Feeling The Heat?

do you ever get criticized for what you eat?

or dressing sloppy and not being neat?

then you’re probably feeling the heat

from the critics in your life and on the street

our hopes and our desires are fragile things

that need nurturing, not a critics barbed stings

using words like weapons and their voices like slings

critics treat your ideals and habits like verbal playthings

but you can make sure the your critics don’t succeed

when they talk trash about you, pay them no heed

be the master of your own ship and don’t concede

to naysayers and enemies who only want to mislead

we’re all going to feel heat along our chosen way

how we stand up to our detractors determines our day

we’re all different and have a variety of games we play

in essence, life is too damn short not to have your say!

Getting Real

our society has phonies to the left and right

truth is shunned and kept out of the limelight

getting real in these chaotic times is no easy task

everyone in the country is hiding behind a mask

deciding what is right or wrong is a real chore

it’s difficult to know who to abhor or adore

getting real is becoming harder every day

because people worry about what to say

it takes confidence and purpose to get real

sometimes it also takes nerves of steel

A Homily On Honey Badgers

their real name is Honey-Eater of the Cape

skunk-looking creatures unafraid of a snake

also known as honey badgers who have no fear

of any animal, big or small, who comes near

it’s wise to avoid these cousins of the weasel family

known for being quarrelsome, filthy and smelly

most people think honey is their favorite food

but it’s the bee larvae inside that are being skewed

honey badgers grunt, squeak, hiss and whine

and often leave, when frightened, a smelly trail behind

yes, they do have a sweet tooth for honey too

and they’re fierce fighters unafraid of coming after you!

In The Worlds of Night

when night falls worlds come alive

in dreams and reality

predators stalk the darkness to survive

and the prey becomes a casualty

creatures big and small that move at night

are masters at hiding anywhere

cleverly avoiding the moons light

and assuring their welfare

dreams are also denizens of the night

as people try to rest from a hard day

things like nightmares leave them uptight

causing them dismay

dreams can also be a wonderful experience

sought after by mystics and sages

spiritually enlightening and soulfully intense

dreams and reality are the inheritance of the ages

The Virtues of a Pug

smushed-faced clowns on four paws that capture your heart

pugs in beige and black, they’re all a special breed apart

some people say that pugs are ugly and snort like pigs

I say no way…those pugs will become like your kids

my little puggie Molly is always looking to play

it’s no stretch to say she can play all day

I’d venture to say that pugs are a popular pet

they’re a great companion and that’s a sure bet!

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

Brand Fever

everyone, and thing, has a brand in this land

products and people seeking to expand

Levi’s, McDonald’s, Coca Cola, and Jeep

all culprits in the corporate branding creep

ambitious people market themselves every day

using their talent and experience as a resume

but some people avoid brands, big and small

because they don’t think branding is good at all!