Turning Pages

reading my life like a book
turning pages so fast it’s a blur
that makes my head spin
and scarcely gives me time to wonder
what just happened
to another year

chapter and verse
for better or worse
here I am

each page written is the last
one I can barely read with blurry eyes
yet what is around the bend
keeps me foraging and wondering
what is coming
with another year

chapter and verse
for better or worse
here I am

the story is of loss and love
and triumph and defeat so glorious
that the protagonist and antagonist
merge in a Gemini sort of way
standing together
to face a new year

chapter and verse
for better or worse
here I am

unfinished, the end is unwritten
and perhaps the climax is not past
as I wade for inspiration
in the lost and found of muses
turning the page
to this new year

chapter and verse
for better or worse
here I am

Pops 2023/24
Happy New Year

World View

There is a problem with the premise
that the original sin is passed
to everyone who ever lived.
Even though millennia have passed,
an angry god seeks retribution
and still holds a young earth grudge.

The problem of the premise
is that that blood is required
to appease this feuding god.
The worst of ancient religion's practice,
shunned by civilization,
is worshiped by faith communities.

The problem is in the premise
that genocide is the answer
to build utopian societies.
Yet billions hold out for the end of days
and god's torturous massacre to
bring a new heaven and earth.

The problem throughout this premise,
is that this god is not better
than the best of us.
the worst of mankind breeds
blood-lust, torture and genocide.
a god should be greater than, not less than.

There is a promise with a new premise,
not about bloody retribution,
but individual and societal recalibration
to align with ancient future ideals
of peace that compounds
and love that surrounds.

The promise of this premise
is that peace is not waiting,
but active in the actions of those who
live out justice by leveraging peace
and work out this premise by mentoring love
as their legacy for this world's future.

The promise in this premise,
is that together we can
reclaim the world to what it could be and
recalibrate society to how it should be;
reclaiming peace, restoring justice
and redeeming everything through love.

The promise through this premise
is that as others have,
I can live in self changing peace
and live out world changing love,
nurturing justice through my commitment
to walk this path and redeem this world.

Pops 2014 (edited 2023)

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