IT WAS THE FIRST THING
I SAW,
ARRIVING TO INSPECT
A DOUBTFUL NEW PAD
THE LUCK OF THE DRAW,
‘TWAS WILD TERRITORY,
NOT MY USUAL STOMPING
GROUND
BUT THE TREES THAT
ABOUND
KNOCKED
MY SOX OFF,
AND WHEN I SNUCK
IN TO PEEK AT THIS
OLD HOUSE
THE SURPRISE
WAS A SIGHT
FOR SORE EYES:
A SMALL COOL ROOM
BELOW THE REST
TUCKED AWAY
LIKE A SCAVENGER
VEST,
WITH LIGHTS AND
SHELVES
AND A COOL LITTLE DESK,
WHILE IN THE CORNER
BEHIND A DOOR
WAS A BRAND NEW
TOILET
TO EVEN THE SCORE,
SOMEBODY PLANNED
THIS SWEET SECRET
ROOM
A PLACE FOR
A SOUL
TO GATHER
AND BLOOM,
BUT MOST OF
ALL TO HIDE AWAY
AND GET SOME
PEACE FROM
THE WORDLY FRAY,
WHILE ALL THE
MEN THAT VISIT ME
EXPRESS THEIR
WISH TO LIVE
HIGH AND FREE
I HAVE KEPT IT
OPEN FOR MY
ART, AND SEE
THIS SWEET QUIET
PLACE QUITE
RECLUSIVELY,

BUT NOW COMES
THE TIME
TO SHARE MY
MOST PRIME
AND PRIVATE SPOT
WITH A MAN
WHO IS MOVING
AND CHANGING
A LOT,
HE IS MY BROTHER
MY FRIEND
AS NO OTHER
AND SOON TO
DISCOVER THE JOY
OF BEING HIS OWN
SMART WANDERING BOY
BRINGING THE BUDDHA,
A TWO WHEELED BLAST
THAT HE RIDES BY THE SEA
IN THE PALE OVERCAST
EMBRACING THE WAVES
HE HAS MISSED FOR SO LONG
NOW IS A CHANCE TO
CHANGE
REARRANGE
THE PATH FROM HIS CAVES
AND FIND A SWEET PEACE
WHERE THE MIND
STOPS AND SAVES,
HE’S LEAVING
THE PAST
AND ALL THAT BEHIND
A JOURNEY TOWARD
NEW THINGS
EMBRACING
MANKIND,
PACKING IT UP
SORTING
RESORTING
TO A GOOD
SLASH AND BURN
IT’S THE TRIP OF
A LIFETIME,
WITHOUT A RETURN,
THE CHANCE TO
BREAK OUT
TO BE WHO YOU ARE
TRAVELING SURE
WITH THE MOON
AND THE STARS,
SO I WELCOME
HIM HOME
AND OPEN THE DOORS
FOR A WONDERFUL
LANDING
NEVER WITHSTANDING
THOSE TIDAL BLUE
DREAMS,
NOTHING IS EVER
QUITE LIKE IT SEEMS!

©JW WINSLOW 10/1/18