My poem, “A New Beginning,” appears here! [This month’s Free Venice Beachhead – March 2015]

Free Venice Beachhead

I know a woman – By Mary Getlein
Silent Bells – By Lynette
I’ve Known Freedom – By Ashkii Newton
Greetings from Slab City – By Dusty P. Greenhaus
A NEW BEGINNING – By Hal Bogotch
Mind Your Mind – By Ronald McKinley
“Abstractions on a Reoccurring Theme” – By Miles Krumpak
Poleece in Veneece – By Moishe Shmendrick
Roger Houston
I know a woman

She did her time with
each new love of her life –
two years with this one
one year with that
each one taking up valuable time
she could have used for herself
only when she was older
did she realize!
The one she needed to love the most
was herself
all along she’d been
de-luded, de-nuded, de-constructed
in the ways of the world
who had to be on top
who was the boss

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So wondrous to see “Dalia’s Wondrous Hair” included in Remarkable Latino Childrens Lit 2014 list!


Lovely children’s books . . .

Lovely children’s books . . .

These books are by a friend of a friend of a friend . . . but, no matter.

Judge them on their own merits!

—  H A L 


The children of the world have a message for us . . .

Let us think twice . . .

Let us think twice . . . and once more, before we rush to war.

Yes, Bashar al-Assad of Syria seems to be the latest incarnation

of pure evil. 

However, here’s a question to ponder:  when was the last time

that firing missiles actually produced a positive outcome? 

Destruction tends to breed resentment and a desire within

homegrown terrorists to strike (back) at us.

Granted, we cannot ignore the fact that Assad has used chemical

weapons against his own people.  What we ought to do is try to

get Russia, China, Iran, etc. to freeze the assets of the Syrian

government.  We ought to aim to hit Assad below the belt  —  in

his metaphorical wallet.

The point is, U.S.A., we have alternatives.  Let’s not rush into

yet another one of these push-button, video-game-like, military actions.

Peace can only be achieved through peaceful means.  And, the means

DO NOT justify the ends.  Thanks for listening!Image


The Sandy Hook Promise

The Sandy Hook Promise

The Sandy Hook

Our hearts are broken;
Our spirit is not.

And it is with this knowledge
that we are able to move forward
with purpose…and strength…

This is a Promise

To support our own
our families, our neighbors, our teachers, our community
with dedication and love
as well as the material and financial needs they will require
in the days ahead.

This is a Promise

To truly honor the lives lost
by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.

This is a Promise

To be open to all possibilities.
There is no agenda other than to make 
our community and our nation a safer, better place.

This is a Promise

To have the conversations on ALL the issues
Conversations where listening is as important as speaking.
Conversations where even those with the most opposing views 
can debate in good will.

This is a Promise

To turn the conversation into actions.
Things must change.
This is the time.

This is a Promise

We make to our precious children.
Because each child, every human life is filled with promise,
and though we continue to be filled with unbearable pain
we choose love, belief, and hope
instead of anger.

This is a Promise

To do everything in our power to be remembered
not as the town filled with grief and victims;
but as the place where 
real change began.

Our hearts are broken;
Our spirit is not.

This is our promise.

Evil and Stupidity at the Boston Marathon – Tom Rossi

new poem




Known as a rat tail
Feared in locker rooms
Special deadly method
of rolling up towel

Start with diagonal fold
Thick end, gripped
Thin end, wetted

Effect:  like a whip
Purpose:  inflict pain, raise welts
Target:  back flesh on upper leg

Able to rip
a cardboard box
No, no joke

Zing!  scorpion sting
Clean after shower
Dirty rat.

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