Friday, September 11, 2015

do you pray?

by p. rayers
alternative title: “call 911” 

just tonight (9-11-15), i met up with a best-buddy... a manly-man who happens to be going through a very, very challenging situation in his life.  we had (the usual) million laughs, recalled some great memories, talked about embarrassing moments, etc.  at several points in the evening, he said things that were simple, yet incredibly profound.

the restaurant/bar area was loud, and i couldn’t even believe the words that were about to come out of my mouth, in curiosity, asking:

do you pray?

…and then (this man, this combat veteran, this loving husband, this decorated special-forces airborne-ranger commander), said: 

“yes, i pray."
he said:
"... i pray for three things.” 

…and then he said something that i hope that i'll never forget. 
he (calmly/strongly/assuredly) said: 

“i pray for my family, to be able to deal with whatever happens…
...i pray for everyone who is praying for me…
...and i pray for everyone who is worse off than i am.” 

       the peaceful warrior finds himself engaged in a different kind of battle.

      ambushed by fate, he stares down the rifle-barrel of a very capable, unseen enemy...
     ...and none of his prayers are for his own situation/condition. 

     forrest gump might say: "and that's all i've got to say... about that."

[1] martino, j. (9.11-1.15). book 76: obsessive. © 2015 by

Saturday, August 29, 2015


obsessive [1]
by o. b. sessiveness                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

once you get a fixture on a thing or thought or way
once you can’t retreat from it (like thoughts of you, today)
once you re-Cognize that this is (Really) something festive
once you let it flow, you let it go, you know:

     * there is absolutely nothing wrong with obsessive behavior, just like any of y/our behaviors… so long as they are semi-scripted act-i-ons on a super-screen-play, called “center of the Uni-Verse,” and you are act-ing as the central figure: you. 

     * in the Play, act-ors ad-lib, play roles, forgive, violate, love, kill, heal, destroy, connect, compromise, fight, gossip, kiss, and reminisce.

     * let’s Play.

[1] martino, j. (8.29-1.15). book 76: obsessive. © 2015 by

Sunday, August 23, 2015


by p. a. radoxial 

violent, yet small
vul-ner-a-ble (vicious)
fly: attack/withdraw

tiny, light (and set to fight), a life of day-to-day
paradoxilicous is the One (the On[e]ly) way

the personality of the hummingbird:

o   confident, yet yielding, 
o   skittish, yet bravad, 
o   playful, yet defensive, 
o   welcome to the yard.

o   let me share (then spank you), 
o   chase you far away, 
o   small (yet set to die for bits of nectar, here, today).

o   small (yet set to battle for the nectar in the fall), 
o   don’t misjudge my size (disguise): 
o   it’s all for One (for All).

[1] martino, j. (8.23-1.15). book 75 lost & found. © 2015 by

Saturday, August 22, 2015

multiply too quickly

multiply too quickly [1] 
by pro creation 

multiple too quickly
any species can
when out-of-control it’s like the cancer in the man
when there’s no control (like when the kudzu chokes the breath)
multiply too quickly, it’s a pro-creation:
  • cancer, in an effort to survive (and then thrive) multiplies exponentially, committing suicide as it kills its own host.
  • it's an insane dis-ease, one that humans could relate to... (most).

[1] martino, j. (8.22-1.15). book 75 lost & found. © 2015 by

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

thank you, mr. puppet

thank you, mr. puppet [1]
by p. uppets
thank you, mr. puppet
showing us a show
telling us a story, now, so everyone will know
giving us a moral (with a twist of whim and whit)
thank you, mr. puppet, now,
we hope that you won’t quit

((alternate ending not suitable for young audiences))

     ·         the puppet might exude passion, speak with eloquence, identify wrongs and support rights… but, at the end of the day, he’s just a lifeless character on a string, spouting whatever his master deems appropriate to sing.

     ·        mr. puppet might be funny.  mr. puppet might seem wise.  he might conjure up a following (in his brilliant disguise).   

     ·        his musings might be profound, and they just might be Divinely Inspired…  but at the end of the day, he never had a thought of his own.

     ·         at the end of the day, he’s a product of what someone else thinks.  he’s the end result of a joke that someone else wrote.  he’s a preacher of someone else’s code.  he is an expression of someone else’s interpretation of someone else’s book.

     ·         he might make lots of money as the media’s favorite muppet…
but, at the end of the day, 

     he’s just a puppet.

[1] martino, j. (8.18-1.15). book 75 lost & found. © 2015 by