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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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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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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 THREE LEGGED DOG


I think instead of writingwildly I should be the Absentee Blogger, lol!

 

This is a re-blog from the beginning of the year.  I have several friends that are dealing with the  loss of or soon to be of a special friend,  their pet.    As all of us animal lovers go I think you all know how close we become and attached and how much they mean to us and how hard it is to take.    I have also known a couple of dogs with disabilities and this is what I have learned from it.

 “I am a three-legged dog,” that is what you say?

Well I am here to tell that I don’t see it that way!

I can run; I can fetch; and I can play.

I give you loyalty and love and save your day.

How can you tell me that I am not whole?

I have so much love in my soul. 

Have I ever let you down?

I am always there with kisses when you frown.

I do everything a dog can do.

Even when it hurts I make it through.

 I am a normal dog as far as I can tell.

I am here for you and will not dwell.

 Oh that thing missing from me?

I never even notice what I don’t see.

I am too busy living a full life.

Making you happy free from strife.

I will enjoy things while I am here.

I am living a good life without out any fear. 

So put down your coffee and come play with me.

You will feel so much better, you will see.

Especially in your heart and your soul,

That is what it takes to help make you whole.

There is no magic to this truth; determination is what you need.

Think good thoughts and that will help plant the seed.

Look beyond my missing limb,

 See who I am, I plan to win.

Don’t judge me on what is gone.

That perspective would be wrong.

Life is to enjoy and is a test.

I am here to help you, that is my quest

Don’t let yourself get too low.

Take it easy and take it slow.

                                            As many have written in a song,                                           

So many have something missing or something wrong.

Many have things that show or not.

That is the luck of the draw that they caught.

Life can be hard and make you hurt and cry.

What’s important is what you put into life ‘till the day you die.

 

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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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Happy May- Part 3


Well the next morning we took off early and drove to Port Townsend where we stayed for two nights. When we first moved to Washington we went over there and fell in love with all the Victorian homes.  The buildings down town are beautiful old historical buildings and they are filled with good restaurants and some great art galleries and shops of all kinds of things as well as lots of hand crafted arts.   “Port Townsend was also known as the City of Dreams.”    It might have become “the Seattle of Washington” at one time.  It sits on the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula within the site of the beautiful Olympic Mountain Range and it is just a two hour drive and a 30 minute ferry ride from Seattle.

There is nothing more stimulating to me than the smell and the feel of the ocean. It seems to wake up all my senses and cleanse them and open them up to all around me and Port Townsend is surrounded by water – the Straits of Juan de Fuca, Admiralty Inlet, and Discovery Bay.  In a Seaport everything seems to interact and react with the sea.  And with all the things to see walking around it makes for a wonderful day.

We stayed at a Hotel called the Palace Hotel. It was wonderful.  Good rates, very clean, and very helpful and friendly and knowledgeable staff. It is all done in antiques and is spacious and unique and each floor has a great “living room” to sit and read, play games or whatever if you don’t want to sit in your room.

The hotel used to be the Captain Tibbals Building built in 1889. It is considered a beautiful example of Port Townsends architectural past. The building had been used as several different types of business.  In 1925 to 1933, the two upper floors where known as the Palace Hotel, but nicked named “the Palace of Sweets”.  It was a brothel and hotel.

It was like going back in time. Yet you have your modern needs. I loved the rooms and whole feel of the place.  But what impressed me the most was the service and how the people that worked there not only were willing but able to give you information on the town, the history, and the best places to eat and there are plenty of those.  And you were always greeted with a friendly warm smile and hello.  I would give this place a great rating.  And I thank you all at the Palace Hotel for such a good stay!

For two days we spent walking around in the crisp but not cold sea air, eating good food, seeing beautiful old buildings and houses and some great shops. It is a great place to see.  People are friendly and always willing to help.  Fort Warden Sate Park is out there close also.  It is definitely a trip I would recommend.  And if you do go take some time to go through the very small but interesting museum which houses the old jail house.  I had no idea the history of this unique town.  They have a really good short film that actually won an award that sums the history up which proves to be pretty interesting.

Well this is the end of our May trip! Happy travels to you all!

 

 

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An Exercise on Nice! (Re-blogged from April, 2011)


An Exercise on Nice! (Re-blogged from April, 2011)

 

When dealing with other people, always have a kind thought.

This is something that even by yourself can be taught.

Better yet say it out loud.

Make someone’s day and yourself proud.

It is worth more than you may realize.

Make someone’s day and watch their mood rise.

There is always something nice to say,

Even if it is “How are you today?”

Bring out a person’s smile.

That can take them many a mile.

Start the chain and share the joy.

Never, never Lie.  Then it won’t work.

More than that it makes you the jerk.

But if you are sincere and let someone near,

Long enough to say a kind thought for them today.

You will see the sun rise in their face and in their eyes.

It will be a good surprise.

For everyone needs a kind word.

Every day it should be heard.

What a pleasant world this would be.

If everyone could only see!

I started doing this little exercise on being nice a few years back.   Whenever I go and do my errands; grocery shopping, post office, beauty shop, or anything involving another person, I make a point of finding something nice about the person I am dealing with and compliment them on it.

It may they have a great smile or nice eyes or a great hair cut.  It may be the color they are wearing looks great on them or that their customer service is good, it doesn’t matter as long as it is honest.  I know how tough it is to work with people all day long.   We can sometimes all get cranky or impatient in situations so I check myself and my attitude by really taking time to find something nice about this person and tell them especially if they are cranky already.     I never lie or make something up.   I really look for something and sometimes that is hard but there is something good to be found in everyone, I believe that.

This usually changes the interaction and usually for the good on both sides.  It just makes getting things easier and pleasant.    It can change your whole day from bad to good.   Yes, I do it for me also.  I still have this child like world peace vision that I know so many of us still have and want.     I want everyone to feel good about themselves.   I still believe there still is a lot of good in this world and I feel now is the time to show it!

 

This is a re-blog from April 2011. I was reminded of this one because I used this practice of mine to find something good in everyone. This morning a friend who always compliments people ( Thank you CMB) who reminded me also so I thought I would re post this. Have a great day!

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Contemplation of One’s Mind


This is one of the thoughts poems.  I write these sometimes just to clear the cobwebs from my head.  I don’t edit them or use any form or style of poem.  Other than the rhyming there is not much structure.  It helps clear my mind.  Sometimes I type them and then toss them.  That is like getting rid of the bad thoughts because I am choosing to throw them away.  I find writing and journaling works  to help release thoughts and make room for new ones.  Have a Great Day!

 

Contemplation of one’s mind

Is not always so very kind

It usually is the truth but so hard to hear

Putting into one’s mind a bit of fear

Some tend to over think

it could make one crazy

and go over the brink

But as hard as it may be

It is important to see

That very important line

that no one should cross

is still where you stand behind

And you know you’re not lost.

 

 

 

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