Daily Paradox (Haiku Series #163)

Filling Unlimited Pages

Nothing ever small

Dreaming, another novel—

Writing with bigness

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Choosing Right Stuff

Pick baseball or golf

Swinging for fences or greens—

Which swing shall I use?

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Playing Political Chess

Congress at impasse

Where’s spirit to compromise?

Buried long ago

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Monday Memories: Buckeye Football Fans


Here is another installment of Monday Memories.  This poem was first published back in October during the middle of the college football season.   He enjoys following and cheering for his two favorite college football teams


Filling the huge Horseshoe in their scarlet and gray

Cheering on their beloved Buckeyes each Saturday


Watching mascot Brutus fire up the thousands of fans

Experiencing tailgate parties from the back of a van


Sitting elbow to elbow in the bleacher seats

Seeing that the Buckeyes are hard to beat


Experiencing another remarkable Michigan victory

Wondering what Coach Woody would want to see


Go Buckeyes Go!

Conquer another foe!

Special Note:  The reference to Coach Woody honors the greatest of all Buckeyes’ football coaches, Woody Hayes.  He coached the Buckeyes from 1950-1978.  His teams won five national championships and 13 Big Ten conference titles.

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Another college football season is upon us.  Now you know where my football allegiance stands:  Montana State Bobcats and Ohio State Buckeyes.  I need to hurry along now to stay ahead of rivals Montana Grizzlies and Michigan Wolverines.

Quirky Team Names

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Sports teams abound

Loyal fans cheer on

Unique names astound


What is a Laker?

Honoring “Land of 10,000 Lakes”

Minnesota becomes Los Angeles Lakers


What is a Dodger?

In Brooklyn, dodging the trolley tracks

Becoming baseball’s “Dem Bums”—the Dodgers


What is a Canuck?

Referring to a French Canadian

Now hockey’s Vancouver Canucks


What is a Celtic?

Honoring Irish, Welsh, and others

Now a trademark of the Boston Celtics


Who are the Knickerbockers?

Remembering Dutch settlers’ trousers

NBA Knicks shortened from Knickerbockers


Why the Wizards?

Depicting violence as the NBA’s Bullets

Transformed into the energized Wizards


What is the meaning of the Mets?

Official team name of baseball’s Metropolitans

Becoming New York’s “Amazin’ Mets”


What’s with the Jazz?

Utah certainly doesn’t fit today

Formerly in New Orleans as the Jazz


Why the Cleveland Browns?

Sounding like such a simple name

Founded by their coach Paul Brown


Pausing now to catch an exciting game

Let’s hope this team’s name isn’t lame



Final Lap

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Destined to command the pack around the track

The shiny and high-speed race car never slacks

Fine-tuned to outrun and outmuscle every foe

This car will sprint to the finish, never too slow

Racing for a championship with 200 grueling laps

The experienced driver is favored to win in a snap

Waiting all week for race day to finally arrive

The rest of the field wonders how to survive

Handled with precision, the favorite speeds onward

The driver’s bubbling confidence shines forward

Taking the lead from the start of the 500 mile sprint

The cool, poised driver stays ahead as others flinch

Hearing the engine competing at its maximum speed

Four, three, two laps and one more to finish the deed

Running razor-close to the edge of the wall

The driver knows the competition shall fall

Entering the final corner of today’s dominating ride

The car fuels excitement with nothing ever to hide

Anticipating the checkered flag waiting at the finish line

The driver applies a final burst of speed for the last time


Victory ahead . . .




Crushed into the outer wall takes away smiles

This car won’t be racing for quite a long while

Saddened by a single error and a disastrous mistake

The driver grimaces at his unfortunate luck and fate