Choked

Choked by dust
And never knowing
Cut by words
And never showing
Beat with blows
And never crying
Nothing revealed
While inside dying.
Now swept away
The residue,
Finally knowing
What is true.
Wounds are healed,
Bruises fade,
The past is gone,
The piper paid.
Tears can come,
Wet my cheek,
Head held high,
No longer weak.
The hardest thing
To ever do
Is face what was
At one time, you.

HOPE

Light exists to make the shadows,
and in shadows we exist.
Yet we curse the darkness
and shake an angry fist.
Just as the break of morning
follows hard upon the night,
so too hope does come from
just beyond our muddled sight.
While we know the shadows
and all the shades of gray
that fill the world around us
will always go away,
we don’t believe that hope
from a dark place can spring,
and yet it’s human nature,
that to hope we endless cling.
So when hope is weakest,
and furtherest from our sight,
we must look into the shadows
to find a single ray of light.
A light that fades the dark,
and does battle with the gray.
A light that does signal
a fresh unfolding day.

Funny Lines

These were supposedly taken from actual high school essays and collected by English teachers across the country. Whether they were or not, they are still funny.

1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a ThighMaster.
2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
3. He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.
4. She grew on him like she was a colony of E. Coli, and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.
5. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.
6. Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
7. He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.
8. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife’s infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM machine.
9. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t.
10. McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.
11. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you’re on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.
12. Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.
13. The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.
14. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.
15. They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan’s teeth.
16. John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.
17. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant, and she was the East River.
18. Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long it had rusted shut.
19. Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.
20. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.
21. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.
22. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.
23. The ballerina rose gracefully en Pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.
24. It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.
25. He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up.

DO NOT BRING PLANTS IN THE HOUSE DURING COLD WEATHER!!!

I’ve been busy and preoccupied lately and haven’t made time to post much, let alone write anything new. Anyone who reads this blog is probably thankful for that. I have found a few interesting and/or funny items though that I’ve been sharing. Here’s another one. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Never bring outdoor plants into the house.  Garden Grass Snakes also known as Garter Snakes (Thamnophissirtalis) can be dangerous.  Yes, grass snakes, not rattlesnakes.
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Here’s why………
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A couple in Baltimore, Maryland had a lot of potted plants.  During a recent cold spell, the wife was bringing a lot of them indoors to protect them from a possible freeze.
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It turned out that a little green garden grass snake was hidden in one of the plants and when it had warmed up, it slithered out and the wife saw it go under the sofa.
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She let out a very loud scream! The husband (who was taking a shower) ran out into the living room naked to see what the problem was.  She told him there was a snake under the sofa.
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He got down on the floor on his hands and knees to look for it. About that time the family dog came and cold-nosed him on the behind.  He thought the snake had bitten him, so he screamed and fell over on the floor.
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His wife thought he had a heart attack, so she covered him up, told him to lie still and called an ambulance.  The attendants rushed in, wouldn’t listen to his protests and loaded him on the stretcher and started carrying him out.
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About that time the snake came out from under the sofa and the Emergency Medical Technician saw it and dropped his end of the stretcher.  That’s when the man broke his leg and why he is still in the hospital.
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The wife still had the problem of the snake in the house, so she called on a neighbor.  He volunteered to capture the snake.  He armed himself with a rolled-up newspaper and began poking under the couch. Soon he decided it was gone and told the woman, who sat down on the sofa in relief.
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But while relaxing, her hand dangled in between the cushions, where she felt the snake wriggling around.  She screamed and fainted, the snake rushed back under the sofa.  The neighbor man, seeing her lying there passed out, tried to use CPR to revive her.
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The neighbor’s wife, who had just returned from shopping at the grocery store, saw her husband’s mouth on the woman’s mouth and slammed her husband in the back of the head with a bag of canned goods, knocking him out and cutting his scalp to a point where it needed stitches.
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The noise woke the woman from her dead faint and she saw her neighbor lying on the floor with his wife bending over him, so she assumed that he had been bitten by the snake.  She went to the kitchen and got a small bottle of whiskey, and began pouring it down the man’s throat.
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By now the police had arrived. They saw the unconscious man, smelled the whiskey, and assumed that a drunken fight had occurred.  They were about to arrest them all, when the women tried to explain how it all happened over a little green snake.
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The police called an ambulance, which took away the neighbor and his sobbing wife.  The little snake again crawled out from under the sofa. One of the policemen drew his gun and fired at it.
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He missed the snake and hit the leg of the end table.  The table fell over and the lamp on it shattered and as the bulb broke it started a fire in the drapes.  The other policeman tried to beat out the flames, and fell through the window into the yard on top of the family dog who, startled, jumped out and raced into the street, where an oncoming car swerved to avoid it and smashed into the parked police car.
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Meanwhile, the burning drapes were seen by the neighbors who called the fire department.  The firemen had started raising the fire truck ladder when they were halfway down the street.  The rising ladder tore out the overhead wires and put out the electricity and disconnected the telephones in a ten-square city block area (but they did get the house fire out).
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Time passed!  Both men were discharged from the hospital, the house was repaired, the dog came home, the police acquired a new car, and all was right with their world.
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A while later they were watching TV and the weatherman announced a cold snap for that night.  The wife asked her husband if he thought they should bring in their plants for the night.
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That’s when he shot her.