We Found a New Day

when enemies
of peace
were no longer
we found a new time
we found a new day

we found missiles
no longer
mounted on steel steeds
marching in parade

we heard laughter
from children playing
we heard music
free from angst

we heard apologies
for many misunderstandings
we heard pardons
for many mistakes past

when enemies
of peace
were no longer
we found a new time
we found a new day

we found missiles
no longer
mounted on steel steeds
marching in parade

Notes on a Title Fight (revised)

Notes on Title Fighting (revised)

in the middle
of one serious
challenge…

to my pursuit
of success as i
follow my dreams

i finally stopped crying
i finally stopped complaining
i finally stopped sleeping
i finally stopped stressing …

out…

must change my pace
…in the ring
must step back
lay on the ropes
and let opposition swing

let opposition swing
while i cover my head
let opposition swing
while i take blows to muscle
let opposition swing
while i deflect with strong arms

let opposition swing
while i stay on the ropes

and wait…

for my day, my hour, my moment, my minute, my round

How I Play the Game

How I Play the Game

when I was young
my peers told me
i needed to carry a blade
to survive

but i said no

when i could smell myself
my contemporaries told me
nice guys lose
you need to keep your gun

but i threw it away, anyway

when i first walked
through corporate corridors
my handlers coached me
be crude, be vicious, be cold

but i kept my meek, warm heart

and when the doors open
i will play to win

The 5 O’Clock Rush

The 5 O’Clock Rush

foot to pedal
pedal to metal
steering wheel gripped
destiny awaits at my goal

focused on destiny
competitors in every lane
weaving and keeping
my eyes on the road

weary from the dogfight
as sharp pains emanate
from bruises incurred
from a dog eat dog world

got to stay awake
got to pay attention
got t keep my foot steady
my mind on where I’m going

foot to pedal
pedal to metal
steering wheel gripped
destiny awaits at my goal