I don’t like to be told what to do…
I don’t like to be told what to do.
And neither, I’d guess, do too many of you.
And yet, we’re all told, at what time of the day
Certain foods may be eaten. It just is that way.
But, I would rather decide by my lights.
What food I will eat when. It’s one of my rights.
A lesson I learned very young, far away –
At Waffle House, where every meal’s served all day.
“… Sparkle in her eyes …”
Victoria in the moment
Head thrown back and laughing
Brushing her hair off her forehead
Sparkle in her eyes
Victoria slowly lies back
Head upon her pillow
Says she growing tired
Needs to go to sleep
Victoria in the moment
Forgets she’s nearly ninety
Forgets that her body’s failing
Remembers she’s still alive
This didn’t actually happen.
” I’m no detective
How was I supposed to know
That you would fall in love with me
You’ve never let it show
We work together, side-by-side
And have, for the last year;
And if I’d thought you cared for me
Then I would have stayed clear
Of situations like we’re in
With you right next to me;
I see your eyes up close to mine
Your hand is on my knee
I think we need to stop right now
Oh, it’s too late my friend;
Look, I am no detective, but
We should do that again.”
The day was hot and heavy
Honeysuckle in the air
The bees and flies were buzzing
I could feel them everywhere
And, sweating on the dusty path
That led out of the woods
I skirted by the country club
And golf course neighborhoods
And down the shell-path road I went
To a barbed-wire fence;
Behind that was the power plant
Which was, of course, immense
It sat before me, humming
Smoke and lights in bright array
Just as the shift was changing
Toward the closing of that day
I sat and watched the sun go down
The people down below;
Then headed to the dorm room that
I’d left four hours ago
Why walk eight miles in summer heat?
Why sit there by the hour?
Well, I was young and full of thought
And, I guess, drawn
You have the right to remain amazing
Anything you say or do is liable to change your life, mine and that of countless others
You have the right to be where you want, when you want, with who you want, in the present and in the future
If you decide to to change your life today, with or without any special someone present, you may: your life is your own to do with as you please
Knowing and understanding your life as I have explained it to you, are you willing to go out there
And everything you want to be?
To be a gigolo would be
Unfair to other men:
For after me, no other guy
Would satisfy again
These broken-hearted women
Who came to me in need;
And found in me a banquet rich
On which they longed to feed
And an experience like none
They’ve ever had in bed –
No gigolo for me. I’ll be
I’m conducting a campaign to lower awareness. It involves vodka.