changes

Family Ties

 
FAMILY TIES

Is it best
when leaving the nest
to no longer be
from the family tree?

When you marry
do you no longer carry
those in your heart
from whom you were a part?

It can be lonely
when it’s just me only.
So, Brother, remember
I’m still a family member.

Please, give it some thought,
as you tie the knot.

2014-04-20
P. Wanken

 

Written for Poetic Asides April 2014 Poem-A-Day Challenge DAY 20: Family

Change Of Plans

Path

Path (Photo credit: CatDancing)

CHANGE OF PLANS
(a shadorma)

I have stayed
on the beaten path
for too long
without much
substance; internal pressures
nudge me back in place.

2012-08-16
P. Wanken

Inspired by two prompts:
Three Word Wednesday (8/15/2012): beat, pressure, and substance; and Poetic Asides #188: to write a “change of plans” poem.

Coming Home, To Say Goodbye (a haibun)

COMING HOME, TO SAY GOODBYE
(a haibun)

Coming home this time has been different. Tractors still pull equipment through the endless miles of black earth, warm breezes still speak to me through the maple outside my window. Conversations still center on the forecast and how it will impact farmers. And Mom is still there, busying herself with the next project.

Yet…my eyes also see the two decades of growth in that maple tree; my ears hear the voices of my peers talking about the weather—not the generation before us. And Mom’s busyness is for her, a distraction.

seasonal changes ~
while my eyes were turned away,
life continued on

2012-05-17
P. Wanken

Written for Poetic Bloomings Prompt #55 — Coming Home.