At the End of That Rainbow

At the End of That Rainbow

That intriguing story was ever heard and ever told And especially the children always felt they’d find that pot of gold. Childish faith is such a wonderful thing to behold, Why » More »

Slow as Molasses

Slow as Molasses

Some of us are, by our inherited nature, slow specimens of mankind. We are penalized for it in this life, for no one wants to wait on the slow kind. The » More »

Just One Rose Left

Just One Rose Left

We were taking photos on the front lawn when next door I spied one lone peach-colored rose upon a trellis by the door. I couldn’t believe there would only be just » More »

Keepsakes

Keepsakes

Keepsakes are so much a part of our daily lives And it’s not always a monetary value that drives The desire to accumulate these important “tidbits.” Most likely there’s some memory » More »

Sunrise – Sunset

Sunrise – Sunset

Today our sun will rise and today our sun will set. Now, how I use these hours that separate the two, you can bet Will not be my top notch performance. Of this I am sure! ‘Cause, by nature, » More »

 

Truly Free

 

Wherever I will be, I feel I’ll be forever free;
The greatest gift in this life or the life to be.
Being free is being prisoner to earth no more,
No longer bound by earth, our spirit free to soar.

Lucile I. Burke
December 20, 1998

 

If I Live to Be a Hundred…

 

And I’m getting there real fast (far faster than I ever dreamed)
I’ll never understand the range of strange prejudices that scream
From every area of our globe, every color, every creed.
This bias is simply handed down to generations and their seed.

A Turkey Sandwich Ain’t Bad

 

When you near seventy-five, tradition falls by the wayside.
My kin are scattered round the earth – very far and mighty wide!
Thanksgiving is for me just a day of thanking God for giving me
All the blessings I’ve received, and I can certainly see

Going Down in Defeat

 

There is no disgrace in going down in defeat.
But rising up again in victory – that’s what’s really sweet.
It’s not written in stone that we’ll win in every instance
But we’ll never know unless we go the distance.

Foresight And Hindsight

 

Foresight requires a repertoire of experience to even qualify,
So if we’re too young to boast a storehouse of “live or die”
Situations, we feel unqualified to claim great foresight.
So we blunder on just praying our second guess is right.

Becoming Strong

 

It’s so strange how I stumbled over, kicked around and complained so loudly
About all those aggravating obstacles strewn throughout my life. I walked proudly
In the way I understood as the correct way and I really thought
That the right way would ensure a smooth way! What life wrought!

What About Me?

 

I have a young great-grandson; age about two-and-a-half.
He’s cute and handsome, and even more, can always make you laugh.
His older brother is six now, which makes two-and-a-half seem a baby.
But he keeps up pretty well and whenever there’s a maybe —

About The Same Time

 

Have you ever noticed that the stars start to appear
When evening darkness draws nigh and night is here?
And about that same time, the lights go on in every place of life.
For home loving ones, this brings a peaceful quiet to husband, kids and wife.

The Overview

 

My mind is racing at a tremendous rate of speed
Through yesterday, today, headlong to where I cannot see.
Am I hoping to put it all together somehow,
To form some picture that will clarify the now?

Once You Are Gone

 

Once you’re gone, it’s a sad commentary to even admit
Except for a few or special accomplishments
Your presence isn’t very missed.  We can’t accept this is the way
It always happens – it never fails. We cannot stay.

Your Advice

 

Do you wait until you’re asked or is it a steady flow?
There are all sorts of advice around just anywhere you go.
Some people really have something to offer, but you know,
With some, it comes cheap – maybe that’s what it’s worth. So

Like a Child

 

The simplistic approach of the child is one we absolutely adore:
The innocent and trusting soul we used to be so long before,
When a faith lived there in the accepting heart of the child.
Laughter echoed all around and joy abounded in that radiant smile.

Hate And Darkness Walk Together

 

As love and light walk together – where you see one, you see the other –
So go hate and darkness. They walk together, for they represent one another.
Should there ever be any doubt, look to their fruits. That tells the story!
No artificial sham can conceal the truth; that’s mandatory.

How Does Love Live?

 

To some species of life we can not say.
Certainly our pets, and even wild animals display
Generous amounts of affection, an affirmation
Of kindly emotions to others, perhaps from the time of creation.

Applause

 

I’m sure we all have watched this ritual on display:
Human emotion as it radiates to the recipients of praise.
The intensity expresses directly the enthusiasm of those
Who are expressing a sentiment they want to bestow.

Don’t Take This Life Lightly

 

Self preservation is a natural and instinctive law of life. We each are imbued
With this natural law of survival – No other way can it be construed!
Each soul treasures its earthly habitat and we relate to our life and body
As our earthly home through this life’s duration, enjoying ourselves most broadly.

Thorn Shy

 

Are you one who shuns the roses because of all their thorns?
Such a shame! If you only knew how to avoid getting torn.
It’s like winding through life’s garden as a duty,
Shying from the sharper edges that seem to pierce the beauty.

You Can Only See

 

You can only see exactly where you’re going
When you can see exactly where you’ve been, then knowing
Where you got off track – were only spinning your wheels –
So you can become aware of and thus avoid such futile deals.

When My Wall Clock Chimes

 

I hear that lovely tune and I know just which hour
Is announcing itself. Such cheery chimes – a soft and gentle power.
To me, there is something special about this wall clock.
It makes me feel that as long as it sounds time will not stop.

Where The Sky Meets The Edges

 

This view is best observed from the air or from a mountain top
Or from the plains where the land goes on forever and never stops –
Or so it seems! It stretches out so spacious and so endless.
The deserts of this earth are stretched out so defenseless,

Young at Heart

 

What young person wastes their youth worrying about growing old?
Besides, when we’re young, we’ll never ever on earth grow old.
In our youthful dreams, we will be beautiful and agile forever,
And you know what? None of us will age at all, not ever.

Beyond Always

 

I have always treasured life, no matter how difficult it became.
I knew life was not just physical, and that carried me, with no need of fame.
In this state of mind, you understand where it’s all going,
And with fame or without it, you’re grounded solid and not just blowing

As A Child

 

People forget they were once children when they get grown
And get married and have children of their own.
Oh, it’s not the children’s “size” that it’s all about. You’ll find
It’s all those million little things that inhabit a child’s mind!

How Strong Is Gentle?

 

The gentle spirit can stoop down low and mend a broken wing –
Can guide a little child who is searching for its way back home.
It can offer the balm of love and peace to lost and broken hearts.

This infinitely gentle spirit can also rise and soar
Along the winds, beyond the mountains and among the stars
To renew the strength that is essential
For the quiet and gentle caring soul.

Lucile I. Burke
July 27, 1992

 

Every Day Is Mother’s Day

 

Every day is Mother’s Day when you’re a Mother!
Now, just before dawn, a new day approaches, another
Day given. And it happens to be Mother’s Day.
But then I think, “Each one is mine; I’m a Mother every day.”