was the place that she loved most of all.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Lack of You

It's a wonder what the heart can survive.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The (Un)attainable

2 a.m., I’m wide awake again, with
Warm butterflies for company
After months and months and here I am
Tingles rise to phantom boiling points.

It’s not supposed to be like this
At least it never was before
My swelling vessels, tightened lungs
Tugging me in apparent reverse.

But I’m no fool, clear skies ahead
I’ll not forsake the whimsy yet
‘Tis but proof once and for all, it’s
Possible to catch a snowflake.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Writer's Block? Or lack of talent...

Sometimes the words, other times the ideas, seemingly never both.

Friday, August 14, 2009


A thousand pure and shimmering moments,
I wished and prayed would never end, coiled
Tightly around a feeling, a place, an idea,
I longed for infinity in those instants.

Dangling from the cool zephyrs, breezily
Sweeping me, through life, whether
Tethered to a coaster spinning hard and quick,
Or soaring in the powdery mountain white

I hoped to lock into those instances
Of impenetrable joy, But—

Most notable, I believe, are the moments
Spent with all the wrong someones,
For you see, (and you must see)
Time could not possibly stand still for them and me.

Forever is far too long and too short
To spend with the nobodies and the mistakes.
Perhaps once you reach me,
The everlasting rhythm will finally halt

Or maybe we are temporarily static,
Paying our dues for limitless bliss to come.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Trapped within a prison
Whose design is not my own,
Inadequate and meek and
Submissive all along.

Why can I not prevent, defeat
These demons hunting me,
Who bind me firmly to the ground,
While heart calls to the sea?

You must know I’m questing now,
Chasing dreams with all my might.
I shudder, cold and confused
With no remedy in sight.

In words alone can you and I
Appear together as one.
In fleeting, captured, recorded thoughts,
Which cannot be undone.

Someday soon they’ll let me go
And run away to thee,
For now this melody must suffice
In uniting you and me.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Blanket Fall

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Why I Can't See the Green in Your Eyes

There he stood, a small lad then,
Brown pools of wonder and delight,
Every color mixing together,
Deep innocence glowing, brightest light.

The boy gives brown new life,
Making it beautiful as never before.
Thick long lashes act as shields,
Preserving his youth evermore.

Adolescence reigns in then,
Like storm clouds on the prowl.
Ominous skies, oracles of turmoil,
Threatening the warmth now, thick and fowl.

Here he stands, now six feet tall,
Emerald creases of experience appear,
Cracking lightening crawls, etching
Green wiry wrinkles, subtly severe.

Spider webs of angst now grow,
And green pokes selfishly through,
Highlighting the freshest of scars,
Defeating every other hew.

The focus and strain of all those years
Shows in the new and murky brown.
That green of knowledge and of smarts,
A wealth of all that innocence gone.

The girl makes all that disappear,
The streaks dissolve, evaporate.
Once again the ageless pools
Erase traces of the fall from grace.

A catalyst making the colors vibrate,
Bubbling up and harmonizing anew.
The doe eyes resurfacing now
The green no longer seeping through.

To her the green is invisible now
As the boy who believed in love appears.
Wisdom covers anguish, with
Smiles replacing all the tears.

So expressive, they smirk, these
Eyes, that slight lip curl
Brightens and softens those globes,
Those maps to the heart's whole world.

The boy gives brown new life,
Making it beautiful as never before.
Thick long lashes act as shields
Preserving his youth evermore.

Agitation still brings out the green,
And boy to man must often roam,
But when he lets her be that spark,
The storms calm and in her he's home.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Looking Downward

Monday, May 18, 2009

Blaring Silence

Stretched out side by side
A boy and a girl.
Sleep escaping each in turn,
Minds colliding in loudest silence.

Charged orange vapor floats above
The boy and the girl.
Particles electric tangible now,
Glowing invisible in the air.

Ears ringing with his thoughts,
This girl--
How can she sleep
When he's thinking so loud?

Head swelling with images of her
That boy--
Her voice on loop, undressing
Her in his waking dreams.

Consumed by deep disquiet are
Our boy and our girl.
Pungent tension binds them static,
Neither grasping the hush as love.

Very loosely inspired by "Los Novios"

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Dès le moment que le philtre la touche,
Ses doigts raffinés se lèvent à la bouche
Les lèvres frissonnants, tout s'éclarcit,
Une nouvelle douleur, l'amour de lui.

Elle voit dans ses yeux, calme avant l'orage,
Tous profonds sont-ils, tous doux en courage.
Il rend le Brun tout merveilleux comme jamais,
Donnant vie au couleur toujours ignorais.

La Circonstance batte avec toute sa puissance
La Nature lutte en sa force et vaillance
Les Éléments tourbillonnent l'agression

Mais, rien n'effacera, interminable sa passion,
Elle l'aime malgré eux, malgré plus grandes distances,
L'Amour le vainqueur, pour eux, bonheur immense.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


I looked out to the sky today,
The blue, the white, the black, the gray,
But to my shock, d'lighted dismay,

I hope to feel your love today,
We kiss, we laugh, we run, we play,
But instead of sun's yellow ray,

I love you in warm pink today,
I burst, I beam, I leap, I sway,
But in return, your grand display,

I felt your love so strong today,
You touch, you smile, you hope, you pray,
But we're outdone by eves in May,

I danced with you in bliss today,
A turn, a skip, a beat, a way,
But Sky is fleeting and will stray,

I knew our time was done today,
Now dusk, now dim, now dark, now 'way,
But in love we'll be back someday,

When I looked out my window and saw tonight's purple sunset, I felt inspired and this is what came out.


Saturday, May 2, 2009

Grasping Perfection

The perfect instant occurs when you discover you are in the company of someone who not only shares your passions, but who articulates them in a way that you comprehend with every inch of yourself, down to the very core of your being.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Pink Eye
Seven worlds collide at a glance