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  • R hyming P oems

    Alan Har r is

  • This book is downloadable in Adobe Acrobat PDF format at:

    An Everywhere OasisPDF Books

    www.alhar r is.com/pdfbooks

    Copyright 2012 by Alan Harris. All rights reserved.

    R hyming P oemsW r i t t en b y Alan Har r is

    Tucson, Arizona, USAE-mail: oasis@alharris.com

    Life is no more opposite of deaththan breathing is the opposite of breath.

  • America the Beautiful Revisited ............1Animal Tao .............................................2Another Sonnet to Another Spring .........3As Far Beyond as Here ..........................4Continuity ..............................................5Dudely May ...........................................6Excuse Me, God .....................................7Experts and Folk ....................................8Flower in Vase ........................................9Friendlight ............................................10Gifts That Stay .....................................11Gods Spirit Dwells ..............................12Healing Meditation ..............................13Here and the Ground ............................14How I Clean .........................................15Just Asking ...........................................16Lullaby .................................................17Mothers Secret ....................................18Music from Hannah .............................19A New Beatitude ..................................20Night Thoughts ....................................21The Only Christian ...............................22The Other Door ....................................23Paths .....................................................24Relief in Relife .....................................25A Retreat Ahead ...................................26Roses ....................................................27Safe ......................................................28Spirits and Spooks................................29Symposium ..........................................30Taps ......................................................31These Scales Tell Tales ........................32To a Telephone Pole .............................33To Sister Marjorie ................................34Turvy ....................................................35Two Songs ............................................36Welcoming Patrick Keith Harris ..........37When Youre in a Frump ......................38A Wiggy Sopsty ...................................39

    About Alan Harris ................................40

    Sheet Music for Lullaby ...................41

    Contents

  • 1Rhyming Poems Copyright 2012 by Alan Harris. www.alharris.com/pdfbooks

    America the Beautiful Revisited

    America, while breathing gaseous skies,Converts her amber waves of grain to gold.She logs her mountains purple majestyAnd risks her fruited plains in futures sold.

    How could the seless pilgrims have foreseenThe scal dust their sturdy feet would raise?When did their quest for freedom of beliefBecome obsessed with how much interest pays?

    The early heroes hearts were lled with re,Replaced of late by nuclear doomsday fear.When greed fails in these days to get its way,Then hired generals atten all thats dear.

    Those patriot dreamers failed to forecast yearsOf lotteries and bets on football games,Nor could they know what poverty and fearsWould lurk in cities bearing brave mens names.

    America! My poor America!Thy crown of brotherhood is hard to see.Thy god is Gold; thy goodness yields to law,And lawyers ght from fee to shining fee.

  • 2Rhyming Poems Copyright 2012 by Alan Harris. www.alharris.com/pdfbooks

    Animal Tao

    A cat is mostly yin;of the Cosmos she is the twin.Like the mysterious Cosmic Laws,she keeps well-hidden her clawsuntil some urgent necessity.

    A dog is thoroughly yang,with his boisterous bark and his fang.Ignoring the subtler lawsand concealing none of his aws,he pursues life and cats with avidity.

    A dog is always searching,but a cat is content with perching.The dog loves to follow his nose,while the cat simply sits there andknows.Activity ends in tranquillity.

  • 3Rhyming Poems Copyright 2012 by Alan Harris. www.alharris.com/pdfbooks

    Another Sonnet to Another Spr ing

    Young Aries climbs the virgin vernal skyAnd tickles winters seeds until they burstIn bright-green chlorophyllous ame, well-nursedBy throbs of heat and chill, of wet and dry.Earth breathes her gentle procreative sighInto a billion billion eggs, her rstProlic breath of love since blizzards cursedIn Capricorn and cold clouds choked the sky.

    When hungry lungs inhale springs balmy breathAnd birds sing out Rebirth! from every tree,Our souls trade withered shrouds of icy deathFor owing robes of immortality.We read in every birth a crisp new pageOf Natures Scripture, passed from age to age.

  • 4Rhyming Poems Copyright 2012 by Alan Harris. www.alharris.com/pdfbooks

    As Far Beyond as Here

    Perhaps your mind, when still, has reached a brinkBeyond which bottom, top, and sides releaseTheir hold, immersing all you are and thinkIn boundlessly profound, peculiar peace.

    Set free, aware, and only slightly caughtWithin the web youve spun of tickling esh,You feel you understand why you were broughtTo live within earths tantalizing mesh.

    What sage or mystic ever wrote a lineContaining more than hints of what you feelAnd almost know to be the life divineWhich tinglings from the vast unknown reveal?

    Experienced have you this thunderbolt?And savored have you since then every volt?

  • 5Rhyming Poems Copyright 2012 by Alan Harris. www.alharris.com/pdfbooks

    Continuity

    Yesterday the sun went down;this morning it came up

    as it has,as it will.

    A nagging question plagues philosophers:why does the sun rise in the East at dawninstead of rising in the West at eve?They meant to solve this problem yesterday;they met with failure once again today

    as they have,as they will.

    While one wise solver contemplates,twelve folks toil to ll their plates.Some produce, some sell their wares;all seek exit from their caresone of which is not the sun(save that their days work is done).West or East or Dawn or Eveto philosophers they leave

    as they have,as they will.

  • 6Rhyming Poems Copyright 2012 by Alan Harris. www.alharris.com/pdfbooks

    Dudely May

    Yknow, Im into these lilac scentsAnd the birds that chirp and singBefore the dawn in trees near the fenceIts a totally awesome thing.

    My vibes become, like, optimumWhen the May air stirs my padIm clueless where that rush comes fromBut its totally, totally rad.

    I groove with the falling of way cool rain,And I dig (oh, wow!) the spaceOf, like, thunderstorms (they fry my brain)With subwoofer-quality bass.

    Since the Dude laid down this happenin season,Im thinkin He must have meant it,And if May should croak for any reason,Wed have to, like, reinvent it.

  • 7Rhyming Poems Copyright 2012 by Alan Harris. www.alharris.com/pdfbooks

    Excuse Me, God

    Excuse me, God,I didnt see you there.To my nearsighted eyesyou looked like air.

    You cleared your throatwith jarring thunderbolt,but I heard nothing deep,just felt a jolt.

    I built my housewith quite a clever plan,but didnt see the signthat said, Gods land.

    I walked through woodsand thought the cool smellwas only natural,from trees that fell.

    I thought it quaint,the orange western stain;I thought it nice that cloudswrung out their rain.

    I saw the starsthrough shallow telescope,and saw eternityas just a hope.

    I meant no harmI had my glasses off;so next time, if Im near,please cough.

  • 8Rhyming Poems Copyright 2012 by Alan Harris. www.alharris.com/pdfbooks

    Exper ts and Folk

    Oh whilliker thistledown, angel-may-careif the pins of all dumbledom y through the airand tinkle quite prinkly with scatter and scornwho am I, I ask you, and how was I born?

    Universe, schmuniverse, big bang or no,let comets be vomits lit up as they go;let galaxies stretch till they reach golly gee,but where was I, why am I, who will I be?

    Theological thinkers and scholarly fakespretend with Godthority, footnotes, and spakes,assuring, demurring to cover their gap,but all they produce is implausible crap.

    Oh wife-ball shufe-through, devil-be-joke,instead of the experts, Ill hang with the folkwho dont know from nothin how we became webut never were not and will never not be.

  • 9Rhyming Poems Copyright 2012 by Alan Harris. www.alharris.com/pdfbooks

    Flower in Vase

    This budding daffodil containsA universe in birth:Each molecule a galaxy,Each quark a tiny earth.

    And what we call our universe,All matter, time, and space,May be a single atom ofA macrocosmic vase.

    Thus up and down the scale of sizeThroughout Innity,Both small and large are limitlessAnd join Eternity.

    Great men have puzzled over GodTo place Him in their plan,As Primal Cause, or Sourceless Source,Or vast Omniscient Man.

    But God can never be connedWithin a man-made phrase;He hides behind unnumbered veilsImpossible to raise.

    And yet we see His evidenceIn every time and placeBehind each seed and universe,Within each ower and vase.

    Inside our inmost soul of souls,If we can meditate,We nd a spark of light divineAnd feel it radiate.

    While nowhere, and yet everywhere,Our God resides within;Though still and small, His guiding voiceTranscends lifes noisy din.

    To hear His voice and understand,Then fearlessly obey,Is that which mystics, martyrs, saints,And wise men call The Way.

    Consider every universeAnd every point in spaceAs God in God in God in God,As vase in ower in vase.

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