There are oaths. And there are oaths. Here’s one I believe in, passed on down to me from one who imbued it. It’s one you may wish to adopt, too!



Through the darkness of your despair,
And despite the passage of all the years,
And the anguish of all your tears,
And the presence of endless doubts and fears,
I share this sacred oath for you to swear:

“By my life and my love of it,
By all courage I have given and spent,
Through loyalty and tireless intent,
Of this I will stay certain and well-meant:
You’re never beaten if you never quit!”


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Slipping by Kristen McHenry

Slipping by Kristen McHenry


For her superb online blog, my poet friend Kristen McHenry has posted this week a profound, deep and rife with beautiful metaphor poem of her own creation.  It’s called Slipping…and it’s inimitable.  And I wanted to share it with you.

Here: http://thegoodtypist.blogspot.com/2017/05/slipping.html


This is my ultimate list of the 20 Saddest Songs Ever.  But not just the saddest, but the most beautiful saddest songs ever.  Seems like a good time to get the sad songs out of the way at year-end.  Then I’ll get to the 20 happiest songs sometime in 2014.  That’s if I can even find 5 happy songs! lol

Meanwhile, give these gems a listen, have a box of Kleenex nearby and enjoy the beautiful catharsis.  And be happy!

Patrick The Poet

Bread – I Say Again



Lionel Richie – Goodbye



David Gray – Say Hello Wave Goodbye



She’s Leaving Home- The Beatles



Jackson Browne – In The Shape Of The Heart



Jackson Browne – Sky Blue And Black (with lyrics)



Jackson Browne – For A Dancer (with lyrics)



Bruce Springsteen – You’re Missing  (9/11 Tribute)



The Moody Blues – Isn’t Life Strange



John Denver –  Like A Sad Song



Michael Martin Murphy – Wildfire (with lyrics)



Gilbert O’Sullivan – Alone Again



Bobby Goldsboro – Honey (with lyrics)



Bee Gees – The Way It Was



Chris Isaak – Nothing’s Changed



Kim Richey – Didn’t I



Kenny Chesney – A Lot of Things Different



Toto – I’ll Be Over You



Paul Young – Everytime You Go Away


Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World




“The Present” I believe to be one of the greatest albums out of the many incredible ones written by The Moody Blues over the years.  If you’re a Moody Blues fan or not, I highly recommend making this album a part of your musical library.  It is filled with such sonic beauty and melodic splendor.  You will really come to thank me for it, and who knows?  Maybe even come to appreciate my strange, melodramatic ways and wry sense of humor! 

Meanwhile, here is a sample from The Present, written and sung by TMB’s legendary lead singer Justin Hayward–an incredible singer/songwriter in his own right.  It’s called “Running Water” and is a favorite of mine from the band’s entire vast catalog of inimitable music.  Was a favorite of my great novelist father, too, and how I miss the times I used to play this song and the whole album for him.  In times long ago that once was The Present.  And in another meaning…still is!


Link To Running Water: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xMBJ7G7Xy0


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Sometimes this is what becomes of a life and of one’s dreams and love.

Patrick The Poet


Oh, once upon a day I used to believe in love.
In all the stars in heaven, and in heaven above.
That you would always love me and would forever stay.
(Till that day when love disowned me…when you went away.)
For once upon a day I had hoped for happiness.
That all the world and this were found in a lover’s kiss!
And thought you would live even after the end of time
(Till I wrote you a verse in a dirge that didn’t rhyme!)
It rhymes here, my love!–But it is a desolate one.
And as dark as the night when darkness shuts out the sun.
Still, I believed in sunlight, and in love, and in God
(And once upon a day by all these was stirred and awed!)
Till love came and vanished, and let darkness have its way.
And the truth spoke but lied, then had nothing more to say!
Then all my beliefs and all my hopes were tossed away.
(When your dirgeful life died, my love…once upon a day.)


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The path to happiness and enlightenment is paved in many lessons and mistakes.  It’s affected by choice and change as well as chance and time.  And sometimes endures a lot of pain and grief to reach the timeless treasure that is love and joy.

Patrick the Poet



There was nothing left to search for after I found you;
Nothing in the skies above me more lovely or true.
Besides, what more than happiness does one have to do?

Still, though I never learned it till it was too late,
That there are some things in life for which you have to wait,
Who knew love had to be a slave to fortune and fate?

So I awoke each brisk day to the breaking of dawn,
Hoarding the timeless treasure I had stumbled upon;
And yes, never knowing what I had till it was gone.

But oh, don’t be so quick to judge me and see me burn
In the pit of fiery ignorance one dares to earn!
Don’t you know there are things in life it takes time to learn?

And one of these is loyalty, another one is grace:
To see yourself in your lover’s eyes–to share her space,
And touch the wind in her hair…and the smile on her face!

Oh, we are all so certain from where lastingness springs.
And the permanency of love that youth always sings.
So judge me not–you, who knows little about these things!

We are young and foolish and see our lives enchanted,
Then take what the gods may give and the seeds they’ve planted,
While taking what should never be taken for granted.

Yet in the realm of love that stirs passion and romance,
Beyond the throes of fortune and fate and circumstance,
We can earn the timeless treasure of a second chance!

So this I will find again–for my heart is not old.
Though much in life that glitters–even hope–is not gold,
I know this we all can find–if our hearts remain bold!

So judge not one’s foolish youth that ended with a tear.
For the path to cherishing love is not always clear.
Though now I’m ready for a second chance to appear,
You should understand, it can take a while to get here.


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The most precious gift given to us is life.  And a newborn baby is a miracle in and of itself.  A miracle and a promise for tomorrow.  And evidence of God, in my opinion.

Patrick The Poet



Today a beautiful gift was given to me.
A gift of perfect happiness and holy love.
So perfect for all its innocence and beauty.
And so holy because it came from God above!

And though life is often sad and terribly flawed,
There is still much happiness that has come my way.
For if I needed to believe there is a God
And a reason to face life each difficult day,

I would not need to look to the heavens above
Nor seek to know the reason God lives to save me.
I know full well the presence of God and His love
Everyday when I embrace this child He gave me!

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