Monthly Archives: December 2016

A Snowball’s Chance



He was brought into being

On a cold winter’s night

Two warring young factions

And a friendly snow fight

He was cold and quite round

With a definite flair

His head full of snow

Instead of with hair

He flew through the sky

With an abundance of glee

Then splat it was over

On the side of a tree

He picked himself up

And patted his head

“No more of this!”

I think that he said

He played in the snow

But away from the boys

“Life is for living,

I’m not one of their toys!”

Seasons do change

At least here in the north

And soon it was warmer

The flowers burst forth

Everyone thought

Their snow friends had gone

Perhaps then next winter

Once again they’d be spawn

But our hero of note

Had just made a plan

He’d stay though the seasons

And come forth as a man

On a warm summer’s day

When the freezer is humming

Behind ice cubes and creams

He might just be slumming

So remember these words

As you shiver with cold

Our hero is near

He’ll never grow old

A Year End Reflection



As I sit here in front of my compute I am thinking back over the previous 12 months. It has been exciting and exasperating, wondrous and terrifying. I can now look back over half a century and I’m amazed that we made it.

Seriously people, think about it. We poison the air, we poison the water, we poison the food. We fight to the death for reasons that don’t make sense to the rest of the world. We are greedy and selfish and even when we are told that what we are doing will kill us, we keep doing it.

Do we deserve it? Do we deserve a future?

I am an unrepentant optimist. There is good out there. There are masses of people working desperately to save us. I don’t understand the evil but unfortunately I do understand the apathy.

The one thing evil needs to thrive is for good people to do nothing. And to our great shame that is exactly what is happening. I weep for the children who know only hunger and war. I weep for the disenfranchised, the dismissed and the disavowed. We are better than this. But there’re always excuses. “We should take care of our own first.” “I can’t afford it!” Or my personal favourite: “It’s not my job.” These are actual statements that I have heard people say.

Well, it is our job. We need to take care of everyone, here and abroad. That super latte half foam decaf you have every morning could fund so much if you would just rethink your priorities. And that’s just it. Our priorities. Those who have don’t want to share and those who don’t have are desperate to share.

I have loved ‘Star Trek’ since the very first episode of the very first series. The world they showed was one of peace and inclusion. People were labeled by what they did, not who they were. People were judged for exactly the same reasons. It was the 1960s and I believed in the ideal. I still do. My dreams are a little tarnished around the edges but I still believe. I believe that there is good in people. I believe that we are one people and I wished we all acted that way. I want there to be a future that includes everyone. No exceptions. Evil exists because apathy exists. One can negate the other. People, we’ve got work to do!

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Romero had Juliette

And Batman had a car

I think being friends with Robin

Is what made him a star


Superman had Lois Lane

But first another pair

Adam was with Eve they say

The world their private lair


Paris fell in love with Helene

And left his world to die

Scarlet should have gone with Rhett

With all that could imply


Thelma and Louise were free

They went about their way

The fact it was illegal

Would not mess up their day


Darcy and Elizabeth

A fictional tale of love

Whose constant daily bickering

Seem to fit just like a glove


Now Samson and Delilah

Had strength between these two

A simple cut and then behold

Weak was all they knew


Just because you’re with someone

Was it was meant to be?

But when it really does go right

Blessed you will see


Every day can be maniacal

A daily life so tough

But when the pairing is just right

There is magic in your stuff