WISH YOU WERE HERE

No one understands
I don’t know what to do
I feel so lost …. confused
So lonely …. without you.

Every afternoon
We’d sit and drink our coffee
We’d talk about the past
You knew everything about me.

Together for so long
For so many, many years
Now I’m here alone
How I wish that you were here.

I can’t take out the garbage
Pull the weeds or mow the lawn
What am I going to do
Now that you are gone?

The quiet of the house
The stillness in your room
Reminders  you’re not here
You were taken far too soon.

People come and go
Bringing soup and casseroles
Don’t think they understand
What it feels like to be old.

You did the grocery shopping
I did the lighter chores
We were quite a team
I couldn’t ask for more. 

Now I am dependent
I have to ask for help
It’s a humbling experience
Living here …. all by myself.

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TRINKETS AND TREASURES

The walls are closing in
Can’t find that inner peace
Can’t see three feet ahead
The forest for the trees.

Giving in to sorrow
Ravished ….. filled with pain
Nothing to look forward to
Nothing left to gain.

Thought you would return
But, I’ve been left behind
Nothing but a memory
You simply changed your mind.

Tried to keep my head up
Believed love would matter more
Than money, fame or status
Those things you’re looking for.

But, here I sit with photos
Trinkets …. treasures from the past
Helplessly remembering
A love that didn’t last.

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DON’T CALL ME

Whatever you do ….. don’t call me
I’m trying to forget
Please  don’t try and text me
I’m not over you …. not yet.

Some  books, your shoes, some photographs
Reminders you’re not here
A few things you didn’t take with you
Because you didn’t care.

Lying here on the floor
Helpless ….. paralyzed
No answers to the questions
Still deciphering the lies.

Knowing she’s there with you
You in your t-shirt and ripped jeans
Nothing I said made a difference
You were so cruel …. so freaking mean.

Now that the dust has settled
Knowing how I truly feel
Should I even try to consider
What we once had …. as real?

The ceiling fan above my head
The cool tile against my face
Does it make sense to stay here now?
Should I look for a new place?

Friends? I don’t think so
Not now…. I’d say not ever
You missed the open window
The ties ….. completely severed.

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CAN’T FALL ASLEEP

Can’t fall asleep
He’s at it again
Ranting and raving
Plotting to win.

Every night
Alone …. here with you
I’m wide awake
Don’t know what to do.

No problem for you
Passed out …. sound asleep
I’ve spent the last hour 
Counting black and white sheep.

The chaos within
The fear and concern
He’s talking about staying
Another full term.

He is  the cause
How many are dead?
He is responsible for
The noise in my head.

Won’t wear a mask
Thinks he’s immune
When will this be over
I pray …. very soon.

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A SCAM & A HOAX

Don’t send in your ballot
Unless it’s for me
I’m number one
The best there could be.

Only the votes
That put me ahead
Need to be counted
Yes, that’s what I said.

A vote for a democrat
A complete waste of time
Their votes are not valid
We’ll count only mine.

A scam and a hoax
If they win this race
I simply won’t have it
I’ve got to save face.

So many ballots
Sent through the mail
If they are considered
I’ll end up in jail.

Slander and scam
Confuse and divert
That’s been my plan
And, I know it will work.

I’m staying in power
I won’t give in
I will be the victor
I am going to win.

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ANGUISH

Anguish and turmoil
Nerves are on edge
Feeling so anxious
Here on this ledge.

Don’t want to tumble
Trip or just fall
Trying to make sense
Make sense of it all.

The anger, the hatred
Mean spirited threats
The promises made
Now they forget.

Feeling so scared
Our future’s at stake
No way is he making
America great.

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STEPPING UP

Standing down is not an option
Stepping up will get things done
Don’t give in to false deceptions
It’s not how the race is won.

All the contradictions
The lies …. the bait and switch
Always an agenda
That comes with a new glitch. 

They’ll cheat if it works better
They will boldly lie to you
Nothing they will tell you
Is ever right or true.

How do you fight a monster
Who will stab you in the back?
Who values his white privilege?
Always ready to attack.

He wants to be an autocrat
To  disband democracy 
Only the ignorant 
Long for complacency.

Two faced and hypocritical 
They line the hallowed halls
No longer true republicans
They’re Trumpsters  one and all.

Will right win  out …. in the end ?
Will justice at last prevail?
Will truth …. honor and dignity.
Be enough to tip the scales?

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CHILDREN IN CAGES

Children in cages
So hard to believe
What more do you need
To finally believe?

This just can’t be right 
So horrific…. so sad
How did this happen?
So awful…. so bad!

Compassion and love 
Replaced with greed
How can you stand there
And watch them bleed?

The horror, the fear
Looking for shelter
After all she’s been through
Can’t we reach out to help her?

Taking a child 
From a mother’s arms
Exchanged for a blanket
Made of foil to keep warm. 

How could this be?
The cruelty …. the hate
Is this how we make
America great?

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DON’T WAIT

You pushed so hard
But, waited too long
So sure you were needed
But, you were so wrong.

The coffee …. the jitters
The pain in your gut
Though you looked quite tattered
You always showed up.

The contrast so clear
She was young and alert
So polished, she shined
She stood out at work.

Without hesitation
Quite comfortably
They made a decision
Unanimously.

New kid on the block
You were demoted
They all agreed
They decided…they voted.

No choice in the matter
Time to retire
She was loaded for bear
Best to quit….don’t get fired.

She had an agenda
She knew what to do
To get what she wanted
To get rid of you.

GROUNDHOG DAY

Every day 
Begins the same
How’d it happen?
Who’s to blame?

Needing to
Go back to work
Make my lunch
Iron my shirt.

But “Groundhog Day”
Starts again
It’s all the same
As it begins.

Need the money
Need to feel
We can survive
This vile ordeal.

Everything’s
Been turned around
Can’t figure out
What’s up or  down.

Bills are high
Funds are low
Can’t leave the house
Nowhere to go.

Can’t get close
Six feet apart
This distancing
Just breaks my heart.

Wish that this
Was just a  dream
Still waiting for
A safe vaccine.

So upset
What can we do?
I’m so afraid
Of losing you.

Let’s wear our masks
Wash our hands
Let’s do our best
Do what we can.

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