SERENDIPITYWhen you find someone special in this world to really love and who really loves you, you’ll want to hold on to them forever…or at least as long as you can.  And if ever you get separated from that special someone or torn apart, you’ll pray to be reunited…and the next time you hear a voice calling your name you pray it will be the voice of that special someone.  Calling your name.  With such great need and earnestness.  You know they cannot bear to be without you any more than you can bear to be without them.  This is love.  And this is what my poem here this Friday is about…always the most sought-after power and treasure we all want more than all else in this life.  No, not happiness.  That comes after.  Love.

Patrick The Poet


Here you walk beside me,
always in a heightened step,
your dream the same as mine;
and deep inside me
not a secret from each other
now or ever kept!
Still, time has a way
to throw suspicion about
as rumor has a way
to break hearts and sink ships.
Yet safely I can say
and without a shred of doubt,
never a lover’s name
has ever given way
from your lover’s lips.
Then after more years came,
one night while you softly slept
I heard you shout someone’s name!
Perhaps a secret you had kept,
longer than any hope or dream
to which I held claim?
Still, why throw suspicion about:
however appearances may seem
rumor’s ill-presence is ignorance shown!
For soon, without a shred of doubt
the surprising truth becomes known:
what lover’s name I heard you shout?
None other than my own!

Do You Remember?

PHIL COLLINSWhen it comes to torch songs this one has got to be up there near the top.  I can’t remember when I heard it the first time on the radio being sung by that master of torch songs, Phil Collins.  The years go by and it grows more difficult to recall the time and date of every special memory and experience.  But the memory and experience is never forgotten.  Nor the feelings, the loss, the having, and the wanting.  And everything you shared with someone special…and which we all hopelessly wish to spend forever with.  Do you remember?

If you don’t, I guarantee this song will help you to.


P.S.  And if somehow the song doesn’t help you to remember, the video certainly will.  It’s as poignant and heartwrenching as the song!



Ho, ho, ho!

Merry Christmas to everyone!  And may your hangovers and food withdrawals be light and slight when you return to the work-grind tomorrow!

Patrick The Poet


THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 01-23-09)

CHRISTMAS WREATHChristmas is tomorrow.  We got that to celebrate plus the fact that the entire planet survived the demise of the entire planet this past 12/31/12.  But before we get to all the celebrating and gorging on delicious cuisine, let’s take in a queue of sagacious aphorisms by some wife and famous people from the past.  Then go party down!

Patrick The Poet



THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 01-23-09)

Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one’s better abilities or idea, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act.
–Maxwell Maltz

If something’s not right, it’s wrong.
–Bob Dylan

Keep remembering that after Pandora closed the box, after all the scourges had been loosed, the only thing that did not escape was hope.
–David Plowden

If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.
–George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

But at my back I always hear Time’s winged chariot hurrying near.
–Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
–Plato (427-347 B.C.)

The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don’t have it.
–George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called ‘Ego’.
–Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn.
–Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947-)

Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain.
–Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805)

We have art to save ourselves from the truth.
–Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
–Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

I have nothing to declare except my genius.
–Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) upon arriving at U.S. customs 1882

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
–H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.
–Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

The difference between ‘involvement’ and ‘commitment’ is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was ‘involved’ – the pig was ‘committed’.


LOVEHere’s to the universe and all the good people in it, especially for this holiday season–enjoy the loveliest place that life can grant you!

Patrick The Poet



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.”

The Hungry Years

NEIL SEDAKANot sure where you could find or how anyone could write a more beautiful and more nostalgic song than this one–The Hungry Years–by one of America’s most prolific and superb songwriters: Neil Sedaka.  He had an awful lot of hits in the 60’s and 70’s, and 80’s too.  And The Hungry Years might not be the biggest of them.  But in my humble opinion, it is best of them.  So listen to it and enjoy it now–but at great risk–without a box of tissue at hand!  It’s like perfect poetry put to perfectly delicious melancholic music.  (:-D


P.S.  This song goes out to my amazing singer/actor friend Allen Wilkerson.  This is a song I really, really would love to hear him sing!





Who needs to explore the universe when we’ve got so many strange, unusual things right here on good old Mother Earth!
Patrick The Poet


Interesting Nerd Smiley emoticon

Coconut  Crab (Birgus  latro) is the largest terrestrial arthropod in the world.  It is  known for its ability to crack coconuts with its strong pincers in  order to eat the contents.
 It  is sometimes called the robber crab because some coconut  crabs are

rumored to steal shiny items such as pots and silverware  from houses and tents.
 The second  photo gives you a good idea of how large these crabs are –

a coconut  crab is seeking food from a black trashcan.


The coconut crab is a large edible land crab related to the hermit crab, and are found in the tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans. They eat coconuts for a living!

How would you like to be on an island and come across a crab that is more than 3 feet from head to tail and weighs up to 40 pounds, with a pair of large pincers strong enough to open coconuts!

They can climb trees too, but they only eat coconuts that have already fallen to the ground.

Coconut crab meat has been considered a local delicacy.

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