Short Sleeves: A Book for Friends 2006 –
H.T. Manogue
“Short sleeves lives in life cycles of words and images, seeking to unite the essence of this world and the next as it unfolds before us.  The poems bring thoughts of love and friendship from both worlds together, within the confines of linear time and space.  There is no perfect time or perfect place to invite poetry into your world, but it will be the right time when you do.” -- From the book

Short Sleeves: A Book for Friends 2006 Edition is a delightful book of poetry by Hal Manogue. Playful yet profound, Hal’s words invites the inner child to frolic, smoothes the jagged edges of life, and nourishes the soul on a deep level. Featuring over 100 poems, the author offers gentle metaphysical insights into love, positive thinking, intention, the laws of attraction, nature, God, present moment awareness, and much more.

Here are a few of the whimsical poems in Short Sleeves:

UNENDING LIFE (To: Eternal Life)

“Unending Life
That Paradise Mile     Holy Style
Death’s a Word     Body Heart
A Quantum’s Leap    You Don’t Need Feet
Amazing Feat      From your Childhood Seat
Now You Know       Life is Grand
All You See       Is        Yours to Be
Fly Your Kite       Start Tonight
Transforming Light    Is Shining Bright
Ego’s Missed Another Flight”

ONE TO BE (To: Sago Miners)

“Photo Shoot     Life is Mute
Dozens Souls    Left the Hole
Angels Brought a Sleigh
Life’s Work Pleasure    Coal Behavior
Down Home Flavor
Earth to Dust     Info Rust
Notes of Trust
Re-incarnation Time    Light Filled Line
One to Be    All to See
Universe Says It’s So”

FLICK MY SWITCH (To: Turning on Your Inner Switch)

“Tree of Life     Must Be Nice
Branches Full of Light
Deceit and Hatred     Run from Sight
Now I’m Thinking    Call Me Bright
Revelations Bold    Stories Old
Pass a Twig     Figs of Thee
Electric Trunk    Without the Funk
Flick My Switch    Without the Twitch”

Although the poems in Short Sleeves present a rather unusual arrangement (reminds me a bit of e.e. cummings), his words reach past the intellectual mind to a place where all beings are connected in a state of peace, awareness, and love. I enjoyed reading these poems, and appreciate the wonderment that Hal’s poetry awakens.

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