Well… How’d Ya like it?

Looks like a lot of you read the three part story A Soft Knocking. Let me know if this format is something you enjoyed, or if you’d rather I didn’t tease you like that. My purpose here is to entertain; make you laugh, smile, and yes, sometimes maybe shed a tear or two. Or, perhaps, simply to cause you to contemplate, like this poem might tend to do…

The Sun Came Up Again

The sun came up again

Across the street

In the neighbor’s yard

Through early budding tree limbs


The sky glowed fiery red

Then golden

Then dazzling white

As another day began


A slash of light

Fell ‘cross my arms as I wrote

The thought crossed my mind

That I’d said too much

Heard too much

And it had changed things


I wondered

If they had changed for the better

I hoped so


I’ve changed things before

By being too open

Too honest


I’ve watched the sun come up

Regretting words I’d spoken

The day before

You would think I’d learn


I have learned


I’ve learned

That the sun will come up

Sometimes you will see it

And feel it

Sometimes you won’t

But it’s there


Love is like that

At times you can bask in its warmth

And feel its arms wrapped around you

A flash of it will lay across your heart


Then at other times

It falls silent

And cool

It’s still there

Just not as obvious


You have to know it’s there

Never doubt it

Never turn away

Just know that behind the cloud

Behind the mountain

Behind whatever has made the warm glow fade

It is there


You have to let it be there

You have to want it to be there

It can’t always be glorious

It can’t always be spring


Copyright © 1998 C. Mashburn


  1. miker54 said

    Hey Charlie I think format is awesome it keeps you wanting more. Also its exciting making one anticipating what’s next. Nice job.
    On my way to meet Rocky.

    • Cool, Mike! I enjoyed doing it that way. I have lots of stories that are too long for a blog, so this will enable me to share them in an entertaining way. I figured out how to do a “poll” too. We’ll see how that works out. Thanks!

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