The Starship Atloontis Rivera

The Starship Atloontis Rivera

There used to be a tremendously badly run cruise ship
called the Atlantis Rivera.
It had such an infamous reputation for taking its passengers
on completely unpleasant cruises,
that after awhile the only people who would book rooms
on the Atlantis Rivera were paranoid,
chronically depressed, hypochondriacs
who felt like the only way they could possibly relax
for two months was to put themselves through something
that reminded them how good of a time they had
back at their favorite dentists office or department of motor vehicles.
Then, on one particularly lousy cruise to the Glargbonk mud pits
on Imahatindis Minor, just as the crew was treating everyone
to their fourth 16 hour symposium
on how to fill out tax forms, all the passengers mutinied.
After an short initial scuffle, the crew, who were really, really tired
of running tax form symposiums, also mutinied.
Then, the ships captain who was really, really tired of writing orders
for tax form symposiums, mutinied too.
Finally, the ships supercomputer, Leeroy 42, mutinied
because it was tired of processing information
about everyone griping so much of the time…

Now, the captain, crew, and passengers
had in their possession a 34 gazillion dollar,
state-of-the-art spaceship with an amicable supercomputer,
and  an entire galaxy full of places
none of them had ever been
and things none of them had ever done.
The ship was ran by general consensus.
Everyone voted that they liked words with two o’s in them
and so the ship was renamed Atloontis Rivera
Then they voted to become pirates because
that sounded like a lot of fun.
Pretty soon they decided the pirates life of stealing spice and money
wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.
Then some of the crew wanted to become pioneers,
and so they founded a home base on the planet Joota Ka’pik.
Those that remained voted to become explorers.
After flying around the galaxy for years and years,
everyone realized they’d found out some pretty cool things,
and so some of the crew became artists and entertainers
who composed works of art relating what they’d found.
Some became inventors, some became traders in ideas,
and yet others became scientists.
Pretty soon one of the crew invented
the now famed Ooba Ooba ray gun
and Ooba quantum missiles
that cause instant and prolonged honesty in anyone who is hit….

Well equipped, the ship is now able to wander
many areas of the galaxy it had once been unable to explore.
Today, the Atloontis Rivera continues on its long journeys
largely left alone by privateers, pirates, and ships-of-the-line,
except when someone wants a decent song, movie, or poem
has a question to ask or some ideas to trade.
Everyone around the galaxy kinda figures the ship
is their personal research and entertainment team….
The ship travels on  many daring adventures
and high stakes quests on it’s never ending journey
for wisdom and knowledge.
The captain, crew, and passengers are all quite happier
as is Leeroy 42 because it gets to process information
besides stuff about griping all the time.

Dewey Dirks copyright 2011

Heaven and Earth

Heaven and Earth

Some say heaven is high above us
and hell lies far below.
Some say that life for most is hell in a hand basket
but that for a few it’s pure bliss.
Some say earth is the land of labor
where day by day we all break our backs.

But you know, life is a long, long walk
with more than one place to go
and more than one place to stop.
What you get back
has a lot to do with what you put in.
And what we think we see
can be a tricky thing
because life is inside of you
and outside at the same time.

Life is trouble for each of us
some of the time
but little bits of heaven
touch us all every day
in the smiles of strangers
in the touch of your lover
in the eyes of a child
in jokes from a friend
in the purr of your cat
in the wag of a dogs tail
where the love you give out
is the love you get back.

Now, those bits of heaven
that you have every day
can carry you through a lifetime
like a river flowing out to the sea.
But don’t hold on too tightly
as the moments pass by.
Love and happiness
enjoyed for a moment then released
return to visit
more than once each day.
The roads we take
can be a hard, winding ride.
We all know
what this old world can do.
If you loose your way
just hold a newborn babe in your hands.

Little bits of life
spread all around five minutes at a time
grow into eighty years of good memories
like a great field of cool green grass
stretching out across the long years behind.

Dewey Dirks

For Giving Away

For Giving Away

He showed me two songs
Heartfelt and full of life’s
Ironies and aspirations
‘Said these two helped me
When I needed a hand
And I’m grateful to those
Who made them
For giving away pieces
Of their heart and glimpses
Of times in their lives
When some muse showed them
How to scribble a moment or two
Or a breath onto paper
For giving away

Then he asked what helps me
I showed him three songs
One that reminds me
We all have hoped sometime or another
For a love lasting and true
One that reminds me of
How life can seem charmed
When true love touches you
And one that reminds me
Some dreams are for living
Sometimes we dream together
Sometimes we each dream alone
Because words cannot convey
And some dreams we dream
for giving away

Dewey Dirks

Touched By Love

Touched by Love

I don’t know
If I believe in God or not
—Seems to me
I learn more by asking questions
Than by asking answers
Still, I’ve watched life being kinder
In ways small and big on a daily basis
Than the sort compassion
Most people can muster
For more than five minutes at a time
The world can be a harsh teacher, it’s true
But things very often
Have a way of working out
And I know if you happen to forget a lesson or two
Life is happy
To offer them again to you
Every lesson out of things good or bad
A matter just between student and teacher

Pray if you want, or don’t
The universe loves us enough
To give us each the creativity
To make it on though
So, if it’s the middle of the northern winter
And your flat is freezing twenty below
You get off your knees
Stop just praying and burn the furniture

Time flows around us all
As a single great ocean
And we all swim in it seeing life
Bit by bit, piece by piece
No man so wise he can see everything
No man so wise or skilled
He can paint a picture as well
Or build a home so beautiful

You might find a God
In something very special
lotta times it takes something unusual
To get your attention
But so too there is something very special
In everyday mind
In everyday places
In everyday things
In everyday happenings
Feel a heartbeat
Touch your breath

Human are creative
And inclined to invent
Life invented creativity
Or did creativity invent life?
No man so wise he can ever know

People are emotional
And inclined to intellect as well
Life created emotions and intellect
Or did emotions and intellect create life?
No man so wise he can ever tell
No man so wise as to invent
A flowering mystery so vast
As the world we all wake to every morning

Every man strives
Every man questions
Every man learns
Every man rests
Every man comes to know
A thing or two
One of the best things to learn
Is how to sit in the quiet sometimes
And enjoy the view

Complex and simple
At the same time
The world is so much bigger
Than you and I
The more you learn
The more you learn
You don’t know much

Every man can be happy
Every man can feel sorrow
Every man can love
What makes you happy
Depends on you
But if you didn’t know life
You’d have never met happiness
No man kinder to life than love
No man untouched by sorrow
No sorrow eased more gently
Than a journey through life
Every journey through life
Touched by love

Dewey Dirks

Tidy Home

Tidy Home

Being at peace
With humanity
And the world
Doesn’t mean
You don’t think
There’s not problems around
It means realizing
Earth is our home
And life forever continues
With scrapes and scraps
Gotta keep
Cleaning up the trash
Gotta keep the kids in line
Gotta, gotta keep
On top of the housework
Gotta, gotta keep
A tidy home

All of us humans
Are a lot like a big bunch of kids
You gotta remember
With a bunch of kids around
There’s gonna be
A toy or two in the driveway
And on the living room floor
And they’ll keep up that dingy texting
On the phone

The teenagers will stay up late
And the house is gonna be loud sometimes
Kids are gonna get into arguments
Every once in awhile
Gonna be some confusion now and then
Cause that’s just the way kids are

Gotta have lots of love and care
To go around
Gotta be understanding and forgiving
Gotta show each other to how share
And how to be kind by example
For humanity to grow up
To be loving adults
Gotta show each other
An easy hand
Needs to be
A lot of love in our home

Dewey Dirks