Archive for November, 2013

Valerie Victeema

November 30, 2013

victim

Life is out to get her
It happens all the time
It can never be misfortune
It has to be a crime
Never try to tell her
That pain is all around
Her suffering is special
She wears it like a crown

Everything is tragic
For Valerie Victeema

She had a bad day
It was worse than Hiroshima

The trouble she’s seen
Everyone must know
She’s fishing for some pity
Everywhere she goes
Cry, complain and whimper
Grumble, bitch and groan
Valerie’s existence
Is a never-ending moan

Everything is tragic
For Valerie Victeema

When her toilet overflowed
She reported it to FEMA

by Richard W. Bray

It Never Gets Me Down

November 26, 2013

barloser

I hit the bars in Tucson
I had a wicked thirst
I hoped to find a honey
And open up her purse
I ain’t much to look at
But a lady could do worse
So I polished up my silver tongue
With a couple shots
I scoped me out some honeys
The kind that look real hot
I headed for some tables
And gave it all I got

With diligence my shield
I trek from town to town
I don’t always prosper
But it never gets me down

The gals in this establishment
We’re actin pretty rough
I kept hurlin pickups
But it wasn’t my best stuff
It was time to ice my ego
Cuz I done had enough
Then I spied a vision
Of silky curvy lace
I asked if she’d like to
Take me to her place
She hoisted up her beverage
And threw it in my face

With diligence my shield
I trek from town to town
I don’t always prosper
But it never gets me down

Tucson gals are ornery
Especially in June
Or maybe I was harvesting
The cycles of the moon
I might venture back this way
But it won’t be soon
Those gals weren’t very friendly
But it don’t bother me
Now I’m gonna hit the road
And see what I can see
Perhaps it’s time to check out
The beauties in Tempe

With diligence my shield
I trek from town to town
I don’t always prosper
But it never gets me down

by Richard W. Bray

Baggage

November 22, 2013

thomas greene the 3rd

You can act all proper
You can try and hold it in
Stick your finger in the floodgates
But you’re never gonna win

when your baggage
weighs a ton
you can hide
but you can’t run
from the dude in the mirror
and all the things you done

You act like someone else
And pretend it’s all a show
But the pain in your marrow
Is only gonna grow

when your baggage
weighs a ton
you can hide
but you can’t run
from the dude in the mirror
and all the things you done

Time marches on
That river’s gonna flow
And you’re stuck in yourself
Everywhere you go

when your baggage
weighs a ton
you can hide
but you can’t run
from the dude in the mirror
and all the things you done

by Richard W. Bray

Kids Outside Playing

November 15, 2013

kids playing

Warning: nostalgia alert. When I was a kid we had three networks and about seven local television stations to watch on TV, and that was it. That’s right, there was no satellite television and cable TV was only available for the rich folks in Malibu Canyon. The local stations played the same insipid reruns over and over on a perpetual loop. (When I read Dante’s Inferno, I was surprised to find no mention of The Flintstones, I love Lucy, and Gilligan’s Island.)  It was a big deal when the networks played a classic movie like The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, or The Wizard of Oz.  And it only happened about once a year, so if your car broke down or you had to work late, that was just too darn bad. No VCRs. (Please forgive me if I’m frightening any of my younger readers.)

One Saturday morning when I was about nine years old, my sister Laura and I watched a strange and captivating movie, and then we did something kids used to do with great frequency—we went outside to play. Almost immediately our neighbors Stan and Scott Quackenbos emerged from their house. They had also just finished watching the strange movie.  Then Jason and John Powers joined us. (John was old; he was in high school.) Yes, we had all seen the same movie on tv, and we were talking about it face to face without the aid of electronic gadgets. A short while later, Dwayne Norwood, another high schooler, entered our cul-de-sac. He had trekked all the way down from Lynoak Drive to visit John.

“Man, I just saw the weirdest movie,” he said, and we all laughed.

The movie was Roger Corman’s Little Shop of Horrors. And since we couldn’t google it, we just talked about it, outside on a beautiful sunny Southern California day.

(Yes, younger readers, believe it or not:  Before ratings-driven local news stations convinced parents that there was a pervert hiding behind every tree waiting to abduct us, suburban children were actually allowed to go outside and play all by themselves so long as we made it home before the streetlights came on.)

by Richard W. Bray

A Waste of Time

November 11, 2013

donthate


hating is a waste of time
it wracks my soul
and wrecks my rhyme

if a whirlwind came along
and punished all
who done me wrong

that wouldn’t fix a doggone thing
and how much comfort
would it bring?

spreading pain and misery
won’t help my woes
or set me free

i’ll try to do what Jesus said
and love the folks
who wish me dead

by Richard W. Bray

The Morality of the whole Capitol punishment thing (A hastily composed paper using the first three sources I found on the google the night before its do that i wrote super quickly but it still turned out pretty awesome)

November 8, 2013

badwriting

Since the beginning of time society as a whole has tangled with the notion of weather or not capitol punishment is acceptable. Some people say it’s right; other’s say its wrong. (Why is life so confusing?) Anyhow, my answer to this timely dilemma would have to be that capitol punishment is usually wrong unless the person did something totally heinous, like brutally murdering babies in front of his parents. On the other hand, Jesus said we should learn to forgive, but on another hand, Jesus’s dad wasn’t quite so forgiving. (He was seriously into “smoting” the bad guys in the olden days.)

Andrew Taylor, Phd candidate (he’s got my vote) in ethics at Boston College agrees. Andrew (who, if you don’t mind my saying so is sort of cute in a nerdy sort of a way) thinks that people who are against capital punishment are a bunch of mamby-pamby sissies. And the Catholic Bible also agrees, too. Furthermore, its way ethical to kill cold-blooded baby killers because “The fact that it is possible not to execute killers doesn’t establish that that it is morally obligatory to do so.” According Andy’s quote, theirs no question that the death penalty is moral. How could anybody even possibly disagree with that?

Even so, the death penalty is kinda harsh, if u get my point. And sometimes the dudes aren’t even guilty. As a guy wrongly convicted of murder, America as a nation needs to be more careful than that. “Retesting of evidence from the case indicated that, contrary to earlier tests, a chemical found in semen was not present on the victim, suggesting that she was not sexually assaulted before the murder.” How does stuff like that even happen? As people, we need to be a lot more careful. I completely see why it sucks to be wrongfully abused of horrifical crimes that you didn’t even commit.

Lastly, check out this quote from the Guys at the American Civil Liberties Union. “The capital punishment system is discriminatory and arbitrary and inherently violates the Constitutional ban against cruel and unusual punishment.” Whoa. I know that my dad says that their just a bunch of terrorist-loving communists, but hey, nobody’s perfect. Besides, the death penalty does sometimes seam like it’s a little bit of an overreaction. I mean, live and let live and all. Why can’t we all just get along, right?

In conclusion, as I mentioned before, both sides have some pretty ritecheous arguments on the morality of the whole capital punishment thing. And statistically speaking, the numbers don’t lie. If I had to come down on one side of the arguments, I would pick one because capitol punishment is like killing someone for killing somebody else, and that’s pretty serious business. Why can’t all of the humanity in the history of the universe just deal with these issues on a more humanistic level?

Sources Sighted in this paper

http://ethikapolitika.org/2013/05/16/capital-punishment-and-public-safety/
http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/
https://www.aclu.org/capital-punishment

by Richard W. Bray

Taking in and Letting out

November 6, 2013

breathe

Clinging to the past
Will mess you up real fast
And if you don’t explode
It’ll make your guts corrode

taking in and letting out
is what it’s all about
won’t be no peace in your soul
till you learn to let it go

The land of used-to-be
Ain’t no place for me
Won’t be living no sad song
Cuz life just ain’t that long

taking in and letting out
is what it’s all about
won’t find no peace in your soul
till you learn to let it go

Prize what’s good and true
In the time that life gives you
Keep on tending to today
And let the sadness wash away

taking in and letting out
is what it’s all about
won’t find no peace in your soul
till you learn to let it go

by Richard W. Bray

Watch Your Step

November 1, 2013

cliffall

Eat your greens, watch your step
And lend a helping hand
And stay away from people
Whose hearts are full of sand

on days when you
can barely cope
they trample on your
tender hope
they offer you a
slender rope
and kick you down
a slippery slope

Eat your greens, watch your step
And lend a helping hand
And stay away from people
Whose hearts are full of sand

by Richard W. Bray