Monthly Archives: May 2016

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 & why this day is possible

This is not a day for politics, or to ponder the right & wrong of the whims of politicians
This is a day to remember the fallen
To celebrate their great sacrifice
This is a day to remember
A day that if you are fortunate enough to call the United States of America home
To be thankful & grateful.

Freedom of speech, Freedom of religion, Freedom to gather & assemble, Freedom to criticize the government without fear of retribution. For all the things this country does wrong, these basic rights that out citizens have are good, very good.

These rights have been protected for centuries now by draftees & volunteers. Who for better or worse have given their last breath to protect all that we hold dear.

So happy Memorial Day (if that is the right way to phrase it). May God bless America & our troops. Say a prayer today for the families of the fallen & also for their brothers & sisters who live with guilt everyday that it was not them instead.

I am eternally grateful for all you have done for us my friends.




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

As if the skull of a 19th century white man taken apart by an Apache

Of course the wound is from the white man

And the 21st century war he calls progress


The alien green patch of a golf course

Looks as ludicrous as it does enticing

Over watched by a mountain ridge

That appears to be an exact replica of a dog’s jaw


Then we land & work begins

Or at least that’s what we called it


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 a long time

For love to grow

Beyond question, beyond doubt

For one to become not just a lover

But an inseparable part of the other

A partnership of love and trust

Of hope & a better way


14 years, an anniversary celebration

With the love of my life

She will always hold the keys to my heart

She cares for me like no other

Does things I take for granted now, just because she can

I’m in no hurry to grow old

As I want to savor every moment with you


Happy Anniversary my dear 🙂