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July 24, 2019
Exeter, United States

Half past seven, at rest at last...

My Darling Gorgeous,

     Still ripe from baking in the summer sun, belly full, sitting across looking at the  light of my life.  The Love you share with me, even within these quiet moments, washes the stress from my tired limbs.  Putting in the extra hours helps the pocketbook, but tears me far from your arms where I belong.

     You received a first hand look at what I can do, my experience and dedication to my craft exposed to your sky blue eyes, witnessing what your sacrifices have allowed me learn and accomplish.  I enjoyed completing those tasks, making our loved ones happy, using the talent and abilities that I have.  Of course I can never please ...

ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS
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June 21, 2019
Los Angeles, United States

Quarter till noon, a cool overcast L.A.

My Darling Gorgeous,

     It is my firm belief that it is everyone's duty to insure that Tomorrow is better than Today.  Our parents, our loved ones, our friends spend their whole lives moving us forward, never forgetting past mistakes, but helping us nonetheless.  It is a vicious circle:  err and repair, lose and win, grive an exhault.

     Whether it is Moses, Muhammad, Budda, Jesus or a Golden Calf, we owe each other, deserve from each other a little patience, a little tolerance, and a little Love.  None of us have achieved the dreams of our youth; none of us have become the avatars, the heroes, nor the gods of our fantasies.

     Time and trial...

BE SOMEONE'S SUNSHINE
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May 12, 2019
Exeter, United States

Too early, Mother's Day...

My Darling Gorgeous,

     Unqualified as I am, unequipped as I may be, I pray that you have an exceptional day.  As if one Day year could ever be enough to honor the unending Love, Compassion, or Joy that you bring daily into our lives.  It is for damn sure that without your sacrifices, life is impossible.

     A woman surrenders herself, submits her body, subjects her mind to create life.  Men, in God's cruelest joke, we will never will have a clue the Love that takes.  Our job ends in minutes, while her mind and body suffers permanent alteration and rearrangement. And that is just the physical scarring.

     Nine months of gestation, unimaginable pain and dis...

FOLLOW YOUR HEART
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April 29, 2019
Fresno, United States

Half past Two, the Heat is on ..

My Darling Gorgeous,

     The end of Your month approaches: celebrations, dinners, gifts, hugs, laughter, and kisses flooded the air surrounding you...I watched your Grace and Beauty enlighten each occasion, your wit and wisdom shared and honored amongst those lucky attendees.

     I relish the off times, when no one is near, when the real you, the woman I love, quietly awaiting her next eruption, ruling her empire with soft hands and stern commands.  My world turns because you are in it, because you believe in me, because you love me.

     I watch the sun rise after I kiss you, I await patiently the sunset next to you, I rend my body, sacrifice my soul, ...

CREATIVE WRITING
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March 29, 2019
Fresno, United States

Ten thirty, a cool Friday morning.

My Darling Gorgeous,

     I wrote a draft yesterday, ended up long-winded and redundant (Prof. P. Thomas would be offended), and will leave it best unattended to die on the draft page.  I paused concerning our conversation over one of your shows this week.  The couple is spiraling down the drain fast.  I am so glad that our marriage has not remotely approached that cliff.  

     As a man, and as a man is want to do, I too often miss the miniscule.  Or what I deem as miniscule.  I have spent most of my adult life looking at the Big Picture, omitting the details of everyday life.  If it doesn't kill me, I can survive it.

     I love you far more than I hav...

GOOD THINGS TAKE TIME
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February 26, 2019
Fresno, United States

Half past nine, a sunny morning...

My Darling Gorgeous,

     I left you this morning roaring in the dawn.  Sorry kids, Dad gets a reprieve while he runs away to work .  Opening your cold Pepsi, rushing out the door, a peck on the cheek...away I go.

     Our daughter has now seen the downside of family, she now knows that only the ones that love you the most can cut the deepest wounds.  Love allows all of us the opportunity to forgive and the curse to remember the most minor infractions, but once the dam breaks, the anger escalates.  Sometimes years of super-secret probation violations finally see the light. Errant behaviors are sometimes the last straw...

     It is really our fault.  Bot...

MAKE YOUR MARK
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January 27, 2019
Exeter, United States

Sunday brunch, after Church...Waxing religiously...

My Darling Gorgeous,

     Today the pastor asked a valid question, "If he came today, where will you be?".  Naturally, I would be with you.

    There is no place, no time, not enough riches to pry my Love from your arms.  He blessed me with Joy, Love, and Happiness through Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Heaven awaits the faithful, the dutiful, and the honorable.  He rewards me everyday, for everyday I have you, I love you, I serve him by serving you, the Greatest gift in my Life.

     We rise and fall as one, my mistakes and your errors pepper our marriage, adding the spice that makes our Life worth living.  You are the stuff that dream...

WRITE YOUR OWN STORY
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December 25, 2018
Exeter, United States

Six to five, early morning.

Merry Christmas Gorgeous,

     Another year rushes by:  personal triumphs, catastrophies, cataclysms, and Blessings have visited us, lived with us, loved with us...we still abound, clinging to each other, trying to make tomorrow better than today.  It never ends, the Love I share with you, the Love I take from you: my greatest Christmas present ever.

     Eighteen years, a lifetime ago, you said yes, our journey began, our Love so reckless and awkward.  In the toughest and darkest of times it still shone, grew, strengthened and held steadfast:  a pillar of hope, a tree of Love growing each year, thickening not only our waistlines, but our marriage as well.  
   ...

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS
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November 26, 2018
Fresno, United States

Quarter after eleven, a warm Monday afternoon.

My Darling Gorgeous,

     Winter comes to the Valley, fog replaces the smoke, adding time to my commute.  Time taken away from your arms, time ne'er seen again: safety first- making sure that I return to you each night.  This last break was too short, and work beccons my  return.

     Our family grows, happily making room for them, adding Love to our house, increasing affection, doubling devotion.  We rest assured that she is safe, healthy, calm and content.  Stress free and carefree, so much worry alleviated just by her presence, prayers and blessings answered, and our house abounds.

     You both say that I did not sign up for this, this is...

LETTRS LATTE
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October 18, 2018
 

A cool evening, Sevenish.

A break in Tradition.

My Darling Gorgeous' Mother,

     Soon an old familiar forgotten feeling will return.  Unbidden, unwanted; once the feverish activity ceases, it will be you, yourself, and the television echoing from the bare walls, the dogs asleep at your feet.

     Depression, melancholy, wet tears may well up, even spill from your eyes.  It will seem that what you have left, is all you will ever have.  It just gets smaller and smaller, each momento chosen over others now lost to the dust bin.  Boxes of your last life still unpacked, brown memories looking for their new home...

     You doubt yourself, you wonder Where?, Why?, How?, Was it me?, Not again....

WHITE CLOCK
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September 30, 2018
 

Sunday morning, the weather is turning...

My Darling Gorgeous,

     We bear witness to Loves lost.  Two too many this year alone.  Whatever reasons, whatever decisions, the personal devastation wreaks it's destruction:.  tears, anger, depression, a catastrophe of the soul,  Love, true love, takes years to recover, years lost while we silently bear solemn witness...

     Having faced that demon, fallen mesmerized by the abyss of my soul, living alone, the unbearable silence echoing from the crushing walls into my being...I had not the Will to Hope, the dream of Love to come. Love, like energy, cannot be created nor destroyed.  It must, however, be cultivated and tended, for it will wither a...

BLACK AND WHITE SWIRL
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August 31, 2018
 

Fresno, California
Quarter after Two.

My Darling Gorgeous,

     Not exactly a banner month for us.  The trials and errors made make this month notable.  Coming home to you makes this tediousness tolerable.  Nothing earthshaking:  no disasters, no surprises, just pile on pile of daily emergencies, all expertly handled by your tender mercies.

     I long to just be with you, with your love and adoration.  Far too often I seem to never be home, working and commuting soaking up the hours better spent with you.  Time flies far to fast, my Love.

     I cannot fathom the everyday tedium you suffer under, that you shield from my aching arms.  Your beauty and Love are all I hope the children inher...

MAKE IDEAS HAPPEN
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July 19, 2018
Sanger, United States

One o'clock, a scalding afternoon.

My Darling Gorgeous,

     These firey days of summer, the last hurrah's of summer vacation, I feel like an absentee father, husband, and lover. Work abounds, even on the weekends.  When I am home, I end each day exhausted and testy, not good company at all.  We enjoyed some time last week, but it already seems like last year.

     I pray each night to be a better man, one worthy of your caresses, the love in our children's eyes, and the longing in your heart.  I can do better, I shall do better...with you in my life, as my wife and matriarch of our family means the world to me.  The stresses of each day evaporate when I walk into the house, as I near your...

SAY HELLO TO SUMMER
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June 20, 2018
 

Sanger, California.
Ten to nine, last day of spring.

My Darling Gorgeous,

    For some reason recently, you doubt your Beauty.  All women are beautiful, all women are exceptional.  And unfortunately, like all women, you compare and contrast what you see, what the world tells you is beautiful.  Those flaws that you imagine do not exist: the weight, the folds, the scars...surface blemishes.  Wrapping paper hiding the present within.

     I did not marry you for the wrapping.  Some of what the world presents as beauty nearly hides the horror within.  I love you for the woman you are.  For the wife you became, for the mother drowning in our love.  Beauty only gets you do far: Self awareness an...

LETTRS LATTE
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May 13, 2018
Exeter, United States

Quarter to Six, a clear and beautiful morning.

My Darling Gorgeous,

     The sacrifices I have forced upon you have left their scars.  I asked you to put your career, your life on hold to raise our children, I asked you to somehow create a home from my paltry earnings, keep the house, teach, scratch, claw, suffer, and sacrifice.  Those years passed, you accepted that task nonchalantly, never realizing the burden required.  Babies eventually grow older, become dangerous youths, and belligerent teenagers, on their way to ignorant young adults, the world at large influencing their actions and habits, until they themselves become parents, and the cycle returns, new technologies and methods alwa...

CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY
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April 14, 2018
Exeter, United States

Quarter till eight, a beautiful Saturday morning.

My Darling Gorgeous,

     Like most weekend mornings, I sit across the room watching you prepare for the day's activities: primping and pulling, the cases and brushes appearing and vanishing, the lying ever present mirror telling it's fallicies to an audience of one.  Quickly and quietly the well rehearsed composition forms, and the public facade appears, and soon we will leave our nest and fly away.

     Too often I miss this, too often this rote routine is overlooked, ignored, interrupted with the noises and discord of life.  Over the abyss I sit, watching you, wondering how I still remain in your life.  Each day, week, and year that pass...

LOVE IN YOUR EYES
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April 10, 2018
 

Five after Two, a warm sunny afternoon.

My Darling Gorgeous,

     We swiftly approach another milestone, history charges forward, and we cannot hold back time.  She, overflowing with teenage angst, has blossomed into a beautiful young lady.  Faulty, to be sure; too much attitude and not enough fortitude, but she has her moments of pure clarity.  It is a testament to your flair, your beauty, and your guidance.

     She has too much of me, rebellious and steadfast, stubborn and independent, yet when she gets her act together, she will set the world alight with a look.  With two strong women in our house, you and her are often at odds.  She adores you, admires you, longs to be with you; a di...

WALKING TOGETHER
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March 1, 2018
 

11:00 am, Clovis, CA
A cool rainy day.

My Darling Gorgeous,

     Today's weather washing over me, the chill water penetrating my work, I find my thoughts falling on your warmth, smile, and love.  Time and miles out of your sight, I race through each stop, stressing futility o'er quality and excellence.  Called upon by my supervisors to accomplish daily acts of distinction, their trust and respect only a facet of myself.

     I am not an installer, nor a glazier, or simply work in  construction.  I am first and foremost your Husband.  A close second falls upon Father, with all else trailing.  I am the blunt instrument to your finesse, the flimflam to your flair, the muscle to your artistry....

PULSE
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February 14, 2018
 

Valentine's afternoon, 3 o'clock.
Clovis, California.

My Darling Gorgeous,

     A distressing week at best...car in the shop, painfully restoring your wrist, and family in peril.  When she is ready, when she is willing, we will always be there.  We have before, we shall be there again.  Together we are a force to be reckoned with.  Together we stand steadfast:  ready, accepting, forgiving.  We easily share our Love and affection with those in need.  We may not have much, however, we have Love that can change the world.

      Or rather you have.  I can cut and delete with the best of them.  Built into me lies the vacuum that erases emotions.  You, those years ago, filled that hole, and time...

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY
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January 16, 2018
Exeter, United States

Midnight, Tuesday.

My Darling Gorgeous,

     Still awake, slowly tiring from the day, I quietly listen to you as you drift into slumber.  I fell asleep, as I am want to, downstairs awaking only to put our monsters to bed.  Climbing the stairs, showering, gliding in next to you, I am truly a Blessed man, our family asleep, safe, and my Love next to me.

     Four short hours from now the digital cacophony will startle me awake, today's work tearing me from the warmth of you love, the softness of your caress, the scent of your perfume lingering on my clothes, fading throughout the day until it is but the memory in my mind.  Now though, I will shortly find myself cuddled next to you, my apnea...

GREEN AND YELLOW SWIRL
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December 24, 2017
Exeter, United States

4 to Six, a cold Christmas Eve morning.

My Darling Gorgeous,

     You sleep fitfully, snuggled as best as you can under five layers.  The puppies tear into their breakfast as if they won’t be eating again, or haven’t ever eaten before.  The children doze upstairs, their presents bury the tree, our elf supervisor guarding silently, ready to report to his boss any small transgression.  I pour my libation into the cup, light my cancer stick, and say my prayer:

     “Thank you Lord for this life, for the abundance of Love and Affection that you have Blessed us with.  Thank you for our Family, here and extended, and for our friends.  Thank you for the talent in my hands, the wisdom in my hear...

CHRISTMAS ICON
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November 14, 2017
Sanger, United States

Early Afternoon, a cool autumn day.

My Darling Gorgeous,

     The sun burned over the Sierras this morning.  As I turned through the dogleg the crimson glow blinding me, flashes of red and orange spotting my eyes, I knew for another day that I am blessed to have you.

  The commute is atrocious, the time spent from your arms is intolerable, and the meager salary barely covers our expenses.  We stay afloat, we stay together because of your love.  You are my masterpiece, my apex, my Athena.  We don't always agree, we aren't always in sync, but the Love we share, the Love we have has weathered the storms, and our Love has been strengthened by them.

  Strobing from the rear view, the day burns...

I LOVE WRITING DAY
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October 12, 2017
Fowler, United States

Early afternoon, Thursday,

My Darling Gorgeous,

     As I travel through the smoke filled air, dodging the drivers hell bent on getting wherever as recklessly as possible, I endeavor to return to your arms as safely as I can.  They have me working longer, faster and farther from your love.  Hiccups here and there, old shop/new rules, still I but try to show my best effort for you, for me, for our family.

     It has been a while since I have been away from you for so long each day.  More and harder work for you, we are both exhausted as I turn our house key, and yet I am invigorated just bending down to kiss your welcoming lips.  Our daily routine has been extended, but the sight of you, t...

ORIGINAL
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September 20, 2017
Visalia, United States

Ten to eight, a beautiful morning.

My Darling Gorgeous,

     How do I start?  We have had a hell of a week:  frayed emotions, harsh words, tense situations.  We, as a family, grow and push each other.  Our love for each other was, is, and never will be in question.  I know as I leave each day that I miss the daily routine that you and the children undergo each and every day.    That is the horrible trade off that life makes us endure.

       Too often I am the last one to know what is going on, my unending trust in your boundless heart making decisions for us that I have no idea of.   In the dark, I fail in my understanding.  In true macho fashion, still detoxing from the job, I try to so...

ORIGINAL
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August 13, 2017
Exeter, United States

Half past Nine, bedtime.

My Darling Gorgeous,

     I am losing her.

     I have known her for over a decade.  I have laughed, cried, held her tears and her hands, slept with her, heard her screams, her sobs, her dreams and her nightmares.  We have chased away demons, found God, discovered each other, danced with no music, and made our own symphonies in the dark.  

     All the Love, a lifetime of kisses, a crush of hugs, a cacophony of laughter; the blood, sweat, and pain used to finance the variety of life experiences, houses, meals, and distractions has not been enough.  She, each day, leaves me aback.  

     Years of sacrifice, freely given, have lead this hairy ogre to this sad state...

WALKING TOGETHER
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August 7, 2017
Kerman, United States

Half past Noon, Monday.

My Darling Gorgeous,

     I am sorry.  I said some things not very nice to you last night.  I apologize.  I became the blunt instrument I am, losing my standard facade of affability, and let it out.  It was not our first fight, nor will it be far from our last.  I was not even angry, at you nor at the children, but let my thoughts run out without the filter, harming emotionally those I could never live without.

     Here is where one justifies one's wrong doing, seeking understanding and commiseration.  I can flower the garden walk with the pretty roses and daisies, but the words would be just fertilizer for the masses.  I let the emotions long bottled within loose,...

EARTH
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July 17, 2017
Bakersfield, United States

Half past Three in the Heat.

My Darling Gorgeous,

     What a month! Trials, tribulations, emotions strained and stressed, anxiety and anger, pain and remorse, fires started and extinguished, tears washed and wiped clean.  We still stand united, a family forged in the kiln of our own making.  Being married to me is an abyss of anguish brightened by flashes of love and beauty.

     I know that my baggage weighs harder on you than your own.   Raised by a stern man, tempered by his best friend, wild in my youth, I try to be the best man to everyone, more often than not failing the one I love the most:   My Love, My Light, My Gorgeous.  Right, wrong, or indifferent I spend each day, each trial...

LETTRS LATTE
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June 14, 2017
Visalia, United States

Half past seven, Wednesday morning.

My Darling Gorgeous,

     A memorable week has passed:  Stresses, tears and fears have been revealed, shed, and opened.  There are no quick answers available for us, we approach our future with caution, awaiting plans and actions not yet realized, praying with each breath that my past has not undermined tomorrow.

     Together we will make our decisions, together we will effect what is best for all of us,  together we have faced all of trials, all of our mistakes, and made ourselves the family that we are.  We welcome those that enjoin our lives, we refrain from those that may cause harm.  I, through my actions, have multiplied your problems, and somehow...

ONE IS LOVED BECAUSE ONE IS LOVED
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May 14, 2017
 

Lindsay, California.
Half past noon, Mother's Day.

My Darling Gorgeous,

     Reflections on today's sermon, today's meaning, this day's honorees show on the faces, the smiles, on each corner and street, kisses hugs cards and flowers, pictures posts memes phone calls, none of the above even touches the love, care, sacrifice and devotion freely shared each moment of each day from each Mother, Mother in Law, Step Mother, Aunt, Sister, Daughter, Friend, Girl, Woman, Wife...a world without a woman is just fuel in a fire pit.

     It took me a lifetime to find my Queen, many unfortunates fell beneath my feet, some more worthy than others, yet none as wonderful as you. Or crazy enough to see wha...

AMOR
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April 27, 2017
Visalia, United States

Eight till eight, Thursday morning.

My Darling Gorgeous,

     It is your birthday, and family and friends send their wishes and warmth from around the globe.  You are finally feeling better, looking wonderful as ever, your grace blessing our day once more.
Coffee and kisses, plans and visits await fulfilling, the calls and Facebook posts, all the love you have shared returns, with interest, to you, my Love.

     I shall return to you, weary and worn, to kiss as well as hold you tonight.  It is your Birthday but I get all the presents, all the benefits:  A Beautiful Wife, a Happy Home, a Wonderful Mother, and a Fabulous Woman.  Each day I return to your arms is a Blessing, each kiss Divine...

GIFT OF LOVE
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