Anonymous

Anonymous

In first grade, we talked about families,
And I wondered why I had no daddy.
I asked my mom at the store one day,
And she didn’t have much to say,
Except that his name was Anonymous.
I didn’t know him, and she said to
Look it up in a dictionary.  I cried
For two days straight after that.
Who would I take me to the school’s
Father-daughter dances, and who
Would walk me down the aisle when
I get married after he would first
Say it’s okay to get married?
My mom says she doesn’t even know,
So I stare at men’s faces looking for
My own reflection in their eyes.

 

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Lines

Lines

As toddlers, we are taught to color with
crayons inside the lines.
Then in kindergarten we move by groups in lines.
In elementary school, we get lunch in line, and
learn to write on the lines.  On the way home
from school, we ride the bikes on the right side
of the center line. When we start to drive,
we don’t pass on a solid yellow line.
Cars are parked between the lines, and parents work to
keep their kids in line.  We parents talk politics, they
are told not to move from the party line.
We wait for entrance to stadiums in line.  Some people
get in line for their share of food once a month, or
to  get a job. Dallas Cowboys like to cross the line at
the end zone with a football and we call on
telephone lines. For some reason I colored outside
the lines when I was young, and I don’t care if the poem
doesn’t rhyme.

 

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My Left Foot

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My Left Foot

I can talk and walk and look like everyone
else,  but my left foot is fake, covered
with socks shoes and long pants. I’ve got
used this over the last 20 years. But
there were times when I had some fears.
During the war, my company advanced on a
grassy slanted slope against mortars and
machine gun nests hidden in the brush.
A friend and soldier next to me fell, instantly
lifeless,  with a pinned grenade in his
right hand. I crouched down, grabbed and
unpinned the grenade and through it at the
machine gun.The weapon had killed two of
the enemy,and for a split second the bullets
stopped.
I got up, aimed my rifle and started shooting,
but I fell down again. Another machine gun
had cut through my uniform and boots and
severed my left foot as quickly as a butcher
with a sharp cleaver.  I got a new foot, along
with a Silver Star, Purple Heart, and a unit
citation for our bravery that day.  I wonder
why I am alive today,   I said I would defend
this country with my life, and instead  just
gave up my left foot.

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Jazz Music

Jazz Music

When you really listen to craft jazz music
Listen for the notes you would expect,
But are off a few beats as you tap your feet.
When you really listen to craft jazz music
Listen for the notes you wouldn’t expect,
Like little gems in disguise that are a surprise.

 

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All of Me

All of Me

If you really want to be with me,
Then look at all of me, not just
Any part you happen to see.
Then I’ll fall in love with you.

I will show you in my time,
The talents I have in mind,
And a heart that is kind.
Then I’ll fall in love with you.

You seem to like the cover
In a search for a lover, but I’m
a book that reads like no other.
Then I’ll fall in love with you.

 

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Butterweeds in Bloom

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Butterweeds, also called Yellow Rockets, are wildflowers growing near a subdivision retaining pond along Southport Road in Indianapolis, IN.Several consecutive days of rain have promoted the growth of wildflowers this spring.  I have photographed these wildflowers before, but not at this place. (Photos by Mike Hall)

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Country Road

Country Road

Many good songs have been written about me,
But this is the way it is, the reality.
I have a broken yellow line in the middle,
And the line goes to infinity on the flat land.
My name has a directional letters and numbers
That grow bigger the farther away from town.
The pavement is patched from seasonal changes,
And shoulders are softer with dirt and culverts.
Other country roads are parallel to me, and
Sometimes drivers need to stop at intersections.
In the spring, colorful wildflowers grow by the
side of the road before rows of corn are planted.
When it rains, the big drops fall hard, and it stops
As soon as it starts, leaving a rainbow over the fields.
I like to feel the small tires of children’s bicycles
As they take time to enjoy a bright summer day.
The wind blows through trees that grow away from
The pavement, and in the fall, leaves blanket me.
Sometimes in the early morning, a thick fog rolls in
and drivers have a hard time following me, but by
noon, the sun burns the misty clouds away.
I think the reason why songs are composed about me,
Is because I’m a simple way for people to get home.

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God is Just a Prayer Away

Editor’s Note: Several poems and songs have been written on this theme, and this version, while similar in concept, has different words which make it unique.

God is Just a Prayer Away

God is just a prayer away.
No matter where you are,
or what time of the day,
He will listen to what
to have to say. Just pray.

God is just a prayer away.
When you are lost in this world
and you can’t find your way,
He will listen to what
to have to say. Just pray.

God is just a prayer away.
When you are mad and upset,
and you don’t know what to say,
He will listen to what
to have to say. Just pray.

God is just a prayer away.
When tornadoes hit home
and your house is in disarray,
He will listen to what
to have to say. Just pray.

God is just a prayer away.
When your kids are too sick,
they can’t go outside and play,
He will listen to what
to have to say. Just pray.

God is just a prayer away.
If you’re hungry, have no
food, or any place to stay,
He will listen to what
to have to say. Just pray.

God is just a prayer away.

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Steel Words

Steel Words

 

As molten iron and steel are forged and
tempered into any form or shape in the hands of man,
words can be boiled in controversy or conflict,
and constructed into platforms where ideas are
broadcast which affect the lives of millions of people,
even if they never heard the words at all.
Some call this process government, and after
all the half-lies or misquotes are exposed, there
is a truth which survives longer than rusted
twisted metal from forgotten wars or
abandoned refrigerators by the side of the road.

 

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Criminal Love Affair

Criminal Love Affair

My love for you is criminal,
Not because it’s against the law.
It shouldn’t exist at all,
For you have robbed me of
My freedom, who I thought
I was and who I used to be.
You made me change who
I am, and now I depend on you
To be the main part of my life.
Each day would not be complete
Without the touch of your kiss.
My life will never be the same,
But somehow I feel like a
Winner in this game of love.
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