Thursday, May 22, 2014

Your Light

in the darkest of moments
is when you are able to find
how much light
comes from within

(may 22 2014)

Friday, January 17, 2014

One Reason I Smile

My mom told me she pulled Ella (her granddaughter)
on the sled today
and when I got home
I noticed the tracks in the snow all throughout the backyard

(January 11, 2014)

There's too much death
I think to myself, with sadness
but not anymore than life
I think, as reassurance.

(January 13, 2014)

I feel like every falling leaf in the autumn
is like a note from god
reminding us of the beauty of life
but also
that everything must end
so that the cycle can continue

(Jan 6, 2014)

A Picture Is Worth No More Words

I was reading a new poet

The first book had me thinking
he was decent,
he might have a chance.

I figured I might have found another interesting writer.

Then, I got a 2nd book of his at the library.

I turned to the back page biography
and there was a picture of him
holding his glasses slanted
with one of the arms positioned
into the corner of his mouth
and at that time
I realized
this douchebag
was not worth reading

[Billy Collins]

(Jan. 11, 2014)

Take Your Microwave To Heaven

You'd be a fool to think I'm not gonna make my dreams come true.

Wasted ink on a sports game write up.

I tried to open an umbrella indoors, but I opened an umbrella indoors years earlier, so it didn't open.

When the children grow up in cities, you're left with a culture full of adults who don't know how to do much themselves.

I see the smoke from the chimney in the moonlight.

This is a culture where people feel the need for automatic car starters.

You can't use knowledge after death, but you can share it, and that's why I'll never stop learning.

My least favorite number is 232,431.  That's not actually true, I just said it once.

I like to look at the stars and think about life.

The jagged dirt roads running almost invisibly through the mountains somehow became highways.

An hour driving back after you've been gone 10 days is a lot different than an hour in the backyard chopping wood.

I met a Spanish kid named Rob, which didn't seem to reflect his culture.  But then I learned his middle name is People, and it made sense.

If I was high, the rain on the roof would be singing me a melody.

It's no wonder highways can be adopted.  Of course their parents aren't in their lives; they're black.

We've sacrificed so much in an attempt at convenience.

Respect your elders...but not if they're a total dumbass.

Haven't you heard the meek will inherit?  I think that's true.

To me, a handshake simply means you don't want to hug.

In this culture, a serial killer is just another thing.  Really think about that.  A serial killer is normal, not even a big deal anymore.

He doesn't hate everything.  He loves hating.

Take your microwave to heaven.

Rules to live by:  Never show up late for a circle jerk.

9 out of 10 times people should leave each other alone.  Only 1 out of 10 do they.

Are you a Democrat?  Are you a Republican?  No, I'm John Pitroff.

Thanks for reading.


There is something amazingly daunting
about the winter night
-11 degrees, early January, 2:30 am.

Looking up at the sky
it makes me believe
there is something more than this-
but why must there be?

The mystery is enough
to bring such a feeling
to my heart.

(Jan 4, 2014)


Sitting here in the morning
with my three cats,
fire going,
woodstove cooking my toast,
just ate an apple

It's almost too simple
to understand.

It's almost too magnificent
to be seen-
hidden by the simplicity

(late Dec, 2013)
What Needs To Be Said

I wish you would treat yourself better.

I feel partially responsible.

I wasn't always as nice, good as I should have been.

I feel sadness
knowing it's my fault.

I wish you would treat yourself better-
irrelevant of how I treated you.

I should have taken it out on me
I took it out on you.

You didn't deserve that.

It's my fault.

It was me, not you.

I hope you can move on
and live in such a way
that doesn't reflect how I somewhat made you.

I know it's nearly impossible
but know
I am truly sorry.

(Fri, December 27th 2013)

Slight Sympathy

It's sad you don't know how to treat people better.

I think deep down you do.

You want to be loved so much.

I can see it in your outstretched arms as you reach for a hug.

You want to belong
but in many ways you don't.

I'm sorry for you

(December 19, 2013)

A World

I'm eating an apple.
At the end is a core; negativity.

But listen
at that end is a seed; a beginning.

(December 19th 2013)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

It Must Be Lived To Be Understood

I know that kids grow up too fast
I am no longer one-
but I can see from that perspective
I have it within me

I once was-
in a way, still am.

To be able to reflect
but have fun
to be able to let loose
but have responsibility
to be able to still not know-
but have years of experience doing so

To be able to enjoy it like I once did-
but more richly
with more to compare it to
with more to set it against
with the "knowledge" of death
at least knowing it is no more here and now-
to be able to appreciate in a different way.

To be able to enjoy the moment
but perhaps more so now
with the knowledge that it's fleeting

The kids grow too fast
They always said that
now I know-
now I've seen it myself

The kids grow up too fast
but this is nice

The kids grow up too fast
but it's a joy to watch
and knowing adulthood
I hope they learn to love this part

(Dec 19 2013)
Getting Old

Not many want to get old
but I'll take it with grace and dignity-
proud of the years
proud of what I've learned
some little semblance of perhaps...wisdom

Fighting age because it equates to death in our mind
but I'm not afraid

I'm proud to live
so I'll be proud to die

(Dec. 25 2013)
The Show

The mystery of life, god, more
is like
sitting in the audience at a play
but on stage
the curtain never parts

(Jan 4, 2014)

Behind simplicity is the shadow of magnificence.

Shut Up

I don't know anything, and it's a beautiful thing.

Why does a bank need an upstairs?  Actually, why does anyone?

The word "cyber bully" exists.  God help us.

Breakfast With The Pope.

Let's be honest - nothing has ever actually tasted "scrumptious."

People say things are, "like night and day" to mark a huge difference.  It's not.  One it is light out, the other it is less light out.  Not that different.

Hey, how you doing, old friend?  Can I murder you?  No?  Okay.  Well, I just figured I would ask.  Talk to you later.

In elementary school in India, I wonder how they figure out who the smelly kid is.  In America, I wonder how they figure out who the dumb one is.

Carbon online dating.

Picasso coloring in the lines as a kid.

I believe there is something slightly wrong with someone who thinks the effort of parallel parking in order to get their booze is worth it.

I'm not a master of words, I just set them free.

Chance of "pantsing"

Shorts:  Highly likely, if surrounded by assholes.
Jeans:  Tough, but somewhat likely, if surrounded by assholes.
Jorts: You're a douche (surrounded by assholes or not).
Overalls:  You should be okay, if you ignore the fact that you are wearing overalls.
Suit of armor:  No chance, but good luck shitting.

The longer your hair and beard get, the more likely people are to say, "man" to you, regardless of their hair or beard length.

I'd like to be incomparable to anyone or anything.

On my death bed:  ...on to the next adventure.

Thanks for reading.
Pt. I

I only wish
to be important enough
to carried in a lover's wallet-
a picture of me now,
an adult.

Pt. II

I dream of a love
strong enough
that a picture of me as an adult
is carried with someone
at all times
in their pocket book