Driftwood you find along an errant beach can symbolize many things.  For me, it symbolizes what is now lost and dead–like love, and the memory of someone you took long walks with along an errant beach and thought would never leave or die.  That’s what this poem here is about.  It’s one I wrote a long time ago and even before the actual event came true.  Then it did.  And the poem became more than just words and what I feel every time I take a walk along any errant beach.


While the open sea closes around me
And winds chill this warm evening night,
I dwell on sweet, solemn thoughts of thee…
Now constant reminders of my loveless plight.

Then evening darkens and the ocean sings,
As sparse roaring waves crash upon a nearby reef.
There my desperate, desolate soul still clings
Waiting for evening tide to drown my grief!

Yet time has a way of making old the new,
And this ocean shore I walk in torment
Is but another remembered vision of you
When love was alive and never ill-spent!

So, even though I never understood
Why death came to take you from me,
The tide brings you back each night as driftwood 
In sonic memories of us together by the sea…
To quiet and soften now the sorrow in me.

Zen Sarcasm

Tomorrow’s POET’S Day.  Don’t forget to celebrate.  Just keep the Frost and Byron recitations down to a low roar!  Thank you.  Meanwhile, I trust everyone will enjoy these wise profundities!
Patrick The Poet

Zen Sarcasm


1. Do not walk behind me, for I

may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may
notfollow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty
much leave me alone.

2. The journey of a thousandmiles
begins with a broken fan belt or a
leaky tire.

3. It’s always darkest beforedawn , so if you’re going
to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to
do it.

4. Don’t be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you
can’t be promoted.

5. Always remember that you’re
unique. Just like everyone else.

6. Never test the depth of the water
with both feet.

7. If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try
missing a couple of car payments.

8. Before you criticize someone, you
should walk a mile in their shoes.
That way, when you criticizethem,
you’re a mile away and you have
their shoes.

9. If at first you don’t succeed….,
skydiving is not for you.
10. Give a man a fish and he will eat
for a day. Teach him how to fish,
and he will sit in a boat and drink
beer all day.

11. If you tell the truth, you don’t
have to remember anything.

12. Some days you’re the bug, some
days you’re the windshield.

13. Everyone seems normal until you
get to know them.

14. The quickest way to double your
money is to fold it in half and put
it back in your pocket.

15. A closed mouth gathers no foot.

16. Duct tape is like ‘The Force’. It
has a light side and a dark side,
and it holds the universe together.

17. There are two theories to arguing
with a woman – Neither one works.

18. Generally speaking, you aren’t
learning much when your lips are

19. Experience is something you don’t
get until just after you need it.

20. Never, under any circumstances,take a sleeping
pill and a laxative.

BE WITH YOU by Enrique Iglesias

Here is a hot torch song from not so many years ago…from a crossover artist still very hot on the charts: Enrique Iglesias.  Not sure which is more compelling, the video or the song.  But it definitely has a melodic, lyrical hook and romantic message that are more than contagious.  I hope you enjoy.
But wait!  There’s more!  A bonus song by Enrique–another mega-hit entitled Tired Of Being Sorry, which he sings live with Latin flame, Paroles Nâdiya.  Man oh man, I’m not sure which song is more torch and more beautiful.  Not sure either which is more beautiful, the song or the singers!  You decide…and let me know when you can.  (:-o 

LINK TO BE WITH YOU:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYZG-3jmkQY 
LINK TO TIRED OF BEING SORRY:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=5np-3mJaqqU
Tired of Being Sorry
I don’t know why
You want to follow me tonight
When in the rest of the world
With you whom I’ve crossed and I’ve quarreled
Let’s me down so
For a thousand reasons that I know
To share forever the unrest
With all the demons I possess
Beneath the silver moon

Maybe you were right
But baby I was lonely
I don’t want to fight
I’m tired of being sorry
Eighth and Ocean Drive
With all the vampires and their brides
We’re all bloodless and blind
And longing for a life
Beyond the silver moon
Maybe you were right
But baby I was lonely
I don’t want to fight
I’m tired of being sorry

I’m standing in the street
Crying out for you
No one sees me
But the silver moon
So far away – so outer space
I’ve trashed myself – I’ve lost my way
I’ve got to get to you got to get to you
Maybe you were right
But baby I was lonely
I don’t want to fight
I’m tired of being sorry
I’m standing in the street
Crying out for you
No one sees me
But the silver moon
(lalalala [till end])

Maybe you were right
But baby I was lonely
I don’t want to fight
I’m tired of being sorry
I’m standing in the street
Crying out for you
No one sees me
But the silver moon.

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 08-29-08)

Some excellent ones here this time around…just like last time around!  So enjoy.
Patrick The Poet
THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 08-29-08)
Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget that the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it’s all about.
–Joseph Campbell
It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.
–Abraham Lincoln
You’ve got to love libraries. You’ve got to love books. You’ve got to love poetry. You’ve got to love everything about literature. Then, you can pick the one thing you love most and write about it.
–Ray Bradbury
A man would do nothing, if he waited until he could do it so well that no one would find fault
with what he has done.
–John Henry Cardinal Newman
Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.
–Albert Einstein
Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons!
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.
–Groucho Marx
Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
–Robert Frost
I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don’t even invite me.
–Dave Barry
Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.
–Will Rogers
Hitch your wagon to a star.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson


I used to think life was all about the destination, achieving some great ambition or dream, reaching your goal and getting everything done.  Naturally I had to grow older and wiser to finally see the forest from the trees.  And it’s become perfectly clear to me.  Not only the forest from the trees (and the trees from the forest!) but the fact that life isn’t about the destination or goal or any such nonsense.  It is indeed about the journey.  And what we experince over and during the journey.  And most of all, what we learn, how we change, and how we grow and progress.  As well, I think it’s about the obstacles we overcome and the challenges we face and conquer and what good seeds we plant along the way.  Did we do good?  Did we make a difference?  Was our presence here important?

Well, this poem of mine touches on all these subjects, but it’s focus is on taking the journey that is life…and not having to take it alone! 

Patrick The Poet 

You often swear
the past is not your allegiance
and the life you lead and live.
True, it does appear
the future is the journey
you fear and have never known.
But perhaps
if you learned to eschew the past
and surrender your reliance
upon hating the future
(that fear and ignorance give!)
then perhaps
the journey that is life
you would not
have to travel 
Now out here
in this vast world
filled with turmoil and strife
and loneliness and despair
(and fear of the unknown!)
I have seen how the past
can leave the lonely world
easier to bear,
and the journey that is life
less desperate and unknown.
For it is clear
the journey is also vast and rife
with infinite hope and change;
for there is love and friendship
to aid the journey that is life,
and other magnificent things
yet to be shown!
So keep the future near
and let the past achieve an end;
what need is there of strife
when the future is waiting
to be known?
For the journey that is life
is for us to share!
So come now, take my hand
and be my friend.
And I swear
to all that is holy in life,
you will no longer
have to travel
the journey

Say Hello Wave Goodbye by DG‏

If you appreciate beautiful, emotional but well-written, clever lyrics and don’t mind the raspy voice (reminiscent of Bob Dylan) then you should be delighted to meet amazing British pop singer/songwriter DAVID GRAY.  My favorite song by him is Say Hello Wave Goodbye, but I’ve included two others I love a heck of a lot too.  All three songs are from his multi-platinum tome WHITE LADDER, an album I consider one of the 20 best pop/rock albums ever.  One thing is for sure, David Gray is a master writer of torch songs…and ballads that know how to break hearts.  Guess I speak from experience, I don’t mind saying!  But I hope you enjoy David Gray.


LINK TO MAIN SONG (WITH LYRICS): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bzdrabPpRE&feature=related
LINK TO SAIL AWAY (WITH LYRICS): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyGsXiKOVis&feature=related
LINK TO BABYLON: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hAE2ueGOpE&feature=related
LINK TO BABYLON LYRICS: http://www.lyrics.com/babylon-lyrics-david-gray.html


For eons men have thought they run the world.  We know better, yes? lol
Whatever you believe, enjoy this funny blurb!
Patrick The Poet



Eleven people were hanging on a rope under a  helicopter.  10 men and  1 woman.

The rope  was not strong enough to carry them all, so  they decided that one had to leave, because  otherwise they were all going to fall.

They  weren’t able to choose that person,until  the woman gave a very touching speech.

She said  that she would voluntarily let go of the rope, because,  as a woman,  she was used to giving up everything for her husband and  kids or for men in general, and was used to  always making sacrifices with little in return.

As soon as  she finished her speech, all the men  started clapping…


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

Whoa! if there aren’t some profoundly salacious quotations in this batch of profoundly sagacious quotations! You know what I mean? And yes, this week’s quotes are dedicated to Sir Winston Churchill, a statesman of incomparable courage and inimitable wit and wisdom.  Enjoy.
Patrick The Poet

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

Never give in, never give in, never! never! never! never! In nothing, great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
–Sir Winston Churchill

I do this real moron thing, it’s called thinking, and I’m not a very good Amercian because I like to form my own opinions.
–George Carlin

For those who would joyously march in rank and file, they have already earned my contempt, for they were given a large brain by accident when a spinal chord would have sufficed.
–Albert Einstein

The man least dependent upon the morrow goes to meet the morrow most cheerfully.

True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what’s right.
–Brigham Young

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
–Sir Winston Churchill

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
–Jim Rohn

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.
–Zig Ziglar quotes

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
–John Quincy Adams

LADY NANCY ASTOR: Winston, if you were my husband, I’d poison your tea.
WINSTON CHURCHILL: Nancy, if I were your husband, I’d drink it.

Stuff your eyes with wonder…live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.
–Ray Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 451”

The best preparation for work is not thinking about work, talking about work, or studying for work: It is work.
–William Weld, Politician and attorney

Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
–Sir Winston Churchill


A lot of women, I long ago discovered, have fantasies of making love beneath a waterfall.  There are many reasons why, but I won’t go into them.  Here is a poem a little bit about that fantasy.  It’s more a poem about being loved and loving someone as wildly and permanently as a powerful waterfall whose permanence is not so permanent nor symbolic of only these romantic qualities.  Oh yeah, in the poem petals from a flower also have importance.  Don’t ask!

I remember the cacophonous waterfall,
our bodies bare and tender beneath;
I remember the warmth and basking sunlight,
and love so real and wonderful…but all too brief.
Then like scripture spoken on a holy night,
and sculpture carved from a solemn art,
I remember the intimate contours of your soul!
…and lips as soft as petals
from a flower that touched my heart.
Then gentle waters flowed over us
like timeless, incandescent amber,
and we were embedded in glory without breach.
For the story of beauty was in your eyes,
and passionate eternity seemed within reach!
For like a poverty overcome by happiness,
and a madness too beautifully mad to appall,
I remember succumbing to infinite paradise
and deathlessly drowning
beneath its infinitely soothing waterfall.
But now I must endlessly ponder
timelessly and hopelessly why
paradise is often but a day
and lives no longer than now.
Oh, I can but tirelessly wonder
why such ultimate love
would rather perish
than swear eternal vow?
For I can only believe in the eternity of things
and in the ultimate deathlessness of love.
Until faint grows the memory of it all,
as aging years rush on to only remember
the fading roar of an intimate waterfall
and the infinitely bitter brevity of all things.
For bare and tender is this solemn art
where now the memory of silence sings!
…and lips as soft as petals
from a flower that broke my heart.


Greatest rock ‘n roll song ever? It can be very difficult to say which is, and probably better to have a Top 10 List. But I’d cast my vote for Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin as the best candidate for the job. It changes tempo at least four times, has amazing instrumentals, unbelieveable guitar riffs and drums, and a powerful, dramaic final to blow the most serious rocker away. And the song is sufficiently cryptic and esoteric as every great rock song should be! Oh yeah, I almost forgot: it also has amazing vocals by lead singer Robert Plant. So…at least this week I say Stairway To Heaven is the greatest rock ‘n roll song ever. Next week? Anything is possible…but certainly not Tiptoe Through The Tulups!

PaTricK ThE PoeT

LINK TO VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9TGj2jrJk8&feature=related

LYRICS TO SONG: http://www.metrolyrics.com/stairway-to-heaven-lyrics-led-zeppelin.html

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