The Strength of a King

As his airplane takes off, Monty looks out the window, down at the hometown he’s leaving behind, excited for all the new adventures he’ll find

He’s also letting go
of a lot of painful memories
Years of nightmarish abuse
and vicious bullying
He’s off to follow his dreams,
Focused on his future,
nurturing better things

What couldn’t break him
gave him the courage he’d need,
Those who tried to make him a victim
Gave him the strength of a king

By: J.N.R Dutton

Seattle On A Saturday

Jordan hit Seattle on a Saturday,

even though he lived a few hours away

he needed the break

from the week he’d had anyway

he met up with friends,

& they let him stay and rest up

w/them for a while…

The good times he had with them

brought fresh light to his smile

He said:

“Let’s do this again soon, okay?

when I’m headed back again this way,

& don’t worry about the coffee, I’ll pay,

you all really made my day”

By: J.N.R Dutton

So Much More

Janie used to dream heavily of Hollywood,

always wanted to be a star

when she was just seventeen, she loaded up her car

Headed out to Cali, where they said all the big names are

but all these years later, her priorities have changed

as they tend to do, they say wisdom comes with age

she still loves to perform, believes there’s nothing

wrong with such a thing,

but also knows there’s so much more

to life than the stage and fleeting fame

By: J.N.R Dutton

Pocket Change For A Picture Show

A great Houston poet loves singing the blues

remembers playing in Texas mud

without any shoes

getting that grit up between his toes

& paying merely pocket change for a picture show

He says “Man oh, Man, that was so

many, many years ago”

& his face lights up in the brightest glow

By: J.N.R Dutton

Glad To Have It Again

For too long, he’d let himself slide

slacked off on his exercise

but recently he’s started

to get back in the swing

of things

His muscles ached and screamed,

but he knows he’s alive

by the brutal but beautiful burn

that he feels inside

He’s got energy like he did

as a kid,

he thought that was long gone

like a lost friend

but he’s glad to have it again

By: J.N.R Dutton