Sunday, August 31, 2008

Various Spectacles

The following are selected views of Spectacle Island, in Boston Harbor.

Visitors Picnic,
Then walk path to the top
-Spectacle Island.

Eager to please us,
She was a blazing whirlwind
-fetching here and there.

Mohawks dump king's tea,
Crates float in moonlit harbor
-hundreds watch from docks.

Morning after battle,
He came up from the hold to see
-star spangled banner.

On Boston Common,
Children look at ice sculptures
-watch fireworks explode.

One country marched in,
waving banners of freedom
-to protect its oil.

Chiseled Presidents
Look out on troubled nation
-their wisdom ignored.

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Mitch went out to pool,
Noticed everyone staring
-looked down-forgot trunks!

One Single Impression: Spectacle

See also Forest River Creations

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Murphy's Haiku #29

Tunnel was complete,
We stuck our heads up and saw
-the warden's office!

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Murphy's Haiku #28

Late for work, Ernie
Decided to take shortcut
-was the wrong exit.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Murphy's Haiku #27

Customer was rude,
I told him where to get off!
-was manager's uncle.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Murphy's Haiku #26

Tony's lucky day.
Found one hundred dollar bill!
-had hole in pocket.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Be it Resolved To Write Poetry

Being Dyslexic
He was teased by other kids,
Always called "retard."
Burning inside, he showed them!
-worked hard, achieved Honor Roll.

Walking through Auschwitz,
G.I.s said Never again!
-yet, many times since.

They marched with banners,
Yelling their protest slogan of peace
-"Hell No!-we won't go."

Puritan Forefathers
Vowed to build City on Hill
-hanged those thought witches.

He so loved the world,
To save it, endured the cross
-men gambled below.

Escaping famine,
They passed through Ellis Island
-to build better life.

Jack had foolproof plan,
To be a very rich man!
-sell Tofu coffee.

My wife told me once,
Eat only three plates per meal!
-New Year's resolution.

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For One Single Impression :Resolve

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Murphy's Haiku #24

I leaped out boldly,
Down into mountains of clouds!
-forgot parachute.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Murphy's Haiku #22

Driving in desert,
Hundred miles from anywhere
-running on empty.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Murphy's Haiku #20

At last!-thesis done,
Masterpiece! now to save it
-instead, hit delete.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Home Sweet Home

After Grandpa died,
Mom told us he was back home
-thanksgiving dinner

In steerage for weeks,
They came on deck to see home
-lady liberty.

Summer camp over,
There was a long bus ride back
-home seemed to be new.

At meeting Boss says:
"I'm giving myself a raise!
-you can all go home."

Coming home again,
I felt like a stranger there
-after the war, distance.

I walked through the ward,
knowing this was home to them
-children's hospital.

When young, home was huge!
I went away to college
-then I found it small.

Victory touchdown!
After losing all season
-happy homecoming.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Murphy's Haiku #19-Wild West Series

Room for only one,
Lance stared at Bad Bart and drew!
-empty cylinder.

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Special Amnesty International Post Below

Friday, August 15, 2008

Write for Shamameh Ghorbani

Hi folks- This just in from Amnesty International:
" This week I want to tell you about Shamameh Ghorbani, an Iranian woman who’s been sentenced to 100 lashes, after being found guilty of adultery. Shamameh says that she only told the court she was having a relationship with a man found at her house to ensure that her husband and brothers, who stabbed the man to death, were not charged with murder. It was nearly even worse. Shamameh, aged 34, had originally been sentenced to execution by stoning in June 2006. Her brothers and husband had murdered a man they found in her house and nearly killed her too. The men were convicted of 'legitimate' murder and received a sentence of six years in jail. In a letter submitted to the court during her first trial, Shamameh said: "Since I am a rural, illiterate woman and I didn't know the law, I thought that if I confessed to a relationship with the dead man, I could clear my brothers and husband of intentional murder. I said these untrue words in court and then understood I had done myself an injury." The fact that Shamameh is a woman will have undoubtedly worked against her. Iranian women do not get equal treatment under the law and higher illiteracy rates among women mean they are more likely to sign confessions they don’t understand. Now she is facing a brutal punishment. Amnesty is calling on Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, Head of the Iranian Judiciary, to commute the sentence of flogging. When the authorities suspended the use of stoning on 5 August, it was a real step forward for Iran. This came after a concerted campaign from brave human rights defenders inside the country like the Stop Stoning Forever campaign, supported by campaigners around the world. Women’s rights defenders face a tough time in Iran and we’re doing all we can to support them – you can do your bit too. Now Iran needs to follow this up and abandon flogging as well – and it should start by commuting the sentence of Shamameh Ghorbani. Please spread the word.
Until next time,
Amnesty’s Project Blog Team"

Thank You for doing every thing that you can for her!

Murphy's Haiku #18-Wild West Series

My stallion soared,
We were one, my horse and I!
-'til low hanging branch.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Murphy's Haiku #17

At lunch with Sally,
I called the old goat a fool!
-boss was behind me.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Murphy's Haiku #15

To impress the girls,
I bought an expensive car!
-it was an Edsel.

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Ascending The Stairway

Destitute for years,
The angels came late one night
-showed her the Stairway.

When she saw him there,
It brought back her grandfather
-she helped him up stairs.

The Coach had us run
Up and down the school's stairwells!
-this before practice.

All that he could say-
"This is a one way stairway"
over and over again.

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Murphy's Haiku #14

Driving in Summer,
Air conditioner conks out!
-windows won't roll down.

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Murphy's Haiku #13

Tickets! at long last
Our dream vacation begins
-aboard Titanic.

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Murphy's Haiku #12

Saw pretty woman,
I proposed-she was ninety!
-need to get glasses.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Murphy's Haiku #11

With seconds to go,
I could see the door-no line!
- bathroom stalls were locked.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Murphy's Haiku #10

I burned midnight oil,
Memorized Cold War chapters!
-'cept test was in trig.

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

On The Goose Rocks: A Wedding Poem For Jeremy And Nicole.

RingsIn Kennebunkport,
The tides come as if metered
--upon the Goose Rocks.

Gulls on Goose Rocks
Look on wisely from perches
-some pace the wet sand.

Families come, watch,
As their children play and grow
-later to marry.

In time these couples
Return with their families
-like the ocean's tides.

Two Special People,
Jeremy and Nichol join


My brother's wedding,
and I relive my own bliss
-honeymoon's return.

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Playing The Fool

Photo: Edward S. Gault
Pictured: Karen A. Gault

For One Single Impression Prompt: Folly

1.He was the town fool
xx Then he went on a journey
xx -returned a hero.

2. Other kids teased her,
xxShe was always the last picked
xx-later, got Nobel.

3. He stole millions,
xxBankrupted the company
xx-got "Man of the Year"

4. On Stage he told truth
xxAs people split sides laughing
xxx-many words bleeped out!
xxxx(for George Carlin R.I.P)

5. Once upon a time,
x x A kingdom lacked wisdom-O!
xx -made the fool their king.

6. The Professor said:
xxx"Foolish Civilizations
xxxxlive like kings, die fast".

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Murphy's Haiku #9

As guest of honor,
I left early to the banquet
-trapped by traffic snarl.

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