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It is  cooler than normal on this May Southeast Florida morning. I’m on my knees, running my fingers thru the dirt. My hands are dirty and this makes me feel happy.  The earth provides and I’m grateful. The vegetable growing season is almost over and I will soon place a light coat of mulch on the dormant garden area. Nighttime is for sitting in my recliner, smoking my pipe, reading the seed catalogs, and dreaming of next gardening season.

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Some folks do not like changes.

Break the entire organization apart.

Resetting emotional equilibrium is the hard part.

It is time to do some spring cleaning.

Everything is covered with cobwebs and dust.

Chip away crust

Testing

One

Two

Three

Four

Shake up the beans

Rip the seams

Experimentation galore

Grab a broom

Sweep out the store.

Innovation is never a bore.

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Choices

Choices

Choices

What should I do?

Choppy sea

Tourists gone home

Beach all for me

Everyday

I sit under the sun

Drinking

Agua de coco

With Jamaican dark rum

Should I go back and keep marching in the parade?

Play the charade

Or take U-turn

Toss 

The instruction manual

On the fire

And

Watch it burn

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Outdoor bar

Copacabana Beach

Rio de Janeirio

Two ladies

Sitting next to me

Discussing

My old torn flip flops

They say

“Very poor gringo

Not a good catch”

I interrupt and say

“I have come to Rio many times

I’m married

To a Carioca

Her advice

Is to dress down

So I do not get robbed

Always works”

One of the ladies then says

“Your wife is very smart

Dressed like a poor gringo

Also keeps Rio women away”

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News media boils pot of soup

Ultra-liberal professors brainwash youth

Think tanks bought and sold

Regurgitating propaganda

Doing as told

Powerful control the messengers

With titles and promises of gold

Pay billions for a startup

 Although employees do not make enough

For food, shelter, clothes

Divide the nation

Population full of hate and frustration

Elites continue rapid castration

Forced starvation

Pound peasants into the ground

When everything is taken

Board private jet and leave town