Monday, July 14, 2014

Reflections on Sunday.

Here is a short ditty I wrote several years ago.  It is not a commentary on my current pastor, but rather a commentary on the human condition.  Church can be a quiet place, and if you happen not to be in tune to the message on a particular Sunday, you might find yourself drifting off.


NOT SO SPIRITUAL STRUGGLE

Today in church
my foot went to sleep.
The sermon was long
and not real deep.
The rest of me was struggling too,
but only my foot went to sleep.

Dennis Price

  

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Reflection

It's Sunday.  I choose to take time out today to go and worship God. I hope you do also.  Reflection on those things that are only known by faith are sometimes lost in the constant flow of other information.  When we are forced to stop for a while and unplug from the repetitive drone, we can often enjoy life at a level we may not have felt since we were children. I was fortunate to be in an area with few clouds as the full moon came up last night.  It was spectacular.  I wrote this poem years ago to try and put into words one of those "aha" moments.

          GOD’S PEBBLE


There was a man upon life’s road 
who rarely wavered from his task,
walked with purposed step and true,
until a pebble found his shoe.

And once inside, the pebble wore
upon his foot till stop, he must.
While kneeling down to get the stone
he saw a world he’d never known.

On his left he saw the sea,
breathed salt air, felt the breeze,
heard the crash of waves on sand,
felt a presence, not of man.

On his right huge mountains rose
rugged peaks, towering trees.
A pristine lake, reflections bore
that magnified God’s bounteous store.

He took the pebble from his shoe,
once more started on his way.
But, stopped and looked from time to time
as God’s small pebble came to mind.


Dennis Price



Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dragonfly

Did you ever wonder how you were seen by other animals?  What about the amazing dragonfly?  Here are some thoughts on the subject.

Dragonfly

A dragonfly
with bulging compound eyes
zigs, zags, and zips
across the sky
transparent wings a whir.
Landing lightly,
dainty,
sprightly,
on my shoulder now.
In kaleidoscope
it sees my face.

Dennis Price




Friday, July 11, 2014

Refrigerator Poetry

These are refrigerator magnets with words on them.  The idea is to put them in random order on the outside of your refrigerator door.  The words are then used as a pool from which you create poems.  As you use them up the poems become harder to make.  Some of the latter ones might even be bizarre. Here is a short example.


White rain,
water chain,
to spring,
then lake,
lazy moon to take
from sky to mist.             

Here are a couple more:  Try it using the words visible in the lead picture.

You think
I dream
Ask not why


Ugly black storm
Through flood
Frantic heave and boil
Ship gone
Beneath purple blood.

Dennis Price

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Poetry, what is it?

Poetry is a little hard to define.  It has many forms and formats, and its subject matter is limitless.  I have my own ideas.  I think it should be understandable.  It really should be enjoyed more by your ears than by your eyes.  I always recommend reading poetry aloud.  When I was trying to learn the craft and hanging around with other poets, I found I enjoyed the ones who could craft a phrase with a rhythm and cleverness.  I understood their sentiment.  I belonged to groups whose members were from a wide range of backgrounds. Some were working people with very little formal training, and others were highly educated academics with impressive resumes.  There were enjoyable poets in both groups.  However, in the latter group there was a little hint of snobbery on occasion.  I remained true to my style and didn't try to reach too high in an attempt to impress my audience.  I wrote this poem and performed it at one of the monthly meetings.  I think everyone understood and there were more than a few smiling when I finished.  I hope you like it too.

I Salute You William Shakespeare

If I could just remember who wrote what,
and what they said,
I would quote them in my poetry,
the living and the dead.

I would be obtuse and dark,
droning on in endless prose.
not caring where my poem’s been
not knowing where it goes.

They’d think I’m educated,
worldly, pithy, hard.
For sure an academic.
cutting edge, avant garde.”

I would throw the cesspool at them
from bathroom to bordello.
A gasp, a blush, a whisper,
“He is such a brilliant fellow.”

They would clap when I was finished,
softly sigh, and nod assent.
And wonder if the others
had a clue of what I meant.



 Dennis Price

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"...to the moon Alice."

I recall the old TV series, "The Honeymooners", with its characters Alice and Ralph Cramden.  Ralph would often threaten with balled up fist to send Alice to the moon.  Everyone knew that Alice really wore the pants in their relationship and that Ralph, despite all his bombastic rhetoric, was really a softie.  The memory of that great live television show was the catalyst for this short poem.

To the Moon

The tracks were laid
right to the Moon,
so Alice took the train.
She finally reached her limit
of hearing Ralph complain.



Dennis Price


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Riding a Plow Horse

Have you ever ridden a plow horse?  If not, you may enjoy the experience without the bumps and bruises.


        OLD TRIGGER

Trigger was a plow horse
who, seldom saw a saddle.
I was just a big kid
who rarely rode a straddle.

I lived in the city,
away from field and barn.
When school was out I’d visit
Old Trigger on the farm.

I thought I’d try and ride him,
and made a split-bit bridle.
I knew it might not stop him,
but hoped it’d make him idle.

Uncle Barney’s saddle
was split right down the middle.
It was old, the leather dry,
the cinch strap cracked and brittle.

I saddled Trigger, led him round
beside an old steel drum.
I stood on top and jumped aboard
he snorted, bucked, and spun.

The summer sun was brutal
Old Trigger soon lost steam.
He plodded down the gravel road,
at plowing pace it seemed.

I tried to make him pick up speed
with kick, and click, and whistle.
Then I turned him toward the barn
and he became a missile.

I rocked back and grabbed the horn,
pulled hard on cotton reins.
But Trigger galloped faster
as he barreled down the lane.


The barn loomed large before us.
he stopped just past the door.
I became a yard dart,
flying headfirst to the floor.

When I regained my senses
I made this observation:
That you shouldn’t ride a plow horse
for fun or transportation.



Dennis Price

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas Virgin Islands

I have been to St. Thomas on several occasions both as a Cruise Ship stop, and also to vacation.  On one particular trip, my last, I was unimpressed with my accommodations.  The small window unit would only provide cooling if you stood directly in front of it.  The weather was hot and humid.  Hundreds of tourists flooded the streets and shops of Charlotte Amalie from dawn till dusk.  The locals were surly and unhelpful. I couldn't wait to leave.  This poem was written to chronicle that visit.

Tropical Depression

Humid heat
no retreat
cranking down to
tropic beat.

Not to worry
we don’t hurry.
Sweat in eyes now
vision blurry.

Must find shelter
from this swelter.
Stuck in traffic,
Helter Skelter.

Where’s the hotel
in this black hell?
A.C. won’t work?
Oh! You don’t tell.

Spent my money,
wanted sunny.
Now I’m naked,
feel all runny.

Too late rain.
I’m insane.
Counting days till
outbound plane.




 Dennis Price

Saturday, July 5, 2014

It's Raining

It's raining. Some light summer showers are falling this afternoon with a little distant rumbling.  It has been very hot lately, and we are all happy to see some nice cool rain falling.  I wrote a poem about this very type of event.  I hope you can relate.

God’s Symphony

The land is parched and dry
beneath the summer sun
and one might question,
why its been so long since rain
has spattered softly in the dust
until the droplets blend
in numbers large enough to
soak the crust and run in rivulets
steaming in the heat with
pitter, patter beat
backed up by lights
behind gray clouds
and roar of distant tympani?

First pianissimo, then forte
as the lightning cymbals crash
and drum roll thunder shakes
the core.

The howling wind joins in
for harmony and takes the
movement down to pianissimo
once more

then fades to blue.

Dennis Price

Friday, July 4, 2014

Freedom From Tyranny

How do we properly celebrate what has been left to us by those who have lived and fought the good fight before us?  We teach our children by example what must be done to preserve this fragile thing we know as freedom.  It can be  freedom to do great things,  freedom to worship as God leads us to, or freedom from the tyranny from a government run by unprincipled men who have forgotten who establishes government. Read Romans Chapter 13 where the apostle Paul instructs Christians on government and why it was established.  I am thankful everyday that I was allowed to be born here in the United States of America. Let's purpose to fight back against the tyranny that threatens our wonderful heritage.  Here is the definition of tyranny, followed by a shot poem I hope will inspire.

tyr·an·ny
ˈtirənē/
noun
  1. cruel and oppressive government or rule.
    "people who survive war and escape tyranny"
    synonyms:despotism, absolute power, autocracydictatorship, totalitarianism,Fascism; More
    • a nation under cruel and oppressive government.
    • cruel, unreasonable, or arbitrary use of power or control.
      "she resented his rages and his tyranny"




  2. Memory

    Through the thin wall
    I heard my father’s voice.
    Long gone, but still there.

Dennis Price

Thursday, July 3, 2014

July 4, 1776 - Happy Birthday U.S.A.

Today is my beautiful wife's birthday.  Happy Birthday Barbara.  Tomorrow is the 238th birthday of our nation, the United States of America.  I hope you will celebrate our great experiment in freedom and vow to do all you can to keep our forefathers dream alive.  God Bless America.


           AMERICA

Out of revolution,
the grip of monarch’s rule.
Driven by freedom.
Necessity.
Founded on values
from God’s holy book,
the glue that binds,
in trust,
its varied masses.

America

Through fire of war,
without,
within,
was forged in strength
a strong republic.

America

And though the vision dims
in her prosperity,
she rises to the challenge
when tyrants seek
to quell her voice.

America

Blessed by God,
we must hold those
values close
that bound
our loose knit colonies
in their infancy.

America


Dennis Price

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

It's summertime and the livin' is easy.  I love lying in a beautiful pool in the late afternoon just drifting along with the breeze and thinking about how lucky I really am.  I hope you enjoy my reflections.

Adrift


I lie adrift in an azure pool
with arms out stretched
in weightlessness
and shut my eyes behind
my shades
and gaze through eyelids
red with blood at
changing patterns light and dark.

The sun bares down
from cloudless sky
gulf breezes slowly
turn me round
and I can feel
my skin turn brown
as afternoon slips into night
and with it every troubling thought

fades on the gentle swells.

Dennis Price

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Arkansas Swamp Marker

This photo is the actual site of the markers that were set after the Louisiana Purchase.  Two gum trees acted as the base line and meridian for surveying all the land in the western half of the U. S.  I wrote a poem to commemorate the feat.  I hope you enjoy it.

ARKANSAS SWAMP MARKER

West of the colonies,
wild and untamed,
lay a vast stretch of wilderness
owned by the French.

To the south, gulf breezes
cooled old New Orleans.
To the north was Canada’s
vast timbered realm.

In between there was Arkansas,
harsh and unyielding.
Caddo and Quapaw
had managed to stay.

In 1803 the French
had to sell it.
The young U.S. bought it
and moved on its claim.

They needed a marker
to anchor their survey.
A marker, in Arkansas’s
dark river swamps.

North from the mouth
of the Arkansas river.
West from the mouth
of the St Francis too.

Robbins met Brown on
the 10th of November,
in a swamp full of
Cypress and Tupelo gum.

In 1815, they marked
two gum trees.
Base line and meridian
for westward expansion.

In six square mile townships
the new frontier grew.
All measured their boundaries
from an Arkansas swamp.
The settlers came,
moved partly by greed.
The Indians left,
without charity.

Modern surveys confirm it.
The point was the right one.
Those two stately gums
in an Arkansas swamp.

So the West was established,
and new States were added,
by shooting a line to
where Robbins met Brown

at the Tupelo gums
in an Arkansas swamp,
where few folks had been,
and few want to go.

The Louisiana Purchase
of President Jefferson.
Explored by the duo of
Lewis and Clark.

Was mapped and divided
by using two gum trees.
Deep in the heart

of an Arkansas Swamp.

Dennis Price

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Prize Fighter

As a writer, I draw on many sources for the characters in my work.  As an aging writer, I try and weave these images into stories of my new experiences.  I come from a family of boxers both amateur and professional.  I am still drawn to the sport on occasions.  These two works are loosely based on people I have known.

                                         OLD FIGHTER

      After Anthony Peretti retired, he moved back to the old neighborhood. It was the proper setting for someone who wanted to live in a memory.  The buildings were faded and dingy with age. Cold winter air seeped into his little flat during the night.  The radiator could not keep up.  The old structure had too many wrinkles.    
      His internal clock caused him to stir and open his eyes to the dim light. The regimen was the same for as long as he could remember.  “Good morning Angie.”  She didn’t answer. He slept in a threadbare gray sweat suit.  It kept him warm, and he could do his morning exercises without changing clothes. Once he ran five miles every morning. Now he walked in the neighborhood.
     Rising from his single bed, he stretched the muscles on his broad frame.  His shoulders were a bit more stooped these days, but his daily routine kept him in pretty good shape. The floor was hard and cold. He eased himself down and did some push-ups and sit-ups.  While he rested, he recalled the grueling gym routine he used to do.
     He stood up and looked out the window at the brick wall of the adjacent building.  If the angle was just right, he could see a sliver of the street below.  Very few people opened their windows anymore. The sun was bright. It was a beautiful day. He turned away from the window, and looked at the picture of Angie on the end table.  She looked so youthful, and fit very nicely in his dream. 
     Entering his small bathroom, he angled his thick shoulders through the doorway barely clearing the doorframe. A mirror hung on the wall over the bathroom sink.
He splashed cold water on his face, and dried it off with a stiff tattered green towel. He looked in the mirror and noticed how his once angular features had rounded.  His ears looked like unfinished sculptures made of candle wax.  Scar tissue thickened his eyebrows and drooped at the outer edges giving him a sad countenance.  His nose zigzagged down toward his lips. His cheeks sagged, blending his once pronounced chin with the gently sloping skin of his wide neck.  This wasn’t part of his dream.
     He walked the short distance from the bathroom to the kitchen. His apartment was very compact. The dishes were stacked on the counter next to the sink for easy access. He only needed one place setting because he never had guests. He put on a pot of coffee, fried himself some eggs, and toasted some bread. With his breakfast before him, he bowed his head, and gave thanks.  He glanced at Angie’s picture again. The memories he enjoyed, but he hated the loneliness. Anthony read for a while before deciding to take a walk.  It was early afternoon.
     He pulled on his black woolen overcoat.  His hands were a little stiff and arthritic. Rabbit lined leather gloves felt warm against his skin.  Donning a black seaman’s watch cap, he left his tiny dwelling, and made his way slowly down the five flights of stairs to the street.
     For a moment he stood on the sidewalk, bathing in the contrast of warm sunshine and crisp air. An ever-changing pallet of skin colors moved over the gray concrete accompanied by a symphony of dialects. The city had its own atmosphere.  The smells of smog, refuse, and people mixed with the more pleasing and pungent odors of cooking garlic and onion.  Occasionally he smelled perfume, strong coffee, and spices. He enjoyed the hustle and bustle.
      In his dream, Anthony could still imagine walking with a cocky strut.  In reality he ambled from side to side.
     He spoke greetings to several people he knew, but avoided those who looked like they wanted to be left alone. Occasionally, he stopped at places where he and Angie used to go.  Memories were everywhere.
     “Hey old man, you’ve gotta pay the toll!”
     The loud raspy voice brought Anthony back to reality.  The speaker was large and muscular. He stood in front of a little corner grocery with his pack of “wannabes”.  Anthony knew the type.  He grew up on these streets.  Vultures were everywhere, and always would be.  Doldrums of poverty and despair were their breeding ground. He continued to walk, but turned his gaze away from the young hoodlums.
     The leader stepped into Anthony’s path. “Hey old man!  Give us your money!” The bully placed his hands against the older man’s chest.  The rest of the pack gathered around him.
      “Hey old man didn’t you hear me?”  He grabbed the lapels of the woolen overcoat and pulled. “I’m gonna teach you some respect.”
     Their faces were close now.  Anthony could smell cheap wine.  Something stirred deep inside the old warrior, more instinct than thought. He sensed the punch coming, a looping right hand.  He tipped his head slightly to the side. The fist of his assailant found nothing but air.  The young man was overbalanced and had no time to recoil.  
     Anthony responded with unexpected speed.  He drove a left hook into the blowhard’s exposed ribs, and heard him wheeze. Reflex reloaded his left hand, and he fired another hook to the bully’s head.  He felt the jaw bone give, and watched the younger man slump to the ground. He knew there would be no fight left in him.  In fact, he saw there was none left in the others either.  Cautiously he waited as they all backed away, staring down in disbelief at their fallen leader.  He could hear the young man trying to catch his breath, and see him attempt to rise from the sidewalk.  As he watched, he saw the youngster’s eyes would not focus yet. From personal experience, he knew it would take him a while to find his legs.
     Tony “The Bull” Peretti, retired prizefighter, rubbed his gloved knuckles.  He rolled his big shoulders forward, straightened his coat, and moved away from the gawking pack.  Glancing heavenward, he felt Angie’s concerned gaze.  A slight smile broke on one corner of his lips as he recalled how Angie’s gentle nudging convinced him to leave the ring. Almost apologetically he whispered, “The legs go first, the reflexes slow, but the punch never leaves”.


The next work is a short poem.  Poetry is usually dedicated to images far from the boxing ring.  I have many versions of this next poem.  I have reworked it numerous times, but I think this one gets the point across.

The Fighter

Sweat covers his body,
forms dark stains on
satin trunks,
a sheen on
red leather gloves.

Years of training
in stale smelling gyms
to fight.

He shuffles forward,
posing,
moving,
punching.

Sweat drips pink
over scarred eyelids
to taut canvas.

The beauty of his work
lost in its brutality.


Dennis Price

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Little Things

I think we focus on the wrong parts of life most of the time.  In truth, most of what we worry and fret about is out of the realm of our control.  Everyday things happen to us and around us that merit our attention, but because we have become insensitive to them they get crowed out by lots of junk that really doesn't matter. Let's try and re-sensitize our minds to look for the little blessings in life everyday and be truly thankful for them.  I wrote this poem years ago to illustrate this phenomenon.

Little Pleasures

We plan.
We work.
We save.
We dream.
But, life is seldom as it seems.

A germ,
a gene,
a wayward act
can throw perceptions off their track.

A hug,
a kiss,
a tender word
can let us know we’re not alone.

Life is life.
So, on we go
not so sure of what’s in store.
But, fearing less that great unknown.

Enjoying “little” more.


Dennis Price

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Jackrabbits

This photo is reported to be from the journal of Lewis and Clark.  I see these hares almost every morning when I walk.  We still have some vacant lots near our subdivision that are cultivated for hay or grain.  I walk the edges of these lots and that's where I encounter these interesting creatures.  I wonder how much longer it will be before they are pushed out of my area by development.  I wrote a poem about them and I hope you enjoy it.

Jackrabbit Blues
  
With houses hogging every lot
the habitat is shrinking fast
for hounded hares of Harlingen
who cling to every clump of grass.

They‘re long and lean
with ears to match
and walk with rocking gait.
Rumps up, heads low.

In howling wind they hunker down
on sparsely covered bits of ground
and run with blinding speed when danger’s near.
Then disappear in broad daylight.

And when I think we’ve seen the last
I scan the vacant lots’ tall grass
and there they sit, this tiny band
of hounded hares from Harlingen.


 Dennis Price

Friday, June 27, 2014

1954 Willys Overland Aero Coupe

I've owned a lot of cars in my life, but my first one was a 1954 Willys-Overland Aero Coupe.  Many memories are attached to that little car and many of my friends from that era in the mid-sixties still ask me about it. My dad bought it in 1962 for $265.00. It became mine when he passed away at the end of 1963. I think I got it running again in 1964.  I thought it merited a poem.

 Fifty Four Willys


It was my Willys Aero
in that sagging wood garage.
A reminder of a better time,             
like a withered prom corsage.

Its faded skin was green and white
and covered up with dust.
It sat on flat and rotting tires,
its nose cone flecked with rust.

I bought four Mohawk recaps,
it lifted from the ground.
I added battery, points, and plugs
and the engine came around.

I had the outside painted black.
New interior, red and white.
Colored paper covered the dome light,
to enhance the mood at night.

It had two hump like tail fins
like its cousin Henry J.
And was followed by a light blue smoke
as the Casite burned away.



Dennis Price

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer of 1965

I don't have the information available to give credit to the photographer who took this photo of some young GI's during the war in Vietnam, but I think he captures the reality of what they may have been feeling.  I remember wanting to join up right out of high school.  At that time, almost three quarters of the voters in the United States supported our efforts there.  As time passed, Americans became frustrated with the fumbling efforts of self serving politicians trying to build legacies for themselves.  My number never came up and I remained stateside.  However, I never lost my zeal for what my friends and acquaintances who fought over there were doing.  I am reminded daily of their courage and sacrifice as I see our young service men and women coming home from deployment in hostile Muslim controlled countries.  Like those in Vietnam they put their lives on the line for freedom. All who survive, and all who are wounded, come home changed forever. Our politicians have not gotten any better.  In fact, I think our current president acts in collusion with our enemies.  The fight for freedom is worth the price we pay, but we may have to bring that fight to our own shores soon as men with evil intentions diminish our freedoms and ignore our constitution.  I wrote a poem that recalls my feelings when I was young and brash.

      Summer 1965

When I turned eighteen,
our country was at war.

I possessed a child’s ideals
of what it meant to fight.
An obligation,
a feeling of tradition,
a need to prove my metal.

The reality of death never
registered.
      
Politicians gambled,
lost.
No focus,
no vision,
no backbone.
Their markers paid
in blood.

Our soldiers fought honorably,
with courage,
and purpose.


Dennis Price

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hauling Hay

I had a number of jobs in my life that were physically taxing.  When I first started teaching, I joined my brother-in-law in his hay hauling business to supplement my income during the summer.  The location was in central Texas, and it was hot.  I quit teaching and hay hauling after my first year.  As I sit in south Texas this summer, I try and think of times when I was much hotter, and working much harder.  It makes the heat, humidity, and the occasional doldrums of retirement, very tolerable.  I wrote this poem using my recollections of that hot and sweaty summer long ago.  Perhaps you can relate.

Hauling Hay

I was a teacher
my salary was meager
I spent the summers
hauling hay.

The Texas sun
was searing at dawn
when I rose to see
if my hay truck
would start.

I climbed in the cab.
looked at the ground.
The truck had no floorboard
just blue smoke and sound.

The hay fields were strewn.
Square bales of alfalfa.
Heavy to lift,
tough to inhale.

We stacked them high
on the flatbed behind us.
One hundred and twenty
at twelve cents a bale.

We made for the barn.
A loft with no air flow.
Sweating and stacking
and swatting the wasps.

The scene was repeated
as long as the sun shone.
Then we, and the truck

coughed our way home.

Dennis Price

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Life

We fight it don't we?  When things happen that are beyond our control, we seek answers in our own minuscule repertoire.  In truth, the answers or solutions that we seek are usually beyond our pay grade. Politicians ask us to fund great programs that will allow government to design solutions that will protect us for eons. What fools.  I wrote this poem in response to their call for World Governance as the answer to all men's problems.  My bible says in Matthew 6:33 "But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you."

Life

Whatever month you choose,
the world will turn
and tilt as seasons cycle
in their scripted course.

As vapors come and go
from land and sea,
so may some life forms
as they have through
eons past.

Snow falls when temperatures
dip low,
and rain, where temperate
climate reigns.

And floods, whenever God allows.

The score of nature is
not ours to tweak.
And lightning burns
the forest for a reason.

Our world is still in flux
and changing,
as all of life
is here but for a season.

The deserts shift to
fruited plains.
The sea becomes dry land.
But not one change
on this old earth
was wrought by man’s
own hand.

Creatures come and go,
but not because some bell
has rung.
The shepherd does
the best he can.

But in the end
it’s up to God.

Not man.


Dennis Price


Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Memories


I used to take a short cane pole
and head out for the creek
where tannin colored water ran
like iced tea over white soft sand.
It pooled in bends or near felled
trees in deep black holes where
fishes hid.

With weight and hook
and wiggling worm
I’d drop my line and watch the
bobbing bobber disappear
when fish would bite
and take their flight to
wrap my line around some
hidden snag.



Dennis Price 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

March Sailing


MARCH SAILING

It started out a lovely day
March breezes softly blew.
I pulled my sailboat to the lake
my wife the only crew.

But as we launched, clouds drifted in
cool wind began to gust.
It was my crewmate’s first assist
some training was a must.

My boat was small with open hull
no keel, just centerboard.
I turned her bow into the wind
set sail and ran from shore.

She heeled to starboard on a reach
my wife was seated there.
The gunnels touched the water line
her eyes were wide with fear.

The water finally breached the side
and roused her from the trance.
She crossed the hull and glared at me
with malice in her glance.

I took the hint and made for port
riding with the wind.
I’d have to find another crew

or sail alone again.

Dennis Price

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

State of the Union

I was not shocked when I started this post today to find that I had not posted since the first of January.  I have been in the doldrums of frustration.  I am frustrated with our nation's government.  I keep wondering when some of those elected to provide the checks and balances in government are going to realize they have some power.  I keep getting e-mails from various candidates promising to move for impeachment, indictment, removal, sanction, and a plethora of other justified actions against president Barack Hussein Obama.  However, at the end of each promising dissertation there is a place to donate my hard earned money to people who already have the job and are not doing what they were elected and sworn to do.  Am I going to watch the State of the Union address tonight?  No.  I already know the State of the Union.  I knew it while this unvetted and unqualified candidate was vying for the job.  I knew we were going to be in big trouble.  We now have a tyrant in office.  The Democrat National Committee lied to the American people in their sworn statement of their candidate's qualifications to hold the office.  However, only a moron would think otherwise.
Here are two selected passages from a piece posted on January 24, 2014 written by Rebecca Wilde.  Here is the site for the entire piece; http://patriotupdate.com/articles/missing-constitution-part-1-constitution-says-can/  .  

"No matter how old you are or what political philosophy you prefer,
America is not as free as when you were born. Before any of us were
born, our forefathers gave us the Constitution, not to spell out our
rights, but to recognize that we have rights that are natural or
God-given that the government neither grants nor may infringe. But the
Constitution does not guarantee anyone anything whatsoever. Only
America’s adherence to the Constitution could do that. To the extent
that we see it as the unique document that it is and revere it and
cherish and defend the rights it represents, it protects us, in its way.
But, ultimately, it is the people in a constitutional republic who stand
up for constitutional rights, if the people are to retain them."

" The Constitution says we are free to govern ourselves, but if we ignore
it, it obviously does not protect us from any of these things we have
come to expect from our government. If words on paper offered us magical
protection from infringement of our rights, we would enjoy all our
constitutional rights. But only a commitment to constitutional
principles could protect our freedom in the real world."

Rebecca has made a clear statement of our duties and responsibilities as citizens of this great nation.  We must fight to have the principles of Christianity adhered to in matters of government.  Our founders, who wrote the document, said it would not continue to work if we abandoned these principles.  We are selling our precious inheritance for a bowl of porridge.  We must demand in the strongest terms that those elected officials who are being paid to represent our interests do so.  If they do not, we must destroy their lucrative footholds and replace them with men of character.  Our State governments must start pushing back by reclaiming their Constitutionally mandated powers.  It is time for the voters of the United States of America to assert their Constitutionally guaranteed powers in limiting the Federal Government to its originally established role.  

 “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.”
– Alexis de Tocqueville