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Spirit Show

Spirit Show

 

Despite all the tragedy that appears in the news,
it’s the spirit of life we must guard
as we face all our loved ones and help with their lives,
who we hold close with highest regard.

For we can’t be beaten or appear in their eyes
to have withered and succumbed to a fate
but bestow in them faith to find guidance from God
for all life’s travails that await.

We must try as we step to have warmth in our heart
as we battle the dangers, all around,
and show them no fear as we live through each day
as we keep them from beating us down.

We can’t win all battles…. that happen our way
but for the battles we win we can show
how our positive thinking gave a lift to our hearts
and to the face of our spirit…. a glow.

copyright 2013 t. j. gargano

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Mornings After Harvest

After months without a view because of the beautiful, tall cornfields, the distant horizon can be a mesmerizing sight, filled with the smells and sounds of a different, yet familiar, place.

Looking east from where I live, the lagging warm temperatures of day create a hazy, foggy pastoral scene,  of a morning,  across the recently harvested cornfields  and it is a blessing in magnitude hearing the geese feeding frantically and invisibly until the fog lifts.  Then when the sun begins its rise, the shadowy glimpses of distant objects on the horizon command your every instinct as you look, listen and smell the uniquely, coming day.

You are alive and you have taken the time to notice it!  Have a great day and try not to take it for granted…..look, listen and smell of it….for you are blessed to be alive!

Mornings After Harvest

Across the trampled field of corn, filled with geese in the early morn’,
  the distant horizon peeks beneath the fog
that partially hides the distant train headed north in a misty rain
  as my ears pick up the howl of a farmer’s dog
chasing geese along the fence, in and out of a fog, so dense,
  the geese themselves don’t know which way to go.
And all you hear are gaggle screams, like those heard…. in nightmarish dreams,
  as a lifting fog exposes the new day’s glow.

That’s how it is each country morn’, looking east where once was corn,
  across the fields now flattened for the plow
that soon will turn the stubble down exposing all the black and brown
  after feeding every deer and bird and cow
that lurk and wait for harvest day so they can romp and eat and play
  before the winter winds begin to blow
and life again is cold and harsh; birds all dreaming of the southern marsh,
  and the rest of us await the coming snow.

copyright 2013 t. j. gargano

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The ‘Volcano Sistas’

Watching the grand kids at play is a wonderful experience at moments when our life needs a little excitement, don’t you think?  Back to pretend land and the fascination of our youth.  Have a great day!

The ‘Volcano Sistas’

Though four, they wander like most youngsters do
and you wonder just what is about to ensue,
when two little minds are playing their games
in faraway places…. only they know the names.

Though deep in their world, they know you are there
watching them play from your nice, comfy chair,
and ever so often they’ll give you a glance,
then return to their ‘place’ in a fairy-like dance.

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They talk in strange voices of differing pitch
befitting of fairies or a wicked old witch.
They dress up in clothes matching each different mood
as they drink pretend tea that they’ve recently brewed.

They come up with names right out of the air;
a name that goes well with a girl in orange hair.
And they banter and barter in their magical play
in the faraway places…. they go to each day.

When it’s time to interrupt ‘cause their lunch time is near,
they freeze for a moment, not completely cohere.
Each differently thinking of what they should do
then hand-in-hand dance…. through fairy portal, to you.

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And when you address them and call them by name
a mistake you have made and they’re quick to exclaim
they’ve come from far places and rode many twistas
and they’re not Jude and Zoe….they’re the ‘Volcano Sistas.’

© copyright 2013  t. j. gargano

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Your Place

Your Place

 

There is a place I like to go
to sit and try to dream
when part of life has lost its glow
and lowered my esteem
down to a point that makes me feel
I should have offered more
and that is why I look to dreams
for what I’m looking for.

And where’s this place I journey to
to sit and gaze in stare;
perchance to stumble on a view
and catch it in my snare;
catching dreams that float around
when everything is still
in a place that’s like a whim
and only lasts until….

I waken to a soothing breeze
and wrinkles ‘cross the stream;
whispering notions in the leaves
I know it’s not a dream?
And I feel much better than I did
although I can’t explain
but I know, you know this place, like me
where refreshing soothes the pain.

Your place might be a comfy chair
or maybe in your bed
or beneath a tree in the city square
or on the road that’s up ahead.
But mine is usually by the stream
that meanders among the trees
where solace found, stills my heart;
and life’s again, at ease.

© copyright 2013  t. j. gargano

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Beauty Sprinkles

Beauty, at first look, seems unfair in the way it has ‘sprinkled’ its charms over everything in life.  It often provokes the jealousies of life conjuring up ‘wishes’ in the multitudes of those less blessed, in their minds, by her swishing wand.  But we fail to understand how many faces beauty really has and, in this oversight, don’t realize what beauties each of us might have.  Usually, we don’t seem to have the ones we want.  So we have to go with what we have and depend on others to find the beauty in us.  I know my glimpses of beauty have often been criticized by other eyes but I always remember what someone once said……beauty is in the eyes of the beholder…….how beautiful that is.

Thanks for visiting……I’m positive you are a beautiful person!

 

Beauty Sprinkles

 

From where does it come such beauty fair
that splashes on some….not all?
And has no rules, making some despair
the dreadful fate that did befall
to them when beauty’s wand did swing
over everything in life that is
but 
didn’t reach far enough, over them
but with sprinkles of only fizz.

Why do we compare our portion of
the beauty that’s spread in life
covering the world like brotherly love
like a salve to ease our strife
that helps us make our journey be
more pleasant when we fall
and helps us all to understand
the ‘picture’ on the wall.?

It’s best we run with what is ours
and do the best we can
and let all others see our scars
in the beauty of our plan
that’s in our hearts and in our words;
that’s in our beauty ‘jar.’
and gives of us, our view of love
and who we really are.

© copyright 2013  t. j. gargano

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No Man Knows

Some days I cannot escape the headlines – I can’t ignore them and I can’t block them out, as images of the unthinkable imprint my mind.

It would be the greatest ‘injustice’ if the world was compromised by someone whose imagination  ‘melted to its core’ on a belief conjectured;

Now you know why I like writing about fairies and rivers and highways and trees and………life.  There is love and there is hate and they are both complex….I choose love.   There is dark and there is light and they are both complex……I choose light.

We are all different and “ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on.” ( an expression used by Nigerian conga player Jimmy Scott-Emuakpor).

No Man Knows

Though I’m not, by nature, a belligerent man
the time has come to stop, who are
terrorizing people in every land,
though I’m not, by nature, a belligerent man.
The quality of life must be allowed to span
to every heart,  both near and far.
Though I’m not, by nature, a belligerent man
the time has come to stop, who are.

For, what man knows God more than the next
to judge a man and send him ‘death?’
To stalk him and tease and hunt and vex…
for what man knows God more than the next?
To kill in God’s name, is a mind that’s hexed
and a revelation that must be known by every breath.
For, what man knows God more than the next
to judge a man and send him ‘death?’

No man knows God more than the next.
But if there be one, make him be known
and show some proof of his mind, complex
No man knows God more than the next…..
who can help mankind to know and reflect
and escape from his sins…and atone.
No man knows God more than the next.
But if there be one, make him be known.

copyright © 2012 T.J. Gargano

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God, Keep Us Always

This is actually a song I wrote for my first daughter, Amy’s, wedding.

Our second daughter, Betsy  – who is a lovely singer having sung plays in Chicago for a couple of years, up in Montana and in Denver  –  was originally going to sing it,

but…. she came down with a very sore throat and that left Dad – me –  to sing it at the wedding…

..double-duty for me…..walking Amy down the aisle ….after singing her wedding song……she probably thought she was going to be the more nervous that day.  haha.

GOD, Keep Us Always

GOD
we pray that your love keeps us always,
always and blessed by your love.
GOD
we pray that your love keeps us always,
with blessings each day from above.

When roads become rocky and life seems to stir.
When visions are fuzzy and life’s all a blur.
We pray your love keeps us and guides us along
with beautiful flowers and birds in sweet song.

GOD
we pray that your love keeps us always,
always and blessed by your love.
GOD
we pray that your love keeps us always,
with blessings each day from above.

When dreams turn to wishes and heartaches do burn.
When roads become narrow, don’t know where to turn.
We pray your love keeps us and guides us along
With beautiful flowers and birds in sweet song.

GOD
we pray that your love keeps us always,
always and blessed by your love.
GOD
we pray that your love keeps us always,
always…..in love.

copyright © 2012 T.J. Gargano

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