Riches and Rhymes

The Poetry and Writing of Janis Gaines

Month: April, 2013

Lullaby for Elizabeth

You are special to me
– You are special to me
And I will always love you
– And I will always love you
Cause God gave you to me
– Cause God gave you to me
And I will take care of you
– And I will take care of you
Cause you are special to me…

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@ Late 1990s
Nashville, TN

Ghost Tracks

The memories haunt,
And while I can sleep,
I fail to dream a new dream.

The memories taunt,
“Ha, ha, ha —
We were here
Once
Amid the crowds of smiles
And ice cream.”
I was fooled then
And perhaps again.

This time I tried to make my own way —
Forge a new path, see some new sights,
But my feet kept falling in step
With your ghost tracks.

I remember walking here with you.
And I’m sure I loved you there —
I even have pictures to prove,
But it makes no sense.

All the ties have vanished
And you are gone.
I still trace the steps…
Here with you, there with you.
As long as I’m with you,
I can keep walking.

I would rather keep you alive this way
Than be free of the haunting.

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© April 14, 2013
Asheville, NC

My Prince Came Courting

My prince came courting
And though the glass slipper fits
He chose another

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© April 7, 2013
Asheville, NC