Jun 2017 · 753
For Ever
Marta C Weeks Jun 2017
The mind
when immersed in thoughts
of yesterday carried by
hopes of tomorrows
by thoughts like stones
on the surface of a lake
skips from feeling to memory
tracing ripples of emotions
from nature's beauty
to the smallness of self
is a universal totality
brushes wind over water
to wave onto shore
life gets lost on Earth
to help grow the next wave
that reaches beyond
into the horizon
where some go to sleep
while others wake
are born, and others die
to be born again
matters not if the sun shines
or the moon reflects on its surface
glass only gives back
the reality of what is
not what one wants
the universal blanket
over and under
above and below
into time on end
not wavering not changing
to accommodate humanity
sustains eternity
what was and what will be
wishing to be more
is as a mere leaf that falls
over an oak seed on its bank
majestic in the passing
before and after us
is where we take part
of forever

May 2017 · 424
Searching for Safety
Marta C Weeks May 2017
In fear loaded times
Will a mask
That blends with all
Does not claim sides
Speaks of nothing
Stands for no one
Keep one safe?
To walk in crowds
Or hide behind doors
Doing nothing
Offending no one
Make us loved?
And where to hide
When a voice roars
Or fist bomb drops
In a corner
School or mall?

Sent from my iPad
May 2017 · 364
Just Taking
Marta C Weeks May 2017
I now know
I lost my mind
In pain I grasped for life
In life I clung to death
Not knowing
Not thinking
Just grabbing lips
Crawling into arms
Mattered not
They were not yours
For years after you died
I was not me
I had no self
I cared for nothing
My heart was broken
Leaking pain
Into everyone
Not caring
Just taking
May 2017 · 110
In Silence
Marta C Weeks May 2017
The other day
I missed the laughter
We could have shared
Births we could have held
Joys and sadness of life
Happening without you
And yet always with you
For you live in us
You live with us
Your ever present absence
The words you said
Laughter roaring
From your joy
Tears running
From your sadness
All flowing back to us
Giving memory life
Bringing love alive
We miss you
Not for a moment think
That in your void
We forgot all the times
You gave us
To remember you by
To forget you not
To love others
To wait for the day
When in sprit
We will once again
In the silence of eternity
Share you
Without words
May 2017 · 96
Marta C Weeks May 2017
Travel with me
From  our smile
Into the passion of love
Follow me in the song
Of breathless encounters
Goose pimples on eyeballs
Kisses into morning
Marta 5/22/2017
May 2017 · 362
Last Wishes
Marta C Weeks May 2017
Before I leave this life
I don't want a sorry
         left unsaid
From anyone I have wronged
        forgiveness I beg
Matters not to me
         your share of blame
Before my last breath
        to smile at all I want
Wrong or right
         friend or foe
Not a tear unshed
Nor a smile
          stopped from laughter
Not a truth untold
           or a lie to nest
For what is life
           but a mere waking
Into the next beginning
A moving from shadows
             to light
Sky to Earth
              hope to breath
There are no forevers
               in the flesh
Sorry travels endlessly
                wrong bones might forget
But spirit's sufferings
                  Never ends
Marta 4/20/2017
May 2017 · 120
Rocks or Guts
Marta C Weeks May 2017
Some need rocks
To rest upon
Look down, feel taller
Or throw at others

Camp on smiles
Feed in joy's miles
Rivers of promise
Golden tomorrows

Our country in burning
With horror and loss
Buried traditions that hide
Walls of bigotry

Halls filled with assets
Sit in doubt
On hills of sorrow
Growing in fear

Brother, why cling
To grief, afraid of love
Hide from having
When some have all

Sister must you hate
And wish to kill
Anybody's hope
Your pleasure lost

Driven to please
Hating color, race or creed
Feeding in lack
Altars of fanatical pride

Walking shame to blame
Taking sides with captors
That take all
To give what's not

Life goes forward
Insecurity drains hearts
Feeds souls to saviors
With Political lies

Builders of distrust
Sellers of promises
Hiding cruel minds
Open to theirs, closed to ours

Where is forever in now
Believed we had choices
Wanting more than not
Lost sight of beyond

Cages of greed
Built by pulpits
Filled by a Congress
Here now, gone tomorrow

Eternal is only the universe
One minute for us here
For love or power
And soon we die
(had one of those nights, into morning, when my mind spun words  instead of dreams)
May 2017 · 124
Confront not Crawl
Marta C Weeks May 2017
Like helpless children
of passive parents,
we cave into fear

We must not only fill
opportunist's coffers
or post on social media

Raise HELL on bullies
support leaders
not resting on laurels

No time for hand ringing
wiping brows or catatonia
rally for all seeking office
Just wrote out of frustration not sure it's a poem.
May 2017 · 140
A Lover’s Lament
Marta C Weeks May 2017
If I were to die now
would I be a melody
you bring to life
in tunes of forever vows
or would you take me
into your mind’s heart
till the end of your song
and will the image of us
live in visions of love

Revised 5/3/17
Apr 2017 · 198
Conversing About Rights
Marta C Weeks Apr 2017
Drums of war
converse about rights
claim blessings from their God
to profess justice against injustice

A child asks:
is killing right for who wins?
can neighbors kill to clean up
their neighborhoods?
What if they kill us?

No, that's different
you simplify too much
the bad must be destroyed
the color of blood is not red

In cheer and pomp drums beat
as self-proclaimed judges decide
when is killing patriotic
in the harbor of safety
conversing about rights
edited 4/18/2017
Apr 2017 · 452
On This Your Easter
Marta C Weeks Apr 2017
Man on the cross

save us from walls

against hungry souls

raised by pedantic cons

to push Your words

from pulpits of arrogance

Barterers of crux for coins

lords over Scriptures

life, land, and heavens

offering rapture

as if a mop to wash

parlors of decadence

Is nothing holy

to bias and cruel hearts

architects of churches

that glorify wrong to divide

from pews that claim

You as their candy man

Staring at the cross

blood from thorns

did your mother weep

for hammerers of nails

or promise burning

those who reject lies

Is there resurrection

for throwers of spears

users of Your name

as a nine-ball

in pockets of greed

made-to-order redemption

Will self-proclaimed sages

accept your color of origin

not in a suit but rags

or claim you are Satan

to condemn and justify

Feel stones cry
by Marta C Weeks, raised 4/16/2017
Apr 2017 · 600
Last Breath
Marta C Weeks Apr 2017
Remembering our dead
Mansions, or humble abodes
Virtues or deeds

Learned by heart
Nights of gladness
Morning sorrows

Stories as grains of sand
Forming eternal rocks
Or leaves from a tree
Shelters of hopes and dreams
Ocean waves drowning breath
Dreams crumbling as castles
Small homes becoming shrines
Images we choose, or not

Our great grands looking back
Thinking of us as we of ours
Long for memories to grow

Good grows as hands reach out
In time to lift, serve or destroy

Things break and lose charm
Those we feared and loved
Or guides found with sobs

Moments of shared delight
Human frailties, loss and pain
Keep us in want
Never enough, always too much

The hell of heaving
Infernos of inherited pride
Or careful purpose and deeds
Blessing those left

We follow their climb
When plotting our course
In darkness hides the light
Doors close in mind
I would appreciate critiques and comments on this poem.
Feb 2017 · 619
Ode To A Violinist
Marta C Weeks Feb 2017
My heart crashed
As I stood on the sidelines
You played
To an adoring crowd

Inside me fear
Tore away
As it has done before

I had seen her
Lock into my lover's eyes
Take him into promises
Of her paradise
Then she looked at me
As women do
To announce
Pending victory

Lost in that turmoil
I gazed at you
Handsome violinist
Young prince of music
Your violin courting
Throbbing hearts
Minds filled with desire

My eyes fluttered
You held them
I felt avenged
In found promises
Yours into mine

I stayed fixed
From song to song
You stroked from chords
Into my need
Surfaced from imagined doom
Of lost love
And unforgettable pain
Whole and lovely
Into the center
Of your visual embrace

You came
In that moment in time
When I needed lifting
From sinking into regret
Into memories of loss

Where you sent by Fate
That very second
Your song a wave
To lift me from the gulf
I was falling into

It matters not
The moment passed
As he came back
From where he denied
Ever going
To love me again

By Marta C Weeks
4/20/ 2015
Wrote during a cruise
Marta C Weeks Feb 2017
Into the sky
Even ghosts
Once slaves
From graves
Of oppression
To see Barack

His eyes
With humility
Head high
Steady voice

All witness
His assent
Over mountains
Of Whites, Blacks
Browns and Yellow
Multiplicity of life

In triumph
Barack takes
Bigotry's flames
Into dreams that lift
Into stars, of equality

And God of all
A son has risen

Marta C. Weeks
January 20, 2009
I wrote the original poem while watching President Barack Obamas first inauguration.

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