Recent Reviews for Mark M Lichterman
The Climbing Boy (Book) - 1/15/2013 10:52:24 AM|
I've started reading this and oh my word, this is going to be a classic I feel. Never read anything like it.
The Climbing Boy (Book) - 1/3/2011 11:37:07 AM
Every now and then a story comes along and it touches your heart so deeply you know you'll never forget it. This story is one of those special tales I intend to read every Christmas! "The Climbing Boy" is a classic write destined for greatness! Mark Litcherman has truly excelled at his craft with the creation and authenticity of this wonderful story! If you haven't read it.....you should! My family and friends are standing in line! One of the best purchases I've ever made....and I even got an autographed copy of a book sure to become a favourite Christmas movie! Congratulations Mark!!! And thank you.....
For Better or Worse (Book) - 12/21/2010 12:03:31 PM
For Better or Worse is a descriptive story that delves into the heart of marriage as the title might suggest. When I started reading, I thought that I would automatically side with Marsha’s point of view for all accounts, but realized that at times, I could definitely see Mitch’s viewpoint as well.
In this fast-paced story, there is a varying temperature of emotions, witty at times, sarcastic at others and yet somewhat sad, as well.
As with any relationship there are bound to be arguments, debates, slight disagreements and/or even separation. There were a multitude of feelings in which I could find myself relating to. Anyone who has had a relationship of any type will discover that they have either done or thought the same thing during different parts of this read.
The author does a fantastic job of introducing his characters and providing background information from their past to bring the story to its finest potential.
An entertaining page-turner, I suggest adding this book to your library!
Becoming (Book) - 3/4/2010 5:05:28 AM
Congratulations on your book, as I am sure it is as great as you are dear Markie.
Your #1 Newfie Friend Hugs XOXOXO, Rose
For Better or Worse (Book) - 2/15/2010 2:45:27 AM
It gives an illustrious patina to oneself when one can say "I am a friend of the author"...
For Better or Worse (Book) - 2/14/2010 11:53:14 AM
Congratulations Mark, looking forward to reading it...
For Better or Worse (Book) - 2/14/2010 11:24:24 AM
Sounds fantastic to me Markie, it will be a success for sure.
Your #1 Newfie Friend hugs XOXO, Rose
The Climbing Boy: 1 (Short Story) - 12/4/2013 7:29:55 AM
You are indeed studious and courageous to write about this sad commentary on child abuse in the 18th century. You are following the steps of the master, Charles Dickens. You leave me wondering what will happen next in this dismal life.
The only thing I question is the possibility of spring water near London. Without any research, I would think the only water came from the River Thames, and it was mightily polluted by animal and human waste. The only clean water probably came from roof runoff into cisterns.
The Climbing Boy: 1 (Short Story) - 12/4/2013 4:13:46 AM
Bk 2#15:Ruby3; Little Rock (Short Story) - 12/2/2013 7:07:54 AM
You've made good use of history in your story. In the one account, you stated that "Governor Orval Faubus explained that he had called out the Arkansas National Guard because he’d heard that white supremacists from all over the country were descending on Little Rock. s"
Is the "white supremacist" part correct?
Interesting ending to Ruby's story.
Bk 2#15:Ruby3; Little Rock (Short Story) - 12/2/2013 3:39:08 AM
keep 'em coming
Bk2#14:Ruby2:Black Kids (Short Story) - 11/27/2013 11:35:17 AM
I can identify with beautiful girls of any persuasion. I also learned a new word. I'm sure you know which word it is.
Bk2#13: Ruby 1 (Short Story) - 11/23/2013 9:32:41 AM
At first I thought that Ruby was an albino. But near the end I realize that he was merely a fair skinned multiple race Jewish Frenchman. Now that's a handle!
It seems like you must have had some experience with the Addressograph. Also with Coast Guard service and how easy it was to go AWOL in those days. Love the language.
Bk2#13: Ruby 1 (Short Story) - 11/23/2013 6:27:11 AM
thank you Mark, much enjoyed
Bk2#12: Selling “Time” (Short Story) - 11/16/2013 9:14:27 AM
I like the line about what to do with this "Turkey." I'm wondering if you really were talking about a "Studebaler" Lark or you were really using a pet name for that turkey?
Certainly sounds like friendly high pressure sales to me. Would've been interesting to see how the various temples tried to sell their brand of Judaism.
BK2#10 Homosexual XX (Short Story) - 11/5/2013 3:36:18 AM
BK2#10 Homosexual XX (Short Story) - 11/4/2013 7:30:07 AM
Back then in small-town Wisconsin, we thought those kinds of things only happened in big cities like Milwaukee and Chicago.
You have a way of writing about sex, from my perspective, that appeals to women. I'm wondering if your wife helps you edit your work and whether women are the majority of your readers.
Bk2#9: A New Life (Short Story) - 10/31/2013 6:34:23 AM
very well done as always
Bk2 # 8: A 2nd Death (Short Story) - 10/23/2013 7:49:13 AM
Typical for the time... memories. Fords usually had V8s. Cheap fords had straight 6s. V6s, like mine in my 2006 Freestar, didn't come along until the 1980s.
BK 2 #7: A Death (Short Story) - 10/18/2013 7:12:13 AM
Tragedy strikes just like that.
In 1979, my Vietnamese partner's sister and her husband left the cold of Chicago for the warmth of Houston and opened a convenience store. A robber came in at night and killed him, a former South Vietnamese fighter pilot, leaving Beh's sister with four young children.
Bk2#6:Moonshine‘n’Boobies (Short Story) - 10/15/2013 3:35:55 PM
Fun write; well done!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :D
Bk2#6:Moonshine‘n’Boobies (Short Story) - 10/14/2013 6:49:27 AM
An interesting combination of cultures, all mixing in a Chicago fishing picnic. Brought back a lot of memories. The only thing I would question is the moonshine.
The only time I had any “Wayne County tonic water” (moonshine in a tonic bottle with the name scratched off and the name of the county where it was made––Hatfield country––written in with a ballpoint pen) was at a party in Huntington, West Virginia. My boss, our host, handed it to me. My impression was that it was not so warm, but dry. It burned all the way down as it sucked all the moisture from my mouth and throat. To call it “smooth” on the first sip would be a misnomer. I would prefer to say that it was more “raw” after that initial shock, I'm sure that it would become “smooth” sipping after that. I would never recommend gulping moonshine.
Book2#5:Hillbilly Home (Short Story) - 10/11/2013 7:36:15 AM
I got a kick out of the vernacular of the hillbilly and the neophyte fishing. Bullheads are ugly fish and have a nasty sharp barb on their dorsal fin. Brings back memories.
Book2#5:Hillbilly Home (Short Story) - 10/10/2013 3:08:26 PM
Great story, Mark; well done!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :D
Book 2#4:To Peoria (Short Story) - 10/3/2013 2:14:19 AM
a well done story
BECOMING143:Sexual Arousal (Short Story) - 9/26/2013 5:46:20 AM
You are good on that subject. Rather accurate in the ways you describe. I wonder what your writing on other subjects is like.
Book 2#2&3: The Kiss/The Meeting (Short Story) - 9/23/2013 2:40:46 AM
very cool, i liked it
Book 2#1: Paradise Found (Short Story) - 9/16/2013 5:17:34 AM
Great description of the envelope factory. A sign of the times… A young girl in a formerly all man's job. With me, it was women engineers. And the office romance. It happened a lot in those days. Not many women were able to lose weight on their own.
Realistic description of the life and times.
Book 2#1: Paradise Found (Short Story) - 9/16/2013 2:45:13 AM
keep them coming
Deviant 11: Onward (Short Story) - 9/11/2013 6:41:24 AM
The plot thickens…
Deviant 11: Onward (Short Story) - 9/11/2013 2:18:53 AM
keep the tales coming
Deviant10: Humanistic X (Short Story) - 9/2/2013 5:55:22 AM
Gynecological and psychological… Women will like it better than men.
Obamacare vs Guns (Article) - 11/24/2013 8:01:34 PM
I'm with David below, these two issues have nothing to do with each other. The background check you voluntarily knowingly providing information about yourself. When you sign up for obamacare you do not know that you have waived all of your privacy rights. Unlike regular hospital/dr confidentiality. No worries.
Obamacare vs Guns (Article) - 11/19/2013 2:35:49 PM
When the dust is settled and all the phoney baloney stops, look for 36 million new enrollees in Obamacare. I'm covered both ways. I've got a good health care plan and I pack heat. Why favor one over the other?
Obamacare vs Guns (Article) - 11/17/2013 3:59:32 AM
True Mark, people are buying g uns at record rates these days. But I seriously doubt that they are doing so to protect the families and property from Zombies on TV. I think it's more for the purposes of protecting their families and their own lives from having their homes invaded by the real zombies which occurs so ofter these days. Silly thought?..Perhaps the survivors of Rwanda could shed a little light on that.. In any event...more and people are losing their doctors and health care insurance plans each day. If this mess in washington isn't done a way with soon, I fear we are going to lose a lot more people due to the lose of their doctors and health care plans then we are to Zombies attacks both real or Imagined.
Obamacare vs Guns (Article) - 11/14/2013 8:19:41 AM
The website will be fixed. There are so much misinformation about Obamacare that it makes it hard for most people to understand. People with insurance or with Medicare have nothing to worry about. As for those cheap, bad insurance policies with no hospitalization that are being taken down, they are scams and ripoffs and the people that have those policies need to be clued in rather than hailed as examples of Obamacare failure.
As for the sale of guns, the surge in gun purchases has nothing to do with the Second Amendment. It is everyone's fear of potential anarchy constantly portrayed in movies and television shows, lulling everyone into the idea that protecting one's property and loved ones is a clean and patriotic process. Everyone buying a gun should be required to shoot something dead with it, cut whatever they shot up, and eat it. That is the only good use for guns. All the other uses just put humans in graves, sometimes family members and loved ones either by accident or anger. Anyone who cannot stomach shooting something dead and eating it should not own a gun.
In fact, I would advocate anyone shooting and killing an intruder having to eat the intruder to realize what they're gun was really for.
Obamacare vs Guns (Article) - 11/13/2013 5:38:07 AM
This isn't a fair comparison. Guns are designed to work. If a gun manufacturer rolls out a gun and it doesn't work (Colt American Eagle 2000 comes to mind) that company suffers financial loss and pulls the gun off the market, often permanently.
I think that covers it.
AuthorsDen Worthwhile? (Article) - 11/10/2013 12:15:02 AM
Yes, MarK , We are a big community of writers and readers and when we get to read each other's work ofr free . then why buy??But then it is a big moral booster, gives us the highs and allows us to work hard and compete ...and compliment each other !!_J K roseline
Fox News/Obama Care (Article) - 11/7/2013 11:57:39 AM
Yes Fox news has an agenda all right. Unlike the lame stream media....their agenda is to report ALL of the news... truthfully. The guy in the Wh singled them out because they keep exposing all of his lies. Indeed, Mark...There's a suka born every minute and I'd like wish everyone who believed Barry when he said, "If you like your doctor and health care plan you can keep them..Period." a Happy Birthday. After all, who are you going to believe...Fox News and the truth..or the liar in the WH.
Fox News/Obama Care (Article) - 11/7/2013 10:34:32 AM
In case you don't know, and you probably do, Fox news is owned by people with an agenda, a political agenda, and they have filled the channel with people of their liking that are not necessarily of the people, but of a certain kind of people that are skeptical from primarily a face value perspective rather than the truth. By using half-truths and lies they twist the truth to their liking and primarily through repetition, a very common way of handling way of peddling propaganda, turn half-truths into ironclad truths.
That is why the president singled out Fox news. Piling accusation upon accusation is not news and doesn't solve any problems, and that's all I've ever heard from Fox news. There are no solutions in that kind of rhetoric. News should be news, not yellow journalism and political rhetoric.
I seek out less biased and less bigoted sources for my information.
Fox News/Obama Care (Article) - 11/6/2013 5:28:13 PM
Ha! Well said Mr. Cavuto. I don't watch FOX News, but I keep up with our math challenged political elites lies.
Poolside Beauty (Article) - 10/9/2013 9:07:01 AM
AWESOME!!! I LOVE flash mobs!!! Thanks my friend, it was outstanding.
Why A Black Republican (Article) - 10/6/2013 4:13:54 PM
I disagree with my friend Ronald Hull with his assesment. There are different Jews. In my view, those who went to war are tougher than those who stayed home. My father was in WWI and in WWII and myself I was under the German bombs and at that time, I was with the American soldiers in North Africa. Both of us we didn't have any feelings of inferiority.
Are You Nuts? (Article) - 9/27/2013 6:48:30 AM
Mark, with all due respect, you are wrong. You are placing your faith and belief in the free market system that has held sway forever with the rich and the strong using the rest of the population as fodder for their wars and slaves for their wealth making. It is a totally bigoted viewpoint.
The United States Postal Service serves all Americans, and, like the REA (rural electrification administration) provides mail to everyone without charging extra because they live in remote, hard to get to, places. Private companies, funneling their profits to their shareholders and CEOs, like FedEx recently dropped small parcel deliveries, can deny service to anyone or charge extra for difficult deliveries. Faced with a recent shipping charge, the lowest cost of several options was the US postal service's priority mail.
Social Security is not broke. Those of us that worked, paid into it, and are receiving the benefit designed for Depression-era retirees who died 15 years earlier than us. We should not complain. Congress decided to siphon off money from Social Security to fund the Bush wars. You seem to forget that.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac took advantage of deregulation and greed to help destroy the regulated real estate and banking economy… The primary causes of our economic malaise is because the rich and the guilty greedy have not been punished.
Medicare and Medicaid are not broke. The deregulated health care system with phenomenal growth and profits is broke. Obamacare provides insurance (private insurance, not socialized medicine) to all citizens, thus providing preventive medicine and regulating ridiculous duplication and highly selective healthcare for the rich. Currently, about half the population no longer has work-related insurance unlike your time when most factory workers had it in the 1950s.
The greatest benefits of the “cash for clunkers” program is conveniently overlooked in these arguments. Many dangerous automobiles were removed from the road. We no longer have greasy oil slicks down the middle of every freeway lane and emissions in the cities are much reduced, improving the health of all of the residents. Gasoline consumption is also lower, lowering cost at the pump. The program literally saved the American automobile industry with an infusion of cash regardless of Japanese competition.
Yes, I've got nuts! And balls, too. I'm not swayed by bigotry and outdated values dragging our country into a South American plutarchy of very rich and very poor. Greed never made anyone happy. Why should we foster it? What do all these deniers think they will do that is better for the poor who have no healthcare, no money to pay for it, and die in the streets for lack of a single treatment? Are charities going to take up the slack? I doubt it. What you are rooting for is a lose, lose scenario leading to cultural revolution similar to the Civil War. Do you really want that? I don't.
Are You Nuts? (Article) - 9/27/2013 1:37:16 AM
Indeed, raise the debt ceiling and just borrow and print some more money. Hmmm....No budget, declining income, down graded credit rating, incompetent management...sound like a good investment to you? Do the Chinese and our other creditors seem like stupid people to you? Soon our bonds and dollars are going to be worth less...worth less then even carbon credits and chevy volts. . They are backed by the full faith and credit of THIS government....a faithless governmen... living way beyond it's means and credit limit..What happens next?... See the Wemar Republic circa late 1920's and early 30's. Record Wheat crops, yet the people had no bread to eat, because the wheat had to be exported to make payment on their debt.. and the people had to eat rats to fend off starvation, Yup they're nuts all right, Mark...stupid and crazy as h3ll. But there are people who are actually stupider and even crazier. It's the people who keep electing to put them and keep them in office......in charge of what use to be OUR government..
Boston Bomber Family (Article) - 9/17/2013 3:19:51 AM
Government, by its very nature, can do nothing right. Take the most honest, decent, liberal man, put him in charge of a government bureaucracy and he will honestly, decently and liberally screw things up. The Founding Fathers said that 'government is a necessary evil', and that is why we should have as little government as possible.
Boston Bomber Family (Article) - 9/16/2013 9:20:36 AM
Lenin was wrong when he said,"They will sell us the rope with which we will hang them with"...we're giving it to them for free.
Boston Bomber Family (Article) - 9/16/2013 6:10:56 AM
With the well-known fact that as a result of deregulation and allowing subversive capitalistic practices that are moving the country's wealth to the 1%, leaving over half of American citizens with no net worth, even though many of them are working those 70 hour weeks, and our American compassion for those from war-torn areas, the “madness” will probably continue.
In my day, we welcomed Hungarian refugees into my home town and my school. Before that, many Jewish families came to the United States to escape Hitler and were given welfare before they got on their feet. Most recently, my hometown of my elementary school, Wausau, Wisconsin, took in many of the Hmong people from Vietnam.
To single out one dysfunctional family with ill intent and describe that is what is wrong with United States of America does everyone a disservice.
At last count, the government was tracking 1000 native born Americans who have indicated some intent to use terrorism. Unfortunately, some of these Americans may commit atrocities before we can stop them just as we cannot stop assassinations from occurring as long as we allow large crowds of people to gather freely anywhere.
That's the cost of freedom, not the downfall of our country. Like president Obama has said, “We can absorb another tragedy like 9/11.” Because we are a big, generous, and wealthy nation, not because we have multi-nationally rich manipulators running our policy.
Boston Bomber Family (Article) - 9/15/2013 2:13:10 PM
Leading Us To War (Article) - 9/8/2013 2:42:55 PM
Both Parties are members of the same industry.,Mark....The Professional Government Industry....it's how they make the livings and get rich. Members of the different companies within the same industry can compete and even criticize each other on occasion....but you never do or say anything that interferes with the industry's acceptance by the public and the status quo. The industry always comes together whenever threaten. In short, right now The Professional Government Industry feels it needs a war andsomekilling to keep the customers from focusing on all of the curruption,,crimes and the shortcomings of the crummy useless products they have been producing and selling to us recently..That is why there are no term limits for congress and crooked politicians and their friends no longer go to jail for their ctimes
New US Auto (Article) - 8/30/2013 5:51:25 AM
With the American Society for Quality Control, I visited the Fremont plant in 1968. They were only building Mavericks at that time. My dad, who bought many cars over a lifetime, had a Maverick (used––I convinced him to buy used cars after he wasted a lot of money on new ones) once and really liked that a lot, sold it to my brother-in-law.
Tesla is a breakthrough company with a fantastic electric car. I hope it catches on in all cars are electric very soon.
Why A Black Republican (Article) - 8/23/2013 7:10:06 AM
I've known a lot of brothers that, once they get a taste of money and the power that it gives them, switch to being Republican. I don't care what party politician belongs to. Once they let graft and bribery (kind donations) along with the power they feel from their followers, overcome them, they begin to fail serving their constituency.
The United States is changing rapidly. Statistics on all sides show what is happening. These changes need to be addressed positively rather than beat on negatively. “Trickle down” and preachers on the pulpit shouting riches to those who believe will not get our problems solved. Especially, going back to the 1950s way of life with a few chosen black people enjoying a full life without prejudice.
Egypt's Response to Obama (Article) - 8/19/2013 8:00:56 AM
Thank you for posting this, Mark. I'm certainly glad that Christian and secular people are a majority in Egypt, a critical nation in the Middle East. Having been there, I found the people of Cairo more interested in business and their heritage than creating a new world order. They all spoke English and were grateful for United States and European tourism.
I can see why Obama is conflicted, because he is unable to change, by any means, what is unfolding in the entire region where secular Arabs are being oppressed and dragged into extreme Muslim dictatorships run by religion rather than a free, democratic society. I can't help think about Germany and how the Nazis took over the country and forced democracy out in favor of fascism.
I'm afraid there will be civil war in Egypt like is raging in Syria between these two ideals. We failed in Iraq and we failed in Afghanistan. There is no reason for us to enter into these conflicts, only to encourage the democratic, intellectual side to win over the dogmatic, irrational, brutal, religious side. In the end, brutal dictatorship will fail. We just have to give them time to implode.
We didn't stop communism by confronting it in Vietnam and Cuba. It failed from its own weight. The same thing will happen to Muslim extremism. It won't be tolerated by its own.
Hey You Brits (Article) - 7/28/2013 7:27:59 AM
That was a real hoot! I see what you mean about Henry VIII. I think I prefer the Jewish traditional wedding to the stuffy British one. Anyway, I think the Brits are nuts to keep supporting an atrophying appendage like the monarchy.
Hey You Brits (Article) - 7/28/2013 1:35:10 AM
Not a first for the English, Mark. ... Mountbatten was the King's family name just prior to WWI...part of the powerful Battenberg family in Germany though Prince Albert/Queen Victoria. To avoid having the Tommies in the trenches question..."ere... the King is German...do ya think that might start causin us bloomin problems over ere?" Hence, The Mountbattens became the House of Wndsor, a more English sounding name. So now it appears that a Jewish fellow may be The King of England one day and the head of The Christian Church of English which worships The God of the Jews. So what does all this tell us? I think it's obvious..... God has a Jewish sense of Humor!
Last Innocent Generation (Article) - 7/9/2013 4:31:50 AM
A whole lot of nostalgia here. Like I've written before, as we get older, our brains have a tendency to conveniently forget the bad in favor of the good. What this does is paint a rosy picture of our childhood that probably did not actually exist because the daily pains and sorrows we suffered was conveniently forgotten.
Plato wrote that the younger generation was going to hell. As a teenager, when I told my grandfather what I earned in the mobile home factory, he was disgusted, saying, “that nobody my age should ever earn that much money.”
I have no children but as I look at the younger generations in my family I see very little trouble and happy childhoods in spite of divorce. I guess it depends on your perspective on life and what is happening you. From having a couple of generations of college students, I found that most of them were honest, hard-working, and not a menace to society.
Last Innocent Generation (Article) - 7/8/2013 7:54:53 PM
Well said Mark, and not only for the United States.
Skibo (Poetry) - 11/9/2013 4:29:37 AM
I am sorry for the loss of your friend, Mark. Sad, too, how differences often lead to the breakup of all kinds of relationships in our lives, even within our own families, sometimes. At least you can sometimes look back at the fond memories and try to forget those that caused the difficult end to your friendship, hard as that may be. So sorry. Always your friend, Lizzie
To Skibo, Too (Poetry) - 11/5/2013 6:37:57 PM
Endearing, you couldn't ask for more than that.
To Skibo, Too (Poetry) - 11/4/2013 8:47:36 AM
Wonderful, her words warm my heart.
To Skibo, Too (Poetry) - 11/4/2013 8:01:43 AM
So dear and tenderly wrote, Laura
To Skibo, Too (Poetry) - 11/4/2013 7:09:36 AM
Aw! Such beautiful sentiment...
Skibo (Poetry) - 11/2/2013 2:37:54 PM
A sad story in many ways Mark. If you look at this from his perspective, he was indeed being a very good friend, trying to convert you. He just couldn't get past the common sense that would apply in most social situations. I can see how such demands, requests or whatever would wear at the strands of friendship. Too bad he couldn't accept it and move on. Hard to lose a friend that way. I was compelled to follow your personal story. It is highly readable and emotional Mark. Bob
Skibo (Poetry) - 10/31/2013 7:26:25 AM
Aw! Too bad your friend thought his idealisms should be yours...this happens all too often and instead of celebrating our differences, we let them tear us apart...very heartfelt write, Mark. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend.
Your Canadian Pal,
PS. Almost time to read "The Climbing Boy" again...can't wait! What an amazing story...crafted by a truly gifted writer.
Skibo (Poetry) - 10/30/2013 7:11:57 AM
Based on my own relatives, I have noticed that they get more religious as they age. The phenomenon may be related to changes in the brain.
I kind of wish you had been able to stomach his growing insistence and imposition, but I too draw away from people who try to impose their ideas on me just for friendship's sake. Stopping back after some time away often changes the picture. It looks like you are still bearing guilt for your action. I have a feeling that Bonnie is always right… Right?
Skibo (Poetry) - 10/29/2013 6:18:42 PM
It is so sad when friends disagree for whatever reason and one day the friendship has to come to end. I know you miss "Skibo" and everything that defined a friendship of many years. I am sorry for your loss. A loving tribute to your friend of many years. Well said, Mark.
Joy L. Hale
Radio Days:The 40's (Poetry) - 10/28/2013 4:40:43 AM
People's imaginations took them so many places back in those days. Children actually developed great imaginative skills...sadly they lack it these days. Nicely done...and very nostalgic, my friend.
Radio Days:The 40's (Poetry) - 10/27/2013 10:58:53 AM
News reels before picture shows filled in images of events, missing many catastrophes around the world. Everyone in the theater cheered when they saw Eisenhower on the screen. Radio, like books, fueled our mind's eye.
Radio Days:The 40's (Poetry) - 10/26/2013 10:01:04 AM
Excellent poetry!! Laura
Radio Days:The 40's (Poetry) - 10/25/2013 9:24:36 PM
Great poetry from the a time when our Greatest Generation lived.
I wrote a book, "Reflections from the Great Depression and WWII" that goes back into a time when life was much more wholesome and pure.
What has all the advances of technology done for us? Have we become more blind and dumb? Give me the 1950's any day, the age of innocence.
My mother worked 7days a week 8-10 hrs. a day for over three years producing radar sets for our troops. During that time, she never took one day off even on Christmas of New Years. She did her part to help win the war and she told me that she would do it all over again. She made History in my book. We will never see another generation like hers again... Amen
Seventy Nine (Poetry) - 10/22/2013 11:39:38 AM
Seventy Nine (Poetry) - 10/22/2013 6:53:13 AM
So touching and truly dear an excellent write Laura
Seventy Nine (Poetry) - 10/21/2013 5:04:48 AM
Absolutely beautifully said, Mark. The love and tenderness shared between two not so young anymore people is amazing. The way I see it, when you meet the right person the relationship begins as best friends, matures into lovers and if you're lucky enough to make it to the senior years it reverts back to best friends that remember the passion as it used to be, but are perfectly content with the warmth of being in each others arms. Loved this!!
Your Canadian pal,
Seventy Nine (Poetry) - 10/21/2013 3:42:05 AM
Connection is everything to me.
No youthful powers can hold any candle to these lines.
4 Scents (Poetry) - 10/9/2013 8:19:15 AM
Wonderful Markie as your words take me back to a warm time in my life.
Your Newfie friend Rose XO
4 Scents (Poetry) - 10/3/2013 8:49:23 AM
AMEN! My friend, those scents are pure heaven...except that I don't eat meat anymore so I don't eat bacon...but I still love the smell of it and the sizzling sound in the kitchen...Now popping popcorn...almost orgasmic...giggle....
Your far northern friend,
4 Scents (Poetry) - 10/3/2013 8:21:43 AM
I agree with you on those smells, but I could add a few:
Fresh bread baking
A cake in the oven
Hot cinnamon rolls
Feel like I'm transported back to the fifties.
Elderly Woman (Poetry) - 9/28/2013 3:17:53 PM
Mark, I have missed coming here to read your work. Hope you are well and happy. I will be back to read move.
Orgasm (Poetry) - 8/3/2013 3:31:37 AM
I wish I had those days back again. You bring the pot to a boil and then some. Excellent write that many can relate too.
My Son (Poetry) - 7/30/2013 7:45:47 AM
I'm not quite sure about the repetitive style. Perhaps he may not like it. But I think that as he ages, he will like it more. If he is as emotional as you are, he will like it.
My Son (Poetry) - 7/30/2013 4:50:48 AM
What an utterly and completely wonderful birthday gift to your son, Mark! I'm sure he'll keep this forever....
Now Tenderness (Poetry) - 7/26/2013 4:15:51 AM
Aw!!!! This is precious, Mark!!! So very tender and sweet...for me there's nothing like these kind of moments!!! Beautifully penned!
Your Canadian Pal,
Now Tenderness (Poetry) - 7/25/2013 7:35:42 AM
Good night my love, sleep tight my love…
What should follow every heat of passion.
Now Tenderness (Poetry) - 7/24/2013 2:52:30 PM
This is such a sweet romantic love poem. I enjoyed reading it today.
Elderly Woman (Poetry) - 7/7/2013 1:42:01 AM
Utterly and completely charming that a mature man would be so attuned to the thoughts of "more mature" women. Love this, Mark!
Elderly Woman (Poetry) - 7/6/2013 10:54:40 AM
Women look at physical beauty differently then men. It's the stuff that makes for survival of the species. Regardless of age, and I'm no youngster, men tend to view women the same way regardless of what age they are––quite frankly, looking for sex. Women tend to view men for their power––the ability to provide a nest and give her strong children, regardless of his age.
Now, I'm not saying that an older woman can't be sexy. Especially an older woman like you describe, who carries her beauty into old age and never really loses it. I'm thinking of women like Audrey Hepburn. I compliment them every chance I get, but I don't try to get them in bed. There are plenty of cougars out there for that.
Your poem has given us food for thought, and that is all that is to be expected.
Elderly Woman (Poetry) - 7/5/2013 4:49:44 PM
A very receptive write on a delicate subject. How wonderful of you to give the elderly woman the gift of a smile. I bet she's still beautiful.:)
The Blur of Time (Poetry) - 7/2/2013 5:20:50 AM
A big fat AMEN to this one, my friend!! Time seems to fly once we reach the age when we finally have time to stop and smell the roses...ironic isn't it????
Your Canadian Friend,
The Blur of Time (Poetry) - 6/30/2013 4:06:06 PM
Artfully done, Mark! I became immersed in your words as immersed in the moments of life, and your poem is so true about this journey.
The Blur of Time (Poetry) - 6/30/2013 8:15:37 AM
I wish my autobiography was so short. Seriously, this is a fascinating write. It is obvious from your output that you're not letting any time waste of the precious time you have left, combining outdoor activities with your writing.
Now it is time for me to get back to my blur.
The Blur of Time (Poetry) - 6/30/2013 6:34:43 AM
A truly great poem Mark. So true, yes but a blur between beginnings and endings.
The Blur of Time (Poetry) - 6/29/2013 10:49:32 PM
Well done, Mark. One of the nice things about old age is.. you come to realize that indeed governments or anyone can end your life any time they wish....But no one can "TAKE" your life time back from you. It's one of the few treasures we get to keep and take with us when we go.
Sorrow And Joy (Poetry) - 6/25/2013 3:06:02 PM
Sorry about your loss but glad to know there was joy to be found a touching and heartwarming poem Laura
Sorrow And Joy (Poetry) - 6/20/2013 8:00:34 AM
I love the idea of a “pork filled pancake” of a doggie. I just recalled the death of my Pomeranian take in, Jazz, on a previous poem by Lark Pogue and my story here at the time of his death. These can be quite trying times. I never replaced Jazz, because he was so special and irreplaceable. I couldn't go through that again.
As for Kody's habit, I learned a little trick from my ex-wife and her Lhasa Apso, Toby. Leave a bowl of dog food out all the time. Don't allow the dog to beg or give them treats except if it is medicine. The dog will eat freely from the bowl whenever it wants and will not overeat, because it is not in the dogs nature. By supplying only dog food, it will be boring and only a necessity when hungry. A healthier and happier dog will be your reward.
Sorrow And Joy (Poetry) - 6/20/2013 5:07:15 AM
Aw! So sorry about your loss, my friend, but delighted with your gain...congrats to both of you....
Your Canadian Pal,
Sorrow And Joy (Poetry) - 6/19/2013 3:40:55 PM
Dog doesn't taste too bad...they serve it in Vietnam at the Hard Rock Café in Saigon...been there, tasted it, don't want anymore though, reminded me of my own pup at home...e
Sorrow And Joy (Poetry) - 6/19/2013 3:38:35 PM
they are our dearest of friends
No shit, Sherlock! (Poetry) - 6/11/2013 12:23:35 AM
No shit, Sherlock! (Poetry) - 6/10/2013 7:59:47 AM
You made me laugh out loud!!!! This is hilarious...I can just imagine men having this discussion...
Your Canadian Pal,
No shit, Sherlock! (Poetry) - 6/10/2013 6:40:37 AM
Clueless, don't know Jack Shit, and no shit Sherlock, all apply when it comes to women. But they sure are nice to touch and kiss, and really good to be in bed with.
Heaven's Meaning (Poetry) - 6/5/2013 3:26:43 AM
I'm sure that heaven is filled with lots of dogs and cats...cannot think of a better way to spend eternity either. Interesting write, my friend....
Your Canadian Pal,
Heaven's Meaning (Poetry) - 6/4/2013 10:14:54 AM
Good philosophy. My interpretation of heaven is right here and now. Getting better all the time.
Heaven's Meaning (Poetry) - 6/4/2013 5:53:10 AM
One thing I can say for sure Mark, You will be with your dogs in heaven...all dogs Do go to heaven.
Heaven's Meaning (Poetry) - 6/4/2013 3:12:59 AM
Agree with Budd,
Heaven's Meaning (Poetry) - 6/4/2013 2:24:36 AM
it means different things to each of us depending on his own belief
Words (Poetry) - 5/30/2013 4:29:45 AM
Every now and then my muse goes on retreat and I'm not inspired at all without her...but then she comes back, all apologetic and shit, and we soar again. You say you can't find the words, my friend, and yet you just did. You have a gift, Mark, and we'll wait as long as we have to for more...
Words (Poetry) - 5/29/2013 5:48:30 AM
You've just written some beautiful words about the words not coming. Your wordsmithing was never sharper. Looking forward to your next write.
Words (Poetry) - 5/29/2013 2:19:10 AM
they will Mark as they always have
Hair in my Dentures (Poetry) - 5/25/2013 5:34:10 AM
Hair in my Dentures (Poetry) - 5/24/2013 12:17:23 AM
Great poem, Mark. I really like the part about a..a.. the part about ..a... What is it you wanted again, Mark?
Hair in my Dentures (Poetry) - 5/23/2013 8:42:06 PM
What almost always, definitely always...god I am happy not to be old, well not to be too old, or whatever...now what the hell were we talkin about...oh screw it, remembering sex only makes me tired anyways...e
Hair in my Dentures (Poetry) - 5/23/2013 8:26:36 AM
Without writing that stupid little abbreviation you had me rolling in the aisles of my wheelchair! You had me coming and going and really stuck it to me when you got to the subject of sex.
May I never get old…
Hair in my Dentures (Poetry) - 5/23/2013 6:29:22 AM
Aging, it ain't for the faint of heart.
Hair in my Dentures (Poetry) - 5/23/2013 4:45:32 AM
Hair in my Dentures (Poetry) - 5/23/2013 3:34:38 AM
Rolling on the floor laughing!!!!!! This, my friend, is hilarious and so honest!!!! You RAWK!!!!
Thanks for the chuckles,
Hair in my Dentures (Poetry) - 5/23/2013 2:19:49 AM
aint agin just a hoot
Prelude to Disaster (Poetry) - 5/3/2013 8:26:38 AM
I lived in Redwood City for a while with the slogan, “Climate Best by Government Test,” on a sign arching over the portion of El Camino Real that had been bypassed as the entrance to the city. When I was in the apartment in Belmont, we awoke one morning to find the matching apartment in the next building aflame. While two young girls escaped from the front bedroom by ladder and a boy jumped out of the rear bedroom, their father, divorced from their mother, tried to go to the front door and died against it––the first fire fatality in Belmont and twenty-two years.
California has always been arid and on shaky ground. Its climate and laid-back lifestyle has been very attractive. Too many people are drawing deeply on the scarce water resources available from the mountains. It is an scenario set up for disaster just as you have written. I'm worried about the next big earthquake.
Prelude to Disaster (Poetry) - 5/3/2013 4:07:40 AM
I guess no matter where we live, there's always something! I was in Fairfield, California in 1980 at a family reunion and that was in February when all was green. I've never seen it brown and dry, but my relatives told me about it...
Solar Powered Sex Machine (Poetry) - 4/29/2013 12:30:32 PM
"Sex is like art.
Most of it is pretty bad, and the good stuff
is out of your price range". - Scott Roeben.
Solar Powered Sex Machine (Poetry) - 4/27/2013 9:58:07 AM
Solar Powered Sex Machine (Poetry) - 4/26/2013 6:47:58 PM
I gave up the bunny as I was told it was beastiality...so where do I call to get this sunny day sex machine...? ;-) ed
Solar Powered Sex Machine (Poetry) - 4/26/2013 2:38:37 PM
and the energizer bunny kept going and going and going
Solar Powered Sex Machine (Poetry) - 4/26/2013 10:23:47 AM
Rolling around laughing!!!!! Just when you think you've heard it all...giggle...
Done By An Asian Guy (Poetry) - 4/25/2013 10:57:31 AM
Never had one but they say they are wonderful. I loved your write.
I've A Dog (Poetry) - 4/25/2013 10:55:45 AM
ROFLOL that dog has it made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you train well Markie
78/68 (Poetry) - 4/25/2013 10:54:17 AM
Love can be felt in so many ways. A hug a kiss being held in your lovers arms these are all love. such a lovely write Markie
I've A Dog (Poetry) - 4/24/2013 8:27:19 AM
Anthropomorphic interaction revealed! My dog has a human, too.
I've A Dog (Poetry) - 4/24/2013 1:36:42 AM
Looking soooooo cute...and those impossible
to resist beautiful eyes....That's just the way
he likes it!.
78/68 (Poetry) - 4/23/2013 1:05:29 PM
Love at its best.
78/68 (Poetry) - 4/23/2013 3:19:33 AM
ain't it grand
Old Woman, Old Man (Poetry) - 4/22/2013 6:08:09 PM
"Love is the irresistible desire
to be irresistibly desired" - Mark Twain.
....and now we hear from your absolutely
wonderful poem....that actually someone
can be loved forever......May we all be
78/68 (Poetry) - 4/22/2013 6:04:42 AM
WELL SAID !
IF YOU CANT "CUT THE MUSTARD"...
YOU CAN STILL "LICK THE JAR" !!!
ME N MY OLE LADY MAKE IT AN ENJOYABLE WEEKLY RITUAL !!!
78/68 (Poetry) - 4/22/2013 4:58:39 AM
You sure nailed it! Simply cuddling up to the one you love is wonderful....
Your Warming up somewhat Canadian friend,
78/68 (Poetry) - 4/22/2013 3:43:56 AM
Age is a matter of mind
if you don't mind
it doesn't matter.
I've A Dog (Poetry) - 4/19/2013 11:51:37 PM
I suppose when out you go for a walk, HE walks you, rather than...e
I've A Dog (Poetry) - 4/19/2013 12:01:43 PM
You've got one rotten spoiled dog.
I've A Dog (Poetry) - 4/19/2013 11:36:31 AM
I love Mushu Pork, and your little finicky friend is adorable.
Your style reminds me of the old "The House That Jack Built."
I've A Dog (Poetry) - 4/19/2013 6:14:21 AM
I've A Dog (Poetry) - 4/19/2013 4:06:19 AM
Giggle...sounds like one lucky little dog!!! He's obviously adored by his people...thanks for the smiles, Mark! The pic is adorable!
Your Canadian Pal,
Done By An Asian Guy (Poetry) - 4/8/2013 8:56:18 AM
What is your favorite color; I like whore red myself...;-)
Done By An Asian Guy (Poetry) - 4/8/2013 7:06:25 AM
Giggle......wasn't sure where this was going...toooo cute! So delighted to see your pen to paper again, my friend!!!
Done By An Asian Guy (Poetry) - 4/7/2013 10:31:13 AM
As is ironically your humor, you had me going in a different direction! Strange, an Asian cutie did my nails this morning, and I didn't have to pay her a cent!
I must caution you that there are many foot born diseases that are rampant in these inexpensive nail shops. My first encounter with athletes foot in high school, thankfully easily cured by a yellow salve that a doctor gave me that I continued to use years later whenever I had an outbreak from public showers, was my last encounter with foot or nail disease. I have never had a commercial pedicure, and don't want what comes with them.
Done By An Asian Guy (Poetry) - 4/7/2013 3:12:12 AM
Done By An Asian Guy (Poetry) - 4/6/2013 1:35:57 PM
Hah! A pedicure is something 'll die without ever having had one. Are you sure you don't get 'em polished, Mark?
For Me, For Us (Poetry) - 3/2/2013 8:02:39 AM
I wish everyone could feel this special love you write about Markie.
December's Horror (Poetry) - 3/2/2013 7:59:30 AM
when these things happen they are appalling to us that can't understand how any one could do such a thing to another human being., Life is so fragile and it can be taken away so easily by someone that has no love in his heart for others.
Band of Gold (Poetry) - 3/2/2013 7:54:31 AM
Oh this is such a lovely write. I love the way you write of your love.
Gray Sky Opening (Poetry) - 3/2/2013 7:52:26 AM
Such nice images in your work.
Nocturnal Erotica (Poetry) - 3/2/2013 7:50:48 AM
Beautifully written piece. So romantic and loving
Old Woman, Old Man (Poetry) - 3/2/2013 7:47:00 AM
This is so lovely. I know a couple like you have written about here. They are older but so much in love still that you can see it in their eyes and in what they say and do together. Love this work.
Our First (Poetry) - 3/2/2013 7:44:19 AM
A lovely write of true love. So very nice to read your work again Markie
Our First (Poetry) - 2/17/2013 2:54:25 PM
This is just in itself simply beautiful...
A testimony to your one and only :)
Love and Light
Our First (Poetry) - 2/14/2013 11:19:11 AM
She loves this one like she loved all the others before. Your pen is a Valentine's
Our First (Poetry) - 2/14/2013 8:08:49 AM
you are so right Mark and have said it so well
Our First (Poetry) - 2/14/2013 7:20:28 AM
Very passionate and lovely . . .
Our First (Poetry) - 2/14/2013 7:02:35 AM
Absolutely breathtaking, so romantic and love-filled
Old Woman, Old Man (Poetry) - 2/12/2013 11:08:36 PM
You have painted an incredibly bright, burning picture of enduring, unconquerable love - and I love it! It's also I think a well constructed piece that illustrates your own style rather well. Great work Mark - I really like this - it stands out.
Old Woman, Old Man (Poetry) - 2/12/2013 8:11:35 AM
You have a unique way of writing that I enjoy. This one is especially touching. My parents made 62 years before dad died. But even then, they were not like that couple––old. Perhaps because they married so young.
Old Woman, Old Man (Poetry) - 2/12/2013 5:53:23 AM
Oh my God! This is simply beautiful, Mark! The tenderness...the love...still shared after so many years! I love this!!!!
Old Woman, Old Man (Poetry) - 2/11/2013 11:45:28 AM
Old Woman, Old Man (Poetry) - 2/11/2013 10:47:34 AM
as it should be after that amount of time
Old Woman, Old Man (Poetry) - 2/11/2013 10:43:00 AM
Hah! Everything is wrinkled and sags, huh, Mark? Good write . . .
Nocturnal Erotica (Poetry) - 2/5/2013 12:05:55 PM
What can I say? Fine erotic poetry, starting slow, but reaching the final conclusion with ease.
Nocturnal Erotica (Poetry) - 2/5/2013 11:00:58 AM
Phew!!!!!!!!!!! Cold shower after reading this one, my friend...it was hot and yet tender...nicely penned.
Gray Sky Opening (Poetry) - 1/29/2013 8:43:03 AM
Very strong imagery...beautiful scenery! Well done, my warm So-Cal friend....Everything's the same colour here....WHITE!!! giggle
Gray Sky Opening (Poetry) - 1/28/2013 7:12:08 AM
I only spent three wonderful years in California, but I recall the storms in the annual renewal of the hillsides after the rain and the white topped mountains so nearby while the temperature remained moderate all year long. Your poem brought back memories.
Gray Sky Opening (Poetry) - 1/28/2013 5:08:40 AM
i vital vision of that which you see
Gray Sky Opening (Poetry) - 1/28/2013 5:02:18 AM
Nature bounty and majesty duly depicted and sung with a mellifluous poetic voice... "Gray Sky Opening" shines!
In respect and appreciation,
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Gray Sky Opening (Poetry) - 1/27/2013 12:06:05 PM
Beautiful write, Mark.
Gray Sky Opening (Poetry) - 1/27/2013 10:45:00 AM
Damn Mark, is that you? A quite different approach to the poem than anything I have ever read from you before. I certainly approve, although you don't need my approval. As I read the poem I could vividly visualize the contour of the land and the color it was. Good work!
Band of Gold (Poetry) - 1/26/2013 11:27:23 AM
Devotion meets art, and emotions paint the hearts that pump grace, as the Quill of the Poet flies through wonder skies; and soars, blown by winds of togetherness fueld by the light of Love.
I have read an exquisite poem of sublime romance. "Band of Gold" glows on constellation Love.
In respect and admiration,
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Band of Gold (Poetry) - 1/26/2013 6:56:07 AM
Incredibly beautiful Mark. You and she are blessed.
Band of Gold (Poetry) - 1/25/2013 2:35:23 PM
Just beautiful Markie! I really like your intimate tone here and I wish you such happiness!
Band of Gold (Poetry) - 1/24/2013 8:23:22 AM
It's wonderful that you've been together for so long and are so committed.
I'm afraid the band of gold, and the diamond ring of engagement are merely the commercial exploitation of rituals that are so old that they began with wreaths of flowers and a stem of grass wrapped around the finger.
Band of Gold (Poetry) - 1/23/2013 2:52:36 PM
a very fine rendition of what the marrige band signifies
Band of Gold (Poetry) - 1/23/2013 2:23:17 PM
This is a beautiful poem about elder love and how to appreciate the years you and Bonnie have known each other. The flow and the sentiments are achingly tender in this work of love that you have created within your loving heart and mind. A 5 star "keeper", my friend.
Joy L. Hale
Band of Gold (Poetry) - 1/23/2013 11:03:51 AM
May it always remain on her finger and in her heart.
Band of Gold (Poetry) - 1/23/2013 10:37:25 AM
Aw! Congratulations to you and Bonnie, my warm So-Cal friend!! To have this kind of enduring love is truly a blessing...I hope you read this to her...I'm sure she'd be delighted!
Your Chilly Northern pal,
Band of Gold (Poetry) - 1/23/2013 10:23:25 AM
That band of gold; symbolic of the love two people share with one another. Never may the band of gold corrode . . .
December's Horror (Poetry) - 12/18/2012 3:59:33 PM
This tragedy was very heartbreaking and as a mother with two children still in school as my youngest is only nine and then my granddaughter is six this has put a fear in me and this must end Laura
December's Horror (Poetry) - 12/17/2012 6:43:51 PM
Weaponry. It has one function, to kill, lose the gun laws, lose some of the pain.
Excllent write Mark
December's Horror (Poetry) - 12/17/2012 1:04:41 PM
It is the cancer of today's society, Mark, and although there is a cure, we don't have the people in power to accept that cure, so it will go on and on and . . . Even with a goddamn weapons ban.
December's Horror (Poetry) - 12/17/2012 7:26:00 AM
I think everyone is reacting exactly this way, my friend....one cannot comprehend what kind of mind could bring such senseless pain and horror upon children....sigh....it's heartbreaking.
December's Horror (Poetry) - 12/17/2012 7:15:00 AM
nothing just nothing at all
Terror X 2 (Poetry) - 12/13/2012 12:18:36 PM
They are momsters my friend and its so sad how these things happen what a powerful and deep write laura
Terror X 2 (Poetry) - 12/13/2012 6:09:50 AM
Short and simple, there are evil people and crazy people in this world. There always has been and there always will be. In this incident, one of them was properly dealt with in the appropriate manner. Unfortunately, it was after he demonstrated his callousness insanity. May God have mercy on the souls of his innocent victims and those they left behind.
Terror X 2 (Poetry) - 12/13/2012 4:26:40 AM
It's truly terrifying...because it could happen anywhere...I can't imagine how someone could do such madness....
Terror X 2 (Poetry) - 12/12/2012 8:42:28 AM
"those that went to the same schools as you and me,
those that received the same basic education as you and me," . . . No, Mark, these people did not go to the same schools we did, it is so much different these days . . . And no, they have not received the same basic education . . . (I read that eight graders in Chicago cannot read or write.
"Who are these people?
Who are those that become so twisted?
Who are those that found the reasons for such hatred?
Who are those that hate so completely they aimlessly would kill you and me?
Where do these people come from?" . . . They are taught hate in school and blame America for all the world's problems.
"Who are these people?
Those that have the same basic opportunities as you and me," . . . No, they do not have the same basic opportunities as you and me, they have the biggest hater of all, Hussien.
"Those same people that held hand to hearts,those same people that pledged allegiance to The United States of America?" I doubt they do that in school anymore, Mark.
Terror X 2 (Poetry) - 12/12/2012 8:31:50 AM
Mark, I live just 4 miles from the mall at the center of yesterdays shooting. To understand why someone would do something so vile, so wrong, is too hard to answer...but for now we must be concerned about the two other victims who died and the one wounded...then we can try to unravel the harder questions.
Terror X 2 (Poetry) - 12/12/2012 8:13:29 AM
there is no way for us to decipher the point of origin of this nor be able to halt its existance unfortunately
November (Poetry) - 11/25/2012 10:47:00 AM
Yes, that's why I left Wisconsin in 1966 to find that Northern California, could, at times, be rather cold and miserable without the snow except for the mountains.
On these late November days like today, the place I lived for thirty years, Houston, presents beautiful afternoons for walking without the beautiful landscape except in places like Brazos Bend State Park, about a 30 min. drive from here.
November (Poetry) - 11/25/2012 7:00:27 AM
ah yes southern california winters i remember them well
November (Poetry) - 11/24/2012 4:41:10 PM
It was 43 degrees today where I'm at...and after having just put air in the tires of my snow blower... I must say, Mark...You made the right move okay.
November (Poetry) - 11/24/2012 3:14:25 PM
A breezy telling of a beautiful day with the past where it belongs - behind us! Neat work, Mark.
November (Poetry) - 11/24/2012 2:23:14 PM
I think you have it "made in the shade" living in southern CA! I lived in San Diego for years and still yearn to return. I now wish I hadn't sold our home there or I would be there right now. Other than Hawaii, which is fabulous, San Diego would be my first choice to live, but WAY too expensive now! Enjoy, my friend, enjoy.
Joy L. Hale
November (Poetry) - 11/24/2012 2:04:55 PM
I hear you talking, Mark, and agree one hundred percent, I'm glad I'm not where I came from either. Zoe, my squirrel-chasing half Yorkie, half Schnauzer mutt doesn't want to play with them as much as she want to sink her teeth into their necks and taste that warm squirrel blood oozing out, blood-thirsty little bitch . . .
For Me, For Us (Poetry) - 11/22/2012 9:24:50 AM
You show us that love is eternal, regardless of the circumstances of our lives. I hope you love continues for many more years.
For Me, For Us (Poetry) - 11/22/2012 5:03:13 AM
Aw! This is so tender and sweet, my friend....you sure have captured the essence of mature love!!! And I LOVE it!
For Me, For Us (Poetry) - 11/21/2012 7:17:25 PM
A Magnificent write my friend written so beautifully and dear Laura
For Me, For Us (Poetry) - 11/21/2012 6:55:18 PM
Beautifully stated, Mark.
For Me, For Us (Poetry) - 11/21/2012 6:08:52 PM
In these golden years, to be held in the arms of someone dearly loved... well, it just doesn't get any better than this. Passion many times is a fleeting gesture of the younger, but companionship, mutual respect and gentleness is for those who grow older together, reveling in the time they have together while looking back at a time when they were younger. "Grow old with me... the best is yet to be"...
Joy L. Hale
For Me, For Us (Poetry) - 11/21/2012 6:05:16 PM
this is the embodiment of true love, i would have dreamed of such a time
What? To Write What? (Poetry) - 11/21/2012 1:27:24 PM
I understand what you are saying, Mark. Some time back I went about six months with nothing coming forth from my writers quill. I don't write as much as I used to; I think my mind has become filled with the deteriorating condition in America and abroad.
You could also be so happy with your life now that writing is not as important as it once was. Either way, just be happy for that is the best of all scenarios.
Joy L. Hale
What? To Write What? (Poetry) - 11/19/2012 1:34:21 PM
yes, Mark, take heart!! and know I am taking a rest too :)
What? To Write What? (Poetry) - 11/13/2012 7:55:47 AM
It is strange how our passions are stirred by the stress of life. When that stress is relieved, our passion is diminished. Or is it just age?
What? To Write What? (Poetry) - 11/13/2012 4:58:10 AM
Our muses needs a rest now and then, my friend.There are times when my quill is idle too...when it seems there's nothing to inspire me...and then right out of the blue...
What? To Write What? (Poetry) - 11/13/2012 4:30:08 AM
the words come when they have need to be penned and you will bring them to life
What? To Write What? (Poetry) - 11/13/2012 4:14:27 AM
Take heart, Mark, the words will come. They will come unexpectedly and so quickly that you will have trouble assembling them to present to us as a finished product.
Nine Thirty Now (Poetry) - 11/3/2012 5:53:20 PM
As always my friend an excellent write laura
We The People (Poetry) - 11/2/2012 10:11:46 AM
Mark, I remember seeing a newsreel of Goebbels standing on a pile of rumble in bombed out Berlin. He was addressing seven German citizens. He was telling them that Luftwaffe bombers just bombed New York City and the allies were being pushed back into the sea. Four of the citizens had looks on their faces that said....Are You Nuts...The other three had big smiles of cheer. It kind of explains Obama 40% approval rating don't it.
Nine Thirty Now (Poetry) - 11/2/2012 7:55:24 AM
No wonder you're tired, my friend, you just piled an entire lifetime into this poem....giggle....it's so true how fast time is flying by now...I could relate to the entire poem....
Nine Thirty Now (Poetry) - 11/2/2012 6:05:41 AM
Glad you had time left before bed to write this time piece. Sleep tight for tomorrow will wait for no man and you have to get up and write poetry before your time runs out.
Nine Thirty Now (Poetry) - 11/1/2012 2:07:21 PM
There is wisdom in your words. Be well.
Nine Thirty Now (Poetry) - 11/1/2012 1:28:37 PM
there are those times we remember that time went by slow but as we get older time seems to speed by just as you have shown us in this write.
Nine Thirty Now (Poetry) - 11/1/2012 11:08:02 AM
A sense of 'what was' and 'what is' brought back a few memories of my own.
Nine Thirty Now (Poetry) - 11/1/2012 10:24:23 AM
I love these later years of my life, because I never, ever, thought I would see them.
We The People (Poetry) - 10/31/2012 7:47:50 AM
Not your best rhyme nor reason nor rationality with this, Mark; but I find it one of your best fiction works :o(
We The People (Poetry) - 10/30/2012 8:49:43 AM
I'm with Steve and Tom on this. I'm beginning to get quite alarmed at the polarization of American society over the political landscape. The characterizations I'm reading are extreme and unwarranted. We are hurting and we are in a prolonged recession caused by two very expensive wars and by greedy characters running financial institutions to benefit their own personal wealth. From the very beginning, we were a progressive country, throwing out our king before France and finally abolishing slavery in 1865. Abolishing child labor by the end of the nineteenth century and finally giving women voting rights by 1920. We survived a more severe depression that took twenty years to recover from and greater debt than we see now. We passed laws to protect labor from abusive business owners who took advantage of waves of new immigrants with unlivable wages. We finally gave American blacks somewhat equal citizenship in 1965 and disabled persons like me some opportunity to work with the ADA in 1992. Time marches on and progress continues. We cannot turn back the tide of time, we can only progress to the future the way we always have. We the people have a choice. And we the people can and will vote. The future will will be brighter than the past, especially if we are fair and do the right thing with everyone, worldwide, and stop trying to be a parochial nation, isolated from the rest world by our superiority complex.
We The People (Poetry) - 10/30/2012 8:10:06 AM
You have spoken your piece and you have done it well, Mark! Vote the bum out of office and let sound reasoning once again rule in America; it will take a long time to undo the damage Obama has done, perhaps as many as 10-15 years. America is strong and she will not stand by and become a socialist country... unless Obama is reelected and overrules our country and if he is, God take pity on us ALL! Wonderful, powerful words, my friend.
Joy L. Hale
We The People (Poetry) - 10/30/2012 4:54:16 AM
A MORE APT TITLE MIGHT BE "WE THE PEOPLE, AS SPOKEN BY A BRAINWASHED, FORGETFUL RIGHTWING REPUBLICAN" ...
8 YEARS OF BUSH & HIS NEO-NAZI CONSERVATIVES UNCARING NARCISM IS WHAT BROUGHT AMERICA AND 'WE THE PEOPLE' TO OUR KNEES!
TWO TRILLION DOLLARS AND TWO WARS CHARGED ON PLASTIC WEAKENED OUR ECONOMY BEFORE OBAMA WAS EVEN ELECTED!!!
'CONVENIENT MEMORIES' SHOULD BE THE EPITAPH OF 'THE PARTY OF NO' !!!
SELF-CENTERED SELF-SERVING 'RICH BITCHES' LIKE CHENEY AND HALIBURTON'RAPED' OUR PENTAGON BUDGET MAKING BILLIONS THRU THEIR WAR-MONGERING EFFORTS, PUSHING HIGH-PRICED ICE-CREAM DOWN THE THROATS OF OUR AMERICAN SONS AND DAUGHTERS!
THEN, TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY - 'THEY' AND PEOPLE LIKE 'YOU' TOTALLY IGNORED THE WORST CASE OF "PTSD" IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY - CAUSING A BACKLOG OF OVER ONE MILLION VETERANS WHO NEEDED, AND LITERALLY BEGGED FOR HARD-EARNED BENEFITS!
THE MORTGAGE FAILURES, WALL STREET 'BAIL-OUTS, FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC FIASCOS, DUE TO 'DE-REGULATION' AS WELL AS THE 'SUB-PRIME BUNDLING' BULL-SHIT... AND GREEDY CORPORATE RISKS IN CAPITAL ... ALL THESE AND MORE WERE PERPETRATED ON BUSH'S WATCH !!! BUSH, CHENEY, ROWE, AND ALL THE REST OF THE "NEO-CONS' SHOULD HAVE BEEN PROSECUTED ... AND THEN ... HUNG !!!
"WE THE PEOPLE" ... THE LITTLE PEOPLE, AND MIDDLE INCOME TRUE AMERICANS, YOU KNOW, THE 47% OF 'DEAD-BEATS' ARE COMING BACK WITH A VENGENCE ON NOVEMBER 6TH !!!
I SERIOUSLY DOUBT THAT 'MR. CEO' ROMNEY AND ALL THE REST OF THE "RICH BITCHES" WILL EVER RECOUP CONGRESS FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS OR MORE !!!
AS THEY SAY IN 'TEXAS HOLDEM' ... "READ 'EM AND WEEP" !!!
OH - ALMOST FORGOT ... REGARDING HEALTHCARE ...
GOD BLESS OBAMACARE !!! LET THE DAMNED GREEDY INSURANCE COMPANIES, AND 'BIG PHARMA' KISS OUR ROYAL PEOPLE'S ... ASSES !!!
MARK ... WAKE UP ... AND SMELL THE AWFUL OFFAL !!!
ALL CAUSED BY "THE PARTY OF THE RICH" ... ELITISTS BE DAMNED !!!
We The People (Poetry) - 10/30/2012 2:00:50 AM
I just began tracking Steve, below; no more.
Romney going to win and they will figure out someway to use this storm to say he stole the election.
We The People (Poetry) - 10/29/2012 10:04:39 PM
Reclaim the country? You got no chance. lol I love your style though.
A great smasher of a poem.
SkiBo and Me (Poetry) - 10/24/2012 7:25:02 AM
Nicely done Mark. Bonnie was right and so were you. Better to preserve fond memories than end a relationship badly. Patrick
SkiBo and Me (Poetry) - 10/19/2012 4:03:15 AM
Bonnie may be right, Mark, but I can't help but agree with your decision to stop taking that four minute walk. The same thing has happened to me, in a way. My was strictly cyberspace communication. She got so demanding that I "see the light' that I have stopped all communication with her. She was always a little pushy with her born again attitude, but when I began write my latest novel, "The Late Great God," she became frantic.
SkiBo and Me (Poetry) - 10/14/2012 9:36:37 AM
Mark, what a wonderful poem! Don't feel that you walked away from the friendship. You didn't. The friendship has endured. You just chose to end the daily pious conversation when he wouldn't. But clearly from you poem, he is now, even in death, very much a cherished friend.
I am much like you. My oldest brother leans Marxist (my opinion, not his). Whenever I mention Obama's dangerous positions on Israel, we get into a heated argument. Then we don't speak to each other for a few days. But eventually we both let it go, realizing there is more to life than fixed positions on politics.
SkiBo and Me (Poetry) - 10/13/2012 3:11:44 PM
Truly a deep meaningful write written so excellent as always Laura
SkiBo and Me (Poetry) - 10/10/2012 8:19:50 AM
Great poem! Politics and religion are two "crosses to bear" between me and a family member, so I have just learned to avoid each subject, it's better that way. I am a zealous Christian, but your friend, Ski, should have backed off when you asked him politely to do so. No one should push their ideas down anothers throat, share with them a time or two and then respect their decision from that point on. I am so glad you shared this with us because it is a good lesson learned. Well done, Mark.
Joy L. Hale
SkiBo and Me (Poetry) - 10/9/2012 6:55:03 AM
As a nonreligious person, I have often had born-again Christians try to proselytize me as though it was a life-and-death matter for me to go their way. So Ski has (gone that way).
I'm having a political (not religious) battle with my sister right now. Fortunately, it has not broken our a love for one another yet.
You have a way of writing a story that is so clear and lucid that the reader is drawn in to the experience. Of course you miss him. We often miss those we disagree with. It would've been so much nicer had he spent his time talking about many other things with you while you still had time together.
SkiBo and Me (Poetry) - 10/9/2012 4:34:49 AM
AMEN! Far too many differing opinions and beliefs for both religion and politics.....I avoid those subjects....and can't tolerate those who try to make their opinions mine! Sad that it tore two friends apart.....
SkiBo and Me (Poetry) - 10/8/2012 11:25:16 PM
wonderful memories ansd tribute to your friend
So, I Ask, Why God? (Poetry) - 9/8/2012 10:06:03 AM
Well done. In the Old testament God spoke regularly. But recently I think God, Allah, Messiah call him whatever you wish, well, he aint switched on or able to speak to us. Faith just does not add up to the Old Testament diologues. So Mark, don't bother to ask God. He just aint there. Sad but true.
Aurora: From Where in Hell (Poetry) - 9/3/2012 4:20:24 PM
RIGHT between the eyes, Mark.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
So, I Ask, Why God? (Poetry) - 9/3/2012 4:19:31 PM
Why NOT, God? :)
I love the lines, 'I do not believe that God has guided me/Nor do I believe that God has misguided me.' I believe in Him, that He does answer prayer, but have a few questions for Him as well. As to why children suffer or are born disabled. Well done, Mark. It's been far too long since I've stopped in -- forgive me?
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
So, I Ask, Why God? (Poetry) - 8/29/2012 11:31:42 PM
Nicely stated - agnosticism?
So, I Ask, Why God? (Poetry) - 8/29/2012 4:14:57 PM
Such honest shared confidences Mark. You engage us here in an intimate conversation that is well-crafted.
Be well always,
So, I Ask, Why God? (Poetry) - 8/27/2012 11:45:40 AM
A very good poem of very good thoughts. I agree with you 100%.
So, I Ask, Why God? (Poetry) - 8/27/2012 6:30:10 AM
I believe you express the common thinking of all humans, until each one encounters the Creator in the person of Jesus Christ. People instinctively sense there is a God, but since we are all born into this life in a state of alienation from Him, we naturally do not trust Him, nor do we love Him. God is the most misunderstood Being who exists, but He has communicated to the entire human race via a Nation He literally designed in order to do that; for the express purpose of revealing to us clearly who He is. Like children who have offended a parent, all of us cover our ears and shout in order to not acknowledge Him. Your poem expresses very clearly the default bent of the human spirit until it turns to and embraces the Creator, finally confessing gratitude to Him. Great job Mark.
So, I Ask, Why God? (Poetry) - 8/27/2012 5:43:39 AM
Spirituality is a very personal thing, my friend...I do believe in God and I do pray...but I don't believe in organized relgion...it's simply big business....I was born and raised Catholic....I deeply believe in the earth, and nature...in the forest or by the sea...that's my church.....geez...guess I got a little long-winded ...giggle...
So, I Ask, Why God? (Poetry) - 8/26/2012 1:35:38 PM
It grabbed me
I couldn’t let it go
A Second look
And then a Third
I had to read again
It moved me
If God came down
With miracles abound
Would there still be
As there was back than
I’ll try to do my best
To make my reasons clear
I cannot see
Grow into a child
Nor can I look
Up to the heavens
And not see
God in all
We are free to chose
We are not
Just robot toys
Moving to His will
And if we chose
A path that’s laid out clear
Someday we will reign with Him
In a place
So full of love
Our mortal minds can't fathom
I’ve wondered too
About what you said
With tear-blinding eyes
How can He
Turn His back on us
And watch this pain and anguish
A place of heartache
Was not where it all began
He will show us
So, I Ask, Why God? (Poetry) - 8/26/2012 5:09:26 AM
Well said,Mark. I beleive that God gives each of us free will to do good or to do evil. So I am willing to take some of the credit for the good things I do...but..all of the blame for the bad things I've done.
So, I Ask, Why God? (Poetry) - 8/25/2012 7:57:26 PM
i don't believe i've ever commented on any of your work before,
Mark, but this is among the most honest, articulate and wise
personal spiritual evaluations i've read in a long while;
your honesty shines and is truly admirable
So, I Ask, Why God? (Poetry) - 8/25/2012 6:46:25 PM
Truly a deep and meanigful write my friend written so amazingly Laura
Time (Poetry) - 8/14/2012 7:33:33 AM
Remarkable writing my friend Laura
Time (Poetry) - 8/8/2012 10:35:51 AM
Like my poem, the Time Bandit, when we are the most productive, time slips away like an old Willie Nelson song. This poem is like a lifetime in a nutshell.
Time (Poetry) - 8/8/2012 4:30:02 AM
Ah! You have so very eloquently captured how quickly life goes by...we really are here for such a short time...Loved this one, Mark!
Time (Poetry) - 8/5/2012 2:57:54 AM
the young don't understand this and by the time they do it is in the final laps.
Aurora: From Where in Hell (Poetry) - 7/21/2012 7:05:45 AM
One can only wonder ... God help us ALL! :(
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :(
Aurora: From Where in Hell (Poetry) - 7/21/2012 5:09:05 AM
A great write my friend Laura
Aurora: From Where in Hell (Poetry) - 7/20/2012 3:40:54 PM
you have stated it quite elloquently
Aurora: From Where in Hell (Poetry) - 7/20/2012 10:17:55 AM
They have always been among us. Just now they have more opportunity and more tools. Care to buy an assault rifle out of the back of the trunk in the parking lot of a gun show? Of course you can. The Constitution grants you the right to bear arms and kill whoever you want any time, anywhere, anyplace. Are we having fun yet?
Aurora: From Where in Hell (Poetry) - 7/20/2012 8:56:17 AM
You said it, Mark....."they come from HELL"...and there's nothing "human" about them.....we've all got them in our cities and towns....
Aurora: From Where in Hell (Poetry) - 7/20/2012 6:07:57 AM
It's too tragic to answer, Mark. All I can say is that when you ask, "Where in Hell" you are looking in the right place.
The Scent of “Young” (Poetry) - 7/7/2012 6:31:15 AM
you sat us all down right at the table with you both...i couldfeel the natural silence and smell the warm spi.ce of her scent on the breeze. so nice mark...i admire all yourwwrites and especially liked this one because of the underlying wistfulness of the mood
4 Old Guys Only (Poetry) - 7/6/2012 12:38:38 PM
You sure deliver a charming and generous poem here, and like Anna, of course the title lured me right in!
4 Old Guys Only (Poetry) - 7/6/2012 5:50:44 AM
Not to be bragging (well, maybe a little), but I haven't got there yet. I know it's coming, but so far, so good . . .
4 Old Guys Only (Poetry) - 7/5/2012 12:28:59 PM
This certainly is a subject that old men tend to dwell on and spend untold money on devices and drugs like Viagra. Fortunately, that subject doesn't cross my mind, while women often do, and rightly so.
You might try pulling a truck with your balls. Old men in China find that it helps them avoid prostate cancer and allows them to enjoy stiffly poking until they're in their 90s.
4 Old Guys Only (Poetry) - 7/5/2012 5:41:58 AM
Giggle) A very open and honest write about men my friend Laura