Familiar Love`Songs

Like the planets

which orbit their sun

so our children find at last

their optimal operating distance

in the solar system of family

thrust outward by destiny

drawn back by gravity 


Some of the orbits

take them far a`space

into extreme dark & cold

where we worry of survival

Then in time bring them

so precipitously close

we fear collision


Other orbits

are as consistent

as the earth & its sun

tilting now & then to allow

within their oval course

our winter & summer

our spring & fall


Like astronomers

who watch the night

we marvel at their being

Even calculate what’s there

under the cold surface

or wind`blown dust

of life & of love


even as all our transmission towers

broadcast the old familiar love`songs

aimed at their wildly whirling lives


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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6 Responses to Familiar Love`Songs

  1. Morgan says:

    This is Brilliant ..I love the images and word play here. :)


  2. hits home with me – my grandchildren are scattered around the country


  3. SalvaVenia says:

    How could there be life without children?


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