The gnawing memories
Plaque me at night
They pull and they nag
They sting and they bite.

They continue to haunt me
They won’t let go
I try to escape them
They’re shallow, they’re low.

They appeal to my fears
Attach to my soul
I’ve run out of time
Now, I’m growing old.

The clock has run out
My days in the sun
Have faded, have withered
I’ve been outdone.

No chance to recoup
What I have lost
I knew the risks
I knew the cost.


Savor your time
Count all your blessings
Be happy, be glad
Stop second guessing.

You did what you could
You fought every battle
No reason to feel
Frazzled or rattled.

Your time has come
Didn’t quit, when you could of
You found your way out
You did what you should have.

Sit back and unwind
Relax, take it slow
For once in your life
You can finally say, “no”.

No sounding alarms
No deadlines to meet
No reason to worry
Calm down, take a seat.

Enjoy the day
Walk down to the sea
Stop stressing and fretting
Just let it all be.

No expectations
No worries or cares
Nothing to prove
You made it, you’re there.


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Cool summer breezes
The wind through your hair
The smell of the ocean
No regret, no despair.

The memories have faded
The guilt and the pain
The remorse and
All the feelings of shame.

Scattered and wind blown
Like each grain of sand
Unable to hold
Slipping right through your hands.

The weight on your shoulders
Harsh words, heavy blows
The deep cut of sorrow
Are gone, let them go.

Look beyond the horizon
Cast your eyes toward the sea
The chains have been broken
At last, you are free.

No reason to wonder
Forget the cold stares
No reason to worry
Don’t look back, don’t you dare.


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Starting to cough
Starting to sneeze
My nose is running
I’ve developed a wheeze.

Kleenex and cough drops
Decongestants and tea
Could be a virus
Or an allergy.

The pollen, the dust
Don’t open the door
The wind carries in
Those dangerous spores.

We breathe in and breathe out
A substantial amount
Into our nose
And out through our mouth.

Vitamin C
The first line of defense
Fluids and rest
Will make perfect sense.

Some honey and juice
A warm bowl of soup
Whatever this is
It’s thrown me for a loop.


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Distract, Deflect and Divide
I’m afraid that’s his M.O.
No thought or care for others
I’m afraid he needs to go.

The damage to our nation
Disregard for common good
Does whatever he feels like
Never doing what he should.

Embracing a false ideology
Abandoning the constitution
Disregard for the law
Practicing overt exclusion.

A racist and a bigot
Dictator wannabe
Would rather be with Kim Jong Un
Than defend democracy.

Slander, lies and ridicule
The values he accepts
No honor, truth or loyalty
No kindness or respect.

Families held against their will
Children taken from their mothers
Siding with white supremacists
No regard for those of color.

No way he should be president
He’s a liar and a thief
It’s time to take our country back
He needs to be impeached.


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Ethnic cleansing
Before your eyes
In plain sight
There’s no disguise.

Making America
Milky white
Taking away
Your voting rights.

What’s happening
To democracy?
Don’t want this man
To speak for me.

Prejudice, hate
Lies and deceit
Counting out
You and me.

A dictator
A wannabe
Cavorts with Putin
Can’t you see?

Ignoring laws
No respect for justice
No intentions
Of trying to help us.

Looking out
For number one
Don’t understand
Just how he won.

Be wary now
The fix is in
With Russia’s help
He’ll win…. again.


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A monstrous nature
An evil mind
Devoid of love
Of any kind.

Cages children
Puts up walls
Comes a running
When Putin calls.

Craves attention
Schemes and lies
Turns his back
When children cry.

Doesn’t know
Wrong from right
Can’t discern
Dark from light.

Can’t believe
In plain view
He can deceive
He’s fooling you.

Please wake up
Come to your senses
Stop erecting
Chain link fences.

Soap and water
A human right
A blanket to keep you
Warm at night.

Open your eyes
Don’t turn away
Our country’s values
Are slipping away.


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