Saturday, November 11, 2006


The dream didn’t come
Until those little eyes opened.
Possibilities sat vacant
With no reason to consider

Days and days
The ones like yesterday
That run to become tomorrow
Without any heart.

Songs sung from
Frustration and anger
Become sung by love
To close sleepy eyes,

Of someone who matters,
Who is dreaming you matter.


M. Shahin said...

"Days and days
The ones like yesterday
That run to become tomorrow
Without any heart."

How very true of life rushing past us, and are ability to only grasp tiny fringes from it. Eloquent, Russell!

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks M.Shahin! Glad you enjoyed those line and thanks for the wise and wonderful comment.

Madame B said...

oooh, i'm really likin' this too--especially the last stanza!

Pat Paulk said...

From the heart of a Dad?

Anonymous said...

I love this. Like stumbling into something you always wanted, but never knew how satisfying it would be. It's beautiful.

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thank you Madame B! One can't ask for a nicer comment than one that is powerful and appreciative. Thanks for the great words!

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks Pat! Naturally!

Russell Ragsdale said...

Miss Richardson thanks a lot! What wise and kind comments. Thanks so much for the visit and the warm words!

Anonymous said...

Oh Russell, this is excellence!

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks Aurora! Those are sweet and wonderful words indeed. Thanks for the great comment, gentle lady.

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Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks gautami tripathy! I appreciate your comment very much.

Don Iannone said...

Russell...greetings. I enjoy your poetry. Meant to stop by earlier and tell you that. I like your depth coupled with uniqueness of expression.

Noted that you list the University of Arizona Poetry Center...great one. Went to college there way back...not poetry, but archeology as an undergraduate. I work in Tucson quite's a very poetic place.

Russell Ragsdale said...

Hi Don! I'm a Wildcat too. I was a student poet there in the sixties. I was involved in the Bandersnatch and lived in the place accross from the Architecture building called the Druid Student Center. When were you there?

Thanks for the kind words, glad you like the poetry!

Don Iannone said...

Russell...what a small world!

I remember the Bandersnatch. I lived in Yavapai Hall when start at UA, then Park-Adams Apartment, then a house on 2nd Street. I was at UA 1969-1972. Tucson is truly a magical place.

I am working on a new regional economic strategy for the Tucson region right now so I travel there once a month for a week. If you check my site, you'll find many Tucson poems, including some from last week.

Best wishes!


PS: Kazakhstan? Are you from there? If not, how did you find your way there? Also, what type consulting work are you involved with. This will tell you about my work:

Russell Ragsdale said...

Hi Don! I actually started at the U of A in '65. I was absent a few years and returned in '70.

The Bandersnatch was a lot of fun and the time was, indeed, magical. Tucson and Almaty, Kazakhstan have actually been sister cities since 1982 or so.

I consult in the food industry as I was an executive chef and food and beverage director for about 15 years. Before that I was a retail meat cutter for almost 20 years.

It is indeed a small world until you start flying half way around it every year. I'll be in Tucson from 23 Dec until aproximately 12 Jan 2007. I don't expect you'll be there at that time but it is very interesting to know that you go there every month.

Good luck helping Tucson with it's growth, it is a wonderful place.

Sue hardy-Dawson said...

We can only know anyone from those that love them-like it very much

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks Sue! Love is indeed one of knowledge's finest forms. I'm glad you liked this. Thanks for the great comment.