POEMS FROM COURAGE
Larry A. Walker
Quiet devastation in vicious assault
Screams across my love’s mind
Leaving trails devoid of memory.
I cannot bear it.
Life’s cruelty falls like cast dice.
Is not one love quieted enough?
Must I another languishment see?
Such is too much for me!
Is it cowardice to flee the earthquake?
Anguish like crying children,
Fills my heavy heart.
I want no ordered principle.
My love’s pain is too painful
And mine too painful too.
I fear sanity’s loss
For those courageous to care.
Birds fly freely.
Critters scurry about unfettered.
Children play in the sun.
But I am a man shackled.
An easier path compels.
But like a man snared, I wander
Through a sorry labyrinth
With boarded exits.
Infamy’s mark looms heavy.
An indictment of briny fire,
A fugitive from my conscience’s demands,
I feel angry hands grasp my throat.