“Cheryl’s Students”

Much thanks to Roxie for her very generous gift of art supplies to Cheryl Locke’s elementary class on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  My poem, as promised, on topic of Roxie’s choice.

Visit Roxie’s blogcasa for many things writing/publishing related–with good humor too. Sorry, not the Good Humor  Ice Cream Bars–yet. Though she may figure out how to link us up with those too soon enough!  http://roxieh.wordpress.com/



“Cheryl’s Students”


we are the pasts unintended

future hopes

unexpectedly present


over years courses

we are the others

children born of desire


in spite of all

invaded isolated alienated



scarred, scraped, scoured

singing soaring smiling



persistent we learn enemy ways

thriving determined

hearing old ones wind whispering

We are Lakota!




May these “holy days” be gifted with healing.

Namaste to all living be-ings everywhere.

Medicine Buddha


“Special delivery”

Knock! Knock!

Who’s there?

Special delivery.

Don’t want any special any things. Delivery someone else.

Open up!

Nope. Not happening.

Open up. There will be consequences.

Consequences? Really. Huh. So what. Take a hike.

Are you refusing a gift from the Universe?

The Universe? Oh really. Make with the hiking already.

You know what happens when you refuse a gift, right?

Hmm. No Cash On Delivery payout is what’s happening. Now go kiss a brick.

Have it your way. Enjoy your ass biting. Ta ta!

“Ass biting”?  As in ass kicking? You don’t scare me.  Now haul your  ass outta here!

~~~pregnant pause~~~

You sure about this?

Absolutely. Now if you don’t mind, I have vices to tend to.

You know this is a really really great gift. I wouldn’t mind having it myself. Are you absolutely certain you don’t want it?

You want it. You can have it. Now leave me the feck alone!

You’re absolutely sure about this choice?

Absolutely!!! Go away and take the damned gift with you. Don’t you dare leave it on the doorstep!

This is going to create some serious issues in other areas. I think you ought to reconsider your choice.

Not my problem.

Oh yes it will be.  Still certain?

Still. Absolutely not accepting delivery.

Alrighty.  I’ll be on my way then.  Oh, don’t blame the dog.  Ta ta!    


Salute Bryce Courtenay — read his The Power of One

Turning on the computer this morning made this Black Friday actually a day of mourning in the world of readers and writers with the news of Bryce Courtenay’s demise due to stomach cancer. Not going to bother relating all the chatter on the various news threads regarding Courtenay’s passing. But I will say this:  The Power of One is a damn fine book.  If you’re looking for a great read for a young person–whom you don’t mind repeatedly reading derogatory words about certain chickens–then throw The Power of One at them and see if they can catch it.  In my opinion, keep in mind the “my,” this is a great reading gift 365 days year round for any reader–or boxing fan.  This is a story of guts, spirit and power.  Enough said. Salute the late Bryce Courtenay by reading his books.  If you’re already a Courtenay fan please feel free to share your thoughts about any of his books.

 Clicking the book cover will take you to a Wikipedia page about Bryce Courtenay.


dancers dance

boxers box

singers sing

writers write

Who wants a Green Christmas?

Oh wonder of wonders, mAdgA, the land artist of Clegyr Boia, http://clegyrboia.wordpress.com/  has inspired this post with her writing and photos about trees. Yes, TREES. As I read the information she shares on her blog, I thought about all the trees that will be cut down and trussed up for the forthcoming Christmas holy day–or not so holy day, but more accurately,  corporate profit day. Then I wondered what if everyone gave gifts of trees to PLANT instead? What if, instead of tons of overly packaged plastic junk people exchanged living plants and trees? What if we gave each other gifts of seeds, trees, flowers and other plants that could be used to literally green our individual living spaces? As mAgdA shares on her blog, one does not need a lot of space for creating a garden of earthly delights—pots can support all sorts of plants and trees.  Instead of cutting down evergreen trees en masse for decorating why not decorate a living tree with its roots still in the earth?  What better gifts could we give each other on this Earth that is rapidly being deforested?

Tree of the World


  Tree of the World

A cool gift~ Nebraska in December.

Nebraska in December

If you’re boiling and broiling like we are in the Kansas City Metro—and in Russia where there’s a deadly recipe of HEAT, drought, smog, fire, vodka–yes vodka plus swimming adds up to drowning–and a lack of firefighters, this is my little gift today. Imagine you’re driving along an old state highway  in Nebraska in December and the winds are so strong across the open road that you’ve got to stop to rest your hands from gripping the steering wheel hard in order to not have the car blown, literally blown, off the road. Then, not thinking about the fact that you weigh much less than your car, you decide to try to photograph the wind from outside the car. Quickly you realize that this is only possible from an upright position maintained by wedging yourself between the open car door and the main frame of the auto.  Yeah. Cooler?  If not, there’s always your freezer–or the freezer department in your local faux food frozen food aisle. Or Chopin on the rocks. Odd to think of drinking a Polish pianist. But add his Nocturnes to the iced distilled potatoes and–it’s not just Nebraska in December that’s chilly.

take give us

take give us



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