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Derelict by Young Ewing Allison

AVAST! ye lubbers tis a tale below to give ye the collywobbles

perk yer ears mateys lest ye kiss the gunners' daughter

Derelict

Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest—

Drink and the devil had done for the rest—

The mate was fixed by the bos'n's pike,

The bos'n brained with…

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Added by Michael Johnson on September 18, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Feelings

My wife lost a grandson yesterday and since she and her daughter do not get along she might not be able to attend the funeral or last rites, memorial etc.

Many years ago before she quit the booze she lost a child soon after birth

she still feels the guilt-the pain that her daughter must be feeling now..if only they could somehow comfort each other..only one who has lost a child can feel this pain it's different somehow from other hurts -other deaths for our children are supposed to…

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Added by Michael Johnson on September 17, 2017 at 3:30am — No Comments

The Engineers Dying Child Johnny Cash

The Engineers Dying Child

A little child on a sickbed lay

And death was very near

He was the pride and the only child

Of a railroad engineer

His duty had called him from those he loved

And seeing that hope was dim

While a tear he shed to his wife, he said

Just have two lanterns trimmed"

Just hang a light when I pass tonight

Hang it where it can be seen

If the baby's dead then show the red

If he's better then show the…

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Added by Michael Johnson on September 15, 2017 at 3:30am — No Comments

Hemingway House

I know I know I'm worried about those Hemingway six toed cats when people are suffering! BUT THATS JUST ME!

News

Hemingway House

The Kitties Are OK

Irma Spares Key West

9/10/2017 5:20 PM PDT

Hemingway House's Kitties are Safe After Hurricane Irma Spares Key…

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Added by Michael Johnson on September 10, 2017 at 10:50pm — No Comments

Land of Misery Poem by Joe Inca

Land of Misery

On the eastern shore, she knocked on our door

Then drifted away to the west

She then turned north, and steadily forth

With rage upon her crest

As she gathered force, On a steady course

To a land below the sea

Too Unaware, or unprepared

For such a tragedy

Toppling of homes, the shredding of domes

of a wind that relentlessly blows

All the terrain, was flooded with rain

When the lake did overflow

And then she…

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Added by Michael Johnson on September 10, 2017 at 10:40pm — 1 Comment

Irma and Florida Poem by Franklin Price

Irma and Florida

By Franklin Price

9/10/2017 - 10:07 AM

We're watching several channels

To determine what's for real

Reporters on the outside,

In the wind and rain's ideal

The place now is Miami

Presentation there's the best

Storm surge rising in the streets

Wind and rain are reaching crest

Palm trees show the blowing winds

Waves rock and roll the boats

Around low lying castle homes

Are quickly rising…

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Added by Michael Johnson on September 10, 2017 at 10:16pm — 1 Comment

Age Is Better Rod McKuen

Age Is Better

I have been young,

a fresh faced sprout,

with agile legs, a muscled arm and smile

to charm the world I went through

in a rush to get a little older, sooner.

Catching my reflection while passing past

a looking glass not long ago

I discovered I was older, even old. There was

no sudden melancholy or regret, and yet

some sadness in the wonder that it happened

while I wasn’t watching,

No pause to proudly ply the…

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Added by Michael Johnson on September 4, 2017 at 12:07am — No Comments

The Summing Up

The complete life, the perfect pattern, includes old age as well as youth and maturity. The beauty of the morning and the radiance of noon are good, but it would be a very silly person who drew the curtains and turned on the light in order to shut out the tranquillity of the evening. Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.

W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM, The Summing Up…

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Added by Michael Johnson on September 3, 2017 at 11:59pm — No Comments

Seasons In The Sun Rod McKuen Translated From Jacques Brel's Le Moribond

This one's for David and Sandy until missing a curve outside Soldotna AK changed everything...

Seasons In the Sun

Goodby, Emile, my trusted friend, we've known each

other since we were nine or ten.

Together we climbed hills and trees, learned of love

and A B Cs, skinned our hearts and skinned our knees.

Adieu, Emile, it's hard to die when all the birds are

singing in the sky. Now that the Spring is in the air

Pretty girls are ev'rywhere. wish…

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Added by Michael Johnson on August 31, 2017 at 11:27pm — 1 Comment

The Red Road ?

As most of you know who have followed me here on W.N. most of my life has been a battle with

substance abuse and that the A.A. program was instrumental in my recovery from alcohol.

It was not however a factor in my spiritual recovery. Over time I came to realize that what was being offered was a religious program in the guise of a spiritual program and that deference to the Christian

religion was referred to when ever God was mentioned.

This was a problem for me as the…

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Added by Michael Johnson on August 30, 2017 at 2:27am — No Comments

Dangerous Waters

The attached photo shows a "floating raft" of thousands of fire ants after a flood the whole colony ready and able to recolonize it's self after the waters recede...this could be in abandoned homes, debris etc.

they will attack when disturbed ..en masse.

Then there's rattlesnakes, gators and lots of other displaced animal life swimming around..Bull Sharks in the rivers...sounds like a movie plot but it's happened before. So hats off to all those heroes in Texas

it's not just…

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Added by Michael Johnson on August 28, 2017 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Why some tribes won't watch the solar eclipse

From Yahoo.com

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — While much of the country gawks at the solar eclipse, Bobbieann Baldwin will be inside with her children, shades drawn.

In Navajo culture, the passing of the moon over the sun is an intimate moment in which the sun is reborn and tribal…

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Added by Michael Johnson on August 20, 2017 at 2:00am — No Comments

Reflections and Breakfast Down At Mickeys by Judd Herrmann

There is a diner down on Del-Paso Blvd. in North Sacramento called lil' Joes

which back in the 80s was open 24 hrs. and served the street people and late night crowd of the area.

It sat on a corner between a "Adult Bookstore" and a Motel which as you can imagine "complimented"

each other, a block and a half north of there is a A.A. hall where I finally got (and stayed) sober after waking up over a cocked and loaded Revolver convinced me it was time.

LIL' Joes had quite a…

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Added by Michael Johnson on August 17, 2017 at 1:30am — No Comments

Jesus only costs about a $ 1.89

There's debris in every doorway,broken bottles

at the curb / wounds some people carry / not the

worst of us deserve / there are words that hurt

and haunt me that I overheard one night from a

man down by the mission holding up a traffic light

Jesus only cost about a $ 1.89 in a wrinkled

paper bag that somehow heaven always sends

I only see salvation when I drink until I'm blind

sweet Jesus shed his blood for me

and all my wino…

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Added by Michael Johnson on August 16, 2017 at 4:00am — No Comments

Political Science Randy Newman

I Don't usually post political crap here cause someone will always take issue somehow

but now since we have a censor (thank God) I'm taking that chance..givin the events now unfolding this old parody from the seventies seams relevant again!

Peace an' duck and cover heh heh heh…

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Added by Michael Johnson on August 11, 2017 at 7:12pm — 1 Comment

Standin' knee deep in the river and dyin' of thirst

 Someone told me once they were standing knee deep in a river and dying of thirst

This is for him.

Peace

Standin' Knee Deep

There've been times in my life when I've felt out of touch and half-crazy

Lost in a crowd with lovers and friends by my side

There's a numbness I've known, all alone in some shimmering city

With bright lights around me and nothing but shadows in-side

There've been desperate times when my heart was so dry that I felt like…

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Added by Michael Johnson on August 11, 2017 at 4:06am — No Comments

The Wanderers Lacy J Dalton

Space.... the home of "Those Who Came Before"

Legends tell of the "Sky People"

Stories that go back thousands of years

from every land from every civilization-

and before.

Where are your people?

The Creator made us all as one,

only time has changed us...

Peace…

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Added by Michael Johnson on August 11, 2017 at 3:33am — No Comments

“Bringin’ Buddy Home” by John McDermott

“Bringin’ Buddy Home”

Somewhere between earth and heaven

The C-17 flies,

Heading westward homeward

Through clean, clear, safe blue skies

At the back of the airplane

Lying alone

Draped in his country’s flag

They’re bringing Buddy home.

Somewhere between tears and heartbreak,

A lifetime sorrow just begun

Grieving, disbelieving,

As parents wait to welcome home their son.

And pray for the strength

Somehow to face the days…

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Added by Michael Johnson on August 11, 2017 at 12:06am — No Comments

“The Dreamer” by John McDermott Now some people call me a dreamer As if dreamer is a dirty word They say I sing a song that few still believe in And that fewer still have even heard Say I’m living in…

“The Dreamer” by John McDermott

Now some people call me a dreamer

As if dreamer is a dirty word

They say I sing a song that few still believe in

And that fewer still have even heard

Say I’m living in a time that is over

And not in the real world of today

That we need more doers and less dreamers

And that folks like me just get in the way.

I dream of a world without hunger

I dream of a world without war

Where we live at peace on this…

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Added by Michael Johnson on August 10, 2017 at 11:57pm — No Comments

I Wish There Was More That I Could Give

I remember once I was broke and hungry tryin' to hitch a ride anywhere out of Colorado in a January snowstorm when a State Patrolman stopped and picked me up he was on his way to work in his personal car and I remember this song was playing on the radio.

I guess it got me thinking of the bridges I'd burned at home..and well we talked some.

I found he was a vet like me only korea and not Vietnam ..the gist of it was that I stayed with this man

for a week made a hundred dollars…

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Added by Michael Johnson on August 7, 2017 at 3:30am — No Comments


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Feelings

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