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WAR


I am sharing this wonderful poem from friend.   He posts from what he calls his “front Porch”.    This hit me because I am going to my 50th class reunion this summer.  This poem took me back to that time when Viet Nam was going.  All of us from that era have  been touched by that war.  Either with someone who  died or some who came home so damaged. It was tragic.  My first published poem was in 68 about Viet Nam called “The Gun” it is on this blog somewhere in the back.  But Daron’s is more about the people mine was about the gun.  With all that is going on right now this sadly could be a real thing again.  WE DO NOT WANT WAR!!!   Daron’s poem shows how it touches everyone. He especially felt it.  Thank You Daron for reminding me of friends past and present who still live the trauma.  And Thank You for bringing this awareness to us all!!

 

WAR

(Dedicated to my Brother, Eric Schwartz, 1st Marines, Vietnam veteran)

Man was at war before he invented the wheel..

He’s fought with everything from stone to steel.

All through time he’s fought for space.

Wars to preserve his very race.

What troubles me is the standing truth

That the young must die so the old may rule,

That the debt is the lives of daughters and sons

Who must go to ground while still so young.

But war, I’m sure, does not seem so wise

When seen through a troubled mother’s eyes.

Is victory worth a victory won

When a father receives a medal in trade for his son?

War is nothing but a monstrous sin

When you see flames dripping from a child’s skin.

War today will never justify

Hope extinguished in the blink of an eye.

Our children die in a sea of green

For greed the worst that I’ve ever seen.

Humanity dies evermore each day

For we the people to our leaders lack the courage to say

Enough.

DB

3/29/2017

Semper fi

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THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT


Good Morning to you all.  This is  just a little random silly poem I typed this morning after another short night or is it a long night I am not sure.  But it is what comes out of not sleeping, lol.  I am sure most of you understand some sleepless nights and know your mind is pretty cloudy when you are half asleep or half awake either way.  Our brains really need sleep to function.    So I wish for all of you a good night sleep every night!

In the middle of the night it has been said

you won’t hear a sound as you lay in bed

but I find that it is not to be 

at least it is not the case for me

as I lay there I hear it all

every noise and creak in the wall

No matter what I do it is there

If I could sleep I would not care.

The house is dark and all are in bed

Some are so lucky they sleep like the dead

I lay there as the house speaks to me

Telling me about its history.

I toss and I turn wishing it to be quiet

I can already tell it is going to be a long night.

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THE BOOK SHOULD STAY


I have always been a what I call a hit and miss blogger.  I hit when I am on a good writing run and I miss when I am not.  This last few years so much has happened and going on that the misses are more than the hits.  I appreciate all of you who stick with me.  I am trying to get back into it again.  I have worked for three or four months trying to write a poem that doesn’t rhyme, lol,  I just haven’t been able to do it yet.  I want to put a book together of poetry so I am going through a lot of my poems and see which ones I want to use.  I am also editing them and rewriting some.  This will also help me editing.  Oh that is hard for me.  I have a story in verse I plan to try and get edited and out there.  It needs big time editing and an ending.  It is already over 50,000 words.   So I am going to practice on small things first.  I am still trying to write some new things too.  Some people seem to just put out the words so easily and steadily.  That is the amazing to me!

This first poem I am working on I published here about 3 years ago.  It has been changed for the better I hope.  Enjoy!

I am open to suggestions or comments as I post some of these if you care to.  After all the readers are usually the best judges!

THE BOOK SHOULD STAY

 

Opening windows here and there.

Opening screens everywhere.

Who would have thought the pen was dead?

Now we have laptops instead.

 

If that is not bad enough,

They want to replace books with that stuff.

No books you say, I think I might die.

And most people will ask, why?

 

There is no way they should take them away.

It is wrong I want to say.

Open a book anywhere you go,

There is always something you will want to know.

Books and their words should be here forever,

They help make people become very clever.

 

You cannot do this I stand up and shout!

There is more than reading that a book is about.

What happens when the machine battery dies or it breaks?

And it was decided that books, they would no longer make?  

All the wondrous words lost,

That will be at a very high cost.

Books are to be held in your hand.

To see the words that helps your mind expand.

T0 feel the texture of the book you hold,

Is what makes it a special experience so bold.

There is a feeling of holding it and the turning of the page,

Will it hold more wisdom than a wise sage?

To receive a book is truly a gift.

It certainly will give you a lift.

All the beautiful words they keep,

There is nothing like a good book to make you think deep.

Maybe an adventure into a foreign land,

Or a trip back in time unplanned.

Whatever it may be it opens your mind,

And tickles your senses with many adventures you will find.

 

It can be used as a tutor,

Sure you can read the book on a computer.

But a great experience is lost, and at such a high cost.

 So pick up a book today.

Hold it, read it and experience it in a new way.

You will appreciate its value and want books to stay.

For reading a good book is like a pleasant breeze.

It blows new thoughts into your head for you to seize.

That is what it takes for your mind to grow.

This helps you learn new things for you to know.

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TIS THE SEASON!


Dear Santa,

I haven’t been too good about doing my blog as I should.  I am working at getting better.  For today I have taken a poem I wrote a year or so back using what I call my backward style.  Why,  who knows? lol!    This time I rewrote it as it came out.  No form or style just thoughts from the heart as the words lept to the paper they landed hard and in that spot they well stay!  I think you will get the point anyway!  I hope Dear Santa that makes up for being slack and this year I hope to be back.

PS: Ok! OK!  So I don’t have to sweep the floors, lol We are off to the kids house this year!

Thank You Santa!  And Sincerest Thank You to all my followers!

It was the day before Christmas and all through the house,

They were all asleep!

Except for mom, who had her headphones on to be quiet as a mouse,

she was busy listening to her music while her house she did sweep.
She started the cooking and was expecting her kids.
Excited and wanting to give them all kinds of gifts.
She wanted them to be happy, and have a good life.
Hoping it was filled with love and no strife.

She wished them love, health, happiness and joy.
Don’t forget laughter and yes,                                                                                                                   she would even give them a toy.
And to all her family and friends she wishes the same.                                                                 She sends good wishes for you of joy and                                                                                     happiness and health, and love.
And she prays to one up above,                                                                                                                  for those who are alone and sad.

So to Everyone Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah,                                                                         or Happy Holiday of your belief,                                                                                                             she hopes in your life, these things,                                                                                                        you all will have bringing you peace and relief.

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Valley Center Stage – A Rave!


I wanted to let everyone in the Valley or close enough to drive to North Bend of a little Gem I have found recently.  It has been here for years and I am sure I must have heard about but had never gone till last week.    It is the Valley Center Stage.  We went to see   “The Christmas Carol”, directed By Gary Schwartz, who also started the Theater.

The play was done in what is called “Story Theater Style”.    I really didn’t know what to expect.  I was very pleasantly surprised.  It was wonderful.    As I said in my first post about this, “my jaw actually hurt from smiling and laughing so much.  (A good kind of hurt! lol!)

The cast was great.  So many of them played several parts and narrated their parts as well.  There was singing and so much joy put out to the audience.  You could tell that the actors, both the adults and the kids involved loved what they were doing and they did it very well.  I have seen quite a few plays and I have see AThe Christmas Carol many times.  I can say that this version of The Christmas Carol is one of my favorites now.  The work and love of the art put it to it showed.    I looked around and everyone was smiling and laughing.    I even cried a tear or two for Scrooge played by Gary Schwartz.    (I don’t consider a movie or play or book to be any good if I don’t get a little bit of a cry out of it, lol.  It could be from being sad or just so much joy.(LOL!)

I finally after all these years reading or seeing it on TV realize that Scrooge wasn’t so bad as he was so sad.  But he finally saw his ways and turned himself around.

Thank you Valley Center Stage actors and director Gary Schwartz for such a great show and opening my eyes up to this form of Theater.  I am really looking forward to going to another show there soon.   I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Again the actors, and director and all the staff who were great also, thank you!  Happy Holidays!

If you don’t live near the area here, check your home town and see if you have one, I think you will find it very entertaining.

 

Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RANDOM THOUGHTS: The Friendship Gift:


 

                  The Friendship Gift

Sometimes we receive friends that don’t stay with us.

It is not that every friendship ends.

It is that everyone walks a different path.

Those paths at times are meant to change directions.

When paths cross it can create magic.

Those are the friendships that are lasting.

Distance and time don’t take them away.

Their stamp has been forever left in your heart.

Some  friends are just good memories.

There are friendships that end badly.

We often get hurt.

But we learn from each one.

It isn’t always obvious, it isn’t an instant awakening.

And some are not for today.

Some lessons are for future days,

Long after the friends have gone.

It may be good or bad,

but it is there and it will show itself.

And it is meant to be that way

Many times a lesson we needed

Sometimes not a lesson we like

But it will teach us something.

Any time we learn we advance.

This makes each friendship a gift.

 

 

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A POEM BY DARON BEASLEY “FROM THE FRONT PORCH”


Writing is medicine to me.  I write a lot of poems because it is fun, it is serious, it is happy, it is sad and it comes from my heart and head that way!    Oh I can make up stuff for a book, my imagination comes up with all kinds of things  but for some reason poems always seem to pop up.  These last few years I have met a lot of great writers and poets.  It has taught me a lot.  Not only on the how of writing but the how, who and what of life.  There are so many perspectives.  There are so many opinions to hear and learn from.

Every few years it seems I go through a spell when nothing wants to spill down the fall onto the paper.  Words might start to form but they don’t fit with each other.  That is why you see this blog go on for quiet mode for a while without movement.    So for awhile I take a break and read different blogs and books or stories to see what is out there.

I was doing that today and I read a friends poem and it was beautifully put of something I know I need to remind myself of and I know many other people also that get into the rut of life instead of living every moment we worry about what is ahead or behind or both.   I want to be aware of today, now, this minute!      I know I don’t enough.   I try, I enjoy every day but thoughts of past sneak in or worry or just excitement of tomorrow and what it may bring sneaks in to take you eyes away from the prize and that is this very moment, every one of these very moments.

I loved the way Daron captured it with his words put together in such a wonderful way that I felt I was there in that moment with him with the birds and the sun and the breeze.   Daron gets a lot of good thoughts on his front porch and this may be the start of a wonderful series I hope.

Thank You Daron for letting me share this!

From the Front Porch

I’ve been out here for hours now
And not one word has been put to paper
But the sun is warm and the breeze is a gentle caress
Maybe this moment is exactly as it should be;
To sit here and marvel at the gift of the consciousness
That records and governs my life.

All of it is Life:
The mailman, greeting as he walks past,
and the trees above me whispering to each other, 
and the birds, always the birds, overhead.
I’m going to sit here a while longer
Like nothing is happening
and experience every moment of this thing we call
Life.

By Daron M. Beasley  9/16/2016

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FALL IS HERE


This is just a little fun thing I wrote a few weeks ago when I was telling my hubby that fall was here and he said he didn’t think Summer was over yet. LOL well Mother Nature always wins and Summer can try but Fall was given permission to come on in by Mother, LOL!

 

Fall is here

At least it’s near

Which no one seems to notice this year

Because still today

Summer is here to play

With its warm sunny days

But with deceptive ways

Sunny days shorter now but are too hot

Pretending fall is not here

Summer not wanting to get caught

Pretending that the evenings have not chilled

Or  tree leaves haven’t  started to change with colors filled

Mother Nature is ready to rearrange

She sets the stage of colors and conditions for fall to be

Usually it’s a very  vivid show and good for all to see

So now she has to push summer out

Because the show is ready to begin

And summer will fight her all the way

Because of course he wants it to be his day

Teasing us with the heat

He is sure he has fall beat

But of course it already shows

What everyone knows

No matter how much summer tries

Fall will come for summer’s demise.

 

 

 

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IT IS ABOUT DOING THE WORK! WRITING ITS GOOD FOR THE BRAIN AND MORE!


 

Writing is such a good exercise for a brain, for a heart and for a soul.  You can say anything you want on paper and then you can throw it all away.  That can soothe a heart.  The thinking of it stimulates your brain along with the writing of it helps the brain and dexterity.   You can write on paper and tell a special someone something nice to brighten up their day.   They may want to keep it and reread it.  Maybe little notes tucked under the windshield wiper of their car to find on their way to work or long love letters.  That will put a little joy into both your souls.   You can express any feelings about things and express things that should be said but can’t and feelings that need to be released and not hurt anyone and free yourself of those feelings.   You may need several letters, who knows it may take a book!    Isn’t that” a   novel idea”!!!  Loll!! Loll!!!   Ok I am sorry just had to try that line our once, lollop!!

I fell away from that part of writing which is so important for me.    I focused on the fun part of it and such and came across too many road blocks.  I forgot you have to do the work to finish the job.  You most certainly should not give up the fun part which can use ones imagination beyond our wildest dreams.  That is good for the brain, the heart and the soul.  But you have to put in the work and balance it out.  Although as in most things good in life there is usually a little more work that makes the fun part so good.   

Well it is off to work for me.  Hopefully and can get down to the business of writing that I love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE WORLD NEEDS IT NOW


Dionne Warwick and Gene Pitney both passed on this song when offered it first, although Dionne later sang it in one of her albums.  Jackie DeShannon sang it first in 1965.  This applies yesterday, today and always.

“WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE”

This world is in desperate need of LOVE. Love for all life and this world we live in.  I am not saying we all will like each other but we can all respect the fact that we can all agree to disagree without killing each other. We are all different. We are all meant to be individuals. But as individuals we should all be able to work with each other without pushing our ideas on each other.  This is to keep the love of life and living going in a peaceful safe world. Color, race, nationality, religion, or size or any other reason other than the person is just not a good person should not matter or be used against anyone.  And it should not be used as an excuse for doing harm to anyone.

People will have different beliefs and ideas and not get along that is a given but why can’t we walk away from each other if we can’t resolve it.  The only reason it is a problem is because too many people try to push their ideas on others for power and money.  Greed kills love. In my opinion some of those people will get the power and money anyway because some people have that ambition and work for it.  But  if  you are killed you won’t be able to enjoy it anyway.

How can we judge someone we don’t know because their color or whatever is different? If we don’t know that individual how do we know that they won’t be a wonderful person?  We don’t so how do we justify Judgement like that?   Plus how many of us can honestly throw stones????   This judgement of others is one of the biggest things that kills love.

We now have our children growing up in violence armed with guns and hate. This is not how children should grow up. How can we stop it?  How can we get the world to be at Peace with one another so that everyone can live their life at least with the knowledge that they are safe?  I know I am not the only one that wants a PEACEFUL WORLD.

As we all know we have had a few shootings lately. It is horrible.   Our Police, Fire, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, AND ALL OTHER SERVICES involved in those fields  are there to PROTECT AND HELP US.  And maybe once in awhile you come across one that is not but that is not the norm.  We need these people and I know I Thank them every day for putting themselves out there in a world that doesn’t have all the love it should.  Remember you may need them one day, it can happen to anyone!

I watched the son of a man who was killed just recently get on TV and talk about the love we need not about getting even or revenge. GOD BLESS THIS WISE YOUNG MAN FOR SPEAKING THE TRUTH and NOT LETTING THE HURT AND PAIN HE MUST FEEL BE HIS GUIDE.

Wishing PEACE AND LOVE to our beautiful world!

I will leave this rant with a quote!

“Each day is a gift. Cherish it. Use it wisely. Be grateful for it. Invest your time and energy to enhance your life and improve our world. This is your day. Make it count.”

~Nido R. Qubein

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