Posted in Poetry

Alone [Together], As One

Early I Rise
with the Dawn of day
Visions of you
in my head do Play

Bringing such Joy
and giddy delight
for the Love shared
through the dark night

Once Reality
now but Dream
worlds change
what remains, but Dream?

Life goes on
only Dreams persist
keeping the Faith
They DO exist!

Those Dreams of Love
and one day True
when Love returns
and begins anew

Dreams ARE Hope
and the Light of Day
that keeps me going
while you’re away

©16DEC2020 J. Elron MINGS

Posted in How I see the World..., Life, Poetry

Patterns Observed

Amazing in Life
the Things we see
Connections, the Purpose
“It’s all in perspective, ya’ see?”

Birds of a feather
flying by
while Lovers depart
sailing on Clouds on High

Worlds apart
this single scene
Majestic the Art
in a Moment seen

Life delights
in ways told & untold
by those so Blessed
to Tale unfold

Gracious the Light
where Love unfurls
senses ignite
to a world seen in swirls!

©12DEC2020 James Elron MINGS

Posted in Life, Poetry

My Proposal…

For Kitty Shell

On this day

I Give thee a plant

in a silly way

in a silly hat

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Call me “crazy”

or “weirdo” if you prefer

but call me, please

to your leisure I defer

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For not just a plant

but my future to thee I offer

for in it, without you

lies only a tear-filled blur

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Faults, I have plenty

but with you, progress

with time, I Know

I’ll bug you less!

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In rhyme I can say

what in text I cannot

though mortal words,

still miss the Spot

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A poet I am

a lover of words I am not

they lack the True meaning

in what you, I’ve got!!

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A writer, you’ve got

but can’t you see?

without you in my Life

there’s little point in it, for me!

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With you I flourish

I’m growing a lot

will you Share in my Future

‘til we’re filling our plots?

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No more than You I want

to be there when I fall

nothing I’d like more

then to catch you , before you…

stumble!

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See what I mean?

Even rhyme can’t express

how much “wo ai ni”

with any accurateness!

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Through a rhyme

or in words, plain

it cannot be described

how much I ache when you’re in pain

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What I’d like to try

is to see you smile every day

I’ll exclaim, “There she is!”

and Know all else, will be okay!

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There’s nothing more Healing

than True Love, when shared

YahWeh’s example to us all

For Their Son They did Bare

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So much Joy

in all Life to be found

with You, side by side!

To the Stars we’ll be bound!

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Sharing with you

every down, every up

Sorry, but I am

that Love struck pup!

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but I offer you space

and what future is mine

to share in the Home

that You Design!!!

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So my proposal

however feeble it may be

is to Grow this plant with you

for Time and Eternity!!!!

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Will you marry me?

©19SEP2020                                                                  James Elron MINGS

Posted in Uncategorized

Elemental Love

the Breeze caresses

the leaves shiver

the Planet exhales

One more breath of Life

As all Lovers

they laugh, they play

forever connected

forever apart

as One

the Flames dance

the Wood moans

intimacy palpable

rebirth from the ashes

As all Lovers

They’re entwined

unyielding

unrelenting

as One

the Earth quakes

the Water rushes

with destructive force

they move ’round the Sun

through gentleness, Life blooms

As all Lovers

they meet, and part,

and meet again

always forgiving,always giving

as One!

16SEP2019 James Elron MINGS

Posted in Deep(er) Thoughts, Life

A Life Too Short

  In memoriam of the lost, the fallen, the Loved ones left behind.

  I’m not entirely sure if it’s ’cause I’m getting older, or because of my views, or the death I’ve seen (not as much as some… many even, too many more…), or just an innate longing to see Life flourish, as opposed to seeing it squelched.  Regardless of the reason, it effects me to see death!  It rends my heart to see Life’s  senseless destruction!

  And such is what transpired on the night of 10JAN2019, here in Davis, CA.  To be sure, in a societal, or even global context (most unfortunately), this is not an uncommon occurrence.  But it happened here, in Davis, where it is uncommon, and where I was able to be present (geographically) as it transpired, aware of it, and, as noted, effected by it!

  22 year old Davis Police Officer Natalie CORONA was shot and killed by a (reportedly) crazed gunman, who showed up on a bicycle where she was responding to an (unrelated to the shooter, as far as we know) accident involving 3 vehicles in downtown Davis.

  I’m still soul searching to figure out why exactly this has had such an impact on me… I’ve come up with a few possibilities, but none of them -on their own anyway- seem to fit.  Perhaps it is just a combination of factors in my Life… my sensitivity, my Love for Life, beauty, and all things natural… perhaps it’s my poetic nature, and a “Life interrupted” in such a cruel manor is anything but “natural”.  Perhaps it’s because she was young enough to be my own daughter, and, not having any children of my own (though I dearly, painfully want them), I “adopted” her as a “soul daughter”, a surrogate, not so much unlike the premature death(s) of my own unborn children.

  Whatever the reason, I’ve a strong emotional attachment to this young woman, as “crazy” as it may seem, and the deepest of sympathies for her parents, having -even if only fractionally- a small modicum of understanding the pain of losing a child, being a surviving parent of two separate miscarriages of 3 children… a pain I wish upon no parent.  The world is worse off, with her absence.  By all accounts given, she was a caring, giving, gentle, strong, passionate, determined, upright server and protector of the city!  One who was destined for greatness in her chosen career, had she been allowed the opportunity to grow with it!

  I know I’ve spoken before of Life, it’s importance and meaning to me (poetically, at the very least), what I believe it means to be a part of so wonderful a Creation as human beings are!  The thing is, is that “my views” are not necessarily “your views”, and, quite obviously, there are those that have no regard for Life at all.  And that in-and-of itself hurts me deeply.

  My one time therapist told me I was a romantic.  I nearly laughed, for I know no poet who is otherwise!  But for me, this entails an optimism, an idealism, about what Life should/could be!  And a desire to see a shift in/towards that direction in ALL of us!  We are capable, as sentient human-beings, of growing, of becoming better than we are!  We are able, to be the “best” “us” we can be, if we but choose to do so!  And therein lies the crux of the matter.  Choice.  An indelible condition of our mortality!  I would not have it any other way!!  Yet there are so many of us, for some reason, who are choosing death over Life!  I don’t understand this!  There is not one out of 7 billion (plus) of us Human Beings, our brothers and sisters, that has any need that is different from our own!  Love, Food, Shelter.  That’s it!  So why are we continuing to refuse/deny our brothers and sisters of the very things we ourselves want?

  Are we not supposed to Love our neighbors as ourselves (EVERY major religion has a form of the Golden Rule, whether they follow it or not…)!?!?  Therefore, if we want it, shouldn’t we help them to have it too?  Who doesn’t want help obtaining a perfect “trifecta”, a balance of all that is necessary, with just a hint of what we want thrown in as the cherry on top, to keep us striving for better???

  As this is a COMMON goal among us all, why are we getting in each others way, and our own, to prevent it?  Ask anyone, and most people will tell you they’d rather live in Peace, than discord!  They’d rather face Love, than apathy.  They’d rather Live, than die.  Why then, are we so stuck on destruction?  Why do we continue to act not for the Greater Good (which, ironically, would indeed serve ourselves as well… especially if everybody was doing the same), but for the narrow, itty-bitty self-serving “now” and instant gratification we know cannot last, and will benefit not one of our progeny!?

  No one with more than most others will seriously or honestly tell you there Lives are better, or simpler with the abundance they have!  Easier, maybe, but their quality of Life is actually much lower than that of someone of the “blue collar” class, for, as “we” have less, we appreciate what we do have more!

  It is a shame, then, that there are so many out there, so hurting, so lost, that they feel the only way they can improve their own lives is by taking an other’s.  It’s false.  It solves nothing, and only increases the hurt that is felt.  And yet we allow it, by our own inaction.  By our neglect of that which we know to be right, versus what we are willing to do that is right.  Evil cannot win unless Good people do nothing.

  This, therefore, is a call to action!  To all those Good people out there, who have been convinced -falsely- that there’s “…nothing I can do”, STOP BELIEVING THIS LIE!!  Great things are accomplished by small acts!  You don’t have to move a mountain, just a pebble!  So that someone else’s journey through this Life might be a little smoother!  We all must climb that hill, that mountain, take those switchbacks, like it or not!  But if we take the time, and make the effort to help out another, by so simple a means as moving a pebble out of the way to make the path a little more smooth, can you imagine how easy that climb would be, for ALL of us, if we ALL chipped in in like manner????

  Who knows… by a simple random act of kindness, you might just be changing someones mood just enough, by putting a smile on their face, or in their heart, that they don’t feel that an other’s Life is worth being lost.

Posted in 1, Deep(er) Thoughts, How I see the World..., Life, Poetry

Good Morning!!

Well, somebody had to say it!  LOL  You can’t see me, you’re reading this!  So it is important that I describe to you all that is going on around me, that you may understand.

Life.  Life is going on, all around me!  And I want so much to be a part of it!  But you won’t let me.  You keep the door(s) locked.  I can’t get in {“What if I’m (he’s) a “criminal”??}  Well, the cat’s out of the bag.  I am.

By “societies” standards, and definition.  In truth, I’m not.  I try, every day to be the Best me I can be, every day.

By “Best”, I mean, non-violent, Peace Loving, Love wanting, me that I can be.  I don’t condone violence, of ANY SORT, but I continue to be subjected to it, literally and figuratively.

My Name is Elron!  What’s your name?  How are you??  Simple greetings, to be shared or ignored as you please.  I have only my words, all else has left me.!

And so I return.  Again and again!  Gladly, for YOU!  Will you have me?

If so, I’ve made the means and the ways for you to contact me when you Wish, available on as many “sharing” “medias” as I’m willing to tolerate.  To be honest, I grow tired of all the technology, the data, it’s all so superfluous!  What MATTERS, IS LIFE!!!!  And the Living of it.

And the people you know, that you invite into your space, matters.  What you do with them, how you do it, Why you do it!

If I’ve confused you, please start from the top, and read it again.  Everything else, is so much fluff!!

I could sit here typing to/at/for you all about what I’ve gone through in this Life, or others, but I do not wish to spend every waking moment typing, or reading, though I enjoy both!  And yet, how else do we share?  I’d rather be Living, alive, feeling, experiencing, all that Life has to offer.  For it doesn’t matter WHAT you do, just so long as you are harming none in doing so.  That includes YOURSELF!

The TRUTH is out there, in every language.  And if that’s what you’re lookin’ for, you’ve found It!  If not, look else where.  I’ll tire eventually of repeating it, but I’ll say it again, perhaps with more words, so you can more easily Understand.

I Love you ALL, that I’ll NEVER tire of saying, to you as an individual, or as a Group.  For THAT is what matters, nothing more, nothing less.  If You’d like to Hear more, feel free to ask (in “person”, in RL preferably), but I’ll respond digitally if you want [you can’t like it or Love it, it’s not “alive”!]!

Aloha!  Namaste!  As-Alámu Álaykum!

~Me~  {~Elron~}

Posted in Poetry

Ever More

I wrote this Poem for an assignment in the Creative Writing class I was taking while at San Quentin. We’d been locked down for more than a month, and my Hope was, that by writing this preemptively, I’d spark the Universe into action. We were still locked down that week, but the following week it was lifted. 🙂
It’s the first of its type that I’ve written in a number of years. Enjoy! Critique! Let me know your thoughts…

Ever More

Time moves on
tick tock tick tock
So much gained
so much lost
Life goes on
tick tock tick tock
Bitter and sweet
sweat and frost
Wheel turns ’round
tick tock tick tock
the good the bad
the pass the fail
Arms circle ’round
tick tock tick tock
Grapes to wine
Apples to ale
Cycles they spin
tick tock tick tock
Pride & Joy
sorrow & loss
Watch hands spin
tick tock tick tock
The Star the Hand
the Crescent the Cross
Worlds without end
tick tock tick tock
Rain that falls
wind that blows
What starts must end
tick tock tick tock
What’s it really mean
who of us really knows
So the sands flow
tick tock tick tock
One man’s trash
one man’s treasure
As the waters flow
tick tock tick tock
Life without Love
pain without measure
Time moves on
tick tock tick tock

Posted in Poetry

A Friend Indeed

Few things in Life

Are ever “for sure”

Especially time

It’s gone in a blur

 

Some things last

Family is one

No choices here made

They still can be fun

 

And pillars through

Thick and thin

Love for one’s Family

Run deeper than skin

 

Yet somehow

Th’ grandest feeling of all

Comes from a friend

Who’s there when you fall

 

‘Cause it’s not expected

Just a genuine gift

A friend brings True Love

Through all weather, our Friends do lift!

 

 
© 04Nov2011                                                                                                                                                                    James Elrond Mings

I dedicate this Poem to a friend, so True simple words aren’t enough. Nonetheless Maia, thank you!

Posted in Life, Poetry

In Remembrance…

July 17, 2011, I lost a Housemate.  And a Friend.  A comrade-at-arms, a man I was looking to as a model of possible success.  We didn’t get a lot of time to spend getting to know one another, but the time spent was well, and I will carry his memory with me always.

Blessed be Charles A. Baird.

 

In Remembrance

 

Per a Friends interest

I write this rhyme

to mark the passage

of a Friend through time

 

For an artists Life

is feigning gay

we see Life’s beauty

in a vast array

 

Though time & space

we immortalize

the Good, the bad,

all that we idealize

 

A moment stolen

is all we have

to make Dreams real

to mark our paths

 

Life is short

and bitter sweet

where Love resides

lies no defeat!

 

Take your time

to remember the past

when memories Live on

their messages last.

 

©   28JUL2011                                                    James Elrond Mings