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Beat Goes On

Peace is Purpose, Nonviolence is Strength, Diversity is Unity, Empathy is Empowerment ……… Beat Goes On I’m beating the same themes And so I’ll pound them again Since the peace I seek seems A consensus exacting to gain It may stay forever unbidden Until you dovetail my dreams Remain a horse never ridden Let’s give […]

Birth Perspective

Peace is Purpose, Nonviolence is Strength, Diversity is Unity, Empathy is Empowerment What would we find? If we dug under the snow Would it be the same? As it was before The snow started falling Cold fingers digging Down to turf Dead and brown Unraked leaves Frozen hope Yearning, eager For sun’s warmth Melting snow […]

Don’t Push

Ever ~ Philip Brent ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peace is Purpose, Nonviolence is Strength, Diversity is Unity, Empathy is Empowerment Hide in deep holes, darkest shadow Dance and preen in bright daylight Neither guarantee, lead high or low You have no reason to feel uptight Plow deeply, with all your might Make use of everything you know Cosmos […]

Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door

In 1883, Emma Lazarus, daughter of immigrant families, wrote a sonnet entitled “The New Colossus.” You almost certainly know part of it. It’s emblazoned on a plaque which now resides in the museum of the Statue of Liberty. Perhaps, unlike me, you knew the complete verse. I must admit to being surprised when I learned […]

Discovering Ourselves

I came to art late and have at times chosen what might be thought odd subjects. For example, I’ve painted a dead vole, a portrait of feet, paintings of friends and family with green faces to name three. This is reflective of my nature. What I have found interesting is my fascination with reflection itself […]

Nothing Hence

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Early Monday morning, August 15th, one of my best friends died. I say one of my best friends because the other is her daughter, my wife. That my friend was also my mother-in-law may be involved in my struggle, but I’m not sure. Talking about her the other night, someone said many people called […]

Who to Follow

“War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength; Trumpery is Reality” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Deciding who to follow shouldn’t be too tough From any counseling hate and fear; run away Isn’t it time that we all said enough is enough Time to let love, hope and tolerance hold sway ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ See more of my creative […]