"A goal without a plan is just a wish"

— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A Cosmos by the Lake

Stars smiled upon me 
Nice to say hello again 
Loveliest surprise

Fair-weather Friend

My fair-weather friend 
Likes me on days I get paid 
Hides me on others

Another Vacation

Ask me down again 
Help you pick up the pieces 
Call it vacation

No Warmth

Bucket of water 
Onto a soul's blazing hearth 
Farewell, wisp of smoke

Surf Line

Pick up the red phone 
Your sweet voice flows over me 
In sugary waves 

Cute Scorpion

Bubbly child of Mars
Still you hook me from the stars
Please never let go


Cosmically drifting
Yet seeking like infrared
Found heat of our hearts

Love of the Ocean

She's down for too long
Not one to easily quit
Like a second swell

Life on the Red Planet

A carbon dreamscape
Materialized in flame
Descended from Mars

Keep It Simple Sweetheart

She's a simple girl
Not about technology
Wiser than she knows


Happily bleeding
Arrow through left ventricle
Shakes fist at Cupid

The Bridge

Standing at the bridge 
To a sunshine dimension 
I will cross over


Between the two of us 
Seven hundred miles and
Thousands of long sighs

Pillow Talk

Record your heartbeat
Play it back through a speaker
Inside my pillow

River Physics

Hearts spin in water 
Our quantum entanglement 
Transforming summer 

Fourth of July

Nightfall surprises me  
Jewels from your lips bursting 
Hot as fireworks fly

Your Spot

With you on the sand 
Living our day in the sun 
A lifetime ahead

Guided by Light

Never losing sight 
Sailing the stormiest seas 
You are my lighthouse

One Path

Our parallel paths 
Converged one fine spring morning 
Now we walk just one


My soul flickers fast 
Dying lightbulb in the fridge 
Close the door on me

Work in Progress

Walking through amber 
If certain of what you need 
Please, take the right steps

Zero Doubt

Doubt like a dragon 
Cannot breathe its fire on me 
My heart is my shield

Unwilling Culicidae

Whine of beating wings 
Without landing for my blood 
She won't drink poison

On Deck

Fireworks above town 
We collide in broad daylight 
Our own little world

How I Burn for You

Sunbeam says hello 
Naturally amplified fire 
Lake full of lava

Meandering Morning Mist

Mist swirled around me 
Focus then switched on to you 
Eyes now misty too 

Too Hot to Handle

Always colliding 
Setting off cosmic fireworks 
Our heat burns the sun

Woman in the Moon

A face in the sky 
Glowing on the nighttime dew 
Your moonbeam kisses 

Selfishness in the Stars

Spoiled blameless soul 
Slap color out of my face 
Say it is my fault 

Let Lightning Live Long

Current runs through us 
Like charging capacitors 
Wait until we touch

Synchronize Watches

Fridays around nine 
Appears your most common time 
For disappearing

Young Again

Heartbeats play hopscotch 
Wildly skipping within us 
A game of smiling


Your heart creates steam 
Tenacity propels you 
No falling apart

Life Does Revolve

Forgive my weakness 
Not strong enough to sustain 
This reality 

Sometimes Please Stop

Not yesterday's date
On my birth certificate
Lies unbecoming

Aquatic Constellations

Water everywhere 
Encircled by shores of love 
Lit by moon and mars

I am Dying

Museum or shrine 
Home to my past tense pieces  
Passed on to no one

Snowstorm of Solitude

Lonely snow falling 
Blanketing an absent love 
Seems less beautiful

Navigation by Heart

You are my lighthouse 
My river to the ocean
You are my North Star

Why Asterismos?

We became four stars 
Strung in the weather for years 
Until one fell off

State of Serendipitous Sunshine

From our first meeting 
You gave me a special gift 
We will always be

Pity Park

Difficult seesaw
One side guilt — other side shame
Can we leave this park?

Corazón de Fuego

You dropped an ember 
In my heart decades ago 
Now an inferno

Twenty-Seven Degrees

Confusion so strong 
Entirely focused on 
Not falling apart


Living off the grid 
Frequent flyer miles expired 
Uncivilized now


Dearest daffodil 
Marvelous hearted daughter 
Stars shining for you

New Moon

The moon lasts awhile
Think of me when you see it
I'm already gone

Periodically Able

Bluish eye stains rain 
Cold quantum phenomenon 
Double bonded chain


Seeking the heart's warmth
Now beside a wondrous flame
Lit in me the same
Brian Shumate
Work: software and distributed systems challenges — play: art, writing, programming and outdoor activities
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