Monthly Archives: February 2018

For These I Have Wept

For These I Have Wept

I have wept for the child whose father knew not of his sadness
Emptiness, a cancer growing alone ravaging no emotions
Tenderness tendrils stomped back no crying, take it like a man
I wept for a man who could not wipe tears from dry eyes
Wife lay in repose quite lifeless no looking good here
I have wept for a boy no good at sports but loved natrue.
Standing in angry shame before an embarrassed father, cold hearted
Sullen, he waits and the shame deepens and becomes
Dead white drifts of emptiness through his unfeeling soul
Cancer grows, malignant, swift, merciless, no tears to cry.
I have wept for myself grieving for poor health and a son
Come into his own to experience our love and mutual need.
Weep, my son, weep with me in joy, not too late, not too late
Love, Dad
Carl James
2-15-18

Some Men Weep

Some Men Weep

Some men weep some hide in shame at such vulnerability and exposure.
I have wept for joy a the beauty and culture of all mnkind
I have wept in sorrow at the brutality, the viscious cold-blooded acts.
I have grieved at the death of a friend and at being abandoned by a friend
I Have wept in gratitude at the love and giving of a perfect stranger
I have sobbed uncontrollably at my loss of health clinging to my wife
I have sobbed in despair at the leaving of my wife and her friends in lonlinesss
I have sobbed at depressed, frustrating days seemingly with no end.
I have sobbed at daybreak with endless meadows of wildflowers
I have missed my children and grandchildren who have left home.
I have wept over the arrival of new grandchildren and their growth
I have wept with joy the profusion of life all around me and its delicacy
I weep with gratitude at a new day of living and with those]
Who touch my heart in harmony and our depth of perception?
I weep for the music, harmony of the world, harmony of the universe.

Carl James

1-31-18