NBC Nightly News broadcast

NBC Nightly News broadcast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

no doubt our traditional press and mass media
are mainly driven by the need for ratings and money
and so the nightly news is full of tragedy and terror
instead of mostly stories that are happy and sunny

but, it’s hard to blame the modern visual media
for the fact that we seem to enjoy such awful scenes
they only give us just what we want most to watch
and I don’t know exactly what that really means

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give up the ghost

I came to this web page
thinking I had something to say
but, then I faltered and stopped
having totally lost my way

I was feeling rather blah and down
but thinking about nothing in particular
other than to try to write a post
about something that wasn’t vehicular

I could write about the meaning of love
if I had any idea what it was all about
but I have to admit that I don’t
I’m totally clueless without a doubt

so I’ll have to give up
in my attempt to add a new post
and I have to admit that my blog
appears to have given up the ghost


not so secret affair with Chally

is it strange that I like to hold her
so very close and firmly in my grasp
and that I push her to her very limits
because I know she can’t be outclassed

even when she wraps gently around me
and forcefully pushes me back
I feel safe and completely in control
and that my life is finally on track

I smile as people stop to compliment her
for her shapely curves and lines and form
and I marvel as she purrs with confidence
for she performs far beyond the norm

my wife knows all about this affair with Chally
about how much I love to be all alone with her
and how I am so happy and calm and relaxed
just driving to work in my new Challenger

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me and my dodge


My 2014 Dodge Challenger SXT (photo by R K House)

I’ve wanted to get a Dodge Challenger
ever since the retro style model came out
but I didn’t think that I should
since it wasn’t practical without a doubt

I loved my Chevy Camaro Z28 with H.O. engine
that I bought after I graduated college in 1984
but she was stolen from in front of my apartment
sometime in 1986 and I never saw her anymore

I almost cried when the police didn’t bother to come
as I called to report my loss on the telephone
“thar’s two interstates running through Knoxville”
the Sheriff said “so, son your car is long, long gone”

I bought a Maxda RX7 with Wankle rotary engine
and even another Camaro or two after that
but I swore to never fall in love again with my car
because I was hurt and that’s the sad fact

when I got my 2004 Inferno Red PT Cruiser
it was always a mixture of love and hate
I loved the function and retro style
but the under-powered engine just didn’t rate

now, I finally have my Dodge Challenger
and I’d love to call up my dad and tell him
all about me and my Dodge and about how
I’m back where I once was all over again



linger on

she came to me in a dream last night
and everything was all right

her silky soft golden hair
was alive and flowing
and she was all smiles
and giggling and glowing

despite all the years gone by
she was as beautiful as ever
and I hoped that this time
she would stay with me forever

she came to me in a dream last night
and everything was all right

at first, she demurred
then looked at me and smiled
and when she reached out to me
I was left happily beguiled

in the morning, I slowly awoke
and she and the dream were all but gone
except for the misty memory of a magic moment
that in my heart will forever linger on

she came to me in a dream last night
and everything was all right

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next time I dream

Sometimes, I dream of my maternal grandmother
Passed away, for what seems so many years now
And I’m always amazed that she seems so alive to me
Alive in my dreams, although I don’t know exactly how

Last night, I dreamed of my late father
Who just recently passed away
He was talking about things he wanted done
And was helping me get them done the right way

then, my mother asked me “who are you talking to?”
And reminded me that my father was gone from here
I said, of course, that I was talking to him
But, when I turned around there was no one there

Then, I broke down and cried
Which I don’t think I’ve ever done in a dream
So, if my subconscious mind can recreate anything at all
Next time, I wish it would pick some happier theme


to endure

I know you had been through a lot in recent years
with the transplant, the dialysis, and the pain
and you always took your burdens like a soldier
for I never heard you complain

I guess, all that I can say now
is that I will always respect and love you so
you were a good father and always there for all of us
and my heart really wishes you didn’t have to go

and I know that it is selfish of me
to wish for you to endure and still be here
since you’re freed from pain and resting in peace
while I am left with my memories of you, so dear

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out for a stroll with Ellie

1847 stroller from the John Leech Archives

1847 stroller from the John Leech Archives (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

as it cools down in the evening
I know it’s time to go, go, go
and I hear Ellie say three times
“where’d she go? where’d she go? where’d she go?”

“Grandma didn’t feel up to a walk.
So, Grandma is at home”, I say
“and it’s just you and me, Ellie
out for our stroll together, today”

“No bark! No bark!” she shrieks
as we hear some dogs growling behind a tall fence
and I wonder how fast my old body could move
if I had to come to her defense

“dis one” and “dis one” and “dis one”
she says, touching plants as we move along
and “chirp, chirp!” she sings out
when we hear some birds singing a song

“baby! baby!” she cries out with joy
seeing a stroller moving in the other direction
but of course she can’t take that baby home
to add to her growing baby doll collection

as we turn the corner, I wonder if we will see the Kitty
that is usually resting on the front porch of his home
“meow, meow!” she says when we see him
sitting there just staring at us quietly alone

she waves goodbye to the Kitty
as we continue to stroll on our merry way
for Ellie it will be night-night time when we get home
and for Grandpa, it is the close of another good day

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all that is left

English: A Comedy icon, based on the Drama Icon

English: A Comedy icon, based on the Drama Icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

as the end credits
began to slowly scroll by
I didn’t know how to react
whether to clap or to sigh

the main character
was so obvious and dull
leaving me indifferent to his plight
and with very little over which to mull

the whole pointless plot
made absolutely no sense
with all the best laughs
ultimately coming at my expense

and the endless subplots
were all mere diversions
taking me on all sorts
of useless dead-end excursions

and so as the grand theater
now grows still and dark
all that is left in this empty space
is my fading final question mark


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in any event

Heights Park, famous for its rocketship slide.

Heights Park, famous for its rocketship slide. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

one night she came to my front door
so, I asked her to stay for dinner
later she was depressed, so I rubbed her feet
and told her that she was always a winner

then, I excused myself politely
and went off into another room
where I had been busy building a spaceship
to take me to the far side of the moon

when I returned she was gone
and I had no idea where she went
but I still felt that we were good friends
although, I never saw her again, in any event

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the separation of powers

Baron de Montesquieu theorized the principle o...

Baron de Montesquieu theorized the principle of separation of powers, that has been implemented in all liberal democracies since it was first applied in the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

imagine a President with a pen constantly rewriting laws
and no one could stop such overt unconstitutionality?
or what if the executive branch overlooked as loyal minions
made up rules to audit and persecute their political enemies?

how could we all forget about the separation of powers
after such acts of abuse of power became widely known?
when the next election will result in a new administration
that will feel that we have left them sitting on a throne

our government is a system of checks and balances
and so we need to find ways to work together for success
instead of the executive branch resorting to a pen and a phone
to work around our elected representatives in Congress

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iridescent irony lost

English: An iridescent cloud over . Français :...

English: An iridescent cloud over . Français : Un nuage iridescent au-dessus de Rennes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

a sad voice
oh, so soulfully singing
a simple sound
that was lonely and unnoticed
in the cacophony
of a loud and noisy city

where now
the wilderness was
long, long lost
buried under tons
of ancient megalithic
stones and circles

going around and around
as iridescent clouds
circling overhead
floating in a sky
that at once
appeared limitless

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tossed to the winds

a baby being tossed up by a man

a baby being tossed up by a man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

my thoughts and hopes are scattered
as if my ashes were tossed to the winds
and now I’m returning to the basic elements
back to where all life begins and ends

if life is just an endless natural circle
then why do I feel that I’ve fallen through a dark hole
where I am stretched thin into infinite nothingness
and all that is left is a mere wisp of my soul

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unfolding nothingness

English: Unfolding Nothingness...

English: Unfolding Nothingness… (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

is there nothing but darkness and shadows
and is there only a mere hazy blur of divine light
does everything of meaning end in unfolding nothingness
like a lonely scream in the silent dead of the night

let me see thy sunlight and beauty, ever lasting
open my eyes to the unseen wonders all around me
let me see the leaves shivering alive in the breeze
and let my heart be opened and my spirit finally be set free

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