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Nov 09

Dreamscape - Poem on de-stressing

Posted on November 9, 2020 at 8:12 AM by Stephen Prestesater


In a boat steeped
with views of cedars,
ladyfish and pelicans,
the din of oar strokes melds
with the beat of my heart.

Marsh scents,
alligator nests,
swamp grass,
and distant views
set a course to happiness.

Wavelets pulsate
like a fifty's song,
breathing life
into every corner
of my small boat.

The anchor swing lazily
to the tune of wind and tide.
Slowly, I lay back
and take it all in.
My spirit lives in this place.

Oct 14

Poems on Hurricane Sally

Posted on October 14, 2020 at 12:26 PM by Stephen Prestesater

American Dreamer

Like sunrise
Life has a rhythm.
Every day the same.

Always happy.
Always smiling.
Always been this way.

Sedation sets in,
sub-marginal goals
become acceptable.

Sally hit
and then
that ended that.

Worn Out

Dark days ahead.
Rain no longer a delight.
Roof no longer sound.

Still, waiting on my insurer,
Wondering how can you be so ugly
To Sally's down and out.

It's hard to get up
When gut punched
Don't they know-

you ream what you sow.

Marc Livanos, Milton's Poet Laureate

Sep 09

Poems: Acts of Love, not War

Posted on September 9, 2020 at 2:38 PM by Pamela Holt

Question Your Heart

Opinionated voices spew tirades,
smirks and chase agendas,
not unlike those in Herod’s time.

How can we love one another
with such contempt in our hearts,
not mirroring the Lord’s gentle ways?

If we say we love God

and don’t love each other,

we are liars.

Stop. Breathe-in and question
what really drives you.


Knock and the door will be opened to you.
The Lord only speaks when you relinquish
your Ego and are ready to listen.

Ego constructs a world where you
generate problems with no answer.
They are unreal for they originate
from darkness - the total absence
of light; an empty abyss.

Enlightenment lets you feel
that your problems are gone,
as you no longer judge the actions of others.
Now, you are ready for His reply.

During today’s stressful times, those in authority may escalate situations and even scream at teens. Instead, look the offender in the eye; say you’re here because you care; note the offensive behavior; and walk away.

Check back, and if necessary, say “I’m disappointed in you.”

Like adults, teens do not like being yelled at, nor made to feel uninvited in public spaces.

Marc Livanos – Poet Laureate