The fortunes of us all

No words of mine can properly display
the anguish and the joy that touch our lives;
yet all our ghostly forebears went this way
where words may pierce our hearts like sharpened knives.

No sentient being willingly at first
Accepts the pain that true perception brings.
Yet we must not take hearts to be a curse.
We need not flee from knowledge,though it stings.

Each day demands our thoughtfulness and love
from which all better action justly comes
each day the grace we have is just enough
as through the meta narratives we roam

For life' s but a true story we invent,
with passion and with purified intent

To make life plain



Whatever god made flowers such as this
With beauty even stronger than  they need
Also made the tiger and the lamb
And humans too who make each other bleed.

We are not his puppets on a string
Whom he toys with when he feels inclined
We are conscious  but we fail to see
The  need for love and nurture  of  our kind

The lack  of affect and the need to win
Make  us less than human in our ways
Flowers only show their beauteous forms
As if that is enough to make life plain


God loves excess beauty and the wild
We cannot  see his face and live defiled

My friends drop hints

Tormented by a need invalidate
I fell into the bath where sponges mate
As there was no water I’m unclean
What a  metaphoric sign, what does it mean?

My need for validation is so bad
My friends drop hints like,are you going mad?
If I were I’d not be writing here
I’d go to Scotland, where they still keep deer.

My  first degree was valid, I proclaim
Even if I were a touch insane
For if your problem solving is  still great
Madness  helps  your thinkings as they mate

If you wish to hide your true intent
Clean the windows now and pay the rent




1 a : to make legally valid : ratify

b : to grant official sanction to by marking

c : to confirm the validity of (an election); also : to declare (a person) elected

2 a : to support or corroborate on a sound or authoritative basis

b : to recognize, establish, or illustrate the worthiness or legitimacy of

Did You Know?

Validate, confirm, corroborate, substantiate, verify, and authenticate all mean to attest to the truth or validity of something. Validate implies establishing validity by authoritative affirmation or factual proof (“a hypothesis validated by experiments”). Confirm implies the removing of doubts by an authoritative statement or indisputable fact (“evidence that confirmed the reports”). Corroboratesuggests the strengthening of what is already partly established (“witnesses who corroborated the story”). Substantiate implies the offering of evidence that sustains the contention (“claims that have yet to be substantiated”). Verify implies the establishing of correspondence of actual facts or details with those proposed or guessed at (“statements that have been verified”). Authenticate implies establishing genuineness by legal or official documents or expert opinion (“handwriting experts who authenticated the diaries”).

February 2018 Words of the Day Quiz


“Reaching home, I anxiously handed my report card to Mother. Validating my angst, she took it and reached into a battered shoebox containing the report cards of my older sister Tanja.” — Charles van der Horst, The Herald-Sun (Durham, North Carolina), 6 Nov. 2017

“Recognizing outstanding teachers establishes a culture that rewards excellence in teaching and validates the work of the teacher. It gives students a sense of pride in their teachers, displays teachers as positive role models, and encourages students to think about teaching as a career.” — The Yankton (South Dakota) Daily Press & Dakotan, 11 Jan. 2018