An affair of the night

Moonlighting Scrivener

Some times I’d like to take a boat out into the night

Under a star lit sky

I’d take a moment

To take in the moon

A little faded

A little diffused

I feel it’d look like hastily rubbed out chalk on a slate

I’d raise a toast to it

With a contented sigh

As the sea gladly lulls me to sleep on a bed of gentle waves

But instead

I’m lying in bed tonight

Starting at a rickety ceiling fan

In danger of falling off

Almost in competition with the surrounding plaster which keeps peeling off

I have a lumpy mattress and a rock hard pillow

And my own tears in which to wallow

The moon seems too faraway a dream

With not even a skylight in sight

Yet when I close my eyes

I can almost see it shimmer

Beckoning me closer

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Moonlighting Scrivener

Innocence silently watches

The comings and goings of time

Head hung low

Eyes averted

And tongue tied

It makes for a pitiful picture

As we leave its hand

To run far ahead

Plundering everything in our wake

And on the day of reckoning

When we take a breath to see

What we made of our destiny

Trying to make sense

Of where it all got torn to shreds

Fear rising up inside us like bile

As we are shoved ahead to pay the price

With hellfire dancing in its eyes

And a sly smile on its ravaged face

Innocence silently watches

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Quotations On Ignorance and Its Danger

charles french words reading and writing



“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

                                                     Martin Luther King, Jr.



“Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.”

                                                                     Thomas Paine



“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”

                                                   Johann Wolfgang von Geothe


“We must, especially now, be aware of the threat of tyranny and authoritarianism that is riding on the wave of ignorance, bigotry, and fear.”

                                                                    Charles F. French

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Word of the Day Challenge

The Word of the Day is FORGET

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Spiral of Life

Source of Inspiration


At five I saw
with eyes of wonder.
Age twelve thrust
me into the adolescent
world of explosive
By twenty, I entered
the world, surely but
reluctantly, knowing
some vital piece…
innocence, was lost.

Each stage of life
offers a stepping stone
along the spiral of life
ever upward and outward
until we once again
return to the innocence
with which we started
so long ago.

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The Chelsea hotel…


The Chelsea hotel

A Poem by Coyote Poetry


I went to New York a few times. I stayed in the Park and wrote poetry in the day and drank in the dark taverns at night. I like the feel of the city.


                             The Chelsea hotel

Leonard Cohen words and song took me to the Chelsea hotel before I arrived in the city of New York many times over. I yearn to find the places Cohen and Janis Joplin talks and drank. I have learn in my short life. No saint or angels in the New York city bars and you must want to be saved. To be saved.

I carried my writing journal, the Norton Anthology of English Literature (1942) and held my hot coffee. I sat in the park near the main fountain in the Summer of 1980. The old men were placing chess and many people were…

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