We Must Give To Get (Tanka)

We must give to get
Give nothing and life is empty
An eternal truth
Give without expectation
And life will be abundant

~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

Grand Plans

Grand plans, so many have I had,

Scribbled on scrap paper,

Bled onto soggy bar napkins,

Etched into the walls of my mind

As you, I’m sure have likewise done.

Isn’t this our way?

A human fault, or perhaps a gift depending on one’s perspective.

These dreams, this plan is what makes our time so glorious,

For without these, our finite period would be mundane.

I can not imagine another breath without them.

We must fuel the flames of hope, nurture our deepest desires,

Those that keep us moving forward into every new day,

Isn’t this our way?


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

Painful As It Is

Painful as it is

We face our mortality

In all that we do.

Just waking up to morning,

Walking a city sidewalk,

On a holiday,

Swimming on a summers day;

The fullness of life

By virtue of our living

Must eventually end.

Do not waste this time

Wallowing in past regrets;

Leave that to the fool.

Instead cherish each moment

For its utter perfection.


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

These Dreams I Still Have

These dreams I still have

Remnants of a misspent youth

Still push me onward

Unlike many of our young

Lost and wandering


Have we been failures

Left to fend for themselves

Both parents labor

This unavoidable plague

With our children as victims


Our culture has changed

Families expendable

Futures uncertain

Their dreams are left in tatters

If they ever had any


These dreams I still have

Are for our children’s futures

Prosperous and full

As mine was when I was young

Not something left in the past


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~