- Asheville, North Carolina, USA
- September 26
- I am a poet-essayist-singer-songwriter, and advocate for the poor, with a teaching and counseling background. I grew up in Florida, now live in Asheville, North Carolina. I also lived in New England 20 years.
I love nature, music, and poetry. I am married and we have three adult-kids between us and four grandkids!
I am interfaith, leaning toward Taoist, Celtic, and Native American spirituality, and an "Obama Democrat."
My book of song lyrics (Back to the Sun) and mv book of essays on creativity (On the Blue Ridge Line) can also be found on Amazon.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Nontraditional haiku
December 20, 2014 05:29AM
- Three Line Tragic
December 19, 2014 06:59PM
- Not Alone (poetry)
December 17, 2014 02:24PM
- Dream Work and Personal Growth
December 15, 2014 02:23PM
- Where there is life, there is
hope (journal entry)
December 15, 2014 05:00AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Thanks Clay, touch and
- “Great writing...”
December 19, 2014 07:01PM
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He can’t stop texting
He’s trapped in a dead-end relationship
Will dawn ever come?
A lady Southern lady
Alone at the computer desk
What town is this?
Lost in the Florida Panhandle
With a few 7-11s… Read full post »
Anything more tragic
than someone imploring "I want to go home"
and he has no home
I breathed deep the mountain air
clean and cold
A day after surgery, I felt
like a new person, cleansed
Later on, my knee collapsed
at the coffee shop, another sign
of aging, but a black woman
came to my assistance
and helped me to my car
making me feel
I think that dream work can be very helpful to the creative person. I am glad that I am remembering mine now. It provides much more than fodder for poetry, It also provides a valuable opportunity for self-integration. I don't believe that an "expert" is needed to guide one along this… Read full post »
Up at 4:30 a.m. Feeling ok...
Have started to dream or remember my dreams again every night. This is a good sign, emotionally and creatively. I have found it very helpful to write down my dreams and make them into poetry.
Well, it's a new week, another chance to get… Read full post »
After a difficult night of pain, I felt disoriented, but things are better now. Linda and I went out for a good breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Now Linda is asleep and we have been listening to meditation music. Life is sometimes filled with travail. That's reality.… Read full post »
Feel like I'm running down like a clock, dizzy and week, down at Hardee's with the Good Old boy, journaling, reading, reading poetry and science is. Brilliant sunshine, but the news from D.C. is bleak.
I must hang on. Several people need me. I must hang on.… Read full post »
You've got to get yourself together
get yourself together, one more time
one more time, one more time
There are friends who need you
There is the world that needs you
You are not ready to die
You're too much of a fighter for that
You're too much of a fighter, you will bring
you will bring, you will… Read full post »
Real pain is not dramatic, not cool, not sexy
It just sucks you in, but as long as you're alive
you struggle to come back out
to be in the world, be creative, be with others
"It's a long way down to nothing" (U2)
Good for the homeless, or anyone headed down a disastrous path, to reflect on this lyric, including addicts, anyone trapped in an abusive situation, the mentally ill, those head downhill toward financial disaster, etc. It may be… Read full post »
I think I posted on this before, but this is an update. First, I think this is not typical for a person to talk openly about this problem, but I don't care about that. It is a problem that man men struggle with in silence. Well, it is probably caused by… Read full post »
The things that truly matter:
We must not lose focus on them;
meaningful work, creativity
Taking good care of mind and body
considering the fate of the cosmos
Exposing onesaelf to music and nature
sharing your creativity with others
It is so easy to get distr… Read full post »
It's one of those gray, gray, gray days
Folks down at Walmart move listless,
the workers and the shoppers
There is a cold mist in the air
You can't even see the mountains
I examine my face in the mirror
I look unshaven even though I've shaved
Life can be tough on many levels, but grassroots
people can be… Read full post »
Finding a way to express oneself fully and deeply can be difficult, but the human spirit yearns to speak out. We have this need to be ourselves and to share our true selves with others.
There are many problems in this nation and world that seem overwhelming at… Read full post »
woke up from a dream
and the world, it seems, had changed
or is it me, seeing things differently?
I have made
doing things I have been avoiding
taking time for deep reflection
that saying, "It is what it is"
It may be/… Read full post »
Cool breeze on my face
I needed that, to cool down
my body and soul
The world seems like it is off the rails
but there are sane people left, and I will hang out
and if you go crazy too, and by… Read full post »
I've had a lot of crash landings in my life
but always survived, at least up to now!
Whether it's my Guardian Angel or survivor's instinct
I am not sure, but it seems like when I come down
to earth, it's always with… Read full post »
I keep writing, though it may be the last time
but no one knows the future, do they
or what the next ten minutes may bring
Like ballplayers keep on playing
whether they are losing orwinning
and the best of them
give it all they'vegot/
I am thinking a lot about entropy lately, the tendency in a system for things to break down and devolve into a state of disorder. This physics concept, of course, has application to our lives. How do we counter this tendency? It seems to me, through the application of intelligence as… Read full post »
This old clock sat in the garage for years
buried under cartons of books and this and that
Ignored, yes, but it just kept on ticking
We rescued it from it's dungeon one day
and set it down in the living room, on the coffee table… Read full post »
When someone feels their life is over
When someone can't find their way back home
When someone seems completely lost...
What do you do or say?
Do you say, "It will be ok?"
Do you run away?
Do you hang in there with them?
Do you hang in and feel the depth
of their pain?
Do you hold their hand… Read full post »
Since my vision seems to be gradually fading, I read shorter passages, then put a book down, or read half of a long essay. Well, my eyes just get tired more easily, I guess.
We adjust to our disabilities. I have adjusted to my knee problems,… Read full post »
There is a very good song by Tim McGraw, "Please Remember Me." We all have this desire to be remembered by those whom we consider are significant others. But it doesn't always work out that way. The other person may not share this feeling of significance… Read full post »
Dreamed I was leaving my mom's
long before she wanted me to
I see her sad eyes. I see
Nothing I can do
Have to move on
I can't save her from loneliness
Wish I could, but I'm caught up
in my own chaotic journey...
That was 20 years ago
Alone in the
So many pathways
to walk down
You wait and wait
listening to the heater
At least you know
the only answer comes
from the spirit
can open a window
to the soul
can restore… Read full post »
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