So what’s a gar? And why would you want to lick it?

This handsome alligator gar is distinct from other gars by having a heavier and broader body, a short broad snout, and numerous large canine-like teeth usually in a double row on upper jaw. (Image Source)

I’ll bet that you didn’t know the gar is celebrated,
or this day’s been set aside especially for gar licking.
Candidly, I will admit I’m taken back as you are.
Think this is an instance of the internet bait clicking!

Probably my picture of that alligator gar
suggests licking this guy could be hazardous to you.
Perhaps you could sneak-up on him, lick him, then retreat,
but until you’re confident, please stay in your canoe.

Why not skip the licking ’cause the gar objects to foreplay. Eating gar much better, tastes like gator, finger lickin’. Some say it’s a myth…


That look that says (in no uncertain terms), “NO! I’ll lead and you follow!” (Image Source)

Dance like nobody’s watching, but don’t make your…


Surjury Sucesss — cant no longer blame sticky keybord

Image Source

Probly didnt know that I was writing wit hout seeng.
Cataragts was vision cloudng for dis human beeng.
F youre not aware, the surgeone takes out the old lens,
subsitoots a man-made won — so heres my updaat, frends.

Operating on mu eye was not done wile assleep.
Forgoin anesthesia keeps the cost of cuting cheep.
Actually, I’m kitting you, but not bout beeng “out.
Id have spent some sirius coin to be knocked coldl, no doubt!

Antyway, I’m duune gread. Im so glad I can sea. Cant belirve how tried I am uf tygos playging me. Thinking I shouldl…


Another view: Interaction Institute for Social Change | Artist: Angus Maguire. (Image Source)

They’re powerful and they’re wealthy


Your skin is showing

Everyone is just a different shade of Pantone. (Image Source/Credit: Photographer Angélica Dass*)

Experience God’s color palette.
Pigments present in all people.
I
nfinite variations,
D
ark to light shades. For some
E
voking fears of
R
eplacement. No
M
erit, ’cause
I
t’s just
S
kin!

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* Angélica Dass is a Brazilian photographer based in Madrid and the creator of the project Humanæ. She gave a TED talk in March 2016 called “The beauty of human skin in every color” about how skin colors “make us see each other as different, even though we are equal.”

This acrostic nonet was inspired by Fọlábòmí Àmọ̀ó’s wonderful poem and prompt, “Shade.” …


Know your audience, know your product, don’t mince words!

FOR SALE (Image Source)

Whether on a dirt road or smooth highway pavement,
this fab’lous Ford Falcon will make a statement!

It’s not the car you want, it’s the car you need.
And you wondered why this ad’s in your feed.

It’s not pretty but will get you from point A to B.
This one’s certified by a jail escapee.

Why spend 30k to buy your kid a brand new car,
when this shit-bird Falcon will get them just as far?

Plus I’m sure you know they’re prob’ly goin’ to wreck it.
If you offer cold cash, I won’t check your credit.

Gas is…


Here’s my short answer on a much deeper topic. In my imagination, empathy and compassion are the overriding responses to the fear and anger from which hate is often derived. Individuals and communities coalesce around these ideals, and those who suggest our differences are a reason to hate the “other” are rejected. Information sources (including educational institutions) actively promote/train the value of introspection, understanding, critical thinking, how to seek common ground (compromise), and how to identify/isolate those whose goal is to manipulate emotions to create victims and promote hate.


Photo by Goh Rhy Yan on Unsplash

Grew-up next to railroad tracks,
like sleeping in the traffic.
Now require noise to sleep,
a growing demographic.

The whirring out my window,
could it be a peeping drone?
There are many strange sounds heard
at night when you’re all alone.

Heard limbs crashing to the ground,
when strong winds had not blown.
There are many strange sounds heard
at night when you’re all alone.

Familiar rocker singing,
is it just one Rolling Stone?
There are many strange sounds heard
at night when you’re all alone.

Kids are playing hide and seek, Not mine ’cause my boys are grown. There…

Harper Thorpe

Engaged citizen, poet, musician, humorist, family man. I value irreverence, soulfulness, and a big heart. Offering insight, introspection, shock & aw shucks!

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