Monthly Archives: November 2011

As it Shall Be

This poem was inspired by some recent conversations I have had with my fiancée concerning how we might handle the ‘holidays’ with future children. I should probably indicate that the future presented below was not one of the more serious options discussed.

As it Shall Be

Bobby, and Suzy, and Patrick
all get presents on Christmas.
They say Santa Claus
comes down their chimney
the night before
and leaves them cool stuff.
They can’t explain
how Santa doesn’t get burned

It’s not logical.
I don’t know who
gives them their presents
but I know where mine come from.

Shadrach, Meshach,
and that guy with the name
I can’t pronounce
I call him Abe.
They come down our chimney
not on Christmas eve
but the night before
the 25th day of Kislev
a month that appears
on a calendar that hangs
on the refrigerator
held by a magnet
with a six pointed star.

Many years ago
Shadrach, Meshach
and Abe
survived the fire
a mean guy
named Nebachasomething
threw them into
so it’s logical
they can survive
our chimney.

Dad says this guy
named Judah Maccabee
was the great great great grandson
of Abe, and Judah
fought against some Syrian Greeks
and saved our ancestors.

The Syrians are still bad guys
but they’re no longer Greek.

Mom says Dad is full of hooey
and that some Syrians
might actually be OK,
and Judah
isn’t really descended from Abe,
but Dad is a genealogist
so he would know.

Remember, Remember…

If there are any British readers of this blog, Happy Guy Fawkes Night

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent
To blow up the King and Parli’ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England’s overthrow;
By God’s providence he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holla boys, Holla boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
And what should we do with him? Burn him!



My brown eyes
splash inside the pools
of your grays

heedless whether
anyone else gets soaked
in the process

I seek
for my selfishness

Software Upgrade, New Title, New Theme, Technical Difficulties

As should be obvious to anyone who looks at the blog, there have been some changes.

  1. I’ve upgraded to the newest version of WordPress.  It’s been awhile since my last upgrade, so it was time.
  2. I also changed the theme, and even changed the title of the blog.  Comments welcome.
  3. Unfortunately, in the upgrade process, while it appears I successfully retained every post, it also appears I lost all the category tags.
  4. The administrative interface is aware of what all the categories are, but none of the posts are tagged with any of them.
  5. So some weekend when I am completely bored with nothing to do I’ll start reading old posts and tagging them.
  6. I’ve only been blogging since 2002, that won’t take too long.