Milk and Silence

~ for Bingo ~ what do you see througheyes full of milk?once dark and shinynow white and hazyeyes that stare into spaceeyes that obscure your souleyes that search the carpet in vainfor undropped biscuits? what do you hear withears full of silence?once perky and alertnow useless and deafears that function no moreears that can't hear … Continue reading Milk and Silence

Master of Touch and Flow

Photo: Dad and Jim (his pet crow) at the water pump, early 1940s~ for Richard Bedford Bennett ~a Depression-era prairie child,you touched castles made of sandand grew up humbly on the landplaying with quirky homemade toyswhen big-sky sunsets and sunrisespierced the distant flat horizonsand phantom prairie windswhipped and slowedwhile carving soilsthat crumbled and flowedbetween your … Continue reading Master of Touch and Flow

It’s Your Day, Mom!

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!With Love and Gratitude! well Dad, he calls you Marillynbut I just call you Momand to your now-grown grandchildrenit's Nana you've becomeback when I was a naughty boyI'd drive you 'round the bendyou'd spank me with that wooden spoonbut love me to the endtoday and every other dayI hope you'll feel admiredI … Continue reading It’s Your Day, Mom!

Blue Skies and Sunshine

~ for Diane Hudson ~ They gave you blue skies Sunshine Opportunity and love Unlimited Now God's giving them blue skies Sunshine Togetherness and peace Eternal Love to your Dad Love to your Mom Peace be with their friends With your family And with you - Paul Raworth Bennett Image credit: Tim Hill (Pixabay)

She Sings my Body Electric

~~ for lovers everywhere ~~ she sang my body electric whenthat frosty February daybefore she slowly walked awayshe gave her phone number to meand to a date she did agree! I’d sat beside her on the busso many things we did discuss! I surely hoped in two weeks’ timeshe'd be my teenaged Valentine she sang … Continue reading She Sings my Body Electric

Swimming Lessons

having almost drowned inseductive, opaque pools oftoxic relationshipshidden withinjungles of codependencyI feared I could no longer swim desperate for a way outI stumbled throughdark thickets of uncertaintyfound an icyriver of avoidancedonned a fear preserverplunged in andfloated downstream pastmissed opportunities until one daythe forest released its gripmy river of avoidance endedand I met you your soul … Continue reading Swimming Lessons

El Diablo, Tailor of White Curtains

my eyes closed, and thenafter minutes, or maybe hoursfrom deep within my silent mindfrom behind gossamer, silken curtains the colour of fallen snow...faded by the yearsshe reappearedand her heavenly gazecaressed my weary souland her velvet embracewrapped me in anticipationand she drew me towards herand we joined, delightfully, once again my eyes opened, and aloneupon my … Continue reading El Diablo, Tailor of White Curtains

The Birds of Aleppo

by Paul Raworth Bennett ~~~ a tale of hope, for the people of Aleppo ~~~ Before the summer of 2011, hundreds of species of songbirds such as swallows, warblers, wrens, chickadees, and nuthatches would serenade and sooth the citizens of Aleppo, a Syrian city of almost 5 million. Twice daily, when the sun painted the … Continue reading The Birds of Aleppo

A Love Sestina

~~ A Love Sestina ~~ the warmth of your sweet love does fill my yearning heart it burns within our kiss and sparkles in your smile such that the flow of time is gently put on hold together we will hold a crucible of love we'll stir it over time and forge a common heart … Continue reading A Love Sestina

The Man I Admire

🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 by Paul Raworth Bennett I'm a middle-aged man who has learned over time Just what makes people tick, their rhythm and rhyme More than anyone else there’s a man I admire So I thought I’d describe him in case you inquire Well the first thing … Continue reading The Man I Admire

Anticipation

🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below 🙂 Anticipationby Paul Raworth Bennett brown glassy eyesthe unblinking gazeof adorationof infinite trustof pure til-death-do-us-part black button nosemoist, ready, twitching(just a little) pink tongue, spring-loadedwith a fusillade of kisses(and barely visible) eighteen pounds ofwarm, woolly,buff-coloured lovequietly perched atopfour floppy legs leaning forwardprimed for actionwaiting for the … Continue reading Anticipation

Ready and Waiting

I’ve known some lovely women o’er the yearsHad ups and downs enough to surely knowMy earnest heart’s had lots of time to growWell-tempered, it's known happy times and tearsMy life is almost always filled with joyHowever what I’m missing is a mateI’m trying to be a patient man and waitShe doesn’t have to be Helen … Continue reading Ready and Waiting

Reunited

and then, atop a mess of soaked Egyptian cotton while water trickled from an overturned bedside vase as if savoring a cool spring after a week lost in the Sahara Remy and Anäis devoured each other playing each other's bodies like musical instruments - he was the sax, she the violin - until their harmonics … Continue reading Reunited

ElderLove

when I think back upon the years it always fills my eyes with tears what luck we had to find a love as pure as from the skies above the day won't come that I'll forget the summer camp where we first met and how from such a fumbled kiss grew 60 years of wedded … Continue reading ElderLove

The Kiss

🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 The Kiss by Paul Raworth Bennett When you're nearby you spark in me desire A primal urge to have our bodies meet So we might make a lengthy moment sweet Let's join our mouths and set ourselves on fire So let us both draw near … Continue reading The Kiss

The Bard’s Kiss

🙂 To hear this poem, use the player below. 🙂 The Bard's Kiss by Paul Raworth Bennett When thou art near thou spark in me desire A primal urge to has’t our bodies meet And maketh now a lengthy moment sweet Let us join lips, setteth ourselves on fire Alloweth us draw near and close … Continue reading The Bard’s Kiss

Swim For Your Life in Me

~ for M.B. ~ Run to me, oh spotted fawn His raging alcoholic inferno Destroying your soul for ages Is behind you now Sparks still chase Popping and hissing after you You've been running, exhausted Trapped, frightened, confused Escaping your living nightmare But fear not, don't look back Now you are free! Come drink of … Continue reading Swim For Your Life in Me

The Terrifying Seduction

as I listened to her slender fingersmaking exquisite loveto the ivoriesto the melodyto Rachmaninoffto the audienceto the Universeto the thousand miles between usto my heartand to every atom in my BeingI realized that we mustnever actually meet, for I'dgive myself instantly to hermelt into her minddisappear within her souldazzled by her brillianceincinerated by her beautyand … Continue reading The Terrifying Seduction

Happy for Her

~ for S.L. ~ The other day, in the wee hours While I couldn't sleep A pencil sketch - long and tenderly held, within my heart - Fading, yet never doomed to oblivion Emerged from my nimble fingertips It was of her and me, aged five and seven Carefree and innocent Walking together along the … Continue reading Happy for Her

My First Kiss

~~ for Lynn S ~~ While staring holes into the sea-foam patterns slipping away in the ferry's wake, my father's arm draped across my small, skinny shoulders, I felt for the first time a melancholy, a sadness, a yearning that I'll never forget. I was eight during that sunny August of 1972, and my family … Continue reading My First Kiss