I once wrote a book of verse all about the Vietnam War–a book I hope to get published again someday soon.  Well, a few poems therein were and are slightly controversial, like this selection herewith.  But no matter what side of any political or philosophical issue you may be on my poem herewith, it was written for those who were the parents of a son.  Anyway, a little controversy is good now and then.  It thwarts boredom, inflexibility, narrowmindedness and of course the ever-worrisome problem of complacency.  🙂
Have a great non-complacent Tuesday!
Patrick The Poet 


They stole him from me to send him off to war,
And there he stayed to fight and die till it was done.
It's bad when governments steal sons from you,
And he was my son.
They said this war had to be fought
And that it was for a just and noble cause.
So, since I was patriotic and voted for them,
I stood by their laws.
But it always seems to be the young who go
And against whom the scales of death are swung.
It's bad when governments send young men off to die,
And my son was young.

For what matters to them of a million deaths
When war is the tender of life they promote?
You can be sure when their reelection comes up,
They won't get my vote!
For the enemy is now my chosen leader,
The enemy called peace that all governments abhor!
And you can be sure they won't get any more of my sons,
Till they end all war.
Oh, they may think they can get away with murder
And do any damn thing they feel must be done,
But they won't take what I love away from me again,
And I loved my son.

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 07-25-08)

Some pretty good ones again to help make another Monday bearable!  Enjoy.

Patrick The Poet

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 07-25-08)

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.
–H. H. Munro ‘Saki’ (1870-1916)

A man’s dreams are an index to his greatness.
–Zadok Rabinwitz

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
–Winston Churchill, Sir (1874-1965)

A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood.
–George S. Patton, General (1885-1945)

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.
–David Brinkley

Nothing in life gives a man so much courage as the attainment or renewal of the conviction that other people regard him with favor; because it means that everyone joins to give him help and protection, which is an infinitely stronger bulwark against the ills of life than anything he can do himself.
–Arthur Schopenhauer

Like stones, words are laborious and unforgiving, and the fitting of them together, like the fitting of stones, demands great patience and strength of purpose and particular skill.
–Edmund Morrison

Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.
–Albert Einstein

You may not remember what someone says or does, but you’ll never forget how they made you feel.
–Author unknown

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them.
–Francis Bacon, “Essays, Of Goodness and Goodness of Nature”, 1625

The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by obvious realities. We need men and women who can dream of things that never were.
–John F. Kennedy

If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.
–Edward Rickenbacker

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
–Stephen King

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.
–Marie Curie

There is just one way to bring up a child in the way he should go and that is to travel that way yourself.
–Abraham Lincoln


I think if ever I had a conversation with the universe on the topic of love that it might be like this poem I wrote here.  I don’t know if the universal would really listen to me, but I know exactly what I would say to it.  And ask of it.  And the answer I would hope to receive.



You know who you are who has been granted the gift of love,
With the long life to relish it for as long as you live.
And because it is magnificent and heaven-sent,
It’s essential that you scream it to the heavens above!
And show the universe the thankfulness you have to give
That comes in the soft smile of an humble acknowledgement.
Then to that infinite happiness that has come your way,
Bid gratitude to love and truth and to a poet’s art!
At the closing of each night and at the dawn of each day:
“The loveliest place I’ll ever know is inside your heart.”
You know who you are who now enjoys that ultimate gift,
Though it be a short life to cherish for but a short while.
In the off-chance it escapes you before you fear it should,
Savor each moment, and pray pain is brief and death is swift,
And you will never forget the shape of your lover’s smile!
Nor the taste and feel of everything that was sweet and good.
Then to the light inescapable…bid a fond adieu,
While facing the unthinkable–what life and death impart!–
And scream to the universe just before it becomes true:
“The loneliness place I’ll ever know is outside your heart.”



I don’t know who thinks of these silly jokes, but he’s got way too much time on his hands!




John was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young layers (hens), called ‘pullets,’ and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs. He kept records, and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced.

This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells and attached them to his roosters. Each bell had a different tone, so he could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing. Now, he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report by just listening to the bells.

John’s favorite rooster, old Butch, was a very fine specimen, but this morning he noticed old Butch’s bell hadn’t rung at all! When he went to investigate, he saw the other roosters were busy chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing, but the pullets, hearing the roosters coming, could run for cover.

To John’s amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn’t ring. He’d sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one. John was so proud of old Butch, he entered him in the Renfrew County Fair and he became an overnight sensation among the judges.

The result was the judges not only awarded old Butch the No Bell Piece Prize but they also awarded him the Pulletsurprise as well.

Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making. Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most highly coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the populace and screwing them when they weren’t paying attention.

Vote carefully this year…the bells are not always audible!


Rod Stewart seems to be eternal. Raspy voice and all, a lot of people seem to either love him or hate him. I used to dislike him until I became convinced he was sincere and he meant every word he sang. Which means: he is a genuine singer and passionately means what he sings. And sing it with passion and conviction he does.

The song “THIS” is one of my two favorites by Rod, and I think it personifies that passion and conviction which his raspy voice can only sing best. Love him or hate him, remember it’s about the song. And the beauty of the song. I do believe “This” has a lot of that!

PaTricK ThE PoeT


THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 07-03-08)

The late George Carlin is the headliner in this week’s bar quotes.  An amazing wit he was.

Patrick The Poet


THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 07-03-08)

If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted?
–George Carlin

Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.
–Pau (Pablo) Casals

We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
–Samuel Smiles

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
–Abraham Lincoln

How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
–Ronald Reagan

Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?
–George Carlin

I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.
–Woody Allen

Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.
–Groucho Marx

We Americans live in a nation where the medical-care system is second to none in the world, unless you count maybe 25 or 30 little scuzzball countries like Scotland that we could vaporize in seconds if we felt like it.
–Dave Barry

Familiarity breeds contempt – and children!
–Mark Twain

A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
–Theodore Roosevelt

If you shoot at mimes, should you use a silencer?
–Steven Wright

Honesty may be the best policy, but it’s important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy. –George Carlin


A great film classic with Errol Flynn inspired me somewhat in the writing of this poem.  Mostly though, I was inspired by the woman for whom I wrote it, as she was the best person I ever knew and ever spent my life with.  So I dedicate this poem to all the lucky men in the world who have or ever had a perfect soul mate to bless their lives…as I once did in a gracious life now, unfortunately, forever gone from me.

It was a lovely day, as such days usually are:
The sky was blue and bright, the sun was its brightest star.
For happiness was mine when you first came into view!
Then I knew the most gracious thing I could ever do…
Was spend all my time on earth walking through life with you.
And though it were a quiet forest or roaring sea,
Under a bough of rainfall or ‘neath a sunlit tree,
As long as you were walking graciously beside me,
I knew our hearts would sing till the endlessness of spring!
And learn to always find happiness in everything.

Yet love so sweet and true had become our guiding star

Who had to guide us to whom we love and what we are!
(And for all the gracious love we were to make and see!)
So no matter the future…or how short life might be,
Eternity lived in every day you spent with me.
For my life was complete when you first came into view,
Though it were a day or a whole lifetime shared by two!
So before the end should reach the endlessness of spring,
Let these few words be the last I ever speak and do:
“Walking through life with you has been a most gracious thing.”

OLD AND RARE PICTURES of people you may recognize

These are fantastic pics.  The only one I’ve seen before is of Mick Jagger with Jimi Hendrix.  Very notstalgic and brings a lot of memories.  Charlie Chaplin with Albert Einstein is really something!
Patrick The Poet

Jimi Hendrix & Mick Jagger, New York , 1969

The Beatles and Mohammad Ali, 1964

Martin Luther King Jr. and Marlon Brando (The Godfather)

Danny DeVito and Christopher Reeve

Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein

Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee

Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood

Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Warren G. Harding, and Harvey Firestone, 1921

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor

Ian Fleming and Sean Connery

Johnny Cash and Ray Charles

Elvis Presley and Tom Jones

Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Charlie Chaplin and Gandhi

Marilyn Monroe and Sammy Davis Jr.


Careful with this one.  It’s sneaky and can catch you off guard…and elicit all sorts of poignant, heartfelt emotions out of you.  😉
Patrick The Poet



I was walking around in a Target store, when I saw a Cashier hand this little boy some money back.

The boy couldn’t have been more than 5 or 6 years old.

The Cashier said, “I’m sorry, but you don’t have enough money to buy this doll.”

Then the little boy turned to the old woman next to him: ”Granny, are you sure I don’t have enough money?”

The old lady replied: ”You know that you don’t have enough money to buy this doll, my dear.”  Then she asked him to stay there for just five minutes while she went to look around. She left quickly. The little boy was still holding the doll in his hand.

Finally, I walked toward him and I asked him who he wished to give this doll to.

“It’s the doll that my sister loved most and wanted so much for Christmas.  She was sure that Santa Claus would bring it to her.”

I replied to him that maybe Santa Claus would bring it to her after all, and not to worry.

But he replied to me sadly. “No, Santa Claus can’t bring it to her where she is now. I have to give the doll to my mommy so that she can give it to my sister when she goes there.”

His eyes were so sad while saying this. “My Sister has gone to be with God. Daddy says that Mommy is going to see God very soon too, so I thought that she could take the doll with her to give it to my sister.”

My heart nearly stopped.

The little boy looked up at me and said: “I told daddy to tell mommy not to go yet. I need her to wait until I come back from the mall.”

Then he showed me a very nice photo of himself. He was laughing. He then told me “I want mommy to take my picture with her so she won’t forget me. I love my mommy and I wish she didn’t have to leave me, but daddy says that she has to go to be with my little sister.”

Then he looked again at the doll with sad eyes, very quietly.

I quickly reached for my wallet and said to the boy. “Suppose we check again, just in case you do have enough money for the doll!'”

“OK,” he said, “I hope I do have enough.” I added some of my money to his without him seeing and we started to count it. There was enough for the doll and even some spare money.

The little boy said: “Thank you, God, for giving me enough money!”

Then he looked at me and added, “I asked last night before I went to sleep for God to make sure I had enough money to buy this doll, so that mommy could give it to my sister. He heard me!”

“I also wanted to have enough money to buy a white rose for my mommy, but I didn’t dare to ask God for too much. But He gave me enough to buy the doll and a white rose. My mommy loves white roses.”

A few minutes later, the old lady returned and I left with my basket.  I finished my shopping in a totally different state of mind from when I started.  I couldn’t get the little boy out of my mind.

Then I remembered a local news paper article two days ago, which mentioned a drunk man in a truck, who hit a car occupied by a young woman and a little girl.  The little girl died right away, and the mother was left in a critical state. The family had to decide whether to pull the plug on the life-sustaining machine, because the young woman would not be able to recover from the coma.

Was this the family of the little boy?

Two days after this encounter with the little boy, I read in the news paper that the young woman had passed away.

I couldn’t stop myself as I bought a bunch of white roses and I went to the funeral home where the body of the young woman was for people to see and make last wishes before her burial.

She was there, in her coffin, holding a beautiful white rose in her hand with the photo of the little boy and the doll placed over her chest.

I left the place, teary-eyed, feeling that my life had been changed for ever. The love that the little boy had for his mother and his sister is still, to this day, hard to imagine.

And in a fraction of a second, a drunk driver had taken all this away from him.  Yet somehow he managed to handle it with strength and dignity, his faith in God and in good people amazing steadfast for such a young child.  He gave me strength and faith and made me remember how blessed I was.  How blessed all of us are.  What we can learn from children is a reverent thing.


Now you have 2 choices:

1) Send this message to others, or

2) Ignore it as if it never touched your heart.

The quote of the month is by Jay Leno: “With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”


This has got to be one of the most beautiful ballads and torch songs ever written anywhere, by anyone, at any time, in this entire universe…and in this human experience we call living.  Don’t believe me?  Just listen to it (it’s called SKY BLUE AND BLACK) by the incomparable Jackson Browne.  And you will believe.

Patrick The Poet


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