THE U.S.S. EARTH

The UNITED STATES SPACESHIP EARTH
Makes ready for its flight of birth
Within the mighty rocket , is one woman and one man
They're going to start a new world, the way ours once began
Heading for a planet in a galaxy unknown
The ship will fly uncharted space, where man has never flown
The journey will be far and long, for the children of the earth
Placed into the spaceship, on their very day of birth
The children will be cared for until they're fully grown
By a computerized life support system, the best we've ever known
The day the U.S.S. EARTH must leave, marks the beginning of the end
When the powerful nations of the earth, their missiles they will send
Yes, the day we feared would never come is getting very near
That day is Armageddon, its coming and that's quite clear
The destruction of the earth, unnecessary as it may seem
Will be the final answer, to an unsolved everyday dream
The warheads that the missiles bring, will accomplish in minutes what centuries have failed to do
And that's to bring everlasting world peace to everyone, including me and you.

"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty". ( Rev.1.8 )

February 1980, RLH

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FEAR
Although I fear death
I fear life even more
For life has taken all I've got
And left me ragged and sore
I have tasted life
It's taste is sweet to some
It's taste to me is bitter
So, I wait for death to come
I have but yet to taste
The kiss of death
But I won't have long to wait
For I feel it's cold, cold breath
Listen! Do you hear?
I need not wait no more
I hear death's knock
And it's knocking at my door

September 1979, RLH

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ROBIN HOOD
I shot an arrow through the air
Toward the apple upon John's head
But the arrow missed the apple
And struck poor John instead
John was a brave man and big in size
Too bad about that arrow between the eyes
Now the headstone upon the grave of John
Reads something just like this -
If ever you should decide to let anyone
Shoot an apple off of your head
Just remember that the archer might miss
And if he does, you'll be dead
Rest In Peace Little John!

December 1979, RLH

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HEAVEN AND HELL
I've been to heaven and I've been to hell
This poem I wrote so I could tell
When I held you in my arms that day, and I knew that I must go away
It was only for a moment, but I held the world within my arms
That world was you, with all your charms
You've shown me heaven, how it could be
But heaven only exist's in you and me
Then when I looked into your eyes and saw that you were crying
At that very same moment deep down inside, I knew that I was dying
And when I left, I felt so helpless in every way
You've shown me heaven, and I found hell, that very day
I pray to God and the Heaven above
That you'll always be happy as I send you my love
There is no room for love in hell, it's surely where I'm at
For all I do is think of you and remember this and that
Memories are all that I have now, if only I had know
If I knew then what I know now, I'd have you for my own
This feeling that I have for you is really nothing new
It's just that I now found out that the feeling, is love for you
I fear that I will never see that heavenly place again
So I pray to God that this hell I'm in, He bring to an end

July 1979, RLH

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NEW BUT USED
It's new to me but it's really used
We live in a world with children abused
Today there was a gasoline crunch
Tomorrow someone will go without lunch
You stand in lines for things you need
Or do you really? Maybe it's greed
Why must we be someone we're not
Shouldn't we be happy with what we've got
Some protest the building of a nuclear plant sight
They march, picket, and sometimes fight
The religious movement will come to an end
When each of the faiths, they must defend
Everything this earth has to give is free
Why must we charge an outrageous fee?
Will there ever be a cancer cure?
Sit back, relax, and have another beer
The government taxes everything we buy, sell and own
And that's why the people bitch and moan
The oceans are polluted by some oil tanker spill
We turn down our thermostat and catch a chill
The boat people were put adrift in the ocean to die
While millions of people didn't even bat an eye
We must try to help and understand
The entire race of our fellow man
The society we live in, is winner take all
But sooner or later, that winner will fall
Women are degraded by unwanted men
Sometimes they're convicted and sent to the pen
The endangered species of the earth
Have been fighting for survival, since their day of birth
We board a plane to fly somewhere
But the engine falls off in the air
The violence I see on a television show
Is nothing compared to the real life I know
On Halloween night, the children go trick or treat
But how many will die from the candy they'll eat?
Peace on this Earth shall never be
Until we open up our eyes and see
The damage we've caused unto our own kind
It could bring insanity to any mind
In a day when everyone is separated by race
Maybe we'll destroy ourselves beyond a trace
There's only one thing that I know to do
And that's to turn to God, and start over new
The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away
Let us now bow our heads in forgiveness, and pray

October 1979, RLH

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TRANSITION OF LIFE
Nine months of preparation, it takes us to be born
Then from the womb we're pulled, and the cord of life is torn
Our world of protection, the security we once had
Has left us now, and its all but gone, except for mom and dad
The parent's job has just begun, they must teach us all they know
For every day we live and learn, as the mind and body grow
The body only grows so much, until its fully grown
But the mind keeps growing and never stops, by learning knowledge we've never known
The one thing that we learn in life, the only thing of which we're sure
Is that from the time of birth we experience this thing called life, for which there is no cure
We have all been placed upon this world and we have all asked the question why?
The answer is to experience life and death, for each and every one of us will surely, live and die
But we have nothing to fear from death itself, only the fear of not knowing
For none of us can truly say what it will be like, or where we're going
It must be harder to be born, than it is for us to die
Facts are facts, and truth is truth, and they cannot tell a lie
It takes nine months for us to be born, into our earthly position
But only one second, for us to pass, into our final transition

September 1979, RLH

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BROKEN VOWS
I can still remember that day, its so vivid and clear
I can even remember back to the month, and to the year
It was to be the happiest day of my entire life
The day that I got married to my darling wife
I thought that we would become a team like Laurel and Hardy
But in the real world, daily life can't always be one big party
And just as a rainbow is made up of a different colors and hue
So are we as people made up of a different opinion, and view
It's so easy to say we just can't get along anymore
Then to turn and run out, after slamming the door
Now I sit here remembering all of the good times we once had
And I can't help but wonder what came between us, that was so bad
These words keep coming back to me, and they won't leave my head
The for better or for worse, spoken by the preacher as he read
This bond shall not be broken as long as there's a chance for a life
Divorced only by paper, and broken vows are for some, a new start
But I'll love you forever, as long as there's a beat left in my heart
I wish you all the happiness in the world, and a long and fruitful life
But I just wanted you to know, that to me, you'll always be my loving wife

This poem is dedicated to SAILOR and that special day - October 28, 1990

SKIPPER

November 1995, RLH

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THE DOOR
Before me stood a magic door
Like nothing I've ever seen before
There was no wall or building there
Just a door, standing in the air
I stood there for a moment or two
Wondering and asking myself, what should I do?
Is there something behind this door for me?
I must open it, and then I'll see
I opened the door to look behind
But it was too dark, like being blind
I must step inside if I am to know
And as I did, there came a glow
This glow came down from the sky
But was too bright for the normal eye
I turned and started for the door
But I must stay, there might be more
Then came a voice which said to me
Don't be scared, for you are free
Turn and look at me my son
And you will see that we are one
As I turned slowly toward the voice
I knew that I had made the right choice
For it was God who I could see
And now the glow, came forth from me
It was His kingdom behind the door
And where I'll be for ever more
Our souls have joined and now are one
My eternal life, has just begun
It was the earthly life, that I did part
But now I live within God's heart
Please do not weep the death of me
For in God's heart, we all are free

September 1980, RLH

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DAWN
You're my ray of sunshine, on a cloudy and dismal day
I could sit and listen to talk for hours, it doesn't matter what you have to say
Like a child on Christmas morning, filled with anxiousness, awe, and surprise
I just can't hardly wait until I see you again, and look into your beautiful hazel eyes
Like a clock with rundown batteries, and hands moving oh so slow, goes the beating of my heart
Seconds seem like minutes, and minutes seem like hours, whenever we're apart
You're the first thing I think about every morning, and the last thing every night
I just can't stop thinking about you, whenever you are out of sight
I'm crazy about you baby, every wrinkle, curve, and line
And if I had but just one wish, that would be to make you mine
Your friendship is the most precious thing to me, and you'll be forever in my heart
I thank God every day for bringing you into my life, and I pray that we'll never part
You are so beautiful and perfect in every way, like a dream come true
To make you happy and bring a smile to your face, is all I want to do!

2001


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These next few poems are personal favorites of mine, and I would like to share them with you. Some do not have an Author, and none of them, were written by me - Enjoy.
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WHEN I WAS BORN
When I was born,
I was Black
When I grew up,
I was Black
When I got sick,
I was Black
When I go out in the sun,
I am still Black
When I am cold,
I am Black
When I die,
I will still be Black

BUT, YOU.....

When you are born,
You are Pink
When you grow up,
You are White
When you get sick,
You are Green
When you go out in the sun,
You are Red
When you are cold,
You are Blue
When you die,
You are Purple
And you have the nerve to call me COLORED???

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MY LAST WILL
My will is easy to decide
For there is nothing to divide
My kin don't need to fuss and moan
Moss does not cling to a rolling stone
My body? - Oh! If I could choose
I would to ashes it reduce
And let the merry breezes blow
My dust to where some flowers grow
Perhaps some fading flower then
Would come to life and bloom again
This is my last and final will
Good luck to all of you,
Joe Hill

Joe Hill fought for organized labor
Joe Hill was born on October 7th, 1879 in Gavle, Sweden, and he died on November 19th, 1915 at the age of 36 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Executed by the state of Utah for a murder most union people feel he never committed. The prosecutions case against him was based on circumstantial evidence, and today, any judge would throw the case out of court, on the grounds that there was no fair trail and that Joe Hill was never proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The AFL-CIO Executive Council has petitioned the Governor of the state of Utah, seeking a full and absolute pardon for Joe Hill.

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ENTER: THE DEVIL
On the table a book there lay
Which Agrippa himself had been reading that day
The words were written with blood therein
And the pages were made of dead men's skin
The young man he began to read
He knew not what, but he would proceed
When there was heard a sound at the door
Which as he read, grew more and more
And more and more the knocking grew
The young man knew not what to do
But trembling in fear, he sat within
'Til the door was broke, and the devil came in
Two hideous horns on his head he had got
Like iron heated nine times red-hot
The breath of his nostrils was brimstone blue
And his tail like a Fiery serpent grew!

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Mary had a little lamb
She took it to bed one night to sleep
The lamb turned out to be a ram
Now Mary has a little sheep!

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REJECTED
A man stood at the gates of hell
As the devil himself, answered the bell
The devil looked him over from head to toe
And said, My friend I'd like to know
What you have done in the name of sin
To entitle you to come within?
Then Franklin D. with his usual guile
Stepped forth and flashed his toothy smile
"When I took charge in 33
The nations faith was mine," said he
I promised this and I promised that
And I calmed them down with a fireside chat
I spent their money on fishing trips
And fished from the decks of their battleships
They earned their money on the P.W.A.
Then I raised their taxes and took it away
I double crossed both the young and old
And still the fools my praises were told
I brought back booze and what do you think?
I taxed it so high, they couldn't afford to drink
I furnished money with government loans
When they missed a payment, I took their homes
I paid them to let their farms lie still
Then I imported food-stuffs from Brazil
I curtailed crops when I felt real mean
And I shipped in corn from the Argentine
When they'd start to worry, stew and fret
I get them to changing the alphabet
With the W.P.A. and the C.C.C.
With these many units I got their goats
And still, I crammed it down their throats
My workers worked with the speed of snails
While the tax payers chewed their fingernails
When the organizers needed some dough
I closed the plant for the C.I.O.
I ruined jobs and I ruined health
And I put the screws on the rich mans wealth
And some who couldn't stand the gaff
Would call on me, and how I'd laugh

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Roses are red - pickles are green,
I love your legs, and what's in between
I love your style, and I love your class,
But most of all, I love your ass!

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WOULD YOU

If in this world there were but two
And all the world were good and true
And if you knew that no one knew

WOULD YOU?

If you dreamed in pajamas blue
Of two strong arms embracing you
And if you really wanted to

WOULD YOU?

If all the world were nice and bright
And if I stayed with you all night
And if I turned out all the lights

WOULD YOU?

If we were in a certain place
And we were sleeping face to face
Nothing between us but a little lace

WOULD YOU?, HELL, WHO WOULDN'T

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WHEN
When the snow is on the out-house
And the frost is on the seat,
And you're called by nature's duty
'Til you move with hurried feet;
You haven't time to shovel,
So you wallow through the snow
And you don't need a thermometer
To tell it's four below
You make a quick deposit,
Then grab a page or two
From last year's mail house catalog
(Or even corncobs do)
Then to the house and fireside
You beat a quick retreat,
When the snow is on the out-house
And the frost is on the seat.
Richard Hickok - Walhalla, Michigan - 1954
This is a genuine 2-hole outhouse that was used at my granndmother's house, and if you've never used one, your missing out on the experiance - especially in the winter time when there was lots of snow on the ground. I remember having to go so bad one time when there was lots of snow and cold as hell. Well, I made my way one step at a time knee deep in snow to the out house only to find out that the damn door was frozen to the ground, and I couldn't open it. Well, I just sucked up my body as small as I could and squeezed through the little bit that that I could open, and got a splinter in my ass in the process. I made my deposit and departed quickly back into the warm house.
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