A North Hare

Aaron Horeth in writing!

I look up to you — February 22, 2018

I look up to you

I look up to you.

The way you’re able to stand up for yourself.
The incredible strength you have,
despite all the chaos around you.

The determination for change,
all the progress you’ve made.
All the progress we’ve made together.

Life isn’t easy,
not at all.
But you always find a way.

You admire trees for their strength,
and you wish to be one.
In many ways you are.

I admire all that you bring to this world.

I don’t say that enough,
I don’t express my gratitude,
my love enough.

I’m a kind and caring man.
As well a nervous and shy man.
Whose fear can get the best of him.

No life is perfect,
but that should not excuse one
from living and participating.

You are the one I think about.

It hurts to see you struggle,
to see you plagued and bruised.
I want to protect you from that.

Sometimes the words and actions
I use aren’t the best of help.
Don’t give up on me for that.

I know that’s not all,
I know that I show laziness.
I use excuses like “I’m tired”.

Excuses that don’t help anyone.

When you’re angry, it’s as if
you’re another person.
At the same time, I feel it’s for just reason.

I feel like I mess things up,
and that’s the last thing I want.
I don’t want to hurt you.

It’s because I’m too nervous around the world.
I try not to let it take over.
But anxiety has that effect.

You’re so strong.

I love your smile,
your laugh,
your sense of humor.

Your love of the outdoors,
your love of animals,
your love of art.

I love your creative spirit.
I love that we share so much in common.
True, some things we share aren’t great.

We have such a strong history of events.

I don’t want to be scared,
Or let excuses rule me.
I want to be strong for you.

I will be strong for you.

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Waking Up — September 15, 2016

Waking Up

Waking up, I felt a little sick.
and thought to myself…

“I should take the day off!”
(pause for a few seconds)
running to the computer,
frantically counting,
days off.

All before she wakes up.

“We could go on a trip”
Thinking quickly…
“Ithaca!”

“Kimberly, I have 3 days left”
“Actually, 2 now”…
(pause for a few seconds)
“I’m taking today off”
“You are!”, Kimberly’s eyes widened

“And we’re going to Ithaca”
“We are!”, Kimberly had become
wildly excited!

We continued to sleep
for some hours.
Healing from
a sleep deficit.

Packing up snacks, water,
the dog.
We left our home.
Departing
because of spontaneity.

The trip was
as fun as
the destination.

We saw flowers and water,
climbed on rocks.
Kimberly even did yoga,
out in public.
A first for her!
I was
and still am
immensely proud of her.

As I Sit Here — July 13, 2016

As I Sit Here

Dearest love, best friend and partner for life Kimberly:

As I sit here,
in the lucid loneliness of the graveyard shift.

Slaving tirelessly over a keyboard in a cold office
as if it were a hot stove and I were cooking pancakes.

I feel a longing for that feeling of home
that being beside you brings me, brings us.

As I sit here,
fervently studying the opcodes of the 8080.

My mind cannot focus on programming, I miss you.
I miss your familiarity and texture.

Although we’re only 45 minutes apart tonight,
it feels like hours.

Yours truly,
Aaron

A Smile More Beautiful Than The Sun — January 7, 2016

A Smile More Beautiful Than The Sun

Boundless energy builds up
inside of you and
you have nowhere to let it out.
So you turn inward into
a ball and wait for
the rage to subside.

Then, I come into the
picture. I blanket you
to help ease the pain.
Or, at least provide
some comfort.

As the anger disperses and
the depression quelled and
lucidity persists. Our
eyes meet and I see
your smile.

A smile more beautiful than the sun.

With Her — November 2, 2015

With Her

Her strands of beads lay
on the table,
stoic.

This person I live with
we share so much.

Our creative spirits align
as we buzz about
the apartment
writing,
composing,
painting.

We understand one another.
We strengthen and improve
together.
With her.

Most At Ease — October 23, 2015

Most At Ease

I’m most at ease when
I’m with you.
When we’re exploring a
future possible home or
a new
attracting
forest.

I’m most at ease when
we’re playing tennis.
And one of us smacks
the ball
out
of
the
court.

I’m most at ease when
we’re creating.
Painting our selves
onto
canvas.

I’m most at ease when
you’re smiling.
When you’re beating me
at all the
video games
we play
together.

I’m most at ease when
you rest your head on
my shoulders.
When you fall asleep on
my lap during all the
silly documentaries
with animal
penises
and
feces.

I’m most at ease when
it’s just us.
When you and I are
all
that
we are.

Composed of Freckles — August 4, 2015
Kimberly, Deliverer of Joy — July 24, 2015
Three Years — July 20, 2015

Three Years

Three years have gone by,
and it feels like one.
Three years have gone by,
and we feel like one.
Three years have gone by,
and I feel like I’ve known you forever.
Three years have gone by,
and I will love you forever.

To my beautiful Kimberly, I love you!

Open The Window — June 25, 2015

Open The Window

Some may be just annoying
Others just plain obnoxious.
Still others may be just plain rude!
But you are you, and you should stay that way.

Open the window, don’t let them win.
You have your rights, as they have theirs.
What they can’t do is hurt you.
But if you don’t ignore them, they will eat at you.

If they stare, stare back.
You are as much a human as they are.
Don’t cower in front of them.
Power in front of them!