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One Good Eye




I was sitting on a bar stool 

Drowning in my beer,

When I noticed from across the bar 

An ol' timer's distant stare.

 

He had one eye on a photo,

 and a bad eye behind a patch.

 He looked as if he was longing.

 From the world he seemed detached.

 

So I whispered to the barmaid,

 "This next round, it's on me."

 He toasted me from across the bar,

 And said "Come sit by me."

 

So I made my way across the bar

 and settled by his chair.

 He said "My name is Thomas,

 and this, my friend, is Claire."

 


A black and white old photo,

frayed along the sides,

 Of a beautiful young lady,

 flowing hair and pretty eyes.

 

"Forty years together,

 My one and only love.

 I prayed one day I'd find her.

 She's my answer from above."

 

"Each night we spend together,

and we dance the whole night through.

We talk until the sun comes up,

Nothing else we'd rather do."

 

And with that I saw a glistening

A tear in his one good eye.

He quietly got off his chair,

And tipped his cap goodbye.

 

A cane that had been hanging

On the coat rack across the floor,

Helped to steady his foot steps

As he shuffled out the door.

 

I yelled "Will I see you tomorrow?"

He grinned and gave a wink,

"Perhaps the good Lord willing,

and then I'll buy the drinks."

 

"Can I ask just one more question,

before you leave tonight?

You seem to struggle walking,

So how do you dance all night?"

 

The old man paused a moment,

His head then bowed to the floor.

"Ahh a question worth repeating,

I've heard a thousand times before."

 

"My Claire, she died, a few years back."

He said with a tearful sigh.

"So now when I want to dance all night,

I just close my one good eye."

 

 
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Perfect Line



The tides and seas will greet you
At the dawn of early life.
From a sheltered cove you'll venture,
Along paths of ease and strife.
The sails upon your masts
Capture every wind benign.
So chart your course for greatness.
You'll sail the perfect line.

 As you depart for open waters
Jagged shores will test your skill.
You'll battle villainous pirates.
Violent storms will test your will.
You'll venture beyond horizons,
And push the tests of time.
So chart your course for greatness.
You'll sail the perfect line.

 Before the sun's departure
As it sinks into the sea,
You'll encounter great adventures,
And discover your unique 'Me'.
Through trials and tribulations
In time you'll be just fine.
So chart your course for greatness.

You'll sail the perfect line.

 

 
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Poppycock



Too much work, and not enough fun.

They say that youth is wasted on the young.

"Poppycock" I say, for the time is here,

To begin living life as if you've no cares.

 

I bequeath to the world my worries and stress,

Deadlines, agendas, and ultimate tests.

Replace all of these with frolic and fun.

On my final marquee put "Ornery One"

 

Before it all ends discover what matters,

Turn off the news, and political chatter.

Think like a child my daughters and sons.

"Life is too short to not have fun!"

 

 
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Damned



Odin, dear Odin, my loyal Grim Reaper.

Welcome our guests to their eternal keeper.

Valkyries to arms, and draw your white horses.

Hasten to silence these protagonist voices.

 

Take thy skythe and harvest their souls.

Listen through deaf ears their reasoning roles.

Capture their pleas in thy porous fists,

If only to dissipate through loosening grips.

 

Their prayers for mercy, are we expected to hear?

For only now have they bothered to share.

If not for the slamming of these cold metal doors,

They'd still be silent, but silent no more.

 

So Valkyries, dear Valkyries, to arms for your Reaper.

Welcome our guests to their eternal keeper.

 

 
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Look in Our Eye



They claimed their victory 
with an ominous lead.
The looks on their faces 
were of arrogance and glee.
Hoisting a trophy, 
or so they assumed.
Interviews in the awning, 
but in the background we loomed.
"Bring on the next!", 
before game's end they'd cry.
But they forgot one thing, 
the look in our eye.

We fell behind quickly, 
exhausted and gassed.
Our hopes for a victory, 
for others soon passed.
But something was brewing 
deep down inside
A brotherly spirit, 
a fiery pride.
They all had assumed 
we'd lay down and die.
But they forgot one thing, 
the look in our eye.

We battled with grit, 
left our hearts on the floor.
With nothing remaining, 
but the game's final score.
Counting us out, 
was their biggest mistake.
For the victor's trophy 
was not theirs to take.
A championship banner 
they thought they would fly.
But they forgot one thing, 
the look in our eye.

A lesson in life 
they'd not soon forget:
While the weak may cower, 
the strong never quit.
Premature donning 
of their "Champions" smock,
Was not theirs to wear 
with time on the clock.
From the depths of defeat 
to victory's high.
They'll always remember, 

the look in our eye.

 

Dedicated to "The Miracle of Medina"

 

 
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