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Not Quite a Christmas Poem

It isn’t quite the Christmas
That you and I had planned
Santa Claus is missing
And mistletoe’s been banned

We don’t go window shopping
Through windows anymore
Amazon has come and gone
And shuttered up the store

The air is dry and dusty
The noble fir’s not fresh
The ACLU is going to sue
To take away the creche

The outdoor lights are tangled
The fuses all blew […]

By |December 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I’m Just a Bill (really)

If you had taken civics class
You would have known by now
The way a bill becomes a law.
It’s quite a job (and how!)

The process can be daunting
A massive undertaking
Akin to stable sweeping
And quite like sausage-making

Those of you who didn’t know
Have Schoolhouse Rock to tell you
And if you think that’s how it works
I have a bridge to […]

By |December 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

DEAR FRIENDS

I am very thankful to all the people who have asked me to write poems for them this year. I have met and made laugh (and cry) many wonderful people. In the last few days I have been flooded with requests with a Christmas deadline. I simply cannot handle any more this […]

By |December 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Brother Huggers

John Conyers had a nasty week
Al Franken’s has been rough
Let’s all agree embarrassment
Is punishment enough

He can’t recall the names
Of any ladies he’s abused
Besides, for cheerful huggers
Such behavior is excused

Joe Biden, for example
Has been groping with impunity
And when he was Vice President
He granted Al immunity

Franken has conceded
That he acted like a jerk
The best way to apologize
Is […]

By |December 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Thanksgiving 2017

Hand in hand, at table sitting
It’s proper, right and meet and fitting
That on Thanksgiving we all share
Gratitude in quiet prayer

But I say we should give a roar
For all the things we’re thankful for
And raise our voices and the mood
In fine, full-throated gratitude

For this great land that we all live in
And all the blessings we’ve been […]

By |November 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Thoughts and Prayers

Although we know
That simple words won’t chase away disease
Most of us will offer a, “God bless you”
If you sneeze

And though we’d rather run
From the array of germs you’re sharing
We’ll speak this brief connection
And display a little caring

And if we know you’re cramming
For that test to pass the bar
We’ll say, “We’re praying for you”
And most […]

By |November 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Our Time

I wake
I work
I wonder
What sets the day’s design
Is this the last sun that you’ll see
Or is the last look mine?

Did we, before creation
Watch as the clock was set
And like the great Greek in the poem
Accept the time we get?

Do we all sign the bargain
The mix of joy and strife
Aware that we must make the most
Of […]

By |November 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Same Old Baloney

You recall our Founding Fathers
Warned that we could fall to faction
But had they known the Clintons
They’d have warned us of distraction

For every dirty enterprise
In which they’re implicated
They’ve side-stepped retribution
Cause they’ve made things complicated

And we have, in search of justice
Hopeful expectations shattered
As they’ve caught us up in questions
That never even mattered

Do you really think a WOMAN
(now […]

By |October 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Whittier meets Heloise

Of all the words of tongue and pen
That bring a person sorrow
I think, by far, the cruelest are
“I’ll get to it tomorrow.”

For whether you are free from want
Of find yourself in need
“Tomorrow” is the single thing
That no one’s guaranteed

It only takes an instant
To destroy what’s stood for years
That goes for homes and nations
Reputations and careers

So […]

By |October 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Calling

The phone rings and somehow you know it’s not good news
We all have so much and so much to lose
Hello, you say bravely to the night
Wishing you were wrong
But you were right.

Your mother isn’t doing well
Her doctor told you Time will tell
But neither has that bedside touch
And neither really tells you much

At my age, it’s […]

By |October 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments