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  1. <?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?><?xml-stylesheet href="http://www.blogger.com/styles/atom.css" type="text/css"?><feed xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom' xmlns:openSearch='http://a9.com/-/spec/opensearchrss/1.0/' xmlns:blogger='http://schemas.google.com/blogger/2008' xmlns:georss='http://www.georss.org/georss' xmlns:gd="http://schemas.google.com/g/2005" xmlns:thr='http://purl.org/syndication/thread/1.0'><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737</id><updated>2017-06-22T00:14:36.765-04:00</updated><category term="poetry"/><category term="three word wednesday"/><category term="sunday scribblings"/><category term="songs"/><category term="music"/><category term="impromptus"/><category term="Addison&#39;s Disease"/><category term="one word"/><category term="One Single Impression"/><category term="reading production"/><category term="politics"/><category term="suicide"/><category term="Cormac McCarthy"/><category term="POEMS Syndrome"/><category term="Thanksgiving"/><category term="ballads"/><category term="baseball"/><category term="essay"/><category term="fiction"/><category term="gangs"/><category term="murat11"/><category term="poetry potluck"/><category term="still life"/><category term="video"/><title type='text'>When the Music&#39;s Over</title><subtitle type='html'>My love of music came first.  Closing the bedroom door to my adolescent man-cave, I would grasp the corners of my LP album covers, admiring the art.  Then I opened it to find the lyrics inside.  Discovery in words.  While the music has always come first in my world, I created this blog to honor the verse and the poetry.  My music in the background.</subtitle><link rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#feed' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/'/><link rel='hub' href='http://pubsubhubbub.appspot.com/'/><link rel='next' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default?start-index=26&amp;max-results=25'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><generator version='7.00' uri='http://www.blogger.com'>Blogger</generator><openSearch:totalResults>60</openSearch:totalResults><openSearch:startIndex>1</openSearch:startIndex><openSearch:itemsPerPage>25</openSearch:itemsPerPage><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-9030688493472841001</id><published>2012-01-27T15:57:00.000-05:00</published><updated>2012-01-27T15:57:43.336-05:00</updated><title type='text'>**thunk thunk** ...uh is this thing on?</title><content type='html'>Wow.&amp;nbsp; Has it really been a year since I&#39;ve written here?&amp;nbsp; For all of the drama leading up to and through radiation treatment.&amp;nbsp; This may have been the toughest year of my life.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The phrase &quot;waiting to exhale&quot; has been the refrain.&amp;nbsp; Despite having a vague sort of road map to recovery, I thought I would be able to pretty well chart my way through it.&amp;nbsp; The first two months went very well.&amp;nbsp; I made immediate gains in physical therapy and the feeling in&amp;nbsp; my feet came back.&amp;nbsp; I had quite a bit of pain, but I was prepared mentally to keep pushing.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;By mid March I started having issues with increased pressure in my brain.&amp;nbsp; I started have temporary vision loss and pain in my ears, as I had the summer before.&amp;nbsp; This seemed to correlate with a slow taper of my hydrocortisone dosage from 50 mg per day to 30 mg.&amp;nbsp; I raised my dosage again and tried to get relief.&amp;nbsp; From here until July I struggled with these symptoms along with a return of parasthesias in my right arm and hand.&amp;nbsp; My pain was constant and I was put on fentanyl patches to cope.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;After much consultation with doctors at home and at the Mayo Clinic.&amp;nbsp; We went to a longer acting steroid, dexamethesone, in an attempt to stabilize the pressure in my head.&amp;nbsp; The results were immediate and it cleared most of my symptoms.&amp;nbsp; However, I now had new symptoms due to the dex.&amp;nbsp; I had terrible insomnia and profuse sweating.&amp;nbsp; I accepted these for what they were and a neuro-ophthalmic exam showed my optic nerves had reduced some swelling.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I had a follow-up visit at Mayo on Halloween with world renown POEMS expert, Dr. Angela Dispenzieri.&amp;nbsp; We did a PET scan and the results were good.&amp;nbsp; However, I did have an unexpected rise in my VEGF levels, which are a primary indicator for POEMS disease activity.&amp;nbsp; She was very frustrated with my recovery and have no explanation for the continued pain I was experiencing in my legs.&amp;nbsp; She offered that if we didn&#39;t see improvement in 6 months she would have to reassess my diagnosis.&amp;nbsp; This left me feeling kind of adrift again.&amp;nbsp; We departed agreeing to not overreact to the blood test results and do it again in 3 months.&amp;nbsp; She insisted I should get off dexamethesone and also off of the narcotics I was on.&amp;nbsp; That would chart the next 3 months of my odyssey.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Medication changes require weeks or months do get through.&amp;nbsp; I was needing to ween off of three medications, anabolic steroids (testosterone injections), long acting corticosteroids (dexamethesone to prednisone to hydrocortisone), and opiate based narcotics (fentanyl and percosest).&amp;nbsp; My method up to now was to do med changes serially.&amp;nbsp; That would encompass the next nine months!&amp;nbsp; I decided to go cold turkey.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;My holiday season was full of pain, sweat, insomnia, and FATIGUE!&amp;nbsp; I did however manage to get back to a normal replacement dose of hydrocortisone.&amp;nbsp; I think the fatigue was mostly due to waiting for my adrenal glands to wake up after several months of dexamethesone.&amp;nbsp; I can say that a couple of weeks ago I seemed to snap out of it and I think my adrenals are back to their normal underproductive selves ( I don&#39;t know yet with they will ever fully recover, but I still hold hope).&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I don&#39;t have my latest test results yet, but I hope I am producing testosterone again.&amp;nbsp; I can say that the boys are back!&amp;nbsp; Three years of steroid balls was a drag.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;As for the pain.&amp;nbsp; It&#39;s still with me.&amp;nbsp; The over the counter crap they give me just doesn&#39;t work.&amp;nbsp; All in all, I&#39;m much more myself than I&#39;ve been in years.&amp;nbsp; Between the ears at least.&amp;nbsp; I am mobile enough to do what I need to do.&amp;nbsp; No hiking, no mall walking.&amp;nbsp; I can do it, it&#39;s just a painful affair.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I think I have accepted more that having POEMS means living with it.&amp;nbsp; There may always be the doubt of being free of it.&amp;nbsp; It will likely mean difficulty in things most folks take for granted.&amp;nbsp; A gentleman from Canada with POEMS Syndrome died last fall.&amp;nbsp; He was 79, I believe.&amp;nbsp; A year before his death he wrote that his &quot;old friend&quot; POEMS was back and he felt like he was waiting for the last shoe to drop.&amp;nbsp; Sad as it may seem, I found this comforting as he still led a long life.&amp;nbsp; For most, life is full of some pain, and there is beauty in every sunrise.&amp;nbsp; Sounds pretty normal to me.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/9030688493472841001/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2012/01/thunk-thunk-uh-is-this-thing-on.html#comment-form' title='9 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/9030688493472841001'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/9030688493472841001'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2012/01/thunk-thunk-uh-is-this-thing-on.html' title='**thunk thunk** ...uh is this thing on?'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><thr:total>9</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-6702208843797935628</id><published>2011-02-15T10:02:00.000-05:00</published><updated>2011-02-15T10:02:37.905-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="poetry potluck"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="songs"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="sunday scribblings"/><title type='text'>There&#39;s Always You</title><content type='html'>&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/nestropole_contemporary_art_gallery/4320307026/&quot; 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style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: 14pt;&quot;&gt;Castaway our happiness upon a sea of tears&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNoSpacing&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: 14pt;&quot;&gt;But I can stand forever here, so long as you are near&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNoSpacing&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: 14pt;&quot;&gt;In our embrace, a wall of stone for any wave of fear&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNoSpacing&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNoSpacing&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif; margin-left: 0.5in;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: 14pt;&quot;&gt;There’s always you to hold me &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNoSpacing&quot; 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style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif; margin-left: 0.5in;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: 14pt;&quot;&gt;There’s always you to hold me &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNoSpacing&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif; margin-left: 0.5in;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: 14pt;&quot;&gt;When it seems like hope is gone&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNoSpacing&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif; margin-left: 0.5in;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: 14pt;&quot;&gt;There’s always you to hold me&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNoSpacing&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif; margin-left: 0.5in;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: 14pt;&quot;&gt;With the strength to carry on&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNoSpacing&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif; margin-left: 0.5in;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: 14pt;&quot;&gt;There’s always you…&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNoSpacing&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif; margin-left: 0.5in;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNoSpacing&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif; margin-left: 0.5in;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNoSpacing&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif; margin-left: 0.5in;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: 14pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;a name=&#39;more&#39;&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Helvetica Neue&amp;quot;,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;Photo courtesy of &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/nestropole_contemporary_art_gallery/4320307026/&quot;&gt;Nestropole Contemporary Art Gallery @ flikr&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Helvetica Neue&amp;quot;,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Helvetica Neue&amp;quot;,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;Prompts:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Helvetica Neue&amp;quot;,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Helvetica Neue&amp;quot;,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://sundayscribblings.blogspot.com/2011/02/254-thousand-years.html&quot;&gt;Sunday Scribblings:&amp;nbsp; A Thousand Years&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Helvetica Neue&amp;quot;,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.blogger.com/goog_940647579&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: 14pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://jinglepoetry.blogspot.com/2011/02/poetry-potluck-love-bonds-and.html&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Helvetica Neue&amp;quot;,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Poetry Potluck:&amp;nbsp; Love, Bonds and Relationships&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: 14pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/m:defjc&gt;&lt;/m:rmargin&gt;&lt;/m:lmargin&gt;&lt;/m:dispdef&gt;&lt;/m:smallfrac&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/6702208843797935628/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2011/02/theres-always-you.html#comment-form' title='19 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/6702208843797935628'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/6702208843797935628'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2011/02/theres-always-you.html' title='There&#39;s Always You'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2718/4320307026_a5eb137d6e_t.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>19</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-1676949177996251227</id><published>2011-02-02T16:05:00.000-05:00</published><updated>2012-02-07T14:38:28.754-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="poetry"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="three word wednesday"/><title type='text'>Every Grain of Sand</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/hayams/4508267850/&quot; title=&quot;Let go? by Hayams, on Flickr&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;Let go?&quot; height=&quot;332&quot; src=&quot;http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4053/4508267850_1418fb67a3.jpg&quot; width=&quot;500&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Trebuchet MS&amp;quot;,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Marking the sense of loss, each grain of abrasive from a handful sand&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Trebuchet MS&amp;quot;,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;I am left to take stock, what is left in my possession&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Trebuchet MS&amp;quot;,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Greater is its detail under the loop&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Trebuchet MS&amp;quot;,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Crystalline beauty found in every goblet&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Trebuchet MS&amp;quot;,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;In it the power to scour saddened layers exposing the heartwood&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Trebuchet MS&amp;quot;,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Warm in its memory of summer, measuring the tides&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Trebuchet MS&amp;quot;,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Vanguard to an ever shifting continent&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Trebuchet MS&amp;quot;,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;For now, in my own insignificance&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Trebuchet MS&amp;quot;,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Still holding this from the pull of the earth &lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.threewordwednesday.com/2011/02/3ww-ccxxvi.html&quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Three Word Wednesday&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/a&gt; offered these:  &lt;span style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Helvetica Neue&amp;quot;,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Abrasive, Handful, Loss&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Photo courtesy of &lt;span style=&quot;color: #3d85c6;&quot;&gt;Hayams &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/hayams/4508267850/&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;color: #3d85c6; font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;@ flikr&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/1676949177996251227/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2011/02/every-grain-of-sand.html#comment-form' title='7 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/1676949177996251227'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/1676949177996251227'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2011/02/every-grain-of-sand.html' title='Every Grain of Sand'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4053/4508267850_1418fb67a3_t.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>7</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-7585865655509937925</id><published>2011-01-11T11:32:00.000-05:00</published><updated>2011-01-11T11:32:21.732-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Addison&#39;s Disease"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="impromptus"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="POEMS Syndrome"/><title type='text'>Pushing Through - Segue to Reborn</title><content type='html'>Time I break the silence on the blog.&amp;nbsp; So much has happened since last September, I could write an entire book.&amp;nbsp; The problem has been every time I&#39;ve stopped to write something, I couldn&#39;t focus on any one part in reflection to jot the first word.&amp;nbsp; Health.&amp;nbsp; It&#39;s been all about that.&amp;nbsp; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;After being admitted to the hospital in September I was given several serious and rare diagnoses to go with the Addison&#39;s disease I&#39;ve been living with for several years.&amp;nbsp; The trouble was none of my specialists could correlate any of them.&amp;nbsp; Worse yet, they didn&#39;t seem to care to try.&amp;nbsp; My wife had made an appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN back in August.&amp;nbsp; Before I ended up in the emergency room, just out of frustration with my worsening condition and lack of interest from my attending physician&#39;s.&amp;nbsp; We had to go.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I book-ended November with a couple of week long trips to the Mayo Clinic.&amp;nbsp; The first week I got around on my own fairly well, save for some leg fatigue getting through the airport in Detroit.&amp;nbsp; The last week, Beth was pushing me around in a wheelchair.&amp;nbsp; The reason being peripheral neuropathy from &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.mayoclinic.org/poems/symptoms.html&quot;&gt;POEMS Syndrome&lt;/a&gt;.&amp;nbsp; That is my diagnosis.&amp;nbsp; A single diagnosis that explained everything I&#39;ve been misdiagnosed for previously.&amp;nbsp; Including, Addison&#39;s disease.&amp;nbsp; My POEMS Syndrome was being caused by a single plasmacytoma on my left femur.&amp;nbsp; A malignant lesion the size of my thumbnail that appeared unexpectedly on a PET scan.&amp;nbsp; I needed to undergo six weeks of radiation therapy in order to kill the source of the disease and hope my rapidly worsening condition would stabilize.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;As an aside, the song that is playing, &quot;Segue to Reborn&quot; I recorded just prior to my second trip to Mayo.&amp;nbsp; I played the drums as best I could and barely got through the 2 minutes before the legs quit me.&amp;nbsp; The title invoked my state of mind.&amp;nbsp; I was ready to nail this diagnosis and start my treatment and recovery. &lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;At this time, I have seven more radiation treatments left and I finally feel as though things have stabilized.&amp;nbsp; I&#39;ve got a long road to recovery and don&#39;t yet know what permanent damage I will be left with.&amp;nbsp; But, I do know I am very fortunate to have caught this as early as I did.&amp;nbsp; As it turns, the Mayo Clinic is the premier research and treatment center for POEMS Syndrome.&amp;nbsp; A poetic fate indeed.&amp;nbsp; My wife is my guardian angel, and my gratitude is not even fully realized.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I am just now shaking the dust from my lowest point.&amp;nbsp; Which can only mean one thing.&amp;nbsp; Things are definitely looking up!&amp;nbsp; I can honestly say, I am looking forward to the new year.&amp;nbsp; With that, I wish a Happy and Healthy New Year to all of you!&amp;nbsp; God Bless.</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/7585865655509937925/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2011/01/pushing-through-segue-to-reborn.html#comment-form' title='4 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/7585865655509937925'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/7585865655509937925'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2011/01/pushing-through-segue-to-reborn.html' title='Pushing Through - Segue to Reborn'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><thr:total>4</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-7668144350390514916</id><published>2010-10-20T15:56:00.000-04:00</published><updated>2010-10-20T15:56:36.502-04:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="poetry"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="three word wednesday"/><title type='text'>Origins</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/terryhancock/4022438308/&quot; title=&quot;IC434 and the Horsehead Nebula by Terry Hancock, on Flickr&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;IC434 and the Horsehead Nebula&quot; height=&quot;331&quot; src=&quot;http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2639/4022438308_f84b2ac492.jpg&quot; width=&quot;500&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The naked shimmer of starlight for eons unnoticed by Earthly inhabitants&lt;br /&gt;Full of answers to history and origin waiting only for one to stand and say, I&lt;br /&gt;For self awareness begs the question, I am here but why?&lt;br /&gt;The naked eye cannot see the stars for the Garden&lt;br /&gt;And so from the Garden we did come, and wrote it so inside The Book&lt;br /&gt;&#39;til some other I would question how, decide to take a closer look&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The heavens swirled around us so, we the only thing we know&lt;br /&gt;The centre of the universe, holding everything in tow&lt;br /&gt;But what if that be not quite right, about the ever starry night?&lt;br /&gt;The earth a slave to holy sun, the sun a star inverting night?&lt;br /&gt;A speck upon a galaxy, floating on an immense sea&lt;br /&gt;Life be more than you and I, the effect of possibility&lt;br /&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: x-small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Trebuchet MS&amp;quot;,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: x-small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Trebuchet MS&amp;quot;,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;This fantastic photo of the Horse Head Nebula courtesy of Terry Hancock at&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt; &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/terryhancock/4022438308/in/photostream/#/&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;flikr&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: x-small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Trebuchet MS&amp;quot;,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.threewordwednesday.com/2010/10/3ww-ccxi.html&quot;&gt;Three Word Wednesday&lt;/a&gt; &lt;/span&gt;offered these:&amp;nbsp; &lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;Effect, Immense, Shimmer&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/7668144350390514916/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2010/10/origins.html#comment-form' title='17 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/7668144350390514916'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/7668144350390514916'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2010/10/origins.html' title='Origins'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2639/4022438308_f84b2ac492_t.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>17</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-8763583845099209322</id><published>2010-08-13T15:48:00.001-04:00</published><updated>2010-08-13T15:59:00.365-04:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Addison&#39;s Disease"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="poetry"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="three word wednesday"/><title type='text'>Like Dream Paralysis</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/bryanbrinkmanphotography/4608215380/&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot; title=&quot;H Y P N A G O G I C P A R A L Y S I S by Bryan Brinkman., on Flickr&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;H Y P N A G O G I C P A R A L Y S I S&quot; height=&quot;333&quot; src=&quot;http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3310/4608215380_b0ca08cc9f.jpg&quot; width=&quot;500&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: inherit;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: inherit; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;The dream within a dream&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: inherit; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;Days within the weeks or so it seems&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: inherit; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;We sleep with our eyes open, walking&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: inherit; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;Leverage arms unto the air, more like water&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: inherit; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;Smiling at peers, we dirge waltz through snow drifts&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: inherit; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;Piling to our knees as they pirouette through sunlit pastures&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: inherit; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;Slow are the moments as time passes furiously around us&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: inherit; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;Who&#39;s charade is this?&amp;nbsp; O Lord, is this a joke or a test of my will?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: inherit; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;The apothecary passes this for remedy, but it only staves the inevitable&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: inherit; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;Life, still sweet to savor, no longer here to gorge and quench,&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: inherit; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;But to sip and peck&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: inherit; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: inherit; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: inherit; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: inherit; text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Helvetica Neue&amp;quot;,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.threewordwednesday.com/2010/08/3ww-cci.html&quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;Three Word Wednesday&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt; &lt;span style=&quot;font-size: x-small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;o&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;ffered these:&amp;nbsp; Joke, Leverage, Remedy&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: inherit; text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: inherit; text-align: left;&quot;&gt;Photo courtesy of Bryan Brinkman Photography, find him at &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/bryanbrinkmanphotography/4608215380/&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Trebuchet MS&amp;quot;,sans-serif;&quot;&gt;flikr&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/8763583845099209322/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2010/08/like-dream-paralysis.html#comment-form' title='10 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/8763583845099209322'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/8763583845099209322'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2010/08/like-dream-paralysis.html' title='Like Dream Paralysis'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3310/4608215380_b0ca08cc9f_t.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>10</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-1079979582934419881</id><published>2010-08-06T11:58:00.000-04:00</published><updated>2010-08-06T11:58:24.713-04:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Addison&#39;s Disease"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="impromptus"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="music"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="songs"/><title type='text'>One Minute of Joy</title><content type='html'>You have 1 minute to hear what&#39;s new once the auto-player commences.&amp;nbsp; So pay attention! &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&quot;When the Music&#39;s Over&quot;, that is the title of this blog.&amp;nbsp; Which I began as a means of kick starting my creative writing.&amp;nbsp; Of course, there is much implied in the title.&amp;nbsp; This is quoting the great Jim Morrison&#39;s lyric, &quot;...when the music&#39;s over, turn out the lights&quot;.&amp;nbsp; As in, when I can no longer make music, just shoot me.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;There are certain challenges as an amateur.&amp;nbsp; The biggest being time.&amp;nbsp; I have a real job.&amp;nbsp; That is, one that takes up most of my time.&amp;nbsp; That was okay prior to having children, I had plenty of time to play in bands, rehearsals, gigs, write songs, or just sit on a porch stoop plucking away.&amp;nbsp; Being a proper father takes time.&amp;nbsp; So I stopped playing in bands for the most part, and took to recording in my basement in the evenings into the wee hours.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The other challenge is energy.&amp;nbsp; Creativity only comes from inspiration.&amp;nbsp; There&#39;s nothing inspiring about needing a nap.&amp;nbsp; Living with Addison&#39;s disease has really limited my energy.&amp;nbsp; Far more than I was expecting, as the doctors pretty much said, &quot;take the steroids and you&#39;ll live a &#39;normal&#39; life&quot;.&amp;nbsp; Bullshit!&amp;nbsp; It&#39;s a roller coaster.&amp;nbsp; A really slow roller coaster!&amp;nbsp; Pretty much, feel good for a few weeks then crap for a month or two.&amp;nbsp; So far anyway.&amp;nbsp; I&#39;m still hopeful I can take full control of medicating my own symptoms.&amp;nbsp; Waiting for a doctor to push the right buttons is purgatory!&amp;nbsp; &quot;Try this and see me in four months&quot;.&amp;nbsp; And when it doesn&#39;t work (it usually doesn&#39;t)&amp;nbsp; you&#39;ve pissed away a whole season hoping these twits can get it right!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Enough bitching about my poker hand.&amp;nbsp; The bottom line is writing takes a lot less energy than producing recordings.&amp;nbsp; So I started this blog as a creative outlet.&amp;nbsp; It went swimmingly for a while, but the last six months I can&#39;t seem to get the first word out!&amp;nbsp; So now, I write.&amp;nbsp; I don&#39;t know how creative it is, but at least it&#39;s something.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I decided to take some time off this summer, and I started my vacation in the studio.&amp;nbsp; &quot;One Minute of Joy&quot; was the result.&amp;nbsp; I&#39;m a musical doodler of sorts.&amp;nbsp; I can pick up all sorts of things and make some sort of rhythm or melody out of it.&amp;nbsp; What&#39;s new in this recording are a couple of things.&amp;nbsp; First, I have an old Melobar lap steel that I needed to convert from 10 strings to 6 strings, which I did.&amp;nbsp; You can hear it during the opening melody.&amp;nbsp; The second is, me playing a live drum kit.&amp;nbsp; It&#39;s nothing to write home about, but it keeps the bed made.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs087.ash2/37704_1334820526777_1118970212_30765204_4566670_n.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;320&quot; src=&quot;http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs087.ash2/37704_1334820526777_1118970212_30765204_4566670_n.jpg&quot; width=&quot;240&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;I figured this was just a segue to a couple weeks of musical productivity.&amp;nbsp; Trouble was, the month long heat wave in New Jersey really knocked me on my ass.&amp;nbsp; I&#39;ve determined that I will never live in Texas again!&amp;nbsp; I used to gig in 105 degree heat, outdoors!&amp;nbsp; I would literally need an IV hooked up to me onstage these days to do that!&amp;nbsp; Maybe I&#39;ll move to Canada?&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;That&#39;s the news from Lake Woebegone.&amp;nbsp; I&#39;ll try to write sooner next time!</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/1079979582934419881/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2010/08/one-minute-of-joy.html#comment-form' title='9 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/1079979582934419881'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/1079979582934419881'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2010/08/one-minute-of-joy.html' title='One Minute of Joy'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><thr:total>9</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-34454247281023674</id><published>2010-05-19T14:39:00.001-04:00</published><updated>2010-05-19T14:47:43.859-04:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="poetry"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="politics"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="three word wednesday"/><title type='text'>Slow Black Death</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v215/waymjoh/oil-spill.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;213&quot; src=&quot;http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v215/waymjoh/oil-spill.jpg&quot; width=&quot;320&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;How many more reasons do we need?&lt;br /&gt;To wean ourselves from the acrid black tit of fossil fuel&lt;br /&gt;The news of every dawn be full of dread&lt;br /&gt;This festering shadow continue to spread&lt;br /&gt;A mile of ocean down we drill &lt;br /&gt;To feed our gluttonous appetite&lt;br /&gt;Be it driving a tank for a quart of milk&lt;br /&gt;Or filling the corporate pig trough &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Can anyone grasp the depths of this sin?&lt;br /&gt;Our leaders developed this energy &quot;policy&quot;&lt;br /&gt;Behind closed doors and in harmony with the oil barrons&lt;br /&gt;They send our sons and daughters to die in foreign lands&lt;br /&gt;So these pigs can continue to profit from black heroin&lt;br /&gt;They rape our planet so our children can live in a world&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif;&quot;&gt;Without beaches and birds, never having reason&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif;&quot; /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif;&quot;&gt;To cast a net into the sea&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif;&quot; /&gt;&lt;br style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif;&quot; /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif;&quot;&gt;How many more miners must die in the name of &quot;clean&quot; coal?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif;&quot; /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif;&quot;&gt;How many mountain tops leveled before we learn the value of a vista?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif;&quot; /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif;&quot;&gt;And yet they pacify the lobbyists and spurn the people&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif;&quot; /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif;&quot;&gt;How many of us would choose a better way if given a choice?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: x-small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.threewordwednesday.com/2010/05/3ww-cxc.html&quot;&gt;Three Word Wednesday&lt;/a&gt; offered these:&amp;nbsp; Dead, Grasp, Pacify&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: x-small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Georgia,&amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,serif;&quot;&gt;Photo courtesy of &lt;a href=&quot;http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v215/waymjoh/?action=view&amp;amp;current=oil-spill.jpg&amp;amp;newest=1&quot;&gt;waymjoh at Photobucket&amp;nbsp;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/34454247281023674/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2010/05/slow-black-death.html#comment-form' title='13 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/34454247281023674'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/34454247281023674'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2010/05/slow-black-death.html' title='Slow Black Death'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><thr:total>13</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-7277052989873077894</id><published>2010-04-02T10:08:00.000-04:00</published><updated>2015-04-03T11:58:28.027-04:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="impromptus"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="poetry"/><title type='text'>Good Friday</title><content type='html'>&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: 13px;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; font-size: medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;&quot;&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/S7X5hg0G74I/AAAAAAAAAHo/SVXYTtOYp0U/s1600/Golgotha.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/S7X5hg0G74I/AAAAAAAAAHo/SVXYTtOYp0U/s320/Golgotha.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: x-large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: x-large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;For 30 odd silver pieces had,&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;Judas gave Pilate, Jesus’ head&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;By Roman order he would be led&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;Upon a crucifix ‘til dead&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;A spray of thorns, his head adorns&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;Are sharper than a demons horns&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;The cross upon his back was worn&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;‘Neath sweat and blood his skin was torn&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;The road to&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;st1:place st=&quot;on&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;Calvary&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/st1:place&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;was full&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;To view this gruesome spectacle&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;The Lamb of God would die for all&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;Upon&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;st1:place st=&quot;on&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;Golgotha&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/st1:place&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;, Place of Skull&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: x-large;&quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: x-large;&quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: x-large;&quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;Notes: &amp;nbsp;A repost of &quot;&lt;a href=&quot;http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/04/good-friday.html&quot;&gt;Good Friday&lt;/a&gt;&quot;. &amp;nbsp;Photo courtesy of Christopher Chan at &lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: x-large;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/chanc/526052760/&quot;&gt;flikr&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel="related" href="http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/04/good-friday.html" title="Good Friday"/><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/7277052989873077894/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2010/04/good-friday.html#comment-form' title='3 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/7277052989873077894'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/7277052989873077894'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2010/04/good-friday.html' title='Good Friday'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/S7X5hg0G74I/AAAAAAAAAHo/SVXYTtOYp0U/s72-c/Golgotha.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>3</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-632358373888878620</id><published>2010-03-26T10:49:00.001-04:00</published><updated>2010-03-26T10:53:25.191-04:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Addison&#39;s Disease"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="impromptus"/><title type='text'>A Sort of Letter</title><content type='html'>&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;Three months of nothing to say. &amp;nbsp;From a creative standpoint at least. &amp;nbsp;The new year was full of hope and dedication. &amp;nbsp;Refocused on taking control of my well being, I spent much energy researching and implementing changes in my medical treatment. &amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;January began with the euphoria of feeling normal. &amp;nbsp;What could be so narcotic about normalcy? &amp;nbsp;After 3 years of feeling like crap you forget what it&#39;s like to go days on end not confronting roadblocks. &amp;nbsp;So my year began without the solitary peace of creative writing. &amp;nbsp;But with socializing and playing and performing music. &amp;nbsp;Those are two things that have been a staple of my adult life and were sorely missed. &amp;nbsp;And so I was beginning to think and plan on getting out and performing again.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;By January&#39;s end, I was back on the rollercoaster. &amp;nbsp;Perhaps overconfident in my condition, I engaged and overindulged, in some late night revelry with neighbors. &amp;nbsp;This hangover should have had me on an IV in an ER. &amp;nbsp;But in my own shame and embarrassment I rode it out. &amp;nbsp;I haven&#39;t been the same since.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;Febuary&#39;s blizzards and shut in darkness tends to meloncholy. &amp;nbsp;Add in the anvil of fatigue from Addisonian imbalance and you have an iceberg on the senses. &amp;nbsp;A common rhinovirus is to be expected this time of year. &amp;nbsp;But this manifested into some unexplained maelstrom that put me in the hospital for a full day of fruitless examinations. &quot;All the tests came back normal, Mr. Orzek. &amp;nbsp;But we&#39;ve determined you have a viral syndrome&quot;. &amp;nbsp;A what?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;The weeks after, it became evident that the meds prior to &quot;viral syndrome&quot; weren&#39;t cutting it. &amp;nbsp;So it&#39;s been lower the meds, get sick for a few days, stress dose, lower the meds, get sick for a few days, stress dose ...etc., ad nauseum. Lots of nauseum. &amp;nbsp;It seems my adrenal glands have been beaten further into submission. &amp;nbsp;This progression is to be expected. &amp;nbsp;But there is no road map to getting there.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;On March 9, I received a phone call that my father-in-law, Glenn MacKinnon, had died. &amp;nbsp;He and I were close. &amp;nbsp;As my own father has been dead 15 years now, Glenn has been my guiding role model through fatherhood and marriage. &amp;nbsp;I don&#39;t think I&#39;ve realized his loss for me yet. &amp;nbsp;My wife has lost a father, my children their only grandfather. &amp;nbsp;My family&#39;s grief is obvious. &amp;nbsp;And overwhelming. &amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;But having his once or twice a year outreach will be noticed. &amp;nbsp;His hand on my shoulder, asking &quot;so, how are YOU doing?&quot; &amp;nbsp;That honest and open invitation to share my internal paternal frustrations or fears won&#39;t be there any more. &amp;nbsp;That is when it will hit me, I think.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;Time marches on and life is for the living. &amp;nbsp;Enter any other cliches such as, get back on yer horse, that which doesn&#39;t kill us makes us stronger. &amp;nbsp;It&#39;s all true, however hollow it feels right now.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: Georgia, &#39;Times New Roman&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;But I am still determined. &amp;nbsp;I will get myself right and enter this spring hopeful. &amp;nbsp;And carry forth with my loved ones into the warmth of our summers.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: &#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;; font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: 13px;&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/632358373888878620/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2010/03/sort-of-letter.html#comment-form' title='5 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/632358373888878620'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/632358373888878620'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2010/03/sort-of-letter.html' title='A Sort of Letter'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><thr:total>5</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-8868910088599298299</id><published>2009-12-30T12:05:00.012-05:00</published><updated>2009-12-30T15:00:33.618-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="poetry"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="three word wednesday"/><title type='text'>The Path of Least Resistance, Part I</title><content type='html'>&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/Szuv_UX4PuI/AAAAAAAAAG8/yvUGUgQgb-A/s1600-h/Sabbaday-Falls.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 266px;&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/Szuv_UX4PuI/AAAAAAAAAG8/yvUGUgQgb-A/s200/Sabbaday-Falls.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5421120078806007522&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;trebuchet ms&#39;, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;Through post-adolescent fear, we marched forward as involuntary draftees in collegiate armies full of promise and uncertainty.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;trebuchet ms&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;Four years of hard labor, sex, drugs, and alcohol sweating through our consciences, peptic ulcer anxieties.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;trebuchet ms&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;Torn between duty and pheremonic ecstasies we burned the midnight oil and partied &#39;til grey twilight of the dawn.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;trebuchet ms&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;Bobbing for forbidden apples, peer pressure holding our hazed faces below the surface until the point of erotic asphyxia.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;trebuchet ms&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;Semi-conscious realization in the glow of bare basement incandescent lights six feet under beer stained floorboards.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;trebuchet ms&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;The hideous scent of vomit, piss, and beer drumming out the beauty of innocence lost in the maddening pace of competitive debauchery.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;trebuchet ms&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;Neither the greatest generation, nor me generation, not baby boom, no gen x, gen y. Generation Nothing.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;trebuchet ms&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;Greatest wonders were we who got up in the morning and continued to ambush our cache of talent and brain cells, day in day out.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;trebuchet ms&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;Holding the rudder to the wind for the course of double-vision compasses maintaining headings true.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;trebuchet ms&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;We meddled with duty and destiny carrying onward in mediocrity to the finish line still proud in the face of spite.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;trebuchet ms&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;Shadows of the Great Depression looming over us like specters in the night spearing voices of shame into our psyches.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;trebuchet ms&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;We dodged anti-establishment banter, flower power warriors hurling martyred ideology down our throats so we may taste the shame.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;trebuchet ms&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;Thrusting rock&#39;n&#39;roll into our ears like fingers we chanted loudly over dark reason hoping for a brighter way.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;trebuchet ms&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;My generation of fence walkers, teetering above the jaws of yesteryears never knowing which way the wind blows.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;trebuchet ms&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;So pour another drink of c&#39;est la vie, forget the moral battles, grab the token laureate and join the corporate ranks....&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://threewordwednesday.wordpress.com/2009/12/30/3ww-clxx/#comments&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://threewordwednesday.wordpress.com/2009/12/30/3ww-clxx/#comments&quot;&gt;Three Word Wednesday&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/b&gt; offered these:  &lt;i&gt;Ambush, Hideous, Meddle&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/8868910088599298299/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/12/path-of-least-resistance-part-i.html#comment-form' title='10 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/8868910088599298299'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/8868910088599298299'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/12/path-of-least-resistance-part-i.html' title='The Path of Least Resistance, Part I'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/Szuv_UX4PuI/AAAAAAAAAG8/yvUGUgQgb-A/s72-c/Sabbaday-Falls.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>10</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-2344725072317134169</id><published>2009-12-09T16:06:00.006-05:00</published><updated>2009-12-09T16:35:25.716-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="poetry"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="three word wednesday"/><title type='text'>The Grave Robber</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http:[email protected]/4017280253/&quot; title=&quot;Grave Robber (1 of 3) by J.M.J.Wikholm, on Flickr&quot;&gt;&lt;img src=&quot;http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2553/4017280253_9eec2a40b5.jpg&quot; width=&quot;500&quot; height=&quot;377&quot; alt=&quot;Grave Robber (1 of 3)&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;lucida grande&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;Though lean and lithe and sinewy&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;lucida grande&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;He toils earth and stone with ease&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;lucida grande&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;Slipping through the dark of night&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;lucida grande&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;To feed his begger&#39;s appetite&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;lucida grande&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;His occupation would some offend&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;lucida grande&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;Disturbing any human&#39;s end&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;lucida grande&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;Divining with his crooked spade&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;lucida grande&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;Sniffing gentry freshly laid&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;lucida grande&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;Tripping lilies in the gloom &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;lucida grande&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;He raids the poshly relished tomb&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;lucida grande&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;From the grave rise auntie&#39;s pearls&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;lucida grande&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;Or the pocket watch of master Earl&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;lucida grande&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;What value can a dead man claim?&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;lucida grande&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;When ash to ash be one and same?&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;lucida grande&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;The labor done whence dawn has come&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;lucida grande&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;Another honest workday done&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://threewordwednesday.wordpress.com/2009/12/09/3ww-clxvii/#comments&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;Three Word Wednesday&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/a&gt; offered these:  Grave, Lithe, Offend&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;b&gt;Notes:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;Image and artwork courtesy of &lt;b&gt;J.M.J. Wikholm&lt;/b&gt;.  Visit him at&lt;a href=&quot;http:[email protected]/&quot;&gt; &lt;/a&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:x-large;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http:[email protected]/&quot;&gt;flikr&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/2344725072317134169/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/12/grave-robber.html#comment-form' title='17 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/2344725072317134169'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/2344725072317134169'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/12/grave-robber.html' title='The Grave Robber'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2553/4017280253_9eec2a40b5_t.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>17</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-5678586666355751974</id><published>2009-12-09T09:16:00.008-05:00</published><updated>2009-12-09T09:58:46.235-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="poetry"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="sunday scribblings"/><title type='text'>Room</title><content type='html'>&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/Sx-yUm8X85I/AAAAAAAAAGc/zElCUdxSFXk/s1600-h/Room.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 200px; height: 133px;&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/Sx-yUm8X85I/AAAAAAAAAGc/zElCUdxSFXk/s200/Room.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5413241344243528594&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;lucida grande&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;the space is empty yet they wail &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;lucida grande&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;if walls could talk they&#39;d tell the tale&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;lucida grande&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;when childhood ends, the demons hail &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;lucida grande&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;and fall upon us tooth and nail &lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;lucida grande&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;within this room, a spirit’s jail....&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://sundayscribblings.blogspot.com/2009/12/number-192-weird.html&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;Sunday Scribblings #192:  Weird&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;Notes:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;Image courtesy of Seed 2 Sickle Studio.&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/5678586666355751974/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/12/room.html#comment-form' title='4 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/5678586666355751974'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/5678586666355751974'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/12/room.html' title='Room'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/Sx-yUm8X85I/AAAAAAAAAGc/zElCUdxSFXk/s72-c/Room.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>4</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-3340756972642177821</id><published>2009-12-02T13:05:00.008-05:00</published><updated>2009-12-02T13:46:21.764-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="poetry"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="three word wednesday"/><title type='text'>The Essence of Woman</title><content type='html'>&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/Sxa18RGLc7I/AAAAAAAAAGM/LNJt4q8OuDg/s1600-h/charlie_brown_lucy_football.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 160px; height: 138px;&quot; src=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/Sxa18RGLc7I/AAAAAAAAAGM/LNJt4q8OuDg/s200/charlie_brown_lucy_football.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5410712049318327218&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;color:#0000EE;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;text-decoration: underline;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;She sumptuously fondled his ball&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;Inviting his kick and thrust&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;Then thwarting his passion play&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;By removing his target of lust&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://threewordwednesday.wordpress.com/2009/12/02/3ww-clxvi/#comments&quot;&gt;Three Word Wednesday&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt; offered these:  Fondle, Kick, Sumptuous&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/3340756972642177821/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/12/essence-of-woman.html#comment-form' title='17 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/3340756972642177821'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/3340756972642177821'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/12/essence-of-woman.html' title='The Essence of Woman'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/Sxa18RGLc7I/AAAAAAAAAGM/LNJt4q8OuDg/s72-c/charlie_brown_lucy_football.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>17</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-7204785505243579057</id><published>2009-11-25T10:33:00.011-05:00</published><updated>2009-11-25T15:30:16.006-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="essay"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Thanksgiving"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="three word wednesday"/><title type='text'>In Spite of the Obvious:  Thanksgiving</title><content type='html'>&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/Sw1RoprDspI/AAAAAAAAAF0/MpMElTndN0w/s1600/Served.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;float:right; margin:0 0 10px 10px;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 133px; height: 200px;&quot; src=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/Sw1RoprDspI/AAAAAAAAAF0/MpMElTndN0w/s200/Served.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5408068486364902034&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;Give of yourself in spite of the obvious.  Thanksgiving:  The Obvious.  The obvious is ritual.  Old Pilgrim legend embraced in Rockwell dining rooms, domestic American poultry divied up by the Cleaver&#39;s cleaver.  Candied yams and merriment and please pass the cranberry sauce.  Embrace ourselves in glorious grateful perfection.  Not.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;Offer our gratitudes and share in the bounty, yes.  But why must we partake in the charade?  We are family, in all of our truly obvious imperfections.  We trade the country mile for jet planes and interstates.  Weary are the travelers.  And more the traveler are we on this particular holiday.  We are tired on arrival.  Full of rest-stop stress and strain.  Come in!  Sit down!  You&#39;ve only spent the last five hours on your ass.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;No need to pretend all is well in your life, any more then I should mine.  This year, Uncle Albert got laid off.  Aunt Ida has cancer.  Cousin Elvin came out of the closet.  We are all disenfranchised in one form or another.  But the truth is, we woke up this morning and, by God, there is a shit-load of food on my table!  I&#39;ve got beer in the fridge, wine, whiskey, there&#39;s wood for the fire.  We have plenty to inbibe, and not just the spirits.  I expect some laughter, so loosen up!  The only impression to be made here is how much of YOU you leave behind.  That, and maybe an impression of Sarah Palin or two.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;Happy Thanksgivin&#39;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;! *wink wink*&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://threewordwednesday.wordpress.com/2009/11/25/3ww-clxv/#comments&quot;&gt;Three Word Wednesday&lt;/a&gt; offered these:  Give, Obvious, Thanks&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/7204785505243579057/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/11/in-spite-of-obvious-thanksgiving.html#comment-form' title='11 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/7204785505243579057'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/7204785505243579057'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/11/in-spite-of-obvious-thanksgiving.html' title='In Spite of the Obvious:  Thanksgiving'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/Sw1RoprDspI/AAAAAAAAAF0/MpMElTndN0w/s72-c/Served.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>11</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-8319326232034514384</id><published>2009-11-22T12:52:00.007-05:00</published><updated>2009-11-22T14:03:12.095-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="One Single Impression"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="poetry"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="sunday scribblings"/><title type='text'>Creative Beauty</title><content type='html'>&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/Swl7m324lyI/AAAAAAAAAFs/inV-_4Tf578/s1600/ancient_text.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 200px; height: 150px;&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/Swl7m324lyI/AAAAAAAAAFs/inV-_4Tf578/s200/ancient_text.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5406988735394387746&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Creative beauty &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Channels from the heart &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Hastens humanity &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;From souls gaurded&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Exposing self to elements&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Bare to onlooking eyes&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Shameless expression&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Answers implicit,&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;To universal questions&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Who we are&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Why we are here&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;What will happen&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;The beginning &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;The end&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Right&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Wrong&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Righteous &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Wrongheaded &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Headlong into oblivion&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;A rubbernecker&#39;s banquet&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Cornucopia of tragedy&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Comedy, drama, and horror&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;We, the open book&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Needing to spill forth&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;The stories of life&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Within one&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Among all&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;We share&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;Interpreting:  &lt;a href=&quot;http://onesingleimpression.blogspot.com/2009/11/prompt-91-creative.html&quot;&gt;One Single Impression:  Creative&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://sundayscribblings.blogspot.com/2009/11/190-beauty.html&quot;&gt;Sunday Scribblings:  Beauty&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/8319326232034514384/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/11/creative-beauty.html#comment-form' title='9 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/8319326232034514384'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/8319326232034514384'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/11/creative-beauty.html' title='Creative Beauty'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/Swl7m324lyI/AAAAAAAAAFs/inV-_4Tf578/s72-c/ancient_text.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>9</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-4442383231200594200</id><published>2009-11-19T15:42:00.019-05:00</published><updated>2009-11-19T16:21:54.737-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="ballads"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="gangs"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="songs"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="three word wednesday"/><title type='text'>Little Saigon</title><content type='html'>&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;times new roman&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;The Viet down in Chelsea try to make their means.  In the neon sparkled mist of Atlantic City&#39;s broken dreams.  They scramble in the shadows of the casinos&#39; gilded faux.  Breathing life into a ward who&#39;s bones began to show.  Lan secured a loan to lease a shop on Arctic Ave.  To open up a restaurant he would give up all he had.  The Vietnamese will lend a hand, as they&#39;re loyal to their own.  They propped up Lan and cheered him on as he opened Little Saigon.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;times new roman&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;times new roman&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;We can light the flame for every Little Saigon&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;times new roman&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;Call it Ho Chi Minh by the Viet Cong&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;times new roman&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;In the end, it&#39;s just an American song&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;times new roman&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;For every broken dream here in Little Saigon&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;times new roman&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;times new roman&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;Lan would work the kitchen, his sister Mai would tend the floor.  Mai was just sixteen with a face to be adored.  The scent of lemongrass and basil and the warmth of sweet Mai&#39;s glow.  Kept the customer&#39;s returning to a place where they were known.  But like every ghetto mom-and-pop, there was more to pay than rent.  Refuse to pay the gangbangers there may be an accident.  The BTK from Chinatown were ruthless and obscene.  They raped and killed his sister, Mai, when Lan would not come clean.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;times new roman&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;times new roman&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;We can light the flame for every Little Saigon&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;times new roman&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;Call it Ho Chi Minh by the Viet Cong&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;times new roman&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;In the end, it&#39;s just an American song&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:&#39;times new roman&#39;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;For every broken dream here in Little Saigon&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://threewordwednesday.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/3ww-clxiv/#comments&quot;&gt;Three Word Wednesday&lt;/a&gt; offered these:  Accident, Loyal, Obscene&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;Notes:&lt;/b&gt;  &lt;i&gt;This is a fictional ballad loosely based on real places.  Little Saigon is a Vietnamese restaurant in the Chelsea section of Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The setting of this pleasant establishment and the gentrifying neighborhood it resides were the inspiration for the story.  The blight of gang violence in Asian communities in America is widespread and often underreported due to the cultural distrust of government in general by these communities.  The BTK (Born to Kill) is a Vietnamese gang formed as an offshoot of Chinese gangs in New York&#39;s Chinatown.  They were known to be extremely violent.  While Atlantic City has been a magnet for mob activity of all kinds, any presence of BTK there is unknown to me.&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel="related" href="http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/11/little-saigon.html" title="Little Saigon"/><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/4442383231200594200/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/11/little-saigon.html#comment-form' title='6 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/4442383231200594200'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/4442383231200594200'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/11/little-saigon.html' title='Little Saigon'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><thr:total>6</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-5886731423647710060</id><published>2009-11-15T19:46:00.009-05:00</published><updated>2009-11-15T20:27:49.823-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="music"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="One Single Impression"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="poetry"/><title type='text'>Deep Ether</title><content type='html'>&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/SwCoXj1zbJI/AAAAAAAAAFk/RRfmG76wnvI/s1600-h/zzzglowball.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;float:right; margin:0 0 10px 10px;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 200px; height: 158px;&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/SwCoXj1zbJI/AAAAAAAAAFk/RRfmG76wnvI/s200/zzzglowball.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5404504675555962002&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;From the song, &lt;a href=&quot;http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/07/requiem-one-way-home.html&quot;&gt;Requiem (One Way Home)&lt;/a&gt;, a soul returns to whence it came.  &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;&quot;You live your life always fearing the end, but the end is the beginning, like a trusted friend&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;Back to the ether where we started from, our souls are in motion like the light of the sun&quot;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;Interpreting, &lt;a href=&quot;http://onesingleimpression.blogspot.com/2009/11/prompt-90-reincarnation.html&quot;&gt;One Single Impression:  Reincarnation&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Deep ether&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Ancient swamp of souls&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Clutching for the soular wind&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Capture my sails and bring me forth&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Once again into the spectrum of the living&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Our white light in bloom through the prism of birth&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;Listen to &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/2014543&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;&quot;Deep Ether&quot; here&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;, if not in &lt;/span&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;blogspot&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/5886731423647710060/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/11/httponesingleimpressionblogspotcom20091.html#comment-form' title='11 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/5886731423647710060'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/5886731423647710060'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/11/httponesingleimpressionblogspotcom20091.html' title='Deep Ether'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/SwCoXj1zbJI/AAAAAAAAAFk/RRfmG76wnvI/s72-c/zzzglowball.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>11</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-6251828431012108022</id><published>2009-11-09T16:22:00.005-05:00</published><updated>2009-11-09T16:33:58.617-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="fiction"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="One Single Impression"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="poetry"/><title type='text'>Departing Alice</title><content type='html'>&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/SviKK4uYvkI/AAAAAAAAAFc/QHi-yFLT6f8/s1600-h/th_red-wine-glass.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;float:right; margin:0 0 10px 10px;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 140px; height: 160px;&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/SviKK4uYvkI/AAAAAAAAAFc/QHi-yFLT6f8/s200/th_red-wine-glass.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5402219672661179970&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Departed is the love we used to share&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;That love was blinding &lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Never minding &lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;The habits brought to bear&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Consumed in you, my every day&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Our carnal knowing&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Ever showing&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Our affections on display&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;We trade the glow for tolerance&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Less love unending&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Mere pretending&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;A tango-istic dance&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Irritation is your very sigh&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;A sound like wheezing &lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Heart is freezing&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Left wanting you to die&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;So raise a toast, to our precious love&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;The wine is malice&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Dearest Alice&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Depart for Heaven up above….&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;Interpreting &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://onesingleimpression.blogspot.com/2009/11/prompt-89-departed.html&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;One Single Impression:  Departed&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/6251828431012108022/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/11/departing-alice.html#comment-form' title='12 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/6251828431012108022'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/6251828431012108022'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/11/departing-alice.html' title='Departing Alice'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/SviKK4uYvkI/AAAAAAAAAFc/QHi-yFLT6f8/s72-c/th_red-wine-glass.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>12</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-4198492378586782971</id><published>2009-11-04T11:28:00.004-05:00</published><updated>2012-02-07T14:45:36.487-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="poetry"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="three word wednesday"/><title type='text'>The Longest Night</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/SvGtbah7XjI/AAAAAAAAAFU/X_NW5DwbQ7Q/s1600-h/autum.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5400288114683633202&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/SvGtbah7XjI/AAAAAAAAAFU/X_NW5DwbQ7Q/s200/autum.jpg&quot; style=&quot;cursor: hand; cursor: pointer; float: right; height: 185px; margin: 0 0 10px 10px; width: 200px;&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Virgin frost &lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Meets the dawn&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;No slave to Karma, &lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;The sun&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Obey Lord Gravity &lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;And axis atilt&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Waning daylight cause &lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;The stem to lilt&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Wither and whuther &lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Autumn leaves&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;The arc of the sun &lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Falls to its knees&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Repealing its warmth&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;To the evening sky&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Driving fleet afoot&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;And winged to fly&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Gnashing tooth upon the lingering bounty&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;The breathing ones sup &lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;&#39;Fore the sleep of the longest night&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://threewordwednesday.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/3ww-clxii/#comments&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;Three Word Wednesday&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt; offered these:  Karma, Obey, Wither&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/4198492378586782971/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/11/longest-night.html#comment-form' title='14 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/4198492378586782971'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/4198492378586782971'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/11/longest-night.html' title='The Longest Night'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/SvGtbah7XjI/AAAAAAAAAFU/X_NW5DwbQ7Q/s72-c/autum.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>14</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-8390858577993780698</id><published>2009-10-28T14:15:00.005-04:00</published><updated>2009-10-28T14:28:08.684-04:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="poetry"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="three word wednesday"/><title type='text'>Narcissus</title><content type='html'>&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/SuiMFXjqgmI/AAAAAAAAAFM/nfmJFIA14Ik/s1600-h/narcissus.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;float:right; margin:0 0 10px 10px;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 200px; height: 150px;&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/SuiMFXjqgmI/AAAAAAAAAFM/nfmJFIA14Ik/s200/narcissus.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5397718177254376034&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;p class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;Insecurity incubates behind the glow of vanity&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/p&gt;  &lt;p class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;Fueling the nightmare of the ruse &lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;   style=&quot;font-family:&#39;trebuchet ms&#39;, verdana, arial, sans-serif;font-size:100%;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;border-collapse: collapse; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 2px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 2px;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://threewordwednesday.wordpress.com/2009/10/28/3ww-clxi/#comments&quot;&gt;Three Word Wednesday&lt;/a&gt; offered these:  Incubate, Nightmare, Vanity&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/8390858577993780698/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/10/narcissus.html#comment-form' title='11 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/8390858577993780698'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/8390858577993780698'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/10/narcissus.html' title='Narcissus'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/SuiMFXjqgmI/AAAAAAAAAFM/nfmJFIA14Ik/s72-c/narcissus.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>11</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-3970603234377730195</id><published>2009-10-02T16:35:00.006-04:00</published><updated>2009-10-05T08:54:10.125-04:00</updated><title type='text'>Song for Brad</title><content type='html'>&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/SsZkPqIB2OI/AAAAAAAAAFE/38FeZXqeQJ4/s1600-h/Brad.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;float:right; margin:0 0 10px 10px;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 144px; height: 200px;&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/SsZkPqIB2OI/AAAAAAAAAFE/38FeZXqeQJ4/s200/Brad.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5388104224364157154&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;Thoughts and prayers for Brad.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;Here&#39;s a song his father, Bob, wrote for him and his sib&#39;s, &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/1866580&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&quot;The Kids&#39; Song&quot;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt; .&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;Embrace the love and heal.  Quell the anger, justice will be served.  &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:georgia;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;Peace.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;   style=&quot;font-family:&#39;MS Shell Dlg&#39;, serif;color:#374267;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;white-space: pre; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 2px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 2px;&quot;&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;   style=&quot;font-family:Georgia, serif;color:#000000;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;white-space: normal; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 0px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 0px;&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;visibility:hidden;width:0px;height:0px;&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; width=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://counters.gigya.com/wildfire/IMP/CXNID=2000002.11NXC/bT*xJmx*PTEyNTQ1MTYyNDMxODcmcHQ9MTI1NDUxNjI1MjY4NyZwPTI3MDgxJmQ9bWljcm9fbXVzaWNfcGxheWVyX2ZpcnN*X2dlbiZnPTEmb2Y9MA==.gif&quot; /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;   style=&quot;font-family:Georgia, serif;color:#000000;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;white-space: normal; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 0px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 0px;&quot;&gt;&lt;embed type=&quot;application/x-shockwave-flash&quot; src=&quot;http://cache.reverbnation.com/widgets/swf/31/widgetPlayerMicro.swf?emailPlaylist=artist_371703&amp;amp;backgroundcolor=EEEEEE&amp;amp;font_color=000000&amp;amp;posted_by=artist_371703&amp;amp;shuffle=&amp;amp;autoPlay=false&quot; height=&quot;125&quot; width=&quot;160&quot; wmode=&quot;transparent&quot;&gt;&lt;/embed&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;visibility:hidden;width:0px;height:0px;&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; width=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://www.reverbnation.com/widgets/trk/31/artist_371703/artist_371703/t.gif&quot; /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.quantcast.com/p-05---xoNhTXVc&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img src=&quot;http://pixel.quantserve.com/pixel/p-05---xoNhTXVc.gif&quot; style=&quot;display: none&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;1&quot; width=&quot;1&quot; alt=&quot;Quantcast&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/3970603234377730195/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/10/song-for-brad.html#comment-form' title='2 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/3970603234377730195'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/3970603234377730195'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/10/song-for-brad.html' title='Song for Brad'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/SsZkPqIB2OI/AAAAAAAAAFE/38FeZXqeQJ4/s72-c/Brad.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>2</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-711398800578348743</id><published>2009-10-01T14:07:00.003-04:00</published><updated>2009-10-01T14:30:24.404-04:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="one word"/><title type='text'>Crime</title><content type='html'>&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: monospace; white-space: pre-wrap; &quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Bloody coincidence this word, &quot;crime&quot;.  &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: monospace; white-space: pre-wrap; &quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;I awoke to the very real news that &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: monospace; white-space: pre-wrap; &quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;my cousins 19 year old son was shot.  &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: monospace; white-space: pre-wrap; &quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;Once in the neck, once in the shoulder.  &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-family: monospace; white-space: pre-wrap; &quot;&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: large;&quot;&gt;The latter wedged in his spine.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:monospace, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;white-space: pre-wrap; &quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:monospace, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;white-space: pre-wrap; &quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: medium;&quot;&gt;Be careful of who your &quot;friends&quot; are.  And even more what you say.  Brad made the simple mistake of making a Facebook update.  A note that had a &quot;friend&quot; believe he had several hundred dollars cash on hand.  And so his &quot;friend&quot; shows up with 2 other thugs and a loaded hand gun.  Broke through the front door and demanded he hand them the money.  Demand not met, bullets fired.  Life on a thread.  Sick fucking world we live in....&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;   style=&quot;font-family:monospace, serif;font-size:100%;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: 13px; white-space: pre-wrap;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-family:monospace, serif;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;white-space: pre-wrap; &quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-size: small;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://oneword.com/2009/09/crime/full.html&quot;&gt;One Word, Crime&lt;/a&gt;.  Please send prayers for Brad and his family.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/711398800578348743/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/10/crime.html#comment-form' title='8 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/711398800578348743'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/711398800578348743'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/10/crime.html' title='Crime'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><thr:total>8</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-3297973642320315891</id><published>2009-08-26T14:08:00.009-04:00</published><updated>2009-08-26T14:39:25.544-04:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="poetry"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="three word wednesday"/><title type='text'>Silence</title><content type='html'>&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/SpV9ai41JBI/AAAAAAAAAE8/-JiUtmMlTE4/s1600-h/GM-REFLECTIONS.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;float:right; margin:0 0 10px 10px;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 184px; height: 200px;&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/SpV9ai41JBI/AAAAAAAAAE8/-JiUtmMlTE4/s200/GM-REFLECTIONS.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5374339625331794962&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;Though it may appear that I have &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-style:italic;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;vanish&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;ed, I shall &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-style:italic;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;fracture&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt; the blogospherical &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-style:italic;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;noise&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;-floor with the sounds of Silence...&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight:bold;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;Silence is the deaf man’s call&lt;br /&gt;The forest tree before it falls&lt;br /&gt;It separates us one from all&lt;br /&gt;An imp inside a tower wall&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Drifting dense as morning fog&lt;br /&gt;It casts its dew upon the log&lt;br /&gt;Shrouds the meadow and the bog&lt;br /&gt;A shrinking tail of polliwog&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Silence is a muted choice&lt;br /&gt;Sunlight warms the shroud and hoists&lt;br /&gt;A founding wall upon the joist&lt;br /&gt;And so from heaven, find our voice&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight:bold;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot; style=&quot;font-weight: normal;&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:small;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://threewordwednesday.wordpress.com/2009/08/26/3ww-clii/&quot;&gt;Three Word Wednesday&lt;/a&gt; offered these:  Fracture, Noise, Vanish&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/feeds/3297973642320315891/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/08/silence.html#comment-form' title='10 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/3297973642320315891'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4345771065839451737/posts/default/3297973642320315891'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://whenthemusicsover-michaelo.blogspot.com/2009/08/silence.html' title='Silence'/><author><name>Michael Orzek</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/113470930767995446129</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='32' height='32' src='//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KyS0IjF7eJ8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAPI/e1yhkBo5xK8/s512-c/photo.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/SpV9ai41JBI/AAAAAAAAAE8/-JiUtmMlTE4/s72-c/GM-REFLECTIONS.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>10</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4345771065839451737.post-7182762355636243565</id><published>2009-08-07T14:29:00.007-04:00</published><updated>2009-08-14T13:36:42.122-04:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="music"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="songs"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="sunday scribblings"/><title type='text'>Call Me Son</title><content type='html'>&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/Snx4fWmv9KI/AAAAAAAAAE0/_S8bVBLHICg/s1600-h/Ian+in+Central+Park.jpg&quot;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;float:right; margin:0 0 10px 10px;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 150px; height: 200px;&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_PuzQFvD4q7U/Snx4fWmv9KI/AAAAAAAAAE0/_S8bVBLHICg/s200/Ian+in+Central+Park.jpg&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5367297335958172834&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;So this &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://sundayscribblings.blogspot.com/2009/08/175-new.html&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;Sunday Scribblings - New&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;, is for Laini, is for expecting a baby.  Congratulations and best wishes, Laini!  My offering for new is in keeping with new life.  I wrote this song ten years ago.  It was written for my son a few weeks after he was born.  I wrote it from his perspective, or at least how I imagined it.  While he was &quot;in utero&quot; I would talk to him.  Of course, to the casual observer I was talking to my wife&#39;s stomach.  He would get a bit excited and kick and move (which probably explains why he is now a drummer!).&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;This had me wondering what it must be like to be him at that moment and subsequently joining the rest of us in our cold harsh world.  That is the point of reference in the song. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;I&#39;m just an alien in this world&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;I know not where I come from, nor why I&#39;m here&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;You are somehow not a stranger to me&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;You are a voice in this darkness I call home&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;I was dreaming conscious when I came&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;I have been waking slowly since that day&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Although my eyes were open I just now start to see&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;You call me Ian Michael and that is who I&#39;ll be &lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;I heard someone call me Son&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;I know I am not the only one &lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;You are more than just a man to me&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;For I will call you father if you should choose to be&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;We are more than actors in this scene&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;You must be my teacher of what life means&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;I heard someone call me Son&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;I know I am not the only one&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:large;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;i&gt;Call me son….&lt;/i&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/1127163&quot;&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;Call Me Son&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-style-span&quot;  style=&quot;font-size:medium;&quot;&gt;, should auto-play via the player below.  If you are not reading from Blogspot, you can click the link in the previous sentence.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;visibility:hidden;width:0px;height:0px;&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; width=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://counters.gigya.com/wildfire/IMP/CXNID=2000002.11NXC/bT*xJmx*PTEyNDk2NzAxODc5MDYmcHQ9MTI*OTY3MDE5MDkwNiZwPTI3MDgxJmQ9bWljcm9fbXVzaWNfcGxheWVyX2ZpcnN*X2dlbiZnPTEmb2Y9MA==.gif&quot; 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