Category Archives: Prose and Poems

Poems from my children, my friends, my colleagues, and my grandmother.

Verge of a Dream: without a promise

There is a pearly glow
On the fender fin.
You say you will fall in
love with me,
I wonder
when.
I think the equinox
is neither there or here.
You might wish to be
alone or
alone with me,
it’s never sure.

In a velvet
theatre,
I wonder as
the actors kiss
then part
if they look
into the dark
for two,
new in love,
and wish for
that too,
in their hearts.

Then you in
the gray screen
lifted from
time.
A ring or
me that wind
about your finger
which one it is
I don’t seem to mind.
Held, as I am
like
the rock, bearing
the sword until
you ride
a curve in space
to another whose
hope for your
true love,
ends in
place
he’ll find was
without
a promise

RLB (posted 07/01/2022)

Verge of a Dream: I do not know —

I do not know the difference
Between one day and
Someday or if there is none.
I do know
it is when
all
consequences
will finally end,

I do not know the difference
Between acceptance and
love or if there is one.
Though
the gate may
close behind me
at eleven fifty nine
I do know
To take it and
Not to turn
It
down.

I did not know the difference
Between whats been true
And whats been waste
Though its clear
As a few years now
Have passed
That it will speed
Before me when
Neither it nor I
Will last.

RLB (posted 07/01/2022)

Music: There must have been a place: by Peggy Turner Hogan

Music and lyrics modified from RLB….

There must have been a place
That was made for us
Are we living there, really living there
It’s so far off, I’ve never seen it before
Like another life, we’re all together
Teenage kids and a real small house.
There must have been a place
Where someone’s living that makes up for this
These iron thought can’t stop,
Always come up with you, oh why, oh why
There is a cottage in the valley
Or a wooded place where someone
Is pretending to be us, why, oh why
So we don’t go to waste
There must have been a place
There must have been a place

pdf sheet music PTH _RLB_there-must-have-been-a-place

Never tell a lie: Music and lyrics by Thomas Arthur Turner

Music and lyrics

Here is a little suggestion and it might be hard to take
That’s if you are the type who is inclined to prevaricate.
It’s just a little psychology that every man should know
If he’s to be the perfect romeo so

Never tell a lie
Here’s the reason why
Someone might believe the things you say are on the level, darling
You might break a heart and that’s no way to start romance.
The things you say and do might thrill her through and through
But if you are on the sly I’m telling you you’ll make her cry, darling
That’s no way to do, before love starts you’re through.

So never never tell her that you love her
Unless it’s from the bottom of your heart
For there will come a time when she’ll discover
That your love for her was just a lark.

Then you’ll be alone by the telephone
All the girls will find you’ve been handing them a line now, darling
That’s the reason why it never pays to tell a lie.

Elliot’s Lullaby

Music and Lyrics to Elliots Lullaby

And now I lay my head to rest
All cuddled to my mommies chest
And she whispers softly in my ear
How their love brought me here.

And as my daddy holds us close
I know his love surrounds us both
And snuggled in their arms so tight
Each kisses me good night

Verge of a Dream: Graduation Night

Some things are real.
But I never saw you
In a low back dress
On what might
have been
A street lined with
Maples, houses
Not wanting pretense.
And with the prom
Tonight
I think the theme is
chiffon, You could be
My date. Except
you’ve never
Been known for
flounce or floating
around or chatting
in a circle about
the senior class
And what they’ll
Do in fall.
For all the things
I want to be real.
Nerves ignited
I never had my hand
Holding you when
They called
the slow dance.
For all the things
That could have
Been memories
So few are real.
Sitting next to you,
I can see the place
A hard bench,
A soft drink, hooking
From school, not
Single grace except
You, your brother’s
Creativity so
Brilliant I need
To turn away..or
then imagine
me a
White cane and cup.
It matters less what
Might be real,
it matters
More That when
at that turn point
that I might
Not see you when
It becomes
My graduation night.

RLB 05/30/2022

Lullaby: for Corin M Miller

Music and lyrics.

Two special souls bound together
Blended in purpose and heart
Brought forth a wondrous new child
Corin, to treasure
Blessed beyond measure
Pepsi and Bringer of Light
Tending this new precious life.

With hope and with wisdpom they’ll teach her
Mercy and grace will embrace her
Spirit of goodness abound
Love will surround
Peace will be found
Tenderly calming her strife
Guarding her new little life.

I wrote this 11 (2011) years ago for an as yet unborn Corin M Miller, who is almost 11 now. I wasn’t sure if she would ever know it existed. Technology has changed so much that a performance video can at least remind her that grandma M loves/loved her when she has her own grandkids.

Sheet music: corins lullaby-tunescribers_final

Never tell a lie: Music and lyrics by Thomas Arthur Turner

Music and lyrics to “Never tell a lie” by Thomas Arthur Turner (@1938)

Here’s a little suggestion and it might be hard to take
Thats if you’re the type who is inclined to prevaricate
It’s just a little psychology that ev’ry man should know
If he’s to be the perfect Romeo, so

Never tell a lie, here’s the reason why
Someone might believe the things you say are on the level, darling,
You might break a heart, and that’s no way to start romance.

Things you say and do, might thrill her thru and thru, but if they’re on the sly I’m telling you
You’ll make her cry, now darling, that’s no way to do, before love starts you’re through.

So never, never tell her that you love her, unless its from the bottom of your heart
For there will come a time when she’ll discover that your love for her was just a lark.

Then you’ll be a lone, by the telephone, all the girls will find
That you’ve been handing them a line, now darling,
Thats the reason why, it never pays to tell a lie.

Your Smile

Your Smile

Music  and lyrics by Thomas Arthur Turner

There are many thing about you
Too numerous to mention here
But the thing that made me love you-
Listen while I tell you dear

Your smile opened the door to my heart
So that I knew from the start
That you were the one for me

Your smile found I was lonesome and blue
Waiting for someone like you
A dream that you made come true

The night that we met
-could I ever forget-
I completely surrendered to you
I feel that way yet
And I’ll never regret
Even tho’ you might say we were through

Your smile lifts me to heaven above
so that I know I’m in love
In love with your smile and you.
Lyrics and music by Thomas Arthur Turner (sometime around 1938)

Verge of a Dream:

It didn’t ask to
Be there, the paint
On the canvas. But
Then none of us
When made,
had hand on the brush.
Sculpted from pink
Wax,
allowing light
In others lives. Until
Melted
And clinging in the
Dark,
to the table top.
Ground with a
Fine tool
from quartz.
The edges sharp.
Slowly
Making it art as each
Bead might be handled
In prayer.
They aren’t
Fools
reaching out
And cut by the edges
Sharp.
I think it is
Passion,
passion knows
No future, and visionless
Its blood
colors the
Carved leaves in red.

RLB 5/12/2022