If I Am Counted Among the Departed

Someday I will be long dead

And someone will think of me

They will be no one I can hear

They will be no one I can see

In this time I shall feel nothing

Existing only in memory

May I exist as hope

In this future mental interaction

May I exist as love

Despite my corporeal retraction

May you feel me rise through you mind

A wave redirected by refraction

Through life’s tangled mass of possibilities

Pointing to a bright new direction

Gene G. McLaughlin 2020

Melody Memory

Melody memory

Bring me home

Personal history’s

Tides and foam

In search of something

Long did I roam




Gene G. McLaughlin 2014

What Is Regretted

What is regretted

Should be grasped

And forgotten

Good life is abetted

By short memory

Of mistakes begotten


Leads to


Gene G. McLaughlin 2014

Fall Leaves 2013

Fall Leaves

All is forgiven

In the end

The leaves fall to ground

The sins of summer

Are forgotten

By the colorful silent observers

As their roots

Absorb their memories

In spring

Their brethren

Will view the season of rebirth

As something new

With no judgement

Only hope

In brilliant green

Gene G. McLaughlin 2013


After you died

In my dreams

I only saw you

Diminished and fading

At the end

Now I see you




In the sun


Gene G. McLaughlin 2013