Not Forgotten #memorialday #vets #poetry

 

corsair flag

Fill your lungs with tomorrow’s hope

close your eyes grasp at life’s soil

exhale a bouquet of gratitude

for those whose courage honorably spilled

precious offering for generations to come

Today we celebrate Memorial Day. It’s a day when children eat hotdogs, ride the ferris wheel, cast caution to the wind. It’s a day when young men choose their allegiance. It’s a day when old soldiers remember friends.

Graves_at_Arlington_on_Memorial_Day

photo of  Arlington

To the Future and Back Again #poetry #childhood #dpchallenge

magical book

When as a child

where did dreams with you fly?

did you ride dragons

 were you a double agent spy?

*

Did the Orient Express

carry you in style?

 were you philosophic

 pondering life all the while

*

Did your nose always

end in books

where you followed wizards

hobbits with the name of Took?

*

Would you see the world

from outer space

or march to a drum beat

always in place?

*

Over electron  microscope

did you faithfully stand

peering beneath cells

the smallest though very grand?

*

No matter the consonant

or silent vowel

the dreams you dreamed

awakened in willowed hollow

*

The life you lived

is who you’d be

time to dream again

try it you’ll see

 

The wordpress daily post writing prompt for today is Future’s Past.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? How close or far are you from that vision?

Well honestly I haven’t stopped dreaming yet.

 

For Ineza #crimea #poetry #ukraine

storms end

Ineza you are now 14

somewhere between child and woman

we wished for you better things

brilliant you were so young

so close to being lost in life’s storm

the answers were so hard at six

he in prison

she buried with her Vodka

you grasped at the life-giving prism

so close to being lost in life’s storm

your home some country’s loot

once beautiful green and blue

trampled under boot

did they ever think of you?

so close to being lost in life’s storm

reach out your hand

before it’s too late

pull her toward safety

do not bring disaster as her fate

she is too close to being lost in life’s storm

Today’s prompt at Poet’s United is foresight / prescience aka a glimpse into the future. Ineza was a student of mine in Crimea. If I could have brought her to my country, I would have for she had already endured too much. I have no desire to look into her future for it too closely is united to Crimea;s fate.

poets united

The Future -You See #haiku #photography

"Spectator - Speed of Light" Oil by James Rosenquist
“Spectator – Speed of Light” Oil by James Rosenquist

To hold in my hands

gazing between stars and moon

future far too fast

 

Dare I to gaze

behind or before my gate

trip over what ifs

Ponder the Future is today’s haiku prompt at Carpe Diem. Do we dare look even a little ahead??

Imminent Decay #haiku #photography #nature

look around a bend 

starting of a new journey

what will future hold

**

what will future hold

my imminent decay

this life is so brief

**

this life is so brief

capture  the sun’s warmth today

 fear not coming night

 

 

Over at Carpe Diem by Kristjaan the Tarot card prompt is death. Though the card is symbolic, so much of our world goes through the cycle to get to the other side.

 

Belly Up To The Bar #wordpressdailypost

Three people walk into a bar…

Three people arrived at the same spot at the same time though they did not know each other nor were they familiar with the bar. Each wore a dumbfounded look and carried a slip of paper. The tall one with an unassuming smile said “well I guess we were intended to meet one another here. Why? I have no idea but maybe we can solve this riddle.”

The other two were more taken aback by their surroundings. The confident one led the way to a booth. The one who was the most tentative looked at his attire then at what the locals were wearing. He knew he was out of his element. He checked something in his hand “no service” was all it said. He also noted that the silent one was eyeing him. “Yes, your clothing need a bit of updating as does your overall look.”

“Ok I get it. You are from the past and you I take it are from the future. But what I don’t know is what do we do now?” The man from the present was now tongue tied.

 

Today’s Daily Post “Fill in the blank”  prompt from WordPress  is: “Three people walk into a bar…”

My First Ride #Flashfiction #gas #car

When gas costs get to $100 a gallon what will you be driving?

home-made_car

Seems like yesterday

March 1st 2025 when I bought

my first two-seater shopping cart vehicle for $5000

It sure beat traditional automobiles;

gas had gotten up to $1200 for a fill up. My parents parked our SUV and lived in it.

shucks a bag of groceries was $1000 for bread,, milk, cheese, and a pound of hamburger

you had to economize back then.

my best girl loved getting tangled in the wire baskets in the back seat.

oh the memories of being young and in love

now we have a family sedan with heated handlebars. Dog gone if they didn’t convert fuel from corn oil to turkey manure.

The prompt of the shopping cart vehicles comes from Friday Fictioneers

“Stay Hungry Stay Foolish…” #tribute #SteveJobs

A man who dropped out of college made such a big difference in our world!!!

How can society not applaud a man like Steve Jobs? A trend setter, visionary, entrepreneur, humanitarian are just a few of the many hats he has worn. Living in Silicon Valley, some close friends were Apple employees. Twenty years ago I co-founded a non-profit, Apple allowed their employees to donate their computers so that we could run more effectively and help the poor in our county. I wonder if Jobs knew how many people he unknowingly assisted over the years. Some of you know, others may not, that when the iPad came on the market it was made available to special needs children at no cost; these kids thrive on the technology available to them and who knows what their minds will conjure up for the future.

Several years ago Jobs gave a speech to the graduating class at Stanford University – “How to Live Before You Die”. Jobs reflects on starting Apple in a garage,losing his position at Apple and starting NEXT and then Pixar; he communicates that you should “find what you love” “do what you believe is a great work.” “No one wants to die but we all share that destination.” Jobs with a  diagnosis of pancreatic cancer didn’t live the decades he would have liked but he did have more than 6 years, after the diagnosis,  no can doubt were rich and generous years.

His advice to those Seniors, and I believe to all of us, was “Stay Hungry Stay Foolish” “Love What You Do …your time is limited.” Thank You Steve Jobs for your great contribution to our world!!!!

A Tear #oneshotwednesday

I caught a tear

that fell from your eye

as I watched 

it mingled with mine

*

Was it  your cheek

where it fell?

glistening sorrow

or was it mine?

*

I felt the dampness

lost in the confusion

caught in the pool

of sadness

**

An expression

of the past

what was lost

wet, speechless sadness

**

watering

the flowerbeds

we hoped

for a future

***

seeking

warming rays

lighting the way

to tomorrow’s future

Please join us for another week of One Shot Wednesday.

A day to meet other poets and share in their work.

Thanks to Meg Yarsh for the photo:http://www.flickr.com/photos/megyarsh/2436625875/

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