Regis Auffray

Regis Auffray, poetry, short stories, personal quotes

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Withdrawal

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Unwittingly

I have trespassed

A burden to others

I do not want to be

To share and put upon others

This endless darkness

Relentless hopelessness

I withdraw

I shall seek strength

In the desert within

Endless dunes of solitude

Though somber shadows

Seek to surround me

Despair

Doubt

Anxiety

These vultures observe from above

Circling

Slowly circling

Relentlessly circling

Waiting for me to falter

Hoping for me to fall

But I shall not fear

I shall strive on

Seeking an oasis

And hope

For inner peace

Within

Asking nothing

Of anyone

And should my time here be done

I shall rest upon the sand

And sleep

And perhaps awaken

To a sky free of vultures

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February 26, 2017 at 4:57 pm

The Limerick King

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Many people call me, “The Limerick King.” I am humbled but not enough not to take the bait and write a limerick about myself.  I do write a great many limericks but I also write other poems, short stories, and personal quotes.

The Limerick King

They call me the Limerick King,
But royalty’s just not my thing;
I like fairy tales,
And wild woodland trails,
Discovering lyrics that I can sing. ~ Regis

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February 26, 2017 at 10:50 am

Write Me a Poem

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Write Me A Poem


Write me a poem
You said
A pretty poem
With birds singing
Trees swaying in gentle breeze
Butterflies fluttering in fragrant air
Sun shining
In sapphire sky
Happy children playing
In fields of rainbow flowers
And cherry blossom snow
Until the mystical moon tucks them in
Their cozy beds and dreams
A poem with fireflies
Like dancing stars


And… you know…
…Write me a poem like that
You said

But I cannot
For my mind is oppressed
With images of war
Dying soldiers
Never coming home
Suicide bombers
Guns and tanks
Climate change
Dying oceans
Drying rivers
Burning forests
And folks who have given up
So I cannot write your pretty poem
My love

Régis Auffray

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February 20, 2017 at 5:58 pm

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Encounter with a Mermaid

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Alone by the wild sea I sought what I might see;

When all of a sudden, before me on a rock,

Reclined one of the wondrous women of the sea –

A mythical mermaid with whom I wished to talk.

“Mermaid, fair mermaid, why is it you hide?

My wish is to see you and to perhaps know you;

But I cannot find you when you hide in the tide,

And dive behind the waves to keep from my view.”

“I hide for I’m shy and really quite wary,

And I have reason to take care and beware;

For your race’s shown itself to be mostly quite scary

And the kind souls I’ve met have been rather rare.”

“I promise, dear mermaid, that I will tell no one

About you and your sisters and your home in the deep.

I’ll keep very quiet and until you are done,

You’ll not hear from me so much as a peep…

Is it true fair mermaid, that deep under the waves,

Your home is made of polished pearl and pink coral?

Is it true you are keeping captive as your slaves,

The souls of drowned sailors whose lives were immoral?”

“These stories you’ve heard are full of false rumor;

Our home is indeed of coral, pearl but much more.

We live in an aura of love and good humor,

And we do not judge those who pass by our door.”

“But you will admit that at times in the past,

Your voice would enchant sailors as they sailed by.

Entranced by your song and the spell that it cast;

Their ship wrecked and they died to your lullaby.”

“Such stories are foolish and really quite false;

We mermaids have never coaxed sailors to their death.

We watch and we wonder at life’s wonderful waltz,

And we want for nothing for the sea is our wealth.

The nonsense you spoke of is false, foolish folklore.

I hope that this day you have learned about us;

That you’ll change the wrong rumors that were there before,

And leave us alone without any fuss.”

“Thank you, dear mermaid, and I appreciate

The time you have spent answering my quest.

I know that you love and that you do not hate;

And I hope that some day I will be your guest.”

“You’ve asked your questions and I’ve tried to answer.

Now please, excuse me, I’ve company later.

The dolphins are coming for tea and you, sir,

May stay if you wish; you can be the waiter.”

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February 2, 2017 at 2:31 pm