Sometimes a thing can be happy and sad at the same time, and too painful to deal with but also incredible beautiful that you just can’t turn away from it.  This duality exists in many things in life I believe.  But what can you do but embrace the very thing you know you cannot bear to hold and suffer in your heart? What can you do when you know you cannot live without the very thing that will kill you?  Here is a poem about this very subject we all must face at some time in our lives.

–Patrick The Poet


I fold my arms around you,
You slip into my embrace.
While the anguish of my tears
Seems mirrored upon your face.

So I imagine them there,
Like sunlight on rainy days;
My lips kissing memories,
Like sweet lies the truth betrays.

Still I savor one last kiss,
Then lift you into your grave.
One last kiss to court the past,
And the life love failed to save.

Gone is the warmth of your lips,
Gone the treasure of your breath.
And though everything is gone,
You are beautiful in death!

For a faint smile lines your face.
Sunlight lingers in your hair.
And though life seems present still,
It’s as lifeless as despair!

Were it I could steal away
And give even one more kiss.
Instead of embracing death,
And giving more tears to this!

Yet such are life’s memories
Death scars with tears and regret:
Too painful to remember.
Too beautiful to forget.


From what I consider the greatest pop/rock album ever is this prophetic, profound masterpiece by Jackson Browne.  Like elegant poetry put to music, JB’s album, I’m Alive, is something The Bard himself would praise, I do believe.  I hope everyone who listens to this torch song someday obtains the album.  It’s an investment in truth, beauty, and enlightenment worth all the gold in Fort Knox, I do declare!



Isn’t it fun to find fun, funny, feel-good blurbs like this online?  And I don’t even charge for this sagaciously jocular service! 
Patrick The Poet



strawberryblonde was weed-eating her
yard and accidentally cut off the tailof her
cat which was hiding in the grass.

She rushed her cat, along with the tail,
over to WAL-MART!



WALMART is the largest re-tailer in the




Have a fabulous STRESS-FREE day!!!!

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 12-05-08)

Profound quotations and words of wisdom is always the order of the day!
Patrick The Poet
THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 12-05-08)
Act in the valley so that you need not fear those who stand on the hill.
–Danish proverb
The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.
–Groucho Marx (1890-1977)
Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.
–Sir James Dewar, Scientist (1877-1925)
Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living; the world owes you nothing; it was here first.
–Mark Twain [Samuel Langhornne Clemens] (1835-1910)
Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
–Mark Twain [Samuel Langhornne Clemens] (1835-1910)
Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
–Samuel Butler (1612-1680)
If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.
–W. Edwards Deming
It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and THEN do your best.
–W. Edwards Deming
All my life I’ve wanted to be someone; I guess I should have been more specific.
–Jane Wagner/Lily Tomlin (1939- )
Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
–Mark Twain [Samuel Langhornne Clemens] (1835-1910)
We think in generalities, but we live in details.
–Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.
–Mark Twain [Samuel Langhornne Clemens] (1835-1910)
In life we all have an unspeakable secret, an irreversible regret, an unreachable dream and an unforgettable love.
–Diego Marchi

THE BOY FROM THE COUNTRY by the one and only JD‏

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  Here is some beautiful music to add to what I hope is a beautiful day you are enjoying with family and friends.  To complement this sparkling day here is an inimitable song by the one and only John Denver.

As it is, John Denver will always occupy a special place in my heart.  For his amazingly beautiful voice and vocal range, and for the incredibly beautiful and sensitive songs that he wrote and sang.  Here is one those most superlative of all songs he wrote and sang, and it was one I used to sing myself years ago when I was in the business; and it’s a song I hope everyone will listen to.  The reasons for doing so will become oh so clear to you after you do!  Enjoy.

PaTricK ThE PoeT 


If Dogs Could Talk‏

Cute little fellows.  We better start listening to ’em!
Patrick The Poet


 ‘Look  . . . I was  thirsty  man, deal with it . ‘ 
   ‘Touch de duck… I keel you.’  
‘Weeeeeee!!!  Look at me I’m Yoda!   
 ‘You want a piece of me?  Bring it….!’ 
 ‘Kid . . . you’re askin’  the wrong guy.’ 
‘I don’t get it.  Where’s the milk?!’  
‘Bread!  You’re seriously giving me bread . . . ?’
[sniff . sniff] . . . .  ‘Oh, this part of the movie always makes me cry’
 ‘This stupid bird’s about to get a snot bath.’  
‘Therrrz no way that was . . . [hiccup!] . . . juzzt milk . . . [hiccup] !’
 ‘I . . . hate . . you.’  

 ‘Hi!!!  I’m Teddy, a wild little Gemini . . . . aaaaaannnd, I, like,
you know, long walks on the beach.
Aaaannnd  I  just  LOVE  me some tennis balls.   Byyeeee!!!!’

‘I’m not….[yawn]…tired, ok? I’m…just….. a little…sllleee..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz’
‘BUT I DON’T WANNA GO…!!!!  AAAAaaaaaahahhhahh’
 ‘It was only a little pee, why the 30 minute timeout?’ 
 ‘Rrrrr…. I’m  a  Tiger.  Rrrrrrr’  
 Wow, dude…  I went through your bag, man, and I found this
little bag of green stuff.  So I totally ate it.
Awesome.  Got any munchies?  I can’t feel my tongue…. hahahaha 
 ‘So Dad left when he found out about Mom and the Panda.’


THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 11-27-08)

It’s turkey week and it’s important we have at least one good Thanksgiving quote in our Monday bar quotes.  But the whole slew of quotes here are all pretty darn good.  And that’s no turkey, turkey!

Patrick The Poet


THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 11-27-08)

Ah! on Thanksgiving day, when from East and from West,
From North and South, come the pilgrim and guest,
When the gray-haired New Englander sees round his board
The old broken links of affection restored,
When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more,
And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before.
What moistens the lips and what brightens the eye?
What calls back the past, like the rich pumpking pie?
–John Greenleaf Whittier, “The Pumpkin”

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
–Abraham Lincoln

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post how it feels about dogs.
–Christopher Hampton

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
–Albert Einstein

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost,
but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.
–Arthur Ashe

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

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

There are only two ways to live your life. One is to live as though nothing is a miracle. The other is to live as though everything is a miracle.
–Albert Einstein

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
–H.G. Wells “The Time Machine”

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
–Thomas Jefferson

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
–Benjamin Franklin

People are like stained-glass windows.
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when the darkness sets in,
their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
–Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Respect human talent, respond to genius, recognize reality, admire truth and beauty, realize the meaning of the rare flower Reason.
–Peter Nivio Zarlenga


Every true poet on occasion should write a general feel-good, all-is-well-with-world kind of poem, I think.  And try as hard as possible to avoid the incessant E.A. Poe, Dylan Thomas woe-is-me, all-is-dark-in-the-world way of poetry writing, I also think.  So, since today is POET’S DAY–and a lovely one at that–here is a feel-good poem of mine which, of course, I hope makes you eh, well…feel good! (:-D

Patrick The Poet



All is bright and goodness, all is bright and good.
For someone spoke precious words to me today,
And oh, somehow I listened and understood.
For her voice was soft and sweet, and sweet and kind.
But who can hear what any voice has to say
Who always found kindness difficult to find?
But since persistence is a virtue, like love,
How could I possibly ever turn away
A voice that spoke like an angel from above?
So what matter the troubles you knew and saw?
When something great and beautiful comes your way
Sometimes you must answer to an higher law.
So forget the oppressive years of your life,
Or how often all your hopes have gone astray,
Or how long you have seen loneliness and strife.
Let it be known and generally understood,
When someone should tell you “I love you” one day,
Make sure you’re ready to feel happy and good!

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 11-21-08)

As always, the week offers a fullness of sagacious discourse and profound sayings! What? You were expecting boring, monotonous stuff? Never! quoth The Raven!

Patrick The Poet


THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 11-21-08)

Softly the evening came.
The sun from the western horizon
Like a magician extended his golden want o’er the landscape;
Trinkling vapors arose; and sky and water and forest
Seemed all on fire at the touch, and melted and mingled together.
–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Evangeline (pt. II, sec. II)”

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace–but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
–Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
–Martin Luther King, Jr.

An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t.
–Anatole France

Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
–Marianne Williamson

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.
–Lewis Carroll

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
–W. Somerset Maugham

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
–Abraham Lincoln

A child of five would understand this. Please send someone to fetch a child of five.
–Groucho Marx

Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
–Sir Winston Churchill

Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.
–Ronald Reagan

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
–Albert Einstein


I’ve learned a few things in life.  One of them is not to carry a lover’s cross, or certainly don’t carry it for someone who is undeserving, doesn’t appreciate it, and won’t love you back.  I’ve known this experience recently, in fact.  Not only did she not love me back, wouldn’t even try to love me back, and didn’t even appreciate my loving her, I know now she’s not capable of loving anyone back.  So I’ve discarded my lover’s cross for her, and saving it and so much more for someone who will appreciate it and care and who knows that to find someone to love and be loved by in this world is an immense gift never to be discarded or ignored.   

Here’s a poem I wrote about this whole subject, although not one I wrote or would waste upon her!  No, I wrote it for others so they might learn not to have a lover’s cross for someone to whom your life as well as your love are meaningless.

You carry a lover’s cross everywhere you go,
And it’s an awful burden–but this much I know:
Love is a struggle that always exacts a toll,
Not only from the heart…but deep inside the soul.
Yet this is how love becomes and sometimes must be
When you find happiness ruled by disharmony!
You can only move on and keep changing the plan,
While giving all you have…and taking what you can.
For the journey is not so sweet, and often cruel:
Sometimes you’re only a victim…and not the fool!
Other times you pretend you can’t make up your mind
If hate is the answer…or is love only blind?
Then the years rush on in an incoherent tide,
And you know ‘fore it’s too late that you must decide!
To save your heart and soul while you still have the chance.
Or live and die…carrying on this crazy dance.
For you can’t hate love no matter how much you try.
But you can’t love hate no matter how much you cry!
And since both cannot exist ever together,
Goodbye is the only hope…that springs forever.
So here’s a word from the wise to your heart and soul
(Now before it’s too late and death exacts the toll!)
There’s a time to look away, and a time to know:
When the time has come…to let that lover’s cross go.

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