State of Mind 2019-020

What is the state of our minds? It, our mind, is what it is, that is for sure. But, in reality, where does it leave us on a daily basis, to experience life in another way, unknown to us now? I ask, with the authority of knowing somewhat, how our minds are subject to forces of nature that enable us to do, think, and experience life in a unique way of existence.

State of Mind 2019-020

I jumped through the window in my mind,

Into the void of darkness beyond.

Pinpoints of starry far off lights,

Surrounded me on all sides.

I was through, I was there,

Scared, but not turning back.

My body and mind floating in free space,

No veil, no hindrance of feelings

A phenomenon as before, visited once again,

A difference, of total absolute awareness.

An intensity born from desire to know,

Culminating in final release and reality.

Not looking back, not knowing for sure,

The reasons of this wonderful sight.

Knowing that again, I will revisit

To feel the power of the feeling.

Peace,
Den Betts         bettsden@gmail.com Email
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Winter Trek 2019-019

Frigid air, coupled with blowing cold snow, brings to mind how winter weather has a way to challenge us in everyday life. It is SO, SO easy to contemplate staying at home on days or evenings like described below.  At one time I did NOT have a choice, but braved the inclement weather, but now have the luxury to decide to go or stay in my warm nest of a home and look outside and appreciate that fact.   Winter on my mind this Feb 2019

Winter Trek  2019-019

Windswept snow

forming sporadic whiteouts;

challenging dim headlights

stabbing through hazy swirls

 

Compressing, confining,

twin valleys of miniature mountains

piled high by metal monsters –stand high

 

Inside the capsule, white knuckles

furrowed brow and squinting eyes

peer at ghosts of whiteness ahead

 

Tenseness filling the air

with quickened breath;

Ice islands, snow covered,

near skids, heartbeats missed

 

Exhalation with thought;

reward of hot chocolate

blankets and a crackling fireplace

waiting beyond the chill

 

Faint light filtering ahead,

a final turn

familiar beacon shining

home again, home again

journey done;

reward to be taken.

 

Relief

 

Peace,

Den Betts   bettsden@gmail.com  Email

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Imperfections in Life 2019-018

We get stuck in a mindset of beliefs at times and it is difficult to change our thinking, but we SHOULD do so, just to prove it is possible.  We think we are correct and without imperfections, but in reality, we are not; just think so.

 

Imperfections of Life    2019-018

At times, I feel like an imperfect man

in an imperfect world,

Striving for, but failing in a quest

of perfection in life itself.

 

Old bias and prejudices get in the way

of changing opinions once formed,

so hard to release, to forget.

 

Tapes of yesterday, stored in the mind

Rewind and play back

to remind of once was and is now.

 

How to erase, to eradicate feelings

that should not be there, but are;

yet still remember the WHY,

of the original thoughts.

 

Perhaps tis wiser to remember and grow,

in another direction, away from

the imperfections in life.

Peace

Den Betts       bettsden@gmail.com     email

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Travelers Wish 2019-017

To many of us have prejudices that we repress to a degree, and we go through life with thoughts of others in a negative way.  If not us, then others have these ways, which are encapsulating minds and not leaving any chance of expressing love instead of hate. Too bad, so sad, but a way of life for many.  I still remember the man, Rodney King in 1991,  who was abused by the police in Los Angeles saying “Why can’t we all just get along.?

”Travelers Wish  2019-017

 

If, per chance, our paths may cross,

Our shadows inner mingle, on a summer day

May we both prosper, benefit,

And be truly enlightened by the experience.

And, may we both realize,

That regardless of the hue of external cover,

Spiritual convictions, tribal clan origins,

When we part, may we do so as friends,

Traveling onward, but also leaving in our wake

A part of ourselves behind,

In a kind remembrance to each other.

 

Peace,

Den Betts     bettsden@gmail.com   Email

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Winter Weather 2019-16

As I sat inside my house, on a VERY COLD day on Jan  31,2019, I looked out my window, and even though it is -5 degrees, the sun is shining. I still remember just yesterday or so, how it was dreary, and cloudy and cold still, and wished for Spring to arrive and take me away from this winter weather……………

 

Grey Winter Skies  2019-16

Above, reflections of my mind

at times of sadness

Clouds boiling in turmoil

creating images in my mind

Dreary grayness, copying

the feelings I have at times

Dampness hanging over all,

my heart pumping in rhythm

Silhouettes of trees in relief

blackness as the thoughts inside

Ahh, for the freshness of spring

of rebirth, of hopes eternal light

Gray be gone, fly away, return some

other day, respite from despair.

Peace,

Den Betts      bettsden@gmail.com   email

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National Debt 2019-015

The national debt clock (at usdebtclock.org) shows an updated figure and is continual, based on spending and also includes revenue and other neat facts to know. I encourage anyone to go there and see for yourself, what our leaders have done, good or bad, for our grandchildren to try and pay for and is theirs to ponder in the future.

 

National Debt  2019-015

 

An obscene figure

I can tell you for sure,

One that will stay

with us, forever more.

Our lawmakers have taught us

spending’s not hard.

We even do it now

with our own credit cards.

It is a law, I’m told

that it must be paid back

But, by whom though, and

in what year, in fact?

 

They, in Congress, deserve the barbs,

the cruel cartoons, and other such.

For being so very irresponsible

and careless, so much.

The money we earn

and send to Uncle Sam

Is spent so very fast

With a “I don’t give a damn”

The National Debt is

a disgrace and a shame,

But, look in the mirror

and take part of the blame.

 

You keep re-electing the

same people – over and over

Isn’t it about time to

send some –out to the clover.

It is time for a change

and to get some new blood

Before the monster debt

buts us in a quagmire of mud

Do something about it

and take some credit

For being a person

who hates the national dept.

 

In January 2019 it stood at $21,966,016,300,

an obscene number, that keeps growing daily.

 

 

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Wind Spirit 2019-014

When something happens, at times we might just accept and not question. So many things have occurred in my life, that make me think, wow!!!! Not to give thought, but just to know, we are NOT alone, His Presence is always there.

 

Wind Spirit     2019-014

 

A spirit in the wind

caresses my cheek softly,

Then whispers in my ear

Shivers travel up my spine

Then down my arms: I close up.

 

My eyes travel up – then over,

narrowing, trying to ascertain

the feeling, wanting reality.

Primeval fears escape once more,

the unknown factors of life have

arrived; I quake then swallow

 

What is this: something there

near me, surrounding me, touching?

My mind rebels, nothing!  Imagination

rules, I am convinced – I think!

 

What unknown forces, unseen ones,

past life personifications are there

incarnating the aura of my being?

Gone.  My mind playing tricks on itself

I agree; figments of self-fears coming

to the forefront – foolishness felt.

 

A look in the mirror to refresh, mouth

open as I stare at the form of a kiss on

cheek, made with dust, borne by the wind.

 

Peace,

Den Betts       bettsden@gmail.com  Email

thebettsden.com          Blog Site