About

My name is Michael and I’m a 61 yr. old divorced Male who lives in Oxnard, CA.

I lose myself in words and try to gain the voice of the poet. My hope is to keep those things around me that are important, alive and in front of other people’s eyes. To revitalize the world’s interests in less observed profundities and minutiae; while soothing my soul with these observations. More often I find it torments my soul; the disregard and loathing it has for others – myself included.

Poetry is a lot of things to a lot of people, but it’s definitely not for wimps.

Michael

“Pictured reality is art devoured.”

 

 

116 responses to “About

  1. just peel the layers Michael, and write…

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  2. My brother served on the USS Guam during the Granada invasion and he knew some of the marines that Reagan sent in with guns but no ammo who were killed by the truck bomb…Thank-you for your service…:)

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    • The Navy was a great place to serve (in retrospect).. 😉 I’ve never lost anyone while in the service but I have children who have and I know they keep their memories alive.

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  3. Yes indeed. One of the many upsides to retirement is that we get some time for things we’ve always wanted to do. Wonderful!

    Ages are so mixed in classes these days. We “elders” don’t stick out so much on campus and in classroom anymore.

    Thanks for this lovely intro to you. Well done.

    Blog on Michael!

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  4. I’m glad you decided to write.
    I understand what you mean about day to day living, but it’s the things we write down that continue to live on, even when we don’t. Our written words become a counsel and a friend to descendants we will never see. Keep on writing!

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  6. You have a good life. Its wonderful that you chose to write.

    Your writing is quick and powerful, has a pinch to it. You can write more about your life experiences.

    Thanks for enjoying my posts.

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  7. Hello,

    Amazing posts! And I always have a respect for anyone from the armed forces! All the very best!

    Best Wishes,
    Addy

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  8. I hadn’t realised this about you. There is a special place in my heart for Service people. I’ll never know what it’s like…more boredom than heroism probably…but still discipline and a life entirely different from ‘real’ life, and then suddenly back in it.

    Everytime I think about it, I am embarrassed and ashamed at what my own contribution to those around me comes to…a few words here and there.

    I am honestly moved by your work and work ethic as it is, by itself, and now I am touched by your presence and your blog.

    I was having a hard time thinking what to write for tomorrow – this postaday business starts well but just one week in and I’m EXHAUSTED! – but now I know I’m going to put up a piece called ‘Soldier’.

    It’s a bit sentimental and sometimes I’m afraid that my emotion cheapens the service but I’m gonna post it anyway.

    Didn’t expect to write this long. Good luck and I would be honoured to make it through the entire year with you.

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    • Your comment number was 911. The military life can be satisfying; it can also be a sacrifice for all concerned. Every Soldier, Sailor and Marine have a different reason for participating and patriotism is intermingled, but hardly the first reason for most. I remember it was unemployment and a general dissatisfaction in where life was leading them or myself when I served.
      Regardless of the choice for our decision to serve, a higher decision was made to protect one another from harms way once entrenched. This higher decision to protect one another is hard to reproduce in the civilian world and harder still for these boys now men coming back to civilian world to adjust to where most people don’t have their back.
      There’s no reason for someone who didn’t choose to be part of the military to feel embarrassed or ashamed and that’s hardly a reason to pick up and join. My suggestion is to take a morning or afternoon every month and give something back to those in need right in your own community. If there’s an overwhelming desire to fight for something, fight to help end poverty, homelessness and the abused youth; or support returning service members who are having problems adjusting from the horror of war. Whatever you choose to do or not do should be a personal choice, not based on what others before you choose to do with their lives. Be true to yourself and cultivate your God given gifts

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  9. Hi – so glad to have stumbled across your beautiful writing on your blog 😀 Hope you have a wonderful day xx

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  10. Had to visit your “about,” Michael. Enjoy your blog a lot. I love it that you’re going back to school and that you have listened to the call to write.

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  11. Your comment number was 911. The military life can be satisfying; it can also be a sacrifice for all concerned. Every Soldier, Sailor and Marine have a different reason for participating and patriotism is intermingled, but hardly the first reason for most. I remember it was unemployment and a general dissatisfaction in where life was leading them or myself when I served.Regardless of the choice for our decision to serve, a higher decision was made to protect one another from harms way once entrenched. This higher decision to protect one another is hard to reproduce in the civilian world and harder still for these boys now men coming back to civilian world to adjust to where most people don’t have their back.There’s no reason for someone who didn’t choose to be part of the military to feel embarrassed or ashamed and that’s hardly a reason to pick up and join. My suggestion is to take a morning or afternoon every month and give something back to those in need right in your own community. If there’s an overwhelming desire to fight for something, fight to help end poverty, homelessness and the abused youth; or support returning service members who are having problems adjusting from the horror of war. Whatever you choose to do or not do should be a personal choice, not based on what others before you choose to do with their lives. Be true to yourself and cultivate your God given gifts
    +1

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    • Thanks for taking the time to look around and for the +1 sign on one of my comments. I gave this advice to someone unsolicited and is available to anyone else you might know who would benefit from it. Gratitude accepted and given.

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  12. Going through your beautiful introduction, though late, I cannot resist myself, and willingness comes in me to post this poem.
    THE RAGE

    There is devastation on the earth.
    AND infection of violence is in the Middle East,
    and epidemic termination moves from nature
    to human habitation as it is evident in the East
    as it may be saying of the boost of
    rage syndrome – either of nature or of mind
    and daily ailing speaks of life termination – one through
    blood and other in nature’s devastation.

    What can be done to cool the rage?

    The mind has little flavour to cool the rage
    whose wall is not like the concrete wall
    that man builds like tower to protect human living
    where man makes light with nuclear bombardment
    that creates colours to reflect burden of our life
    thus we live, and buds bloom in our garden
    making paintings on the floor to hold our existence
    over mind’s credence. In this world, some people
    have alienation, who think they are supreme
    to suppress all beauties of daybreak in our garden
    and they like to blaze our houses, everything burnt
    to keep them alive and to grab stronghold of a regime
    that people do not like to live in, and cannot return
    to their birthplace .

    In the nature’s frontier, everything goes sway
    when slates moves violently to satisfy their existence
    that violently crushes everything upon the earth
    and life turns into jeopardy and extinction is evident.

    Neither mind nor the nature can cool the rage.
    Carnage or devastation moves alike to abhor nested blooms
    nor mind can thrush away the rage of irruption
    from the earth’s massive green foliage.
    In every turn there is no offer to cool the rage,
    and we have to remain with lost lives
    as these lives cannot breath, cannot return,
    only bring tears to survivors
    not knowing that they are victim of the rage.

    -Asim Kumar Paul
    13.03.2011

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    • Your one question has many answers from many people everywhere. I can only guess the rage in the middle east is over injustice, poverty and power. I was blessed being born into a democracy yet my Rage started at Nine months of age when my Father deserted my mother and myself. There doesn’t seem to be an easy solution in either of these examples, but there is hope for some kind of restoration.

      The one thing demonstrated time after time in human history is if the revolutions don’t work, eventually the evolution will.

      I have 4 children and 3 of them served in the United States military as I did and 1 still serves today. I don’t want to send them AGAIN or any children into harms way.
      As a family we decided to serve and we have. Now it’s up to others to decide what part they need to play and I’ll support their decisions as individuals.

      Let’s pray.

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  13. I am very happy with your sweet return.
    I also agree with you.
    I also have to pass through a great many pains and rage,
    from my childhood to adulthood.

    Truth of rage has causes with many directions,
    from individual to social context
    where our eyes are caught in sense and troubles,
    and mind is disturbed,

    For this moment, I just narrate what comes in my mind.
    So I write you.

    -Asim Kumar Paul
    13.03.2011

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  14. Very much enjoying a nice little scout around your poetry. Thanks 🙂

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  15. Hi Michael, just to let you know, I’ve put a link to your blog on my page called “My Blogging Friends” 😀

    Hope you’re having a good weekend,
    Chloe xx

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  16. I have stumbled upon you blog and am enjoying looking around. Nice place and poetry you have here. 🙂

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  17. I enjoyed your site!! I love your poetry and keep on writing!! I will be back to read more!!

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  18. Reaching the half century mark was like opening the cage door. I have been writing and sharing ever since. I enjoyed reading your intro and I love the photo that’s welcomes us to your blog. I will return. Peace.

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  19. You should think about coming over to our writing challenge site: http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com. We’d love to have your talent.

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  20. Hi, Michael. It’s a pleasure to meet you. I look forward to reading more of your poetry as I continue to participate in the Trifecta Challenge. Thank you so much for stopping by my place and leaving me a comment. It really meant a lot to me.

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  21. Hi there! Visiting from the Trifecta prompt. Nice to meet you. I like “Write for Yourself”. It’s a good one.

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  22. Turgid is, indeed, a great word. Unfortunately for both of us it only has two listed definitions in the dictionary we use. Thanks for linking up! Going to check out your link now.

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  23. I would have liked turgid, too. Maybe we can convince the people at Merriam Webster’s to add a third meaning? 😉 Nice meeting you. Looking forward to reading more from you.

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  24. turgid would be an excellent choice

    I like your blog

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  25. ‘morning, booguloo, shall we boogalu to the music together? 🙂 Welcome to Trifecta and thanks for introducing yourself.

    I’m the daughter of a WWII vet and grew up during the Vietnam era. I’ve friends and relatives who have served in every “conflict” since. I thank you all for your service.

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  26. It is my pleasure to nominate you for the Kreativ Blogger Award 🙂
    http://inaweblogisback.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/awards/

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  27. Yay!
    And now I know a little more!

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    • Let me give you a peek into my reality:
      Bugs: Duck season!
      Daffy: Wabbit season!
      Bugs: Duck season!
      Daffy: Wabbit season!
      Bugs: Duck season!!
      Daffy: Wabbit season!!
      Bugs: Wabbit season!
      Daffy: Duck season!!!
      Bugs: Wabbit season!!!
      Daffy: I say it’s Duck season, and I say, FIRE!
      BLAM!

      “That’s All Folks”

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  30. Wow, I went a long way down into the abyss to get to this comment space (looks both ways) I ammmm at the right post aren’t I? hmmm… well, never mind all that. Hello boogulu nice to meet you:-)

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  31. inspiring words buddy

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  32. “Poetry is a lot of things to a lot of people, but it’s definitely not for wimps.” haha, I love that. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog. Keep writing!

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  33. Glad you came by. Be well.

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  34. I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to read and “like” one of my posts. Blessings to you!

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  35. Nice reading about you Micheal

    Thanks for following my blog Ajaytao2010@wordpress.com. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may definitely find something of your interest.

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  36. Really good poetry Mike, I find your work very readable and quite interesting!

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  37. Merci de suivre mon blog. d–0.o–b

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  38. Fifty-nine years old and blogging! Awesome! My dad is about your age (he turned 59 last April) and don’t know what a blog is.

    I think I’m gonna show your blog to him to inspire him. 😀

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  39. Good to meet you Michael. Look forward to explore more of your lovely blog. 🙂

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  40. Thanks! I’m happy to know my work has brought some pleasure in your life.

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  41. Hi Michael, I hope you will accept the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Please see http://stantonsunshine.net/2014/06/22/very-inspiring-blogger-award-and-my-nominations/. Have a nice day!

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    • Thanx Debb. Before we started admiring each others work. I had a “closet” full of awards and decided not to accept them because of.. to be honest.. there’s a lot of work accepting and displaying, But considering this one looks really cool and the message is very nice (almost too nice..lol) I’ll accept the recognition and award. Michael.

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      • Thanks Michael, I’m blushing now! Thank you for accepting the award, because you really deserve it. Hope I didn’t add to your stress of the work it takes to receive an award — I tried to see if your blog had a “no awards please” on it…anyways, you made my day. Enjoy! You do have a great blog.

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    • I’m right in the middle of getting a hud apt and i’m up to my ….well I think you get the picture. I will do my best in trying to get to it today.

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      • Um….I get the picture. LOL Hope your appointment goes well today, and please know that I needed a lot of time for when I received the award. You will get it done when it’s time. 🙂

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  42. “Poetry isn’t for wimps” has made it into my lexicon. Thanks very much for that 🙂 I’ve enjoyed every post I’ve read so far. Keep it up.

    All the best,
    H&J

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    • I’m glad I made it…. Here’s one for you popped in my head a few years back. I still mumble it during my morning mirror time, “Have a great day.. In spite of your self”

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      • Another nugget of wisdom safely packed away.

        I bought my friend a book recently called “The Cynic’s Lexicon”. Full of incredibly cynical and sardonic quotes. Definitely worth a look – I’m sure you’d love it.

        Either that or get on http://www.gutenberg.org/ and search for the 1811 dictionary of the vulgar tongue.

        All the best,
        H&J

        All the best,
        H&J

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  43. “Poetry is a lot of things to a lot of people, but it’s definitely not for wimps.” Soooo true! I’m not always on wordpress, but hope to read more of your work as time passes. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read thus far. Peace to you. Elizabeth

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  44. Thanks.. Hope the wind is at your back on your journey..

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  45. thanks for the visit. nice site you have here.

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  46. You have very interesting blog! I enjoyed it!

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  47. I think you’ve made a poem,
    because it rhymes,
    not that you need to be told.
    Hey everybody,
    Michael is a poet,
    and I know it.
    Poem on……

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  48. Poetry is a lot of things to a lot of people, but it’s definitely not for wimps.
    Haha. I love it. Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

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  49. Nominated you for a challenge but feel free to superciliously ignore it if you don’t like them. 🙂

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  50. Great stuff here. I’ll be coming back. I subscribed party out of the quality of material, but mostly because your getting close to 666 subscribers.

    Keep up the good work.

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  51. Happy to meet you, Michael. 🙂

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