Missed Opportunity

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Flirting Muse!

Where have you gone lovely Muse

Please don’t be such a recluse

Your absence hangs my spirit in the noose

Hard for me to endure this abuse

Come back and lift me up to Zeus

So I can again write my muse

I’ll cook you a yummy goose

My wine will make you nice and loose

Just a few attempts to seduce

I wish you and I could re-produce

Don’t claim that I am bemuse

I promise to put you to good use

Don’t give me another excuse

Or I will write like Dr. Seuss

Sound of the Sun

The Sun, 109 times the size of Earth and 330,000 times the Earth’s mass, represents 99.9% of our solar system’s mass.  Four million metric tons of matter is converted into energy every second.  The core burns at 27 million degrees Fahrenheit.   In 5 billion years scientists predict the sun will begin to die and slowly begin to expand.  The Sun’s expanded radius will boil away the Earth’s oceans and tidal forces will pull the Earth into the Sun and incinerate.

I hear there is no sound in space.  But imagine, if you will, the sound of the Sun.  I imagine the sound to be like the continuous explosion of a thousand erupting volcanoes combined with the roar of a billion forest trees ferociously burning every second.  Perhaps the silent power is even more terrifying.  Who really knows how much longer the Sun will silently burn in such an ideal manner for us animate creatures here on Earth?

Feeling Alive

Our Earth orbits the sun at 67,000 mph.  Our Earth and our Sun orbit our Milky Way galactic center at 483,000 mph.  It takes us 225 million years to circle our galactic center.  Our galaxy, including Earth and our Sun, is flying through the Universe at 1.3 million miles mph.  Gravity prevents me from feeling the speed.  I was born unaware and a mundane sense of complacency evolved through my education and life experience.

In spite of this inherent unawareness and learned, experienced sense of mundane complacency, there are brief instances in my life where I actually felt or feel alive —  moments that briefly snap me out of that mundane sense of complacency.  They are, relative to the short flicker of my existence, rare, but they nevertheless exist or existed.  My short list in no particular order below:

  1.  Making love to a woman I love
  2. Running wild in my youth with my little friends and brothers
  3. A youthful brawl
  4. A wonderful meal and a great bottle of wine with those of significance
  5. Playing competitive baseball or football at sunset or under the lights in my youth
  6. Traveling to a new place or culture
  7. Viewing the ocean, giant cumulonimbus clouds, seeing lightning and hearing thunder
  8. Viewing grand mountains or towering broad volcanoes
  9. Noticing a beautiful woman walking down a city street amongst the masses
  10. A great work of art in any form
  11. A smile or intelligent thought from my little 8-year-old boy
  12. Writing, thinking, photography
  13. Rave dance clubs in Europe during peak of my youth
  14. Strip clubs (it was a phase)
  15. Experiencing a large earthquake
  16. Viewing videos of natural disasters
  17. The wind in my face
  18. A good round of golf especially when I beat my brothers
  19. A full orange moon and a sky full of stars
  20. Spontaneous view of apex wild life in natural environment
  21. Changing color of leaves in the fall
  22. Starring at a fire and enjoying its heat
  23. Physical work that makes me use my muscles and causes me to sweat
  24. Laughing or crying
  25. Smelling fresh crisp air

I will probably add to the list as it enters my mind.  But for now…I look at the list and I think…oh…if things were different…how much more depth and how much more meaningful and fun such a list could be.  How much more frequent.  But it is what it is.  I only wish that my son, his son, his son, his daughter, her daughter, her son, could make a much more profound and meaningful list.  In fact, I wish the same for all of mankind.