On Being Bald

Consolation for Baldness

What’s the advantage of hair, anyhow?
It blows in your eyes and it flops on your brow,
Disguising the shape of your scholarly head;
It often is gray and it sometimes is red.
Perhaps it is golden and ringleted, but
It needs to be combed and it has to be cut,
And even at best it is nothing to boast of,
Because it’s what barbarous men
have the most of;
Then challenge you mirror, defiant and careless,
For lots of our handsomest people are hairless-

Arthur Guiterman

The Table

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The flat topped land
sits like a table
well laid beneath the sky

its bounty drapes
over gullies
along rivers

reaching into the shore land places
where the weary
take refuge

from the approaching storm
arriving swift and certain
once we deplete it all

One Letter Away

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Sometimes opposing or supporting factors are but a tiny letter away. Here’s a few examples of what I mean.
-Don’t run others lives, you may ruin them!
-Good deeds will get you closer to God.
-Live with love.
-If you go you may loose what you got!
-Some friends can be fiends.

The Road

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Life is like a road, one without a map.
Some of us begin by racing along, never a thought put into the steps.
Some of us move with caution,
each step deliberate.

The journey truly starts when we leave our mother’s arms.
When we dare to venture forth alone
responsible for our own lives
and our choices

There may be many intersections
some good, some bad.
There may be a roadblock or two.
Pause, deliberate and take the action right for you.

Some of us travel our roads alone.
Some of us find soul mates to journey with.
Some of us go with friends or family.
It matters not how you go, just go.

The end looms ahead,
but before it comes, the chance for adventure
growth, learning abounds.
Some lessons and experiences will leave us wounded,
some will make us strong

When the journey’s end is near
I want to know that I went along my road well.
That I did my best, harming no one
and that my life had meaning and made a difference

It isn’t the road that counts,
nor the vehicle we take
its the journey and how we make it,
that makes us all great travelers.

Snow Deer

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Tracks stitched into the snow
cold icy trails
traces of what went by
in the depths of the night

Frozen marks of life
linear and stark
upon the gleaming white
layered one upon the other

Five deer passed by
unseen, yet still remain
their prints upon the snow
inscribed deeply

Traces of night life
on a lifeless winter ground
the wandering tracks
of deer seeking food

now and then they cross together
wander and undulate
one track upon the other
hinting of desperation

New Years Revolutions

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This year I made no New Year’s Resolutions. I try to keep them, good intentions and all, but find myself breaking more than one. Most often they are far to lofty and unattainable. So this year I’m changing it up. Instead of trying to keep my own resolutions, I am challenging us all to start a revolution…not the combative war kind, but a mass change for the good that starts with small gestures we can each make…easily, to change our world for the better.
Here are a few suggestions we can all do during our day, small acts of kindness or courtesy that may, when multiplied by them being repeated by the many, could change our world.
-Greet a stranger on the street, smile, be polite.
-Recycle and reuse whenever and whatever you can.
-Help someone out, hold the door open for them, pick up what they dropped.
-Signal your intentions when driving, let someone in ahead of you.
-Think before you speak or act, will my act affect anyone adversely?
-Swear less.
-Complain less.
-Look for and point out the positive.
-Call a friend or shut in you haven’t reached out to for a long time.
-Pick up some garbage from the street.
-Don’t throw garbage out you car window!

I am sure you can think of many more small gestures, that in mass can change our world.

What God Wants For Christmas

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I’ve been wondering lately what God would want for Christmas. When I say God, I mean any creator that you believe in, by any name at all. So then, what would your God want for Christmas?
I know for a fact that something greater than ourselves created this planet, this universe, everything we can an can not see. Something so fantastic must be well cherished, so then by extension I believe I have the first on my list.
God does not want us to destroy each other or our planet, just as any artist would not want their masterpiece to be ruined. God would want us to love what we have been given, to take the utmost care of it, and the life it supports. It must break his heart to see us all war over land and oil, and faith, killing in his name.
He would want those who are part of his creation to live in harmony, mindful of one another, respectful, fair, despite our cultural or religious differences.
He would want us to take care of our home, to keep it clean, suitable for all life, just as we care for our houses. No artist wants their creation soiled.
We should take the time to admire and appreciate what we have been given. Every artist longs for such, that their work is given it due.
We should do all we can to support the creative endeavor, the spark that began it all, for without it we would not be here. I sometimes think we forget that.
So instead of buying a whole lot of gifts this year, why not invest in a new attitude. If everyone on our planet thought about what our creator wanted to achieve when building this creation that sustains us, I think maybe, just maybe things would get a whole lot better. Our newspapers and television shows would be void of war and killing.
A whole lot less souls would be grieving or plotting revenge.
God just wants us to get along, period. Time to do just that!