Don’t Criticize the Old Couple

Like a deep river we appear to be
Slow and placid,
We seldom say ‘I love you,’
For we know we do after
All theses years together.
We may not kiss and hug in public
But we worry and care for eachother
More than the skin-deep touch. How

Ignorant to say:
‘They are not all the way up there.’

Nearly half a century of marriage
Means nothing to you?
Going through the thick and thin of
Thorny path that long means nothing to you?

No one can go that road for decades
Without love!

Only the rude and
Shallow streams
Dare to criticize the deep old river.

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©Byung A. Fallgren 


Wrong comparisons

Comparing a person
to a sparrow that tries to fly
like a hawk
Comparing a person
to a fish that wants to walk on land

Unlike sparrow and fish,
Person can achieve anything
she or he wants to do
If goal isn’t met,
main culprit is wrong method or
lack of perseverance.

–Byung A. Fallgren

Blue Petunia

At the end of the summer,
wrinkled, ragged, yet

smirk, spewing the fireballs of
a mad dragon lady, with egoism,

only to fall into the cool river that
laughs and mutters:

Find your smile wedged in cracks of wisdom.


© Byung A. Fallgren