The Ode

Ode to the Writer

By Tom Foster


We are the lords and ladies of creation, yet we are still just players.
In the beginning we are as in the end.
We do not aspire, we simply do.
There is the dream, tempered by the reality, and given form by the thought.
By our thought, by our dreams, and by the reality we impose.
It’s a madness of the sort that only poets and writers can truly understand, and even among those only a few can comprehend.
Comprehension, that is a truly frightening thing.
We play with words, we are those that can immortalize, and those that can do what must be said and say what must be done.
It is confusion, this comprehension, and in the midst of it all, it is the single word that carries power, the one among all that is ever elusive, ever there, always waiting for us to return to, to remind us what it is that drives us, what keeps the fountain flowing.
Every last soul that has ever put ink to paper, ever put finger to key, every vague idea that swirls inward from the maelstrom we call the world, the universe, and everything in between and without.
For everything that could come, for everything that has and will come, we are there. We are the ones that do not deny the voice that tells us, “this must come to pass”, or “this must be remembered”.
It is who we are, what we do, and through everything, it is the lifeblood of those who cherish this timeless art form, this undeniable urge to say, in their own manner, “I AM”.
We are not gods, we create, and yet in the process, we are created. It is our words, penned and copied throughout the ages that have helped to shape the world, to say that, “WE ARE”, that “WE EXIST”.
Whether tyrant or savior, good or evil, saint or sinner, the words that are put to time’s test are those that will come to define the world we know. Memory is not enough, though it serves.
As do we.
We are the lords of creation, the ones whose words will last and echo into the ages, for all to see, and all to remember.
Is it truth?
The better question is: Does it matter?
We are the lords and ladies of creation, and by our words, the world we know is shaped, molded, and given to the next generation, and so on and so forth until the whole mess ends, only to be rebuilt, and to crumble again.
We are the lords and ladies of Creation, and this is our legacy.



A Head-Shaking Experience

It’s not hard to think that someone is being taken out of context and to give them the benefit of doubt, but after having listened to her compare those trying to enter the country illegally with Holocaust victims…..AOC…..just no.

Survival of the Fittest

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Some of you will do fine, some are well on their way to taking on life in the best way possible. But those of you that thought high school was hard…..hahahahahahahaha….sorry, had to get that out. Welcome to real life kids. There’s high hopes for everyone, but realistically plan for the worst no matter if you know how to obtain the best.

Isn’t It Ironic….

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Sometimes you wish the cops could remember folks that call them fascists and shrug their shoulders when they need help, but then they wouldn’t be doing their job, which is to protect everyone, even the people that take them for granted.

Being “Tough” On Social Media…..

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It’s about the same as being sensible, well-informed, or capable of making a rational argument. It’s possible, there’s no doubt of that, but it’s rare since every person thinks they have a valid idea of what’s going on. The rest of us are there to laugh at people and toss our two cents in from time to time without claiming to be experts. On a site that thrives on opinion it’s a cheap form of entertainment to be honest.

For Everything Else….

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Feeling oppressed when you live in a free country? Feeling that everyone who isn’t like you is against you? Do you sometimes feel like you deserve something you didn’t earn on your own merit? Well now there’s the Platinum Victim card that can meet all your needs. Just whip it out whenever you feel that someone is oppressing your rights by disagreeing with you and BAM, instant victimization privileges are yours to call upon…..

Seriously, quite a few people seem to be carrying this card these days.

News Flash: The WORLD Isn’t PC

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These days people walk on eggshells in order to avoid hurting the feelings of others. Dare to be one of those that breaks those eggshells, because quite honestly life it is too short to worry about offending everyone. Be a decent person to others, respect others, but take no shit from those that think they’re entitled to your respect because of their ‘feelings’. You want to get along in this world, you want respect from others? Earn it, prove that you’re worth that kind of regard.

If all you can do is whine and cry about how the world isn’t handing you everything you want, then you don’t deserve it.

The Participation Trophy Fallout

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So many people want to harp on and on about parents being ‘mean’ to their children, but few of them seem to understand that barricading them from disappointment and the rougher edges of life will come to do more harm in the end than a smack on the butt, not abuse, could ever do just to correct their behavior.

Welcome to the participation trophy fallout, in which children of this day and age are being allowed to morph into disrespectful monsters that believe they’re entitled to success because someone didn’t tell them that failure is indeed a part of life. You want your kid to win, to learn how to handle a failure in their life? Let them fall, let them land on their face a time or two, or ten, or twenty, however long it takes for them to get the message: Life is not going to hold your hand and LET you win. You want it? Get out there and earn it. There are no participation trophies for simply getting by.