“death is no bluff…but just another trick to learn” by Mitch Hicks

Death is no bluff...but just another trick to learn
Snapped thru the art gallery window in the very windy town of Bluff by Mitch Hicks. I did not see the name of the artist of this dark forboding painting. I dedicate this poem to the late Shirley Ballard who passed away this week and much loved by Lisa Thayer

Shirley Ballard 1925 – 2012

Actress and Miss California 1944

Life be can full of sunshine

Death comes as torment

Friendship drives compassion

For Lisa and Shirley they were of different times

Blending past with present

New tricks to learn

Sorrow breaks as the midnight tide slips away

She made you smile Lisa despite decay

Mitch Hicks – U.K.

“Tarnished” by Shirley Ballard R.I.P. (87 years)

long nails and silver rings

hands that speak a gesture

for words…

silver chains around my neck

with bracelets on my arm

a silver watch that keeps

no time

Shirley Ballard (86 yrs.)

(Miss Calif. 1944)


L. K. Thayer’s Foto Fetish

Thank you for all of your love

and laughter Shirley…I am happy

you are free to party now!

I love you…

your BFF Lisa 🙂

© 2o11

Short Poems by Shirley Ballard

BONANZA — “Cutthroat Junction” Episode 26 — Pictured: (l-r) — Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank

“Ruthless Hearts”

little by little

we learn to love

to give and take

from someone dear

then time takes over

and washes the colors away

little by little

we learn to hate


“Each Day”

each day we’re intimate with it

it caresses our hair

and face like a lover

but it’s not…

and we have to live with it

it’s called air


“The Special Drawer”

the drawer was filled

with odd bits

parts of old theatre tickets

one stained with red wine drops

another with mini notes

time and locations and love



life feels incomplete…

a task waiting to be done.


“Waiting For Dark”

so I can see

how for granted

do we take eyes

for granted…

don’t take it away

don’t lose it

to the dark

Shirley Ballard

86 yrs. Actress

(Miss Calif. 1944)


“Just A Day” by Shirley Ballard



an early morning sunrise

touching the dew

on a sleeping city

making it sparkle golden…

slowly rising from the east

until its full glory

marks midday.

crossing the sky

it makes its way west

before it shares its splendor

sinking below the ocean’s greedy arms

but not without a final gift

of intense molten gold

before vanishing

in the black sea of the west

until tomorrow.

Shirley Ballard


(86yrs.  Miss. CA. 1944, actress)

Foto by L. K. Thayer

© 2011