Crown Bouquet

The Crown Bouquet
There is a special place
In heaven for those who love
Their eyes are wide open
To the beauty below and above

There is a special place
In hell for those who hate
Their eyes are closed shut
The dark abyss their fate

Get yourself a Crown Bouquet
Love thy neighbor
And soon you'll experience
What the word human is for

Satellite Constellation

It's warmth and beauty
Like a Satellite Constellation
Surrounds me
Comforts me

Just yards from my bed
The Smoke Tree
Has sugar plum foliage
Dancing in my head

Five leaf pedal power
Color clusters
Bathe mine eyes
Like a bed of spring flowers

More Tales From The Smoke Tree

Some entity
Is trying to keep me happy
Maybe that entity
Is the Smoke Tree

A fascinating species
Cousin of the Sumac
Sumacs from my youth
This memory takes me back

Newton, New Jersey
Youthful days in the woods
Next to our house
In our neighborhood

We used sumac branches
As swords
With garbage can lids
As shields for Kings and Lords

3000 miles away
Also near Route 80
Funny how a highway
Defines me

But I digress
Isn't it funny
What a tree can do
When I reminisce

Autumn’s Last Stand!

Like a fireworks show
They've saved the best for last
My neighbors Smoke Tree
Can't be surpassed

Its almost Christmas
Its a gift from Heaven
Or Father Christmas
And its turned up to eleven

The best gifts in life are free
Just like this tree
All you have to do
Is open your eyes and see

Buckeye Christmas Tree

The Buckeye Tree With Christmas Ornament
There's something 
That I missed
All these years
A new source of bliss

I opened my eyes
Lo and behold
Up in the trees
A new story to be told

What had seemed
Like just a Winter Tree
Now took on new meaning
At least new to me

While others shiver
In the Winter cold
With my camera
I'm mining gold

With all leaves gone
Autumn's leaf shroud lifted
What is underneath
Makes me feel like a thief

In this special scene
Less is certainly more
What I see now
I didn't see before

You stay forever young
When you open your eyes
Things you never saw
Are a new surprise

Golden Gingko

Golden Gingko
Don't tell me
You've heard this one before
Your golden leaves I adore

Against the sky
Of Royal Blue
You send a message
That rings true

Although your leaves
Are green during summer and spring
Its your yellow golden leaves
In autumn that really sings

Dream Wood

I came upon a dream wood
A forest much aglow
I knew not where it led
I entered very slow

It wasn't on fire
At least it wasn't burning
The positive light made me warm
It quenched my inner yearning

It made me calm
And soothed my soul
The vibrant light caressed me
I never wanted to go

I woke up then
With mornings rays
The vibrant sun peeked in
I gave my thanks for another day

New Day Sun

I’ve been playing Cello for 1 1/2 weeks so far. I have my first lesson via Zoom on Monday, and my Niece is my teacher. Pardon the songs lately because I’m a rank beginner, but trying to write songs for Cello is a fabulous exercise. Even though I’m getting older, it’s like the new light of a new day – learning something new makes me feel much younger.

No matter how young or old
You can do whatever you want
If it comes from your soul

If it's from the heart
You will succeed
Jump right in and start

With a song on your lips
And a whistle in the wind
No one can sink your ship

The Day Fall Fell

Today was the day Fall Fell
The last leaves of Autumn are on the wing
Cars had Christmas trees on the roof
Soon it will be time to sing (Auld Lang Syne)

Today was the day Fall Fell
The ornaments and lights are going up
Thanksgiving was great fun
Life with you is a Golden Cup

Today was the day Fall Fell
Happy Birthday my Dear
My life is wonderful
With you, and every year

Autumn Steps

Small garden steps
Strong and steep
Made of brick
Three foot deep

Always warm
And inviting
Garden path
Quite exciting

When the rain
Comes down
Golden leaves fall
Onto the ground