THESE EYES (A POEM FOR BRENDA PAZ 02/14/2021)

Brenda Paz

LIKE A BALLERINA ON HER TOES

LIFE COMES AND GOES

AND BRENDA, THIS IS HOW YOUR STORY GOES

ONCE UPON A TIME

LONG AGO

SET INTO RHYME

I’VE RUN LOW ON PETROL

I’VE SEEN INTERGRATION

I’VE SEEN SEGREGRATION

I’VE SEEN ROCK ‘N’ ROLL

RAP AND SOUL

IV’E SEEN SLOW DANCE

FAST DANCE

PARTNERS MAKING ROMANCE

I’VE HAD COKE

I’VE HAD SPRITE

I HATE DIET RITE

I’VE SEEN FOREST FIRES

I’VE SEEN FULFILLMENT

AND PERSONAL DESIRES

I’VE SEEN ICE CREAM

I’VE SEEN BUTTER

I’VE SEEN THEM SLOW CHURNED

I’VE SEEN BRIDGES BURNED

I THINK IT’S FUN TO HUNT ELK

WHILE LISTENING TO LAWRENCE WELK

IN PUERTO RICO

IF YOU DON’T TAKE A BATH

YOU’LL BE RICO

SEND AN INSTANT KARMA TO ME

FROM THE SNOW COVERED MOUNTAINS

THE RAIN AND WIND IN THE VALLEYS

IT ALL TALLEYS UP TO A GLASS OF WINE

YES IT’S ALWAYS THAT TIME

WHEN THE CHICKENS GOT PLUCKY

I RODE LUCKY

THERE IS CHOPPER AND PARAKEET TOPPER

THERE IS BELLA

WHO HAS CLAWS IN HER PAWS

CHOPPER LOOKS ON NON-BLINDLY

AND SAY I SEE YOU ARE HERE TO PEE PEE ME

I REMEMBER BRUCE WHO GAVE HIS SISTERS A GOOSE

THERE IS BECKY AND JERRI

I EVEN REMEMBER SAMMY TERRY

I GO WINE AND DINE

THINGS WERE GETTING HAPPY

BUT I WAS TOO HAMMERED TO PAY ANY MIND

BUT LOVE POURS OVER ME

LIKE THE BEACH KISSES THE SEA

I WILL GET THE FIRE AS THE FLAME IT BURNS

I WILL BE LIKE MOM AND DAD

I GET THE WIND AS IT SLOWLY TURNS

GET THE SKY

SEE GOD’S CREATIONS FLY BY

JUST LIKE FISH WITH ICK

I GOT SICK

I LOOK AROUND MYSELF AND WHAT DO I SEE

A WHOLE LOT OF NEEDLES COMING AT ME

NO, NO, HELL NO!

BRING BACK IVANHO

IT KEPT COMING

IT GOT MUDDY

CHOPPER GOT UGLY

I CRAVE FOR PEACE

SO ALL CAN RELAX

AND FRUSTRATIONS CAN RELEASE

IF IT NEEDS REPAIR

IT PUTS ME IN DISPAIR

I’VE LEARNED HOW TO CRY

I’VE LEARNED HOW TO TRY

I’VE LEARNED HOW TO GIVE

I’VE LEARNED HOW TO LIVE

I GO THROUGH LIFE’S TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS

BUT I STILL TRY

THESE ARE JUST REVELATIONS

LOVE COMES TO YOU NEVER HOLLOW

I MUST OBEY

I MUST FOLLOW

I WILL STEP INTO THE LIGHT

I WILL STEP AWAY FROM THE NIGHT

LOVE IS IN MY HEART

LOVE AND WE WILL NEVER FALL APART

I HAVE OLIVIA, CHAD, KELSEY POOH

WHO HAS LOTS TO DO

HURRAY FOR MY KENDALL JACKSON CHARDONNAY

AND LITTLE BURGER BOY JAXSON

AND WYLIE KYLIE

SO BRENDA TWIST AND TURN YOUR HEAD AROUND

UNTIL THIS IS CLEAR

TWIST AND TURN YOUR ARM AROUND

UNTIL THIS YOU HEAR

TUMBLE WEED AND LONESOME SKY

BRING A TEAR TO MY EYE

SO THREE CHEERS TO THREE BEERS

SO LUIS, ONE MORE BEER BEFORE I GO

TO THE VALLEY BELOW

AND FROM SANDY “YOUR KINDRED SPIRITS SEW

ALL THIS TO ME THROUGH MY AGING DAYS AND MORTAL DUE

ONLY SMILING LIPS ON THIS FACE OF TIME WILL HINT

I’VE TASTED LIFE’S SECRET FRUIT”

HOW DARE MY HAIR FALL OUT

I JUST GOT IT DONE

I WANT TO SHOUT

KEEPING BEING STRONG, BRAVE AND BOLD

KEEP DOING WHAT YOU BEEN TOLD

KEEP DRINKING THAT ICE-COLD MICHELOB

OKEY DOKEY BOBBY, KEEP DOING KARAOKE

BRENDA, I HOPE YOU LIKE THIS POEM

IT’S FROM BOBBY

YOU KNOW’EM

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