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Random Poem of the Day – XXIV

Posted in Writing with tags , on October 20, 2016 by reddragonpub

Way, way back in the day, I posted a poem written by my son, Keagan, when he was in 5th grade (Random Poem X).  Well, he’s a junior in high school now and he’s still writing some pretty good (at least his mother and I think so) prose.  Here is something he shared with us last night.

The Vessel

by Keagan Ball

In the wake, I’m left stranded.
Oh, how sure seemed the shore.

I curse the sky as it becomes one with the sea
And how I’ve fallen somewhere between the two.

Still and silent, still so silent.
Shall I shudder some sweet notion?
Or are you still surrounded by
Another’s somber ocean?

Still we’re silent, still I find I’m
Surrendering to this motion.
Drifting aimlessly and subdued
By this endless ocean.

And if either one would care,
We’d be far beyond this sea.
Far from any sullen
Shipwrecked memory.

And if either one would care,
We’d be far above this sea.
Nothing short of something sure
Or this solemn certainty.

So I’ll stand amidst this current.
I’ll bathe within this current.
And if I succumb to this current
Then surely it’s more certain than…

The past tide,
The last tide,
That has swept me away.

And if either one would care,
We’d be far beyond this…

Hello, Grand-Daughter!!

Posted in Photography, Writing with tags , on October 14, 2016 by reddragonpub

An unexpected arrival last night when my new grand-daughter showed up two weeks early.  I guess she wanted to get here before the Northeast Ohio snows started.  So say hello to Hope Marjorie Schwentker.


Congrats to my daughter Valerie and my son-in-law Bill for making such a little cutie!!!

More Pages

Posted in Writing with tags on September 20, 2016 by reddragonpub

For those of you who have been following my fantasy story, Ember in the North, I’ve just posted another chapter up on Scribisi.  Seven chapters in now and the story is really rolling along now.  If you haven’t been reading, all the chapters are available, so you can start right from the beginning.

The direct link is

Don’t forget to vote for me if you like the story.

Random Thought – Divinty

Posted in Writing with tags , on August 8, 2016 by reddragonpub

To live is to hope,
To hope is to give,
To give is to love,
To love is divine.

So I say to you:
And be divine,
Every minute of every day!

Asking for your Vote

Posted in Nature, Photography, Writing with tags , , on August 3, 2016 by reddragonpub

Here’s a chance to vote for something that doesn’t involve Trump or Hillary. Vote for me, please!  I’ve put together a collection of poetry that I’ve written (some of which has appeared on this blog) and paired it with some awesome nature photography to make a sort of coffee table book.  And I’ve submitted the result to Scribisi for their writing contest.  The site is free to join and submissions are free to read.  The winner of the contest is determined by reader votes.  So, please, please, please (hopefully not to much begging), head on over to , check out my submission Random Thoughts of a Love Struck Geek and give me a vote.  Please and Thank you!

If you are kind enough to vote for me, I promise NOT to post semi-coherent tweets about it Trump-style or send copies to Hillary’s private email server which in turn will be leaked in Wiki-leaks’ next batch of documents.

Random Thought

Posted in Writing with tags on July 26, 2016 by reddragonpub

To a child, beds are magic!

They can be a stage,

a rocket ship,

a raft,

a house,

a cave,

or anything else that can be imagined.

Return of the Random Poem – XXIII

Posted in Writing with tags , on July 21, 2016 by reddragonpub

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any poetry, so here is short one to revive the category.

My Light
By Michael Ball

Sunlight plays ‘pon chestnut hair,
dancing through the highlights there.

Starshine glimmers in amber eyes,
surpassing the beauty of night skies.

Moonbeams kiss skin so soft,
a jealous rose, her petals off’t.

‘Tis not a faery I speak of here.
‘Tis surely the Lady I hold dear.

My one true Love, who lights my day,
whose soul who completes me in every way.

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