Poetry Monday 10/28/13

October 28, 2013

Another month has passed me by
And I’m no closer to my dreams
I’m not really sure what they are or if they’ll fly

Going through the motions is easier it seems
Then finding something real in my life
Monotony is simple, no failure, even if I never reach my dreams

It’s not so bad, I’ve got a dog and a loving wife
Just feels like something’s missing sometimes
So I’ve made my decision to make all I can of this life

It doesn’t help, just hurts, to sit around and mope
That’s energy best used for something else
It’s time to act in faith and regain my hope

I’m ready now to use my time
instead of letting time use me
Because wasting your life should be a crime

Who’s Responsible?

October 25, 2013

It seems with each generation society becomes less responsible. We like to pass the buck and place the blame on someone else, usually the previous or next generation for leaving things how they are or for trying to change everything. One place I think we can really see this is with the “video games make kids violent” argument that is so popular. First off, I played hours upon hours of video games from the Atari to arcades to the xbox360 and ps3, and I’m not violent because of it, honestly I’m probably less violent because I could work out my frustrations with the world through that medium. Secondly, there’s one thing nobody seems to mention when blaming video games. Where are the parents? Too many times parents blame their kids’ misbehavior on “those evil games” but it’s never mentioned that they have a responsibility to know what their kids are playing and what’s appropriate and what isn’t. Parents are supposed to talk to their kids and know what’s going on with them. Parents should be highly aware of what their kids are doing, but they aren’t anymore. Instead people make their kids the responsibility of anyone and anything else. They sign their kids up for every program they can so they never have a free moment in which to be a kid, but always have another thing to get to and are always being pressured to preform academically and on the field. Is there anything wrong with a little pressure? Of course not, but when it’s constant and your kids’ schedules are busier then most adults, that’s not teaching them to deal with pressure, that’s throwing them in a shark tank to teach them to swim. Packing more stuff into a kids life isn’t going to teach a kid to be responsible or keep a kid out of trouble they way spending time with them and knowing what’s going on in their life (this includes the games they are allowed to play and punishing them when they break the rules) and setting a good example of living a balanced life can. So let’s take some responsibility. It’s not video games making kids violent and brats, it’s no one taking responsibility for their own actions and nobody setting an example. Kids will act how those they see act, therefore if parents don’t take responsibility and are jerks, their kids will be that way too. We need to teach kids wrong and right and responsibility for our actions and the place to start is with ourselves.

Poetry Monday 10/21/13

October 21, 2013

Sitting in bed
With my blanket and sheet
So glad fall is here
It’s so cool and neat

The leaves change color
There’s a crispness to the air
And in Mississippi it’s the only time you can sit outside
Without sweating through clothes by the pair

I need to apologize for last week. It was a crazy week and I didn’t post on Wednesday, and for some reason what I wrote and posted Friday didn’t actually post even though it initially said it did. Sorry. I will do my best to do better.

Poetry Monday 10/14/13

October 14, 2013

The weather is changing
Not fast enough for me
A little cooler and nicer outside
Hammock weather I call it you see

I set up my hammock
And swing in the breeze
There just isn’t enough time
To do it as much as I’d please

Still I enjoy it whenever I can
Strap it to a tree and lay back
Forget your worries for a little while
That’s the best way to relax

Feeling Rough

October 11, 2013

What do you write when you feel there’s nothing more to say?
What do you do when there’s nothing leading the way?
Write a little poem about how you feel
But the feelings are gone, they’re no longer real

Keep pushing through, make it to some rest
Trust in God, he knows what’s best
Easy to say, but very hard to do
Can’t someone help, just give me a clue

What’s it all about, what does it really mean
When I just feel hollow; broken; never clean
How do you keep going when you’ve lost your way?
Why should you keep speaking when you’ve nothing to say?

What is this fascination people have gotten with having their fries be mushy in the last few years? When I was young, we sought out the crispest fries we could find. We wanted them to break, not bend. Now, fast food places and sit down restaurants are all going the way of the thick, mushy fry. Why? Crispy fries are so much better. Don’t even get me started on sweet potato fries. I haven’t found a crispy one of those yet. I think it’s something to do with the sweet potato not being able to ever really get crispy. Please, if anyone has any information as to why our society and restaurants have swung to this extreme, I’d like to know.

Poetry Monday 10/7/13

October 7, 2013

When I feel I can’t go on
Like the world has turned its back
Like everything I do is wrong
And I feel I’m just a hack

You carry me
When times are hard
You protect me
You’re my front and rear guard

Life may press in
And I may feel distress
Like I don’t have a friend
And I’ll never escape this mess

But you carry me
No matter how I feel
You love me
And I know that is real

When You’re Down and Out

October 4, 2013

It’s really easy for me to get down. I psych myself out and wallow in my failures instead of recognizing my victories and successes. I’m convinced more and more that I’m not the only one who deals with this, but that a larger percentage of the population deals with this then doesn’t. So, my first encouragement to myself, and you, when we find ourselves here is quite simply, we are not alone. Our minds and hearts try to trick us into feeling alone and not talking about what’s going on because obviously no one else deals with the problem I have, when in reality almost everyone deals with the same problems, we just don’t talk about it. And that is my second piece of advice, talk about your problems with people you trust and who love you and want what’s best for you. Speaking the problem out loud to another person can sometimes show you the absurdity of the issue and will let you share the burden every time. My final encouragement goes hand in hand with the first. Sometimes we wake up in the middle of the night and we are alone, and the wee hours of the morning makes us feel hopeless and helpless. Even then, we aren’t alone because we have a savior who is with us always. He cares for each of us. Some people say how can God let me feel this way or let this happen, but I believe God is in control, even of the hard times. I believe God has a leash on Satan and the only authority Satan has on earth is that given him by God. Some find that disturbing, but I find it a comfort. I take comfort in God in control. What do others have? A god who can’t control the devil, a god who doesn’t care, a god who enjoys our pain, or no god at all with all our lives simply pointless, hopeless, useless existences. My God, the God of the Bible is in control, he cares, he doesn’t rejoice in the suffering of his people, and he gives us hope. That is my ultimate hope and encouragement when I am feeling down.

It’s been a crazy day!

October 2, 2013

Sorry this is so late. I’ve had a busy day. I forgot to set an alarm last night so I was running late this morning. I did get off from work a bit early, but I went out to my old college to see what was going on. I saw a couple of my old professors and the guy who helps me lead worship on Sunday nights. It was a really good visit and it brought back a fair number of memories. Many things have changed out there, but some things are the same. Overall it’s been a fairly good day despite the fact I spent the later part of it feeling bad. I know this is short and extremely self-centered, but my wife encouraged me to write something before bed. I hope your Wednesday was good and you have a pleasant end of the week.

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