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Shortest Day


Tomorrow is December 21, 2018

Winter Solstice

It’s the longest cold night of the year.

All the stars are a’peepin’

And folks are a’keepin’

Their lights on o’er here.

It’s the Winter Solstice tonight.

All the folks are surprised by

The moon as it shines by

At 4:00 pm clear.

It’s the shortest day of the year.

It’s the Winter Solstice, my dear.

No Change Without Challenge


Is it really true?

There’s no change without challenge?

Sacrifice for change.

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Is sacrifice necessary?

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Is a small thought it?

That’s all it takes for real change?

Okay, let’s try it!

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‘Tis the Season Already


So quickly it comes

Time for the Thanksgiving tree

Then the Christmas one

Cookie baking time

Old persimmon recipe

Bonds with granddaughter

Merry Christmas, friends

‘Tis the season of our Lord

Please don’t forget Him!

Sixty-Four Years


SIXTY-FOUR YEARS
(a heptameter)

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No, this “old coot” (who may have a wonderful sense of humor locked inside, by the way) is not sixty-four. He’s much older… and he reminds me of the subject of the poem below.

It’s a seven-syllable poem. I read somewhere, “Seven-syllable lines in English verse can have several different names.” I call mine heptameter. I heard that somewhere. I didn’t make it up.

Seven syllables on each line… a true story here… first published in our
Madison County Writers Anthology for the year. The subject was a 96-year-old for whom I was a senior companion. He was a hoot of an old coot!

Sixty-four Years

a heptameter

 

The poem rings a loneliness bell, doesn’t it? Ah, but he loved company and he had a million stories locked inside, aching to be told.

Do you know a senior who lives alone? Why not decide to visit today – or give him/her a call.

By the way, doing a little research with Siri, I learned that in English poetry, you only count syllables in Haiku (a form borrowed from another language, of course)… not usually in other poetry forms. Other languages, like French, count syllables in most forms of poetry. The reason English poems don’t was explained this way: English is a stress-timed language, and French is a syllable-timed language. This means that in English, the number of stressed syllables in a line is generally more important than the total number of syllables … (and besides, depending upon what part of the country you’re from, the syllables differ … y’all relate, raught?)

Nevertheless, it was fun to write my Heptameter. You should try it. It’s fun!

We Can’t Resist Change


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We can’t resist change;
It doesn’t do any good.
It’ll come atcha anyway,
Just as you knew it would.

You can’t live in static constancy.
You can’t love feeling quite STUCK.
You might as well embrace change;
You’ll never survive in muck!

They say the sixties were
A time of enormous flux.
We’re hearing all about it now
From dirt poor to those with bucks.

The media has a lot to say.
Everybody’s weighing in.
John McCain survived the sixties,
And so did Aretha Franklin.

Their lives were celebrated
This week in national news.
Reporters say they rode the waves,
Caused ’em, managed ’em, changed our views.

They figured out how to live
With changes big and small.
But they were not the only ones.
Some of us pions answered the call.

We heard the words of MLK;
We felt the passion, took the power
To remain relevant in the fight
To right the wrongs we saw each hour.

Our lives may not have impacted
As many others as the famous,
But live the changes, that we did.
Saw death and destruction that would shame us.

Assassinations, wars, impeachments,
Protests, Missile Crisis, and debates
All were part of the Sixties decade.
But it also had some greats.

The Voting Rights Act was established;
Medicare brought health care to the masses;
Shirley Chisholm was elected;
Elvis’ army career quietly passes.

“The Pill” was born for married only;
First artificial heart was implanted;
The Vatican II held its four sessions;
The Beatles on Sullivan’s show was granted.

Star Trek debuted in a television series,
Rolling Stone magazine premiered;
“One Small Step for Mankind,”
Cronkite narrated as the moon appeared.

The first e-mail message was sent
On October 29 of 1969;
And the rest is history – changes fast –
Don’t resist it. Change is fine!

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