The permissive attitude toward marijuana use, though it may be exciting to many adults is no laughing manner when it comes to raising children (even though some may find it funny or entertaining after a joint or two).
The rampant abuse of pot among adults and teenagers has begun to filter down and impact a much younger population of children especially in our public schools. In a recent poll of sixth graders in a Los Angeles classroom, 100% of the kids raised their hands when asked if they had tried or knew of a classmate that had tried marijuana. Continue reading
I have been writing poetry since the age of twelve and created my first chapbook at the age of fourteen. After showing a few sample poems to friends and neighbors, the chapbook was relegated to a dusty drawer to disintegrate into fodder for a rat’s nest. Some of the poems were good, many I am sure were bad, but all originated from a bludgeoned or joyful heart, mine. I am almost certain the rats found them more pleasurable than any of my human readers. Continue reading
We clasped hands and slipped away
with the horses down the lane
into the meadow. Red-winged blackbirds
held chorus in the cattails
where the cattle drank. The creek had a rush
to compliment the laugh of the mallard ducks
and the air was abuzz with dragonflies.
I remember your face freckled and petite
as we knelt to pick orchids and kissed.
We snipped bouquets to freshen our nest
cradled in limbs of an ancient tree; paradise
where we carved our names, sunbathed
bare-naked, satiated and carefree.
From HeartWood by Richard Rensberry, to be published December 2016 by QuickTurtle Books®
If I were the rain,
I would be less begrudging.
I’d teach Heaven how to beat
a rhythmical drum. I would
speak fluent and decisive electricity. I‘d strike up
a conversation with the wind
and babble with the trees and roofs. If I were the rain,
I’d hammer away as if I could play Continue reading
Sorry is the aftermath
Blame is a fault
Alcohol is a weapon
not a crutch Continue reading
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