A SONNET FOR UNREQUITED LOVE When midnight passes, and then one, and two, And all my worries still will not dissolve Into a restless slumber, I resolve To lie awake – evading thoughts of you. But as the steady beating of my heart Grows deafening and thunders in my ears, My eyes stay open, and I count the years That we shall never share. We are apart And destined to remain so. Be content: Our eyes, by never meeting, will stay dry; Our lips, untouched by passion, will speak truth; Our brows, unmoved by joy, will keep their youth; And thus we’ll live secure until we die – Alive, but incomplete, with hearts of stone... O, why were we condemned to live alone?
OCTOBER SONG An Autumn walk is what you need The smell of rain on crumpled leaves A sleeping forest – no one grieves To see the days grow short and cold. You’re earned a rest from civil greed, From pondering what life has cost. You need to feel the cold, clean frost And watch the Summer growing old. You’ll hear the rustle of the trees And mourn the exile of the birds Their mournful cries like poignant words As if they won’t be back at all. But trust they will. The winter ends And life renews despite the death Of seasons, hopes and friends So nobly lost upon the heath. A gnarled oak, a chilling breeze A rust-brown squirrel, a timid deer, A refuge, for the time is here To seek the solace of the Fall.
Brian A. Yapko has been an attorney for many years. He was raised in Southern California and received a Bachelors Degree with honors in English Literature from U.C.L.A. and a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School . He is admitted to practice law in California, Oregon and New Mexico. Mr. Yapko now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his husband, Jerry and their dog, Bianca.