While our curate made his speech

the disguised woman stood as one half asleep

now beholding the one now the other

without once moving her lip or saying a word

just like a rustical clown

when rare and unseen things to him before

are unexpectedly presented to his view

Spring Cleaning

As my wife gets into full Spring Cleaning mode
I will be taking time to clean out some old folders,
tablets (the paper ones) and cluttered notebooks
some go back farther than forty years and then
some are nonsensical and more than  a little  weird
I keep finding things that I do not remember at all
with more than one having a slight maniacal bent
you will find that rhyme and reason never mattered
until I found that writing Sestinas and Villanelles
can be a most wonderful and intense use of repetition
so enjoy as I do my own cleaning and share my clutter


You see, I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty
attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool
takes in all the lumber of every sort he comes across, so that the knowledge
which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skilful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.
— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, “A Study in Scarlet”


“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want to impress people they don’t like.”

“The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them.”

The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”

“Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.”

—Will Rogers

When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened
or not; but my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so I
cannot remember any but the things that never happened. It is sad to
go to pieces like this but we all have to do it.

— Mark Twain

The bay-trees in our country are all wither’d

And meteors fright the fixed stars of heaven;

The pale-faced moon looks bloody on the earth

And lean-look’d prophets whisper fearful change.

These signs forerun the death or fall of kings.

— Wm. Shakespeare, “Richard II”

More Me

My profile tells what I am today,
but not what I have been
My profile tells where I am today
yet not where I have been
My profile tells my outlook today
not much of things I have seen

I have reached my latter years
still amazed how I ever survived
some of those things I faced

Political Correctness meant little
to me then, even less now
Never really understood Activism
yet war became a constant reality
Never learned to practice Restraint
but I learned its meaning in a cage

The rest of me will need to be gleaned
here from my feeble efforts of expression