A Less Demanding Heart

I think I could learn
to enjoy your love
but only if it were
less demanding
and only if
I were
allowed
to spend
long periods
of the day
alone
and
uninterrupted

– A. Ramirez

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Down

At night I think of these things –
dark alleyways and
crows in summer fields;
a broken taillight
that follows me everywhere I go;
a body of indifference
that bends shadows behind me;
lies and indiscretions that make
criminals of otherwise good souls;
and in the deepest oceans there
are fish that have never seen the sun
and there are tides that chase after the moon
and even Jesus Christ
was betrayed and lied to
so why should I
or you
or anyone else
feel special when the love doesn’t hold
and the strange calm of defeat sets in

– A. Ramirez

Father’s Day

A man
without a family
is by no accounts
a father
just as I am
without
my daughter
and likewise
not a man

– A. Ramirez

There’s a point in your life when you finally begin to understand what love is – that it’s selfless and boundless. And that nothing compares to the pain of being away from your child. Some things poetry just doesn’t have enough words for.

Submariner

If I had a fish
for a daughter
I would hope that her fins
were swift and true
and I would remind her,

“Swim to your hearts content
but avoid the fisherman’s hook
and the jaws of those unkindly bites”

– A. Ramirez

It breaks my heart to see so many young women struggling with life. I wonder where their fathers are. Why must men act so selfishly and be so cruel? Be good to our women. Be good to each other.

 

Strange Perspectives

Don’t think too much
because the road can go left or right
and you can be happy or sad
but if you must go straight ahead
try not to be so predictable and pedestrian in your motions
invest in strange perspectives while
trying to avoid the tragedy of the blind turn

– A. Ramirez

be a poet and you’ll understand magic from the inside out