Evolution

I watch him
In his becoming
And marvel
Amazed
At the transformation
He stands
Lost in his music
In his pictures
Easy with the himself
That he is
Hat pulled low
Leaning against
The pole
Watching
And seeing
And seeing more than he’s watching
I watch him
And I see
The little boy
In the young man
And the man he is becoming
With pride
In awe
Of what I see
The ease
In his reality
And I smile

Bridges

Disappointment
unwanted
a shame
attentionĀ seeking
Sub-optimal
lame

The pain I brought
inadvertent unintentional
revisitedĀ a million times over
through the years

The messages
the stories
the stones thrown
to shatter dreams
served well
to bind my hands and heart

I stop and think
maybe
turn back?
burning bridges fall far
they boil the water
cauterize the wounds
purify the ideas.

From the rubble
I crawl
And in the quiet as I sit
brushing off the soot and smoke
I find
the smallest green
of uncommon growth.