Archive for September 2013

Things I Need   3 comments

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Just a quiet evening in pensive thought about what’s important…, and what’s not

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Things I need…, different from things I want.  The things that are important and that I need to get me through each passing day tend to be more abstract and less tangible than the things I want.

I need love, in all its forms, all its descriptions, with all its emotions, in all its blinding brilliance.  It feeds my spirit and gives it the sustenance to face life’s events and trials.  It helps me share its gifts with those who grace my life.

I need hope…, hope to give me the vision and courage to realize that I have the strengths to overcome even the difficult obstacles life puts in my path.

I need faith…, faith to believe that there will always be love to share, and hope for better tomorrows.

The last thing that I need is will…, the will to believe in the hope of love.

These are the things that I need, the things that make each day important, and full, and give me the opportunity to experience this gift called life.

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The things that I want are incidental to life, such as food to nourish my body, clothing to keep me warm and socially acceptable, shelter-a place to live that provides protection from the elements of the seasons.  Yes, these are necessary things, but even without some of them, I would manage to survive.  Other wants such as comforts – TV, music, contemporary fashionable things, cars, etc, are nice, but not totally necessary.  They just make life more comfortable, (and sometimes more complicated).

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These are just passing thoughts and opinions as I wandered through another quiet evening.  What are the things that you need?

Good Night, everybody

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Posted September 24, 2013 by PapaBear in Uncategorized

Doin’ the Things I Can   5 comments

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(This came to mind the other night.  Couldn’t sleep so…..
It’s a song – think slow country ballad)

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Now I’m tired and I’m weary

And I can’t understand

Why there’s no peace of mind these days

These days…

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There are times that I wanted to just fade away

Things are just not the way that I planned

But each mornin’ I get up to face the new day

Smile, and do the things that I can…, I can

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All the hopes that I dreamed of

were all made of sand

And slipped through my fingers

Slipped away…, away

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There are times that I wanted to just fade away

Things are just not the way that I planned

But each mornin’ I get up to face the new day

Smile, and do the things that I can…, I can

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I can see theres no use to cry and complain

Things are not gonna change that way…, that way

Doin’ life’s hard work’s the only way to gain

Gotta work before I can play

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Sunrise

There are times that I wanted to just fade away

Things are just not the way that I planned

But each mornin’ I get up to face the new day

Smile, and do the things that I can…, I can

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Posted September 19, 2013 by PapaBear in Personal, Poetry, Songs

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A Dark Night   8 comments

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(In a miserable mood tonight and this is all that will come from the pen…)

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Do you ever feel lonely

In the middle of a crowd

Where all you hear is only

A silence, shrill and loud.

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Is there an empty longing

Where there once lived a heart

Where you find nothing belonging

Nothing ends, and nothing starts.

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In the quiet of this empty room

Where a tired soul resides

In a dreamless and darkened gloom

In this emptiness I hide.

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With a brokenhearted sorrow

Now I learn to live

To face each blank tomorrow

Little left in me to give

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But as the sun lights the coming day

I rise to face the light

To try to find another way

To banish endless night.

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Good Night everybody…, and a wonderful tomorrow to ya !

Posted September 13, 2013 by PapaBear in Personal, Poetry, Songs, Uncategorized

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A Quiet Summer Evening   9 comments

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Thin, filmy clouds over the water portended another fiery, beautiful sunset.  It was late afternoon and the heat of a sultry day was relenting to the cool sea breeze. He relaxed in a chair on the back porch.  It had been a long day and he was really tired.  He closed his eyes and listened to the melody of the mockingbird in the trees and after a moment dozed.  He woke to the caress of soft, cool fingers along his temples, progressing to his neck and shoulders with a gentle massage.

“Tired, darlin’?”

“Exhausted”.

“Too tired to go for a short ride with me?”

“Never that tired.”

They strolled to the barn that served as a stable for the stallion and two mares, pulled down their tack and saddled and bridled the horses, the stallion for him and the dunn mare for her.  Smiling, she rode over to the porch, picked up a bag, and tied it to the back of her saddle.  The sun was slowly descending to the horizon when they rode casually across the cotton fields and across the little road that led to a creek in the woods, a favorite place to retreat from the rest of the world, stopping to dismount in a little clearing along the stream.

He untied the bag from her saddle and followed her lead to a spot next to a log across the creek.  She spread a blanket and opened the bag as he went back to hobble the horses.

“Hungry?”

“Starved, sweetness.  What do we have for tonight’s meal?”

“Well, let’s see…, fried chicken, potato salad, sliced tomato…, and some peaches for desert.  Will that be enough for my hungry man?”

“It’s at least a pretty good start…”  “You been busy planning the wedding as nd all?  Pops sounds like he wants us to be invitin’ about half of the state.”

“Yeah, I’ve been doing some plannin’.  What do you think about Saturday night, right here, with just us, a minister, and a couple witnesses?”

“Saturday night…, as in this Saturday night???  Are you serious, or just pullin’ my leg, girl?”

“Serious as that sunset right over there.  What do ya think?  Really, sweetheart, I don’t want to have that kind of huge, formal ceremony.  It’s just too much and neither of us would know half of the people.  I just want to share that moment with you, not the whole world.  Can you understand?”

“Yeah, I can understand.  I really haven’t been looking forward to this idea of a huge ceremony either.  You know me…, I’m a pretty quiet and simple kind of person and l’d like a quiet, simple ceremony too.”

“Good, then, Saturday about 6:30 right here, ok?  I’ve already talked to Ed and Barb and they’ll be our witnesses.”

“Am I the only person who doesn’t know what’s goin’ on?  What you gonna do if I say no?”

“Well, I guess I’d just have to convince you to say yes…., it’s ok, isn’t it?  You’re not angry, are you?  I’m sorry; I didn’t mean to spring this on you like this, honey.  Please say it’s ok.”

He pulled her into his arms, smiling, “Have I ever been angry with you, darlin’ girl…, and have I ever been able to refuse you anything you wanted?”

“No…, you spoil me worse than Pops does…, and you don’t need to.  I just love you so much, sweet darlin’ man.  Does this mean it’s ok…Saturday?”

Saturday night came, and at 6:30, in the light of a glorious sunset, four best friends and a minister met at the log along the gurgling creek in the woods next to the little road.  After the brief, but romantic little ceremony, bride and groom retired to the boat on the back bay to privately celebrate the close of a very happy day, and the beginning of a beautiful future.

Later, in the early morning as they lay in each other’s arms she turned to him….

“Do you remember when we talked about children, and how many, and having a family, darlin’?”

“Sure, I think I said we should have about six kids, three boys and three girls, and then we’d decide how many more…”, he said with a  smile, “and we should start right away.”

“Well, sugar, I think we’ve already started.  I think we’re goin’ to have a baby…, I just found out last week.  I know you wanted to wait a bit, but…, I’m sorry sweety”

He pulled her closer to him with a smile,”Don’t you apologize, darlin’, not for this ever.  A baby…, you’re goin’ to be a mommy and I’ll be a daddy !  Wow !  You’re ok, aren’t you?  Are you happy about it?  I sure am.  I love you more than ever.”

With happy little tears rolling down her cheeks, she kissed him, smiling,” Happier than I could ever tell you, especially knowing you’re happy too.”

Nestled in each others arms, they slept past the dawn of the new day, rising to a brilliant sun reflecting off the mirrorlike calm bay.  It was going to be a beautiful day, appropriate to the beginning of their new life…, together, the three of them.

Wet

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(Author’s Note: This is an excerpt from a larger work I m writing)

Tidbits   5 comments

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I’ve learned-
that your family won’t always be there for you. It may seem funny, but people you aren’t related to can take care of you and love you and teach you to trust people again. Families aren’t always biological.

I’ve learned-
that we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

I’ve learned-
that the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

I’ve learned-
that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.

I’ve learned-
that you should never ruin an apology with an excuse.

I’ve learned-
that you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes. After that, you’d better know something.

I’ve learned-
that sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.

I’ve learned-
that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

I’ve learned-
that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.

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I’ve also learned

that no matter how much you feel that you know, there’s so much more out there to learn.

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Posted September 8, 2013 by PapaBear in Uncategorized

Life Is Short   6 comments

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Something to think about…..

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Posted September 3, 2013 by PapaBear in Uncategorized