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June 28, 2020

Since Ari Armstrong has unfriended me and not allowed me to respond to the allegations that I am an uncaring monster, I have no choice but to make my response clear here. Ari's post had to do with police reform and police violence.

Ari was a friend of mine when I went t...

December 7, 2017

My friend Chase Abendschein and I talk about the poem The Road Not Taken, which is one of those poems that people who know a little bit about poetry love to school others on. "ACTUALLY that poem is about..."

Chase is a salesmen, like a super salesman. He works in global...

November 22, 2017

Today's poem is Andrew Marvell's 17th century masterpiece "To His Coy Mistress.


Of course, we all know that this type of sexual misconduct occurs. It has always occurred and it always will occur. 

A fiend is a fiend, and we must not coddle or protect or make excus...

November 15, 2017

We all know the story "The Emperor's New Clothes." It's meant to illustrate the vanity of human desires and the problem with excessive pride. In our daily lives we may experience a moment when we realize our boss or, heaven forbid, we are not wearing any clothes.

We bel...

November 12, 2017

I met a traveller from an antique land, 

Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone 

Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand, 

Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown, 

And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, 

Tell that its sculptor well those pass...

November 2, 2017

A woman was waiting at an airport one night, with several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shops, bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.

She was engrossed in her book but happened to see, that the man sitting beside her, as...

November 1, 2017

If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don't,
If you like to win, but you think you can't
It is almost certain you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you're lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow's will
It's all in t...

October 29, 2017

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,

We people on the pavement looked at him:

He was a gentleman from sole to crown,

Clean favored, and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,

And he was always human when he talked;

But still he fluttered pulses when he said,


October 24, 2017


Annabel Lee


It was many and many a year ago, 

   In a kingdom by the sea, 

That a maiden there lived whom you may know 

   By the name of Annabel Lee; 

And this maiden she lived with no other thought 

   Than to love and be lo...

October 22, 2017

By a route obscure and lonely,   

Haunted by ill angels only, 

Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT,   

On a black throne reigns upright, 

I have reached these lands but newly   

From an ultimate dim Thule— 

From a wild weird clime that lieth, sublime,...

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