America the Broken

Split in two by the departure of truth

How can truth die

How can truth lie


By the drip, drip, drip

Of continuous slip

From the faucet of hate

And the lack of debate


How can we fail

Why do we flail


With the lack of concern

Of what we all learn

From our partisan news

Heart’s stone it hews


What is the cure

To return to what is pure


When truth takes it’s place

With the return of grace

Crack the stone inside

Let simple truth abide


Can we get back

To the future we lack


Only time will tell

If freedom’s bell

Will ring again

We the people can win


And heal the land with return of truth


Pops, 7/4/2022

Good Measure

You can’t measure a person
by their character Dan
by their faith
by their stature
the way they express themselves
the good they do for others
You can’t measure a person
by their honesty
by their goodness
by their giving
the level of hope they have
the amount of grief they’ve endured
You can’t measure a person
by their friends
by their grudges
by their money
the love of family in their heart
the moments they missed
The only
good measure
for anyone
is how much you’ll miss them
when they’re gone
For Dan
Pops 2022

Loose Faith

Maybe bad at spelling

But the idea

Of loose faith

Is something ever so



Dropping the leash

Let go of the reigns

Open my hands and

Let faith free

From my grasp


It goes where it wants

And flies to the sky

To find nothing

And everything

As it should


I didn’t lose my faith

Just let it loose

It found the way

A path

To return home


Pops 2022


"With All My Love", I always say TnC
But clearly that's not true
For our love grows with every day
And it's all because of you

With every year that passes by
A more beautiful woman I see
And even though you're sixty-five
You're still nineteen to me


Happy Birthday Catherine
With All My Love (so far)

Pops 2021