Beloved, Be Happy and Leave

You’ve packed up some of your things and you’re no longer happy with me Can’t say that I blame you, I won’t ever disrespect you, But beloved, be happy & leave When we got hitched way back when I thought you & I would forever be supportive, loving & kind But I’ve now lost my […]

What’ll Happen When They Love Him?

He’s writin’ a lot, givin’ it all he’s got He gets up at the crack of dawn to go work on song after song and I worry ’bout him while he’s gone He’s playin’ everywhere, like County Fairs and honky-tonks who love his stuff I know I’m probably wrong but I think I’m now his […]

Brother From Another Mother

He’s the guy you’ve known since Grade School And now you’re at a dive bar having drinks You’re sharing stories nobody else knows And you both know how the other one thinks You struggled through the awkward years Traded sports cards & Playboy magazines You’d sit in the treehouse and play cards And you’d tell […]

To the Lake and Back

I had a few dollars in my wallet And I asked her for a walk into town She went upstairs to get her sweater And said to me she’d be right down Then she walked down the staircase She was showin’ those pearly whites She winked at me & said she was happy I could […]

The Better Thing To Do

Before you took a walk outside And I never saw your smile again We talked for quite a while And fondly remembered when The rooster crowed that morning The grass outside was damp from rain We talked about the pleasure we felt We tried not to speak of the pain When you and I both […]

Everlasting Romance

Like a Blue Jay on Friday she vanished in the morning haze Maybe she longed for and needed some more of them red-letter days Some more rides into the sunsets Some more guys to hold her tight Some more men who’d give her lovin’ every day and every night Well I’m not the kind of […]

One Who Totally Got Me

For my life-giving wife, Melanie Ann Gray Back in those days I had major issues When I found a message in my inbox You grew up in a small town like I did I was living at home but on the rocks I was chasing women & drinkin’ heavy ‘Cause each girl wasn’t right for […]

Sweetheart from Soquel

I once had a sweetheart from SoquelWho moved across the bay from CarmelWe worked together at a local resort hotelThat summer she had me under her spellI was a couple of years older than sheI don’t know what she ever saw in meShe already had her Associate’s degreeAnd loved reading all my latest poetry We […]