It’s

Not so much the darkness

That

Terrifies my soul – but the 

Fiend 

Seeking my life who hides 

Within

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The Unseen Terror

Poetic Wisdom

For some my
musings are a lifeline of hope
a light shining
within the shadow of despair
for others

A warning of
mistakes to avoid what is to come
along the path of
our journey through life until death
take us away

Words of wisdom
learned in the school of hard knocks
passed onward from
one generation to another until time
comes to an end

Those who heed
my words may yet avoid the perils
into which my
footsteps led me of being shattered
into little pieces

I Had a Dream

​Once upon a time

I had a dream

Of being understood

Perhaps admired


It was never meant

To be my reality

A hard death that

Dream has died 


Upon the altar lies my

Heart, family, home

Along with my job and

All my favorite toys


The promised land by sight 

My eyes have not seen 

Nor by faith I can only hope

The hereafter will be better

My Last Request

When it
becomes my turn to die
pass away
into eternity my hearts desires
to be alone

With none
to hold my hand as my lips
take their
very last breath except
for my son

The tears
of those who pretended to
love me
false friends my eyes don’t
want to see

Alone in
this life my feet have always
willingly walked
alone in death my heart just
wants to pass

Unrequited Longing

Into another
world my mind longs to dwell
free of the
chains of humanities ignorance
and it’s hubris

To satisfy it’s
curiosity – discover new worlds
free of conflict
to live out my life in peace is my
hearts desire

Yet the enemy
who always lingers near just
out of sight
will never let me rest not even
for a moment

For no matter
where my hearts chooses to wander
among the stars
he will always be there to cause my
heart to shiver

Cruelty Begets Cruelty

When an emotionally
unstable employee goes on a rampage
blows away his coworkers
there is a whole lot more to the story
unfortunately unseen

For those who
verbally brutalized said employee
until he snapped
are just as guilty if not more so are
just as responsible

As the one who
pulled the trigger for it was their bullying
that turned their
unstable coworker into a weapon of mass
destruction

It was their
unkind words and deeds the silence of
their fellow
coworkers who both primed and aimed
his tantrum

Sometimes

Sometimes just being one’s true self
means walking alone in the dark
seeing the backs of so called friends
when ya tell it like it really is
there’s always a high price to pay
in order to stay true to one’s self
far better to walk alone or perhaps
with just a friend or two
then to be surrounded by a chorus
of wheeling and dealing yes men
who only tell ye what ya want to hear
stab ya in the back every chance they get
far better to watch with a tear in your eye
the herd plunge to a collective death
then to blindly follow a false prophet
into the jaws of death thru the gates of hell
far better to lie in a lonely grave
unmarked and perhaps utterly forgotten
then to be remembered as just another
unfortunate victim who lost their life
by letting someone else do his thinking

Unwanted Sexual Contact

My wife used to work in an office where nearly all of her coworkers are women not quite but almost. Where the office manager calls another employee a hoochie mama because she refuses to abide by the dress code.

On another occasion in a meeting this same manager asked another employee that she manages to stand up and turn around. When she complied my wife’s manager grabbed this employee by the seat of her pants while instructing the female employees not to wear pants with back pockets.

For years women have complained about sexual harassment in the work place and have demanded laws to put a stop to it. And companies have gotten the message by being hurt where it hurts most: in their pocketbooks. That only large monetary awards by juries can send that   sexual harassment will not be tolerated.

Companies are now so scared of being sued that they are quite willing to do away with due process. By firing any male employee who has been accused of sexual harassment often without doing an investigation. Resulting not only in the loss of a job and career but in a bad record that can follow the affected individual for life.

So it would seem surprising to see women, who’ve made it into management, actually display this unacceptable behavior. But  human nature being what it has always been I’m neither surprised nor mystified by the way these women behave. Quite simply they have the power and they’re determined to not only use it to benefit themselves but to abuse it as long as they can get away with it.

In this women are no better, worse or different then members of the male gender have ever been. While those who continue to think that women are morally superior to men have willfully blinded themselves to human nature. Doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past by failing to learn the lessons taught to our ancestors.

Another reason that I’m not surprised at the modern day woman’s penchant for sexually harassing members of the male gender. Quite simply is because as a male throughout my lifetime I’ve had no choice but to deal with unwanted sexual contact from women myself.

One of my first memories of unwanted sexual contact was when my father and I were living with his mother. One evening as I walked through the front door I was grabbed by one of my fathers female friends and kissed on the cheek. Because my grandmother had purposely hung a sprig of mistletoe over the threshold.

During the summer after I’d turned thirteen my first stepmothers sixteen year old niece. Who lived with us and watched my stepsister along with my brothers and I while my father and stepmother worked. Attempted to seduce me by inviting me to have sex with her after she’d molested me.

During the ninth grade I attended two schools Dalton High and Rabun Gap a private school where the Fox Fire books were created.  I began the school year at Dalton High where one day the teacher had stepped out of the room. I was literally chased out of my science class when one of girls kept trying to kiss me.

Later after the first quarter my father sent me to Rabun Gap where a different girl grabbed my briefcase. Then demanded a kiss for its return and on another occasion banged on the door of the gym where I worked as the sole custodian. Then forced her way inside when I answered the door refusing to leave unless I kissed her.

Even my own mother refused to keep her hands off my face when I was finely able to grow a beard for the first time. It wasn’t enough to compliment me she had to go and embarrass me too by making a big deal over it while putting her hands on my face.

Then just a few years ago my wife and I stopped at the Stone Mountain Wal-mart to purchase some pants for our son. While they went to the mens clothing department I decided to  walk around the store.

As I was browsing along the school supply isle I looked up to see a teenage African-American girl walking towards me. Out of nowhere she came from around the corner heading straight for me. Then as I stepped out of her way she turned, bumped into me and intentionally rubbed her breasts across my chest.

I was so surprised and taken aback that I didn’t quite know how to react or just what to do. Unfortunately my wife wasn’t there nor did anyone else witness this girl bumping into me. However there is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that had I confronted her or given her a well deserved scolding.

Or had she decided to falsely accuse me of touching her breasts instead of her purposely rubbing them up against my chest. It would have been me who would have gotten into trouble perhaps even arrested with no recourse whatsoever. This double standard that assumes that men are always guilty and women are always innocent . Is what not only scares me but makes me so angry that I almost can’t see straight.

As long as men and women work together in close quarters there will always be those of both genders who will harass the other. Either inadvertently, by engaging in rude behavior or intentionally in which case the offender should be punished.

So not only should the rules apply to both sexes but the consequences should be the same. For only when both sexes equally respect each other will the unwanted sexual contact that neither wants stop.