Purple's Platitudes

nothing but words …


20 March 2015



On Kiawah once,

a turbulent wave

caught me unaware,

tumbling me headlong

below the murky surface.



I panicked,

swallowing salty water,

flailing and kicking


not knowing which way was up.


I still have moments,

nightmarish moments,

when I wonder,

will I drown this time,

or fight to resurface

and breathe.



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06 February 2015


When penetrated,

weathered, warm-hearted whitewash

reveals nothing but a fence


and appearances,

regardless of their purpose,

indeed, are everything.



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04 February 2015


I speak,


from regurgitation,

chewing and swallowing again,

like cows.


And yet,


is an essential part

of getting nourishment from life.

Smart cows.


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04 February 2015


My machete’s sharp.

I blazed trails, none existed

through my own jungle.


I jungled into

a deep, dark silence, and yet,

I never got lost.


Some explorers do,

some return changed, richer for

their experience.


Finding your way out

is often the beginning

of exploration.

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Ode to a Robin

04 February 2015


Ode to a Robin


An unmistakable song,

shadows seen, prove Winter’s strong,

six more weeks of hope deferred,

red-breasted faith, Spring’s assured.


Remembering how to sing,

join the choir living brings,

Death’s sting, O grave defeated,

joyful news, oft’ repeated.


Spark returns, a simple choice,

resurrect me Robin’s voice,

emerge from this empty tomb,

Life’s my Bride, and I, her Groom.


Three remain, the greatest still,

if lived, would all things fulfill,

I preach what I do not see,

by grace, by faith, I believe.


Like the Robin I will sing,

not of Winter, but of Spring,

of Tomorrow yet to be,

sing my soul, please sing to me.


4 February, 2015 Posted by | Poetry | 2 Comments

Update October 2014

Although I have not written anything since July, I have had one or two people ask me to reopen my blog so they could read and explore what I have written before. So, feel free to read. As always, I hope something I have written speaks to you in some small way, encouraging you, bringing a smile, or simply a nod of resonance. Comments, if any, will be monitored as I am able to do so. Take care.


23 October, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 6 Comments


For those who shared my journey over these last four years in any way, for whatever time, I say thank you. I have decided to close my blog permanently for reasons some may understand while others will not. The last couple of months have been increasingly difficult for me as my vision has continued to fail. It is time to accept that I can no longer do this on my own. Again thank you for encouragement, inspiration, and so much more  along the way.



23 July, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 10 Comments

at what I left behind

14 July 2014



Darkness used to be my playground,

before I was afraid,

silence, my land of Make Believe,

a place I often stayed,

words, my imaginary friends,

before we were betrayed.


I long for how things used to be,

but innocence is gone,

too much has changed without, within,

this emptiness is wrong.

I’ve lost my way, lost who I am,

unsure where I belong.


I was content with nothing else,

back once upon a time,

I desire that simplicity,

which now I cannot find.

Forever, I am looking back

at what I left behind.



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13 July 2014



what do I do when

the love I have always had

no longer exists,

and I do not mean love for

someone or something, just love?



13 July, 2014 Posted by | Poetry | , | 1 Comment