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Been extremely busy with work and family the past several days (yes, I realize it’s the end of the weekend).

Anyway, have you ever wondered why some books or manuals contain the phrase?

“This page is intentionally left blank”

Well the wiki has the history.

Blank, white, or merely out of sight
Mind blanks, it’s late again tonight
Why is this page intentionally blank
Did something leave a page out, ya think?

I find them useful for taking notes
Or making great big paper sail boats
Or perhaps a fine white sailor’s hat
Steal it from your brother, cause a spat

My personal favorite sort of use
Is for doodling, drawing, that’s my excuse
For writing on any page that says
“This page is intentionally left blank”

So the next time you see such a page
Just remember, a word from the sage
That page is there for a darn good reason
Don’t pull it out, just ’cause you think it’s in season.

In a culture obsessed with heroes
Looking for the one, to place
On a pedestal, be careful, you may get Nero
Choose wisely, or good may be erased

And yet, there are heroes around us
Everyday people, doing the extraordinary
The person who stops to help you change your flat tire
Or helps you pick up your books spread across the floor

They are you.  They are me.
Stepping into this world when the moment calls
Demands that they step forth, to answer the call
Everything in their life has prepared them for that moment.

They are the nuclear plant workers
Staying. While death knocks at their door
Knowing. They will likely die because of it
Doing.  What it takes to give people enough time to get away
Hoping.  Against all hope that they can avert a worse tragedy
Wanting. To be a part of something bigger than themselves.
Desiring. To live. To save millions.
Fearing. For their own lives.  That what they do will be ineffectual.
Making. Every moment count.  It may be their last.

These people will be heroes.
You may wonder, how can I live up to it
You don’t have to. You may not be able to do that.
But there will come a moment
And you will know it’s your time

Time to step up to the plate
To swing for the stars
Not quite knowing the impact you’ll make
Will it be enough

Most of us won’t ever have that much on the line
And yet, our parts are just as important
We each play a part. And we must not shirk our role
We, must embrace it.
Must play the part as if our lives depend on it
Because it’s your role.  No ONE. can play it
Except you.  You must give everything
Until there is nothing left to give.

Many of us give up or play our role half heartedly
The daily grind too much … overwhelming
We lose sight.  We forget.  The world around us

Wants us to forget.

Wants mediocrity. To be just like everyone else.
Passing the time.  Waiting to kick up your feet and die.

Is that what you want? Just taking up space biding your time?
Or do you feel what I feel?

That something deep inside, no matter how hard I try to ignore it…
It’s there… etched on my soul… whispering in the quiet.

Live no mediocre life
Grasp it by the mane
Make it mind

Make life count.
To be a hero to those around me
Helping, loving those around me
Be a friend. Confidant. Honest, Good.
Living with integrity.

I find it hard sometimes to hear it… the business of life
The worries, the cares, the naysayers…
I don’t always listen, and let people down.

But in the quiet of the night
It’s there.
Whispering, always there to remind me.
Be a hero.

Carpe Diem

Day 85 – Tsunami

15 minutes… that’s all I give myself to pick something and write about it today.  This poem is dedicated in memory of the tremendous loss of life in the tsunami that swept a large swath of Japan on March 11, 2011.

Out of the depths rises a wall
Stretching as far as the eye can see
Pitch black, towering 30 feet tall
Rushing toward the shore and me

Nothing prepared us for the beast
The unrelenting fury pours in from the East
No time to run and you cannot hide
Today may be your time to die

Heart pounding, mind racing, you run
Thoughts of family push you on
The water laps at your heels
And you sprint toward the high ground

Only a block away, seem like eternity
Water angrily grasping at your heels
It’s come for you and won’t give up easily
Knee deep you lose your balance and fall

Submerged the water pushes you on
Gasping you regain your footing and push on
Half a block now, legs screaming in pain
From running and a gash when you fell down

You can’t stop for air, no time to seal your fate
People on the hill scream at you to hurry
No time to respond, water growing deeper
By the second, pushing forward almost there

The last 20 feet seems to take an infinite eternities
And then your feet hit dry ground…
You continue to climb until out of reach
You collapse to the ground in disbelief

Looking back at the path you took is nothing
Nothing but water and debris swiftly flowing
You want to laugh, you avoided death’s grasp
It gives way to grief, everything is lost

People, neighborhoods, cities…
Swept away, devastated, demolished
As if they’d never existed…
And you alone to remember them.

I want just one day without responsibility
Without a care in the world
No bills to pay, no one to look after
Nothing to worry about at work

For just one day, stroll through a field
Across a grassy knoll, into another dimension
Viewing the galaxy from another plane
The surface reflecting like a pool

A 2 dimensional image representing
The 3 dimensional world which is
Just below the surface
Light and color zipping below

A most beautiful sight
Radiating out at night
Reaching into the pool
I stir. Stars and planets scatter

It must look strange to any inhabitants
Of the universe below.
Watching things in their sky move around so
From my view they are but little grains of sand

Beauty overwhelming, tear slips from my eye
Splashing down, cosmic disruption
Freezing around dust, rock fragments
Then zipping off through the galaxy

I chuckle, maybe someday it will be name
By a guy names Haley or someone else
There is no time in this realm and I’ve
No idea how long I’ve been…

And then, I awake, back on the grassy knoll
That took me away from it all
That gave me a day
To step outside of time and space
And watch this universe from a different place.

Day 83 – Evil Hunting

The darkness invades the street outside
Lonely street lamp illuminates the night
Crossing the street I feel a deadly chill
Like something bad just happened or soon will

I look around, check my back
Pistol ready, no going back
Evil lurks in dark corners and I should know
I started hunting it twenty years ago

It was a cold dark night we were walking home
When out of an alley stepped a thing all alone
I stepped in front to protect my bride
Whatever it was, threw me aside

I blacked out and the next thing I knew
She lay dead next to me as I came to
I buried her a fortnight later
Swearing vengeance against the raider

I’ve hunted it long and hunted hard
And it’s brought me here to this deserted ship yard
I move with purpose and stealth
I’ve used all of my worldly wealth

To hunt evil down wherever it lurks
To take from it wherever it works
Evil take notice, there’s a new game in town…
I’m takin’ no prisoners and you’re going down.

Day 82 – Spring

Spring is in the air
Flowers are everywhere
Daffodils, Wordsworth’s delight
Or wonderfully odd Birds of Paradise

Peonies and Cherry Blossoms abloom
More than enough to fill a room
Beautiful hues the landscape adorn
Makes the land no longer forlorn

The ugly brown begins to fade
Patches of green begin to hold sway
The robin appears to announce today
That spring is finally here again.

Temperatures soar and energy rises
For the annual ritual of gardening
Hoe and rake begin appearing
It’s planted in hope of mid-summer prizes

I close my eyes, the sun soaks in
I’m thankful that it’s spring again.

Day 81 – Envy

And today’s official post.  Tonight I’m trying to put some words around what I think some people struggle with when they see others who have what they want.  They are envious of that person because they themselves want similar changes or things in their own lives.  Is the grass really greener?  Do I need to keep up with the Joneses?

15 minutes or less… here we go!

I envy you, yes I do
I’ll tell you why, in a sentence or two.

You made a decision, that I will not
It seems you got, everything I want

I tell myself that time will tell
A different story, right will prevail

But for now, you’ve got it all
Brand new spouse, brand new job

And from the outside, all seems well
But who really knows, who can tell

I want to hope you hit rock bottom
So I could feel like right wins out

But right now all I see
Is the life I think I want for me

You took the low road
I’ll try the high
But sometimes I wonder
About doing what is right.

So, I’ll set aside my envy
And let it be
I’ll sleep well tonight
My conscience clear and free.