Tokens from Life:

A Snap From Past to Future

 

 

 

 

 

By Sheryl Bodine



 

 

 

 

Tokens from Life:

A Snap From Past to Future

 

By Sheryl Bodine


Table of contents:

 

 

 

All Roads Lead to Yonkers…………………………….2

 

Another Day Lost to the Broken Sun…………………..6

 

Handkerchief…………………………………………...7

 

Of a Time in Spring……………………………………14

 

Spiritual Poem………………………………………....16

 

Mist…………………………………………………….20

 

Skyscraper……………………………………………...22

 

 

 

 

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All Roads Lead to Yonkers

 

If you want to get to Yonkers

Take any road you want

Travel past the Yonkers Raceway

Past the intersection of 5 highways*

Where that doctor exploded

The truck

At 2 am. The metal bridge

Melted. One broken artery

Just replaced with another,

The constant helicopters,

The sound echoing for days.

Next to where the Ground Rounds

Got torn down

Take a right at Central Park Avenue and the Rockledge Road hill.

Past the longing souls as they

Meander the streets

Waiting for their next paycheck and a

Winning lottery ticket

People working on welfare and shouting

In blocked traffic

Don’t make enemies with “The Nardies”

Know for slashing

Tires and putting rocks

In exhaust pipes.

 

* Henry Hudson Parkway, Hutchinson River Parkway, Sprain Brook Parkway, Bronx River Parkway, Cross County Parkway

(not including newer high ways such as I-87)

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But imagine an enigma, a quiet piece of the past Amongst the hustle and bustle**

Off that tiny road and thru the open door of the red Brick house

There is a garden lush with figs, apples and maybe a Peach,

Past the creaking fence and raspberry bush

Pumpkins droop from up above

A canopy

A beautiful view

If you want to get to Yonkers

Think of past inclinations

Think of present lives

Think of future dreams.

 

 

**where all the roads converge the location of the cross county

mall (the first mall in America) << the commotion (my old house

over a hundred years old is located on an old presidents tennis

court) << the quiet

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Another day lost to the broken sun

 

Escaping out of folds in winter time

It’s looming in the shadows where I sleep

Such in the dark and shrouded room a crime

From futile efforts come a hidden weep

 

Of she that sits along my lengthy bed

With flowing light on cold and metal bar

The dark that slashed across the deepest red

I see it comes from covered panes afar

 

From peach soft shirt come pants so black and tight

From arm and mind I see the stripes of pink

I want to make it all that black and white

It’s done with aging canon camera blink

 

It’s there all past forgotten gone and done

Another day lost to the broken sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Handkerchief

 

I did not

Cut

My hair

It fell out.

 

Such is life. //prelude

 

 

Years ago*

 

In a land

I’d venture

To call

Paradise**

 

A man

I met

At 12:00 AM

 

A (k)night

With eyes

//Green

Meant

For drowning

 

 

*December 2001 //The Time

**St. Lucia a Caribbean island //The Place

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Threw me

Over his

Shoulder

Like a

 

Rag

Doll

 

And carried

Me away

 

Was in //my life

As quick

As was out

 

Two days

Later

 

Same time

Same place

 

With gritty

Sand

And raging

Shore

 

Sleeping

Under

Stars

That pour

 

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Woke up

Next morning

To see

He

 

Beet up

In a bar fight

White

Bandana

Like a Band-Aid

Covering

His wounds

 

Bad goes

 

Like a blanket

Clenched

From

A bare

And broken

Bed

 

It’s been

Wrapped

And

Bandaged

Around

The bleeding

Head

 

 

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Its weakness

Is our strength

 

So thin

Breakable

See-through

 

 

Weeks ago

I wore

This

Blood red

Handkerchief

 

It’s soft

Almost cheery

With patterns

Of an older day

 

Last night

I watched

It sit

With deep

Ravines

 

 

Now

I Need

It no longer

 

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It’s been stretched

And twisted

Used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Of a time in spring

 

On a crowded field,

A ball flies

Through the air.

Just last year

I was on that lacrosse team.

The sun was soaking,

The leaves were sprouting,

Stretching out,

The cool breeze

On out backs,

The seeds floating,

Fans cheering,

The green-

The moment is intense.

It feels like

With each step

We are closer to

That next goal.

Then Shelly slides to the right,

Then she swoops.

Now they race.

Now they score.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spiritual Poem

 

Come let us go

Up to the mountain

Where the wind is

Eternally in the sky

Where the paths

Lead to the jagged cliff

 

I will fear no evil

 

Where all alone

The nights and days

Away but known

Thou art with me

 

May we soar through the paths

Of most high

And dive into the valley

Of the shadow

 

And none shall be afraid

 

Above the rock and ice

Or bellow the sea

All one knows is that

 

 

 

 

 

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Crash

Into the water

Or jump

Among the breeze

 

Let us unite

And we shall

Cross the ocean

Forget the rest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Mist

 

A dividing force between the skies and earth

Appearing on a day when the rain doesn’t want to stop,

But through the clearing, a hill rises above it all-

Split.

From a day that has no end,

To a sky that has to fall,

It sends us to a place we’ve seen before.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Skyscraper

 

Soaring

Stretching

Scraping the sky

Rooting in earth

Defying gravity

Shinning Silver

Symphony

In technology

A mirror from past

To future

Yet reflecting

All shades of

Blue

Metal clamor

Horns from below

Erased

No one knows where

He shall go

The man with the camera

Maybe the river

Maybe a show

Endless possibilities

For an eternal

Race

To a seaming goal

Walk along the masses

Or fly above the rest

Snap shot sky

Snap shot road

Snap shot you.

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