SINCE being retired I have, on occasions, turned to penning poetry. I write under my pen name of Frederick Tee, as I daren’t use my own name because my immediate family would consider me certifiable.
The frost crept in and smote the thorn
With cold that long gone night
The night when heaven reached out to earth
An age when love was given by God
Given as were our right.
This frost came in and struck the thorn
Cold crushed the leaves bereft of warmth
While stars winked out their wintry glow
With whitest moon in etched deform
And coldest breath a hoary blow.
No trumpet blast or royal throng
No grant emblazoned throne
No royal crest for heir so blest
No servant here nor lauding crowd
But cold as hard as stone.
Deep in this night unfolding slow
Unknown to man but known to God
A woman gave a child in birth
A gift for all who dwell on earth
Whose bodies fall below the sod.
And do we care or do we think
Or consider long as best we should
Or else devise that wondrous link
Wherein our thoughts are for each one
With actions led by all that’s good.
For this the message that a child
Came to give in love and tears
Living through our life times span
Mysterious love enshrined in truth
Peace to quiet all our fears.
The Circle Of Life
In the morning of our caring
Cool with fragrance warm with sunlight
Clear and bright the early dawning
Clean the wind fresh from the east
In this time was born our sharing
Of a love which made us one
Of a love we bore together
Held in warmth shed from the sun.
Came the sultry heat of noontime
In the daytime of our feast
Wild our passions wide our vision
Love was rampant love was blinded
Love was savage as a beast
Torn with claws of jealous making
O’er our lives these wild songs sang
O’er our lives these hurts were raking
Nights were short while days were long.
In came coolness of the evening
Set in times of our love’s day
Not as then the heat of noontide
No more now those wasted hours
Lost in savage hurtful play
In its place casme warmth of being
Being close as part of one
Being close our thoughts together
In the warmth cast from love’s sun.