David Beaty

Grecian Formula No More

Beard is white

Hair color of

Old bleach

Not even Grecian Formula

Can change it now

It’s not so bad

Except for the wheeze

Can’t dance like Fred Astaire

Then again I never could

You are not old

You are seasoned

Spin the wheel of time

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Whirlwind

For the Victims of Ukraine

The wind releases

The souls of the dead

They cry for the children and the dispossessed

Their blood a witness to cruelty

The awful stain of war

The wind will not have

The final word

The brave heroes who stand

Who Fight

They will…

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Days of Young

Old color photos

Found album

Smells of mildew

Buried in time

Box.

Forgotten memories

Pierce real time

Clothes are wild

Wearing paisley shirt

Loud enough to cause

Color blindness.

Hair is a fuzzy weight

On such a young head

There are no lines

No age spots

Skin…

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Peace On Earth

John Lennon said

Imagine

Jesus wished his Apostles

Peace

Where is Peace?

Why does it hide its

Face

From the world of

Man

We old Hippies

Flashed the Peace Sign

In days gone by

If there is a time to pray

For this elusive thing

Perhaps it…

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Word Dancer

Which word is the right

Word?

Agony of sweat and blood

In comfy chair with arm

Rests

Why do I strive?

No one asked me to be a

Writer

All these years

Words on words

Running to mailbox

Ripping open envelope

Thanks, but not what we are

Looking…

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Cough

Threatens to loosen

Brain

Inside my skull

Spots dance before watery

Eyes

Chest feels like small

Car

Pressing down

Modern syrups

Make it laugh

It will have its way

Rattle and roll

In my asthmatic

Chest

Until it finds a home

In another host.

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David Beaty

David Beaty

Novelist, screenwriter, poet. Fan of all things writing, film, music. Married forty-two years. Dog lover.