Archive for September, 2011

Why We Should Never Forget

Never give up, Never surrender! No, I’m thinking of Galaxy Quest. What I meant to say is We Will Never Forget. But what is it that we should never forget?

Ten years ago and a day America suffered a devastating loss of life at the hands of terrorists. An event many consider to be this generation’s Pearl Harbor. The number of dead totaled 2,976 with 2,740 being Americans. The number of people who were touched and troubled by the attacks of 9/11 number in the millions. People all around the globe felt out pain. People of every nationality, age, religion were horrified at the catastrophe. We were a United Planet and not just a union of like minded states.

I used to think that we should not forget the damage, devastation and death that occurred on September 11, 2001 but more and more I don’t think that anymore. I don’t feel that should be our focus. I used to think we should never forget because we needed to exact our vengeance on those who committed the atrocity.

I’m a little older and a little wiser now and I think back to the atmosphere here and abroad in the days that followed the attacks. I thought about the fellowship and the friendships that were created. I thought about how much the crime rate dropped and how families were spending quality time together. I thought about how the tragedy brought us together as one human family.

I’m not thinking for one minute that we need another terrorist attack for us to get back to treating friends and foes humanely. What I am thinking is that it should not have to take a war, a man made tragedy, or even an act of God for us to be kind to one another.

I specifically chose not to post this yesterday. I wanted those who chose to respect the day, to do so. Today on September 12, 2011 I say we should never forget – we should always remember that the people next door, next continent are out brothers and sisters. We are all family and family members are meant to love one another. So I say to my brethren and sisteren all around this great big beautiful world, Peace.

Also I would like to acknowledge the brave men and women in the armed forces stationed all over the world, and their families; those in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, your sacrifice does not go unnoticed. We appreciate you. Come home safely.

God Bless Us All.

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Poetic License – September 2011

Poetic License is posted on the first Monday of every month. It consists of eight carefully selected for your reading pleasure from the thousands posted across the Internet daily. I only want the best for those who make it through the sea of blog posts to my blog. I hope you truly enjoy this month’s selection. If there is a particular poem that you find moving, please visit the link of the poet and let him or her know.


Alone
by Fatima Iqbal

In a crowded room.
I stand alone.
in an empty room.
I stand alone.
does not matter.
who stands by my side.
I still.
stand.
alone.
there are funny things about this world.
it a mere delusion to think you know.
funny people to think they know.
who stands by them in the dark alone.

He says he stands by my side.
but sadly he just merely stands.
she says she walks by my side.
she does not know she thinks she’s far ahead.
yes this world is funny, funny it is.
no matter who says I’m not alone.
I still know.
I still know.
I am.
In the dark.
Alone.
Loneliness.
I do not feel.
It’s hard to feel what you cannot.
loneliness.
is a truth.
a truth in which.
we all walk.

My Coffee
by Hazelen

should i compare you
with my coffee?

like my coffee
you gave me
diverse sensation

creamy jokes
that flatters me

sweet advices
that i can’t help but listen

bitter stories
that made me tears

hands, hugs and kisses
that warmed me from my coldest days

if you were my coffee
i wish to have you all day

The Meaning of Time
by Nicky Subono

The past is a blur.
My tiresome teenage eyes seeks
for the indecisive future.
Where do I stand?
I hear the ticking of that clock
attacking me  like lightning.
I reveal these… Scars of ageing…Lines of pain…Wrinkles of lost.
If were to rewind the moments I wasted on Facebook.
Emotions run high when Parents disagree.
The words I sent on Twitter.
Angry.Sad.Love.Happy.
The song playing on the radio the night your date left you on your first date.
Our laughter. Our cries.
Friends…The Best and Worst…take time to reveal oneself.
I stand in the moment. I live in the moment.
Dont worry about the past.
Dont fret about the future.
Where do you stand?

Today I’m A Woman In Love
by Stephanie Santos

today I’m a woman in love
for no specific reason
with no specific being
yet in romantic idioms I speak fluently
a love song is the anthem of my heart
verses and sounds composed amorously
are today, talking about me
no idea how I woke up on a mattress of petals
and why my eyes haven’t stopped smiling
no idea why my feet feels lighter as if walking on ocean water
However today,
I’m a woman in love
with no one
.. just am

Mud and Memories
by PoeticSeraph

The dust on this long forgotten road stays in between my toes
Coloring my sore bare feet grey
… the color of the sky the last time we spoke
Glimpses of what once was walk beside me
But speech is never provoked
What is left to say when words were never enough
… and always too much

Thick moist air weighs heavy on my breathing
I kneel down and rest my hands in this dirt
Memories of fingertips and luscious lips flash before my eyes
Needed to get away when you were leaving
Lies in apologies disguised…
My heart had never forseen how this would hurt

I raise my head to the sky as the clouds begin to cry
As if God and all the angels can feel my pain
Soon my hair is soaked
As are my clothes, my soul, my skin
Slowly I get up out of this mud of “foregone” and “forsaken”
As I whisper you one last message in the wind:
“Thanks for the lessons learned, keep what you have taken
But a sucker for your love I’ll never be again”

I Want You
by Sona

I want you
like I want nothing else
like every exhaled sigh
that escapes
leaving me heavy and light at the same time

I keep staring at my reflection in your eyes
I don’t see me
I don’t even see you anymore
I just see a barely beating organ
because even though the heart is just a muscle Booth
It’s being crushed to sobs

my regrets burden me
like those wings I wrote about
but they don’t lift me anymore
because I keep falling
falling into my walls
they were there for a reason

you need to be protected from me
from my closed heart
I just didn’t realize I needed protecting too.

Stalker
by Michelle Rae Collie

Obsession,
A creation of the idle
And weak minded.
A fragrance that is heady
An attitude that is shady.
That any mortal thing
Should be all consuming
Is surely a sin
Against our Father.
And a crime
Against mother and child
Or whoever is your victim of choice.
Obsession by one
Yields oppression of another.
Always looking over
One shoulder and the other.
Never crowds and
Seldom alone.
Release yourself
From your own prison
Of delusion
And find something useful
To direct your attention.
It is not wanted
Where it is at now.

Believe In Yourself
by FlicShis

On your face,
Doors may have been slammed,
Windows alike,
In utter disregard

But,
Believe in yourself,
Even if no one else does

Enough regret mails,
You may have received,
Other correspondence go,
Without response,
Directly or indirectly,
Implying,
You are not qualified,
For that coveted post

But,
Believe in yourself,
Even if no one else does

You may have been dismissed,
On grounds of,
‘Not good enough’,
Other reasons ,
You may not comprehend

But,
Believe in yourself,
Even if no one else does

Some have avoided you,
Friendships have been lost,
Relationships gone sour,
On basis that,
You don’t fit,
You don’t meet,
Their standards

But
Believe in yourself,
Even if no one else does

Disservice,
You’ve received,
‘cuz of your looks,
Your appearance,
You’ve been despised

But,
Believe in yourself,
Even if no one else does

Things you’ve done,
Done them well,
With keenness,
Delivering result,
No one recognized,
Efforts went unappreciated,
Instead,
Negative criticism

But,
Believe in yourself,
Even if no one else does

Suggestions you have raised,
Opinions you have aired,
Ideas you have shared,
Have been disapproved,
Unaccepted,
Down-rightly ignored,

But,
Believe in yourself,
Even if no one else does

You’ve been hurt,
You’ve been sad,
Your joy stolen,
Hopes and dreams,
Seemingly shattered

But,
Believe in yourself,
Even if no one else does

Even if no one else does,
Keep believing in yourself,
Believe in Him,
Him who’s above all,
Believe He got a plan,
A plan for your welfare,

All that has been,
The hurt, the pain,
The demeaning,
Will turn out,
To be for your good

He’ll see you through,
He’ll get you around,
At last,
Victory shall be yours
All will be well

Until then,
Keep on believing…

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Baked Chicken Italiano Recipe

DISCLAIMER: I am very sleepy and what appears on the computer screen before you may or may not be coherent.

It’s no secret that one of my favorite rooms at home is the kitchen. I feel very comfortable there and love to cook for those I love or care about or maybe even hate, but the latter has not happened! I don’t hate anybody anyway.

Back to the subject at hand. Cooking is perhaps my favorite hobby and having several people over for dinner tonight I thought I could post about the meal and leave a recipe. The chicken recipe is not mine. Iron Cook Carl who hasn’t posted in forever either is the creator of this recipe.

Tonight I am planning on cooking for eight. It’s kind of a big deal so I am going all out on some courses but for the main course I thought I would keep it simple with baked chicken. To start the meal off I am preparing a seafood bisque. Actually this is my first time preparing a bisque the correct French way. I still have to make it to the market to get the mushrooms. The soup is going to be a crab, lobster and mushroom bisque.

The second course is an radicchio and arugula salad with orange and grapefruit supremes and a lemon vinaigrette. The third course consists of the baked chicken Italiano (see recipe below), cous cous and broccoli rabe. Dessert is also a recipe I’m taking from Carl.

Blue Velvet Cake is a take on Red Velvet cake. It is exactly the same Paula Deen recipe I have been using myself and all he did was substitute red food coloring with blue. He made cupcakes for his kids in the shape of Blue’s paws from Blue’s Clues. I’m just making a four layer cake with loads and load and loads and loads of frosting!

Baked Chicken Italiano Recipe
courtesy of Iron Cook Carl

Emeril’s Essence Seasoning
5 garlic cloves
1 large onion cut in half
1-2 bottles of either Kraft or Wish Bone House Italian dressing
10 chicken quarters (free range, organic)

Keep leg and thighs attached. Clean chicken and remove skin if you prefer less fat in your diet. Season both sides of chicken with Emeril’s essence and place in large baking pan. Smash and remove the skin from the gloves of garlic. Cut onion in half and place in baking dish with garlic. Add Italian dressing to pan by pouring along sides not directly on chicken.

Place in 350 degree oven for at least an hour, until juices run clear or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Turn chicken at least once during baking. Carl says after the chicken is done he drains the dressing and returns the chicken to the oven to get crispy.

Don’t forget the bubbly!

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