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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

These colors don’t run (or pass or punt)

Team loyalty, it seems
Is more a myst’ry than a science
Who knows why I’m devoted
To the New York Football Giants

Is it just about proximity
To what were our home towns
That Duane roots for the Raiders
And Hugh bleeds for the Browns

I was born three feet from Flushing
So, if you had placed your bets
You likely would have guessed
I pledged […]

By |September 29th, 2017|Poetry|0 Comments

Mixed Feelings

I’ve mixed feelings for my President
I don’t know what to make of him
Some folks I know have said
They’ve had as much as they can take of him

He has a way of leaving
In his wake, a mound of messes
And a style that all too frequently
Steps on his own successes

There’s quite a largish ego
And a world around […]

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

What’s Happening?

I like to think that I can tell
The real news from the phony
I trust the guys I tune in to
Here on the old Marconi

I grab the daily papers
Just to get the whole gestalt
And take each take I take away
With but a pinch of salt

I do my own research because
It’s prudent and it’s frugal
And go through […]

By |September 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Just Another Day

You’ve seen it in the theater
On the stage and on the screen
The hero or the heroine
Who rails at the routine

To climb the corporate ladder
For bills they have to pay
They follow their own footsteps
And do it every day

Though much that comes from Hollywood
We don’t see eye-to-eye with
This average Joe or Josephine
We all identify with

We order the […]

By |September 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Houston, 2017

That little jolt in Northridge
That shook me from my bed
That smashed the house I lived in
And dropped books on my head

Yes, we had come to Hollywood
To live among the stars
But spent the rest of January
Sleeping in our cars

That ice storm on Long Island
A kid in freezing rain
It trapped me like a kipper for
Ten hours on […]

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

Decoration Day

All across the nation
This week’s most compelling story
Is abuse of statuary
In a way that’s statutory

I was raised as a New Yorker
But got schooling in the South
And I’d heard that it was dif’rent there
At least by word of mouth

Then I found, to my amazement
There were still intense debates
That the fight not be called “Civil”
But “The War […]

By |August 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Real Issues

The world is at a crossroads
I’ve heard some people say
For long as I been livin’
You could say that every day

Those with education
And their noses out of joint
Scorn this talk of crossroads
They prefer “inflection point”

But, choices make a difference
Like who we pick for POTUS
And some less “monumentous”
That we never even notice

The maximum accomplishment
The greatest epic […]

By |August 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Yet Another….

I know sometimes my rhymes
Can push the limits of endurance
So, I vowed I’d never write another
Poem on health insurance

But each time that I pledge
To give Obamacare the sack
Despite my best intentions
Circumstances pull me back

Now, if you want to say I lied
And call my vow a phony
You don’t how it is
To feel like Michael Corleone

The […]

By |July 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments