Bob of All Trades

Bob of All Trades

I’ve had years of doubt from people who questioned my abilities,
But like a flood in drought, I have exceeded their expectations and
In an detoured route, expanded elements of my responsibilities
to the point I could count on a lifetime resume of different capabilities.
This all has been in the past, and had to learn something new
Because what I have learned as a living is null and void, through.
I’m a guy named Bob, finding a reason to put on my work shoes.

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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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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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Life’s a Beach

Life’s a Beach

Wave after wave of terrorism, disease, and hunger
and drug abuse erodes the sand of the American beaches.
People run to the water to cool themselves from
the hot sand and blowing wind. Riptides of
historically reoccurring problems of domestic violence,
crime, discrimination and poverty never seem
to reach the water’s surface, and they flow parallel to
the beach, pulling people under the water unexpectedly.
Even the best of swimmers suffer, and
some even drown as heroes.  The politicians in lifeguard
suits proclaim something should be done about those
wanting help, but they debate and argue about how to do
it while soaking in the sun in the elevated towers on the
beach. Decisions are rarely made as their tans get darker
The beach itself is not that safe because medical waste
from the polluted water rolls on shore and shells
are not the only things in the sand that are sharp.
Sunglasses help change the depth of perception,
but the view never changes. The problems still
exist and not much is done to correct them.

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Falling Flags

Falling Flags

On the battlefield in the woods, cries of wounded
far outweigh the silence of the dead,
who have faced their final fate.
Surviving soldiers have advanced as the sounds
of bullets and pounding shells echo in the distance.
Intense fires ignite the flames of hate, the only
force which keeps the war going,
pitting brother against brother
and family against family.
Fiags fall and they are picked up again,
briefly touching the hallowed ground,
but only for a few moments as the
battle continues until it, somehow, stops.

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Saved by a Sandbar

Saved by a Sandbar

I’ve been caught up in the river of life,
Moving faster as I roll downstream,
And at the rapids I fall into whirlpools
Which spin me in different directions.
I clutch onto a large log past the rapids,
So I can have a chance to breath, and
Suddenly I stop as the log jams on a
Large sandbar rising above the water.
I climb the log to the wet sand with
The rain and winds against my skin.
Soon the storm is over and the
River’s edge recedes to near normal.
A day after landing on the sandbar,
I walk on the log to the shore where
I find refuge in the woods and roads
That run through it to my home.
Later that year, I returned to the
River and that sandbar was gone.

 

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Jealous Knight

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Jealous Knight

From sun rise to sundown,
the light from the sun brings new day,
a chance for the world to change, and corn
and kids grow in the fields and schools.
The expression, “Have a good day” brings
the promise of prosperity in the world of work,
where minds meet to make new ideas.
During all this time, the night waits jealously
for the time he can undo what was done during
the day under the cloak of darkness.
People are restless with repeated dreams
as they try to sleep, and those that rest
make sure their lives are secure from the
thieves of the night who try to rob people
of the happiness brought by the new day.
The expression “Good Night” is a prayer for
those who enter the night to survive until
a new day arrives, for the night’s demons
play with the use of drugs and alcohol to
bring out the other side of people who use
the excuse that they were drunk at the time
when the damage can be seen in the light.
At predicted times, the twilight of the morning
arrives as the misty fog of night burns away,
revealing a brand new day.

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Burning Bridges

Burning Bridges

Your love for me is in your imagination,
And you want to give us another try
when all I want to say to you is “good-bye.”
Your feelings for me grow inside your head
when in reality, my love for you is dead.
You always think of excuses for me to stay,
when I am thinking about how to get away.
Your images of me are just a gross fantasy,
based on how you want relationships to be.
I’m sorry that I ever came your way,
and I’m telling you I’m leaving today.
I don’t care if this bridge to the past is
burned because I know I will never return.

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