Thursday, May 17, 2018

love/hate relationship--By Carl "Papa" Palmer--United States

love/hate relationship

shaved head nose ring black beard
frayed jeans leather jacketed arms
crude tattooed right fist spells HATE
across knuckles eyes daring comment
from strangers in the full visitors room

wheel chaired sleeping mother sighs
as he wisps a stray hair from her eyes
with his left hand labeled LOVE
gently touching his lips to her cheek
smiles shyly at new friends in the room

(first published Postcard Poem and Prose)

Carl "Papa" Palmer of University Place, WA is retired military, retired FAA, now just plain retired without wristwatch, cell phone, alarm clock or Facebook friend. Carl is a Hospice volunteer and president of The Tacoma Writers Club.

MOTTO: Long Weekends Forever


  1. First impressions of "Them" and "US" erased

  2. Wow, this is an excelllent piece, I really enjoyed it a lot, thanks for sharing Carl.

  3. very clever & thought provoking

  4. Dear "Papa" Carl,
    I enjoyed this word painted love scene.
    You painted it very well.
    Knight Writer

  5. Thank you, Carl, it's always a pleasure to read your work!

    Best wishes,

  6. Carl,
    A great poem. I see your poems in "Pancakes in Heaven" all the time. You are a great writer. I hope to read many more of your works here and over there.
    Your friend,
    David Fox

  7. Hi Carl. I appreciate the validity and passion of your poem. A very nice write. Thank you for sharing. Continued blessings!