The Past…


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I do not weep for times gone by
instead I view my life with joy
the many years spent on this earth
the good, the bad, sadness and mirth
for all of the moments I have lived
knowing that my life I give
to caring for me and my pets
for no one else except maybe my vet
can give them the love that they deserve
as answer back, never a word.

I lead a very selfish life
no wife to cause me untold strife
I come and go just as I please
and spend my money in varying degrees
on whatever I fancy at the time
nothing for me is out of line
I do not justify the cost
because for me, I am the boss
I write the checks and pay the bills
and no one else in my life to fulfill.

Do I like the way I live
I really do have lots to give
but to share my life in that way
and another person having a say
in what I do and whatever the time
and someone else spending my dime
it’s been too long to change the score
over twenty years and more
and just like my pet, the one in a fix
you just can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

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My Slow Brain…


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As my brain slowly goes bad
it makes me feel so very sad
that things I can no longer recall
even though they are very small
things like names and dates and times
involving dollars and nickels and dimes
are gone and even though I try
my very thoughts seem to deny
that the subject in hand I ever knew
as recalling my thoughts are very few.

I try to compensate for my brain
by writing things down to keep me sane
so I can use it to recall
whenever my brain is feeling small
or retracing my steps from whence I came
in order to jog my stupid brain
for when I get to where I am going
my brain has forgotten the reason for showing
appointments like doctors and dentists and such
are carefully logged as my fingers touch
the keys to my laptop being sure to record
the whose, why’s and when’s in the proper accord.

Actually things are not really that bad
its true I get a little sad
when my brain is slow and seems in decline
but give it some time and the gears start to wind
and slowly but surely the thoughts reappear
which makes me feel full of good cheer
as the brain is not dead but just being slow
the thoughts and words take longer to show
there is still life in this old brain
true its never quite the same
as when I was a younger fellow
now I am much more mellow
and everything I do takes time
walking, talking and thinking these lines.

Kicking a ball…


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Half Time Talk

When I was a kid and still very young
my whole idea of having fun
was to get with my mates and kick a ball
and the girls would cheer and watch us run
no interest in them that I can recall.

Moving along in just a few years
my mates and I still kicked the ball
but this time we tried to impress the girls
hoping that one would not like them all
but pick one of us that was most enthralled.

As time moved on the girls came first
as many of us settled down
married with kids not much time for games
life was never ever the same
on weekends we still got together and kicked a ball

Further on down the line
marriages failed and its alimony time
visit the kids once a month
and maybe take them to one of our games
this time in the older guys league we played.

Time has passed and the kids have grown
and they all play in a league of their own
trying to impress the watching girls
choosing a mate as life unfurls
and it all starts with kicking a ball.

Now I am old and life has passed by
the closest I come to kicking a ball
is to cheer on my team as I watch them play
thinking of what were the good old days
when we were just starting along our way.

“Football, English Style is good for the soul”

 

This past year 2015.


Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Out with the old and in with the new.

This year has finally come to an end
and with it I made many new friends
new events and new scenery and places to walk
meeting other people who like to talk
about ponds and hiking and getting outside
viewing Nature and the beauty she provides
working out at the gym along with others the same
wanting to get our bodies in shape
to be able to do all these wondrous things
and live life to fullest the best way we know how
and the time to do this has to be now.
for life can play some terrible tricks
and things can get in a bit of a fix
as things don’t always work out the way
and we often put off to another day
working on this or attending to that
and often having to take the flack
for things that are not always our fault
at which point as a last resort
we go back to the gym or take a long walk
to work off the frustration that it has brought.

Sometimes things just can’t be fixed
especially if someone is very sick
and they turn for the worst and then they die
and in our hearts we ask ourselves why
how is it we can lose our friends
or parents or pets  who to the end
have lived on this earth the same as we
with lives no different that we can see
and yet they got sick and then they died
why them you ask and why not me.
I guess in the big scheme of things
we all have a turn but who will decide
who lives, who dies who get sick or stays well
who goes to Heaven or who goes to Hell.

We are ready to start a brand new year
hoping it brings nothing but cheer
good health and happiness and riches too
or whatever it is that we each really want
with our own ideas of how to proceed
and hope that in everything we will have needs
and yet at the back of everyone’s mind
is a little doubt of the future and what it holds
for us individually and as a group
and what can we do, what steps so bold
to make sure that life for us will unfold
and for our friends and family too
and our pets who without a part is lost
as they enter our lives with nothing but love
all they need is the same for us to give.

One thing we can bet with our lives
that every morning the sun will rise
and as long as we are able to wake
then a good day we will be partake
for if in fact our number is up
and in the night death came our way
thinking of those we left behind
who in this race will carry on
until the time when they will be gone
we are born, we live and then we die
this scheme of things of which we are sure
and it will be for evermore.

Happy New Year.

Hot Water and Life


DSC_0768I sat staring at the screen but the words would not come,
it was as though the rainy weather outside my window was shutting off my writing,
many thoughts flashed through my mind of what had recently transpired,
the things I had managed to accomplish around the house these last few days,
like installing new leaf guards on all of the gutters and blowing off the roof that had the usual collection of fall leaves,
or installing a four gallon water heater under the sink,
to help out the existing one which, like the owner, is getting old
and now I have instant hot water,
if I could wind back the years like I just fixed the hot water
life would be grand.

Goodbye Old, Hello New…


Happy New Year- what will it bring?

      Happy New Year- what will it bring?

I look back on yet another year as it draws to a close
and think of the things both good and bad that have happened
all a part of this thing we call life.

It would be easy to make a list, one for each
but I choose to remember them all in my mind
as lists put things in order and life is not like that.

I remember friends and family and pets that are lost, gone forever
to be replaced by new friends and new pets
but never forgetting those that are no longer with us.

Do the good things outweigh the bad
only in the eyes of the beholder
which differs from person to person.

What will the New Year bring with it
who can foretell and certainly none of us
but I am eager to be around to find out.

Considering the alternative.

Good Luck for the Future

              Good Luck for the Future