SOVEREIGN

An ancient beech reaches upward
with twisted limbs like thin arms
on a beggar silhouetted  across
the golden orb of a harvest moon
reflected in a dark shimmering pool
beneath the roots of this monarch,
silent ruler over this lonely kingdom

—–jerry Marks

THE

Such a mildly innocuous appearing word so often used
It permeates both heart and soul of most realms poetic
Three little letters seemingly innocent yet often misused

Filling those often empty spaces between words so often used
Without thought or comprehension of most realms poetic
Three little letters seemingly innocent so often misused

In Seven Sonnets Chaucer yet not seven times so often used
This baseless word to lift him out of most realms poetic
Three little letters instead of windmills all too often misused

All in all life demands it be so often used
To fill our dreams of those realms poetic
Three little letters arrow words often misused

What critic requires this word be so often used
To pull us through those lost realms poetic
Three little letters marking words often misused

Where did this word begin to be so often used
Leading fruitless treks through realms poetic
Three little letters showing lives often misused

So often so often misused
Poetic poetic
Three little letters overused

Little letters
Must not
Be so misused

THE

YEARS PASS

once said I could not imagine being so ancient
as my older brother when he came to be thirty
now I have become aware how suddenly years pass
with difficulty I try recalling those lost days

years pass and now so many remembered things
go back beyond decades that many may never know
today I look backward to what some call history
not too bad for some I thought as I turned sixty

today I am looking forward to a couple more years
when my warranty runs out to see how years pass
when I become as old as my brother once appeared
those forgotten days gone just short of forty years

years pass as I think forward to another twenty
then I will be as ancient as he once appeared
to one who has at long last filled his own days
and become more comfortable as those years pass

~~~~~Jerry Marks