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…
Added by Michael Johnson on September 18, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments
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…
Added by Michael Johnson on September 17, 2017 at 3:30am — No Comments
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…
Added by Michael Johnson on September 15, 2017 at 3:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Michael Johnson on September 10, 2017 at 10:50pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…
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…
Added by Michael Johnson on September 4, 2017 at 12:07am — No Comments
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…
Added by Michael Johnson on September 3, 2017 at 11:59pm — No Comments
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…
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…
Added by Michael Johnson on August 30, 2017 at 2:27am — No Comments
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…
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…Continue
Added by Michael Johnson on August 20, 2017 at 2:00am — No Comments
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…
Added by Michael Johnson on August 17, 2017 at 1:30am — No Comments
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…
Added by Michael Johnson on August 16, 2017 at 4:00am — No Comments
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…
Someone told me once they were standing knee deep in a river and dying of thirst
This is for him.
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…Continue
Added by Michael Johnson on August 11, 2017 at 4:06am — No Comments
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-
Where are your people?
The Creator made us all as one,
only time has changed us...
Added by Michael Johnson on August 11, 2017 at 3:33am — No Comments
“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
Draped in his country’s flag
They’re bringing Buddy home.
Somewhere between tears and heartbreak,
A lifetime sorrow just begun
As parents wait to welcome home their son.
And pray for the strength
Somehow to face the days…
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 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…
Added by Michael Johnson on August 10, 2017 at 11:57pm — No Comments
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…
Added by Michael Johnson on August 7, 2017 at 3:30am — No Comments