please don't take our sunshine away

please don't take
our sunshine away we say
as so many fires
continue to burn
throughout our province
the smoky skies a reminder
of how quickly everything
can be taken away
by the carelessness
of those who don't seem to give
a damn about others
it's friday afternoon
the long weekend upon us
the pinnacle of summer
here in Vancouver
everyone taking to the streets
to celebrate Pride
thankful there are enough people out there
who give a damn about us
give a damn
about the kind of world
we want our kids to grow up in
a world where they always
have something to be happy about
even when skies are grey

living with the one we love

July is just grooving along
at a comfortable pace
the living is easy
at our South Surrey place
so much sun
there's always an excuse
as to why many things
just don't get done
so thankful we get to
stay here for another year
gets lonely at times
but we still love
living out here
where the sounds of children playing
never get drowned out
by the urban noise
where we can always find peace
where we can always find time
to celebrate the joys
of living with the one we love

the human race

here I am
still in holiday mode
as relaxed as I can be
given the situation
facing you and me
having to find a new home
when we just want to
travel and chill
wishing we didn't have to
deal with change
quite so soon
but life has a way
of forcing you to deal with it
when it wants you to
better just accept
that's how things are
so many of these changes
we find ourselves going through
shake things up just enough
to keep us on our toes
heaven knows
having everything
how and when we want it
seems so far removed these days
from being a vital part
of the frenetic pace
of what we've come to know
as the human race

fight the good fight

what's next
now that's a very good question
no one beating down my door
they want me
they just don't know it yet
I am 50 now
and it's a fact
once you reach a certain age
they'd lead you to believe
you are yesterday's news
your best years behind you
you must learn to be content
with the scraps they throw you
looks like they don't really know you
far too soon to roll over and die
not at least while
you've got enough fight
left in you
to fight the good fight

the joy of giving

a life of service
serving others
rather than yourself
always giving
more than you take
the world needs more of you
that's for sure
hard to have nothing left
at the end of the day
still you keep on giving anyway
in danger of giving
too much of yourself away
to someone who only ever knew
how to take
seems to me this could be
one of life's great mistakes
but it's all about
how it feels for you
the joy of giving
until you've experienced it
perhaps you're not yet
truly living

a world of possibility

wasted mornings
easier to justify
when it's pouring rain outside
trying not to be morose
closing in on 50
with not a lot to show
for all these years
on planet earth
then again who's keeping track
who's looking back
on all of life's disappointments
besides me
fortunately, I have found love
been resurrected by it
so many more times
than your average joe
it's made my world
a much better place
just by being open to it
letting it wash the blues away
when things didn't work out
like I had hoped they would
I had just enough time
on a wasted morning just like this
to rediscover my bliss
when the future looked grim
all I needed to do
was stop and enjoy the view
never failed to work its magic
when I'd stopped believing
anything was possible
for dreamers like me
there it was again
right in front of me
a world of possibility


of appetite
of interest
of sex drive
of energy
of lust for life
of all the things about youth
that made me feel
so completely alive
sometimes I'm at a loss for words
but these days just putting pen to paper
is enough to make me feel
like I'm not a complete lost cause
my body still
has the ability to heal
I still have the ability to feel
when a song about love
plays on the radio
there I go
balling my eyes out
and I'm reminded
I haven't become too hardened
by this stone-cold world
still feel things just as deeply
as this sensitive soul-searcher
ever could