Letters from Iwo Jima

EER_0614

Veterans Day brings many mixed feelings, especially to those who had family members who died in service to their country. Many who served in Viet Nam and the Iraq war never came home again. In World War II, the bloody battle of Iwo Jima will always be remembered. This photo,  taken on that day, has become an icon among veterans. It captured the courage and resolve of those soldiers in the face of death. Johnny Cash sang a song about Ira Hayes, a native American who was part of that flag raising, only to come home and eventually become a homeless alcoholic, with his service long forgotten. Many soldiers suffer from PTS after they return home. Mental health care is a big issue that needs to be addressed in our country. Without adequate help we will see more of what took place last week in Texas. The worst thing that can happen to a veteran is to be forgotten. Remember those who have sacrificed their lives and thank those who keep our country safe and provide the life you and I take for granted.

This video on YouTube has almost two million views

Stamp Art: Dwight L. Roth

This piece was made for my friend Colonel Thomas Hoyt Davis III for his thirty years of service to our county in our Army Special Forces.

 

Advertisements

Husky at Play

EER_0025

My next door neighbor was keeping this beautiful baby Husky for a friend. It was just like a little kid running and playing in the back yard. I snapped these photos to share with all of you. Enjoy this poetry in motions! I love the blue eyes!!

 

EER_0026

EER_0028

EER_0027

EER_0030

The Cat was not so sure she approved of what the Husky was doing in her yard!

EER_0024

Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Light-Years

Faster Than Light-YearsEER_0361.JPG

What is faster than the speed of light?

186,000 miles per second

Nothing in this physical realm

But there is another paradigm

Traveling faster than light

It is the mind /spirit within

Taking us places in an instant

Virtual reality may just be the thing

Just like Dr. Who or Beam me up Scotty

Imagine the top of a mountain

A rocky flowing mountain stream

The smile of a baby

A vision of your parent who has passed on

The mind is a wonderful entity

Transporting us to the depths of the sea

To the outer limits of the universe

To see love in an instant

To touch the mind of God

A prayer a touch of the divine

To imagine a heaven beyond description

To see the pain of a hell already experienced

The spirit takes us inward to see who we are

To remember our childhood vivid and clear

Just like it was yesterday

Time flashes before our eyes they say

All in an instant

All beyond light-years

All beyond anything we have yet to imagine

The mind is instant gratification!   … or torment!

************************************************************

Stamp Art: Dwight L. Roth

Reposted

Restoration

IMG_3204

We just passed Reformation Sunday celebrating Martin Luther’s courageous challenge of the Catholic Church. He believed that our faith not our religious works are what make us right with God. He brought a new perspective to God’s grace in our life.  We come to God in our brokenness and find restoration, wholeness, and a renewed relationship. As a result, the Protestant Reformation emerged and continues to this day. This is a tribute to our brokenness and God’s grace!

Broken

What do you see when something is broken

An object to discard

Or an object restored

Half-full or half-empty

Perspective is everything

Affects all of life

We all become broken

At some time in our life

Thinking we are beyond repair

But God sees us otherwise

EER_0848.JPG

And restores us with his grace

His perspective

His Love

Are always there

We always have our place

In ways beyond

What we could ask or think

EER_0964.JPG

EER_0972.JPG

Photos & Guitar Repair: Dwight L. Roth

Reposted from a year ago…

 

Puppy Love

Dwight Roth - Paper Boy 001

Puppy Love

Gouging deep breaking smooth Maple bark

He carved his initials with hers in a heart

Imaginary lovers… she will never know

He’s only thirteen and hormones flow

Fantasies of a chance to hold her hand

To share how he feels as she sits in the stands

A dark haired beauty with a captivating smile

Slim angel of dreams on his mind for awhile

But this love though sweet was never meant to be

Except in the mind of a boy like me

Daydreams and night dreams in my brain collide

Adolescent shyness keeps words locked inside

She’ll never know I was her biggest fan

Who wanted to be near and hold her hand

Many years came and now are gone

But those puppy love dreams still remain

Adolescent fantasies never die

They’re just to be remembered

And put away with a sigh

**************************************************

Photo: From the family album

 

Flat Earth!

IMG_5038

I was listening to an interview on NPR with astronaut Scott Kelly about his experiences in the International Space Station. In the course of the interview he made the comment that some people still don’t believe man has gone into space. He said some people had picketed his house with signs that said, The Earth is Flat! I thought how silly this is to be so out of sync with what is going on in the world. It was so silly I decided to write a heretical poem to illustrate! I hope is makes you smile.

Flat Earth

What if the Earth was flat

Imagine that

There are some who still believe

Wondering if at some point

They might wander too far into the breeze

And sailing on suddenly drop off the edge

Into the abyss of lost souls’ deep wedge

The Earth is flat… if I can imagine that

All could believe and God might be a cat

Prowling the land whiskers in hand

Flicking his tail making demands

And for amusement entertainment for most

Perched on the edge and as people get close

Taking his paw flicking them over

They’re toast

Thinking how silly for people to believe

One might wander this far in the breeze

************************************************

Poem: Dwight L. Roth   

Family Roots

EER_0135

Finding ones roots has become a popular thing to do. DNA testing will tell you where your ancestors originated from. As we grow older we realize the importance of our family roots. This is especially true when we lose a parent. When this happens we see how significant they were in helping us become who we are today. Trees are held up and tower seventy feet or more into the air. When a storm blows a tree over we can see just how important it is to have a strong root system.

EER_0610

Roots

Beneath every tree are roots

Holding interlocking feeding

Bringing strength foundation

The source of all beauty we see

Looking at a tree

You’ve heard

“Behind every successful man

is a good woman.”

My mother was that good woman

Holding interlocking our family

Feeding caring for each one

My father a pillar of the community

Only on strength and nourishment

Of my mom who was always there for him

An unsung hero she was the roots of our tree

Without her none of us would be

Standing as we are today

EER_0327

My mother lived to be 93 years old!

Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Smoke and Mirrors

IMG_0547

A preacher once told his congregation, ” You can pretty much count on the fact that what’s happening is not always what’s going on!” This is really true when it comes to politics and the News Media. We have heard many accusations being thrown at the media for broadcasting fake news. With news that continues twenty-four hours a day everything gets turned into news. Today, President Trump’s Twitter account was shut down for eleven minutes by an exiting employee. It made the evening news! What more can I say!

Smoke Screens                 

Politics

A circus of smoke and mirrors

Half-truths polished and shiny

Stretching every word out of context

Smoke screens of the insignificant

Always hiding reality

Behind a cover of lies

Showing only fragments

Promising pots of gold

At the end of the rainbow

False hope in a holey bucket

Filled with wishes and fantasies

Pouring steadily out the bottom

Mirrors in a TV funhouse of fright

Giving only distorted views fake news

Twisting everything out of proportion

Don’t believe the hype

Look beyond the smoke and mirrors

Dig out the shreds of truth

Always remember

What you see is not what you will get

And what’s happening is not

What’s going onIMG_0547

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Music in the Key of G

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

Most of us think of music as something that is sung or played on and instrument. We may not be aware that there is music all around us. Music is the arrangement  and production of sounds and tones with unity and continuity. This poem shares all of the sounds around us that we might take for granted that have a musical quality to them. I did the painting above to show that music has movement and flow throughout.

Nature’s Music in the Key of G

Ebb and flow creating music for our ears

Oceans rolling gently onto a sandy beach

Crashing waves revealing the power of nature

Washes away anything in its path

A bubbling stream rolls over the rocks

Flowing in harmony with wind and birds

Listen to the rain beating down on a tin roof

Nature’s washboard of Cajun rhythms

Now and then a percussion clap of thunder

Punctuating the music with a boom

As flashes of the ELO lights the stage

The rustle of snare drum leaves

Playing to sandy perfection under it all

Rising and falling as the wind conducts

Little wrens with piccolo voices

Add harmonic pitches to the production

The cold snowy winds of December

Whistle as they sneak ‘round our porch

Playing against the crackling fire

Licking the burning logs with smacking lips

So much music all around

The frogs on warm summer nights

Cicadas making their seventeen year debut

Cricket violins playing behind hearth stones

Wild geese honking

As they fly north to their summer homes

All bring their harmonies to the score

Blending in the ebb and flow

Of nature’s grand symphony in the key of G

*******************************************

Painting of G Clef – Dwight L. Roth

 

On Track

EER_0748.jpg

Finding purpose in life comes with getting on the right track for you. It is very important to decide what your goals and purpose are, and then find a track that takes you forward to that destiny. You many not like being confined to tracks, but they will take you where you want to go. It reminds me of the Children’s story Little Toot about a little engine that thought he could have a better life off the track only to find it did not work for him.  Make sure the engine you hook to has the power to take you to your goal. But by all means stay on track.

On TrackEER_0749
Stay on track
It will make all the difference
Guidance and direction
All there for you when you’re on track
Staying on track demands focus and discipline
Jumping the track is not a good option
Usually ends in disaster and lament
Floundering and lost like a fish out of water
Tracks give you purpose a destiny to move toward
Staying in the groove rolling forward
With a solid base of confidence
This track you are on
Will take you where you want to go
Hook up with others on your way
They too are moving with you
You can switch tracks
Moving in different directions
But by all means find a track to follow
A destiny to move toward
Just avoid getting on a side track
That goes nowhere
Find engine that will take you there
People who can support you
And a purpose worth moving toward
And if you don’t give up…

You will Succeed!

**********************************************

Photos: Dwight L. Roth