Raymond A. Foss--Poems

Raymond A. Foss (1960) was born in Westfield, MA, the oldest of five children. After moving to Claremont, NH at 16, he attended the University of New Hampshire, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1982 and a Master of Public Administration in 1984. He graduated from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 2004. He started writing poetry while serving on the Barrington, NH School Board in 2000. His first reading was for an assignment from the Reading Specialist to each board member to bring a piece of poetry to share at the April 20, 2000 School Board meeting in honor of National Poetry Month. When one of his first two poems received a favorable reaction, he began to write poetry more regularly. He created the site Poetry Where You Live in February 2004.

Source: Famous Poets and Poems.com; http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/raymond_a__foss/biography.


Echoes of Words

He was so right
echoing in my mind
in the sanctuary
in the power of words,
especially the power to hurt
the ability to cut to the quick
to leave lasting deep permanent scars
so hard to mend, to heal
the old saying is that sticks and stones
are the enemy
that names cannot hurt, leave lasting damage
but oh if it were only so,
if imprudent or malicious words
were like water running off a leaf
in the rainforest, even a torrent no threat
but they are like water that erodes
reverberation, exacerbation,
water that corrodes,
eats away at the foundation
the core of a person, their sense of
worth, or being, a word can cause wounds
deep raw wounds
when words can save, lift up, build the body
join people across deep chasms of history
love, the source of the word, the gospel,
the good news, an equal measure of our heritage
bringing joy, happiness, comfort
these too are our choice
based on the turn of the tiller
the rudder of our tongue


Visual Words

A picture may speak a thousand words
but some stories, told well
living without pictures
Visual words, conjure images,
memories, loving connection
singular moments, common emotion
language of nature, of religion
of family, or all of us
visual words weaving a tapestry
drawing the listener in
with the cadence, the rhythm,
the song in the visual words


Visual Words--2

Trying as best I can
in the writings that I put down
to capture the touch, the feel,
the smell, the image
a trigger, a pull
using ever visual words

Something of the real world
something to which all can relate
bringing the words to life
in the senses, the color, the light

As if a photograph,
words on the printed page
harkening to the thing, the feeling, the state
the touch, the taste, the person, the place
that we could bring them to mind

No hidden agenda, no message obscure
nothing out of place
just something to hold
to bring back to life
in the words, the image in space


Copyright by Raymond A. Foss, Poetry Where You Live, http://www.raymondfoss.com/.  All rights reserved. Used by permission of the author. Contact him at raymondafoss@gmail.com for usage.