'Hammered By The Blues'
Burma Shave Poetry
If motivation is driven by hatred and fear;
Comity is inconceivable and chaos is near;
Peace is not a circumstance, it is a state of mind;
Love is transcendental, easing the chains that bind!
It's the tiny things that are most satisfyingly significant;
They will inspire joy in your heart, true and magnificent;
If you harness the euphoria, passing it on to humankind;
The karma of Love will nourish, insuring peace of mind!
You can't succumb to hate with a heart full of gratitude;
Peace cleanses your spirit, inspiring respectful habitude;
What we could accomplish, free of anger, malice and fear;
Rising together with purpose, a bountiful future so clear!
Things are never the same, that is the promise of change;
If you find it not to your liking, either accept or rearrange;
At the heart of the matter you find you have complete control;
Perception is the guard rail influencing the health of your soul!
No matter what the challenge stay true to your ideals;
Stay between the ditches and keep rollin' them wheels;
Perseverance and determination will keep you in the fight;
Integrity and compassion insures your path is always right!
Your frame of reference is defined by attitude;
How you see things inspires either lows or altitude;
The choice is so simple, but execution can prove to be hard;
Choose love and compassion as your personal calling card!
The secret sauce on the ribs of life is gratitude;
That's the pure-D truth, not an empty platitude;
It inspires gracious hearts wherever your destination;
Makin' our world a better place thru simple causation!
All that there is, was and will be exists in the moment;
To be at peace in that instant is the best bestowment;
It's all we truly have, and the wellspring of noble desire;
A keystone of a Life well lived, moving your spirit higher!
Goals are but dreams with a deadline;
Make sure they're impactful, not benign;
Actions can make the future better than your past;
Integrity and compassion can insure that it will last!
I may not know you, and you may not know me;
Our views may coincide, or be far apart as can be;
But we can achieve much and move forward in unity;
If we extend mutual respect for benefit of community!
We dream of a future not dystopian;
Hopin' for harmony close to utopian;
Bypass differences, emphasize the common good;
We'll build a better world for all, just like we should!
Peace will rise when internal conflicts are reconciled;
When challenged, endure; always Bless when reviled;
Learn relentlessly, share with unshakable generosity;
Impart respectful dignity to imbue Love's reciprocity!
Music is the vehicle to soothe the savage breast;
This is a straight up fact to which we all can attest;
The message relates, informs, or plain speaks to your heart;
Support those artists that purvey, raisin' healing to an art!
When lookin' for the best way to influence the masses;
Just share the clear view thru your rose colored glasses;
With Love and Compassion applied we can keep it going;
Beauty is found everywhere you look with joy ever flowing!
Don't be distracted by the noise, follow your heart;
Extend respect universally and always do your part;
Be part of the solution, never create chaos or do any harm;
One Love One people One planet is in all ways the charm!
Our dreams must be larger than the day to day;
They provide the hope and orchestrate the way;
Much like integrity inspires us to live by the golden rule;
Makin' our journey magnificent and demonstrably Cool!
When the piper comes to collect his due;
Pull out the cash from your worn out shoe;
Offer to pay in full, if he grants you one desire;
One Love unifying mankind, to which we aspire!
As we review the details and analyze the past;
We come up with a simple fact destined to last;
No matter the obstacles it comes down to truth itself;
The biggest barrier to triumph is predominantly yourself!
The brightest path forward is full of real gratitude;
There is no better way to grow a positive attitude;
With soul shinin' bright, you can easily inspire the masses;
Sharin' the Love and your view from rose colored glasses!
The sun may be shinin' but there are bumps in the road;
Keep liftin' that bale and always keep the barge towed;
The direction is forward for the intrepid and the consistent;
As we teach mankind to Be kind and peacefully coexistent!
The way it's intended ain't about 'ME', it's about 'WE';
It's the only way for mankind to succeed, anyone can see;
We accomplish much and shine with universal open hearts;
Embracing inclusivity in progress and the wisdom it imparts!
LIVE Music is back, but we must be vigilant;
Be safe, be considerate and never belligerent;
We want to keep on keepin' on, totally safe and secure;
Whether by vaccination or mask, reflect you are mature!
To dream is one thing, to plan and achieve another;
We need to take steps to protect our Earth Mother;
She is elegant and unique, continuing to harbor us all;
To insure our future, it's time we heeded the clarion call!
No one can teach, but we all sure can learn;
Grace and Karma are gifts that we must earn;
Life itself has no meaning, it's purpose You create;
With a heart full of Love, your influence will be great!
If you do it right, you don't age, you mature with grace;
Balance living well with compassion, and refined pace;
The wisdom you acquire should be shared often and free;
With a heart filled with love, you'll become all you can be!
The road to a life well lived involves giving love away;
Whether to friends, strangers or foes, do it every day;
It cleanses the spirit and harvests reciprocity's reward;
It's a self fulfilling routine that brings all souls onboard!
We are but the sum total of our individual perceptions;
Both the utterly accurate as well as the misconceptions;
Fooling ourselves with 'truths' or creating comfortable lies;
Will define our path as neither prudent nor eminently wise!
We have all made choices contrary to our better knowin';
Focus not on where you've been but where you are goin';
Salvation is always forthcoming in the very next step taken;
Your spirit, co-eternal with the universe, continues unshaken!
As solid as granite and as sure as tomorrow;
As deep as the oceans, as high as Kilimanjaro;
The potential is boundless, no task beyond our power;
When we Love each other, Hope blooms like a flower!
Things are never static, that is the nature of change;
Whether joyous and expected, or awkward and strange;
It is an opportunity to grow, a gift from the Cosmic Way;
The modality of your response establishes crisis or play!
True joy is found in small gifts and in positive change;
Especially if it inspires our moral notions to rearrange;
We come into the world with no prejudice, naif and naive;
If Pure Love is our paradigm, imagine what we'll achieve!
The goodness in folks can be difficult to see;
Look deep in their hearts, that's were it will be;
Some days it shines bright, other days it is dimmer;
You'll always find hope, even if it's only a glimmer!
The joy of emerging hope is giddy indeed;
It fills your soul full, healing a heart in need;
Be grateful, appreciate it, then be sure to pass it along;
Sharing happiness with others elicits Love's sweet song!
If you must fabricate 'truth' to suit a notional narrative;
Try ideological detoxification for a healthy reparative;
Your fears will melt away, a new inner peace achieved;
Love will guide when serenity and grace are received!
At this age I find that my get up and go got up and went;
Steam's gone and my ramrod spine is stooped and bent;
My brain is foggy and sharp vision eludes my tired eyes;
But with endless gratitude, grit and happiness, still I rise!
Mindfulness is focused attention on the here and now;
It mutes cognizance of the past, future, of where and how;
Ending the cerebrations of regret and fear of what may be;
Will free your spirit to create peaceful ethos and serenity!
Politics and Religion control the perceptions of the classes;
Control is power, demanding total allegiance of the masses;
They do not create unity, encouraging division and dissent;
Righteous rigid mindsets, will restrain evolutionary ascent!
When faced with the insurmountable, it's not too hard;
Dismiss fear, step forward and gently drop your guard;
The way is always clearest when illusory doubts are scant;
Goals are won by confidence, or by not knowing you can't!
Mama always warned life is hard and not always fair;
Her advice was grow a tough hide and a resilient pair;
Don't take it too personal and always get up when you fall;
Love hard, fear nothing, don't stop and never dream small!
It's a new dawn, heralding a new year, whatcha gonna do;
Are you gonna hold onto the old or create a brand new you;
The path you walk is how you roll and should be cause for joy;
Here's wishin' sweet dreams come true for every girl and boy!
How we walk the path and treat those we engage;
Foments sublime joy as well as righteous outrage;
At times of moral choice, for the interest of clarity;
Simply put, your character will define your destiny!
When you pay it forward, your soul will surely shine;
It will inspire others to do it too, so take it as a sign;
Kindness pays dividends that just can't be bought;
You'll feel love and happiness, just like you ought!
Understanding each other creates the foundation;
Accepting each other generates harmonious vibration;
It presages the possibilities for the next quantum stride;
An evolution of human nature imbued with humble pride!
The Quantum Theory of Metaphysics has firmly suggested;
That every point in space and time is intimately connected;
Every action has consequences beyond our comprehension;
We are not singular beings, we're part of the cosmic extension!
The best gift costs nothing but dedicated mindfulness;
It lights up everyone's heart in virtuous righteousness;
It is a gift, freely given, that is most likely to be shared;
Kindness extended to all folk, declares that you cared!
We celebrate as we did when we were young;
A simpler time with compassion and carols sung;
It is my wish we can recognize we are truly but ONE;
Let Peace, dignity, and Love embrace all under the sun!
Yesterday and tomorrow don't shine like the here and now;
Soak it all up and bask in the moment, maximizin' the WOW;
Gratitude is a gift you give yourself that just keeps on givin';
Inspiring Peace and sharing the Love is most excellent Livin'!
Believe, Hope, Persist and Rise;
Seek truth, deny self serving lies;
Kindness is the fuel driving the engine of Love;
Grace will fill the heart with glory from above!
We can forge forward the hard way, or we can do it united;
Together we can't lose, any other approach is short sighted;
The choice is up to each of us to respect every individual’s heart;
Take a deep breath, letting emotions rest would be a very good start!
It is said righteous indignation can initiate revolutions;
Plans and perseverance are needed to build institutions;
Effort expended without consensus is just a waste of energy;
We need to all come together to create change thru synergy!
Change is constant, leavin' things not quite the same;
Don't fret about what was, learn how to play the game;
Change things you can, using the gifts you have been given;
Makin' our reality a better place is how we should be driven!
It is so simple, but hard to navigate;
The path is shrouded in unclear fate;
It is all up to you, choose peace or strife;
Lead with your heart, on the journey of life!
At the end of your journey the final tally is evident;
On how you learned the lessons in your time spent;
Were you driven by Love and compassion or greed and strife;
Granted the gift of choice, it is up to you to define your life!
If we band together, like the One Family we began as;
We can overcome anything Evil's nefarious plan has;
Our actions will reveal a destiny written with all of us in mind;
How it unfolds in time untold is not guaranteed or yet defined!
Our Dreams gain substance if we do the hard work;
Dedication and faith drive out fears where they lurk;
The steps we take today sets the foundation of tomorrow;
Our desires and ambitions will become our new status quo!
In times of darkness, when even hope is out of our sight;
It's best to brighten the path with our Better Angels light;
Tempering our thoughts and actions to benefit the good of All;
Goes a long way to inspire peace, heeding Love's Clarion Call!
If we just close our eyes and learn to 'see' with our hearts;
We'd benefit from absolute truth and the wisdom it imparts;
We'd judge not and prioritize the needs of ALL in our 'Boat';
I pray integrity and honor guides you as you cast your VOTE!
This time and space needs support of every individual;
We get one chance to come together to act synchronal;
The miracle that happens lifts up All in mind and spirit;
Forging the joyous magnificence of humanity inherent!
When your routine is shattered and nothin' is like it was;
Don't obsess on what doesn't work, focus on what does;
Pick up the pieces and build new habits that fit circumstances;
Findin' peace, Love and happiness as attitude surely enhances!
Now under assault, truth has never been needed more;
A future of equal justice and opportunity is at the core;
If we can't maintain honor and integrity, we have lost our ways;
We must all stand together, in the mission to build better days!
It's always darkest before the dawn, with spirit at low ebb;
With sunrise we are renewed, resuming spin to our life's web;
The challenge is to leave this day better off than it started;
Sharing joy and compassion, triumphant and whole hearted!
Clean air and fresh water are essential for life;
Ain't no doubt or substitute to nurture wildlife;
For a future of any kind, we got to work together;
Solutions to common problems must be the bellwether!
Honor and integrity can never be taken from you;
It can only be surrendered by what you say or do;
When ‘truth’ is shaped by perception, we must judge by acts;
Our story is written by repetitive, historical, behavioral facts!
Kindness is a gift, empathy is a connection;
The cost is negligible, the reward confection;
Joy multiplies between us, spreading from head to heart;
Tis simply restoring respect & giving peace a head start!
Change is a constant, desire is but a whim;
Attitude defines both, be it joyous or grim;
Inspire positives with compassionate, intentional actions;
Avoid passing judgement, and other feckless distractions!
No matter the effort, you can't change folks' mind;
You can address Your view of 'em, attitude refined;
If we can't agree on opinion, we can still embrace respect;
It's but a simple way to get along, peacefully circumspect!
I bear you no malice if we don't agree;
Respectful dialog will allow us both to see;
Differences foster baleful, petty and negative feelings;
Unlike joyful commonalities that bond us human beings!
I dreamed of a world built on honor and respect;
Where we care for our planet and life we protect;
This notion, fostered with childhood friends each day;
I cling to, in hope for all of us, as I grow older and gray!
The lessons we've learned we must practice to keep;
In this day and age you'll find, away they will creep;
If you want a better world for all children of tomorrow;
Act with kindness and love, not teach hatred and sorrow!
Restating lies louder don't bring 'em closer to the truth;
Divining for honesty may be the next fountain of youth;
At the very least the quest is the best way to spend time;
Sharing knowledge and love is mankind's best paradigm!
Personal peace is an individual, yet universal goal;
It defines hearts' actions and a calmness in our soul;
It is achieved thru love, empathy, compassion and respect;
Fear and hatred will subvert the dream when left unchecked!
We're blessed with family and stories to share;
Sometimes joyous, sometimes sadness to bear;
It's all part of a grand journey both infinite and short;
All defined by Love shared in tiny moments of import!
This time of year encourages us to end the strife;
Mend them fences, welcomin' all back into yer life;
Political differences are fodder for civil conversation;
Don't let it become a wedge separating all in our nation!
Gratitude is the foundation of your personal peace;
It fosters deep joy, causing exponential increase;
Sharing Love shines light on the magnificence of spirit;
Lift up all Souls to rejoice in our commonality inherent!
Our hearts will thrive thru Love shared;
When random act of kindness are dared;
When we all stand together the soul mends;
With empathy, WE are ONE, until time ends!
Choice comes from either impetulence or contemplation;
However predicated, there's no responsibility abdication;
Consider actions with care and all unintended consequence;
It defines how we move forward, in discord or concomitance!
Hatred confines you to a box, with no room to grow;
Echoing prevalent base lies to keep your spirit in tow;
Love shared fluidly with all, nurtures the heart and sets you free;
It's the simplest hard choice you'll make, defining who you will be!
Time is the most precious, ephemeral gift we are given;
We invest it in pursuit of dreams, both restful and driven;
When all’s said and done and you reflect on choices made;
Peace is found in acts of compassion and Love conveyed!
Simply put; what you think about, you will bring about;
You choose direction, then try hard to figure it all out;
Fear begets hatred, as sure as positivity creates peace;
Embrace joy, share Love, and feel your distress release!
Truth is significantly more valuable than personal opinion;
Opinion repeated louder does not enter truth's dominion;
Sharing alternate facts doesn't contribute to honest discourse;
Confirm information to insure you become a reliable resource!
We can exist with little, but balance is required to thrive;
Good deeds offset the bad ones, the latter you must shrive;
No matter what we do or who we are, whether positive or other;
Karma requires we live in harmony, caring for our Earth Mother!
We crave culture, civility, compassion, and care;
Don't matter what we gotta do in order to get there;
We all learned how to get along as kids in the sandbox;
Differences are gifts, requiring respect in our toolbox!
Politics and religion are but individually held opinion;
I ain't gonna waste time draggin' you into my dominion;
I choose to advocate ways in which we can work together;
With peace, love and understanding as mankind's treasure!
Truth matters, it's the pillar of worthwhile relationships;
The propensity to lie is the worst of personal postscripts;
There is only one fool who actually believes the prevarication;
The initiating soul is full of caca and in dire need of purgation!
When sellin' your opinion, arguin' your point of view;
Stick to the positive facts, beneficial to all, and true;
Persuasion is an art best practiced in the realm of reality;
Unless tryin' to change a mind with the cognition of a flea!
Joy and peace thrive well in an absence of fear;
Fostering the best in us and those we hold dear;
The unknown is just that, and will be dealt with, in it's time;
Until then, don't fret, continue the plan, and onward, climb!
Adversity and challenge do present opportunity;
Most often the best is we come together in unity;
The Human Spirit endures, much longer than history tells;
Each time the faithful get stronger, lifted up from dark wells!
Knowledge is power and unified purpose defines;
It’s darkest of times when Humanity really shines;
Politics and prejudice fade when we embrace homogeneity;
The upside of a crisis is joyous serendipitous spontaneity!
The path you walk reflects the truth in your soul;
Perception of the view shapes attitude as you stroll;
Peace or chaos is a choice you 'think' is out of your control;
But intentional step after step will take you to your goal!
The more selflessly you give, the more ye shall reap;
Magnanimity is a simple concept, not a quantum leap;
It's the best way to leave this place better'n when ya found it;
It's a gift to self, of life well lived, while those in need benefit!
Common sense ain't common, as documented in the news;
Some times ya gotta shake yer head 'n crank up them Blues;
I know it's not for enjoyment as you watch the dumb down dance;
But laughter is better for mental health, livin' with circumstance!
One for all and all for one is a paradigm so sweet;
It would save us from a future, greedy and replete;
We're a species unique, struggling with the concept of 'One';
It's simple; joined together we win, stay separate we're done!
Although we are 'One', motivations are across the board;
Some'll give the shirt off their back, others find need to hoard;
If you want to understand differences between the 'Us' and 'ME';
'ME's' obsess fear & hate, 'Ones' use Love for the good of 'We'!
Peace is abundant, laying dormant in your heart;
To awaken it fully you must actively do your part;
Steadfast kindness, empathy, and compassion, are the keys;
Finding joy in our common humanity is what Love guarantees!
You woke up, opened your eyes and breathed today;
Be grateful 'cause you wouldn't want it any other way;
Gratitude's contagious, you should share it with all you meet;
The rewards are swift, soul healing with heartfelt joy replete!
If you respect yourself, it's easy to respect others;
It surprises me many don't, when given their druthers;
It must've been forgotten we share one planet and one goal;
It takes selflessness and truth to cleanse the collective soul!
My friends, we are bein' challenged by plague and hate;
We can persevere and overcome 'cause it ain't too late;
We must respect each other as sisters and brothers;
Caring for all like they're our Fathers and Mothers!
Change rarely comes easy and is generally overdue;
It is testament to faith and persevering on through;
Blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice is always the price paid;
The faithful leading the charge, heart-strong and not afraid!
We come into this world, without the stench of prejudice;
We're taught myths and biases, making truth incredulous;
With eyes wide open, courage and a compassionate heart;
We can transcend the hatred, giving Love a fresh start!
Bringing Peace to your soul is a personal duty;
Calm your mind and be baptized in nature’s beauty;
Embrace music in your heart with compassionate proclivity;
You can change the world with Love, inspiring human dignity!
The best way to foster change is offering a helping hand;
To make the world better using Love is a mission Grand;
We don't have to agree on opinions, just that we're all the same;
I'm sure we'll find many things in common, while playin' life's game!
Satisfaction takes hold when responsibility is embraced;
Respect grows stronger in triumph when fears are faced;
It is what it is they always say, what is shall eternally be;
Apart we're adrift, but when united, together we are free!
Accept your lessons with style and grace;
It's edifying, leavin' you in a better place;
An open mind always has room for wiser knowledge;
Makin' 'knocks' less hard as you attend life's college!
Karma fills your fulcrum with positives and negatives;
Balance is maintained by following moral imperatives;
Learning from the sum total can help you on your quest;
Extending love & respect will always leave you blessed!
Is your next step taken by choice or preordained;
It's the chicken or the egg paradigm totally sustained;
Throw off the chains you have created, let your soul fly;
Embracing true spiritual freedom without having to die!
We struggle with circumstances while soaring with hope;
Tho' the travails of everyday can make it harder to cope;
Know true power comes from within, & Love is it's manifestation;
Fulfilling the dream for a better world, built on a solid foundation!
If the tides rise and it's left up to you to save us all;
Will you stand up, heed the clarion and answer the call;
Mother Earth needs our help, as do folks in dire distress;
Open your heart with compassion, so Love will coalesce!
Your future is as bright as you believe it will be;
It's about a plan and courage to work it, you see;
All the darkness is but illusion brought on by base fear;
Turn the negatives to positives and kick it into high gear!
If you're measuring success by money, power, and stuff;
Your character is weak and your game ain't up to snuff;
True riches are found in Honor, Compassion, and Integrity;
Makin' the World inclusive for all will boost your prosperity!
In trying times, have faith in your sisters and brothers;
With respect, share the love for all fathers and mothers;
We pray for the day when mankind understands we are all One;
Make respectful compassion our mantra for peace under the sun!
There is magic in our hearts, share it with all;
There is joy to be spread, heed the season's call;
Practice random acts of kindness, inspired by grace above;
Change the world with the undeniable power of pure love!
Don't espouse resolutions, just commit to change;
Imagine goals with purpose and priority arranged;
What you think about you will bring about with a bit of grit;
The new you looks good on you, once your old habits are quit!
If yer still learnin', you're still growin';
If you're still growin', life is still flowin';
The path ahead might not be as long as the path behind;
Just keep steppin' side by side with the rest of mankind!
It is all very transitory, designed to be enjoyed right now;
Don't waste time regretin' the past or sweatin' future how;
Life tickles your palate after the lips, yet before you swallow;
Savor moments before they're gone leavin' you sad and hollow!
Modern politics practiced seems to divide;
Civility withers as alternative facts misguide;
Truth is black and white, not differing shades of gray;
Common goals, simple solutions insure we win the day!
If you end up again somewhere you don't wanna be;
You may realize your old tricks are no longer the key;
To learn from mistakes you must work a better plan;
Kick the old you to the curb and stand up like a man!
Some folks rely on luck, others on pure-d skill;
Serendipity’s OK but solid talent will always kill;
Work your craft, woodshed some more and then repeat;
The rewards will be evident and success will taste sweet!
Fear in general; of loss, of 'different', or even of change;
Is so unnecessary, moving you right into hatred's range;
We simply gotta live together, progressin' forward as one;
Trade fear for love 'n respect to preserve our future's run!
If your narrative is filled with vitriol and derision;
It's an indication that you need a spiritual revision;
Your time here is short, don't waste it disrespectful and hatin';
Rejoice in your ride, replete with compassion and appreciatin'!
Are you driven by fears or by positive inspiration;
What occupies your thoughts becomes your narration;
That dialog influences your world for good or for bad;
You can choose to uplift with love, or be stagnantly sad!
Hatred and fear spreads with the speed of a hurricane;
Twisting truth to suit ideology, inspiring anger and pain;
Love and compassion builds trust at a slower, steadier pace;
Creating bonds of understanding throughout the human race!
Our time here is a beautiful gift, although painfully finite;
We strive, learn and create, hopefully impacting bright;
Our life is defined in memories carried by loved ones we touch;
It's communion of joy in our simple journey, cherished so much!
It is very difficult to teach, but we all naturally learn;
We're the sum of our perceptions of which we discern;
We are who we are, sewing chaos or peace, along the way;
Either part of the problem or part of the fix at the end of day!
Reasonable folks can disagree on issues of the day;
It's commonsensible to foster respect with 'us' vs 'they';
When it's all said and done, it's about the commonality of 'we';
One Planet, One People, One Love when we become hatred free!
It's a good day when you arise fully aware;
Grateful for your gifts that you freely share;
But it's a great day when challenged to rise above;
By responding to hatred with compassion and love!
There ain't no secret in how to build a good life;
It starts with respect and avoiding petty strife;
It all comes full circle when gratitude is your guide;
Allow compassion for all mankind nourish your pride!
Sadly we live in a time where truth is attacked;
We're prone to accept memes not factually backed;
It's time to renew respectful communication one on one;
Adopting reasonable compromise that embraces everyone!
If you come to a crossroads, compelled to choose;
Embrace your core values, and you'll never loose;
Choices are easy to make but hard to follow thru on;
It takes grit and integrity, flexin' determination brawn!
Why moan and complain about the status quo;
Start initiatin' positive change and make it so;
Good deeds are like antibiotics to convert the hate;
Sowing seeds of holistic love at an exponential rate!
Forgiveness ain't for them, it is for you;
In the first step of healing, spirits renew;
With emotional weight shed, you're free to proceed;
On your glorious journey, joyful, enlightened 'n freed!
Just do your best and be proud, that was the goal;
It's a sure way to dig out of a dark emotional hole;
Joy is to be claimed with every step and at each breath taken;
Spreading happiness and preachin' peace with faith unshaken!
There is always sun on either side of rain;
The path is crazy at times, but mostly sane;
If overwhelmed, just step back and slowly exhale;
You'll find it's the best way to take life at full sail!
Joy lives in the heart, worry lives in the head;
Feed your heart blessin's when you hit the bed;
The brain will follow when you start the day renewed;
Grow interest in karma's bank, good tidings accrued!
You can step forward, just hold tight, or retreat;
You can honor truth, respect all, or you can cheat;
The path you choose today dictates how your story ends;
Spred joy 'n share your heart, while your spirit transcends!
Of all the gifts given to us, two are most excellent;
Their power and truth, overwhelmingly most evident;
They encourage your courage and steel your resolution;
Fearless Hope & Unconditional Love sustains evolution!
The summer may be short, but it's part of a larger scheme;
It provides comfort, and perchance, opportunity to dream;
Don't waste time, invest in the notion of keepin' the blues alive;
‘Cause all together, just you's and me, can insure it will survive!
A journey with courage, compassion, and joy;
Ripe with satisfaction and good will to deploy;
Nourishes the spirit, and fosters positivity in all you meet;
Leavin' things better'n when ya found 'em, in a heartbeat!
Don't ditch your morals for some perceived gain;
Your heart will speak truth to an overloaded brain;
Compassion and love shared without concern of cost;
Shines light on our journey without your humanity lost!
You don't have to struggle to find gratitude;
It's the heart and soul of a positive attitude;
If you embrace the gift of the next breath taken;
And disseminate love from the moment you awaken!
Opinions should foment simple, honest debate;
Not denigrate, defile, or exhort wanton hate;
If the premise is insulting, the opinion lacks validity;
Fueled by emotion not fact, illustrating base acridity!
The older I get, the more I'm prone to loudly declare;
Opinions are unique, the stuff you're inspired to share;
The goal is not to change the views or position of others;
It's comfort and support extended to Sisters and Brothers!
The cacophony becomes deafening each & every day;
Ain't nothin' to see, nothin' to learn, & nothin' left to say;
Political noise inflates fears unfounded, drivin' us apart;
Working together is best to calm the storms of the heart!
The problem is you can fool too many way too often;
The results are that hard truth just begins to soften;
They're dumbing us down, sellin' snake oil to the masses;
Embrace common sense and view with skeptic's glasses!
I dream of a world where we understand priority;
With respect pandemic, and 'one for all' a warranty;
Where stewardship of a healthy Mother Earth is job one;
Insuring clean air and water for all tomorrows under the sun!
We learned inclusive respect and sharing in the sandbox;
We learned truth and integrity in the school of hard knocks;
Somewhere along the way some folks abandoned these tools;
Please recapture youthful wisdom and live by the golden rules!
Success is grand accomplishment without concern for cost;
Courage is selflessly doin' the right thing, even if all is lost;
Since we are but one people, in this only place we can exist;
We best all come together if we expect our planet to persist!
Music takes you away from the daily strife;
It reinforces the positive good things in life;
It heals the pains and bridges the colloquial gap;
It's our common ground, a peace filled road map!
Sometimes the best laid plans crash and go awry;
The flu may kick our ass; hopin' we curl up and die;
The world ain't always our oyster and our luck may even fail;
But gettin' up beats the alternative of slippin' beyond the pale!
I believe we all 'got' simple math in elementary schools;
Odd that politicians, pundits and opines think we're fools;
One side says 1 and 1 is 2.5, the other swears it is one and a half;
Truth remains in the middle, don't ever put stock their fuzzy math!
The grand success of progress is insured at the start;
It's initiative, integrity and drive, not your plans, so smart;
If ya got the gumption to find your purpose, and achieve your goal;
It don't matter how messy the journey if you remain true to your soul!
Man's inhumanity seems more prevalent as society ages;
It is a sign of greed driven bent, that races to end stages;
Remember all life is a gift, to loudly defend and deeply cherish;
Lest we sell our humanity cheap and without a whisper, perish!
Shining a light on controversy, the cause is mostly the same;
Applying common wisdom just doesn't assign correct blame;
The opinions of human beings are based on emotional evolution;
While technology has passed us by, overwhelming our resolution!
Some days it seems like fate conspires against us;
It may confound, frustrate and inspire us to cuss;
That's when the three steps forward require one step back;
Embrace the zen of perspective, peacefully keepin' on track!
Strap yourself in, seize all control and plan the ride;
It's your road, whether up and down or side to side;
It is completely up to you to define the lessons learned;
With integrity and compassion, reap the wisdom earned!
Chaos always rains down in our agitated world;
Don't let it define and make you fetally curled;
No matter the maelstrom, peace is always intimately near;
With a heart filled with love, compassion and absence of fear!
Make time to shut down the computer, turn off the phone;
Consider it an old school mental health day in a peace zone;
They say 'No news is good news', and today that's particularly true;
It is the best way to refresh, recover, and adjust perspective anew!
Spring is a time of cleansing rebirth;
For us individuals as well as the earth;
Plant seeds of empathy to foster understanding;
Nurture compassion while your love is expanding!
Don't take the bait from meme's posted on the net;
Whatever the subject, it's designed to justify or upset;
Dulling desire for truth and shorten your attention span;
Keeping us divided, numb and programmed like a caveman!
Joy grows from a seed, nurtured by the music you love;
It magically converts the negatives you must dispose of;
Sharing with others and spreading harmony is the best gift;
Creating happiness and soulful tranquility, a spiritual up lift!
It’s said that what you think about;
Is exactly what you will bring about;
Intentional living will breathe life into your belief;
Change the world, share the love, bestow relief!
When love's freely offered with no intention of harms;
It Influences the intractable and peacefully disarms;
It's a start that basks two souls in a light from above;
Pass it on to spread peace that we all can be part of!
Truth can't be constructed, opinion based, or fabricated;
Even tho in social media 'alternate facts' are celebrated;
We need to rise above and accept realities inconvenient;
Embracing our basic similarities to dispel disagreement!
If you wanna make a change, better start now;
Don't wait for a moment or be slowed by how;
Avoid the stagnation while analyzing your plan;
Go with love in your heart, applyin’ gentle hand!
Hang on to the lessons learned in the sandbox;
Don't eat the wet sand and never throw rocks;
Build what you dream, don't stop ‘til completed;
And treat all kids just like you wanna be treated!
Time is a nonrenewable commodity that always is spent;
Don't prioritize and you'll wonder where the heck it went;
All things can be accomplished if you stick to a plan true;
Take one step at a time all the time to insure diligence due!
If you believe the path thru your life is unfairly tough;
YOU chose the direction to learn when enough's enough;
You can only move forward when your lesson is learned;
Otherwise you'll repeat mistakes without serenity earned!
If, at the end of your long journey, you come to find;
Service to others was always at the top of your mind;
With generosity, kindness in your heart, and mistakes rectified;
You've lived your life well; ascend with honor, peace and pride!
If someone were to judge human evolution so far;
It’d shock ‘em we’ve managed to get where we are;
The first nonnegotiable rule of a self aware creature;
Respect ALL life before self, with love as your teacher!
In today’s world, our expectations are rarely met;
Sometimes it's sweet, sometimes not, it's a safe bet;
Know in the Grand Scheme there's a balance for us pawn;
Simply go with the flow, your OK, Stay Calm and Carry On!
You can't fight politics and you can't change religion;
You CAN find common ground to help end division;
After all, if you don't do it, heaven knows 'they' won't;
Get along, evolve, thrive together in peace;..or don't!
As you travel this life, eyes open wide;
Let honor and integrity be your guide;
Don't be hobbled by fear or the hatred it creates;
Soar with One Love, shedding prejudice's weights!
It ain't words that sound honest and true;
It's actions and facts that define true blue;
What you hear and read may be self serving lies;
Relax, trust your heart, keepin' eyes on the prize!
It 's not about 'you', it's all about 'US';
We're all passengers on a worldwide bus;
We gotta get along in case that 'bus' breaks down;
The only way forward is embracin' common ground!
With time, folks will forget the lies that you tell;
They will even forgive evil deeds deserving Hell;
The one thing that defines, what they won't forget;
Is how you make 'em feel; whether joyous or upset!
A self-aware being will establish values as a guide;
Whether open to possibilities or trapped by fear inside;
The choice is singular, neither all right nor entirely wrong;
The world created is either One Love or a cliquish throng!
Love and Hate are reactions to our world's view;
It's determined by our attitude, as if right on cue;
What influences that sentiment is either fear or gratitude;
Soar thru life with pure joy or build hard walls to exclude!
Pop always said there's more horses asses than horses;
Advising folks possessing common sense to join forces;
Since one step forward with two steps back ain't efficient;
Avoid the stray asses and rise above the fray, omniscient!
So reasonable folks will disagree on issues, that's true;
Both may've honorable perceptions but contrary view;
We must reconcile without fear at the end of the day;
Diffuse barbed issues, simple compromise is the way!
Don't be part of the problem, take a role in the solution;
Share the love, extend respect, and make a contribution;
We are all in this together, on a tiny speck in the universe;
We either advance together in unity, or abortively disperse!
If you complained today, you just wasted your time;
If you were grateful today, you embraced joy sublime;
When you commit an act of kindness, without getting caught;
The world becomes brighter, spreading the good that you got!
You can't accept inclusion, if you base your conclusions on fear;
Neither fight nor flight inspire peace, love or understanding here;
Makin' things better while hangin' in this time and in this place;
Requires practicin' selfless kindness; with the serenity you embrace!
We live in a time where the truth never seems clear;
It is a rare and precious thing, obviously very dear;
The value is sterling, it's desirability and pursuit is paramount;
It is more important than ever to embrace and never discount!
Delivered loud and consistent, lies are embraced as fact;
Detail fades quickly as the news cycle is carefully stacked;
Inquiring minds now accept 'facts', alternative and self serving;
Taking in just enough information to make ignorance deserving!
The best 'arrow' in our Character Quiver is tolerance;
It is an effective tool to overcome our base ignorance;
We can't be expected to understand everyone's intention;
But we can 'live and let live', engaging in hate abstention!
You'd do best to trade out your fear for curiosity;
It helps your heart exfoliate unattractive callosity;
You'll be amazed to discover what we can achieve together;
Breaking the cycle of prejudice, cutting loose hatred's tether!
It seems as tho our differences separate us;
As we berate, isolate and create a big fuss;
We should not feel attacked, as if it's a personal issue;
Seize opportunities to unite, compromise and continue!
Real Peace is not just the absence of strife;
It is heartfelt love 'n respect for EVERY life;
It's tough to embrace if you heed fear's clarion call;
Work for a better US, and tear down hatred's wall!
Be true to your cause, but don't beat a dead horse;
Learn to abide, reconcile and move on, of course;
All things have purpose, and end up just as they should;
Serenity thru acceptance and wisdom makes it all good!
Truth is always Truth, but common sense is rare;
It needs to be nurtured with practice and care;
We know what we likes, we need to spread it around;
With respect and One Love, universal kindness is found!
Shared Love creates joy and don't cost a thing;
It warms all folks hearts and makes souls sing;
It ain't just for the season, it's but a simple way to live;
In the end, the joy received is equal to the Love you give!
When dreams require life imbued;
You must gird your loins and collude;
Tap all resources and forge relentlessly ahead;
Until your success is demonstrably widespread!
Honor and integrity will wash away sins of the past;
It ain't what you've done, it's about direction recast;
The path is full of conflicts, and we all have feet of clay;
But character defines you, guiding you safely on the way!
'Tis the season of good will, of hope, and of gingerbread;
If your prone to spreadin' good cheer, radically go ahead;
The joy that you create will be felt, and then be multiplied;
Harmony will nurture the spirit, even beyond Christmastide!
When it comes to Season's glee, Mama always taught;
It's entirely the best practice to give more than you got;
Papa always said, don't limit that kindness to just once a year;
Sharin' the Love all the time inspires deepfelt harmonic cheer!
As the magic of Christmas expands in your heart;
With cheerful 'Seasons Greetings', it's joy we impart;
Grateful for friends and life's blessings, our spirit is renewed;
May your New Year be guided by the Love you've accrued!
Believe, Hope, Persist, Rise;
Seek the Truth, Deny Lies;
Kindness is the fuel driving engines of Love;
Grace fills the Heart with Glory from Above!
New Years resolutions may be self defeating;
You know in a week you are already cheating;
It's better to call on your best angel to reinforce desire;
To always engage respectfully liftin' your spirit higher!
Dreams are just goals that haven't solidified yet;
All you need is courage and a first step up and get;
If ya get knocked down, it only makes you stronger;
When you keep on keepin' on, undauntable longer!
One for all and all for one defines success universal;
When we rise together, we engender a strife reversal;
The magnificence of the human experience can shine bright;
When we embrace commonplace respect and Love's light!
If'n ya feel like your gait is not as brisk as has been;
Or maybe your get up and go has done left you again;
Don't sweat the condition you may find yourself in today;
Be thankful your still kickin', and continue on the pathway!
With true love in our hearts and good music in our ears;
We feel so much younger than the amalgamation of years;
It may not be everything you need, but to tell you the trues;
It makes the journey better, when you travel with the Blues!
The magnificent bounty of life is measured in your deeds;
It is about liftin' others up and planting righteous seeds;
The harvest you will reap will be beyond all your dreams;
With a heart full of love, happiness triumphantly screams!
We are indeed born free of prejudice and fear;
Along our journey it's taught, that is fairly clear;
What we need to do, to shepherd a better tomorrow;
Is break those chains, stopping the pain and sorrow!
Satisfaction blooms when we perceive dreams come true;
It's driven by your attitude and an immensely positive view;
When given lemons you smile, pondering how did fate know;
Lemonade's exactly what I needed at this moment in life's flow!
If you can't see us all as Sisters and Brothers;
You best sit and chat with all unified Mothers;
They'll school you we all come and go the very same way;
Livin' with identical hopes and dreams every live long day!
We raise up ourselves when we lift up others;
We pray that all get that, if we had our druthers;
Until that day comes, we will do everything we can;
Workin' towards a better world is our daily plan!
The path is as long as you need, the journey promises;
Don't heed the naysayers nor the doubting Thomas's;
Keep your eye on the prize with nary a moment's hesitation;
Love and respect will direct you to a life well lived celebration!
Faith and Hope gets you thru until things improve;
Before you know it we'll be back in a smooth groove;
Share those gifts with others who may feel downtrodden;
When we all lift together, everyone's horizon will broaden!
Love binds when shared universally and without favor;
One planet, One People, One Love and never waiver;
The path, when walked together, allows us all to succeed;
Leave hatred and fear behind us, to flourish at lightspeed!
It's easier to make good choices if you get your mind right;
Learn from experience and plan prudently with foresight;
Never evade a good challenge, always respond altruistically;
Embrace serene balance provided to you serendipitously!
In troubled times you must always implement your best;
With dignity and compassion you will always be blessed;
If you can't change the situation, you can affect the result;
It's attitude that determines whether you complain or exult!
Spirits lifted will continue to soar;
Kindness practiced produces more;
Be the light that is always showin' the way;
There's no better way to live every single day!
Darkness is simply just an absence of light;
Everything is there, in it's place and all right;
The path is elemental, embrace serendipity with trust;
It's the journey that matters, make it absolutely robust!
We can't pick our challenges, but we sure own the response;
With humor, humility and grace, it's serenity we ensconce;
The lessons make us stronger, allowing our spirits to grow;
If yer payin' the cost of admission, you best enjoy the show!
We mark our time in minutes while livin' a full life;
We note the joys, the triumphs and even the strife;
The true measure of the journey is in gratitude and love;
Extend kindness to all, illuminating with light from above!
In times of loss and sorrow we cling to our faith;
No matter if it is devastation or a passing wraith;
Comfort and empathy are healing gifts we must impart;
Together we shall endure and triumph with One Heart!
When it comes to a life well lived, we hope for longevity;
The temptation is to focus on the whole in it's totality;
But we never know how much time we have under the sun;
So cherish each and every moment, startin' with this one...!
Why settle, when you deserve the best;
Don't pick the first, 'til you've seen the rest;
Your fortune is yours to claim, and there is no doubt;
You'll collect all of your wishes, before you cash out!
Hatred is a cancer attacking the collective soul;
It deceitfully creeps in exacting a devastating toll;
No one is immune to this overwhelming emotional scourge;
Pure LOVE is the sure cure to effect corruptive evils purge!
If you feel hatred rise inside, you need to rethink;
Take a breath and pull yourself, back from the brink;
Is it prejudice, feeling attacked, or just misjudged emotion;
Understanding the provocation is the first step of remotion!
As we go forward gently, proceeding down this path of life;
Tears flow abundantly, witnessing injustice cuttin' like a knife;
Tender moments provide our foundation, of everlasting joy;
Preachin' Love and universal respect is truly the real McCoy!
We are forged in the memories and lessons of the past;
Lookin' forward to the opportunities in a future asked;
What we desire, and crave to possess, when all is said and done;
Is peaceful serenity in the moment, rapt in the essence of ONE!
We anticipate without promise, a future that is bright;
We try to hedge our bets by always doin' what's right;
Do no harm, create no chaos, waitin' on tomorrow's bring;
Simplify, don't sweat what if's, and just do the next thing!
Dreams become real if you play your cards right;
Focus on the goal and don't let desire take flight;
Plan your work, work your plan and don't fall victim to doubt;
Integrity and determination are sure guides to the right route!
Age is just a number, stayin' young a state of mind;
If ya get yer head right, the years will treat ya kind;
Get wisdom from experience and always pay yer dues;
Always lend a helpin' hand, and be sure to share them blues!
Why stand still when you can move along;
Just feel the rhythm in yer heart full of song;
Life is short but the journey can be great;
Stoppin' to smell the roses won't make you late!
Summer is here so kick out yer yaya;
We play just the blues, no Lady Gaga;
We likes to have fun and shake our ass;
Soakin' up sun and dancin' in the grass!
So, ya gotta have fun to make this all work;
It's better lendin' a hand than bein' a jerk;
Yer life will be better and the world will be too;
If ya treats all ya meet like ya want 'em to treat you!
I'm pourin' high test, please have one on me;
It goes down smooth as you will surely see;
We bring sight to the blind and help the crippled walk;
We dispense the pure D healin' blues, no empty talk!
If yer lookin' for a free ride yer on the wrong track;
We're into sweat equity, ya'll got to give some back;
We'll provide the inspiration, you gotta give up the sweat;
Dancin' to duos, trios and even the special house quartet!
Enjoy the sun when it shines in the sky;
No need to consider or even ask why;
Take the advice freely given and share gratitude;
Life is way too short to not dig the ride, Dude!
We make a difference when we share the praise;
It dispells the darkness and gives spirits a raise;
It ain't the destination, it's how we enjoy the trip;
Always choose the high road if ya'll wanna be hip!
Whether drivin' the couch or dusty back road;
We shoulder yer burdens to lighten yer load;
It's the least we can do, believe me we checked;
Our simple goal is to leave yer boredom wrecked!
It don't matter how big they are, they will all fall;
Just use yer dazzlin' dance moves and be 10 ft tall;
When it's all said and the bell has rung loud;
Just shout out I'm a blueser and mighty proud!
With a journey of the mind you don't need a map;
It starts with serendipity and ends up with a nap;
You know we'll care for ya and pay the piper his dues;
When ya take the trip called Hammered By The Blues!
When you need to get nourished deep in yer soul;
We restore to a rich blue cast, not black as coal;
We always leave ya better than when we found you;
Thats what friends are for, that's just what we do!
Tho' the economy's shaky and things look bleak;
We jump in the music to find what we seek;
We embrace the positive and shine on the bad;
Dancin' down the blues highway will make ya feel glad!
The cure is simple and the medicine's sweet;
Just feel the music and start movin' yer feet;
We can fix the worlds' problems, but it starts with you;
Share the joy of the blues and others will share it too!
Happiness is easy if ya follows the clues;
Just treat all others well and pay yer dues;
Show tolerance for folks that can't find their way;
And be sure to take a large dose of blues every day!
Now, the best way for you to face yer fear;
Always starts by keepin' good friends near;
Then call in the experts from Hammered By The Blues;
At the end of the session, all yer fears you will lose!
Regular maintenance keeps yer mojo clean;
It don't take long, you know what we mean;
It's just an hour a week with friends by yer side;
Hammered By The Blues is the best thing you've tried!
We rhyme ya, rock ya and rolls ya out the door;
It is so good to leave it all on the dance floor;
We can't make ya younger, but you'll enjoy whatcha got;
'Cause shakin' and shimmyin' make ya'll look hot!
Now we may not be doctors but we do operate;
We toss care to the wind and embrace our fate;
We hope for all the time in the world before we go into the night;
But 'right now' is all the time ya need if'n ya learn to live right!
We'll service ya right no matter the need;
We never follow, we always take the lead;
We play just fresh new stuff, ya gots nothin' to lose;
Ya'll come back and visit at Hammered By The Blues!
The time is right and the music is sweet;
Just hang around a bit and feel the heat;
We'll fire up the turntable and play some of the best;
Put the speakers in the window and have a backyard fest!
Sometimes the load we carry can be great;
It can cause illness or irrational hate;
The Blues is the cure and we dispense it for free;
Relax, take a dose of the 12 bar and you gots the key!
Ya gots to take a chance and set yerself free;
Cast off yer troubles and surely you will see;
Lovin' the blues is the best way to travel the road;
Rejoice and feel the freedom as you lose your load!
The blues ain't just for goblins and spooks;
It's played at fests, in grand halls and jukes;
It puts a spring in yer step and keeps yer flow on a roll;
If you don't feel the blues you have a hole in your soul!
Relationships come and relationships go;
That's just simply the nature of life's flow;
But one thing you can count on and believe in all year;
Hammered By The Blues loves you and holds yer love dear!
Meetin' new friends is the best thing in life;
It enriches your soul and calms all the strife;
Now that we know you, our mission is complete;
Hammered By The Blues loves you and we saved ya a seat!
Sometimes in life we freely give up control;
You might just find this can release your soul;
When yer hooked on the blues everything is alright;
You'll be smilin' all day and long into the night!