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Today’s post is again from Learning to Live Again 2018, available only via download here on my website. The poem speaks of Intimacy.

Stephen Kaufman : June 3, 2019 10:22 am : SL Kaufman

It’s been quite a while
Since I’ve had any intimacy
And quite honestly
I miss it

It’s not about sex
Which of course
Is a necessary component
But not the most important one

It’s about holding another
While we sleep peacefully
And waking together
Happy that we did

It’s about a walk on the beach
An intimate dinner
Holding hands and hugging
With a deep kiss at sunset

It’s about talking and laughing
Sharing a sad movie
Looking at each other
And seeing into our souls

But mostly it’s about
Knowing instinctively
That this is the one
Who is supposed to be here

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Today’s post is from Learning to Live Again 2018, available only via download on my website. The poem speaks for itself.

Stephen Kaufman : May 13, 2019 10:49 am : SL Kaufman

It’s been four years
Since we last touched
Yet I still miss her
Terribly

Memories of that time
When I was her LOML
And she was my BE
Are etched permanently in my heart

No one before or since
Was capable or willing to love me
In the way that she did
Or comfort me in the way that she could

No one before or since
Became my partner and lover
As we helped each other
Reach plateaus not imagined

No one before or since
Could capture the magic of us
Or could even approach

The concept

Two books were written of those times
Yet I find it difficult
To revisit the pages
Of a time so right

She remains in my dreams
And I think of her frequently
Only with the warmth
Reserved for those now gone

Much has happened since
Illness and aging
Growing and learning
And now the tragedy of another

I will keep her within me forever
Not hoping to reconcile
But hoping one day we may find the time
To catch up

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Elimination of Negativity

Stephen Kaufman : April 1, 2019 9:14 am : SL Kaufman

 

Today’s blog takes me back to Book 1, Learning to Live Again, written over 7 years ago. Its sentiment continues to ring true today. I hope you enjoy.

I’ve reached a point in my life
Where I need to eliminate negativity
But it’s not that easy
When connections run deep

Because it’s difficult to dismiss
Those who have meant so much
And we still care and worry
Though we have moved ahead

Is it a need to be in control
Of things we never really could
Or is it the fear of allowing
Others to grow on their own

Letting go is difficult
When we perceive that others need
Our input and advice
And we see them struggling

Yet that is so horribly selfish
To think we know better than they do
And assuming they need us
To face their own new world

We must come to a place
Where the negatives that consume us
Can no longer do so
Because they only hold us back

Life is now too short
For us to try to change
What can’t be changed
And never will

There is a plan in place for us
And we need to embrace it
By concentrating on the positives
That are there for the taking

The most difficult part
Is to finally realize
That all the good that awaits us
Is what we deserve

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I’ve Missed You

Stephen Kaufman : March 5, 2019 8:55 am : SL Kaufman

Today’s blog takes me back to Book 4, Testing Love, written in 2015. Once again the photo is courtesy of Sandy Spindler (#sandyspindler)

I’VE MISSED YOU Ive Missed you - SL Kaufman

In the tumult of our lives
With work overwhelming
And compulsion reigning
I’ve missed you

On mornings without you
Sipping my coffee
While absorbing my words
I’ve missed you

On days spent at home
Working and dreaming
While you’ve redirected
I’ve missed you

On evenings spent apart
When I’m out with others
And you’re gathering family
I’ve missed you

When I’m ready to sleep
Without you beside me
In the loneliness of night
I’ve missed you

Even times we’re together
When you seem elsewhere
Distracted and afraid
I’ve missed you

In my times of confusion
When I need you there
To help me move forward
I’ve missed you

Though I know it is part
Of the journey we are on
To create our destiny
I’ve missed you

But I’m forever grateful
For the moments I’ve missed you
As they only remind me
Of how much I love you

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Today’s post and poem, FOR ANGIE, honors someone who left us way too soon

Stephen Kaufman : February 7, 2019 8:28 am : SL Kaufman

FOR ANGIE Angie Stephen Kaufman SL Kaufman

I lost someone this week
Who helped me through difficult times
But refused to let me
Help her through hers

A small group gathered last night
To hold each other and say goodbye
Which is something she didn’t want
But somehow I know she would have approved

And then again for me
After months of exclusion
I understood that I belonged
Knowing that she had always cared

A troubling few days
Coping with her death
And seeing how
It has profoundly affected me

At peace now leaving a legacy
Of beauty and love
In the hearts and minds
Of all she touched

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Winter is officially here and we’re about to turn the calendar over to 2019

Stephen Kaufman : December 31, 2018 8:47 am : SL Kaufman

I’m sharing this beautiful photo taken by my friend Gail Turner with a few poems I’ve written that actually rhyme.

Figuring it all out
And knowing what to do
To dispel all the doubt
That the damaged go through

I am not in it for sex
Or playing any game
It’s really not that complex
For we often are the same

I’m looking for a friend
To share time and space
And I needn’t defend
For this is a positive place

I have no desire to smother you
Only to share an adventure
Find another to mother you
For we have times ahead to treasure

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She arrived unexpected
With style and grace
Catching me off guard
Unsure of my place

Over time we have connected
Though the agenda is unclear
But it’s beginning to feel right
So I’ll proceed without fear

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Finally out together
Learning who we are
Celebrating her sale
With dinner near the bar

Ending perfectly
With a sweet goodnight
Then still feeling her hug
As I turned out the light

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Written this year of times past when memories have not faded but return with warmth and a touch of sadness

Stephen Kaufman : December 13, 2018 4:36 pm : SL Kaufman

Thank you, Jeanie Crenshaw, for a photo which perfectly captures these sentiments.

It’s been three years 
Since we last touched
Yet I still miss her
Terribly

No one before or since
Was capable or willing to love me
In the way that she did
Or comfort me in the way that I needed it

No one before or since
Became my partner and lover
As we helped each other
Reach plateaus not imagined

She dominates my dreams
And I think of her daily
Only with the warmth
Reserved for those now gone

Much has happened since
Illness and aging
Growing and learning
And now the tragedy of another

I will keep her within me forever
Not hoping to reconcile
But hoping one day we may find the time
To catch up

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Today’s poem, “Questioning Love” is from my last book “Learning to Live Again, 2017”

Stephen Kaufman : November 26, 2018 8:32 am : SL Kaufman

Today’s poem, “Questioning Love” is from my last book “Learning to Live Again, 2017” and its words, written in June of 2017 continue to ring true.

I know
That life is about love and fear
And right now I live in fear
While questioning love

So I need to understand love
In ways I haven’t really explored
Even though I had learned to love again
And found a love that still inhabits me

I have always looked at love
As a physical, passionate state
And that is missing right now
And possibly from now on

Sexuality played a big role
And that too does not always exist
Except within me and unavailable
To others

I need the touch of someone I love
As I stroke her hair
Kiss her gently
And take her softly to me

I had it
Lost it
And continue to suffer
Without it

Is learning to live again
Learning to live without love
Or learning to redefine love
In the age of the aged

I haven’t given up
I just don’t know
But I’m completely open
To the answers

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Today’s post is an unpublished poem written this year as I continue “Learning to Live Again”

Stephen Kaufman : November 3, 2018 10:20 am : SL Kaufman

We had a lovely dinner
Last night
And then decided
To walk over to Blue
 
I felt horribly uncomfortable
At a place which
Has almost defined my life
Since I arrived in Paradise
 
And it bothered me
And depressed me
Until I understood it
As I took my walk this morning
 
I am no longer the person I was
When I first arrived here
And no longer addicted to
Watching the hordes at play
 
I think I’ve outgrown the place
And not because of my age
But because of no longer needing
To troll among the lost
 
And it is clearly a sign
Of a new period of growth for me
As I continue on this path
Of learning to live again

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Where is my direction – S L Kaufman

Stephen Kaufman : October 11, 2018 1:48 pm : SL Kaufman

Where is my directionS L Kaufman
I don’t know
Should I make corrections
I don’t know
It’s so hard to understand
Hard for me to plan
How will I ever know
I need to know
Please let me know

CHORUS: The sands of time
Are running through my fingers
And the pace is fast
But the taste of life it never lingers
Today suddenly is past
It is past

What is my purpose
I don’t know
Will it all be worthless
I don’t know
It’s so hard to understand
Hard for me to plan
How will I ever know
I need to know
Please let me know

REPEAT CHORUS

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