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The Old Guy … Excerpt: Journal Entry #2 …

Excerpt – Journal Entry May 27 2019: Memorial Day Morning
Breakfast time. Two sausage patties and a half cup of oatmeal heavily seasoned with Cinnamon Sugar, butter and pink packaged artificial sweetener to hide the taste of the oatmeal. Normally, it was good.

But on this holiday, I had given consideration to using a new product on/in my oatmeal. Recently, I picked up a tub of Cinnamon Sugar flavored soft butter. Now this product was looked upon with great anticipation. I love Cinnamon in and on all types of food especially oven/toaster-oven toast. There was a heightened sense of joy and self-congratulation with my purchase. My smile instinctively seemed infectious. I was sure even the cats were smiling … at least inwardly according to their nature. That is … until I opened the package.

The silence of the kitchen was overwhelming. It was a strange dark orange or more descriptively, the butter was a dark pumpkin orange. But butter was yellow, is yellow … butter was always one of the many shades of yellow. I thought it was spoiled, but it somewhat grudgingly passed the taste test. By appearances, it was a disaster and quite understandably contrary to the laws of nature. There was no way, even on a bet, that I would put that mess on my oatmeal.

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The Old Guy … Excerpt: Journal Entry #1 …

Under Construction … The Front of the New Russell County Library

Excerpt – Journal Entry May 2019: I had just experienced a catastrophic camera failure during a early morning shoot (2:30 am) I was reduced to using an antique backup Nikon D70 camera to attempt to finish the shoot.
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Somehow, I managed to get one workable long exposure night photograph. I was elated, and dared to pat myself on the back several times as I enjoyed a wide smile. I had been tested in a whirlwind of misfortune, aggravation, deprivation and electronic tomfoolery. Sitting in the car, I started the mechanical cousin of all electronics and let the cool air from the air conditioner vents softly touch my tortured and exhausted brow. Smiling again, I thought I hadn’t done that bad … the Old Guy had come through … It was at that top of the mountain moment I noticed that my trousers were unzipped. They had been unzipped all early morning long …


I sat there stunned much like a small critter struck over the head with a stick.

I don’t know what it is with zippers and Old Guys. I have over seventy years experience operating the simple mechanical devices. Up, down, up, down, back up again … pretty much straight forward. But still, they or it are found, to my amazement and ultimate horror, in the perpetually unzipped condition at the grocery store, gas station, doctor’s office and any other social gathering including church that come to mind.

Is this predicament an intrigual part of my, our Golden Years? It all reminds me of my long held fear of lying in my casket and someone exclaims for all in the room, and across the street to hear that my pants are unzipped.

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The Old Guy … Sailor Man …


Sailor Man

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I was once a sailor man,

Young and proud.

With no fear of a restless sea,

On many a menacing day or night,

Steadfastly turned to face an ominous wind.

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High seas,

Pitch and roll,

Relentless and unforgiving.

Life and death below,

Forever dark and deep,

Waiting and hauntingly vigilant.

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War and peril,

Were shadows that threatened,

From a distant horizon.

Oh restless waves I prayed,

Have mercy on the young and proud.

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I was once a sailor man so many years ago,

Filled with youth, spirit and fire.

And on a lonely sea,

Deep into an endless night,

Too much time to think of what could be.

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Jem © 2018

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From the book ‘Swan Song’ by jem 2008 


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The Old Guy … Merry Christmas … From All Of Us …

To all my WordPress friends, followers and acquaintances,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Let us make this new year a Grand one.

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The Old Guy

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The Old Guy … Old Man …


Old Man

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Old man sitting alone in the dark.

What was just yesterday,

Now a long distant memory.

Oh, the past lurks behind all of us.

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In silence, rocking endlessly,

Without direction,

Without purposeful intent,

Without a breath of protest.

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Old man sitting in the dark,

Watching the parade,

Of unrealized hopes, denied ambitions,

Of dreams that withered and died.

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The darkness hides so much,

And can be a Master speaking softly.

But the light of day still whispers promised truth,

To an old man sitting alone in the dark.

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jem © 2018

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The Old Guy … Thinking Of You …

Thinking Of You

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Today I woke thinking of you,

Wanting to hold you close,

Feel your smoldering warmth against me,

Wanting to never let you go.

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Close, ever closer,

I want to share your mysteries,

Your loves and passions.

To be a part of your day …

To be a part of you.

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In the low light,

Your beauty is beyond my words.

I feel your heart racing.

And I am silent in the moment,

Overwhelmed.

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This early morning full of hope,

I celebrate our shared smiles,

Your tender touch,

Soft spoken words of passion,

And whispered … delicate promises.

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jem © 2018

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The Old Guy … Celebrating Afternoon Pie …

In our group of friends and relatives … the term ‘Pie’ means it’s time for dessert. This would be with or without ice cream. 

Unauthorized Cousin Gene … exhibiting a familiar pattern of avoiding authorized photographs. This avoidance behavior seemed to have invaded the afternoon Pie ritual.

Cousin Gene’s sweetheart … Unauthorized Ms Kathy …

The Old Guy joining the epidemic. 

Finished (my part at least) … A perfect end to a memorable treat. The tea was excellent also.

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Living Large With A Smile …

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