Ahead to the Past

Balancing like a great, searing, orange orbThe afternoon sun teetered on the mountSoon long shadows would envelop the earthCreatures afraid of the glare would emergeRoused from their homes by a blanket of darkHunters and hunted in the same bleak…

A Great Remorse

Two score and more around the sunWinged chariots I'll not outrunMy hubris wanes along with hopeSave slightest chance that helps to cope. I could have been more happy hereHad many friends not disappearedI know too well the fault’s my ownThat…

The Death of the Salesmen

It’s over then. As empires go this one didn’t last long. The ending came not in one defining moment, perhaps it hasn’t even dawned on many, but it’s finished; done-in not by Al Qaeda or totalitarianism or other external threats but by…

Of Flogging and Blogging

From the 14th through the 16th centuries, the City of Florence Italy was the epicenter of what became known as the Italian Renaissance. It was a time of reaching back to banished thinking, of great works of art and architecture, when the talent…

As the World Burns

“If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly.” “What must be done ultimately should be done immediately.” Thus spake two of history’s most infamous murderers, Macbeth and Henry Kissinger. Macbeth was contemplating…

Sex and the Pity

Not so long ago I worked for a company which had as one of its clients a large enterprise from a Middle Eastern nation. The country from whence they came is a theocracy, known for its devout adherence to sharia law. There is no law other than…

The Sun

With warm rays of gold I halt the raw cold, And start the growth anew. On slim shafts of yellow I seek to mellow When skies and mood are blue. When I am lonely with being the onlySun in miles of sight. I talk with my flower, save…

Michael Jackson

I happened to be traveling in non-English speaking countries when the news of Michael Jackson’s death hit the communication grid. It struck me seeing the reaction of people abroad how rare were the gifts of Michael Jackson. I thought as well…

What Came Before

Why is it you dismiss the pastAnd works which will forever last?The present stems from what we’ve gainedWhat’s new has often been explained. To glow with thoughts of what’s to beAnd unlock all those doors you seeWhere future scenes…

Fighting Theocracy

As the streets of Tehran fill with demonstrators and blood, there is the potential for historical change, not only within Iran but the region. The current protest goes beyond the fairness or lack thereof in the recent sham elections where all…