Parenting

My mind relaxes on lovely Melia welcome respite to mental drudgery behind and intertwined with joyful adoration my spirit lulls within the understanding that in raising this wondrous eclectic being we are experiencing the evolution of our intersection in the crib we built and the world we pass on parents we accept our responsibility ensuring that our embrace ever continues …

The Peak is Nigh

the oil as usual crew of special interests blue blood bankers and legislative mercenaries has paved this road ever more traveled desperately by many obliviously by others and luxuriously by the few the chosen ones of the lord almighty dolla the road is driven yet existence does not even imply much less presage desirable destinationaccustomed to auto-pilot and quick turns …

Oil as Usual

“What can I say I wouldn’t be here today If the old school Hadn’t paved the way” Tupac Shakur 1994 “Old School” the oil as usual crew of special interests blue blood bankers and legislative mercenaries has paved this road ever more traveled desperately by many obliviously by others and luxuriously by the few the chosen ones of the lord …

Climate Outrage

when I reflect on the general absence of national debate and mitigating action surrounding our warming planet and changing climate a queasy opaque sadness creeps up on me like a sickly draft in comfortably warm room distinctly out of balance i dizzily flash between hot and cold even folks who know me have a hard time rolling with my personal …

Peace of Mind

Why is peace of mind Such an integral piece of the pursuit of happiness so elusive? Peace of mind requires safety Consider that many of the people around may not feel safe most of the time, And often have to leave part of themselves at the door To feel safe upon entering Imagine the pain when the being inside is …

The Sky Cries

the sky cries tears of necessity drum against my window dry and self centered I had all but forgotten nature’s musical beauty and purpose perennial storms flush the earth coloring the ground deep wet washing away parasitical particles replenishing life healing if I stand outside will I be healed if I become an ark loaded with two of each of …

Water

Haunted by Dutch dikes, a poignant image conjured in the mind of a child, somehow related to the origin of my adopted name. Been holding back for so long, suppressing desire suppressing inclination suppressing action born in me. Yet the flow of love within threatens to break the dam. Sandbags in my eyes and exhausted, the fingers of a man-child …

Jazz is…

According to Webster, Jazz is… American music developed esp. from ragtime and blues and characterized by propulsive syncopated rhythms, polyphonic ensemble playing, varying degrees of improvisation, and often deliberate distortions of pitch and timbre. O Jazz, aural manifestation of poetry, animanipea considered, your rich character defies description within the bland confines of our language. If only we could understand scat… …

Part I: Conception

[This piece is dedicated to my daughter Melia Gabrielle, a dream on July 4th, 1997 that five years later became my sweetest reality on October 11, 2002. ~ DR] In my drop top, stars as a backdrop, bombs burst in the air above the parking lot. Elevated in consciousness and purposely alone. Turn off my phone. Full grown in a …