It includes reflections on life's tragedies, such as Alzheimer's Disease: "I live amid shadows./ They fell as imperceptibly/ As the shades of evening,/ Enveloping me in a mist,/ Thick, unyielding, cold."
It describes the travails of loneliness: "Mourning: It never ends,/ This heaviness of the heart,/ It sits unrelentingly upon the breast."
It covers the ordinary days of people. Jeff and Family: "Then for a brief moment,/ We pause just to ensure./ Our covenant is still enduring,/ And our commitment is so very sure./ With kindly words and loving gestures,/ We seek to soothe each other's heart,/ We give the day its final blessing,/ As we experienced its several parts."
Some poems have their lighter side often provided by our Westie, Bonnie Jean: "The squirrel came loping through the snow/ One sunny winter's day/ Directly toward the birdseed box/ He carefully made his way...../ Upon the porch the doggie sat/ Quite perky and alert,/ She watched the squirrel his journey make/ She thought "He's just a jerk."
It also speaks to the darker side of life: "Hatred burns the soul/ Leaving it crisp/ Without resilience/ Necessary to thought/ And creative dreams." Desolation: "LOST!/ The love that once burned passionately/ And, as a consuming fire, dissolved the nights/ And all too soon aroused the day/ ...../LOST!....../In the abyss/ Which we created,/ Not of malice,/ Nor by intention,/ But through forgetfulness/ To nurture/ That most delicate,/ Most human gift:/ THE CHERISHING SPIRIT."
They seek to inspire hope, challenge complacency, bring smiles and tears, to honor the majesty of human existence.