Posted by: Jonathan Caswell | May 3, 2022

What do you want to be?


Inhale Peace; Exhale Love. Joy will Follow! - RUELHA

What do you want to be, honey? I want to be Steffi! The tennis player who was hot news at that time I didn't even crave a racquet and didn't give a dime I hadn't even cared to watch a single game To date, with sports and me, the equation's the same What do you want to be, honey? I want to be a really good doctor For grand-daddy to be able to cure He was bed-ridden and I thought some new medicine I'd discover And with my innovation and ingenuity, he'd comepletely recover What do you want to be, honey? I just want to be someone who finds a genie And I'll wish for a purse that auto-replaces what's been removed Can you imagine how many notes there'd be with the same serial numbers? My plan was rather crude What do you want to be, honey? Michael Jackson, I…

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Posted by: Jonathan Caswell | May 3, 2022

Rockstar


Inhale Peace; Exhale Love. Joy will Follow! - RUELHA

Rockstar by Nickelback is undoubtedly a fun song. You really need to listen to the lyrics of the song to figure out which interpretation you want to go with. Some prefer to see the singer pining for this enviable lifestyle. If you’re used to overanalyzing, you’ll coerce yourself to cue in on the hints between the lines where it appears as a satire. Probably, the singer is mocking this shallow lifestyle filled with vanity and materialism, devoid of true joy. And then, the video also has this dude who may or may not be the devil. He’s passively instigating the singer to surrender his soul in exchangen of these luxuries. Well, you can interpret it the way you like. It’s a great inspiration for a poem!

Anyway, like all my music-inspired poems, I suggest playing the song{which I have embedded below for your convenience} as you read; it truly elevates…

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Posted by: Jonathan Caswell | April 27, 2022

Sixteen — Inhale Peace; Exhale Love. Joy will Follow! – RUELHA


The song ‘Sixteen’ by Natania featuring Mickey McCleary and Medha Sahi inspired me to write this poem. It’s from this awesome series called ‘Four More Shots’ which is a desi version of Sex and the City. Maria and I like to binge-watch an entire season when we catch up. It’s ‘our’ thing. Babe, I’ve got […]

Sixteen — Inhale Peace; Exhale Love. Joy will Follow! – RUELHA
Posted by: Jonathan Caswell | March 9, 2022

Unless You Ask


House of Heart

Unless you ask

I will always make you go

before the birds invoke the dawn,

leave our scent on the crumpled

linens to the cat, still I confess

there are no sweeter lips than yours.

Though it is embarrassing among

poets I love Aristophanes best

my nights filled with dreams of

cherubs twittering in clouds like

adolescent  birds drunk on adventure.

Unless you wake me to melodic sounds of Coltrane,

the rich taste of espresso, the breath of fruity herbs,

I will always make you go before

the sun breaks the horizon.

Painting by Michael Lipke (1953)

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Posted by: Jonathan Caswell | February 25, 2022

The Trump Card


Inhale Peace; Exhale Love. Joy will Follow! - RUELHA

Nowadays couples have children And negotiate as if it were a hostage situation Let the women and children be safe But leave the men as unwanted bait! That's what many marriages have become Nobody's in love anymore, and nobody's having fun Couples endure and tolerate each other Because if they split, maybe the children may suffer! Most couples begin with noble intentions To raise a child in a loving home and similar visions But, the misery and monotony of life takes over And with all the occurences around, they lose their composure Many begin with wrong reasons And then with the pressure, their children feel imprisoned Don't have kids as a retirement plan Invest now, withdraw later like a bank! Many have this strong urge to protect their legacy So all their accumulated wealth goes only to their progeny That too has a very innately selfish motive Let no other…

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Posted by: Ron DuBour | December 27, 2021

America’s foundation, connecting rod by rl dubour


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From Delaware to Hawaii 
The first to last by date. 
Each one wrote their own Preamble 
The difference I’ll relate.

I don’t think it matters much 
Just how I do begin. 
Whether I start alphabetically 
Or the dates they joined in.

An introductory statement 
Of a Constitution 
Not just one but every state 
Words of their inclusion.

Seventeen-hundred-and-seventy-six 
Three with proclamations 
Maryland and Pennsylvania 
Submit their declaration.

Exactly written for both states 
Grateful to Almighty God 
Our foundation now beginning 
This is the connecting rod.

Virginia one of three that year 
“We owe our Creator.” 
Forbearance, Love and Charity 
No-One else is greater!

A rapid pace our Country grew 
Words of faith they did choose 
Been down came back as good as new. 
In God we trust, cannot lose.

All fifty states they say the same
Thanking Almighty God. 
Making our foundation solid. 
This is the connecting rod.

God is our Supreme Ruler 
The point I’m trying to create. 
Stop and think why they all gave 
Thanks to God in every state.


The Preambles of all 50 States Of The United States: compiled by rldubour

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Alabama 1901, Preamble. We the people of the State of Alabama, invoking the favor and 
guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution.

Alaska 1956, Preamble. We, the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land.

Arizona 1911, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to Almighty 
God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution…

Arkansas 1874, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government…

California 1879, Preamble. We, the People of the State of California, grateful to 
Almighty God for our freedom.

Colorado 1876, Preamble. We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe.

Connecticut 1818, Preamble. The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude 
the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy.

Delaware 1897, Preamble. Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences.

Florida 1885, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Florida, grateful to Almighty God 
for our constitutional liberty, establish this Constitution…

Georgia 1777, Preamble. We, the people of Georgia, relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution…

Hawaii 1959, Preamble. We, the people of Hawaii, Grateful for Divine Guidance .. Establish this Constitution.

Idaho 1889, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings.

Illinois 1870, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.

Indiana 1851, Preamble. We, the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our form of government.

Iowa 1857, Preamble. We, the People of the State of Iowa, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings establish this Constitution.

Kansas 1859, Preamble. We, the people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges establish this Constitution.

Kentucky 1891, Preamble. We, the people of the Commonwealth are grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties…

Louisiana 1921, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy.

Maine 1820, Preamble. We the People of Maine acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity … And imploring His aid and direction.

Maryland 1776, Preamble. We, the people of the state of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty…

Massachusetts 1780, Preamble. We…the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe .. In the course of His Providence, an opportunity and devoutly imploring His direction

Michigan 1908, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Michigan, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom establish this Constitution.

Minnesota, 1857, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings:

Mississippi 1890, Preamble. We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work.

Missouri 1845, Preamble. We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness . Establish this Constitution

Montana 1889, Preamble. We, the people of Montana, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty establish this Constitution ..

Nebraska 1875, Preamble. We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom .. Establish this Constitution.

Nevada 1864, Preamble. We the people of the State of Nevada, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom establish this Constitution .

New Hampshire 1792, Part I. Art. I. Sec. V. Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.

New Jersey 1844, Preamble. We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.

New Mexico 1911, Preamble. We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty

New York 1846 Preamble. We, the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings.

North Carolina 1868, Preamble. We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those

North Dakota 1889, Preamble. We, the people of North Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain…

Ohio 1852, Preamble. We the people of the state of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common

Oklahoma 1907, Preamble. Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty … establish this

Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article I. Section 2. All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences..

Pennsylvania 1776, Preamble. We, the people of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance

Rhode Island 1842, Preamble. We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing

South Carolina, 1778, Preamble. We, the people of he State of South Carolina grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution.

South Dakota 1889, Preamble. We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties

Tennessee 1796, Art. XI.III. That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience…

Texas 1845, Preamble. We the People of the Republic of Texas, acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God.

Utah 1896, Preamble. Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this Constitution.

Vermont 1777, Preamble. Whereas all government ought to .enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man

Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI . Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator can be directed only by Reason and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other

Washington 1889, Preamble. We the People of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution

West Virginia 1872, Preamble. Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God .

Wisconsin 1848, Preamble. We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility

Wyoming 1890, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties . establish this Constitution.

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Posted by: Ron DuBour | December 26, 2021

What is in a year?~by rldubour


What's In A Year (PAPERBACK) - BeaLu Books

January first, it is resolution day, the beginning

Of a New Year that is heading straight your way.

January seventh, seventeen-eighty nine,

Everyone is out to vote for it is election time.

History falls on this date,

The first election for President of these United States.

On the seventeenth Ben Franklin he was born,

And on the twentieth of this month F.D.R. started his first term.

The twenty-ninth, nineteen hundred now that’s a day to be,

For on this day they organized our American Baseball League.

February our second month comes at us with her blessings,

On the first the United States Supreme Court held its first session.

The second we find Ground Hog day,

The third President Wilson passed away.

On the fourth, George Washington was elected our first President,

In nineteen thirty-three our first singing telegram was sent.

On the twelfth Abe Lincoln was born in eighteen hundred and nine,

And on the fourteenth your heart is hers for it is St. Valentine.

February twenty-second brings us Washington’s Birthday.

The fourth Wednesday of this month is the Catholics Ash Wednesday.

March our third month falls like this,

The Boston Massacre was the fifth.

The sixth it was the Alamo,

The seventh Mr. Bell invents the telephone.

The tenth is our first paper money in eighteen-sixty-two,

The fourteenth Eli Whitney his patent for the cotton gin was approved.

The fifteenth, seventeen-sixty-seven Andrew Jackson was born,

The seventh is St.Patrick’s Day and green is to be worn.

The nineteenth we see the swallows,

As they return to Capistrano.

And the twenty-first our first day of spring,

The day we hear most church bells ring.

The month of April will be our fourth,

And here it is for what it’s worth.

April first is April’s Fool, what prank will you choose?

On the third the Pony Express was brand new.

This month we see the Easter Bunny on that Sunday morn.

And on the thirteenth, Thomas Jefferson was born.

The fourteenth, nineteen hundred and twelve the Titanic sank at sea,

The fifteenth President Lincoln met with tragedy.

The eighteenth of this month in seventeen-seventy-five,

Our gallant Paul Revere made his famous ride.

May is next as she steps in line,

The cold is gone the weathers fine.

The fifth Alan Shepard made the first U.S. manned flight,

The sixth the Hindenburg exploded, killing all that night.

The seventh the Lusitanian sank, the eighth is V-E Day,

The second Sunday of this month is our Mothers Day.

The sixth is Armed Forces Day, the seventh the first Kentucky Derby,

And the twentieth, nineteen-twenty-seven, Lindberg proved his plane was wothy.

The month of June is sixth in line,

For most of us it’s vacation time.

The second, nineteen-twenty-four, Congress granted citizenship to the

American Indians, they were a little late,

On the third Jefferson Davis was born in eighteen-hundred and eight.

The thirteenth is Children’s Day, the fourteenth is our flag,

The seventeenth we took Bunker Hill in seventeen-seventy-five.

We fought for independence for freedom fight or die.

The eighteenth, Napoleon lost his empire in eighteen hundred and fifteen,

The nineteenth eighteen-forty-six the first game for organized baseball teams.

The twentieth is given to Father, the twenty first summer begins,

On the twenty-fifth, General Custer lost all his men.

July is next as we push along,

The weather is hot, the days are long.

The first the Battle of Gettysburg in eighteen-sixty-three,

The second in nineteen- thirty-seven, Amelia Earhart is lost at sea.

The fourth is Independence Day with fireworks galore,

The eleventh Mr. Hamilton was killed by Aaron Burr.

The twelfth Julius Caesar was born in one-hundred B.C.

The eighteenth Nero fiddled while Rome burned in sixty-four A.D.

August is next, our number eight,

Picnics and Bar B Q’s, time to watch your weight.

The tenth in fifteen-eighty-eight the Spanish Armada was destroyed.

The tenth in eighteen-seventy-four Mrs. Hoover gave birth to her baby boy.

The eleventh the liner Araphone transmitted the first S.O.S

In nineteen-hundred and nine,

The twelfth in sixteen-fifty-eight the first American Police force we find.

The fifteenth the Panama Canal opened, the sixteenth Babe Ruth died,

The seventeenth Davy Crockett was born beneath the Tennessee sky.

The twenty-third, Valentino suddenly passed away,

The fifth Admiral Byrd started his expedition on this day.

The twenty-sixth, nineteen-twenty gave woman the right to vote,

The seventh-five-fifty B.C. Confucius was born, of famous words he spoke.

The thirtieth Cleopatra committed suicide,

The thirty-first, President Roosevelt signed the Neutrality Act of

Nineteen-thirty-five.

September is next and number nine.

Time for school as the summer unwinds.

The first nineteen-thirty-nine, Hitler invades Poland starting World War Two.

The third, seventeen-eight-three the Revolunary War was through.

The fifth, seventy-seventy-four our first Continental Congress.

The sixth is Labor Day, the working mans day of rest.

The fourteenth Francis Key wrote our National Anthem.

And for this I do sincerely thank him.

The twenty-first autumn begins with natures colorful sights.

The twenty-fifth, seventeen-eighty-nine, we have our Bill of Rights.

October is number ten with just two more months to go.

As we anxiously await the sight of our first snow.

The eighth the great Chicago fire, the ninth is fire prevention day.

The twelfth we honor Columbus and in eighteen-seventy

Robert E. Lee passed away.

The thirteenth, seventeen-seventy five we have the U.S. Navy to protect us.

The fourteenth, eighteen ninety, Dwight Eisenhower was born

In Dennison, Texas.

The seventeenth, seventy-seven, General Burgoyne surrendered in

Saratoga under the morning sun.

Then the British surrendered in Yorktown in seventeen-eighty-one.

The twenty eighth the Statue of Liberty was dedicated at Ellis Island.

A gift from France for freedom we gave them in their homeland.

The thirthteenth John Adams was born in seventeen-thirty-five.

For freedom he believed in, he would fight or die.

The thirty first is Halloween for it is Trick or Treat.

As the kids run from house to house collecting all the sweets.

The month of November is number eleven it is getting really cold.

With boots and coat you head outside, you’re feeling pretty bold.

The first is All Saints Day, the second is general elections.

The seventh Madam Curie was born in eighteen-sixty-seven.

The ninth was the Great Boston fire that took so many lives.

The tenth the U.S. Marines were founded in seventeen-seventy-five.

The twenty second in nineteen-sixty-three, a date that will live in infamy.

Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

The third Thursday of this month, we have Thanksgiving Day.

To be thankful for our family and our life in every way.

Finally December the last month of the year.

The children getting anxious as Christmas time is near.

The first in nineteen-seventy Boys Town was found.

The second in Eighteen-fifty-nine John Brown lies dead upon the ground.

The third, nineteen-sixty-seven the first heart transplant took place.

On the seventh in nineteen-forty-one the Japanese made a tragic mistake.

The sixteenth the Boston Tea Party in seventeen-seventy-nine.

The seventeenth, nineteen hundred and three, the Wright Brothers flight did fine.

The eighteenth, eighteen-sixty-five we abolished slavery.

The twentieth, the Louisiana Purchase in eighteen hundred and three.

The twenty-first in sixteen-twenty the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Mass.

The twenty-second our first full day of winter how the time does pass.

The twenty-fifth our most Holy Day for it is the birth of Christ.

We thank Him for this past year, we thank Him for our life.

And finally the thirty-first, a day that is meant to be.

Tonight is filled with memories, for it is New Years Eve!!

Posted by: Ron DuBour | December 25, 2021

A miracle she prayed for:~by rldubour


Snowy Cabin in the Woods - Landscape Paint By Number - Numeral Paint

In the cabin on the mountain

twelve kids with mom and dad.

This family had each other

their love was ironclad.

They sat around the fireplace

the heat did warm their hearts.

Singing Christmas Carols

each one had their parts.

The Christmas tree was glowing

the lights all shining bright.

Not one gift beneath the tree

still, everything seemed right.

Hark the Herald, the First Noel

they sang this loud and clear.

While holding hands as family

with thoughts that Santa would appear.

Mom held back her tears of love

wanting so to give them gifts.

A miracle she prayed for

one gift for each was on her list.

Dad he played his fiddle

the kids all loved that so.

This night before Christmas

had such a special glow.

Cookies and hot chocolate

some for everyone.

Then it was off to bed

when all of them were done.

They said their prayers

and went to bed.

Looking forward

to the day ahead.

045

Christmas morning

everyone awake

could not believe

what has taken place.

Santa made a stop

and not one person knew.

Even Mom and Dad

they did not have a clue.

Tears of joy filled moms heart

as they did before

a look towards heaven and thanked the Lord

for the miracle she prayed for!

Posted by: Ron DuBour | December 25, 2021

Knowing America through Poetry~by rldubour, in alpha order!


OREGON

Oregon - Wikipedia

Oregon comes from the French word “ouragan”
This means storm or hurricane.
They should have used~~ “fantome”
This means ghost, for they still remain!

The deepest lake in the United States
Is called the Crater Lake.
And Oregon has more official ghost
Towns than any other state!

The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse built in 1880
The resting place for over 467,000 cremations.
And there is the Heceta Lighthouse, the most
Photographed lighthouse in the nation.

In Bickelton every house has a bluebird
House just to hear them sing.
Most appropriate with the state’s motto
“She flies with her own wings.”

Residents are called~~ Oregonians
The state is nicknamed~~ The Beaver State.
The official nut is the~~ Hazelnut
And the state flower is the~~ Oregon grape.

The state animal is the beaver
The western meadowlark is the bird.
The insect is the swallowtail
And the Douglas fir is the tree preferred.

Silver Falls State Park features ten
Waterfalls, hiking trails and creeks.
And Hell’s Canyon is the deepest river gorge
In North America it drops about 8,000 feet.

Pilot Butte, a cinder cone volcano exits
Within the city limits of Bend.
The Oregon Trail is the longest overland
Westward expansion the settlers did transcend.

Mills Ends Park in Portland is the world’s
Smallest Official Park measuring two feet!
Created in 1948 for the leprechauns to hold
Snail races on St. Patrick’s Day~~ this is a treat!

Now at the end it’s time for famous names again
We have Chief Joseph and Edwin Markham.
Sally Struthers and Doc Severinsen
William E. Stafford and Dave Kingman.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Statehood, February 14, 1859 the 33rd state.
The state capital is Salem.

Text Box: AUTHOR NOTES:
Ghost towns for the state of Oregon -- http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/or/or.html
The Tillamook Lighthouse~~ http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.aspID=135 
Haystack Rock off Cannon Beach is 235 feet high and is the third largest coastal monolith in the world. 
The Carousel Museum has the largest comprehensive collection in the world of carousel horses. 
The Seaside Aquarium was the first facility in the world to successfully breed harbor seals in captivity. 
There are nine lighthouses along the coastline, 5 still in use and 4 are historical monuments. 
The Tillamook Naval Air Museum is housed in the world's largest wooden clear-span building. 
Before Salem became the capital there was Corvallis and Oregon City.

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