Harsh medicine helps us overcome.

Texts Lyrics Alarm Clock Awakening Words Reason from Pixabay

The clock yelled at me. Get up it screamed! Every bone and muscle in my body sank into my mattress. But the first day of school, especially this year, was sacred.

Barriers and boundaries shattered in an instant.

It’s our family tradition. My wife and I take the girls to school. Our two precious rockets of energy. We woke them up and served them eggs, turkey sausage, and buttered toast.

Last year our tradition was broken along with hopes for a return to life before COVID-19. …

Purple Pen on Purple Calendar from Dreamstime


Sung to Prince’s “Purple Rain,” my inspiration for this poem/song's rhythm.

You say you want to create
But you can’t make up your mind
Let me steer you
Into a new/old place

Stats never meant to cause you any sorrow
But they cause you plenty pain
I’m only trying to help you
Help you branch out, find a new way
Writers linked arms in publishing games

Into the world of a living wage
Living wage, living wage
Living wage, living wage
Make some gain, and profit too
Into the world of a living wage

Never wanted to mislead another
Only trying to be different from the others
Not familiar or empty and overdone

Think of the sparkle and happiness children can bring.

“abstract painting” by Erik Eastman on Unsplash

Children illuminate and unveil so much to parents.
Like magic, we see ourselves in them.
Like an inverse mirror,
we feel and hear our parents words and attributes expressing themselves.
We hear our wrongs and rights exposed and shouting back at us.

  • Our self is flayed open with blinding revulsion at what we have created.

Wonder touches the very moment their eyes open.
Alive with honest agony they cry and scream.
Upon the world left without the cord filled with Mother’s dream.
Thrust and awakened filling a new space both odd and frightening.
We see…


The joke of unemployment compensation in Florida.

Old Man Broom Work Standing Cartoon Pop Art from Pixabay

I commented to Anna V. Eskamani, my Florida House Representative, about the problems with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. It felt satisfying, but I know it will accomplish little else.

Her story, meant to help and assure Florida unemployed residents, left me with an empty feeling: The notion that we’re up a creek without a paddle. It’s a creek closely resembling a shitz creek, not unlike the Netflix show.

Enjoy my snipe:

When they say they are working to fix the problems with the online system we can read this means that it will probably be ready to use…

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Workshop Mechanic Colleagues Frog Figure Funny from Pixabay

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Background Pattern Brain Face Binary Relaxation from Pixabay

Self Improvement

Sizing up people’s mental acuity is pretentious, condescending, belittling, and self-serving, even though most of us do it.

If you have to find a reason to determine a person’s intelligence level, something is already askew. That’s right. Whether you’re evaluating a workmate, a potential employee, or a friend, a little worm in your thinking showed you need to know the level of the wet noodle’s computation powers you’re interfacing with.

Why is that?

Is it because you’re insecure and threatened by them? Or are they acting ridiculously, indicating lunacy? Who can say? Why say at all?

The Crux

  • You don’t need to size up anyone’s mental acuity.
  • If you think you need to evaluate their IQ, EQ, SQ (Social Quotient)…

I created my first NFT today and it was an exciting learning experience. I posted my art on OpenSea and entered into the non-fungible market. NFTs are a hot item in an emerging world of cryptos. Any art, video, song, and illustration can be made into a token instantly marked and recorded immutably and without question as yours until it is sold. Then if your art is sold again, you receive a percentage. The process repeats forever.

Beautiful Day Joy Frog: Pixabay

Celebrities and folks like you and me are taking advantage of the craze. …

Poem: A haiku for spring so soon upon us. Time for rejuvenation and flourish—time for love and fresh spirits to blossom.

Animals Birds Trees from Pixabay

Forward Flight

Birds begin return
Filling mouths full need spurs growth
Cycles joined persist

New spirit awaits in circles we create. Unknowns begin to fade in the harsh parade, and we grasp hopes again. Isn’t ours to put away but to live and strive.

Glimpses through hazy shadows of yesterday's sobs will be replaced with clear gazes steadfast through these dangerous days.

And a shout rises under our pulse. Calling wild for revolt. Rampage against walls holding us down…

Greg Prince

Bringing real feelings along with messages of inspiration and imagination to life. Awakening is the symptom of my infectious condition. Poetry is my condition.

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