Carpe Diem by Bruce Michael Foley



for Christia

Under glossy linen of the summer moon
in evenings’ partial light
gray thoughts cast shadows,
scenes from a shrouded past unveil
if only for the time it takes to trim a wick,
strike fire to a candle in the night.

Wherein flame, memories burn embers
to ashes adrift, riding the winds of Time.

Come morning, from the plum tree
the mockingbird will wake me,
among quiet yellow roses at dawn
this one precious life enlightens the mind.

I will seize each day, in the face of a rising sun
awake; forever grateful, to make it mine.

indexBruce Michael Foley about Bruce Michael Foley. I was born across the bridge from Boston, Massachusetts, in Cambridge, as July 4th fireworks exploded over the Charles River, just a stone’s throw from Harvard University. At age two, my family moved to Somerville, Ma.,where I was raised in a rough blue-collar environment, playing many sports. In 1998 I relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada. Here, I work among special needs children and teach martial arts. Poetry began in high school, but took off in a more dedicated way in later years, along with resuming music studies, guitar. My poems are published in various anthologies; including Impressions, Prism, and the Mighty Voices Of Thunder Series, sponsored by the international poetry website, “Allpoetry.” I was a featured poet in Lyrical Somerville February 2015, a Boston based publication, as well as being an “Editor’s Front Page Pick,” for the month of March 2016 on Allpoetry. A defining moment that contributed significantly to further interest in writing was a First Place Award from the International Poetry Fellowship, for my poem, “Among Fields of Cotton.” Presently, I am happy to have the opportunity to explore various forms of poetry with Mr. Bruce Isaacson, Poet Laureate of Clark County Nevada.

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