Answer

              Answer

When am I the happiest?                     IMG_20150304_170112                
When I am with you.
What is the most fun?
The things that we do.
Sports and travel.
Laughter. Games.
Family and friends.
Daughters. Names.
Anna Kate
      and
Erin Elaine.
The answer is always the same.

The source of my contentment?
As clear as can be.
Love and time and us.
Happy Every Day to me.

Pages

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Pages
Plenty of reflections
Plenty of idiosyncrasies
come naturally with age.

The
inclination to hesitate
 The instinct to look back…
before I turn a page.

Birthdays and anniversaries

Dates of significance
Names and news and faces.
They pull be back in time
To a life full of friends
To many happy places.

I find myself occupied

For more than a moment
When I stop to reminisce.
So deeply entrenched
As I get lost in a past
That I invariably miss.

I have done my due time

Been an adult for a while
Am a proud father of two.
Have settled into middle age
Set aside my daydreams
For the responsible view.

Far too many pages

Far too many friendships
That I’ve let slide by.

As my mortality jolts me

As I read into it further…
I have to ask why?

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Everyone is travelling
Going there and there.
With unlimited budgets
Twelve weeks of vacation
Gone without a care.

Everyone else seems to get it

That time is of the essence
As the years tread by.
Different walks of life
With uncommon passages
But similar reasons why.

Emphatic experiences

To exciting locations
At the drop of a hat.
Unbelievably available
Unrealistic, of course
But I want some of that.

So many more pages

So many more memories
for me to still get.

With age comes wisdom

With wisdom comes perspective…
but not just yet.

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Chance encounter reminders

Of emotions long forgotten
Of passages in my book.
Resolute feelings of once was
The remnants of my passion
And the chances that I took.

“You look great for fifty”

That is kind of you to say
But it’s clearly not the same.
Just takes me back to twenty
With the world at my feet
At the top of my game.

I have no urge to act my age

I crave the reckless abandon
That I felt back then.
I need more of that feeling
More of that self-assurance
Inside of me again.

Plenty of next pages

Plenty of new stories
before this chapter ends.

Much is still in place

Much of what motivates me…
and most of those friends.

 

Stimulus

Calendar
Stimulus
Spinning your wheels

Stuck in a daily rut
Same old same old day
Time for something new

Needing time for you
 Needing to get away

blocked path
Take a trip to the other side

The one you seldom see
The road less travelled
The path least accessible
Beyond the place to be

Where we need to go
to feel more alive
More often than we do
A place like no other
Where few have seen the view

An adrenalin adventure
to the other side
Past the comfort zone
To the weedy

To the seedy
To the vastly overgrown
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An arduous journey
to where revelation may lie
To where something
could jump out at you
as you wander by

Where the mind is awakened
By the elements of surprise
By discovering there’s more
there is so much more
than what meets the eyes

A gut check trek
Over blind hills
to the other side
To the inspirational

To the motivational
To where revelations hide
hazy woods
Sensations abruptly awakened
Bringing the dark into light
Energy to your being
Focus to all you’re seeing

Colour to your black and white

Where nature may compel you
to perceive a different way
To exist in the moment
Persist for the present
To live for every day

A vital injection
of life adrenalin

straight to the heart
A shot to the senses
An end to past tenses
 The stimulus to start
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Twelve

Twelve

On this day when you turn twelve years old
you have the whole world at your feet.
Strive for whatever your heart desires
and be sure not to skip a single beat.

Read all the books you can grab
to learn and experience and grow.
Hold on to each lesson and each adventure.
The more you read, the more you know.

Take full advantage of every opportunity
to play or to travel with family and friends.
Treat each new pathway as a new beginning
and always find out where each road ends.

Dare to believe and take some small risks.
Sample new foods and try new things.
Be confident and sure in all your abilities.
Give your best effort to all this life brings.

Make the most of your every day
by embracing all that you enjoy.
There is no reason to hurry up
and every excuse to just be a boy.

Life is a novel that has many chapters
An ongoing story about our self.
Begin the next journey by turning the page
and leap headlong into being twelve.

                                                                        

                                                                                 To Alec From Gary    August 13, 2013

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Alive

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Freedom rides alone, alive
Down the roads we seldom take
Tight corners past river banks
Leaving limitations in our wake.
Majestic forests line the way
Sweeping landscape to who we are
Time immersed villages we travel through
Long and winding path for our lives so far.
Things we see, things we now know
How we experience and how we grow
The subtle splendors in every direction
Nowhere too high, nowhere too low.
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Energized by inspiration, alive
Books that subsist inside our head
Ideas captured in vivid perception
Engrained vision of what’s been read.
Imagination fed by savory words
Hungry minds consume and then digest
Eager pages and palatable phrases
A comfort food course in a life long quest.
Things we taste, things we retain
How we evolve and how we remain
Until something new that consumes us
Nourishes our heart, nourishes our brain.
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People who awaken us, alive
Those we meet who touch our being
That encourage our need to take a look
Alter the perception of what we’re seeing.
Opening our minds to welcome sights
Fulfilled by fantasies within our scope
An insightful view of why we exist
That giving person who thrives on hope.
Things we notice, things we cherish
Special qualities that we embrace
A crash course on how to be positive
A cloudless view, a peaceful place.
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Affirmation brings me around, alive
Back to the adventure that I deserve
This awesome world of anticipations
Thoughts that stimulate my every nerve.
Fed by knowledge and understanding
Influenced by those we encounter each day
Absorbing the world we choose to live in
Yearning and learning along the way.
Things we thrive on, things we feel
How we accept and how we relate
Changing the course on this life’s road
Can’t even guess, can hardly wait.

Alive

Freedom rides alone, alive
Down the roads we seldom take
Tight corners past river banks
Leaving limitations in our wake.
 
Majestic forests line the way
Sweeping landscape to who we are
Time immersed villages we travel through
Long and winding path for our lives so far.
 
Things we see, things we now know
How we experience and how we grow
The subtle splendors in every direction
Nowhere too high, nowhere too low.
 
Energized by inspiration, alive
Books that subsist inside our head
Ideas captured in vivid perception
Engrained vision of what’s been read.
 
Imagination fed by savory words
Hungry minds consume and then digest
Eager pages and palatable phrases
A comfort food course in a life long quest.
 
Things we taste, things we retain
How we evolve and how we remain
Until something new that consumes us
Nourishes our heart, nourishes our brain.
 
People who awaken us, alive
Those we meet who touch our being
That encourage our need to take a look
Alter the perception of what we’re seeing.
 
Opening our minds to welcome sights
Fulfilled by fantasies within our scope
An insightful view of why we exist
That giving person who thrives on hope.
 
Things we notice, things we cherish
Special qualities that we embrace
A crash course on how to thrive
Cloudless view of a peaceful place.
 
Affirmation brings me around, alive
Back to the adventure that I deserve
This awesome world of anticipations
Thoughts that stimulate my every nerve.
 
Fed by knowledge and understanding
Influenced by those we encounter each day
Absorbing the world we choose to live in
Yearning and learning along the way.
 
Things we thrive on, things we feel
How we accept and how we relate
Changing the course on this life’s road
Can’t even guess, can hardly wait.
 
 

Steady

Clear ahead with the awakening dawn
One last kiss leaves me with you
Freshly made coffee warms my way
Freshly made memory in my rear view

An internal calm so long in coming
A tranquility inside with room to grow
Beams of light are in lucid sight
Waves of wonders I want to know

The snow dances in my headlights
My destination beyond the misty haze
More accustomed with every turn
More familiar with both our ways


Heading home on this winding road
The same path that led me to you
Content in knowing I will be back soon
Holding steady, at ten and two.


Even more vivid on this perfect morning
The sunrise illuminates nature’s ease
Every nuance greets my welcome eyes
I feel the silence and embrace my peace

Another beautiful day lies straight ahead
Trees sway as a gentle breeze drifts by
I can see patches of blue in the distance
As the horizon rises to meet the sky

Something is certain in either direction
This unclouded vision whether from or to
A picture framed in my front windshield
An increasingly clear vista of me with you


Finding  perspective on this winding road
Following the path that led me to you
Secure with my solid grip on today
Holding steady, at ten and two.

 

Certain of this route I have chosen again
And with the love for you I always bring
Knowing anticipation hastens my return
Though I am in no hurry to miss a thing

Sparse towns have become rich in meaning
They seem so different since that day we met
Houses and stores and hillside fences
Each one more significant the nearer I get

Music accompanies me as I make my way
Energizing and inspiring as it fills my car
I find you in the words that accompany me
Heartfelt reminders that we are never too far

 

Finding harmony on this winding road
Confident path leading back to you
Feeling safe with a firm grasp on today
Holding steady, at ten and two.

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