A MESSAGE TO CONGRESS….

A narcissist, a liar, a psychopath, at large
He should be impeached
Indicted and charged.

Disgracing, humiliating us, on the world stage
Why can’t he be stopped?
Please respond, please engage.

Allowing the verbiage, that goes on and persists
Inciting violence
When will you resist?

Greed and lust, money and fame
Put him in office
But, you are to blame.

Encouraging violence, he rallies his crowds
Inspiring evil
He laughs right out loud.

You have the power, the means and know how
Exercise your authority
Remove him, right now.

He’s out of control, spouting evil and rage
Stand up for what’s right
Please, stop his rampage.

Once a world power, now being laughed at
Can’t you see that
We’re under attack?

History’s recording your lack of virtue
Hold him accountable
We’re depending on you.

I HAVE RIGHTS

Obstacles and barriers
Roadblocks and stop signs
Appeasing and negotiating
Needs to happen every time.

No autonomy or freedom
Final say is yours alone
Why do you feel so privileged
And make decisions on your own?

Who gave you the power?
Why are  you sitting on the throne?
I’m more than a poor peasant
I have heart and a backbone.

Don’t ignore my feelings
Don’t look away or roll your eyes
I deserve your full attention
You don’t get to pass me by.

I have a voice and an opinion
What I say should matter too
I am clearly not invisible
I will stand right up to you.

I have rights to be upheld
You’re not my boss, my dad or brother
You don’t get to disrespect me
I won’t be stifled, shut down or smothered.

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BEFORE I KNEW

A happier place
A gentler time
A step back from the heartache
Before, you changed your mind.

The smile on your face
The look in your eyes
Before, I knew the truth
Before, I asked you why.

Free of the guilt
Free of the pain
Before, I ever met you
Before, knowing your name.

The burden, the shame
The guilt and the blame
Wanting you more
Wanting more of the same.

The narcissist’s power
To convince and cajole
Never lessens or weakens
It never gets old.

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Please Go

Can’t count on you to have my back
Sorry, but it’s true
Though we are under the same roof
I can’t depend on you.

Coast along, no questions asked
Nothing more that I can do
So easily taken for granted
Guess, I expected more from you.

On my own, so isolated
Feeling separate from the pack
Realizing there’s no trust
No reason to look back.

Security keeps you anchored
But, nothing stays the same
There‘s more that’s waiting for you
So much more for you to gain.

More money, position and status
It’s there for you to find
We all deserve what we want
All I want is peace of mind.

I’m past the point of no return
Tired of compromise
Pack your bags, head on out
No strings, no alibis.

I’m not sad, not anymore
I’ve simply had enough
You rolled your eyes too many times
Please be sure to take your stuff.

Ridicule and disappointment
Support …. begged and pleaded for
Contempt, disgust and judgement
I can’t take this any more.

Don’t tolerate or settle
Find what you’re looking for
Life’s too short, brief at best
I’m sure there’s something more.

Desire, the lust, the romance
Wasn’t there, right from the start
I compromised, convinced myself
You’d have a change of heart.

Not going to happen, now or never
Let’s cut the ties that bind and fray
It took so long to come to this
You need to go, please walk away.

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NOT ENOUGH

Not enough
You wanted more
All I did….
What was it for?

It didn’t matter
It didn’t count
Was not enough
The wrong amount.

Some kind of fool
Chasing my tail
Destined to go
Destined to fail.

I blame myself
Who else is there?
No one to notice
No one to care.

My mistake
I let you in
Should have known
You always win.

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FOR RICHIE

A message received
Devastated and weak
She felt sick inside
Consumed with such grief.

Her boy, a small child
Who’d become a grown man
Who knew much success
Had fulfilled his life’s plan.

Just like his dad
With tool belt in place
He followed him everywhere
With a smile on his face.

His mother, steadfast
Whenever he’d fall
She’d pick him back up
He would run, never crawl.

When he was a boy
He played with his trains
He’d play day and night
His favorite games.

The whistle would blow
The smoke from the stack
He’d steer his train
Always kept it on track.

A train engineer
A mechanical genius
He followed his dreams
An accomplished machinist.

He played with his band
On Saturday nights
When they harmonized
They sounded just right.

“Down by the Glenside”
He played with the guys
When they began singing
It brought tears to your eyes.

He reached for the stars
His dreams had come true
Made the most of his life
Always knew what to do.

Now, “All Aboard!”
For the last run on the line
He’ll ride the train
For the very last time.

He’ll be with his family
His girl and his friends
You know he’ll be smiling
On his way to heaven.

THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

Traveling to the south of France
Where the air is fresh and clean
See the beauty of the valleys
A prettier sight I’ve never seen.

I gaze upon the sunrise
Walk along the countryside
Wear my beret atop my head
Tilted slightly to one side.

Pretend to be Parisian
While pursing local shops
Watch the farmers travel into town
Their wagons filled up to the top.

With vegetables and flowers
Their dogs walking by their side
Tails wagging, people smiling
Children playing ball nearby.

Stopped for lunch at a small cafe
Enjoyed the day so warm and sunny
Served a loaf of crusty bread
With a plate of cheese and honey.

A gentler time, a memory
A snapshot of the day
They know how to live there
How to pass their time away.

Sharing simple conversations
Watching sheep herded thru the streets
Another bottle of Champagne
Made with grapes so ripe and sweet.

A fantasy, a book I read
Re-enacted before my eyes
A memory to cherish
Makes me smile and wonder why.

I waited so long to travel
Held fast to the mundane
Now that I’ve ventured far from home
I know I’ll be back again.

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