Sandprints Yes: Life is pleasure, life is grand, __Life is sweet and fleeting; Alike a stroll upon the sand, __Alike a heart that’s beating In measured pace, step after step, __In meter through our days, We grow, we build, and then we ebb, __And then we wash away. The waves are but the tips of sea __That glisten in the sun To kiss the soles of you and me: __All things in God are one. And here, with stars and ocean deep, __We each awake to sleep. Morning Uneasy is the sleep of eyes awake __and gray When in the dream of life asleep __to day You hear but do not answer me. __I say, “Good morning.” then you smile until you drift __away. Figment Fresh, Carolina __home sweet where she would be; Dream, Carolina __blue deep the sky above; Feel, Carolina __sand white along the sea; See, Carolina __tall strong the pine she loves; Sigh, Carolina __soul full that she might breathe Still: Carolina, __earth sound to rest in thee. Reply “I don’t know what to do.” you said to me The day before the day before you died, And I replied, “I don’t know what to do.” Your eyes looked on in fright …We both cried. And I am crying yet with pen in hand, Unknowing what is best to say to you Who now is bravely gone away to where I dare not go. My sweet: What should I do? Tonight I seal away your little book Of verse composed in love, in lust, in fun, Upon occasion, in response, in jest To make you smile and laugh. Now, it is done. It is over, perhaps. Yet, who can say? In heaven, might we kiss again, and play? Bee-Bee Verses is available through Amazon; 96 pages, 65 verses, 22 of which are a sonnet sequence. Published for her, last year; updated, last month. Michael Curtis has 40 years of experience in architecture, sculpture, and painting. He has taught and lectured at universities, colleges, and museums including The Institute of Classical Architecture, The National Gallery of Art, et cetera. His pictures and statues are housed in over 400 private and public collections including The Library of Congress, The Supreme Court, et alibi; his verse has been published in over 20 journals. Mr. Curtis consults on scholarly, cultural, and artistic projects, currently: Curator, Plinth & Portal; Co-Director, The Anacostia Project; Vice-President, Liberty Fund, D.C.; Lead Designer on the 58 square mile city of AEGEA.