Sunday, September 15, 2019

Iran. We Are Locked And Loaded On Saudi Attacks


Iran is being hit hard by U.S. and Allied Sanctions that are threatening to the rogue regime cripple
Oil being purchased by former buyers is being reduced to mere trickles
Only a question of time before the population with dreams of a former oil funded good life
Will take to the streets in riots and strife
Like any good conniving tyrants the best plans are to seek a foreign crisis to grievances divert
Support the rebels in Yemen and with drones Saudi oil to subvert
Bring the Great Satin into the fray
Belief that toppling the regime voices will fade away
Slight problem is that the mullahs of Iran are facing another sheriff in town
One who will not put up with threats to world economy from these mullah clowns
Trump authorizes release of strategic reserves of oil
If prices over attack on Saudi facilities take their pricing toll
Better yet he has proclaimed the U.S. is locked and loaded
If Iran for the attack is found to be the target of blame
It would be a simple task to cripple Iran’s off shore platforms
Either with tomahawks or with seals to storm
The mullahs respond only to force not diplomatic norms
In this International Day of Democracy start of the people’s on the mullahs scorn
Sadly the mullahs like the Chinese must believe Trump has no Blues to support his back
Must hope they only have to endure him til the voters in November him sack
A loss of oil from Saudi Arabia would throw most of the world’s economies into the tank
Time for even the most rabid Blue anti-Trumpsters to in his support close ranks.
© September 15, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

September 15, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Lymphoma Awareness Day N


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 15, 2019 Michael Horowitz has delivered his preliminary report on the FBI’s involvement in the FISA warrants concerning the Trump campaign and there is growing speculation that Comey and McCabe face felony prosecution as House McCarthy railed against “the closest thing to a coup we have ever seen” (hope the sanctimonious FBI enjoyed his book tour and media spotlight which will not be good preparation for time in prison); the New York Times is on the uncorroborated warpath again publishing an account from Robin Pogabrim and Kate Kelley from their upcoming book that a Clinton confidant Max Steir saw Kavanaugh’s penis while drunk being pushed into the hands of a woman during a college party (sadly the Sullivan case while shield these book promoting “journalists” from defamation suits that Trump has suggested Kavanaugh file and ever more sadly Warren, Harris and Castro are demanding Kavanaugh be impeached for an uncorroborated event on which any potential criminal liability would have long since be barred by the statute of limitations); interesting that these allegations have surfaced after Ford’s lawyer revealed that his client’s motivation was to hobble Kavanaugh by placing an asterisk of confirmation against his name; in a chilling reminder of how dangerous the cartels in Mexico are 44 bodies of Mexicans were found in plastic bags stuffed in a well in Mexico; in a moment revealing how little we know about life in our oceans, Oscar Lundahl while fishing off the coast of Norway caught this strange fish in 2600 feet of water:

Joe is back in the social media doghouse for embellishing an encounter he had with a black gang leader while a lifeguard in 1962 over an account of his grabbing a chain and causing three blacks armed with straight edge razors to back down outside a municipal pool (shades of Walter Mitty); AOC is back to her Chicken Little sprees claiming Miami is a few years will be swept under the rising seas (when will the good people in the Queens listening to her rants tire and in 2020 force her to retire); the cries of a failing campaign for O’Rourke get more strident every day pitching he’s going to take all semi-automatic rifles away; John Legend may have tarnished his legend by slamming the fact that Felicity Huffman received 14 days as opposed to none for her role in her child’s college admissions scandal; Iran whose credibility on terror is below zero has denied responsibility for the drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil production facilities (anyone who believes that must believe in the tooth fairy and with his comments that we are “locked and loaded” to deal with Iran if they are responsible, it does not seem he believe these liars also); in Chicago through September 14, 2019, 2007 have been shot of whom 341 have died and in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, 245 have been murdered in Baltimore (when will Chicago and Baltimore get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?
 As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Fred Astaire, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are blessed with an absence of a polysacrous frame, and a relevant quote on battling cancer by Mr. T, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. International Day Of Democracy—created by the U.N. General Assembly in 2007 to promote the ideals of democracy in a world in which too many tyrants and dictators rule and anti-democratic forces lie in wait to destroy democratic forms of government,
2. Lymphoma Awareness Day—created by the Lymphoma Coalition, a non-profit association of 63 lymphoma patient groups in 44 countries, in 2004 to promote awareness of the disease and raise funds for research and cure of the disease which is potentially life threatening and infects some 1000 people a day.         
3. 1935 Number One Song— the number one song in 1935 on this day was “Cheek to Cheek” by Fred Astaire.  Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOYzFKizikU
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “polysacrous” which means obese which is not the shape you want your body to be in.
5. The Poet Laureate Of TV—celebrating the birth on this day in 1918 of noted African-American comedian, actor and game show panelist noted for his 4 line poems as a panelist whose rhymes left him on October 2, 2005 from cancer.
On this day in: 
     a. 1950 in what would be regarded as the high water mark of his generalship, Allied Forces under the leadership of Douglas MacArthur landed to the rear of North Korean Communists trying to drive American and South Korean forces into the sea.
     b. 1963 in a dark day for race relations, 4 members of the Klu Klux Klan exploded dynamite at the 16th Street Baptist Church killing 4 young African American girls and wounding 22 others.
c. 1967 after a sniper attack by Charles Whitman on August 1, 1966 from the top of the Texas Tower at the University of Texas Campus that killed 14 people, in a better late than never moment, Lyndon Johnson wrote a letter to Congress requesting it pass gun control legislation.
d. 1981 the Senate Judiciary unanimously voted in favor of confirming Sandra Day O’Connor as the first female Justice of SCOTUS.
e. 2008 as the financial crisis kept on expanding, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy in the U.S. at that time.
Reflections on fighting and being a cancer survivor: “I thought I was tough, but going through cancer, that was tough. Cancer patients are really tough--they don’t quit. That’s why I wear it like a badge of honor. I am proud to be a cancer survivor.” Mr. T., noted actor on the “A-Team.”   
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September 14, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World First Aid Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 14, 2019 For those Blue idiots that want to end fracking, the massive drone bombings of Saudi Arabia’s oil production sites should come as a wake up call to them unless their ears are stuffed with Green New Deal ear plugs and spur them to join the President and the world community to ratchet up sanctions to a point that country disappears down a sewer (whether one believes in climate change or not or whether drastically reducing carbon emissions is the key to fighting it, the simple truth is that there is not today at any price enough alternative energy sources to replace the energy produced by carbon containing fuels); normally I find myself in complete disagreement with a highly politicized AG Eric Holder, but was pleasantly surprised of his calling for caution in prosecuting Trump when he leaves office reflecting on what Ford did with Nixon for the good of the country although it probably cost him the election and the nation 4 years of malaise; noted perjurer Michael Cohen had a parting shot at President Trump as he entered federal prison; the Border Patrol engaged in a shootout with two American citizens at the Texas Mexico border following a traffic stop with an agent wounded and the shooter killed (no details yet but suspect drug smuggling was involved); when it rains it pours moment, Tropical Storm Humberto was lashing the Bahamas with massive amounts of rain in a nation devastated by Hurricane Dorian with 50 deaths, a number expected to rise; the UAW labor contract with GM has lapsed with a strike being called on a day to day basis as the parties are still negotiating (news flash to GM and UAW no one wins in a strike); Microsoft’s store in Manhattan was hit with protests over Microsoft doing business with ICE as 76 of these miscreants were arrested (expanding technique of the left to shut down anyone doing business with those whose policies you disagree with a tactic that should be crushed by arrests and trials);  in Chicago through September 13, 2019, 1998 have been shot of whom 341 have died and in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, 244 have been murdered in Baltimore (when will Chicago and Baltimore get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?
 As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Lizzo, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are blessed with an absence of polypragmatists as neighbors, and a relevant quote on the future of conscription by Collin Powell, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. Support Latino Businesses Day—celebrated for the first time in 2019 to honor the contributions made by Latino owned businesses to our economy and promoting awareness of the fact that Latino owned businesses are being formed three times faster than other small businesses (wonder when business success translates into a shift from voting Blue to voting Red.
2. World First Aid Day—created by the International Red Cross and International Red Crescent in 2000 to promote on the second Saturday in September awareness of how first aid can save lives.         
3. 2019 Number One Song— the number one song in 2019 starting a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo.  Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmEmsWsTKQk
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “polypragmatist” which means a busybody who is exactly the type of neighbor you want to avoid.
5. Too Much Wine In The House—celebrating the birth on this day in 1983 of British singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse and bemoaning her far too early, but predictable, death from alcohol and drug abuse on July 23, 2011.
On this day in: 
     a. 1901 President McKinley died after being shot in a receiving line on September 6, 1901 by anarchist Leon Czolgosz who was tried, convicted and executed on October 29, 1901.
     b. 1969 the Selective Service selected this day as the first day of the draft lottery system.
c. 1994 MLB received its third strike and the season, including the playoffs and the World Series,  was cancelled due to a player’s strike.
d. 2000 Microsoft ME was released to the general public.
e. 2001 a historic prayer service was held for the victims of the 9/11 attacks in Washington’s National Cathedral.
Reflections on conscription into the military: “With respect to where we are now, we have a voluntary army. And if we ever go back to conscription I hope that at time it will be the kind of conscription that was put in at the end of the Vietnam War. And that is, everybody is equally liable to be called to serve the nation in time of conflict.” Collin Powell.   
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Friday, September 13, 2019

September 13, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Defy Superstition Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 13, 2019 For those who missed the Panther/Buccaneer game to endure three hours of the 9 Blues trying to topple Biden and show unity against Trump at the same time, they saw Biden emerge unscathed, cloaking himself in the Obama record and Sanders and Warren failing to make any traction with the others like Kamala Harris ranting that there were no questions on abortion and reproductive rights even though the support of late term abortions are well known and Klobachar attacking Sanders for the loss of private insurance (Trump if he watched the spectacle must be licking his chops in excitement of facing the sacrificial lamb picked by the Blues); finally Joe Scarborough has said something that makes sense, namely Medicare for all cannot pass; the Cack News Network is trying to regain some journalistic integrity as reports surface that many staffers who were questioning his hiring by CNN since he was fired for lying and now being recommended for prosecution by the FBI (don’t hold your breath but a parting of the ways of CNN from its role as a mouthpiece for the DNC would be most welcome); Gronkowski opened up on the toll football has had on his body—9 surgeries and 20 concussions, 5 of which were blackouts (do not if a Patriot realistically expect him to return to the game); Bozo O’Rourke and Republican Texas State Legislator Briscoe Cain are in a twitter snit fit over Bozo’s claim he will take away AR-15’s from lawful and law-abiding citizens and Cain’s challenge to come an get his which Bozo ballistically claimed to be a death threat; Grub Hub and other delivery services may be the way of the future but not if a study finding that one in four food delivery workers eat a portion of the food to be delivered to the customer is symptomatic of conditions in the food delivery industry; in a wakeup call to high tax states, multibillionaire Carl Icahn has announced he is moving his business and home to Florida to escape New York and New York City’s high tax rates; MIT which accepted millions in donations from Fidelity Investments is settling a law suit brought by its 401(k) beneficiaries that alleged Fidelity was allowed to charge exorbitant fees in return for such donations; the preliminary findings of the NTSB have found that in violation of not having a watchman awake on board a sleeping vessel, all the crew members were asleep when the fire broke out, an omission that probably doomed the 33 passengers;  in Chicago through September 11, 2019, 1975 have been shot of whom 333 have died and in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, 242 have been murdered in Baltimore (when will Chicago and Baltimore get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?
 As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Fiona Apple, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are blessed with an absence of paraskevidekatriaphobia, and a relevant anonymous quote on the number 13, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. Programmers Day—celebrated since 2009 on the 256th day of the year which is represented as 28, which is the number of distinct values represented by a byte and honors the contribution of programmers to our economy and culture.
2. National Defy Superstition Day—celebrating appropriately on Friday the 13th a day to discard one’s superstitions and go about one’s day.         
3. 2018 Number One Song— the number one song in 2018 on a run of 10 weeks in that position was “In My Feelings” by Drake.  Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRS_PpOrUZ4
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “paraskevidekatriaphobia” which means fear of Friday the 13th which I hope you do not have today.
5. An Apple A Day Allows Illegals To Stay—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your political view the birth on this day in 1977 of noted vegan singer and songwriter Fiona Apple who has pledged 2 year’s worth of earnings from her record “Criminal” to the While They Wait Foundation which provides legal help and payment of expenses for illegals seeking asylum.
On this day in: 
     a. 1898 Hannibal Goodwin received a patent for celluloid photographic film.
     b. 1956 IBM introduced its 305 RAMAC, the first computer to use disk storage.
c. 1962 a federal appeals court ordered the University of Mississippi to admit its first African American student James Meredith.
d. 1977 General Motors introduced the diesel engine in certain models in its Oldsmobile line of cars.
e. 2001 civilian air traffic which had been suspended on 9/11 due to attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and a failed attack on the White House was reinstated.
Reflections on the 13th: “President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and President Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.” Anon Today remember it is just another Friday with a 13 nothing more nothing less.   
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

September 12, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Policewomen's Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 12, 2019 Hopefully America skipped the Blues’ debate to watch a nail biting game between the Buccaneers and the Panthers and missed Biden’s best debate dismissing Castro’s blatant attack on his memory; Mayor Pete whose Alfred E. Neuman’s look must be going down to defeat made idiotic claim that Trump supporters are racist and the illegal alien supporter queen lashed out at Trump as being a Wizard of Oz small dude on trade war with China (what does she have to offer? 0); Maher surprisingly is lambasting Blues for going too far to the left and killing progressive values; while the DOJ is recommending Andrew McCabe be prosecuted it was revealed that disgraced James Clapper was pulling out all stops to extol the “good work” and “virtues” of McCabe (take perjurer Clapper and toss his words of praise into a crapper); Andrew Yang’s policies may be too the left but on debate timing he is very deft complaining that the third debate conflicts with the Panthers and Buccaneers (Blues must believe that all football fans are deplorables and would never vote Blue); the pit viper snake adder, Nadler has his Judiciary Committee voting on the rules for Trump’s impeachment as the Reds rise to the challenge and dare the Blues to impeach (the memory of in re Clinton impeachment seems to have been lost on these idiots); Homan who has spent his life trying to from illegals keep us secure was lambasted by Blues claiming he is a heartless bigot without any basis other than their craven quest for sound bites; as search warrants were served on the operators of the MV Conception, a preliminary report issued by the NTSB indicated that the boat did not have a required watchman awake who might have given the divers a chance of survival as all crew members were asleep; in a career ending moment a sightseeing boat on the Hudson River collided with  the USS Slater, a WWII destroyer, while docking but fortunately no one was seriously injured but the boat is out of the sightseeing business until the reason for the collision is determined; while Warren was advocating the decriminalization of illegal border crossing Joy Behar was spicing the race up by ranting her support for Warren and wanting her to put Sanders in a head lock; in the chicken wars with Chick-Fil-A, Popeyes BYOB has struck out as most want no bottles brought in or having to bring your own bun; just when you thought the only hazard we face is vapers getting ill or dying from vaping, news out that a woman who bought Pond’s face cream from Mexico which may have been adulterated with mercury is comatose after using it; in Chicago through September 11, 2019, 1967 have been shot of whom 332 have died and in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, 242 have been murdered in Baltimore (when will Chicago and Baltimore get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?
 As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat.Justin Bieber, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are blessed with a polyphiloprogenitive mind, and a relevant quote from Bill Clinton on the sacrifices of the passengers on Flight 93 on 9/11, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. National Day of Encouragement—created in 2007 to promote the use of encouragement as a means to motivate students and people to excel in their endeavors.
2. National Policewoman Day—celebrating the accomplishments of women in law enforcement who constitute 10 percent of the members of police forces and who have proven that a woman’s touch in bringing a criminal to justice is just as if not more so effective than a male officer.         
3. 2017 Number One Song— the number one song in 2017 on a long run of 16 weeks in that position was “Despicito” by the Luis Founsi and Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber.  Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72UO0v5ESUo
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “polyphiloprogenitive” which means very imaginative which defines the Blues in their impeachment inquiry to a tee.
5. New Career Before 30th Birthday—celebrating the birth on this day in 1989 of one of Stanford’s best quarterbacks who went on to a promising career in the NFL before it was ended just prior to his 30th birthday due to injuries.
On this day in: 
     a. 1959 Bonanza, the first regularly scheduled TV series in color, premiered on NBC.
     b. 1983 the Soviet Union vetoed a UN Security Council Resolution deploring its shooting down of Korean Airlines Flight 007 which killed all aboard.
c. 1992 NASA successfully launched its 50th Shuttle Mission which carried the first Japanese citizen and first African American woman astronauts and the first married couple Mark Lee and Jan Davis (since divorced).
d. 1994 Frank Corder fatally crashed a Cessna 150 into the South Lawn and White House with him as the only fatality.
e. 2011 the National 2011 Memorial and Museum opened to the public in New York City.
Reflections on 9/11: “With almost no time to decide, [your loved ones] gave the entire country an incalculable gift. They saved the Capitol from attack. They saved God knows how many lives. They saved the terrorists from claiming the symbolic victory of smashing the center of American government. … They allowed us to survive as a country that could fight terror and still maintain liberty and still welcome people from all over the world from every religion and race and culture as long as they shared our values, because ­ordinary people given no time at all to decide did the right thing.”
—President Bill Clinton in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in 2011
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Pearl Harbor Deja Vu On 9/11


The Greatest Generation is perhaps the generation most aptly named
Two titanic struggles met and conquered to insure their immortal fame
The Great Depression on the domestic front when jobs and fortunes disappeared
Daily the flight from prosperity was the path on which they steered orm
At its peak unemployment hit one in four
As more and more businesses closed their doors
With little of the social net we enjoy today.
Times were exceedingly tough and it seemed to the Greatest Generation they would forever stay
Americans were tested as they have never been tested before
But an even bigger test for this generation was the coming war
The War to End All Wars merely planted the seeds of a much larger butcher’s bill
Millions upon millions of civilians and armed forces were soon to be killed
China and Japan had a head jump on this epic fight
1937 at the Marco Polo Bridge then 2 years later the Winds of War in Europe blew day and night
For us enjoying coming out of the Depression our world was frozen in time
On a Sunday, a day of rest in the morning at Pearl Harbor,  the end the Mount Niitaka Climb
No one alive in America on December 7, 1941 older than 5 would not remember to their grave
Where they were when the bombs dropped and the Greatest Generation rose up to a nation save
Over 70 years later, the Baby Boomers, XGen and the beginning  generation of Millennials again had their lives frozen in time
When 4 hijacked airliners turned into their deadly collusion paths after their takeoff climbs
To a person those over the age of 5 would remember where they were when on live TV,
A band of jihadists in hijacked planes went on their killing of innocents spree
Unlike the Greatest Generation who spent over 4 years in World War II and in Korea over 3
Our warriors in the War on Terror have been at it for 18 years
Against an enemy whose faith will not let him disappear
Look at the face of Mike Kehoe climbing the stairs into what could have been a certain killing zone
And you should see the eyes of another generation ready to protect this nation we call home
                                                        

Great generations facing great challenges  separated by years
As we honor the Greatest Generation, honor those of 9/11 and their followers and not hold back the tears  
© September 11, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

Mike Kehoe Helmet 28 9/11/2991 Helmet



            One of the iconic photographs of 9/11/2001 is that of Mike Kehoe of NTPD Fire Department 28 climbing the stairs of the World Trade Center as terrified tenants and visitors are streaming down to safety. His courage and the courage of all first responders and those who have fought wherever terrorists can be found should never fade from our memory as should our resolve to fight terror wherever it exists be always be met with determination to wipe it off the face of the Earth.
                                                                                   


Helmet 28

His helmet bears a 28 burdened by 100 pounds of gear heading up a panic flight of stairs.
At 20 floors, his eyes are framed in soot and ash, a deer in a hunter’s headlight stare.
Outnumbered by a cascade of office horror in downward panic flight.
Most men would have tired, been brushed away, but not with a 5 alarm inferno to fight.
Was it the training, or the inner steel of the highest of all noble human traits?
To not abandon crew and total strangers to a searing, deadly fate.
Not since Operation Typhoon, have we seen planes driven at targets to explode,
Even then, only against warriors— who among us could ever fathom such a Bushido Code?
A micro globe of innocents whose sin was to be at work, bathed in high octane flames,
Desert sand chrysantimums hijacking a one way ticket passenger laden plane.
How could he or would we ever have the courage to put ourselves in harm’s way,
Climbing 8 more floors in smoke, until at 28, the building rumbled and began to sway?
As a parent most of us to a man would with relish sacrifice all to save his child,
Or to protect a spouse faced with mortal dangers running near and wild.
But these were strangers, not neighbors, kin or friends, but with his life and limb in doubt,
What courage to continue climbing burdened down and fight the urge to flee and get out.
It is said that true heroes in combat are those not in photos or who never make it home for the victory parade,
Now joined by 343 resting eternally in fields far and near within the memories of the living, never to fade.
28 could have stopped then and there at 20 floors and put himself out of danger of deadly harm,
But like true heroes, no fireman will turn tail and run from the pleading of five alarms.
Those who do not know us, say America is a soft land with heroes too few and too far between,
At their peril, if they ever forget the image of 28 trudging up the stairs into danger’s mortal scene.
If the helmet was any number from ladder 1 to 176 frozen in that famous photo frame,
The courage to climb into harm’s way to save a stranger’s life and not flee would be exactly the same,
Whether there is an eternal heaven or an eternal flame, one will never know for sure,
Or whether to avoid the fires, one’s spirit must be helping, noble and pure,
If there is, be assured 343 firemen of NYFD will hose down daily the streets of paradise,
Sweeping into the gutters of hell those who would in the name of God cause the innocents’ early demise.
If there is, it is certain that after 911, no NYFD member would ever be admitted into hell,
 For too quickly on earth the brimstone sermons would end, as the Devil’s damning fires they would quickly quell.


Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com
© December 30, 2005