Recent Reviews for John V. Martin
Illegally Sane (Book) - 5/8/2002 3:30:46 PM|
I 've been reading this on his FREEMINDSHOW for the last two months. This a heck of a book!He got me! I can't wait,I'm buying the darn book!
Rock, and a Hard Place (Book) - 1/14/2002 3:48:03 PM
Great looking excerpt, well-worth taking a look at the real thing. Are you Buddy?
Rock, and a Hard Place (Book) - 12/31/2001 8:14:22 AM
This reads like the start of a great story, John. I've got to check this out.
Rite Of The Sword (Book) - 12/29/2001 1:55:03 PM
A steamy historical romance by gifted storyteller John Martin. A Novel Not To Be Missed!
Victoria Taylor Murray
'Thief Of Hearts'
Rite Of The Sword (Book) - 12/15/2001 9:38:05 AM
I like it.........!!!!
Rock, and a Hard Place (Book) - 10/6/2001 3:04:54 PM
Fab book!...can't wait for the movie!!!
Rock, and a Hard Place (Book) - 9/28/2001 6:23:49 PM
ENTERTAINING-Love the time period!
Rock, and a Hard Place (Book) - 9/28/2001 11:36:54 AM
FAST MOVING, LOVE THE VOICE. GOT TO SAY, IT ROCKS.
Rock, and a Hard Place (Book) - 9/23/2001 8:26:27 AM
Who Were Those Guys (Short Story) - 12/9/2013 9:00:47 AM
Who Were Those Guys (Short Story) - 12/9/2013 7:34:59 AM
Quite interesting highly entertaining. I'm sure there are guys in El Paso will do it for much less because they have many customers, you know, advantage of scale, so they can provide discounts. Anyway, that's what I learned from Breaking Bad. ;-)
There are a few glaring typos that I'm sure, if this is published will be removed. Also there are a couple places where I don't know who they are? Are they they, or they, which ones?
None Are So Blind.... (Short Story) - 10/14/2013 1:01:34 AM
enjoyed the read
None Are So Blind.... (Short Story) - 10/1/2013 2:16:12 AM
a great story
None Are So Blind.... (Short Story) - 9/30/2013 5:08:08 PM
Good story, John. As you said: "Yup, there's a sucker born every minute alright." I'm beginning to think that Washington-- in particular the Democrats are playing us for stupid suckers... No, do not misunderstand me because there sure are a lot of stupid suckers... Hmmm, a thought. Does stupid relate to uninformed because apparently that's what the majority of Americans are: uninformed stupid suckers.
It's Cool, I'm Hip (Short Story) - 7/21/2013 10:41:10 AM
Very funny, John.
Glad the hip's okay.
I've had a bad ankle for years now that needs surgery, then about a years recovery time. So, at my age, a month from 79, and the help of two "Aleves" in the morning (which work better than the pain medication prescribed) I'll hold onto that one year, thank you.
Although, I do think that I'll check the batteries in my smoke detectors. .
Growing old ain't for sissies.
Secret Revealed (Short Story) - 5/21/2012 8:34:28 PM
GOOD STORY ... REMINDS ME OF OLD SAYING ...
WHEN SOMEONE WAS TALKING TOO MUCH ...
WE USED TO SAY: "PUT A SOCK IN IT!"
Secret Revealed (Short Story) - 5/21/2012 4:23:55 AM
Sometimes the simplest answers are the most obvious... once the repair guy tells you what the problem is. One of my business' is the cleaning of laundry dryer ducts, and so often, the entire problem is a crimped duct behind the dryer not allowing the heat and vapor to blow out, and simply by straightening the duct, the air, once again begins to blow, "And that'll be one hundred and five dollars, thank you!"
Illegally Sane 14 (Short Story) - 12/14/2011 8:50:05 AM
Illegally Sane 13 (Short Story) - 12/6/2011 12:05:00 PM
Good write. I remember that period of time very well as I was married to an Army guy who served in VietNam.
Illegally Sane 2 (Short Story) - 12/2/2011 2:29:53 PM
i'll be back to read some more
Illegally Sane 1 (Short Story) - 12/2/2011 2:29:27 PM
Illegally Sane 12 (Short Story) - 12/2/2011 2:29:03 PM
off to read more
The Nuclear Option. (Short Story) - 5/24/2011 4:55:56 AM
Good story, John, and I especially enjoyed the ... er ... moral at the end! Well done!
The Nuclear Option. (Short Story) - 8/26/2010 1:09:30 PM
Very clever, John! Enjoyed this, although I still prefer to use Tricky Dicky's term for Mary Juwanna: 'hoofer'(...or was it 'heefer'?). Hmmm. Well. Whatever it is, I'm STILL not a crook! [I believe TD also said, while feeling the pressure over Watergate: "I have a firm staff and I'm going to stick it out..." Great turn of phrase, hee-hee.]
The Nuclear Option. (Short Story) - 7/23/2010 9:08:19 AM
Buy now pay later schemes are all the rage at the moment, maybe we will win the lotto then everything will be ok again.
The Nuclear Option. (Short Story) - 2/27/2010 6:13:30 AM
Very clever, moralistic story. I just can't see why everyone shouldn't buy a reefer... Matter of fact, I think I could use one myself about now. Yeah, puff, puff. I'm feeling better already. Hungry, but, puff, puff, better.
Patient Heal Thy Self (Short Story) - 8/21/2009 8:35:36 AM
Good points made. I'm a social worker (to support my writing habit) who deals a lot with psychotropic medications, and have seen cases where parents will demand that their children be prescribed medications to the point that the drugs counteract each other and leave the child in a drug-induced stupor, which is sad but makes for low-anxiety parenting for those who don't want their children to be conscious of the outside world. Some even need special stomach medications to counteract the damage of all the pills they take.
Another important difference is the rise of the artificial food industry in relation to the unnecessary drug industry. Why make a healthy meal and/or exercise when you can gorge yourself on fast food in front of the TV then cure the terrible stomach pain, cholesterol, terrible sleep patterns, etc. this type of lifestyle causes by a cocktail of colorful pills?
Lastly, although you don't like to blame physicians, and I don't necessarily think they should be blamed, they seem to have not exercised their power as much as they could. They are basically forced to bow to the pharmaceutical companies because, due to the fact that all the insurance money goes to drugs, they are missing out on their cut for preventative care and real medicinal practice. When you go into a doctor asking about a drug, he often doesn't even need to prescribe it. The drug companies give him massive quantities of free samples (which brings to mind a crack dealer offering the first taste for free) and make their money from the follow-up appointments after the placebo effect has patients clamoring for more.
I guess we should all be doing something more than angrily typing, but that's the problem--we all need to act.
A Good Thing? (Short Story) - 5/10/2009 7:04:22 AM
Although i am not an american, I love this country and its people. I wish my country offered so many opportunites; and made so many inventions; which is rich in history. A great thought.
A Good Thing? (Short Story) - 1/12/2009 10:31:35 AM
Well-done . . . well-said - outstanding!!
Always the Best,
Learning to Drive (Short Story) - 12/21/2008 11:07:40 AM
Well conceived and penned . . . two-thumbs up!!
Always the Best,
Fathers Night (Short Story) - 11/17/2008 5:04:01 PM
Yes, yes, with Jesus anything is possible!
The Ultimate Hot Ticket...11 (Short Story) - 7/21/2008 9:25:48 AM
If they are the CIA or a very successful business; Spence is in a scary possition. Enjoying the read. I will continue to chapter 12.
A Good Thing? (Short Story) - 5/19/2008 12:53:48 PM
Thanks for sharing this story. I love the way you ended this. "We did win, right???
November Twenty Second (Short Story) - 5/19/2008 12:45:23 PM
Very interesting and well written story. Really enjoyed the read.
ONLY... (Article) - 11/20/2013 5:51:28 AM
Yeah, and if ONLY those three million people that didn't think Romney was conservative enough had ONLY thought of him as the lesser of two evils had gone to the polls to vote. If ONLY people would have voted for knowledge and experience rather than the color of our present president's skin. Yeah, if ONLY!
Good article, John.
ONLY... (Article) - 11/20/2013 5:27:10 AM
It takes more Than one person to pull this off. What would be nice is if the "average" citizen would take the time to read up on this and take action. Start complaining to whoever in charge might listen and change this. Nice thought huh, most of us are to busy, straight out, and stressed to take on "one more thing" . It will seem like time well spent though. When it becomes to expensive to keep you alive and your death is decided by the committee.
Forty Shillings on The Drum.... (Article) - 10/16/2013 3:25:40 PM
Thanks for a gentle reminder of my own military days. They were much the same. Unfortunately, too many of my buddies and comrades did not make it back from Vietnam. Still, a great write, and I really appreciated it.
Forty Shillings on The Drum.... (Article) - 10/13/2013 8:23:42 AM
John... Great Story! Amen to the moral !
Forty Shillings on The Drum.... (Article) - 10/13/2013 8:16:35 AM
well said, story pretty much like those i have heard
nam vet widow, nam vet wife
Perhaps Worth Repeating (Article) - 6/7/2013 11:04:04 AM
So Ron, you feel the tens of millions of innocent people slaughtered by the atheistic Communist Russian, atheistic Chinese Communists, and atheistic German National Socialist Regimes somehow don't count because those people weren't murdered in the name of God? I'm afraid you are seriously historically mistaken about atrocities. Far, Far more people were murdered in the last 80 years by these Regimes then in all of the wars in recorded history combined...both "religious" and non religious wars. I myself would never harm anybody for God or in God's name. Nor would I ever follow anyone who says God told him he wants me to do harm to certain people. You see I believe God can take care of himself. and if he ever personally feels someone needs to be harmed, he sure as heck don't need my help.
...and yes, people are curious alright, but we don't need machines to spy on our neighbors. In communist Russia and Nazi Germany they found children to be quite effective in satisfying their curiosity...."Have your parents ever said anything bad about the government or the leader, children? You must tell your teacher if they do. What about your neighbors, have any of them said anything bad about the leader?" I believe technology should be used to improve lives and expand freedom and liberty...using it to enslave and control people does not improve lives, and when it is used for that purpose..it certainly does not expand freedom and liberty.
So, you have nothing to hide...are you sure about that? Remember, 70 years ago six million Jewish people in Germany thought they had nothing to hide, and had done nothing wrong, Unfortunately, the government disagreed...and the government controlled the technology of the day.
Perhaps Worth Repeating (Article) - 6/7/2013 7:40:18 AM
Since when is being, “under God,” such a good thing? More atrocities have been conducted, like our slaughter of Iraqi citizens with, “God on our side,” by religious fanaticism than any other force. As far as surveillance goes, human beings are curious, and if they can find out something, whether it be gossip, or factual information, we will build machines to find out. Sorry but technology moves that way and we will have to deal with it. I have nothing to hide, do you?
Perhaps Worth Repeating (Article) - 6/7/2013 4:59:15 AM
Almost like seeing into the future,isn't it, John?
One good thing about the next presidential elections: Even if the Democrats win, anything and any one will be better than what America has now.
Lessons in Life (Article) - 4/29/2013 7:15:56 AM
Ron...you think professional politicians are really going to make health care more affordable. Right now they are running around in Washington trying to figure out how they can exempt themselves and their staff from this disaster. Let's hope they don't try their hand at performing surgery next.
Lessons in Life (Article) - 4/29/2013 6:52:49 AM
I have been paralyzed (in surgery, not in an accident) for 50 years, been employed most of those years had good jobs with good insurance. I am currently on a Medicare advantage program that pays all of my expenses thanks to my last employer, the state of Texas.
The Affordable Health Care Act, or Obama Care (not a derogatory nickname) was designed to reduce health care costs and provide health insurance for the nearly 50% of Americans who do not have healthcare through their employers and cannot afford it with a small amount of money that they make, or, because of pre-existing conditions. I realize that much of America is growing obese and therefore subject to higher health care as a result, but that is not the issue that you are addressing.
I have to assume that you and I and Mark are among the fortunate who have had healthcare insurance paid for by your employer or have a good plan in retirement like I do. For most Americans that's not the case. I have watched healthcare costs skyrocket in the last twenty years. Recently I paid outrageous prices for x-rays because they were “out of network.” Young people (I was once like that) avoid seeing the doctor or getting insurance for many years and there are millions like that today, underemployed with huge debts from many sources, without insurance.
By requiring everyone to get insurance and having the insurance challenge the exorbitant fees charged by hospitals and clinics buying expensive equipment like MRI equipment in duplication, wastefully, should eventually lower the cost of insurance for everyone.
Your “snake in the grass” article smells of discrimination, latent in bitter old people who had it made and wasted much of their lives having a good time instead of paying attention to our world and how they can make better.
Lessons in Life (Article) - 4/29/2013 4:46:10 AM
So true, John. The problem is that those countless millions that took the bait will never admit to their mistake because the people getting the freebies will still get the freebies and most of the others, that are and will be paying still will not admit to their mistake because of their liberalism disease. Alas, another huge problem: The children of our children, as "The Greatest Generation" dies out, will never know America as we have known it and, so sorry, as they are being taught, it may well be too late to change things.
Render Unto Caesar.... (Article) - 2/12/2013 6:55:10 AM
WELL SAID JOHN... AMEN !!!
Render Unto Caesar.... (Article) - 1/6/2013 6:16:13 PM
Shall we pay Caesar tax or not? (Mark 12) Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, but render to God what is God's? (Matthew 22, Mark 12, Luke 20)
As regards the question, Jesus response is ambiguous, unless we know what Jesus believed belonged to Caesar and what to God respectively. Since Jesus consistently justified himself and his teaching on the authority of sacred Jewish Scripture, we may rest assured that in this instance he had Scripture's unambiguous answer in mind. And Scripture states at least five times, but most explicitly in Psalm 24:1: "The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it." That, of course, leaves nothing for poor old Caesar, and nothing is what Jesus meant for his followers to pay in taxes to the emperor who was about to murder him, who stood as a usurper of Jesu' Father's place as mankind's lawgiver, and who, on the coin in question referred to himself as "son of the divine Augustus!"
The Catholic Church, having for ages misinterpreted Jesus words on this occasion as an endorsement for the violent state and its extortionist taxes, will have a hard time recovering from its past to understand that Jesus saw taxes for what they are: extortion.
Less Than Ten Days and Counting. (Article) - 12/11/2012 10:47:17 AM
I am reminded of the early 'Cold War' days when my freshman friends in HS and I were always pondering what a nuclear Armageddon would mean, in terms of disrupting our entire existence...permanently. The question would invariably surface in the midst of the usual puerile exchanges "What are you going to do when (note it was said 'when' and not 'if', such was the general level of anxiety prevailing) they drop the big one?" Since I was still, as a drunken Rooskie might say, a 'Worjon' at the time, the very best fantasy I could come up with was to grab the school's homecoming queen and have my wicked way with her tender little pulchitrudinious assets before the flesh melted entirely off my (and her) backside. I suppose this is a slamming indictment of exactly why testosterone can be (and usually is) such a disastrous aspect of human civilisation, but at that age (14), the hormones rule youthful awarenesses more surely than Ghengiz Khan could shoot arrows with deadly accuracy from atop a wild horse, sans saddle. Looking back now, at my extant mind-frame of that period, I can see that my entire weltaunschaung and raison d'etre were utterly transfixed by those formulative hormonal surges so common to adolescents. Viewed now, many years later and in my seniority, I'd almost welcome a bottomless chasm to jump into (or a similar world-wide, end-stage catastrophe), alone and unaccompanied, given the perpetually chaotic and utterly hopeless state of the world of humming beans.
Live long (or short) and prosper, John. Or as another of my clever friends always used to say "Meretricious and a Happy New Year!"
Less Than Ten Days and Counting. (Article) - 12/11/2012 6:19:41 AM
Keep in mind, Mark...when I bet at the track they hand me my tickets already torn up.
Less Than Ten Days and Counting. (Article) - 12/11/2012 6:10:01 AM
"A million plus dollars in chips and a winning powerball ticket in your pocket?" And at this time all life on earth, as a matter of fact, even planet earth no longer exists? With a million plus dollars in chips and a winning powerball ticket in your pocket? Jeeze, that's really shitty luck! Well, in ten days we shall see, won't we. In the mean time, John, have a nice day, will you!
Looks like a Good Case (Article) - 12/1/2012 11:33:56 AM
Amen, my gentile friend. Amen, says your Jewish friend.
Death and.... (Article) - 11/25/2012 11:06:34 AM
Yeah, John, the rich guy could/will certainly pass the tax increase on to us/we or they could just say, "Screw it!" and shut down sending 18,000 people into the "we" pay for system that we're having a near impossible time keeping up with now... Or, of course, as you say, we could just tax the rich guy again. Kind of like the snake that kept eating it's own tail until there was nothing left to eat, huh?
It All Makes Sense Now (Article) - 11/11/2012 6:01:16 AM
Ah, yes, John. That makes perfect sense. Now that they've helped to have Obama reelected, let's see how long, and to what extent, the -- good word, Jerry -- let's see how long the (non) news media will continue to cover Obama's ass.
It All Makes Sense Now (Article) - 11/11/2012 5:44:14 AM
It All Makes Sense Now (Article) - 11/11/2012 5:03:31 AM
That as good a lie as I heard so far. I'm sure the (non)news media will capitalize on it and report it ad nauseum.
Sharing The Wealth (Article) - 10/16/2012 5:03:31 AM
I HAD TO LAUGH OUT LOUD, JOHN. I TELL YOU...GIVING A LITTLE TO THE POOR FOLKS SURE TICKS A LOT OF PEOPLE OFF, DOESN'T IT? BUT, IN ANY CASE, AN ARTICLE LIKE THIS CERTAINLY SHOWS HOW DIFFERENT OUR POINT OF VIEWS ARE AND HOW MARVELOUS IT IS TO BE ABLE TO 'SHARE' THEM SO FREELY. THANK YOU. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Sharing The Wealth (Article) - 9/24/2012 5:30:59 AM
A-ha! So that's how to live the perfect life. No problem because there will be no problems and, eventually we'll all be like the tin man in the land of Oz; just waiting for government to squirt some oil into our neck joint. So glad I'm now seventy-eight and won't be around to see the future... That's if the right president is re-voted into office.
Great article, my friend.
Dare Orda be a New Law (Article) - 7/30/2012 6:36:43 AM
Great article, my friend. And then, when the cops locate the get-away bus, they can hold the crooks at bay with bean blowers.
Bum Rap (Article) - 7/16/2012 6:01:48 AM
Great, informative article, John.... Sorry, though, because those that want to believe the worst, because that's what their party tells them to believe, are just going to believe the lie, and vote as their party tells them to, mindlessly, vote.
MY SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (Poetry) - 12/18/2013 8:15:05 AM
A friend just met this kind of evil, a man, so I know all too well...what the author means.
She struggles for her life AND sanity....in hospitalS in a 40 mile radius.
Thanks for posting.....
MY SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (Poetry) - 6/11/2013 2:50:21 AM
My kind of poetry. Thanks, and keep at it! :)
MY SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (Poetry) - 5/6/2013 3:54:37 AM
By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes. [Knocking]
How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags!
What is't you do?
MY SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (Poetry) - 5/5/2013 5:53:23 PM
Bradbury's genius will not soon be paralleled. Thanks for sharing.
Reality Check. (Poetry) - 4/28/2013 3:13:03 AM
A telling poem about the times we are living in...irrespective of the country..nice one!!
SECOND CHANCE (Poetry) - 4/14/2013 10:43:24 AM
It harks harks at hearts get sings
with everything that
good is the second chance which begins
I enjoyed with sings
MY SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (Poetry) - 2/5/2013 12:07:57 PM
Spooky. I love it! I like how the beat adds to the atmosphere it creates....
The Joke of Time (Poetry) - 1/22/2013 4:34:33 AM
awww...I still love bell bottoms
they call them "fit & flares" nowadays
and silver space jackets & earth shoes
you're Right On the Money Train
Time to book... Dig It?
ODE TO WILLIE THE WHALE (Poetry) - 11/4/2012 12:48:40 PM
I was much too busy screwing up in the late sixties and early seventies to join the fight. I tried. Didn't work. But I was there in the worst of the worst places for a serviceman to be. California. I hated the bastards and bitches who let Hanoi Jane and other disgrace this country and spit in brave soldiers as they returned for their tour of duty. Now we have those very same people running this country. I so hope they don't steal this upcoming election.
ODE TO WILLIE THE WHALE (Poetry) - 11/4/2012 12:11:33 PM
John, I loved it. Well said, deep, thoughtful, and even graceful. I see you have a copyright on it. I will post the link in a new blog if you don't mind.
SECOND CHANCE (Poetry) - 8/21/2012 11:26:17 AM
Amen to New Days & our "SECOND CHANCE"!!
I have been hard at work flipping those pages :)
Through His Presence & Guiding Light
Good Riddance (Poetry) - 3/18/2012 7:50:00 AM
Nicely done, John. It's snowing here this morning. Love and peace,
The Joke of Time (Poetry) - 3/18/2012 7:48:17 AM
Clever; I appreciate your wit and humor and the message too, John. Thank you. Love and peace,
Good Riddance (Poetry) - 2/24/2012 11:13:39 PM
Sounds like you'd want to move to California. Winter days here are usually awesome. Enjoyed the read. :-)
The Joke of Time (Poetry) - 11/10/2011 8:58:26 AM
boy, i'm almost 60, still have shoulder length hair, have all my teeth and can dance when it matters ... fortunately, the mirror is sympathetic ... just glad to be alive ...
The Joke of Time (Poetry) - 11/10/2011 12:49:48 AM
Ah yes, John, i can see Stu clearly,
i don't have to look far.
Thank you for this.
The Joke of Time (Poetry) - 11/9/2011 7:27:15 PM
ah yes, time wounds all heels... and still the wound congeals.
The Joke of Time (Poetry) - 11/9/2011 8:15:07 AM
Stu may be bald and toothless now, but I'll bet he can still DANCE!
Peace & Lov,
The Miracle (Poetry) - 7/8/2011 1:01:29 PM
I like your line about "his dubious throne" for his reign shall come to a sudden end, when Christ our Lord returns!
Great poem, John!
DARK RESURRECTION (Poetry) - 7/8/2011 12:58:58 PM
Horrible but true, this poem lays it all on the table! Very well written, I hope your message opens many eyes, John
MY SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (Poetry) - 6/14/2011 11:21:27 AM
Fan of Bradbury. Should have the 1983 movie Something Wicked This Way Comes from Netflix in my mailbox as I type this.
MY SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (Poetry) - 2/27/2011 11:18:38 PM
Thank you, John, when I saw your title, one night, and then read your piece, it motivated me to write a poem. It was so great, your piece, and my inspirational reply, wish I could see more everything so clearly, like Ray Bradbury...
Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Good Riddance (Poetry) - 12/29/2010 9:57:51 AM
Rather enjoyed this one, John. When I was young I liked nothing better than to test myself against the intense cold of deepest winter on mountain climbs. There was something about trying to survive the worst Ma Nature could throw at me on a 14,000 foot summit in December that piqued my senses and since I had tons of youthful reserves available to command, the whole experience had a palpably cathartic impact on me. Now, as an old lion in winter, I seem to have switched poles and rather more relish a warm fire in the hearth with my dogs at my feet, as the winter solstice enshrouds us all with its crystalline whiteness. All part, I suppose, of the natural rhythm of the life experience, but at least it gives us subjects to prosaically air-out. Nice one, John.
Aloha mai e, Kalikiano
The Seasoning of Life (Poetry) - 12/19/2010 8:34:55 PM
N i c e !!
Good Riddance (Poetry) - 12/19/2010 8:33:31 PM
I love neologisms!
Poem's cool, 's well.
Such a creative approach.
Keep 'em comin'~!
xOx Phyllis xOx
Good Riddance (Poetry) - 9/7/2010 11:27:48 PM
Yea!! Summer is here to say!!!
MY SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (Poetry) - 6/21/2010 3:33:12 AM
Good Riddance (Poetry) - 2/16/2010 8:20:02 PM
AMEN, BRO - AMEN!
Good Riddance (Poetry) - 2/15/2010 7:03:14 AM
i like this ...sentiments of many. like rexpitall too...pmedlin
Reality Check. (Poetry) - 1/30/2010 4:20:42 PM
Guys, that’s why we have to dump the whole barrel. Regardless of what Hollywood and TV says, there are honest decent people who can resist evil. . Yeah, I'm a bad guy alright, but I never sold my soul for a kick back or a bribe. Call me dumb, but you know what, I've done alright, and I have no complaints. There's was nobody who could put a gun to my head and say do it!...you owe me. I always retained the right to say No...Get lost.. and I'll go to my grave with it. I didn't get rich. but I never had a problem sleeping, either. The only one left that I owe is this country. I've made a lot of payments in the past, and I'd like to leave a zero balance when I go. So take my word for it, Palin is the real deal and there are more like her around. She and they realizes what the important things in life really are. It ain't gonna happen over night, but it will happen. Good always wins in the end.
Reality Check. (Poetry) - 1/30/2010 7:43:34 AM
When we send Mr or Ms citizen, they are soon wrapped in the arms of the lobbiests and big money and we lose them.
Reality Check. (Poetry) - 1/30/2010 6:13:20 AM
Too bad, John, that in the real world your thinking cannot come true because where would Mister or Ms. Average Joe or Josephine come up with the millions upon millions upon millions needed to get his or her story out and beat Mister or Ms. "screw you American public" politician? Too bad we live in this really, really screwed up real world.
Resolve (Poetry) - 12/9/2009 9:43:39 AM
So true, so true!!! We will be facing many a foe soon..
Peace, love, and light,
The New World Government (Poetry) - 11/21/2009 7:18:51 AM
At my age I should have seen this coming. It started in my lifetime with the UN. I do not want to think that someone is going to govern my off-spring, or cut there head off. Excellent poem, right to the point.
GOD BLESS US ALL.
The New World Government (Poetry) - 11/18/2009 4:09:20 PM
JOHN - I'M WITH PETE ...
DID YOU READ MY - TRILATERALISTS YET?
EXACTLY WHAT THEY'VE DONE! TK.
The New World Government (Poetry) - 11/18/2009 2:33:42 PM
A living hell it certainly will be, but God they will never take away...
Be always safe,
The New World Government (Poetry) - 11/17/2009 8:00:13 AM
World of Living Hell. You can say that again. This is the dawn of the New World Order. A scientific, neo-feudal, command-and-control dictatorship. America is/ was the only nation-state strong enough to stand in the way of all this. So, they've conquered her from within. Now it's down to the People, again. Either we resist as patriots, or go down into slavery and servitude. More will be revealed. Good poem.
HEARTBLIND (Poetry) - 10/12/2009 4:57:08 AM
and upon his canvas of beauty we are offered these most marvelous gifts...Peace & Blessings
THE SMILE OF THE SPHINX (Poetry) - 10/12/2009 4:55:14 AM
wonderful perspective of expression John!
Peace & Locked Vaults
On Being A Poet-Bobbie's Challenge (Poetry) - 9/9/2009 8:54:14 PM
SURE you can quit. Of COURSE you can. Ain' like poetry is a drug.
Wait. How many times have I tried to fight it off and ended up failing? Tell myself I don't w a n t to stop. Better addicted to
it than crack or booze? Sometimes I wonder. Still, when you need something to get you through the night, a poem just might do it.
Hangover's worth it? I predict you will be back. Hope it isn't wishful thinkin' ! Poets Anonymous Member, Emeritus
On Being A Poet-Bobbie's Challenge (Poetry) - 8/30/2009 10:39:57 AM
I think that there is a lot expressed "behind" your verses here, John. Thank you. Love and peace,
On Being A Poet-Bobbie's Challenge (Poetry) - 6/11/2009 7:08:34 AM
well that says alot to me......lol......good, very good lol
SECOND CHANCE (Poetry) - 6/4/2009 8:35:34 AM
Agree with every word. Well done John.
TICK-TOCK (Poetry) - 6/4/2009 8:34:28 AM
Amen to that! Great life philosophy here. Good job John.
The Traveler (Poetry) - 6/4/2009 8:32:41 AM
Very entertaining, and wonderful lyrical flow. Truth every word of this poem. Good job.
The Seasoning of Life (Poetry) - 5/10/2009 6:43:15 AM
I wish i could experience those other season. However, i live in a country where there is a tropical climate, summer all year long. Great poem.
SECOND CHANCE (Poetry) - 5/10/2009 6:39:01 AM
Everyone deserves a second chance.Unfortionately, not all of us do get one.Nice poem.
THE BALLARD OF FLYING JOHN (Poetry) - 4/22/2009 8:29:59 AM
I really enjoyed this trip back in time. Am glad yuo didn't get hurt. Some memories never fade away.....M
TICK-TOCK (Poetry) - 4/22/2009 8:26:59 AM
So very true. Time stops for no one . At least some have timme to prepare for whats ahead......M
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 4/11/2009 10:20:41 AM
It was written in the scriptures , and it happened as foretold . ....M
The Traveler (Poetry) - 4/11/2009 10:17:08 AM
There's no place like home for a world traveler or any one else Its where ones heart resides...M
The Seasoning of Life (Poetry) - 4/11/2009 10:15:03 AM
The cycles of life go on and on year after year . Your poem captures it all nobely with few words......M
The Traveler (Poetry) - 4/2/2009 7:58:08 AM
Hi John, this is a write of my own experience. You express it very well here. Thank you for sharing...
CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR (Poetry) - 3/9/2009 5:41:29 PM
52% of this country voted in the worse administration this country will ever see, if we survive it. Good job John
The Seasoning of Life (Poetry) - 3/3/2009 7:11:09 AM
Very interesting. And who ever said that time was a line. Seems to be rather more circular than linear to me, no end in sight. Cheers, J'nia
Beyond Guilt, Beyond Shame, Beyond Apology (Poetry) - 2/15/2009 3:04:10 PM
JOHN - SUPERB POEM!
I joined the Army Reserves in '60, 6 months active duty & 5.5 years reserves - no action, no war stories, no medals, no benefits, no education, no commisary privileges, nuttin' honey!
Honorable Discharge in '66 - Married same year - 34 years of "wedded bliss' and 2 kids put thru college - just a normal Joe, w/normal life.
But, have always sympathized and empathized with VETS! - CONGRESS SUCKS! The CONTROLLED MEDIA SUCKS!
The public was sold a 'bill of goods' - and all the Willy's suffered because of it - i have two nephews and a childhood Buddy who all served in Nam, and you'll not find better, more upright good men!
Peace, Friend John - Peace1 Tom.
CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR (Poetry) - 2/7/2009 3:44:36 PM
Yes we are all imperfect. Still, Jesus IS lord.
SECOND CHANCE (Poetry) - 1/19/2009 7:21:12 AM
Well said my friend. If only we could cut that chain that ties us to the past. God Bless Luke
TICK-TOCK (Poetry) - 1/5/2009 3:07:28 PM
a SUPERB PENNING!!
Always the Best,
CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR (Poetry) - 12/18/2008 8:43:14 AM
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR (Poetry) - 12/16/2008 12:54:34 PM
Well-done . . . nicely penned!!
Always the Best,
The Seasoning of Life (Poetry) - 12/11/2008 8:52:37 AM
Beautiful and thought provoking.
Who Is Fit To Rule (Poetry) - 11/15/2008 8:43:10 AM
Excellent expression of the demise of our unfortunate reality in a beautifully written piece of poetry. You have eloquently expressed the dismality of what has happened while infusing much needed awareness of what was. You have fundamentally equated your writing toward God and have left those of alternate beliefs to interpret. Well done my friend.
THE SMILE OF THE SPHINX (Poetry) - 11/3/2008 2:10:37 PM
Succinct - perfect!!
Who Is Fit To Rule (Poetry) - 11/1/2008 3:54:33 PM
YOu raise many QUESTIONS and FEELINGs here JOHN!
Such a mind I find...
God's knowing will be our divine showing
I hope our knowing - intuitions KNOW!
Warmest Blessings and WARMER Hugs, Warrior Purple Lady SHEExooo
MY SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (Poetry) - 11/1/2008 3:51:16 PM
This poem ranks ONE OF THE HIGHEST!
A Halloween Goodie!
Your heart is so true, I like the Poetry in YOU!
I will try and stay around to read in your den, I have many I read
that are lessons...
Warmest Blessings of LOVE, and Light, Warrior Purple Lady SHEExooo
I will be tracking YOU as of now... let your words go flow on...
THE SMILE OF THE SPHINX (Poetry) - 9/21/2008 2:47:04 AM
The Seasoning of Life (Poetry) - 8/22/2008 8:47:37 PM
Great poem. Your writings support my theory about duality. I might add some of your pairings in my list,that is if you do not mind?
THE SMILE OF THE SPHINX (Poetry) - 8/10/2008 6:03:43 AM
Like the Mona Lisa we'll never know for sure will we.
THE SMILE OF THE SPHINX (Poetry) - 8/10/2008 5:55:57 AM
INDEED,stay safe and well..HUgsssss
SECOND CHANCE (Poetry) - 6/27/2008 10:52:43 AM
SECOND CHANCE (Poetry) - 6/23/2008 1:56:49 AM
This is a very good poem.Everybody deserves a 2nd chance to become a better person and human being which you have displayed in this poem.I enjoy reading it very much.Thank you and take care
Who Is Fit To Rule (Poetry) - 6/10/2008 12:53:07 PM
Someone must be out there somewhere who is fit enough to rule. Things will not be cheaper though and probably it will be a mixed up year maybe even 4 mixed up years, but things will be free in the end, Freedom to be with our Lord and Savior when time comes he wants us.
Who Is Fit To Rule (Poetry) - 6/10/2008 2:11:14 AM
Brilliant, powerful and so true. This poem says a lot.
TICK-TOCK (Poetry) - 5/19/2008 12:57:53 PM
Brilliant! This is so true. If we change now and avoid evil ways we will be ready for that day. Great poem.
BED TIME (Poetry) - 4/10/2008 10:48:52 AM
Like this, am lonely at nights after death of Tom but try to sleep but am sleepless, but don't go out alone at night. Enjoyed this poem and advice. You are a different writer, but like your poem.
POPCORN BONES (Poetry) - 3/30/2008 3:16:33 AM
Popcorn bones - thought that was what you had when you get old *poppoppop* LOL This is way cool - enjoyed reading!
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Butch Berried (Poetry) - 3/30/2008 3:14:33 AM
Wow - never heard that term. Talk about identity theft! Shame - excellently penned.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
DARK RESURRECTION (Poetry) - 2/24/2008 1:44:37 AM
How sad that our nation has embrased all these evils.
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 2/24/2008 1:33:41 AM
Good poem. Not sure Pilate is without guilt, after all he handed an inocent man over to be killed.
MY SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (Poetry) - 2/24/2008 1:25:25 AM
I liked your poem. It is a good poem to read on Halloween.
TICK-TOCK (Poetry) - 1/28/2008 11:10:17 AM
The Seasoning of Life (Poetry) - 1/19/2008 2:09:06 PM
Okay, like, computers don't already confound and confuse me. Did my head spin all the way back around yet?
POPCORN BONES (Poetry) - 1/19/2008 1:58:32 PM
I wish I could write with a political sense of humor but I get much too serious. I enjoyed reading Popcorn Bones very much!
Beyond Guilt, Beyond Shame, Beyond Apology (Poetry) - 12/26/2007 7:45:18 PM
You might like my "Vietnam Vet"
Thank you for your service and remember this: We, those who were there, aren't responsible for the evils performed and condoned in Washington, DC any more than those who serve today are responsible for this administration's monsters or their acts.
CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR (Poetry) - 12/22/2007 4:26:23 PM
Criminals we all are in some form or another. Alcohol is the most terrible drug problem we have in this country now. But pot is illegal? Ever know someone who smoked a joint and drove a hundred miles an hour home to beat his wife?.....Didn't think so.
MY SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (Poetry) - 9/29/2007 12:40:42 PM
I love this poem, the rhythm the flow...it gave me chills!!!!
perfect for halloween!! great work!! katie :)
MY SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (Poetry) - 9/21/2007 7:26:30 PM
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 4/1/2007 6:44:35 PM
Outstanding write Johm
MY SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (Poetry) - 1/7/2007 9:10:19 AM
THANKS SO MUCH for putting this online. I was precisely the person you were talking about who had heard Linda Hunt do this poem on the Lexus commercial and was trying to get the entire poem and who wrote it. Thanks again!
Butch Berried (Poetry) - 11/13/2006 7:07:52 PM
You know John--something like this just happened to, believe it or not, Andy Griffith! He sued some guy who ran for sheriff in either Minnesota or Wisconsin recently for changing his name to Andy Taylor (like the Mayberry character).
Anyway, Andy, being the gentleman that he is, waited until after the election was over to sue...
Enjoyed this one lots!
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 11/12/2006 9:11:43 AM
well done! a different twist but so very true
Beyond Guilt, Beyond Shame, Beyond Apology (Poetry) - 11/11/2006 7:14:40 PM
excellent-well done tribute
BED TIME (Poetry) - 10/30/2006 6:05:38 PM
This is a great Halloween piece...as a matter of fact, I know a few kids that would be scared to death by it! Good thing--cause they need to stay in bed at bedtime! LOL!
I really enjoyed this one.
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 10/30/2006 6:03:44 PM
Whew--what a deep and stirring piece. And, unfortunately John, it's very sad. But I guess it was the only way we could be reconciled with God.
Loved this one!
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 10/28/2006 1:45:45 PM
Peace & Love,
THE FEASTS OF FALL (Poetry) - 10/17/2006 9:44:28 AM
A fine seasonal offering, John; most timely for me to have come across this considering Halloween's not far off now. Thank you. Love and peace,
Butch Berried (Poetry) - 10/17/2006 9:42:14 AM
Thank you for sharing your wit, John. Nice beat to this. Love and peace to you,
Butch Berried (Poetry) - 10/11/2006 1:47:19 AM
silly but so clever.
POPCORN BONES (Poetry) - 10/11/2006 1:46:49 AM
ROFL.....you are too funny.
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 6/14/2006 9:04:33 AM
IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE TO READ SUCH FINE WORK.
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 3/31/2006 8:26:51 PM
Well done my friend. We all have roles to play.
Butch Berried (Poetry) - 2/19/2006 4:22:52 PM
You are so cool, John, and such a talent!!!
The Seasoning of Life (Poetry) - 12/28/2005 8:22:39 AM
Hello Stranger~ It was nice to touch base with you again. I see you're still penning out the best poems ever. You are such a talent, my freind! I love your work. "Keep em' coming!"
Happy New Year!
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 12/25/2005 6:03:16 AM
Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 12/21/2005 6:10:14 PM
Very well said. BTW, I love your 'photo'...you're such a fury things.
BED TIME (Poetry) - 9/2/2005 11:49:59 AM
ominously good stuff!
BED TIME (Poetry) - 8/20/2005 8:04:48 AM
ooooh eerie write! Thank God I don't have nightmares...or rarely do. When I have in the past, my little JR Terrier Maggie gets cuddled half to death....poor thing!
Beyond Guilt, Beyond Shame, Beyond Apology (Poetry) - 8/1/2005 9:52:32 PM
the rhythm kept me flowing throughout this entire tale...excellent piece...truth without bitterness...great job...we should question the media and how truth is manipulated...even to this day
Beyond Guilt, Beyond Shame, Beyond Apology (Poetry) - 8/1/2005 8:05:38 PM
this was incredible! I applaud you! I hope everyone gets the chance to read this and finds the moral to the tell tale story you've written here
THE FEASTS OF FALL (Poetry) - 7/29/2005 8:58:26 AM
EXCELLENT- really should be published- it would make a great children's Halloween poem or short picture book with spooky illustrations- you are very talented.
THE FEASTS OF FALL (Poetry) - 7/24/2005 7:40:53 AM
A wonderful mystery!
Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Agnel :o)
THE FEASTS OF FALL (Poetry) - 7/24/2005 7:12:56 AM
Quite a captivating poetic tale, Flying John; and you probably should keep feeding it!
MY SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (Poetry) - 7/10/2005 9:36:55 AM
excellent poem ... flows effortlessly ...
MY SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (Poetry) - 7/9/2005 10:45:19 AM
Excellent meter and rhyme; chilling imagery. Well done!
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
MY SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (Poetry) - 7/9/2005 7:12:05 AM
Excellent in content and form, John. I very much enjoyed this poem; love the cadence and rhyme.
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 3/31/2005 6:45:23 PM
Well done. R
The Seasoning of Life (Poetry) - 12/13/2004 9:32:59 PM
Hahaha, oh, my god, I love your sense of flexible humor!! Had I not read your explanation, I would never have guessed the meaning behind this un-piece! I think you've just blown my mind, I need to think about this...
Oh, and the real piece is lovely, with these words grabbing my thoughts:
"Growing, dying, snowing, sprouting.
There’s a magic to it all."
There IS a magic to it all!
Perhaps you could post the actual poem as 'The Seasoning of Life II', anyone curious enough to check out this first piece will have a suprise in store for them.
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 12/13/2004 9:24:36 PM
Interesting, John. That is a question I am still struggling with, whether our lives as human beings is 'fated'. I see the logic of your reasoning, can feel the painful decision Pilate may have been subjected to with the 'mob mentality' overruling common sense, fairness and tolerance to such a degree, no other decree would have satisified their appetites.
Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 2/16/2004 7:56:35 AM
An excellent write, John.
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 2/6/2004 12:25:56 PM
No man can take my life...I freely lay it down. Christ had a plan, and Pilate played his part in it is all. Good look from another view in this poem. Thanks!
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 11/23/2003 12:55:40 PM
John, an exceptionally well penned poem: one might say God's mouth is your ready pen. Oh! That's right. God said that! As an editor, however, I feel compelled to point out some minor errors: abandant/abandoned; faithful/fateful.
Beautiful, wonderful rhyme, exceptional rhythm, but most of all: TRUTH! Visit my den sometime, John. ~~Bonnie Q
DARK RESURRECTION (Poetry) - 8/13/2003 8:39:48 PM
I do not like the play on words to Jesus Christ's resurrection and the slipperry slope. Please tell me your view.
CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR (Poetry) - 8/13/2003 8:37:37 PM
Nice work! Makes you think about society! That is your intent, right? Of course! Where's my head?!?!?!?
VOLUME DISCOUNT (Poetry) - 8/13/2003 8:32:12 PM
I like your play on the words
Style you have
The Seasoning of Life (Poetry) - 8/13/2003 8:30:45 PM
This one leaves me in great thought. I like it though that it makes me think. You have style my friend.
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 8/13/2003 8:27:01 PM
Oh my word! You are truly accomplished. I have been reading your work. I like your style!
The Seasoning of Life (Poetry) - 3/26/2003 2:04:15 PM
Been here, done that...Excellent write. ~Trish~
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 3/2/2003 9:51:43 AM
Excellent...I loved this!
The Seasoning of Life (Poetry) - 10/26/2002 2:28:00 AM
Ode to Sleazy Pop Ups Ads
By J. Vincent Martin
Some of you seemed to have really enjoyed my latest poem, “The Seasoning Of
Life.” Of course, everybody has their own interpretation of the poem. Some see it
as a blank canvas, ready to painted with the colors from deep within ones own
soul. Others see it as an exciting new trend in meaningful verse. So perhaps, I
should share the real meaning of the poem with all of you.
You see, when I originally wrote it, it had actually had words. However, thanks to
some sleazy pop up ad (no fault of Authors Den), after an hour, and twenty
frustrating attempts, I was unable to down load the words to my Authors Den site.
So I guess in reality, my poem is really a statement about sleazy pop up ads.
Now, for those of you who are curious as to what the original work looked like,
here’s the words that didn’t make it:
The Seasoning Of Life
by J. Vincent Martin
Growing, dying, snowing, sprouting.
There’s a magic to it all.
Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring.
Their names we‘ve come call.
For the end is just the beginning.
And there is no end at all
When we say good-bye Summer.
We say hello to Fall.
Red and yellow leaves shall pass.
Then snow will fall and firm.
Then the hourglass runs down once more.
And green will soon return.
Of course, this does leave me with the dilemma, as to whether or not I should
have two poems with the same title. So I guess I’m going to give it a little more
The Seasoning of Life (Poetry) - 10/18/2002 10:31:19 PM
Can't write in a spotlight.
The Seasoning of Life (Poetry) - 10/18/2002 5:56:38 PM
I did to!!!
The Seasoning of Life (Poetry) - 10/18/2002 5:51:51 PM
I came, I saw, I left without a trace.
The Seasoning of Life (Poetry) - 10/18/2002 5:16:43 PM
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 9/18/2002 6:04:21 AM
Right on! So glad to read you again.
Alan & Janet
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 5/2/2002 11:54:24 PM
Very good. Enjoyed. ~E
POPCORN BONES (Poetry) - 4/8/2002 9:57:52 PM
I agree with Janet, this was good
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 4/8/2002 9:51:22 PM
This is good, kind funny too!!
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 3/22/2002 11:45:32 AM
THE BALLARD OF FLYING JOHN (Poetry) - 1/20/2002 6:19:08 PM
I enjoyed your funny true story in verse, but then again, I always enjoy all of your work John!
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 1/4/2002 6:59:32 PM
Amen John! JC
REQUIEM FOR PILATE (Poetry) - 12/29/2001 1:58:20 PM
An amazing poem by a masterful poet!
CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR (Poetry) - 10/29/2001 11:39:35 AM
A lot of truth to this one!
DARK RESURRECTION (Poetry) - 10/29/2001 11:38:19 AM
Certainly something to think about--very thought provoking. I liked it!
HEARTBLIND (Poetry) - 10/29/2001 11:36:30 AM
Very nicely said. I enjoyed reading this poem very much. A super job by this talented writer.
POPCORN BONES (Poetry) - 10/29/2001 11:34:48 AM
Ummm, a little something to ponder, yes? Well written, John.
VOLUME DISCOUNT (Poetry) - 10/16/2001 7:13:31 PM
John, you have such a way with words. Kind of a 'weird irony' somewhere in all of this. ;)~ JC
VOLUME DISCOUNT (Poetry) - 10/10/2001 2:56:07 PM
very well spoken
THE DEALMAKER (Poetry) - 10/8/2001 7:49:55 AM
Nicely written and well executed! Enjoyed!
ODE TO WILLIE THE WHALE (Poetry) - 10/7/2001 8:44:06 AM
Very nicely written--enjoyed!
CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR (Poetry) - 10/6/2001 3:07:29 PM
Ain't it the truth! Nice job...
VOLUME DISCOUNT (Poetry) - 9/28/2001 6:26:14 PM
DARK RESURRECTION (Poetry) - 9/28/2001 11:45:50 AM
POPCORN BONES (Poetry) - 8/3/2001 8:57:16 AM
Enlightening. I wonder who will be knocking on my door. JC