Just This Once

when life throws
you a curve ball
when you least

expect it

that is when the
coach puts you
in to bat

he spits then
looks you
straight in

the eye
just get on base
son I’ll do the


you nod and in
your mind you
are on deck

fighting for
your life in a
game you’ve

never won

still you want
to belt it out
over the fence

or out of the
park just this


the trees took their cue
from the cold snap and
their leaves started

their silent descent
I think this is our first
gray day of winter

even the streetlight is
lost in the sky behind it
which made me reflect

I have never blended in
or stood out not that it
really matters

the weather and the
changing seasons never
depress me but it is

the wind that reminds
me of where I have been
and my failures in life

which are the stepping-
stones between the
victories along the way

and the victories to come

Show and Teach

as parents we are charged
to show and teach
our children

how to live
how to give
how to serve
how to love
how to forgive
how to win
how to lose
how to die

looking back I feel that
I failed more than I
succeeded but
did the best
I could

before you know
it there is more
time behind
you than
ahead of

looking forward
seven down
and one
to go