“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”

-Leonard Cohen


(for Jackson)

by Carmen H Gray

The chiming sound

That comes from a hollowed, hallowed you

Inverted from life’s spiraled bound

A premature summoning

To another place

The space you made humbling

The lives of those you knew

The bells ringing in

Messages that carry through

Time and space

Pain and suffering

And love’s memory trace

The Ladybug Reappears

The Ladybug Reappears

by Carmen H Gray

It invited itself in to greet me

That pensive afternoon

The bright red shell

And tiny black spots

A cheerful allusion

To strength and protection

Of living my own truth

A playful reminder

Of the young boy

I had yet to meet

Who lived his own truth

To the very end