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March 25, 2023

The Minquiers

sailing the old boat through the minquiers
around Jersey doing some sightseeing

danger all around, treacherous place to be

and now there’s a storm coming up

radio out Sparks? wonderful timing

rogue waves lurking 

peril a-freshening

skies growing ominous gray; menacing

winds too many knots to count

at the wheel which is worthless

should have done more than

a cursory check of the lifeboat

abandoning ship a last resort

captain must go down with his ship they say

I seem to be forgetting that in this confusion

thought this boat might be a little too small

should have listened to the old mariner

between his sips of rum

mismatched apparel, scruffy beard and all

now the minutes pass like kidney stones 

we’re being thrown around like a luggage 

by angry airport baggage handlers

but then —- skies lighten and waves reduce 

made it through without sinking

or hitting anything or anybody 

a life at sea is a life for me

March 20, 2023

A Case Of The Ghosts

A man took a bet with friends to stay in an empty ‘haunted’ house overnight. He went with no phone or other means of communicating. In the morning, his friends would pick him up. The next morning when they arrived, he was found dead with an absolute look of horror on his face and his eyes were disturbingly wide open. The police were called as well as the coroner. The cause of death was attributed to…of course …”natural causes”…I doubt they were

The Stanley Docks in Liverpool, England are said to be haunted due to the number of recorded murders and events there, including some body snatching. The building was used to store dead bodies during WWII, and some strangely began missing and unaccounted for. As a result of these happenings, there is, poltergeist activity and numerous apparitions have been sighted and reported  

The spirit of a dead person who returns to seek revenge for an unjust death is called a vengeful ghost. In some cultures it is believed that vengeful ghosts may also be the unhappy ghosts of individuals who feel they were not given a proper funeral and were slighted. As a result, they come back to take revenge against those that they feel slighted them.

In 1831, a farmer by the name of Boltus Roll was murdered by two men who believed there were valuables hidden on his property.  In 1895 the newly created Baltusrol Golf Club was named after him. It’s said his ghost has been seen walking the courses in the twilight of an evening at the club searching for his killers. 

March 17, 2023

Final Wishes

when it looks like I’ve had it
all over but the shouting

over and out #30

need to pick out some music to close the casket by

if there was one, which there won’t be

been doing the wrong thing all along according to some 

and even if it’s all messed up

well that’s the way I wanted to do it 

I stopped caring a long time ago

it don’t make no  difference 

we all wind up dead anyway

dust to dust and all that jazz

and if you’re lucky you die in your sleep

not in some germ infested hospital room 

in a bed of doom and gloom 

leave me be

under some trees, hugging some grass 

not in a forsaken depressing nursing home 

taking all my money (what little of it I have) 

for fourth-rate care 

so keep your hands to yourself and when it comes 

bury me at sea, that’s where I wanna be

scatter my ashes (mountains, ocean, vacant lot)

no celebration of life 

have a few drinks in honor of my death