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Waiting For Sunrise

My whole life waits, just this moment, the ink still

wet; for sunrise this clear May morning.

My shaman up already,
hair askance, dancing and trilling his flute
to the crescent moon face,
lit by the blue iron square welcoming
the sun.

The Sun appears expectations grow...

A foray into the secret riverbank forest, hunting
for Morels with my hobo friend ( by choice,
wishing not to support 4 ex-wives)  Clark,
he with his walking stick adorned with colorful
talisman ribbons accumulated from a life spent with my crafted Yucca stick
a friend made for me. to pick-up heirloom vegetable plants
a master gardener has nurtured for me to
grow in my community plot, where my friends
are happy to see me.

Amidst all, I'll have Ma accompany me,
(not in the woods) but not far away, her
smile always eager to share in my discoveries,
a comfortable sitting bench at the garden awaits
her, the smell of fresh-turned soil enriches her.

Later, I promised her we would grill at one
of her favorite places she remembers going
with Pop, alongside Minnehaha Creek, the
water gently flowing this time of year, birds
singing and Ducks playing,

The Sun is up further now,
this poem must end,

my destiny 




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  1. Date: 5/23/2015 10:57:00 PM

    Well penned James, so lovely, free verse with great imagery....Excellent write........Afolabi.
  1. Date: 5/21/2015 3:02:00 PM

    you''re chained for life, jimbo, lol.. a forever membership here on soup! huggs
  1. Date: 5/20/2015 7:23:00 AM

    I love your style and your bio seems to speak for me!! Your attachment to your environment speaks beautifully with knowledge of things before your time, worldly and the precious present. Jill
  1. Date: 5/17/2015 12:26:00 PM

    love this poem Jimbo and ty for your championship my Knight in shining armour did not let bother me it is usually due to poor vocabulary but ty very much hugs 7
  1. Date: 5/16/2015 7:33:00 PM

    Sounds so rich and full, quite a man you are Jimbo! Light & Love
  1. Date: 5/15/2015 7:25:00 PM

    Congrats on becoming a new premium lifetime member.-Alexis
  1. Date: 5/11/2015 11:39:00 AM

    I see by the posts here dear poet, that congrats are due...and I could not agree less sir ! This is a great write, penetrating in our thoughts, life thru another soul's eye's and thoughts. ty Mr. Goff ! Have a wonderful week my friend...........much love, james
  1. Date: 5/7/2015 8:56:00 PM

    Nice flow of your free verse with great imagery and a glimpse into your morning. A 7. :)
  1. Date: 5/6/2015 2:58:00 PM

    well-paced story with crisp details of a day's shining event, jimbo... darn good work!.. huggs
  1. Date: 5/6/2015 2:51:00 PM

    fun fun and a good son
  1. Date: 5/4/2015 6:33:00 AM

    James congratulations on being a featured poem this week, 7,
  1. Date: 5/3/2015 8:44:00 PM

    Hi James, Congratulations on having your poem featured this week. SKAT love
  1. Date: 5/3/2015 7:48:00 PM

    James, Dropped by to say hi and congratulate you on having your poem selected by Soup's Administration. This is a wonderful poem to have featured on the homepage. ~Always & Forever~ LINDA