striped by homespun bands,
tousled and muddled from the
resilient north plains wind.
Long beards tattered,
peppered white and gray.
Tattooed skin, red
from the Dakota sun.
Bifocals plastic, thick and brown.
Tee shirts faded mauve and sage.
Shoes pale, old and tattered.
from countless miles and
myriad hours training,
circling the oblong track.
Radios pinned to bulging biceps
connected by cast-off bands from
abandoned elastic items,
arms swaying with each stride.
Mammoth headphones with
cords braided, long confirm
style and fashion at once.
Mugs tinted brown,
bowls marked with gold
packed with bargain fruit
sliced with canister tops or
plexiglas honed in squares.
The bid will end as the
just in time for one more
to ride away, home at last.
by Bob Shallenberger
The poet Bob Shallenberger
“In The Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson is a true story of U. S. Ambassador Dodd’s time before and during the Nazi takeover of Germany. It truly is a …
Men walk in pairs on the concrete trail with
scuffed steel-toed boots and warn-out soles, drab
green shirts and khaki pants with brown tops.
In grey sweats and shorts they share dull tales …
Gravel hides on the winding asphalt
as the curve looms innocent.
Signs stream together,
red and orange blur without warning.
Rubber clenches, grasps,
releases and repeats —
Tracks swirling behind,
the striking metal skates in rhythm.
The waves shimmer under the
fading moon as the ocean
starts its day just before its dawn.
Glowing shades of turquoise, calm,
bright and clear, with waves expanding, the
sun climbs above the horizon beyond …
Sweat trickles beneath a black
shirt, untucked, vintage, and
well-worn for years with
guests and substitutes always
beside the other ones.
Magnetic beats echo long
side by side, above at back,
throbbing tempos call out the
middle faithful, …
Disconnected Global Elite:
they don’t need
solar panels on their shacks!
The sun won’t feed the
billion people who go to bed
hungry every night, the
masses of starving children
dying from contamination,
devoid of vaccinations,
treatment and …
I started “Eric Liddell: Pure Gold” by David McCasland and just couldn’t put it down It’s the story of the Scottish/British Olympic sprinter from the 30’s who inspired the movie “Chariots …
This laugh-out-loud book is a true account of the author’s quest for true manliness in time for his newborn son’s arrival. A fellow inmate lent it to me to read …
Homes stripped from once proud families by
government-funded, too-big-to-fail banks with
cash reserves the size of third world regimes.
Their futures ripped away without consideration or
compassion, devoid of support from multi-termed
elected pen pushers …
Lime green zoot,
masked, vest flowing loose atop
white saddles bony, shored at the base.
Silver chain spinning watch on end,
broad brim resting low on its
gaunt brow, paltry features
gazing, staring, smirking,
scheming as …
“In The Garden of Beasts” by Erik
Black & White Yard© by Bob Shallenberger
The Silence of Stoke© By Bob Shallenberger
Solar Shacks© By Bob Shallenberger
“Eric Liddell: Pure Gold” by David McCasland
Served Up© By Bob Shallenberger