Poetry Packed Out: A Somber Start to the Month

Well, it’s that time of year again, the first of October, a month that creates bittersweet memories for me, one of which comes at the end of the month when I like to commemorate my late mentors passing, which will be 12 years this year.

To start off the somber month, I’d like to share my recent poem that I wrote in my mentors character, Charley. I like to think of it as me carrying on his memory, a small way (but not the only) I can do to honor him and give others the hope he gave me. I wrote this poem because of videos his son has been doing to talk about depression and his hero growing up…

But more on that later this month…here’s the poem in question:

9.21.18

-in memory of the Late Larry Berk, and for his family and son, Jonah, who inspired this piece-

Charley looks

Outside studio window,

Sees Paris-

His home

Brightly lit

In spite

Of scars

History leaves

On it-

On us all,

Good or bad.

He can’t

Help muse

On history’s

Lessons-

One we learn

Others need time

To grow;

Take root

In all of life itself.

We all face

Battles-

Even Paris

Isn’t exempt

In history’s

Blood soaked

Pages,

Tears,

Suffering;

Joys all

Embedded

In long historic

Tomes.

Through everything,

Charles sees

Resilience,

Fortitude,

Light in

Darkness,

Even as

Conflicts

Arise,

Paris will

Always

Survive.

Let’s help each other and show each other how to always…

Shine On!!

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