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J D Smith

J D Smith
December 20
Married and in the heartland of the USA with little to say and nothing to say it with.


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DECEMBER 7, 2013 10:37PM

The Ultimate Christmas Ride

santa sleigh 

courtesy of google images


The winds will howl and deer will push,

across the Pole this day.

Aurora gathers from skies around

to light upon the sleigh. 


The magic of the season crests,

the sparks do fly about,

the steeds do  paw and grind the earth,

and waitRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 6, 2013 5:56PM

What Matters Is How They Kill You?

So we as a nation are saying that using chemical weapons of mass destruction is crossing a red line, but that others forms of killing folks are just fine?
I understand the lethality of sarin as a toxic agent. (actually, I really don't. Apparently a VERY small amount is… Read full post »
AUGUST 20, 2013 7:02PM

Leaving And A Final Reason To Smile


There is a sad and lonely silence about her

her trembling head hanging down upon her long ago sunken chest,

and soft whispers of breathing erratic and aged

as the magazine slips slowly from her grasp to the concrete below. 



Daily she sits upon her porch in aRead full post »


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The moon shines sparsely upon the silent driveway this night,

luminous shadows hinting of shapes and objects not quite seen

as anger slowly settles hot and low into my still churning chest

and moonlight amplifies my frustrations over yet another fight.


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 free picture courtesy of funMela.net

A few weeks ago, I had an out of OS experience where my blog was not on the site. It was a tad bit uncomfortable, but thankfully, OS opted to bring me back out of oblivion!


So here’s the thing!

JULY 31, 2013 11:08PM

Paper Melons

You find your way in the world,

clinging to paper melons and email love,

and you never touch my reality,

but have your own that borders on something unfamiliar. 


You speak about a “just” world,

like it is a cardboard cutout;

and you can fix it with a Sharpie,

and aRead full post »

JULY 25, 2013 10:48PM

Escaping Just Another Day

The hand shakes a little. 

She promised herself some early Beatles music for the shower this morning, in an effort to give herself the will to get out of bed and ready for another day of ledgers and numbers. But “Eleanor Ribgy” came on and she reaches dripping out of the showerRead full post »

JUNE 10, 2013 6:29PM

Honor Under A Wampin' Willow Tree


It’s all spread out under a willow tree,

     folding chairs with taped-over handles

and big black pots nestled over rigged gas flames

      with smells wafting and wigglin’ all willow wamped. 



Aunt Spuddy’s stirRead full post »


UBI –  (United Bloggers International)

Low altitude spy drones flying off the coast of Open Salon report that as of 12:40 today, a Tropical Dustup was forming 130 miles south by southeast of the southernmost Blogland.


This is the first named storm of the Dustup s… Read full post »

Well...it is safe to say that OS is past some of the major technical issues it was experiencing at the end of last year.
It is also safe to say that while we were waiting, many many of the more regular bloggers seem to have abandoned ship.
Some undoubtedly… Read full post »


You know you wanna do it!

You KNOW you do!!!!


You are just dying to choose a side on Open Salon and jump into whatever monkey frays might occur in the future! You wanna band with one group of bloggers and have all kinds of interesting dialogue with them… Read full post »

Nobody will ever mistake me for anything much more than a 3rd rate poet, but I thought I'd share some thoughts on the tragedy in Bangladesh.
Thoughts only, not well written or even well thought out concepts.
Arrests are occuring now for those associated with the construction of  the… Read full post »
APRIL 21, 2013 10:49AM

Canned Puma

The Greco-Roman wrestlers have it right when they grapple with life's problems from the vantage point of a mat and a referee and a few dozen well chosen spectators yet even they don't have the vantage point of someone who chases down pumas all day long to get their jobs… Read full post »


Why would ANYONE actually eat liver and onions??

I can find no logic to it. It is not like they said..."yum...smell that!" Or "doesn't that look great???"

It stinks! It festers on my plate. It literally grows in size when I place it in my mouth.


No no no....no liver… Read full post »

APRIL 7, 2013 8:17PM

Just a Vent...Yeah...A Vent


I am tired of keeping score.

My job is about keeping score, and has been for 30 plus years. Are sales up? Are they down? Why? Why not more? Either we are winning, or we are losing. It is all about making money. It has been for 30 years.

At church,… Read full post »

MARCH 25, 2013 9:15PM

Edges of Hue - Iron Poet #16


Charcoal-filled grins emit from her eyes this night,

darkened and deep they look upon me

stone-like and cool

with touches of play in the lined squints of humor that crease her lids


Sun-blazened iris shine upon me from another direction

brilliant hazelnutRead full post »

MARCH 18, 2013 5:54PM

Flying Around In A Bowl Of Honey


Recollections of my Grandma Matthews….

Grandma Matthews was pretty good about keeping a heavy glass bowl with lid on the kitchen table always stocked with tart Lemon Drops.

The Lemon Drops were crusted with sugar, and sticky enough that you spent a lot more time licking your fingers clRead full post »

MARCH 9, 2013 2:05PM

A Different Kind Of Story-Telling


In the world in which I was brought up, I’ve always had a fascination with the art of story-telling.

I can remember the joy I had in mid-High when I discovered in the school library a book by a writer I had never heard of by the name ofRead full post »


So we got rocked with snow too....no...not the 38" inch variety like the northeast nor  the 14" inch variety of some of the midwestern states north of me.

We got something in the 9" to 11" inch range officially, and 79" inches in my driveway unofficially. 

Every weather person i… Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2012 11:26PM

The Ultimate Christmas Ride


santa sleigh 

courtesy of google images


The winds will howl and deer will push,

across the Pole this day.

Aurora gathers from skies around

to light upon the sleigh. 


The magic of the season crests,

the sparks do fly about,

the steeds do  paw and grind the earth,

andRead full post »

DECEMBER 19, 2012 9:55PM

Alone For Christmas One Last Time


The space heater kicked on again rumbling and buzzing,

quickly glowing angry red as it battled for a hold in the ice cold room

and gloved fingers edged closer to the fiery red hornet

seeking a warm embrace in the electric cold of being alone 


Radio drivenRead full post »

NOVEMBER 16, 2012 4:45PM

Time To Pull Life Support


Open Salon is a community that uses the OS website to stay in touch with a core group of people who enjoy writing and discussing all kinds of topics. We, the writers, are the community; Open Salon is only a platform.

We believe the OS platform has become incapableRead full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2012 12:11AM

The Life The Storm Can Change


One house is lit with self-generated power on the corner,

an island of civilization dropped in the center of unfolding void,

as darkness filters past the last wisps of sunlight and pours over us,

and rising angry waters grope up our legs and over our thighs. 


IRead full post »

OCTOBER 21, 2012 8:02PM

A Prayer For Terri / Lunchlady 2


I would tell you that Terri is an angel.

MANY would tell you that Terri is an angel. Selfless and loving and giving are just small pieces of who she is.

She would say, (and she'd be right) that she is not perfect. She would share all her faults and… Read full post »

OCTOBER 13, 2012 4:47PM

I Guess Being Shy Is Fine,....But...



If you walk by her and take the time to try to look into her eyes, you find that she is an expert at avoiding eye contact.

She has the ability to find that one thing around her that she can divert her attention to so that youRead full post »