today the sun is shining

today the sun is shining
and today that is important

today the birds are singing
and today that is important

today there are children laughing
and today that is important

we never know when the world may fall
or our world may fall apart
but if there is sun and song and children laughing
I know there will always be hope

For Giò, 1959-2020

Answer me what I am

Are you guessing? You are. It’s your turn. Very well. OK. I am cold.

– Are you ice? Are you winter? Are you your tiny hand?

Sweet but not honey. Don’t say honey again.

– Honey? Not honey. But sweet. Sweeter than hope?

Cold, cold and sweet, and sometimes quite hot.

– Is it you, are you your heart, is it your possibly potentially possible love for me of which we have never spoken?

[…]

– … your love for me?

No. I am ice cream on the beach. Let’s not play again.

sea-blue flowers sway

beyond the sandy slopes

the tide is on the turn again

sea-blue flowers sway

beyond the sandy slopes

the tide is on the turn again

and as it turns brings hope

sea-blue flowers sway

beyond the sandy slopes

the tide is on the turn again

and as it turns brings hope

sea-blue flowers sway

beyond the sandy slopes

the tide is on the turn again

and as it turns brings hope

sea-blue flowers sway

beyond the sandy slopes

the tide is on the turn again

and as it turns brings hope

sea-blue flowers sway

beyond the sandy slopes

the tide is on the turn again

and as it turns brings hope

sea-blue flowers sway

beyond the sandy slopes

the tide is on the turn again

and as it turns brings hope

sea-blue flowers sway

beyond the sandy slopes

the tide is on the turn again

and as it turns brings hope

Views

My friends tell me they can see the sea
from their window.
Closer is harder, they say; in sight is in mind.
From my window, if I wipe it,
I see the other side of the cut through,
barred windows breaking up the brick facade.
I have never seen that nest before,
broken twigs, dropped feathers.
I back away from the window.
I do not want to frighten hope.