Vino Veritas

with the god’s favorite libation

there is much celebration

led by a smiling Bacchus

and his observation

that there is truth in wine

that imbibing is fine

and it’s okay to drink anytime

Early Memories

some early memories are gardens of delight

others are not so serene like getting into a fight

making Revelle car models like Ed Roth’s SuperFink

was a favorite hobby because I didn’t have to think

I raced on narrow red skateboards with metal wheels

while dreaming of someday having my own automobiles

my imagination was unfettered with too many facts

spending my time playing with all kinds of knick-knacks

countless hours were spent imitating TV heroes

in plots with pals featuring dramatic death throes

my memories of those early days

of childish beliefs and pretend plays

are still companions in my old age

and are still a pleasure to engage

Still Dancing In My Mind

my old legs with gimpy knees and gait

don’t allow me to move freely

because they ache

but it doesn’t stop me

from dancing in my mind

where I’m free

of earthly constraints

and physical limitations

that bring complaints

but I hear rock and roll

and keep on dancing

to please my soul!

TV and Reality

we have to be careful not to believe everything we see

on TV

the line between reality shows and reality

has become murky

a parade of partisan petty bourgeoisie

on TV

from entertainment to ideology

a warped view of what the world should be

based upon viewer popularity

on TV

where talk shows hosts spew witty repartee

and political pundits dramatically can’t agree

instantly becoming must-watch insanity

on TV

where we can be fooled by technology

into seeing something entirely phony

gleefully watching a bunch of baloney

I think that I’ll never see

anything more deceptive

than a TV

Tribute to George Carlin

the comedian who gave us the seven dirty words you can’t say on TV

was George Carlin, whose brutal honesty appealed to me

attacks by the FCC for use of expletives were thrown out of court

a victory for freedom of speech which the FCC tried to distort

while George is no longer on this earth his words are still alive

he made millions laugh about the absurdity of many things

yet there was a serious message to his acts that still clings

to our memories like fall leaves holding on until the last breeze

stubbornly clinging to his mastery of words and sly journalese

Hilarity in the Key of Be

it takes practice to be happy

to enjoy each day

no matter what comes your way

there’s no limits to hilarity

and the joys it brings

to little things

belly laughs and chuckles

achieve their happy goal

of bringing peace to your soul

look how breathless laughter

brings a smile to your face

when your in a bad place

oh, hilarity!

Where would we be without thee?