Michael J Williams

Michael J Williams Poems

If I could only finish what I started
I'd let the fates portend my end
If only my deeds would not be thwarted
My soul would ably, no doubt, ascend

The excitement of a bookshop full of volumes he's never read
Causes the bibliophile to lose his bookish head
He anticipates the possibilities of getting lost, with mirth,
In some rare and undiscovered tome… for a fraction of its worth!

Sometimes I go inside my brain
where memories reside
visiting times from youth
where fears and pleasantries collide

I can't believe I'm in this position
The world has gone insane
My family is my only comfort …
and my greatest source of pain

Forty years on a factory floor… makes a man cold, hard and efficient
With an economy of motion, he accomplishes his tedious task
After the work is all done, the ‘working man's curse' comes a calling
Weekends are full of aches, pains and aggravations most proficient

I wanted to do important things,
But life got in the way
Great deeds were to be performed… and respected
I wanted to be someone relevant,

I'm afraid that I'll be forgotten
Like so many men before
Who recalls their great-great ancestors,
From ancient times of yore?

'Come be with me, and you shall see
I'll make your problems go away'
said Death as she pressed her cold lips near mine
At last I realized the only kiss of desire that I had ever known

Don't go in the basement
It's a scary place to be
There's a little boy
Who lurks down there

What person,
who has ever lived
has never said
'I am broken, and I cannot go on this way anymore'

When You were just you
And I was just me
Life was dull
Or so it seemed

They shouldn't do it for the money
They shouldn't do it for the fame
They should do it ‘cause it needs doing
If not… no one's left to blame

They lived among the native population,
a people who naively helped them to survive.
This innocent assistance … destroyed a native culture
and caused a native way of life… to come to its demise.

Each spring morn I hear little songbirds sweetly
urging the sleepy sun to wake up and warm them
and provide light so they can find material
to build their nests, lay eggs, and get on with their lives

My poems are like little planets
that never seem to have enough gravity
to attract any more mass than they acquired
in the initial burst of inspiration at their creation

Am I to be my brother's keeper?
What's his worth, that I should compromise?
Why am I tasked, to be his servant?
Why must I bow before my brother… if it causes my demise?

I never heard of Ozymandias
until I read Percy's poem

I never met my father's dad

My first encounter with my genealogy
I could scarce conceive the things my family endured
Questions to my father were abundant
Alas, he had few answers

The giant maw of the great beast was the span of 5 or 6 men, fingertip to fingertip
It devoured whole fields of wheat and oats and maize… and filled its' gullet
And then shit out the chaff and straw and husks, in bits too small to use
For bedding for cows or sheep… if you could collect it

Heaven cracked wide open, and the angels fell to Earth
To harvest the souls of the dying
The sky was red and foreboding, the masked air was… unusually heavy
The people of Earth were afraid of everything

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If I Could Finish

If I could only finish what I started
I'd let the fates portend my end
If only my deeds would not be thwarted
My soul would ably, no doubt, ascend

If I could only finish what I started
A life, of bad advice, I could defend
If only wisdom, in the past, could be fresh imparted
A lifetime of regrets I could amend

What would you do if you were in my position?
Would everything be black and white?
What could you do if you were in my condition?
Would your heart race, as you ponder fight or flight?

What would you do if you were in my position?
Would your thoughts be so crystal clear?
If, for our mistakes, we had true contrition
Our mortal souls would have no need to fear

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Angry young men Turn into bitter old men If they will not evolve in their thinking


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