Saturday, December 12, 2015

Hopes Of Tomorrow to Live Your Faith 
An old man sees his past 
A young woman sees her future 


Hopes Of Tomorrow (free form poem) 

Where can I turn to
Where can I find
My hopes of tomorrow
Now taken away
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Gone are the mountains
Which carried the echoes
Across the fields
Which bloomed in my name
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So sad are the fables
Of a tired old man
Who lives in a dream
Short of those moments
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So sad those faded nights
Those cobweb covered lights
A different time
A different time
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But here I sit pondering
Drinking in days all alone
Under the glowing sky
Clouded in memories
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There in a wet reflections
I see the many faces
Which use to be me
So confusing so confusing
-
There at the verge of my darkness
Comes the face of a stranger
Eagerly shaking my hand
Saying thank you


A free form poem. I still used the 4 line stanzas to regulate my thoughts, and since I rarely use punctuation marks in poems, for breaks. The whole poem gets darker and darker, and from out of nowhere comes a surprise ending.

I know, many can relate to this poem. Let me just share how it relates to me. I am a 63 year old man, with a bleak future, because of physical ailment. I have little to look forward to, except my "seat in heaven". Before you start crying for me, I had an unbelievable life/dream. Between my past and my wife, Amor, that's all that keeps me going. My doctors, nurses, therapists and social workers are amazed with how well I'm taking my condition. I don't get many visitors. One, because people who knew me find it very hard to see me this way. Two, I don't want to wreck other's dream of me. That's the egotist in me coming out. Sure, every now and then, I get depressed. My neurologist has even suggested depression, medication, because of my condition. I have been blessed with Amor, my new wife, who destroys depression. We had 3 unbelievable years together before I got sick. People respect my wishes, but every now and again, I get thank you notes either over the computer or in the mail. I see others building on things I have established or have worked on. The last challenge I have set for myself is to remove all negatives from my being. Lesson from my life: make memories. Thank yous.


Speaking of Thank yous: Liberace "It Was a Very Good Year" 


There are tears of sadness and tears of Joy 


Children learn in different ways, the biggest of which is observation. Well, the Holiday season is upon us. Say what we will on how people choose to celebrate this time, but we cannot escape the fact that there is a different feeling in the air. A feeling of kindness which seems to permeate from everywhere. Esther Anderson and her daughter Ellia want to add to this feeling. After all, there can never be too much kindness. 
Have that Kleenex ready as we enjoy: "Live Your Faith" 


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The whole universe is change 
and life itself is but what you deem it.
Marcus Aurelius

Friday, December 11, 2015

Housework Can Be Awesome to Instagram Husband 
Mix a husband with some Limericks and what do we get 
Could it be worse than an Instagram husband 


I Was Caught At Last (limerick) 

Accused me of being a crook
So at me the judge threw the book
To new life I’m heading
As tears wife was shedding
And pictures of wedding folks took 



Housework Can Be Awwwsome (limerick) 

Why does husband help wife with dishes
With vacuum and mop through mess swishes
All else he dismisses
To aid his Mrs.
It’s for some more kisses he fishes



Wife Got The Blues Then Step This Way (limerick)

If the wife is crying the blues
Because you’re not paying love’s dues
And all of your powers
Cannot stop her showers
Then instead of flowers buy shoes


More of my 6/5 limericks. 6 rhymes in 5 lines. Follow the beats in lines 3, 4 and 5. As far as I know, I am the only one to practice this form of limericks. Join me.
Let's dispel more about that "secret" organization. (Keep in mind: this is not an effort to get members,) There is plenty for men to do as a Mason. One of the fraternity's truths is: All men are equal. One of the opportunities of a Lodge is to serve on the line of officers. In a perfect world, this is an 8 to 9 year commitment. The stages are: The junior and senior stewards, marshal, junior and senior deacons, the junior and senior wardens, the Master of the Lodge and the Chaplin (sometimes this position is filled by someone else). As a member of the line of officers, a man is required to set to memory somewhere around 6 million words. Each position is a lesson in life and carries its own responsibilities and duties. As in life, a man does his best to meet his office. In a perfect world, as in life, a man fills each office only once. Thus the need of doing one's best. In the real world a man may drop out unexpectedly, an office must be filled by another member or left vacant, a man might be called to repeat one of the top 3 positions. The world is not perfect and who knows what may happen in 8 to 9 years. Now here is an interesting truth in Masonry: Even though a man becomes Master of a Lodge, he is no better than a man who ever served. "All men are equal."


This song may or may not help us to "get the picture": Rhett and Link "Get Off The Phone Song" 


A new creation of this modern world 


According to various studies, the single most common use worldwide of mobile phones is checking the time. Now this useless fact is pretty surprising when one hears about all the texting going on on a phone. Think about it;  people would rather type on a phone than talk on it  Mobile phones take pictures! Don't even go there. We had to develop an entire website for all the pictures being taken by those mobile devises. 
There is a rumor selfie sticks may become a thing of the past. Why? "Instagram Husband" 



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You can't blame gravity for 
falling in love.
Albert Einstein

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Memories to YouTube Rewind 2015 
In the end all the couple had was love and memories 
YouTube celebrates the memories of another great year 


Memories (poem) 

Who knew the dance of memories
Each star reflected memories
Each heartbeat brought more memories
As lovers took their stroll
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They sailed upon their memories
Each kiss was built on memories
Each scent another whim to please
As love fulfilled its roll
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Delighting in their memories
Where others who had sought for these
In hopes to bring about some ease
To unrest in their soul
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Who knew the long and dreary nights
Who knew of endless appetites
Who knew of candles without lights
As darkness took control
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Two lovers lost in hopelessness
So torn from what they once caress
Won’t heaven hear their loneliness
As teardrop take their toll
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When all had brought them to their knees
A gentle song refreshed the breeze
A pathway to those memories
Which kept the lovers whole


To this couple, memories were important. Note: how "memories" disappear as we get closer to the conflict stanzas and reappears in the resolution stanza. The poem is divided into two sets of rhymes. One set, which compose the first three lines of each stanza, cast what is going on with the couple. The other set, which is in the forth line, gives an outside statement of what's going on and ties the poem together.
On he subject of memories: I started Poetry And Viral Videos as an experiment into something different. I don't consider myself a great poet. My strength is in my variety, my word wizardry and my surprises. Poetry And Viral Videos, as I stated when I started out, was a way to use entertaining video to maybe help get people exposed to the world of poetry, as well as sharing my poems with other. The form, layout and structure is due, in the most part, on the suggestions of my fans. And I thank them.  Allene Angelica, of I Wish I Was A Rampaging Queen, got me started in the world of blogging. Finally, I thank you all for stopping by and keeping this thing going.


We need a memory song: The Vogues "Moments to Remember" 

What got all these memory sentiments started 


YouTube, the video-sharing website, was launched on February 14, 2005 by founders Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim. It was bought by Google in November 2006 for $1.65 billion. Most of the content on YouTube has been uploaded by individuals, but media corporations including CBS, the BBC, Vevo, Hulu, and other organizations offer some of their material via YouTube, as part of the YouTube partnership program. It has become a YouTube custom to celebrate another entertaining year with a "Thank You" video for its fans, highlighting some memorable moments. 
With 2015 coming to a close, here's YouTube's 2015 celebration. "YouTube Rewind: Now Watch Me 2015 | #YouTubeRewind" 


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Keep all special thoughts and memories 
for lifetimes to come. Share these keepsakes 
with others to inspire hope and build 
from the past, which can bridge to the future.
Mattie Stepanek

River Flow to Fun Day in Roller Coaster Tycoon 
Life can be like a river flow 
Roller Coaster Tycoon is brought to life 


River Flow (Martin verse) 

A dream I had so very long ago
To join the wind which helps life’s river flow
To be a reason that the flowers grow
A helping hand which hope will come to know
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I fell in love as other people do
I got a job to see my household through
I cared for wife and children as they grew
And for this while this was that dream came true
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But in my sleep danced thoughts of long ago
Of something that I never quite saw through
Of something lost as other somethings grew
Its truth my world right now refused to know
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And I grew old as other people do
There’s comfort in my now so daily flow
The dancing in my sleep with time would grow
But who I had become denied it’s true
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Sorrow’s regret a friend that I would know
As flowers danced so cold did I now grow
And as I sat and watched the river flow
A dream I had so very long ago


One more Martin verse. If you are interested in writing a Martin verse go here: https://suite.io/martin-kloess/6fyr2z2. Let me know if you write one, so I can guide people to your site (free).
I try to choose a poem that has something to do with the video, even if loosely. That explains why we might see a repeat of particular poetic form, day after day.
I think I touch on this in a previous edition. I went to college to become a music teacher. An educator, in the Board of Education, gave me an insight into the future of my chosen profession. I therefore took an opportunity offered me, to work for Chevron Oil. I got married and raised a family. I did become a soccer coach for kids, for 13 years, which included volunteering at a Catholic school and an elementary school. I also became an educator for the Masonic fraternity and even came up with new way of teaching Freemasonry to candidates and the general public. Okay, here is were I and those of us who live a full life relate to the poem. As we look upon the river of our life, I'm pretty certain it wasn't all we planned. Yet as we look across the waters, we met the currents to the one we are now. A dream we had so very long ago.


To go with this theme I found this: Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris "Lost On A River" 

Life is like a roller coaster, so is a video game 


On June 16,1884, the first roller coaster in America, the brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson, opens at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. On March 31, 1999 MicroProse and Chris Sawyer released the computer game "Roller Coaster Tycoon". On December 8, 2015 Andrew McMurry (of Andrew M Films) brings an amusement park video game to life. 
It's a shame Andrew isn't a better gamer. "A Fun Day in Roller Coaster Tycoon!" 



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We must be willing to relinquish the life we've planned, 
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
Joseph Campbell


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Treasure to Macho Nachos 
A treasure for everyone 
A treasure just for the manly man


The Treasure (English sonnet) 

One day a treasure wash up on the shore
Just one of many there to share the sand
As morning broke their day would be at hand
And nothing knew what future had in store
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Then strangers happened to this magic land
They gathered treasures that the ocean bore
Our treasure thought that this is what it’s for
Its purpose here seemed clear to understand
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For unknown whys the strangers passed it by
It seemed so clear that it was like the rest
Till doubt set in to cloud its clarity
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Soft sunset for our treasure wind did sigh
It wandered through the wiles of cursed or blessed
Our treasure was then reclaimed by the sea


(Here is a sonnet written as a proverb, a lesson, a metaphor. To breath more life into the poem, and to make more avenues for us to relate, it is packed with ideas and words with deeper meaning (i.e. sand - time, places, memory, etc.). - From my experience, each person bears their own special gift(s). As a soccer coach for our youth; some kids were better at sports than others. Some could run faster or longer. Some could kick harder. Some were better at defense or offense, Each child was different, but could play, given a chance. As a charity "leader", I needed and valued volunteers. Each thing a volunteer could do was one thing I didn't have to. Plus my people math says: 1 + 1 = something greater than 2. Plus there is an opportunity of so much more.  Every person is a treasure. Match what they do well with what needs to be done and everyone wins. Every person is a treasure. Some don't or can't see it. Some weren't given a chance play. Some believe what the media is pushing. Every person is a treasure. Sometimes they are not the day's fashion. Sometimes they are not what others are or are ready to look for. Sometimes other people (other treasures) are blinded by the moment. Every person is a treasure. And when the time comes, the ocean will reclaim its treasures.)

Let's add some Aussie flavor to this thought: Men At Work "Down By the Sea" 

There is nothing as treasured as an insight into a manly man 
(Okay, maybe a dollar)

There is a story that a man named Juan Mendez from Chihuahua, Mexico used a donkey to carry around his supplies for his food cart. To keep the food warm, he would wrap it up in a big homemade flour tortilla. Thus the name, burrito (little donkey). This is a story. (One of many.) We are about to witness another mouth watering whopper by our friend Gregg, of You Suck At Cooking. He is about to walk, or tap-dance, us through the art of making Nachos (but mine) as only a manly man can make 'em. 
Women, pay attention. We may need some help. "Macho Nachos - You Suck at Cooking (episode 26)" 

If you enjoyed this video press this link to be taken to Baked Yams with Dill - You Suck at Cooking (episode 19)

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Every single person is sacred. 
Sacred means special, precious, 
a treasure of true beauty. 
That means you.
Amy Leigh Mercree

Monday, December 7, 2015

Stream of Dreams to I Hate When This Happens 
Is it simply a lover's dream 
Is it simply desire's wish or could there be more 


Stream of Dreams (poem) 

There in the forest of his heart
Where wisps of dreamers often start
He heard a song he couldn’t chart
But from his reason soon he’ll part
Oh stream of dreams of all that’s true
It flows for me it flows for you
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He drifted toward his melody
Not certain what his eyes might see
Should he go or should he flee
Has fate foretold his destiny
Oh seams of dreams what can we do
They flow from me they flow from you
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And there she was an angel fare
His world was captured in her stare
A scent of flowers lights the air
Uncertainty awaited there
Oh steam of dreams which clouds our view
Aroused by me aroused by you
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He dares to come as close as this
A silent prayer a simple kiss
Would she please or this dismiss
How would he suffer his abyss
Oh gleam of dreams this tale is though
It’s up to me it’s up to you


(Here is cute love poem. As we can see, each stanza has two sets of rhymes. One describing the scene and one repeating the theme. In addition, there is a rhyme evolving with "dreams" in the fifth line. Then there is the evolution happening in line six.  So we just turned a cute love poem into a complex word play. Love can be very complicated, so let's just enjoy it. - And so it is; at least for me. It takes two to "dance" a dream. I may write love poems, which people seem to enjoy, but that doesn't make me an expert in love. I do know that there is some mysteries at work in attraction. At one level, there are "melodies" we can all relate to. We find it in books, movies, in songs, poetry and such. At another level, there is that someone who takes our heart away. And so we have this poem: a lover and a dream. We have a scenario that many can relate to. Then we have a statement that can be the speaker or it can be directed at us. In the end, it takes two to "dance" the dream of love.)


While we are thinking, here's some mood music: Montovani "Estrellita" 


We move from love to its extreme 


According to a poll taken in 2014 by Lifestyle Magazine the number 1, day to day, thing people hate the most is traffic. What about 2015? What will people hate the most? What about you? Curtis Lepore, a YouTuber, noteworthy for his vines, thinks he has stumbled on the answer (at least among guys). 
For guys who can relate with Curtis... Plead the 5th Amendment (the right to remain silent) "‫Curtis Lepore i hate when this happen" 

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Every great dream begins with a dreamer. 
Always remember, you have within you 
the strength, the patience, and the passion 
to reach for the stars to change the world.
Harriet Tubman