Monday, November 29, 2010


When the world says, "Give up,"

Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."

- Author Unknown

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bounces and Bumps

Our lives disconnect and reconnect, we move on, and later we may again touch one another, again bounce away. This is the felt shape of a human life ... this bouncey-castle sequence of bumpings-into and tumblings-apart.

- Salman Rushdie

Friday, November 12, 2010

Last Post

Spats cover
Polluted boots
With a Sam Browne strapped
To a spit and polish belt
Tightened by the sergeant
Holding him there
Completely trapped.

Deathly still
Mourning loss
Hobnailed by the flagpole
With a drooping ensign
In a two-minute silence
Like three hours on a cross.

Numb lips
This November
And another year
As the guns die down
In posthumous salute
While the note splits
In the mouth of momentary fear.

The bugle fades
Echoing round

As darkness descends
On Greenwich Mean Time
Across Whitehall
And the sands of an Afghan desert
While Calvary shares the silence.

Crinkled leaves
Float down
On their parachute trip
With legions of poppies
Papered for today
As a tear rolls down
To a stiff upper lip.

Teeth chatter
Feet freeze
With winter ahead
On count-down to Reveille
And the beginning of spring
While sheathed swords
Honour the glorious dead.

- Paul du Plessis

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Rise Above

An individual has not started living until he can
rise above the narrow confines
of his individualistic concerns
to the broader concerns
of all humanity.

- Martin Luther King Jr.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Making a Stand

Give me a place to stand and I shall move the world.

- Archimedes

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


When I was in the military
they gave me a medal for killing two men
and a discharge for loving one.

- Epitaph of Leonard P. Matlovich