Scroll down past the photo for today’s poem, and past that for today’s blog.
The orange golden light of dawn
Beckons us to fight, to keep on
There will be no more giving up today
As the sun greets us in this special way
Poems are fine, poems can be bold
But they can’t replace what you are told
Never give up, never give in
Pausing to rest can be a sin
We’re in a battle my mates, a struggle real
No matter how you boys may feel
Give it your all in sport, and more in class
Our chance to win will slip away so fast
It isn’t quite as if we can just say
We’ll leave the fighting for another day
We’re locked in a struggle with a death grip
And if we don’t win a one way trip
The battle I speak of is the one to be free
And we’re all combatants you must see
But the enemy lies inside of us
With each friendship, each display of trust
Giving in to hate means losing it all
And we must get back up each time we fall
Winning means joining our fellow man
Arm in arm, hand in hand
Now I can’t say all men are good inside
Or that no one will take you for a ride
I’m just trying to get each person to see
The better way for grown adults to be
There are evil people in this world of ours
But at night we all gaze up at the same stars
Look for the things that make us all one
Because that is how our wars will truly be won
A Short Blog About How Things Are Coming Along
Hello dear readers! I have found myself out of a job as a blogger, so now I can devote even more time to all of you who read my blog here. It was fun and rewarding working for healthyplace, but in the end I guess it was too hard to come up with original ideas week after week and I was having problems with errors so I got the boot. I’m actually kind of glad because the job was more stress than it was worth.
So I am finding myself in a position that I kind of like, less stress, more time for my real writing and so on. I think I might get to work on another poetry collection now.
My mental health has been good lately, summer has finally come to Edmonton and it is such a beautiful season in this part of the world. Everything is so green and alive and there are a ton of birds out there to take pictures of. I am looking forward to using my new Nikon 1 J5 to take more photos of birds as they are flying. I have even entered some of my stuff to be considered for publication.
So as summer rolls into focus I have a few things on my mind. I don’t know how much I told anyone here about my Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset I bought. I have been flying a P51 Mustang on it and have been having a blast. I am learning to navigate from airport to airport and land and then return for a safe landing. It is so incredible when you have that 360 degree view. I am looking forward to more simulators like it. I have to admit though, I don’t know if it is the best thing to immerse ones’ self into a video world like that. I don’t know if I would have done it if I hadn’t read the incredible book “Ready Player One” that my friend Richard suggested.
I am so happy to have such a true and genuine friend like Richard Van Camp. He is an incredible person, done so much in his field and one of the most caring and honest friends I have ever known. He is also pretty fun to be around. I am going to be heading to his work with him today and hanging out at the Fort Saskatchewan library for a while today.
As far as mental health goes, I don’t think I could be in better shape. My only real concern these days is that occasionally I have needed sleep aids such as clonazepam to help me rest. It is not the best way to deal with the problem I fear, but it works. I have tried going for long walks each day but often that just puts me into a manic state which makes it even harder to sleep. I would love it if people could share their own sleep methods in the comments. With that I think I am going to get going, I see a long walk in my near future, like in the next 20 minutes!