Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Icy Angel Wing

Photo Credit: Michael R. Ritt

Icy Angel Wing

By Michael R. Ritt

An angel’s watching over me.

I found the proof in a cedar tree

That grows outside in our front yard,

Its limbs upraised majestically.


He must have been there through the night,

From setting sun to morning light,

To see us through our slumbering hours

And put our enemies to flight.


The biting wind and snow did sting,

And to the cedar he did cling,

And faithfully remained on guard,

Although, alas, he froze his wing.


He had to leave it where it froze.

Went back to heaven, I suppose,

To get a new one in its place,

And left the one to decompose.


The morning sun will warm the breeze

That’s blowing through our cedar trees,

And melt the wing that’s hanging there

To make a bath for chickadees.


Friday, November 18, 2016

Winter Contemplation

A poem by Michael R. Ritt

(Dedicated to Drea Marie, because we both miss the winters of our youth.)

the snow fell…

i stood at the door and looked

   out across the corn field

   and out to the road where the plow

   would have to be coming by

   when the snow let up some

a plow got stuck last year

   trying to plow the road

   out in front of our house

   but there was just too much snow

another plow came by

   to un-stick the one that got stuck

together they got all of the snow

   pushed off of the road to the sides

   to form huge mountains of snow

   to attract boys who would conquer

   and reign over them

   and hold them for their own defense

   against invading armies of other boys

i never knew a snow mound

   that wasn’t a battle ground

but I never knew a boy who

   needed a mound to battle on



Monday, November 7, 2016

A Special Request...

I’ve never done this kind of a post before, but I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce you to a wonderful musician by the name of Mark Wells Cheadle. Mark is a friend of mine from Nashville, Tennessee who was diagnosed with stage four cancer earlier this year. Mark has been unable to work at his job as a result, and has been subsisting on his social security and whatever money he can make from the sale of his music. Below is a video of his song, “Sumer Solstice,” which is a favorite of mine.

Mark is selling CD’s of his music, and I want to encourage everyone to check them out. They are available for $12.99 each, and I understand that he will give you a discount on bulk orders of five or more (Christmas is approaching and they would make great gifts).

Order CD’s By Emailing Mark at: rocknroll.me@outlook.com

Even though he is in need of our help himself, Mark is such a great guy that he hasn’t stopped thinking about the needs of others. Mark has told me that, “…10% Of My Gross Receipts On Sales Go To A Really Great Little Non Profit Thrift Store In My Area That Helps Very Many Struggling People Called The Joelton, TN Hope Center.”

Consider ordering one (or more) of Mark’s CD’s, then sit back and enjoy the beautiful, relaxing music that he creates.