Pstorm 898

22 September 2014

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If I don’t want to be found,

you are not going to find me.

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Author’s Note: The Deep End

22 September 2014

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My blog is very much
behind the times.

So much so,
I don’t read it anymore

And, actually,
I cant stand to read it.

With the exception of
NIGHTFALL,

or Weekends with Dad,”
which I do read

and a few other categories,
almost every post I have

published this year
was written last year.

And, actually,
that continues until

the end of
The SECOND Book of Pstorms.

In the times of the troubles,
Id write 50 Pstorms a day

and yet, Id only schedule
just one Pstorm per day.

It was about this time
when I realized what was happening, –

(and just how far behind the times
my blog has become)

that I began to number
each of the major sections of

The Book of Pstorms;
And I cant wait

for The THIRD Book of Pstorms
to (publicly) begin ~ !

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Nightfall: Roosevelt

21 September 2014

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“A good navy is not a provocation to war.
It is the surest guarantee of peace.”

~Theodore Roosevelt

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Nightfall: Washington

20 September 2014

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“Without a decisive naval force,
we can do nothing definitive –
and with it, everything
honorable and
glorious.”

~George Washington

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Pstorm 897

19 September 2014

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My father was a quiet hero –

but I am a silent genius.

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Pstorm 896

18 September 2014

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To feed fear a feast

of contempt

is to slay love.

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Pstorm 895

17 September 2014

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Only a charlatan will insist,

“I forgive you, but I don’t want
anything to do with you!”

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Pstorm 894

16 September 2014

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A hypocrite preaches
about love on FB,

but is unmerciful
behind the screen.

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Pstorm 893

15 September 2014

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Better a bleak and desolate winter

than a beautiful day among hypocrites.

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Nightfall: Churchill

14 September 2014

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“Of all the branches of the [armed] forces,
there is none which shows more devotion
and faces grimmer perils
than the submariners.”

~Sir Winston Churchill

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Nightfall: The Tide Turns

14 September 2014

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An able navigator,
She turns the tide
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I know your father missed you
at Thanksgiving &c.
but he didn’t take it
as a sleight against him.

He knew you were out there
searching
for your own happiness.
And that’s where you had to be.

Your Dad was proud of you
because you got out
before it was
too late.

Something
he probably wished
he had done.
Twice.

And he lived to see that.
He lived to see you
follow your own rules
and not hers.

As strong and
as powerful as
and as respected
as he was,

You did
what he couldn’t.
The universal fear
(of parents that give a damn)

is that their kid
will grow up and make
the same mistakes
they did.

You were his success story.
College, hard worker,
intelligent.
And

you never got trapped
with the wrong woman.
He did amazing things
in The Navy

– [Top 1%] –
But I bet if he could,
he’d tell you that
you are

his true legacy.
He loved you
more than his greatest day
at sea or on base.

He was a father first.
Everything else
was just
everything else.

You didn’t make
the same mistakes he did.
And maybe
— just maybe –

he knew you
were the greater man.
And that would have
made him happy.

We all want our children
to succeed where we’ve failed.
You gave him that.
And it was the greatest gift

you could have given him.
You are the validation
that he did something right.
Something great.

Through his mistakes,
he passed along
his wisdom
to you.

Even your decision
to leave college
and go to work when
your hearing loss began,

he didn’t understand it.
He was mad.
But when he learned
why you did what you did

– and saw you finish school –
I’ll be damned if that
didn’t make him
the proudest of you

he’d ever been.
You didn’t ask
for anyone’s help.
You just knew

what you had to do
and you did it.

My father
taught me that
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Thank you, Baby.
I love you.

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Nightfall: Six Months

14 September 2014

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“WHY SHOULD I CRY FOR YOU?”
by Sting

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Under the dog star sail
Over the reefs of moonshine
Under the skies of fall
North, northwest, the stones of Faroe

Under the Arctic Fire
Over the seas of silence
Hauling on frozen ropes
For all my days remaining
Would north be true?

Why should I?
Why should I cy for you?

All colours bleed to red
Asleep on the ocean’s bed
Drifting in empty seas
For all my days remaining

But would north be true?
Why should I?
Why should I cry for you?

Dark angels follow me
Over the godless sea
Mountains of endless falling
For all my days remaining

What would be true?

Sometimes I see your face
The stars seem to lose their place
Why must I think of you?
Why must I?
Why should I?

Why should I cry for you?
Why would you want me to?
And what would it mean to say,
‘I loved you in my fashion’?

What would be true?
Why should I?
Why should I cry?

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Nightfall: Navigation

13 September 2014

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“The winds and waves
are always on the side
of the ablest
navigators.”

~Ed Gibbons

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Pstorm 892

12 September 2014

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Seasons are emotions of The Earth.

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Pstorm 891

11 September 2014

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An Unmerciful Servant
pleads for grace –

but will not give it,
insisting instead

upon pennies
per penance.

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