The Launch Codes

The storm clouds of chaos Grow ever stronger Ever darker   Decency is an outlier Restraint, compassion Distant ideals   I used to laugh when they talked about the end of the world Armageddon in our lifetime - yeah right Yet this is no biblical instance You may as well burn it Some that claim to... Continue Reading →

The best is yet to come

From the darkest of nights Dawns the brightest of days The best is yet to come   Fear is real, tangible Yet I will not listen to it I am no longer a slave to such things   Hope is my dawn Faith is my armor A new day, is what awaits

For the Veterans

I don’t usually repost my old work, but this came up in my Facebook memories this morning & I felt it should be shared again 🙂


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To have been places unthinkablewar

To have seen things unimaginable

To have done things seemingly unforgivable

In the heat of the desert

In the dark of the junglewar 2

In the mountainous back of beyond

You built bonds no one on the outside could understand

You saw your brothers die

You carry the scars with you, wherever you go

To offer your soulwar 3

To offer your mind

To offer your life

For what? For everything that you believe in

To defend your family

To defend your country

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For truth

For justice

For freedom

You are honor

You are humble pride

You are integritywar 4

You are our warriors

Without you, we speak another language

Without you, we suffer unspeakable horrors

Without you, we are not here

I thank you, with all that I amwar 7

We thank you, with all that we are

Thank you, for being the ultimate in humanity

My words…

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Real Life Cowboy

Living on the trail Camping by the fire Sipping in the evening Singing old cowboy songs Life was easier Or so they say When all you had to do Was survive But the cold night air Would eat at your bones And the tension and fear When bullets or natives approached Tell a different story... Continue Reading →

Memorial Day

Memorial Day Its a happy day, when families gather watch baseball, eat burgers & drink beer Its a day when most don’t have to work When we get to enjoy the company of those we love & enjoy Take a moment this Memorial Day though As you should every Memorial Day To remember how &... Continue Reading →

The approach to El Paso

  I put down my Elmore Leonard book on the approach to El Paso As there are many new things to see, new to me at least There are sandstone hills, topped with scrub brush So neatly arranged it appears to be combed hair, cornrows maybe   The back of the hill reveals a gaping wound... Continue Reading →

14 Years

14 years, it’s quite a while The past seems like a lifetime ago We still drive each other crazy Confound each other with changing moods We get busy, we forget things Sometimes we snap, when there’s really no need We might not be perfect, but honey we ain’t all that bad   14 years, its... Continue Reading →

Perennial Soul

After the death of winter Always comes the spring Green shoots rising up Through the frost covered dirt   After the rotting & seemingly terminal decay After apparent death Comes new life, new hope To my perennial soul

Want to

Want to know Want to show How to fly, oh so high On the cool night sky   Want to go Want to flow Want to taste; Freedom In the falling rain   Want to feel Want to heal Want to hope again In the morning sunrise

Why can we not just have peace?

In this war ravaged planet Most people just want to be peaceful To get on with their lives, go to work, pay their bills Maybe watch a game, drink a beer with a friend, hug their family   They didn't ask for this, we don't want this The world is torn, society is stretched to... Continue Reading →

Is hate the answer? – NO

If hate is the answer You are asking the wrong question If hate is the answer You must be devoid of hope   If you are devoid of hope I can assure you Love is the answer Hate heals nothing   Hate breads only hate The world will end because of hate Or The world... Continue Reading →


We are all just numbers to them aren't we? Pieces in a game To be moved without consequence We have no voice No say Only the facade of choice So we accept, as we must The whims, no sorry, dictatorship ... did it again; The great, not bone headed or selfish at all; Leadership of... Continue Reading →

Let the healing begin

Sometimes you have to write in order to find the lies The things that you believed to be true For when they fall on the paper  They are so clearly false That the letting go becomes easier  And you can finally begin to move on Let the healing begin Sometimes we share, sometimes we don't,... Continue Reading →


Empty Conflicted Bitter Cold The path unclear Yet the way is known The journey would be worth it If only we could get over the beginning Chase freedom, chase it This tied soul needs to be free From bitter resentment Caused by so much nothing Hope A dim light Twinkling in the distance Deep breath,... Continue Reading →

Fire Gone

The fire is gone No longer what if? But what could have been? I would have been really good at that if I'd just got over not doing it !! Maybe, if I could just find something to make this world make sense, To feel alive, Then maybe I could truly live

Darkness Returns

The darkness returns Clawing Tapping Whispering The words that appear from nowhere Momentary bursts of hate Confusion Months passed But only now is it recognized Am I really capable of another fight At this age This week?

Remind Me

.   If everyone is right Who is wrong?   If everything is true What is false?   If everyone talks Who listens?   If nothing makes sense Remind me what the point was …….    


  Bed, a little later than intended Not too late A reasonable night’s sleep should still be achievable   Noises Temperature Thoughts He said, she said, I can, I can’t Do this, do that, I should, I won’t, I will Toilet How’s it been an hour already? Sleep You can do it! Just relax Maybe pray Think... Continue Reading →

All Out of Words

I sit here thinking, I should write   yet   I have nothing   No ideas No spark No prompt No inspiration   The well has run dry For now Tumbleweeds in my mind Dust for creativity   So what? Wait? Maybe search?   Patience Desire, inspiration, words and rhymes They will all return Soon... Continue Reading →

Rosé Sky

Morning delight, a shared masterpiece Between the Father & his children Given to a father and his daughter   What could it be? Is Monet at work in the sky today? Maybe a wild party in heaven left Rosé spilled on the sky   Possibly it is a caring gift, a pick you up for... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Adulthood

I wonder if they told me? I’m sure they did Yet I probably wasn’t listening, you know I was a kid When you get older it’s not all candy & toys There are all these bills and so much other noise   Welcome to adulthood You get to do some much less with so much... Continue Reading →

A Cold Feeling

A cold feeling As numbness attempts to invade the heart Perfect love feels distant As if fading to black Is this reality Or some twisted fantasy Are eyes open or closed Rapturous chaos Madness ensues White noise like a swirling hurricane Envelopes, overwhelms the senses And then stop . . Quiet ~ ~ Clouds clear... Continue Reading →

October in August?

It is August Yet they are selling Oktoberfest And pumpkins And Halloween paraphernalia What is this madness? Why is everything so early? I have to know what clothes I’m going to need in January When it’s 100 degrees outside And …. Wait …. They are selling Oktoberfest !! Never mind, you may carry on 😉

An Unusually Quiet Week

This week, I feel like the chairman of the bored Too quiet, too light, not enough to keep my focus Files fade into dusty tumble weeds As emails arrive at an alarmingly manageable pace Nervous laughter fills the room Accountants twitch in their chairs, then leave for a paid lunch The struggles of commerce in... Continue Reading →

50 Word Story: One Degree From Hades

A weary commuter, high on coffee and low on sleep, allows her auto pilot to take her back to work. The mercury dances, just one degree from hades, overheating an overcrowded highway. Chaos all around, this is no traffic symphony, but a free for all, a cacophony of pending disaster.       Thought I'd... Continue Reading →

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