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The Fuel

Play, Play, Platypi

~ For every kid who ever felt strange or different than the rest. You are a genius! Be excited about your life! You're something special. ~


Play, play, platypi

Wake up, wake up

Don't let the sun go!

The day is short,

get out from the hole!


Play, play, platypi

Come in the water,

Swim across the river!

Look at this marsupial

Rare as a big, huge moose!


Play, play, platypi

Run like the squirrels!

Eat a ton of yappies.

Wiggle your short body

Flat foot and duck-bill, too!


Play, play, platypi

See the moon and stars

With your pretty little eyes.

Burrow into the Earth,

With your hind legs below!


Play, play, platypi

Send the toxic poison!

For protection from the fox.

Growl against the enemy,

Keep your fur intact!

Play, play, platypi

Keep your young near

Let your wife rear the clutch.

Your eggs will fully hatch,

For this mammal brainiac! 

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~Dedicated to Gloria Steinem, who I dreamt to meet and did, as she replied, "Well…I dreamed about meeting you!"~


Russell is fifty, the type of number that speaks for itself.

Russell is half a century, and full of might.


He dances every day, and jiggles when he sneezes.

Russell never complains in anything he chooses to do.


Russell loves his children, and his wife, too.

He says the heart needs to be full of the people you care about.


Russell says he fell down once, and couldn't get back up.

So, he took a breather, relaxed for a while and raised himself up.


Russell says when he grows up, he wants a Labrador retriever.

Because when Russell goes fishing, he needs an expert to accompany him.


Russell is not afraid to tell everyone his age, fifty or not.

Because he loves his life and everything it's about.


Russell loves jazz, blues, rock, funk, and the guitar.

He walks like a rock star, because he is one inside.


Russell says if he can eat books, he probably would and could.

But, he reads them instead, to let the worms live inside.


Russell never went to school, but he wishes he is a Psychologist.

Because he believes attitude can change everything.


Russell says he loves the water and oxygen the most.

He also thinks no one should have to complain about them.


Russell made a big mistake one day in the past.

But, he forgave himself and focused on the answer to move on.


Russell tells everyone he believes in true love,

Because, when he was in his sixties, he finally found his.


Russell says he is always careful with his health and his heart.

He protects them, because those are the keys to life.


Russell was told he was old, by some old lady,

But, he doesn't trust the lady because she never walked in his shoes before.


Russell was beaten in a game of tennis.

So, he tried ping-pong and won the state finals.


Russell never gives room for jealousy.

Because jealousy is always jealous of everything it sees.


Russell loves barbeques and hamburgers, on hot sunny days.

Because sometimes we all need to savor the moment.


Russell doesn't like mean or angry people.

Because one day with any of them, means trouble!


Russell says he loves the ocean.

Because the ocean is definitely bigger and stranger than anything he has ever seen.


Russell loves hot tea, cookies and fireside chats on snowy days.

He says moments like these can heal someone's life.


Russell says he doesn't bother with dirt.

He says he is an expert on living a clean life


Russell doesn't like people with mud in their brains

He thinks sticky people break people apart.


Russell is now more than a hundred years old, but his heart is fifty.

Because he just feels fifty really suits him for the moment.


Russell says he always loves his life.

That's why everyone remembers Russell and not the years of his life.



The end. Just write.


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I want to let you know

~Dedicated to my brothers in spirit, Ben Affleck, Sean Moynihan, JD, of Denver, and Derek J. Jones. ~


Today, I want to let you know,

Just how I feel about you.


First of all, I think you are great,

And I think I like you.


I know, I only know what I know of you,

But, you will be surprised of how much I know.


If you say let's play space combat in the desert,

I'll tell you to pretend we're in Disneyland instead.


If sunshine turns into hailstorm,

I'll pray for a change in weather.


If there is danger,

I'll tell you to run for your life!


If you want to face your fears, I'll tell you that's great,

but being fearless is one thing, and being smart is another.


If you have a headache,

I'll make you take a nap.


If someone tells you, you are growing faster than your pants,

I will tell them they will never grow up!


If you're gnarly, I'll tell you,

If you're silly, I'll let you know.


If you start to feel bad about anything,

I'll make sure you feel normal about everything.


When you are lazy,

I'll remind you how lazy you can be.


But if you are tired and very, very, very sad,

It's really okay to feel grumpy.


If you are jealous of me, and I am jealous of you,

We will puke at perfect people together.


If you eat too much,

I'll tell you, "You might get fat and won't be picked for the team!"


If you get sick, and no one cares about you

I will tell you about the time I had the chicken pox.


If I just won a million dollars, and feel too good for anyone.

You shouldn't worry so much, but those million dollars can be useful.


If you want to leave,

I'll cry.


I know all these things sounds too good to be true,

But I am just amazing, that's all…


I am not lying,

I really am an amazing kid!


So, I thought, …

I should let you know


Your friend.

Till The end.

Just write.


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Know that I Love You

 ~ Inspired by Janet Nuss and Dr. Marian Mehegan, DDS.~


Broken cups, spilling milk,

Or plates tumbling

When you're hiding, running,

Jumping, or screaming


Know that I love you


When you cry and

Everyone sees

Even with bandages

On your knees


Know that I love you


After a fight, and

You've been pushed down

Even when everyone

Keeps poking fun


Know that I love you


When people are laughing

But you are embarrassed

Hiding behind your palms

Eyes red and heart calloused


Know that I love you


When you feel a bit

Tattered inside

And no one could place

Your sadness aside


Know that I love you


When the going

Gets rough

When you feel you're

Not strong enough


Know that I love you


When your heart is

Joyfully dancing

And you are

Jubilantly singing


Know that I love you


When you are

The winning team, and

You've reached everything

You can dream


Know that I love you


When you have to make

A perfect choice

Hoping and praying

To hear a voice


Know that I love you


When you're facing

So many choices

Trying to make

The right decision


Know that I love you


If thunder and lightning

causes some fear

And the darkness

Comes crawling near


Know that I love you


When nothing can

Give you despair

And every second is

A breath of fresh air


Know that I love you


But, before, after,

During, or while

And when everything

Gives you a smile


Know that I love you


When you've found

Your true love

Truly divine from

Up above


Know that I love you


In winter, spring,

Summer, or fall

Blooming flowers, and

The gentle breeze call


Know that I love you


I love you


I love you


I will always love you



The end. Just write.

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Invictus by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.


In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.


Beyond this place of wrath and tears 

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds and shall find me unafraid.


It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.

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