Gravity Defied (Tanka)

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Gravity defied

As silver birds reach the skies

Takeoffs and landings

If man’s truly meant to fly

He would sprout feathers and wings

 

~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

 

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Our Tide In Great Waves Rolls Out

Our tide, in great waves rolls out,

Back to a dark and murky ocean.

So long we have struggled to crawl from the slime

To a place of light and enlightenment in this New World.

Holding up the Statue of Liberty as a sign of hope,

As a sign of our lust for freedom and equality,

We are showered in a torrent of our own hypocrisy.

There are brothers and sisters among us

That still struggle for whole-hearted inclusion.

Cast to the fringes they are ostracized and criticized

For their God-instilled proclivities.

As men, who are we to be judge and jury of our peers,

This was not ordained upon us by the Creator!

Time and again we wander this rocky treacherous road

Seeking to impose man’s prejudices upon men.

Would Christ whom you hold so dear have been this cold,

Tossing his brethren out into the desert?

You dredge up this muck with arrogance under the guise of freedom

Plotting all the time to shackle others for your cause.

Put yourself in your adversaries shoes,

Do they not feel worn out and ragged?

Early in this twenty first century I was optimistic,

Hopeful that common sense and compassion would prevail,

But now I am left disgusted and embarrassed.

Is this what America has devolved into,

A nation of oppression, prejudice and inequality

Based on twisted interpretations of God?

A travesty we have become…indeed!

 

~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

River Jordan (Acrostic)

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Revered and reviled

In modernity and antiquity,

Very few realize she is dying.

Ever less grand she trickles;

Redirected for selfishness sake.

 

Justify as you will,

Only time will reveal your fate.

Reality will creep in upon you,

Draining your life blood

As you have drained hers…

Never realizing until its too late.

 

~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

 

The Passage of Time (Senryu)

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The passage of time

Only man feels its effects

Because he watches

 

~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

 

Imagination

Imagination is…

 

Inspiration for the painter’s brush,

Muse for the writer’s quill,

Angst for the actor’s role,

Gas for the engine of invention,

Irreverence to the twisted of mind,

Nuance for the singers song,

Ability for those challenged,

Tenacity in the hearts of the weak,

Ingenuity in the hands of the creative,

Omniscience in the eyes of the faithful,

Nobility in the lives of the insignificant,

 

…And so much more.

 

~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~