Friday, September 28, 2012

Tucson, the Poet's Dream by Bob Atkinson

Tucson, the Poet's Dream
(c)2012 Bob Atkinson

come back to my birthplace
or, within a hundred miles of it
a lifetime spent in struggle daily
for that dollar which to spend

Tucson carries to your soul
that calm artistic feeling
broad mountains ringing valleys
saguaros standing neatly
art gallery at the airport
or Covington if you need
more than Etherton's offerings 
Etherton Gallery
or maidens' Letter reading
art and history museums
Tucson Museum of Art 
a zoo to prick your mind
Tucson Zoo
showing fine accomplishments
of that deity, yours or mine
a university well respected
a college on each corner
Pima Community College
scientists in their labs exploring
astronomy or spatial formats
Kitt Peak National Observatory 

cultures diverse in order
from south and east and north
some came here from China, or
from Africa's west center coast
Bently's for a slam with those
who woo you with their words
telling tales of the malcontent
Cafe' Passe's crowd if you choose

TSO rings beauty in your ears
a laugh at Gaslight's table 
The Gaslight Theatre 
plays become Invisible
with Workshop's good creations
Invisible Theatre 
Live Theatre Workshop 

here in the land of dreams
my dream stands next to you
soft sands of time slip by as
one documents inward moods

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Fire Iron by Bob Atkinson

Fire Iron
(c)2012 Bob Atkinson

poke the pole into hot fires
tend to that which burns
see embers flying brightly
our dreams upon those burrs

carry us to brighter days,
days we do not lament,
days upon our future built,
not by arrogance or regret

days of solid common sense
strength born from those now older
who traveled roads not paved with gold
yet, produced fine sons and daughters

time to hold strong lessons learned
from all who walked briskly on
these roads and ridges, valleys too
left footsteps from their own run

stand me firm upon my feet
so that I may live well past
these newest times of trouble
such an easily accomplished task

why do we lament our lot?
our challenge makes us stronger
taking heart begins our journey
into a grand common adventure