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 ~~

 

A Life Spent Looking (Tanka)

A life spent looking

How will we know when we’re there

I’m really not sure

We can’t see our destiny

I guess that’s part of the fun

 

~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

 

I Am Not A Wise Man

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I am not a wise man,

Questions–I have so many,

A seeker am I.

No–this is not a complaint.

My path is profoundly worn,

Worn by ancestors

All belonging to my tribe,

My brother humans.

Neither the first nor the last;

Others will travel this road

Leaving blood and sweat

As markers of their journey…

Of this I am sure.

I take solace in this fact

That I’ve not ventured alone.

 

~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

 

Modern Magellan

Modern Magellan,

O’ how I wish to explore

Beyond my country.

Sheltered by America,

I long to breach its borders.

There is so much more,

More than our brief history,

Our moment in time.

The lands of our ancestors

There–just a voyage away

…Maybe someday.

 

~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

 

Lonely Hotel Room

Lonely hotel room,

Faded carpet,

Trust in clean sheets,.

Looking out from high above,

Cracked blacktop parking-lot,

Peeling dumpster,

Weary travelers rental cars,

I wonder why I am here.

Long-distance calls from home

Offer little respite from my angst,

“I love you’s”, across the airwaves,

Still alone with my glowing companion,

Unable to sleep,

Strange bed holds no warmth.

All this, another spin on the wheel,

All this for sustenance,

I wonder at what cost.

Strain on spouse,

Toll on children,

One parent household,

Each trip will be the last.

Until the next time,

Addicted to the golden ring.

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~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

Love of the Word

Travel to cliffs of Scotland tall

Ancient cities with golden scroll

Coliseum of wonder your columns fall

Time, wind and rain have taken their toll

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Fairytale lands with walkways of gold

Rabbits, a queen and Mad Hatters

Through Grimm and Poe the stories unfold

Whether Jack and his beanstalk does itt matter

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Absorbed in Whitman’s Leaves of Grass

A cup of tea with Sherlock Holmes

Or Steinbeck’s exquisite Grapes of Wrath

When a Tree Grows in Brooklyn you’re never alone

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Traveling around the world in 80 days

Digging treasure on an island deserted

Meeting the end in Moby Dick’s’ way

Though Scrooge’s demise is diverted

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Dumas’ Musketeers are dashing them all

A letter of scarlet emblazoned

The howl of the wolf in the wild was called

Romeo and Juliet still amazes

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The beauty of words in fiction, poem or prose

Allows travel to faraway lands

Mystery, adventure or as love stories show

The pricelessness of books in the hand

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~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~