There once was a man who was fearless
Confronting a fear he could care less
His courage was there
Like Samson with hair
Except on his head he was hairless
Courage-Andrea Dietrich Contest
July 4, 2015
There was a girl, of I thought
I loved her so much, a ring I bought
Thinking of happy marriage
To propose I summed up all my courage
Unfortunately, she wasn’t ready to tie the knot.
Finally my life's now unstuck
A blind date, stroke of luck
For tomorrow I'll greet
She stays just down the street
The courage I'll just have to pluck
It's the morning of my blind date
In a way I just can't wait
Into town I shall go
And go with life's flow
Lets hope it all turns out great
The evening starts out real well
Her shapes make my eyes surely tell
She's so buxom and pert
Makes this man so alert
More than my heart starts to swell
On the couch I move in for a kiss
Full hands I'm so much in bliss
My luck turns to yuck
Her teeth out, now she sucks
A blind date I would never have wished
With my recorder I pursued my quest
This assignment seemed like a courage test
That’s why my boss sent me
Knowing that fearless I’d be
Covering this race brought such happiness
Hundreds of hot air balloons in the sky
Conducted the interview one mile high
But now as I reflect
What I didn’t expect
Was the loud blast that made the balloon fly
I thought it would be quiet as we flew
Over Doak Stadium up in the blue
The radio report
Ended up running short
When the pilot spoke, the hot air did spew
Every thirty seconds or so -- a blast
Interview literally filled with gas
The edited version
From this fun excursion
Left our radio listeners aghast
But viewing Chief Osceola’s emblem
From high above the football stadium
A sight I’ll not forget
I have just one regret
Creating airwave pandemonium
* As a radio reporter I was assigned to cover the Tallahassee Annual Hot Air Balloon
Race We flew over Florida State University’s football stadium and it was a great
view from the air But I had to edit out each blast of air when producing the report
for Florida Public Radio Talk about a choppy radio report I should have
interviewed the pilot BEFORE we took off Duh! Ignorance was my plea to the
news director -- I was later sentenced to ground duty.
July 20, 2011
Entry for Francine’s “Happiness is a Balloon” contest
Written by Carolyn Devonshire
Take care, watch out for the “Attitude Adjuster”
You're going to need all the courage you can muster
He'll smile you to death
Wearing a polka dot dress
This scary image is..ma-ma-making me st-st-st-stutter
© Jack Ellison 2015
Dedicated to my good friend, The Wulf Man!
There was a young teacher named Spade,
who taught like a preacher dismayed.
The pupil's delight
to put up a fight
did cause him to screech till he swayed.
Now one of the students named Chad,
then gathered what courage he had
to give Spade advice
and make him think twice
about his harsh method so bad.
They all were surprised the next day,
when Spade then allowed them to play.
He'd taken great heed,
was friendly indeed,
and all are still happy today.
Born without any legs, sweet Irene,
a mother and wife, is serene.
By accepting her plight,
She does more than all right,
Saying, “Handicapped? What do you mean?”
“Though I’m legless,” she says, “I’m not bound
to my bed because I get around!
I move quite easily
on a board made for me,
and I push off with hands to the ground.”
“People stare, for they think I’ve been burned
by life,” says Irene, “but I’ve learned
that for what I’ve gone through
a great wisdom grew
inside me, and blessings I’ve earned.”
Written by Andrea Dietrich for
nette onclaud's Serenity Response Poetry Contest
I chosecourage to change the things I can
(actually this poem focuses on the entire Serenity
prayer and not just that one line!)
Too awful was the fate of the beautiful and elegant Titanic,
it's last voyage to New York City proved to be very tragic...
it suddenly crashed into a gigantic iceberg and rapidly sank.
Many passengers waited for rescue on the ship's main deck;
only human courage can truly attest to the tale of the Titanic.
Entered in Carolyn Devonshire's contest, "Sea Tales Limericks".
As I sit here in the shadows of what my life should be, I wonder if this pain I feel
will ever set me free
The struggles I have felt so deep are carved within my soul the torment of the
years gone by will forever take their toll.
Upon this world, there has to be a greater force then fate, for when my days are
here and gone will I knell beneath the gate?
Is there really someone who looks over all of human kind, if there is then why
within my being the peace I cannot find?
My hands they shake and my bodies numb from the hurt my heart does bare, if
this is how my life should be, it does not seem quite fair.
They say life is what you make it; well then, I guess I made mine hard, for this I
will pay the biggest price, a mind and soul that’s scared.
I will look up to the heavens for the strength that I will need to try to face the days
that lay ahead, for the mercy I will plead.
Dear lord if you are really there please here these words I pray, grant me strength
this world with courage each new day.
I am asking for salvation for all the things that I have done, please grant me just
the peace of mind to feel a bright new sun.
The sun that shines on those with peace, who feel no pain within.
If you grant me this I ask I plead, my new life can begin.