I Married a Cat… She Married a Dog!

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When two people  commit themselves to a lifetime together, rather shocking personality traits begin to show up. We have all heard that opposites attract and I have found this to be true in my own marriage. But to me a better description is to see it in animal images. This poem describes the differences in our personalities. These differences present a lot of challenges in our life. Understanding these differences helps us overcome and survive these challenges.

I Married a Cat… She Married a Dog

I married a cat

Sleek and beautiful

Strong and independent

Yet likes to come and be close when

She is ready and feeling loved

Claiming the house as her space

Demanding attention when things get neglected

Purring when things go right

Scratching when things go wrong

Loving and caring and always there

I married a cat

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She married a dog

A co-dependent creature

Full of noise and excitement

Always barking about something

Demanding attention

Not to be denied

Protective and possessive

Tail wagging and drooling for love

Always wanting more

Assuming and thoughtless

Taking everything for granted

Leaving sheadings everywhere he goes

Always there when things get tough

Full of love and compassion

A wife’s best friend

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Reposted from a year ago…

 

 

Know the Storms will Come

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Know that Storms Will Come

Young and invincible I heard the tales

Of mid-life crisis and relationship dips

Never thought it would happen to me

Must be talking about someone else

As time went on and kids left home

The nest was empty for the first time

Work and stress and baggage compressed

Came out of the closet to haunt us

Know that storms of life are sure to happen

No matter how strong are the pilings

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Tsunami waves and hurricane winds

Pound every foundation and structure

Relationships dip some crash and burn

Depends on pilings and a willingness to learn

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Can Humpty Dumpty be put together again

It’s up to you to decide

When storms come as you know they will

Is it easier to relearn on a new unknown model

Or overhaul the relationship you already have

We kept the one we already had!

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

 

 

 

 

Blood Red Beauty

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Blood Red Beauty

Blood red petals floating fragile in the wind

Relationships intertwined yet ephemeral

Young and energetic shining moments

Splendid beauty in a garden of flowers

One by one the petals fall

Old relationships mature move on

New colors emerge as old ones die

Relationships are strong

Be they short or long

Bleeding blood red for all to see

Their shining day in the sun

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

 

 

 

 

Relationships

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Relationships

Relationships like railings have a central focus

Holding two similar yet different pieces together

When simply laid on the post they will soon fall apart

Some have nails of commitment holding them in place

And salt treatment to help them last twenty years

Many make commitments to stay joined for a lifetime

In time decay occurs around the things that brought them together

If left uncared for those things will not be strong enough

And the relationship will fall apart

I am afraid the song “Love Will Keep Us Together”

Is not enough

For when the decay begins

Love as it used to be goes right out the window

The song should read, “Work will keep us together

Relationships take hard work, compassion, and forgiveness

And most of all God’s grace to keep them together

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

 

 

I Married a Cat… She Married a Dog

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The old adage, “opposites attract” often holds true when it comes to husbands and wives. I have also heard that the things that attract us are what we argue and fuss about as time goes on. You have heard about “fighting like cats and dogs!”  I have come to the conclusion that Cats marry Dogs and vice versa. This became the inspiration for this poem. See what you think.

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I Married a Cat… She Married a Dog

I married a cat

Sleek and beautiful

Strong and independent

Yet likes to come and be close

When she is ready and feeling loved

Claims the house as her space

Demands attention when things get neglected

Purring when things go right

Scratching when things go wrong

Loving and caring and always there

I married a cat!

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She married a dog

A co-dependent creature

Full of noise and excitement

Always barking about something

Demanding attention

Not to be denied

Protective and possessive

Tail wagging and drooling for love

Always wanting more

Assuming and thoughtless

Taking everything for granted

Leaving sheadings everywhere he goes

Always there when things get tough

Full of love and compassion

A wife’s best friend

She married a dog!

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

 

Shooting Star

Seek out and connect with people who help and encourage you. Those who help shape your future should be people of light not of darkness. It is really not that hard to tell when someone is the real thing. Listen to their words. Words give you away every time. Be authentic and surround yourself with the same! I am grateful to the stars in my life who have helped me become the writer I am today. To them I say, Thank You!!

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Shooting Star

Have you ever hitched yourself

To a shooting star

Only to find that person was really

A comet flying through space

A cold solid chunk of ice and rock

With no life of their own

Living off the shinning reflections

Of other stars around them

Find yourself a star

Burning brightly

Full of passion and fire

Warm caring light for all

Better yet

Be that shinning star

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Clip art photo:  gographic.com

 

 

Mr. Ed

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One of the things in life I value most are my friends. Good friends make life so much better. Mr. Ed, as everyone at Siding Associates called him, was a great friend. We had a lot of common interests. He came from the “old school” and had his ideas about what should or should not be. We had many great discussion from religion to politics. He was our driver who delivered and picked up siding for our business. I was very sad when he passed away from pneumonia one of the last years I worked there.  This poem is my tribute to him.

Found a good friend at my last job

We called him Mr. Ed not Jim or Bob

A kindred spirit we hit it off right away

Shared many discussions and stories along the way

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In the winter of his life he wanted to work

He was not one to sit at home and perk

Drove our old Ford pick-up all across town

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Delivered supplies and siding all around

To the bank, to the job, and picked up our biscuits

At Oak Level Café as regular as the clock ticks

Our go-to guy dependable as the sun

In spite of emphysema he was not really done

Forty years of puffing had clogged his lungs

But that didn’t stop him from having lots of fun

Sales were slow wooden pallets were many

He wanted a Rocker so I got him one ready

 

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Recycled oak

cleaned, sanded, and finished

Copied from an old one in spite of nail blemish

We rocked together between his runs

He was a joy to know and a lot of fun

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His dry sense of humor was filled with wit

Gave us many laughs that left us in a stitch

I loved him like a father he returned the love

Until pneumonia brought his calling form above

He fought it bravely but his body was done

We lost Mr. Ed and all of his fun

I lost a good friend but not the memories

Of his smile his jokes and all of his stories

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I see his old truck and it makes me smile

He loved to drive he put on many a mile

He was a great friend as I sat by his side

Gone but not forgotten

He was born to ride.

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth & Dan Neice

Pallet Rocker made by Dwight L. Roth

 

 

 

Respect

Respect

Aretha sang, “R.E.S.P.E.C.T,” many years ago

Crying out for acknowledgement

Elevating women to a place of equality

Respect… not something earned

Rather something given

Respect… a word that brings life

Allowing for mutual understanding

Appreciating the value of one another

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Many have died in confrontations with police

Black lives, Blue lives, and many more

Conflict and reactions bring escalation

Disrespect stirs the soul’s darkest response

Death and carnage often follow

How many would still be alive

If they had given R.E.S.P.E.C.T

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Public Domain Photo: wp.12.com

 

He’s Gone

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Most of us probably know someone who fell head of heels in love, only to find that they were falling for someone who wasn’t interested in a lasting relationship. The passion of the moment throws stardust into the eyes as they fall hard. Finding the right person has to go beyond the fleeting fantasy. Developing a lasting relationship takes time to develop and cannot be attained in the heat of the moment.

He’s Gone

Inhaling smoke from your flame

Overcome in the heat of the moment

You were warned, you were told

Did you listen? No!

Now you will burn

Like flash paper in a magician’s hand

 Combustible feelings up in smoke

That mind-blowing moment gone

Your all-consuming desire

Not quite what you expected

Leaving ashes for memories

Dust in the wind

He’s gone!

Our Love Goes On and On…

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A few years ago, I bought a bud vase for my wife for Valentines Day. The roses sat on the island in the kitchen for the next week as we both enjoyed their beauty. One day I came home from work to find the rose petals had fallen off the stem and lay all around the bottom of the vase. It was a beautiful site that touched a nerve in me since I was struggling with growing older. I decided to write a love song to describe my feelings. I called it…

Our Love Goes On and On

Like the petals of a rose

Lying on the table bare

Beauty fades and soon is gone

But our love goes on and on

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Yes, my love you’re like the rose

Lying on the bed next to me

Beauty fades and soon is gone

But our love goes on and on

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In this life we have joy and pain

And our journey soon will end

Mem..ries fade and soon are gone

But our love goes on and on

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Mem..ries fade and soon are gone

But our love goes on and on

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Later I decided to do the painting  above to help me remember the scene.