Monday, April 30, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Dabbling and Work
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
The shootings at Virginia Tech have, as all the school massacres that have come before, shocked and saddened us all. It is difficult to understand such a tragedy in a civilized society. Our world is changing and although I realize that many of those changes are of a positive nature, there is a decided breakdown in morality and a lack of responsibility for one's actions.
On the streets and in our homes, manners, respect and civility are on the decline. Violence, however, is on the incline from the media to life, desensitizing our youth to its consequences and we are paying a high price. From the young girl who called my daughter an effing bitch when she glanced in the girl's direction to teens beating one another and placing a video of the attack on YouTube, to murder.
I posted a poem on this emotional subject some time ago.I am posting it again in honor of souls lost and with hope for a better future for our children.
When I look back I remember the day
When children preferred to go out to play
We ran through fields and climbed up trees
Tumbling, rolling and scraping knees
Home for dinner, our family as one
Back out until dark, deep shadows were fun
No computer games, we explored outside
And bikes, not cars, were the way to ride
No fear of strangers, it was safe out there
We hollered and laughed without a care
No locked down schools, no people to dread
A wild night meant sneaking out after bed
Free expression back then was creative and fun
Not a kid full of rage at the end of a gun
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Perhaps I want everything:
The darkness that comes with every infinite fall
And the shivering blaze of every step up.
So many live on and want nothing,
And are raised to the rank of prince
By the slippery ease of their light judgments.
But what you love to see are faces
That do work and feel thirst.
You love most of all those who need you
As they need a crowbar or a hoe.
You have not grown old, and it is not too late
To dive into your increasing depths
Where life calmly gives out its own secret.