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Poetical Journal © by Bob Casey


Mission: To provide poetical and thoughtful comments on life



Demographics: No states or countries were added this month. If your resident area is not listed, please let me know.


VOLUME XIX – Issue 11:Thursday, December 24, 2020 (Issue 232)


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The next Poetical Journal will be out January 31, 2021.

Opening Comments from Bob

This Issue: The December Issue is always an abbreviated one.

Subscriber Residences: PLEASE let me know if your state, providence, or country is not listed in the demographic section at the end. There currently are subscribers in 28 states, 3 provinces, and 13 countries. See the complete list near the end of the newsletter.

Next Month: Barring the unforeseen, the next issue comes out on January 31, 2021.

My Facebook account is again open.



Two Poems this Month

Time For

Flying high, almost in the clouds,
......I am tired
......the trip long
......diving here and there
......to avoid the predators
......who are ever on watch
To avoid the temptations
......that want to consume me
Far below a white perch
......rises into the sky.
Time to rest
Time for a respite.

Comment: A perfect poem for the Holidays for we all need a place to rest. Look closely, note the birds resting on the cross in the heading picture.



The man in the $3000 Armani suit
......strolls down the street,
......head held high
......his chauffeur given
......a few hours break.
He, full of himself,
......ponders how smart he is
......having just purchased
......a firm at a steal.
So what? if he has to lay off
......a few employees.
The business needs streamlined.
How else can he make a profit?
American success describes
......this elegant man.

A fireman rushes
......into the flames......
......saving a young child.
He feels lucky,
......only minor burns
......on his arms.
Just doing his job.
Others look in awe......
......at this hero
......braving the flames
......to save another.
An Armani unknown......
to his vocabulary.

In the legacy
......of humankind
......who will truly be honored?



Vignette this Month – A Christmas Carol

On occasion, the vignette will be replaced with a flip book. What is it? Click on this link to discover more. Please take the time to read a sample of these flip books appearing on my Facebook pages. The poems include appropriate pictures. The Blasts will be consolidated into books. Two are already available.

If you have a guest vignette you would like to submit, please do so. Not only will I enjoy reading it, but if agreeable with you and space permitting, I will print it in a future issue. The vignette should be written in paragraph form and relate a personal story or event. It should fit the overall tenor of this newsletter. Ideally, it should not exceed twenty

lines. Please send to bob@poeticaljourneys.com.

Guest Vignette this Month

I am pleased to have Playwright G.L. Rush return this month with a thoughtful vignette.

At this stage in my life, it’s not the parties and good times that makes me smile but the smiling faces of my grandchildren. I love being a grandmother and often talk about my wonderful, smart, grandchildren whenever I get the chance...Maybe more often than people care to hear. But as great as being a grandmother is, there were so many years that led up to this time in my life. I was first a daughter, then a wife who became a mother and then a grandmother. The combination of all those years has made me what I am today.

Often thinking back on them, I find myself wondering about the things I could have done differently instead of what I actually did right. It’s that annoying part of your mind that likes to stir things up, making you feel you didn’t quite get it right! We don’t have our lives on a giant chalkboard where you can take an eraser and rub out the should nots, so we will never be that perfect person.....And that’s ok! The good things along with the should nots have shaped me into who I am today.

So in 2021, I’m going to try to be a little easier on myself. I won’t dwell on the things I didn’t get right, though of course I’ll try not to repeat them, and I’ll silently give myself an “Alright!” for those things I do right that makes my life and the people’s lives around me a whole lot better.

This might be something others might also want to practice. You may be surprised by all the "Alrights" you get.



Stay safe and healthy!

.........Please take a look at the gift page.

Quotable Quotes

"You meet your destiny on the road you take to avoid it." - Carl Jung

"As naturally as the oak bears an acorn, and the vine a gourd, a man bears a poem, either spoken or done." - Henry David Thoreau

"We spend our time preoccupied with the past, which doesn't exist–it's already happened. Or we are preoccupied with the future–it doesn't exist–it hasn't happened yet." - John Daido Loori


Tai Chi Corner

No entry this month.


Reader Demographics

States - AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, NC, ND, NY, OH, OR, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WV, and WI     

Canadian Provinces - BC, ON, and QC;   

Countries - Albania, Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Turkey, UK, U.S., and Venezuela.

........Changes in this section will be updated each month.

If your state, province, or country is not mentioned, please let me know.


PJ Online

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The next issue will go out on Sunday, January 31, 2021.

Until next time - joy and peace,


Bob Casey
Poetical Journeys
P.O. Box 319
Midway, UT 84049


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