A Mirrors Embrace ~ a duet

I will surround you in a gold plated frame
Carved from a maple tree that grew tall
A home bathed in silver, smooth as glass
What you see is the reflection of the past

Hostage to an image that betrays my hope
Captive in your gilded and merciless grip
I stare, desperately trying to look beyond the
Tear-stained eyes of the girl I used to be

200 years plus a day, I’ve hung on a wall
As banshees scream the blues, down by the bayou
Craved your soul, wanting it, needing it, whole
But mine you are, my precious star, performing for us all

Oh, the years you’ve kept me dancing
Waltzing with monsters from a painful past
Within your frame lives my darkest memories
Forever suggesting time is on your side. Not mine

Do not fear time, held in my embrace
Nor the past that evolved from the many faces
As seen through your eyes, as meant to be. Not mine
To free your self from this hold, is an impossibility

I close my eyes heavy with tears and turn away
Fury floods my veins as an angry hope rises anew
Images of a woman strong and victorious fill my mind
And with spirited fists I shatter your deception

Jagged edges that spread like starburst lines
Resembles a jigsaw puzzle of your so called life
Its hold meant to keep the mirrors image intact
Regardless of the cracks, you are still my star

Peering into the fractured image I find the key
A single shard of sympathy presents my blood, my essence
Taking hold I merge it with trembling flesh and shout
Fading quickly; at last a smile, I have set free your star


written by Rita and Antony ~ a duet


another play day, this time with a bestie, who is everyone’s bestie. I’m glad and honoured to call her mine too.

Rita of Β Oeuver And Out

I know you know her, so head over to her blog and say hello.

I’ve had the privileged of collaborating with many amazing artists. each one special in their own right. But this one with Rita just shot to the top. all due to one stanza in particular, the last one, penned by Rita. We hope you enjoy.

Rita, thank you for sharing your time and talent with me. But most of all, giving me a RMH!!!
While we wrote this piece, I asked you to close with a left hook and a right cross.

Darlin. You knocked me out. Β Am so proud of you. Β Please thank Mr. D from me.

Smaller Than Time ~ a collaboration

I am
Smaller than time
Every tick of the clock
Is a moment lost
When another, I Love You, passes by
How tragic a life is
Ever so, but, if it would, only capture

A photograph in memory
Sweet lips, deep soulful eyes
A feeling of want
To taste, to see

To touch the graceful
Curves and dips defining
A timeless adoration
To know, to feel

The hold, held tight
Beating hearts as one
Every grain of sand that falls
To the sound of loves sweeping hand

Swept away by time’s
refusal to bend for chance
Precious moments now hang
In the museum of my mind

Where walls through halls are adorned
With generations of past lovers
The likes of Romeo and Juliet
Even in death, true love has no regret

Eternity the home of lovers
Forged in the fires of history
Freed from the hourglass
To endure, to inspire

Yet as these hours flow into days
My life now measured in minutes
I watch as the hands of fate
Sweep past my longing
Reminding me that indeed
Smaller than time
am I

Written by
Rita and Ax

I have been blessed again to be given a gift. To collaborate with a Lady who cannot be measured by anything other than her own striking voice, as can be seen here…see the link…now click and enjoy her beauty. Β Come on…do it.
Oeuvre & Out by Rita

Rita, dear Rita, you are the strength behind this piece. You flowed with precision and grace. Your final two stanzas, nailed it. Friends, I may have started this poem but Rita closed it and I’m sure you will adore her other writings. I do!!

Thank you Rita, for your friendship, support but most of all, for knocking my socks off. Β My toes are getting chilly