Godspeed

Godspeed
by Carl Josehart

Godspeed
good friend
and travelers all
those who voyage long and far
and delve into missions of the mind
distant lands
brave journeys
adventurers just and true

Travel well
dear friend
Dulcinea awakes in the dreams
of a lover’s head
and sees beauty and poetry
where life leaves ruin and rags

Search for the Holy Grail
if you will
while I tilt at windmills
and think of you
Dulcinea to my Quixote
you’ll tread on solid ground
while I go adventuring on a cloud of dreams

Xanadu, Camelot
and Mt. Olympus
reconnoitered
through your imagination
will chart your next adventure

While Pompeii
lies beneath the rubble
of our daily grind
buried beauty
frozen beneath the ash of
tragic disillusionment
testimony to an
era of possibility
born like the phoenix
out of the ashes of despair

Godspeed
peace and safety too
follow you
protect and bring you comfort
and you home at journey’s end
good spirits
fair weather
and a true compass
to point toward the future
and back
if needed

Godspeed good friend
Godspeed

 

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

by Carl Josehart

the right of way
cannot be
taken
only given
my driving instructor was
want to say

the same with thanks
it seems
gratitude
like the right of way
cannot be taken
only given

thanks
like driving
involves yielding
stopping
detouring
traveling roads that
dead end
to others
to fate

thanks
like prayer
cannot wait
until you are in the mood
you have to do it
to get in the mood
it lifts you
even when you don’t know you’ve
fallen

it is like love
thanks, I mean
it’s what you give
when all you have to give
is not enough
and grows the fastest
when freely given away


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