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Picasso in Kandahar

A Picasso face with one eye a piece of nose a dented skull distorted melted cubism done in red black and blue one hand one and a half limbs. A rearranged montage of her soldier son. His mother turned away … Continue reading

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Peace Comes

Until peace comes we bear the storm; thunder and lightning sturm und drang for blind are each man’s eyes seeing not humanity in the “other”; we stumble and do not understand, nor realize by embedded thought our vision is confined. When … Continue reading

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Casualties Were Few

The casualties were few we’re told while preparing to withdraw Just three last month in Kandahar Your son, my son and a boy from Florida. “Your son, like mine, your eldest boy? Handsome, straight and tall? Mine too, a young … Continue reading

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Missing

She never took it out on someone else if she was having a bad day; that’s character Her humor was dry always forgiving with a wry smile if you took to long to get the joke Her laugh was infectious … Continue reading

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Original Sin

And the prophet said “You have to draw the line somewhere” and he wrote it on a wall in the men’s room of a fine restaurant. And the keeper of the toilet wiped the scripture from the wall with a … Continue reading

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Dancing to Perfidia

The Hotel Torino – Massawa, Eritrea built by the Fascists when Eritrea was an Italian colony.  In 1960 it had a roof top bar; 20 year old Toritto spent two years in Eritrea and had many a drink on the … Continue reading

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On Mars

One step for a man I watched when I was only 26 and knew I’d live to see the day Magellan set a foot on Mars. I would be a lucky one to see the great ship’s mighty sail capturing … Continue reading

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Smoldering

Watching you walk across the room in tight corduroy shorts; the cords moving against one another is like flint striking rock creating sparks which make me smolder all day for I am the wood You smile, knowing you too will … Continue reading

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Forty Years Ago – The Fall of Saigon

This Thursday, April 30, will be the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. On that day in 1975 the North Vietnamese Army rolled into Saigon and the last helicopter carried the last evacuees from the roof of … Continue reading

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Magi in America

Did the Magi follow the star across the seas to the new land, to America seeking God that will reveal himself again in a cave? God in a cave; now so difficult to find for the star is obscured by … Continue reading

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