The Foe No Longer Silent Sleeps

O! Emerson, how could you know
when you wrote the Concord Hymn
that shots would echo ’round the world,
shots fired by lesser men?

No bridge can arch the flood
that sweeps across our land,
No sea can hold the mothers’ tears
nor calm the fathers’ hands.

The bullet’s echo ricochets
through once thought hallowed halls.
O! God pray hear our plea
before even one more falls.

Please come into our hearts,
and come into our homes,
and teach us now to understand
the problem is our own.

The bullying, the hatred;
the shots ring out again.
Teach us Lord to teach respect
to bring this killing to an end.


In Humble Adoration

Winter’s dismal cold,
when every breath
was an op art sculpture,
was more than a season;
it was a miracle of survival
where even I,
who sometimes struggles
with each step,
walked on water.
Of course it was frozen;
everything was
and along the margin of the bay
where daffodils will bloom in spring,
I slow stepped
in boots with tread so thick
it would make Michelin proud.
Everybody knows it takes a sturdy sole
to stay upright in winter.
Thank you Lord
for an encouraging calendar
and the hint of green
on my lawn.

On the Wings of a Setting Sun

Atop the hill day makes its goodnight cry
in flame-red hues of myth and mystery,
Divine creation with a  breathy  sigh
burnishes earth in golden artistry.

Would I were that speck in majestic flight,
the wing’ed sparrow soaring high above
unfettered by melancholy twilight
nor taunted by the specters born thereof.

To feel the rush of wind beneath such wings,
to coast on currents warm with fading sun,
What makes the faith that lets the caged bird sing?
What wisdom lets a finished day be done?

Last vestiges of sun slip from my gaze
as melancholy turns to words of praise.

Attn: All Readers (even tweens and teens, teachers, librarians, and anyone who enjoys the intricacies of a good mystery.) Beware Miser Snoot!


Miser Snoot and The Bibliomaniacs” by Charlie O’ Shields is a must read for book lovers from 12 to 112. On the surface it is a fast paced detective story geared to tweens and teens . Delve deeper and all ages, all readers, will find the story to be a wake up call regarding the preservation of the printed word. The book is fun, challenging and informative. It was published in 2002 but could well have been written today to serve as a proud banner for those who would preserve in print books and access to information. The action begins with a trip to “Information Aisland’, a journey no reader should miss.

Available on Amazon and other major book sellers




Thank you WordPress for your disrespect

This is a family rated blog.  I came to it tonight to find on the front page (and every page) an ad with a half naked woman sitting by a pool and an ad for bitcoin. Are those ads really appropriate?  Is this the best you can do?  Shame on you!

This is not a new blog; ads have not previously appeared on the front page . Is there new management?  Are times getting tough?  I understand that the new view of Net Neutrality*** is going to cost all small site owners, but smearing the blog with grade B ads is certainly no way to improve traffic, unless of course you are trying to appeal to people who can’t read.  What happened to ‘tasteful, non-obtrusive ads that relate to site content’?

I understand that even ‘free space’ must generate income, but what happened to pride in the product? I was proud to put ” a WordPress website” on my business cards.  There is no room on that card for an apology for  crappy ads. There shouldn’t need to be.

I tried to read my own poem and was so distracted by the flashing ads (oh I forgot to mention the animated junk jewelry that flashes so large it is impossible to read the blog content) that I gave up.  Are you trying to destroy your own business or just my blog?

And, now that I have your attention…I’m curious as to why there is no visible log in line on the blog? That certainly seems like a detriment to developing a site.

I guess it really is true:  You get what you pay for, even on ‘free’ blogs.

***For those who are unfamiliar with Net Neutrality, it’s about keeping the Internet free and open as a platform for creativity, innovation, and free exchange of ideas. It’s about defending free speech in the digital age.  It has recently been revoked, an action
that will lead to the small site owner  being pushed aside (among a myriad of other muzzles on the small guy’s voice).  We need to impress upon our Senators and Congressmen the importance of restoring Net Neutrality.