30 September 2009

i see you

i see you
not merely the physicality
anyone can do that
not just the spirituality
for that shines forth also
not only the public face
you show smiling to the world
i see you
the real you
i like what i see

©2009-Art Belliveau

29 September 2009


as the tides
rise and fall
then rise again
as the planets
circle the sun
in eternal rotation
the cycles
reassure me
when life goes wrong
that it will
one day
be right again

©2009-Art Belliveau

28 September 2009

haiku 9/28/09

cooler winds blow now--
storms that ended the summer have
ushered in the fall

©2009-Art Belliveau

27 September 2009

senryu 9/27/09

late night thunderstorms
lightning, thunder, wind, and you--
who could ask for more?

©2009-Art Belliveau

you are that someone

you are that someone

the someone i have waited for
the someone i never believed
in my deepest hopes
i really deserved to have.

when i long for someone
when i yearn for someone's touch
someone's presence
someone to be with

you are that someone

©2009-Art Belliveau

26 September 2009


When the school day is over,
And the homework is done,
Before the bath and bedtime,
We make time for some fun.

We watch TV and we color,
We talk and we laugh;
We have fun together,
'Cause fun's the best thing to have.

©2009-Art Belliveau

24 September 2009


Tantalus had it easy
all he had to contend with
was eternal thirst and hunger

i have to contend
with the untouchable nearness
of you

©2009-Art Belliveau

senryu 9/23/09

facing tomorrow
is never all that easy
but it must be done

©2009-Art Belliveau

23 September 2009


when i am with you
touching you
holding you
when we are closest together
i still find myself
hungry for your company
never getting full enough

©2009-Art Belliveau

21 September 2009

eternal recurrence

like a mobius strip
always and eternally
moving forward
never retracing a single step
yet always recovering the same ground

©2009-Art Belliveau

20 September 2009


the thought of your touch
warms me
soothes my hurt
comforts me
eases my anxieties

imagine what
the real thing does

©2009-Art Belliveau

100 letters

with 100
i can create
all the words
i want to tell you


only if
i can pull
the right ones
from the sack

©2009-Art Belliveau

19 September 2009

The Secret

forlorn they cling together
for the moment
standing near a pool of light
in a sea of darkness

reality is what it is
not what they
would have it be

learning to live
within those rules

that is the secret

©2009-Art Belliveau

17 September 2009

Early Halloween Poem

There's an old house, at the end of the street,
Where on Halloween night, all the spooks like to meet.
You cannot get in, cause the living are barred,
But you can see the skeletons bone dance in the yard.
Phantoms float around; they stop and have chats.
Vampires come too, they fly in as giant bats.
The werewolves run everywhere, howling like mad,
The Pumpkin Heads' faces are all angry or sad.
By the time it is sun-up the party's all through,
The finger food's gone, there's no more witch's brew.
And until next year the monsters are gone,
From this haunted old house, they all have withdrawn.
They'll meet here again next year--and every year after,
To have fun and to party with maniacal laughter.

©2009-Art Belliveau

16 September 2009

senryu 9/16/09

tomorrow comes fast
it lingers for just seconds
then is yesterday

©2009-Art Belliveau

15 September 2009

limerick 9/15/09

There was an old teacher named Art
Who when grading never could start
He'd put off till tomorrow
The trouble he'd borrow
Even though he knew twas not smart

©2009-Art Belliveau

senryu 9/15/09

i know you are there
i reach out for your comfort
please don't pull away

©2009-Art Belliveau

senryu 9/15/09

stress assails me
i struggle through paperwork
i made my own mess

©2009-Art Belliveau

haiku 9/14/09

an aging beagle
is sleeping in her soft bed--
what does she dream of?

©2009-Art Belliveau

senryu 9/13/09

tottering between
feelings of hope and despair
as we move forward

©2009-Art Belliveau

12 September 2009

your reality

there are many times
when the imagined event
is so much better than
the reality


the reality of
time spent with you
exceeds imagination

©2009-Art Belliveau


a hand
reaches out
snatched back
as if from fire
as if from ice

reaches out
and again

each time
fingers singed
by frosty flames

each time
fingers numbed
by blazing bergs

frozen and burned

but still
reaches out
yet determined

to touch
to feel
the frigid forbidden fire
of its

©2009-Art Belliveau

11 September 2009

Being Bad

There are times when being bad
Just feels so damn good
You know you really shouldn't
But you also know you could

Pushing and stretching the limits
Ever closer to that line
And sometimes you go across it
And it feels just so damn fine

Later, when there's time to reflect
You prepare for guilt's coming attack
But the ambush never happens
And it's so good you have to go back

©2009-Art Belliveau

10 September 2009

politics as usual

speaking past each other
their words unheard
by their opposition
plowshares pounded into swords
the simple mandate
Love One Another
ignored and trampled
politics as usual

©2009-Art Belliveau

08 September 2009

senryu 9/08/09

we are all siblings
making up the U.S.A.--
please remember this

©2009-Art Belliveau

07 September 2009

senryu 9/07/09

tomorrow comes fast
yet it always seems somehow
never to arrive

©2009-Art Belliveau

senryu 9/06/09

all of the Gospels
teach us to care for others
why won’t we listen?

©2009-Art Belliveau

senryu 9/05/09

never far away
I hold you close in my heart
however distant

©2009-Art Belliveau

04 September 2009


it is not
an abyss
when i stare
at a blank sheet of paper
or blank computer screen
i know
i know
that it
is staring back

©2009-Art Belliveau

03 September 2009

danger of killing time

deadlines loom
time has become
spiteful even

seeking revenge
for all the
i killed in idleness

if only i could
resurrect them
i might have
time enough

©2009-Art Belliveau

02 September 2009


I am not afraid
of being alone

it is just that
i hate hate hate it
i am lonely

and that can happen
in a crowd

oddly enough
with you

©2009-Art Belliveau

01 September 2009



all or nothing
win or lose
yes or no
right or left
right or wrong

in a black and white world
of sharp dichotomies
I spend my time
fruitlessly (or not)
a middle ground
a bit of grey

if only
to comfort myself
in my own lack
of certainties

©2009-Art Belliveau