Sunday, September 30, 2007

Mouse Trap

It is Fall in the Adirondacks.
The mice are looking to settle in.
I set & reset the mouse trap,
watch late night movies,
and wait for the next muffled snap.

The house is too old
to plug all the holes
and keep the mice out.
So I set & reset the traps,
and settle into this grim vigil.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Awaken to Fall

I walked out this morning, and,
New Englander that I am,
was taken by the unmistakable odor of Autumn.

Looking around,
the pines are preparing to throw their old needles,
the cattails are fluffing up with seed,
and the maples are showing their first blush of color.

A change of seasons is upon us.

Sunday, September 09, 2007


God respects me when I work, but loves me I sing.

Rabindranath Tagore(1861-1941)
Indian Poet,Playwright, Essayist,
won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913
Click on image for more of his quotes

Friday, September 07, 2007

More White Mountain Memories

Empty Train to Nowhere

There's an empty train to nowhere
and I hear that whistle blow
Where it's bound I have no knowledge
but I'll ride where're it goes.

I've been so long at this station
waiting for that train to come
If I hop aboard that freighter
who's to miss me when I'm gone?

I've been west to California
Rode the south to Georgia line
I've been north across the border
still you're always on my mind.

Hear that whistle blow at midnight,
hear that whistle blow at dawn.
If you listen for that whistle,
hear it next and know I'm gone.

Words and Music copyright @ Michael R. Martin 2007
Pine Street Park • Saranac Lake NY • June/July 2007
Meadowlark • Washington ME • August 2007

That ship has sailed

There was a ship called Might-Have-Been
filled with hopes and dreams
Where once we might have sailed as twins
I fear that ship has sailed.