Hidden in a wooden hollow lost boys answer to one man, it is not the Pan they follow, he would be an also-ran. Lost boys search within themselves, and not in some delinquent elf. Childhood will melt away, no more in Neverland to stay!!
One of the greatest thrills of my poetic journey is getting to “meet” tremendously talented poets from all around the world! Today I am honored by one such poet and friend. Friday is POETS Day and Iain Douglas Kemp is featuring my poem, “Way to Find Neverland” on his podcast today. It is exciting to hear one of your poems read by such a fabulous voice. Iain would make a laundry list sound good. Yet, Iain is more than a poet. He is an accomplished cook, a wonderful musician, and a dedicated educator. Thanks to my Brother from another mother (and country, Scotland by way of Almerimar, Spain) for this special treat!
Your journey has ended, by your hand and much too soon. You, the buffoon, the clown, the genius bringing joy to the world. But, for what it’s worth, who gave you mirth? Your torment was an illness, your illness was your privacy. In the shadows of a mind so sharp, that spark of madness run amok. You had been stuck for a while and the smile you wore tore your heart to shreds. We laughed at your brand, and demanded more of you but, you had given enough. It is tough that you didn’t save some for yourself. We took you seriously when your dramatics gripped us. It ripped us as well, your living hell of which you would tell, of powders and pills and rivulets of distilled potions, notions of answers left un-questioned; too many to mention. You’ve gone back to the egg. You have been silenced like Ellen James. Long did you stand as the grown-up Pan. You have sucked the marrow out of this life. There is no Doubt (the) fire has gone out. It makes us want to shout, Oh Captain, My Captain! Thank you for your gift, we’ve enjoyed it while it lasted. And in our hearts you will live within a smile. What dreams may come, you will greet us. You will meet us with a joke in tow. We know your journey has ended. The Genie has been freed. The Buffoon. The Clown. The Genius indeed. Oh, Captain, Bon Voyage!
I spend my days in a haze, one foot in Neverland the other in Oz. I’m just a lost boy who wants to go home. Shadows have been sewn and yellow brick roads show the way, but I’d just as soon have stayed in one place. I would shoot the moon in the lagoon as I disgraced the hook-handed bandit, and once landed in Munchkinville, I could surely have stood above the crowd. But, wicked witches are less bitches and more just manipulative wenches. I’m not happy giving claps to fairies And in the trenches Smee would flee from a battle with me. Yet, my heart and mind become unraveled traveling between Neverland and Oz, that’s because the second star to the right is no place like home!