Love Poems for February #2 of 14

February 4, 2013

I plan to do 14 new poems that have something to do with LOVE during February.

Call it NaLoPoMo National Love Poem Month.

This is a loose tribute poem inspired and dedicated by a friend. It’s about compassion.

Several poets may be participating in writing a poem a day or every other day in February. Join us and write some poems. Post a link to your love poems here at this Facebook page: Randomly Accessed Poetics which is a William James Lindberg project.

or https://www.facebook.com/RandomlyAccessedPoetics

Happy Writing.

By Christopher J. Jarmick

New star in the night
full of grace. . .

You, me
Us, together. . .

In his memory
hold the hand of
fallen brother
sister, mother, father
son, daughter,
drunk, addict

Help them
to their feet.
Look them in their eyes
tell them there is help.
And though they may not believe
they can be forgiven,
tell them there is hope

Tell them: Love exists
They are human
They matter
And most important
there is light-
the darkness tells us so

The opposite of love
Is doubt.

Our enemy is


You only need to
imagine you can dance
and the music will get louder

You only need to
and the words you need to hear
will be there.

Today you won’t believe it
but your worst fears
will make you laugh tomorrow

Some of you
gifted with grace
must carry on the powerful message.
All we share
are these brief moments in time;
if they are dark
soon comes the light;
if they are bright
reach out
for the hand of another
pull them out of their
tell them
the whole truth.
If they are listening
this is what they need to hear,
if they aren’t
perhaps the next time,
perhaps the next messenger,
will be
the one
to simply remind them
that All of us,
the addicts AND
the normies
all do life
one day
at a time.

A good friend died on January 17th, 2013. He was sober for 40 years and lived an extraordinary life. His friendship and some of his work inspired me to write this.
His name: Jack McCarthy. If you didn’t know him, google: Jack McCarthy poet)

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013


One comment

  1. One day at a time, I have learned, is the best way to go. Having a child who was an addict, this poem touched me.

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