One Trick Pony

One Trick Pony

Some say you’re a one trick pony, and
you’ll do the same thing to turn a buck.
Are you that desperate to do that
In order to change your luck?
Maybe it’s imagination you lack, and
You use your body more than your mind.
Explore the options and you’ll find
Perhaps a whole new reality, and
Then you’re not a one trick pony.

Some say you’re a one trick pony,
And you work to keep your security.
Open your eyes to look for the future
That offers many more opportunities.
Death may seem to be the end, but
Are you afraid of events in your life?
Does the past haunt you like a knife?
Perhaps there’s a whole new reality,
and then you’re not a one trick pony.

 

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Solitaire

Solitaire

We are all connected to each other
in at least one way, if not by dozens more,
and the feeling that we are alone should be
a fleeting moment living in a sea of humanity.
Yet there are those who play solitaire, in its
many forms, with the knowledge that they
know it is the only game a person can play
by themselves and lose, winning , on average,
14 percent of the time (if you don’t cheat,
and that’s against the rules, you know.)
Besides, if you do win, how are you
going to celebrate? Go to the bar and
have one of the voices in your head
buy yourself a drink?

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Let the Sunshine In

Let the Sunshine In

An open door will let more light
in a room than a door that’s closed.

I think you would be surprised to know
how many people would rather live
in the silent security of the dark.

A prison is created from the thin
wooden walls, and the key to door
is found only within the heart.

They still have the ability to see
with the switch, bulb and electricity,
but that is just an artificial start.

The only solution is to brave
the future and let the sunshine in.
Instantly, the darkness will depart.

The open door can let the love
of the free into the lonely room.
The door will not keep friends apart.

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M.I.B.

M.I.B.

If you have seen an alien or a landing UFO,
Then that is where the Men in Black will go.
They will demand answers to what you know,
And evidence for proof will never be shown.
The thin men dressed in dark suits, thin ties,
Dark hats and dark sunglasses aren’t shy,
Their pale faces sport a grin gone awry
Like a thin mask from the five and dime.
You hear them when their lips don’t move,
And it’s strange, like they are aliens, too.
They say we must comply with the rules,
As part of some government bureau tool.
They seem to appear before anyone else,
Even when the sighting is seen by yourself.
Any proof is seized to be put on some shelf.
Quickly they are gone with uncanny stealth.
The M.I.B  figures were made into movies,
And actors played what were just stories,
But to some with visits, the script was boring,
For the truth is real, secret, and soaring.
So any weather balloons that glow in the night
To the M.I.B. are just a normal, everyday sight.
Whatever you witnessed can never be right,
And they make sure your lips stay tight.

 

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The Chugalug

Editor’s Note: The location of this place is in my imagination, but it could have been inspired by a business in the basement of a cluster of stores frequented by students adjacent to the Ball State University campus in Muncie, Indiana called “The Village.”

The Chugalug

Come on down to The Chugalug,
and get a cold mug of beer.
Come on down to The Chugalug,
where your friends are near.
The Chugalug, The Chugalug,
It’s easy to find the time to
come on down to The Chugalug,

We welcome all who come past
our doors, both  the regulars and
those who are passing through.
We take pride in our service, food
And our selection of fresh beers.
We do it night after night for you.
This is a bar and grill where you can
Really have a lot of fun with all
The people you meet.
We have room for all who want to
come in, so come on down and
take your seat.

Come on down to The Chugalug,
and get a cold mug of beer.
Come on down to The Chugalug,
where your friends are near.
The Chugalug, The Chugalug,
It’s easy to find the time to
come on down to The Chugalug,

We have a full juke box, and a
Place where you can dance.
A local band rocks the house
Friday and Saturday night, a
Chance to find romance.
We have pizzas, cheeseburgers
and our famous fried chicken
served  all night long.
Our food has a way of making
everyone become friends
And  somehow get along.

Come on down to The Chugalug,
and get a cold mug of beer.
Come on down to The Chugalug,
where your friends are near.
The Chugalug, The Chugalug,
It’s easy to find the time to
come on down to The Chugalug,

 

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I Saw an Angel

I Saw an Angel

I heard an angel playing a simple song.
Her body was surrounded by a yellow glow.
Her face was somehow very familiar.
Her gown moved as the wind flirted a blow.
As I breathed, I valued every breath .
Maybe it wasn’t the time for me to go.
All she said was “I will be back.”

I saw an angel playing a simple song.
Even in the day she had a yellow glow.
Maybe she was from life or from death.
There wasn’t any way for me to know.
But I reacted quickly to save your life.
Maybe it wasn’t the time for you to go.
All she said was “I will be back.”

I saw an angel playing a simple song.
Even in the night she had a yellow glow.
That evening it was clear who was a star.
With your moves, it was all your show.
I stopped you from doing the last joke.
Maybe it wasn’t the time for you to go.
All she said was “I will be back.”

I heard an angel playing a simple song.
Her body was surrounded by a yellow glow.
She walked normally upon the water.
Stream wandered carelessly as it flowed.
Like Time, she could change it’s course.
Maybe it wasn’t the time for it to go.
All she said was “I will be back.”

I saw an angel playing a simple song.
Even in the day she had a yellow glow.
The sun continued to shine as usual,
allowing all plant and animal life to grow.
Perhaps she could make it all disappear.
Maybe it wasn’t time for the world to go.
All she said was, “I will be back.”

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Back to Today

Back to Today

Yesterdays have seen better days
And now I need to find a way
To get myself back to today.
I knew what to do,
And who I was before,
But the more I try,
I’m not so sure.
Time has a way of slipping
Away before my eyes.
My smile is a thin disguise
Of who I really am inside.

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Fall

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Fall

I feel a nip in the air,
and I’m sure it will get colder.
It’s a time of Thanksgiving, and
now I feel another year older.

Sunsets are a little different,
and the days seem to get shorter.
The porch light stands out as
the nights seem a bit darker.

It’s a time of change,
as the seasons tend to go,
when leaves turn colors and
nature puts on her show.

 

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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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