Our Friendship is Absentee

Spent a span of my life

Working for the man

Didn’t like what I became

Had to quit, so I ran

We all must work

We work to live

But when we live to work

We can no longer give

We fill the hours, days, weeks…

Consuming our time

Prioritizing our values

In a cultural paradigm

Sharing your life

With the ones you love

The most precious gift

Given to those around us

My time in this life

Should demonstrate a devotion to present

Sharing our lives together

And to this I give my consent

When we misplace our attention

When we follow this decree

We miss out on a fellowship

Our friendship is absentee

And so I speak these words

And thus I proclaim

Do not waste your time alone

Take back a life to reclaim


A Thought For the Beguiled


If you are seldom held accountable, and you have nobody to challenge your beliefs, then one may slip into a beguiled state of being.  The presence of others can often shepard us into changing our views, or even give us new information that we would otherwise not consider.  We may also ignore them altogether and essentially be the same as when we started before the exchange of ideas, but the chance for some modification of our beliefs may also take place in the exchange.  The probability of factoring in alternative views will eventually sift into our consciousness over frequency and time and we thus begin a learning process.

But what if we are isolated, and do not have many others to counter our experience with differing methods of behaviors and thoughts?  What if we are a product of what is around us, our family, our peers, and our communities?  What will then give us alternative ideas?  We are not simply mechanical beings programed by specific rules of conduct, we are human.  We are essentially gifted with the ability to challenge our own beliefs, thoughts, and direct our behavior as we see fit.  We are able to learn.  Unfortunately many are unable to find out this truth and eventually become trapped into a world without possibility.  They have surroundings and behaviors both physically and cognitively that entrench them into a life of servitude to these conditioning factors that enslave them.

The brave ones may see something not worthy of following, and break away from the rest of their associations that lead them to make changes in the path for themselves.  Many examples of this can be found all over the world as the comparative analytic mind works its power over the once enslaved individual.  A child can determine by observation both positive and negative reinforcers that will make a connection for them to define who they are by breaking from known tradition.  I happen to believe that this can lead people to make astounding leaps and bounds over their environmental influences and fundamentally change them when they connect to the power of a logical, emotional, or spiritual influence.

Trust your feelings


                  A Thought for the Beguiled

Center of the universe

Eye of the hurricane 

The trouble with passion

We substitute in place of need

And carry no blame

Adulation and accolades

Pyrite for the ego

Driven by the shadows we cast

Quiet desperation…on with the show

Drift through our lives

Chasing the wrong ideals

Emotional destitution 

Do you know how that feels? 

The battle for attention    

Why ignore the hearts’ yearning 

Inequity fills our mind 

Sends the emotions burning

Trust your feelings 

Forgive your past

Enter a new day

Live your life at last







The Currency of Shame

I have a problem

It’s hard for me to say

I keep it hidden from others

The currency of shame in my transactions I pay

The tradegy of friendship

That most of us don’t see

The misplaced attention

The divided loyalties

If we run in a circle

Chase a tiger by the tail

No point A, no point B

Lost on the trail

The dark angel sings

Another life turns down

Caught in a web

Sigh with a frown

We can be surrounded by people

Yet none of them know 

The darker secrets

We do not show

Are you aware?

The impression you make?

Upon your peers?

For their sake?

A pale winters day

The leaves fall…

Dried and brown

Another season passes

Another opportunity to be found

I have a problem

It’s hard for me to say

I keep it hidden from others

The currency of shame in my transactions I pay


Do What-Cha Gotta Do


bronze gratitude

Do what-cha gotta do

change your mind

change your heart

change your ways

make a new start

don’t delay

don’t put it off

don’t say you’ll never

don’t scorn and scoff

do what-cha gotta do (X 4)

a simple man

a simple life

been frustrated

been in-between my strife

I’ve tried my best

I’ve made my choice

now I live

alone by my voice

do what-cha gotta do (X 4)

if you ask me

I gotta say

no regrets

when you find your own way

if there’s one thing I’ve learned

a life’s value is set

if the reward outweighs the struggle

and is very hard to get

do what-cha gotta do (X4)

and so ya see

I’ve gone my way

nothing to hide

not gonna sway

life’s best answer

to those who ask

cannot be given

to those wearing a mask

do what-cha gotta do (X 4)

you might find

another view

that’s okay

good luck to you

one more thing

I gotta add

too much of anything

won’t get-cha glad

do what-cha gotta do (X 4)









In the Absense of Fear

In the absence of fear

We have no hesitations

Not part of the conquest

And the many frustrations

In the absense of fear

We are without discretion

In matters of the heart

Can lead some into a path of aggression

In the absense of fear

We test our limit

Saints and sinners

Conditioning the human spirit

Consumed by greed

Pitty for the soul

The soul in perpetual need

Consumed by rage

Return to the holy book

Now, read the page

Consumed by lust

Ignite a passion

Disregard any trust

Consumed by pride
Too much self interest

Ready to confide?

Consumed by Envy

Another entrapment gained

Just along for the ride

Consumed by sloth

Idle hands and idle mind

Said by the man of the cloth

When The Heart Wanders


weaping stature

What can fuel the passion of a wandering heart?  When you have failed to find support from those closest to you, the heart wanders!  The fairy tale was born out of such wandering hearts telling stories to pass along heart-felt desires.  For me, I searched for some philosophy that would help me understand the human condition better.  It started with psychology, than history, than philosophy.  I read for the pure interest in discovering a way to help me reconcile some of these vexing questions when my hearts’ compass was spinning.

It seems to me that many of us all have different sets of rules that we follow.  In general I think we are best when we are in supportive and nurturing relationships, and we are worst when we have failed to receive these imperative bonding mechanisms that eventually passes on to future generations.  The cultural differences can teach us much in this domain of study, as well as our understanding of human behavior and ethics.

I somehow found most of my direction purely by pragmatic motivation.  Simply asking very fundamental questions I refined my search queries over time and countless social observations.  I know that many people will derive alternative solutions for themselves and I can not speak for them, only my relationship with the world.

Much of our relationships are driven by our perceptions, emotional connections, and beliefs about how we are to fit into this earthly existence.  We are creatures that have needs, we have dreams, and we operate best when we have connections with others that have our best interests in mind.  The wandering heart is a profoundly observed phenomena in the human biosphere.  Mythology, Poetry, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Et. al., all have common themes in their discussion about such occurrences.  Keeping the heart from wandering is the trick if you are in a relationship, because of the correlation to find some satisfaction elsewhere if you are not having some need(s) met with the person you are in a relationship with.  Human relationships are not the only reasons for a wandering heart I might add.  Wanting to change your current situation whatsoever it is such as; educational, artistic, geographical, and many other instances are reasons for someone to wander in the realms of the heart.

When The Heart Wanders

I sit alone yet I’m next to you

How did we drift apart?

When did we lose ourselves my dear?

How did I lose my heart?

As a young man I vowed

To find my hearts’ desire

After a few rounds in this world

Found myself in and out of the mire

Relationships i found can be tough

But I’d rather fight to keep it

Teach us to learn better ways

Teach us not to say quit

When the heart wanders

We put ourselves in a different place

Wishing for a better deal

Wishing for someone to embrace

Jon met Joanie

Joanie met Tom

Another future lover

Another relationship gone

Why can’t we keep it together?

Why do we lust and fear?

Human’s are so fragile

Human’s are so dear

So I’ll just wish upon a falling star

And keep myself in check

I owe myself to be the best

And not to be a wreck

I’m not the type of guy that likes to wander around

I’m not the type of guy that roams from town to town

I think Dion had a problem

I think the wanderer died with a frown



I’m A Grocery Man

I’m a grocery man 

I work all the time 

When you’re off on the weekend

I’m still workin’ …Mr. Kroger’s so kind

I’m a grocery man

Work every hour every day

Working on a Sunday

Sometimes isn’t worth the time and a half pay

I’m a grocery man

A career of sarafice 

Dwindling benefits

The company makes us pay the price

I’m a grocery man

What more can I say

Used to be a good job

Back in the day  

Dealing with the general public

Just isn’t right

They can do no wrong

My hands are tied…no fight

If you’re gonna ask me

I’ll give you some advise

If retail is a zero sum game

Than you better think twice

They are in it for a profit

At much of an employees’ expense

The cost of human labor

Makes the picket lines very tense

Wake up smell the coffee

It’s happening right before our eyes

Cheep Chinese goods traded 

At the expense of American lives

Mr. Simons can work

Ready, willing, and able

On the government SNAP

Living a socialist fable