I have become an introvert
But I’m trying to change my ways
Started to externalize more
Over the last several days…

 Been spending far less time
Lingering, inside of my head
Taking more time to appreciate
The outside world instead

 Instead of just walking past
In the usual workplace huff
I look up and acknowledge people
It’s really brilliant stuff

It’s amazing to see the effect
Of  a ‘thank you’ or a simple ‘hello’
These basic acts of kindness
Should not be need to know.

I will strive to be a kinder man
Take the positive wherever I go
Tell people that I appreciate them
Whenever they should know…

 When I witness a kind act
I will make a point of telling
When someone exacts a hefty price
I won’t buy what they’re selling

Easier to shrug off the predictable
Laugh, at what seems strange
I will accept it for what it is
Smile, in the name of change

 Catch the humour of situations
When life throws me curves
Think that maybe it’s just me
When people get on my nerves.

 If I am too busy to bother
I will get out of my own way
Leaving room for more positive
To join me every day…

 Stop driving myself crazy
Stop using excuses as a shield
Taking myself to a better place
Less stop signs, more yield

I will hold the door for people
Compliment them whenever I can
Put others before myself
Be a strong and proud man

Invite meaningful discussion
Let other opinions go ahead
Be firm in my belief
That conversation is not dead.

I had been missing too much
In the dark with mostly me
Lost sight of who I am
Was blind, but now I see…

I will live more fully in the now
With less rewind, and more play
Less of my time internalizing
Less worrying, and more say

If I like it, I’ll let you know
If I don’t, too bad for me
The best of me is easy going
That’s how all of me needs to be

Will spend less time in my head
Less dwelling on what was
Stop taking myself so seriously
When no one else does.

Sky for SURE



Oh red-skied morning
Calm before the storm
A sailor man so gentle
with smiling eyes so warmOcean2
The tides of life drift away,
as a lonesome breeze blows,
the loving soul of Michael
to the sea where it flows


Young enough to wonder why
In dreams, alone, far too deep
Old enough to sense the void

In the echoes of this silent sleep

Submerged inside my growing mind
Unable to fathom, or to let him go
Unwilling to accept the reality of loss
With all of the things I was yet to know


The sailor man and his spirit
flow from shore to unfamiliar shore
While understanding lays dormant
on a bottomless ocean floor
And the tides of life will drift away
as that lonesome breeze blows
the loving soul of Michael
to the sea where it goesNY Ship


Sunshine on mindful waters
Reflections are a lingering light
Despite the ever painful flickering
of fate, and wrong, and right

Though easier now to understand,
you were gone far too soon for me
Yet, your love of life is forever there
in the image that I will always see


Oh red-skied morning
Calm before the storm
Always there if we need you,
memories are safe and warm
The tides of life drift away
to a port that no one knows
While the kind soul of Michael
rides the sea to where it flows.


His kindness and spirit are never gone…
because the waves move on and on.


G.G. November/87
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