Our Getaway


Reading a new poetry book in our hotel room,

an art gallery not far away,

later kisses on her shoulder.

And in the morning egg whites

with turkey bacon,

English Breakfast tea…..

and the blessings of simply being…..



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In our calling forth of syntax and syllables

we shape and maneuver our poems, as if to say yes,

there is still some hope

even within the burning of our skies,

we push fear aside

and move forward anyway,

embracing the new.


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Something on My Heart


I have something on my heart I’d like to share. When I began blogging I did so for one reason, and that was because I love to write. Once I started though, a second reason for blogging developed. I was amazed at the wonderful art, poetry, fiction, and photography that is within this sphere of wordpress.

Your work amazes me. Your work inspires me. And since I am an older guy, and because I have from the very beginning received so much encouragement from others, I try to do the same in turn.

There have been times when my presence, or my leaving comments on a site, has been misinterpreted. And you know what? That hurts a great deal.

I have never been flirtatious, and I have never followed a blog for inappropriate reasons. I am a gentle, loving person, simply being friendly. Perhaps I was raised to be this way. And even though I am not perfect, I love my wife more than anyone on this planet. She is the love of my life, and I am not interested in anyone else.

In fact, if you are an attractive female, I thought 2-3, or maybe 4-5 times before I ever hit the follow button. Usually you liked my work, and then I checked out your site.

I have unfollowed sites that seem to focus on soft porn too much. Sometimes there is a fine line between art and the too risque (my opinion only). Yet, I try to remain open, and I purposely follow people that are very different from myself.

I have learned a great deal from you, regardless of your background or creed. One of my hobbies is to study cultures, and different faiths.

Unfortunately I know what slander can do, and so these words have been on my heart for some time.

Thanks for listening, and reading.


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The Transformation


And the leaves changing colors, has always been a transformation

for us to seek the light, to be inspired, rising far above

the hate of our world, to give us wings, for us

to fly, and give the gifts of art and writing

to each other.


May it always be so. Amen.


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The Transformation of Iron


It took artists transforming the material once used for shackles and prisons,

to turn it into something beautiful, strong and yet

redeemed into art. Perhaps we can

truly take the everyday

and pieces of

our history

to create

beauty from ashes.


Art is redemption…. at work.


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