Your open window sets forth
yeasty scents of fresh baked bread.
Hungers carried on a humid breeze.
Through the opening I gaze at your fruity jams,
marmalades with tart sweetness.
Memories creating cravings to indulge.
You taste the jelly from your fingers,
your eyes glued to mine,
working your soft, pink, tongue,
retrieving sticky sweet and sour drops.
You tease me with an invitation to the feast,
knowing full well this meal is for one.
He was a patchwork quilt
He was a patchwork quilt,
a tapestry in progress.
Formed out of scraps of life's fabric.
Sewn together by many hands.
When he came into her hands,
he was a work barely begun.
His pattern only hinted at vaguest images.
With tenderness she cared for him,
repaired loose stitches,
replaced old patches, worn and abused,
with brightly colored patches of love.
She arranged each piece with great care.
Always vigilant for areas of neglect and
in need of attention.
As she worked she wrapped herself in him,
And was warmed by his embrace.
His existence was secure in her care.
Each day more was added to his substance,
she snuggled deeper in his comfort.
Neither realized she had daily sewn
her own fabric, irrevocably, into his pattern
until at last they were one.
This poem was written without using words ending in "ing" or the words
"the" or "that”.
Excerpted from "The Poetry of Windwalker [Kindle Edition]" by Dale Musser. Copyright © 2013 by Dale Musser. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
Dale Musser was born in 1944 in a small rural community in Pennsylvania. From 1967 until 2012 he was employed as a structural and piping designer in the marine and offshore industry, the cogeneration power industry and in hard rock metal mining. His work at three shipyards and assignments with several engineering and naval architectural firms during his career in Virginia, Texas, and Maine took him to such places as London, U.K., Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., Scotland and Mexico. During this time, he was responsible for the design of reactor compartments for nuclear aircraft carriers and submarines for the U.S. Navy and the structural designs of numerous offshore semisubmersible oil rigs, tanker ships, supply boats, and other vessels and equipment used in the offshore industry. After the death of his wife in 1999, Mr. Musser changed careers and went to work in Arizona and Utah in the hard rock mining industry. He retired in fall of 2012 and currently resides in Mesa, Arizona; however, his plans for the near future involve a move to New Mexico.
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