Monthly Archives: February 2013

A LONG-TIME FAN

A LONG-TIME FAN**

 

A redhead named Diane,

At work is a long-time fan…

I know it’s okay

At the end of the day

When she leaves, smiling at the poetry man!

Haven’t asked her anything

But I see she wears a ring…

Don’t want to be shaking

Her trust in me making

Any “nosey-parkering”.

I just know she’s always been there,

Hasn’t commented much but with care…

Has taken it all

Without falderall,

With a very gracious air.

Don’t know where her interest spikes,

Whatever I give, she likes…

I can do no better

And won’t regret her,

I hope she stays in sight!

 

–Jonathan Caswell

**Note:  Just one of many long-time friends.

 

“D” IS DELIGHTFUL

“D” IS DELIGHTFUL

 

“D” is delightful,

What Daria is to us…

Irena is insightful,

The both of them a “plus”;

“D.” is for Daria,

A fine Polish girl’s name…

Irena and “D.” work happily

To all that paperwork tame!

Our Administrative Assistant,

A girl of twenty-three…

Does her work with fortitude

And yet has come to be

A treasured confidant to some,

To others a reminder of

Those youthful times of yesteryear

When they were in love!

Some men bring her candy

To share, watching her smile…

Some compare notes about life,

And hang around a while;

She often keeps on working

Not missing a single word…

She’s the joy of all at Riddlebrook,

We’re glad that we have her!

 

–Jonathan Caswell

 

HAVE YOU HEARD?

HAVE YOU HEARD THE LATEST—“SCAR FACE” WOULD BE PROUD!

 

Have you heard the latest from the wonderful world of booze,

“Bud.” has been watering down its beer while drinkers snooze…

In the newspaper*

I read about the caper,

Al Capone* wouldn’t have given his employees clues!

 

–Jonathan Caswell

*Associated Press story headlined from Philadelphia,found on page A9,of  THE TELEGRAM & GAZETTE, Worcester, MA, Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Issue.

*Al Capone was, by some accounts, also known as “Scar face”.

STOP COMPLAINING!

STOP COMPLAINING!

(Encouraging my fellow bloggers and artists.)

 

Don’t bite the hand that feeds,

Though it challenges your mighty deeds…

Take the hand dealt,

Take your welts

And through perseverance succeed!

The tree that stops at the rock

Will certainly die and rot…

Take what you have

(Don’t hide in the lav)

And give it the best that you’ve got.

Doesn’t matter if any platform

Doesn’t do as you’d wish it perform…

Keep your voice alive

(Don’t believe the jive)

And take the world by storm!

 

–Jonathan Caswell

 

GOOD ITEM FOR BLACK AMERICAN/CANADIAN MONTH!—jon.

Bite Size Canada

It was originally called the Campbell Road Settlement.  It hugged the shores of Halifax (Nova Scotia)’s Bedford Basin.  People started establishing the vibrant community as early as the 1840s.  The people of African descent — former slaves, escaped slaves, descendants of refugees from the War of 1812 and free people who came to Canada for the promise of a better life. The community was known as Africville.

Here’s a brief TIMELINE of Africville:

In 1848, there is a record that began with the purchase of land by William Arnold and William Brown. In 1849, A church is organized and built, later to be known as Seaview African United Baptist Church, and the first baptism takes place there. An elementary school was built in 1883. Africville was self-reliant … as a necessity.

The tax-paying residents petitioned the government officials many times for essential services, but…

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