The Barking Dog

English: Barking Dog

English: Barking Dog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How long can a dog continuously bark
Longer than my nerves can bear
Is the poor creature sick or starved
Now, his barking is all I hear

His owner is not the friendliest chap
Should I’d go down and inquire
Oh, good, dog’s finally stopped barking now
I was about to become unwired

Came to my country home, neighbor’s a recluse
Doesn’t take to meddling about his pets
But, I’m a pet owner, too, and love pets true
And can’t bear to hear pets in distress

All quite now and I’m so glad
The furry friend has some relief
That ornery neighbor finally got out of bed
And saw to his penned up pet’s need

-Donald R. Sansbury, 2013

~On My Soapbox Now: Pets are like children, if you’re gonna have ’em, look after ’em!


The Morning After…

Wild Nights

Wild Nights (Photo credit: amypalko)

The morning after a storm
is a welcome peaceful time
The world returns to norms
In the ebb and flow of life
Like one lazy, still in bed
last night’s passionate lover gone
Nature barely raises its head
no more Vhoom, Vhoom, Vhoom, Vhoom, Vhoom
The birds sing and sigh
Go ahead take your rest
You needed that last night
things were getting kind of stressed
Thinking about two lovers? Nature is on my mind.
Maybe that’s why sex is called ‘the birds and bees’ in rhyme.

-Donald R. Sansbury, 2013


Lightning over Pentagon City in Arlington, Vir...

Lightning over Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Drizzle, drizzle, flash, boom-boom
Another thunderstorm is passing through
A man running to his car is soon soaked through
The traffic on the street still zoom-zooms

A parking lot quickly becomes a two-inch lake
As flash flood waters over run the drains
Another lightning flash and the night is day
But, only for a moment, then it’s night again

Nerves get edgy and tension mounts
Motorists desire to just get home somehow
Pets at home nervously start cowering down
It’s the thunderstorm drama back in town

-Donald R. Sansbury, 2013

Sundown Cruise

Sundown Cruisin'

Sundown Cruisin’

Softly blows the warm breeze
and the sails gently pop
the old captain with grey beard
has a smile that won’t stop
The soft sound of the keel
cutting smoothly through water
causes nerve endings to heal
forgetting things that don’t matter
On a thin little mat on a sailboat deck
Lady and I take a sundown cruise
The sun takes its time in a gradual set
the sky takes on a glowing hue
What wonderful thing memory can do
Take you back to best times to enjoy anew

-Donald R. Sansbury, 2013

VeRtIgO! (in cinquain)

El professor vertigo

El professor vertigo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like carousel
All is spinning around
Let me find a grip and hold on

Blink now
Close your eyes, yes
Calmly take a deep breath
Equilibrium needs time to

Head up
Rise slowly
Walk with cautious steps
Find your meds and take them, sit down
Rest now

Close eyes
Breath slowly, now
Your motion sickness pill
Will work in due time, maybe-
Oh, man!

-Donald R. Sansbury, 2013

~Do you suffer during allergy season or on trips? How do you cope?

He Stopped Loving Her Today

RIP-George JonesWritten by R. V. Braddock and C. Putman, Jr.

He said I’ll love you ’til I die
She told him you’ll forget in time
As the years went slowly by
She still preyed upon his mind

He kept her picture on his wall
Went half crazy now and then
He still loved her through it all
Hoping she’d come back again

Kept some letters by his bed
Dated 1962
He had underlined in red
Every single I love you

I went to see him just today
Oh but I didn’t see no tears
All dressed up to go away
First time I’d seen him smile in years

He stopped loving her today
They placed a wreath upon his door
And soon they’ll carry him away
He stopped loving her today

You know she came to see him one last time
Oh and we all wondered if she would
And it kept running through my mind
This time he’s over her for good

(Repeat Chorus)

~Greatly revered by country music fans world-wide, I like it for the poetic tone,  form and rhymes. And I like the way the words and melody tear at the heart strings.~


Deaths of Legends and Icons

English: Hostess Twinkies. Yellow snack cake w...

English: Hostess Twinkies. Yellow snack cake with cream filling. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another legend died today
The news is spreading fast
Many have words to say
Most that’s said is sad

Legends and Icons touch us so
though most we never knew
Public profiles is all we truly know
through bodies of work and lots of news

Be it singer, politician, or Hostess cakes
an icon at an end really moves us
Collectively a nation or populace double takes,
reflects, regrets, appreciates, and muses.

Then the news cycle churns out fresh updates
And we leave ‘old’ legends for the ‘news’ of the day.

-Donald R. Sansbury, 2013

~While I would not consider myself a huge George Jones fan, many of my family and friends were. I did particularly like “He Stopped Loving Her Today” because of the lyrics and emotions of unstoppable love. As with Twinkies, I hate to see George and anyone or anything that was a staple part of my youth die. Makes me feel like I’m getting old at too young an age…~