Exercise Our Right to Try Again

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If you haven’t broken your New Year’s resolutions yet, this song is not for you. But listen anyway, because you’ve probably broken one before. It’s time to put this phenomenon in its proper place, so we can move on and live well!

Instrument: Tempo – Seagull Excursion Folk Acoustic Guitar

1. So we made our resolutions
To start a revolution,
But they must be delusions
‘Cause we feiled ’em, every one.
The time and money saving,
The work to quit the craving,
But what’s the use of raving
When a new day has begun!

2. May we never stop resolving,
Connecting and involving,
Progressing and evolving
Til we make it, every one.
And give our hearts in caring,
Extend our hands in sharing,
And let our minds be daring
For a better way has come!
Refrain: (Twice)

Let us exercise our right to try again!

And we can exercise our right to try again,
start anew and simply do the best we can!
And if we fail and try and fail again,
We just engage the backup plan
And exercise our right to try again.
We exercise our right to try again!


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Instrument: Brio – Red Cedar Concert Ukulele

Your compassion is your humanity!
Let it warm you and set your Spirit free.
It won’t take away anything you need today.
It makes the world brighter, you agree.
Your compassion is your humanity!

1. Many folks are doin’ things
You don’t think they should do.
Well, how about considering
That they have feelings too?
You don’t live the life they’re livin’,
But there’s something you can give them.
Compassion is the key!

2. All the woes and worries
That you get into your head,
From sun up until sundown,
When you’re in and out of bed.
But you can’t see it all,
‘Cause you don’t have a crystal ball.
Compassion is the key!

3. People tell you not to
Think about yourself.
But if you don’t even care,
Then why should anybody else?
Give the gift of time
To your body and your mind.
Compassion is the key!

Be a human now!
Your compassion is your humanity!

Wild Wind

Wind howls through my mind,
tearing a treacherous path,
driving, destroying, demolishing…
The calm, cultivated landscape
erodes before me.
What can this mean?
What’s next?
A breeze speaks whisperingly
of a land too close to see.
And through the howling wind,
I go.

Quadrille, 44 words excluding title, containing some form of “whisper.” This one also goes for De’s challenge of “whisperingly.” Try your own and enjoy others at

Choice Is Voice

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Instrument: Brio – Red Cedar Concert Ukulele

How we spend our money,
Actions, words, and time,
There’s an awful lot of spending
That goes on in this life!
How we spend our energy,
Feelings, and thoughts,
The product ought to fit the price
Of what we spent in cost!

1. We don’t have to be broke
Or wonder which way’s up
Or try to drink from that half empty,
Cracked financial cup.
It’s gonna take some time,
But starting is a choice.
We know where our money goes,
And we still have a voice!

2. It becomes a habit,
What we say and do,
How we treat each other
And our fellow beings too.
It takes a conscious mind
To choose a better way.
Let’s speak for the Light in us
With every choice we make!

3. We criticize in judgment,
But so much is not true.
And we feel sad and tired
Like our energy is through.
But every day is new.
Remember why we’re here:
To live in Love and freedom
With the Spirit bright and clear!

We make the product fit the price
Of what we spent in cost!


How You Play the Game


The Time is NOW

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:”*
And talk is all we do;
No wonder we don’t change a thing!
The fear of time and time of fear
Strings us along a string.
The time is now, and now’s the time
To act upon the scene!

*Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872

Written for Lillian’s prompt, “Timing is everything!” at


I’ve been to a temple, a grand cathedral, and not noticed its splendor. Yes, so unaware was I that in the face of beauty, I saw nothing unusual. I’ve been there so often that I pass it by, heedless of what really happens within its walls. But today, or so it seems, the temple veil is lifted! And I see the beauty, the splendor, the blessing of this temple and cathedral that is mine.

bliss of nature shines
Spirit taking form in me
as body temple

Written for Toni’s Haibun Monday Free for All at

Garden Growing

I’ve always wanted a garden,
But I fear my thumbs are black,
Coated in sadness and sorrow,
The only things that grow for me.

I’ve always wanted a garden,
But I gave up long ago,
Coated in unfulfilled wishes,
The only fruit on barren trees.

I’ve always wanted a garden,
And I tried to plant before,
Coated in dreams and desires,
That only others brought to life.

I’ve always wanted a garden,
But I’m not the child I was,
Coated in sadness and sorrow,
The only reason nothing grows!

I’ve always wanted a garden,
And I know my thumbs are green,
Coated in wishes and hopes and dreams,
My garden is a fruitful scene!

My response to Kim’s Tuesday Poetics prompt at

Whether growing a garden or anything else, the only mistake is not to try!

My mother and grandmother each kept a garden as long as they could – flowers, vegetables, herbs, berries and strawberries, grape vines, pear trees, and maybe more I don’t remember. I do remember picking beans, onions, and other vegetables, but whether it was spoken or not, I always felt like I was all black thumbs next to their green ones.

It seems too late in a way, but I’ve come to appreciate the value of gardening, especially growing produce to brighten your table and health. Yet I’ve been too overwhelmed to garden, knowing I couldn’t keep the extensive gardens my mother and grandmother had.

Suddenly (it wasn’t, but feels like it was) I’ve blown off all these expectations. To that I can only, honestly say, “Thank God!” I’ll start small with some herb pots, and I might even lose some. But the only way I can really fail, is if I never try!

Happy gardening, whether it’s plants or the garden of thoughts and beliefs we so often neglect!

Warm Oatmeal Smoothie

I’ve never posted a recipe before. I don’t even know if this is original. If not, please speak up so I can give proper credit! All I know is, I was hungry and needed a warm, healthy, uber-simple bedtime snack! This smoothie is vegan.


* 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats

* 1/2 cup water

* 1 tablespoon almond butter

* 1 tablespoon cinnamon

* 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)

* 1 ripe banana

* Warm water as needed to blend


This is super easy if you have a single-serve blender or smoothie maker. But you can also make it in a mug!

1. Cook oatmeal: Put oats and 1/2 cup water in a microwave safe blender cup or mug. Microwave for 10-20 seconds. It should be a little watery.

2. Add flavorings: Add almond butter, cinnamon, chia seeds if using, and/or other warming spices of your choice. Amounts are approximate; let your taste buds guide you.

3. Add banana: Peel 1 ripe banana, slice in half or as needed to fit in blender cup. If you’re not blending, mash the banana first, then add to mug and mix well with a fork.

4. Add water: Add warm water as needed to blend ingredients well. Even if you’re not using a blender, you might want to add water until you like the texture. Blend or mix until the oatmeal is smooth and drinkable.

That’s it! No spoon, no mess!

Endless Variations

Hot: Add a dash of cayenne pepper (I haven’t tried this!)

Chocolate: Add cocoa powder, but be careful! Unsweetened cocoa powder can be really overpowering!

Apple: Add diced apple either before or after blending, or use applesauce.

There are others… But whereas before I was hungry, now I’m tired! So I leave it to you to create your own cup of deliciousness!

Quick Ode to Quiche

If you think you’re baking stinks,
Just try this little pie!
Fill it up with yummy stuff
Or hide it in disguise.
You like cheese? Then by all means!
With meat and veggies too.
Simple dish that’s so delish;
We thank you, letter Q!

Written for De’s Quadrille prompt: a 44-word poem (not including title) that includes the word cue or some form thereof! Head on over to
to read, be inspired, and take your cue from us!

Even Christ

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Instrument: Tempo – Seagull Excursion Folk Acoustic Guitar

Even Christ was a child once!
So how can you be anything else?
Even Christ was a child once!
So be gentle with yourself.
Yeah, be gentle with yourself.

1. You might be all grown up on the outside,
But on the inside you still cry.
Oh don’t be sad or let it make you mad,
And here’s the reason why.

2. You might take care of children and others,
Thinkin’ no one cares for you.
Oh don’t give up or hold back your love,
‘Cause you are precious too.

3. You might be lookin’ for an answer
To somethin’ you don’t understand.
Oh be a child with a faithful mind,
And know the pow’r at hand.
Refrain: (Twice)

Be gentle with yourself.