Lemming Effect


Early one morning,

Without any warning,

They rose from their beds

And got dressed eagerly.

They ran out the door

And met up at the shore,

And then, two by two,

They walked into the sea–

I hope reason finds

What was going thru their minds

As they went to their watery graves,

For nothing explains

Why their only remains

Are the red caps afloat on the waves.

–Photo by me

My Shop


If I had a shop

I would fill all the shelves

With amethyst angels

And emerald elves,

Black onyx panthers

With rubies for eyes,

Lithe topaz fairies

As blue as the skies.

I’d have cool turquoise turtles,

Buddhas of jade,

And solid gold snails

With diamonds in-laid.

There’d be tiger’s eye lions

And quartz crystal cats,

Peridot puppies

And sapphire bats.

Yes, if I had a shop

I would light up the scene

With a great chandelier

Made of aquamarine.


(revised from 10/17)


Nature’s Nature


Capricious Mother Nature

Adds a little bright red to

Her late-summer pastels.

Soon that won’t be enough;

She’ll get carried away

And paint all the forests

With the brightest colors

She has on her palette,

But when she steps back

To admire her painting,

She’ll come to her senses

And quickly erase it all.

–Photo by me


A Not-So-Distant Shore



Adrift upon the Sea of Night

And lost in shades of black and white,

I saw a friendly, dancing light

Upon a distant shore,

And as I left my bleak repose

And sought the dark expanse to close,

Beyond the light, a voice arose,

Then two, then three, then four.

I raised my sails, set my sights

And hastened toward this light of lights–

The voices raised to lofty heights

And filled my heart with cheer;

This place I knew so little of

seemed filled with peace and joy and love,

I laughed and praised the Lord above,

But then, as I drew near,

I found a void between us ran,

And though no hardy sailin’ man,

I battled hard the gulf to span,

So deep, so long, so wide.

The sea grew rough, my ship was tossed

It wasn’t long, I knew I’d lost

The chasm’s breadth could not…

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Roddenberry Quote


I can’t think of a better time for a Roddenberry quote. As the genius behind Star Trek, he always had a positive spin on mankind’s future, something we could use right now.

It would have been his birthday today. I’m almost glad he’s not here to see how far we’ve strayed from his vision:

“If we cannot learn to actually enjoy our differences on this planet, then we do not deserve to go into space and meet the diversity that is almost certain out there.”

He believed we would.


–Painting & photo by me