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

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Silent Song 2019-013

Don’t ask me what this means, as I wrote this during a period of time whereas my mind was convoluted and in disarray. I do believe I understood it then as I wrote it, but now, I am grasping as to the why and what of then, and that is now.

Silent Song 2019-013

Mindless melodies contorted with rhyme,

Playing parodies in the present time

Lingering lyrics float in the air,

Stating sentences of a care, a dare

Fractural fibers leap in sine

Creating chaos in the mind of mine

Wandering wisps of static substance

Forever lost, but not forgotten.

Peace,
Den Betts         bettsden@gmail.com email
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Winter is Here 2019-012

I  checked the forecast today and cannot believe, no, do not want to believe the 4-8 inches of snow predicted for this weekend.  Plans are changed, giving into the drudge of winter weather, looking forward to spring…….

Winter is Here   2019-012

 

Cotton balls cascading

down upon brown earth

Fluffy formed drifts

blanketing the quiet dale

 

Spiraling steeple throwing

out ringing sounds

Echoing every nook with peals

of each bell

 

Street lights sending out

rays of speckled light

Dazzling diamonds formed

six sided facets- shining

 

Winters wind dancing

its way midst the wildwood

Singing songs of harmonic

flow to those that hear

Winter is here

Peace,

Den Betts        bettsden@gmail.com    Email

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Past – Present – Future 2019-011

What is TIME?  It is {or are} periods of existence, that is all. We can waste it or try to save it (will not work) or just use it the best we can. A time machine has not yet been invented, so we cannot go forward or backward physically, but we can be thankful for  having lived it and hopefully it will be a continued life experience.

Past-Present-Future     2019-011

The past is done

And the future’s begun

Dwell not on yesterday

As life goes on, regardless

Of events of the past.

 

Today is tomorrow’s history

As yesterday’s is today and

Tomorrow is yesterday’s

Future as it is also today.

 

Think positive of the morrow

As the hopes of today are

Life rafts in a sea of despair

Nothing is so bad that can’t

Be changed in the future.

 

Peace,

Den Betts       bettsden@gmail.com    Email

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Real World 2019-010

We ALL like to watch the shows on NETFLEX, or cable TV where we are taken to a near or far away place to watch actors portray their heroes or villains. We are given time to get snacks, go to the bathroom, etc., during the commercials. It is all made up, and we are released to go back to reality again afterwards. Not so, for the real stories that take place across America and the world.   There is no pausing, no end, no release from the turmoil’s that are a daily life of living.  It   IS   the Real World

Real World     2010-010

 

The world of make believe

as shown on magic screens

belies the life outside

in the real scope of things

 

The good in white and bad in black

speaking lines from written script

made to look and sound sincere

as they are in life

 

So much violence, death

and destruction, shown in

neat packages ending in the

hour or the half

 

Streets with the true villains

anguish and hardship, tells

the real stories that can’t

be shown in depth or time

 

Den Betts

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