Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Great Teacher - by Bob Atkinson

The Great Teacher
(c)2015 Bob Atkinson

"... what makes a great teacher? ...
answer: the ability to help the student
learn for himself ..."

True Eye felt in life
no better calling one could find
teaching youth to teach themselves
was foremost in his mind

one can, with patient flowing hands
enamor students with lesson plan
yet, in more important simple terms
don't teach them stuff, teach them to learn

student at a college remarked
"they're teaching me not what's useful"
well, he didn't get true meaning here
was a mind gymnasium not fact depository

you can't learn all there is to know
that's impossible, a useless row
one can, on the other hand
learn a book index, like back of hand

research defined and narrowed down
will answer questions requiring facts
no field of life remains truly static
so flow your mind to stay emphatic

you may not understand an idea
but scrutiny puts your mind at ease
we feel so distant when unknowing
a transient situation flowing

nothing's distant from one's mind
a simple idea from time to time
set's itself in a pool of jelly
mired there, not clearly evident

yet, nothing hides from x-ray vision
that form of thought, a broad imposition
to branch down toward understanding
a challenge, not resistant to mind expansion

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Theme - by Bob Atkinson

(c)2015 Bob Atkinson

many times in our lives
we live a story of
an overanxious inebriate
or pup with puppy love

we see ourselves as absolute
see truth with blinded faith
our covered over reality
fits closely our mental state

we stumble, sometimes falling
doesn't matter so much at all
we merely brush our bottoms off
and try again to rock the halls

yes, meaning's independent
from execution of life's force
to us, we see good victory
in an open ended course

trying to survive with pride
we mirror who we are
with themes devised of properties
to placate our saddened fall

from vital life to impermanence
a simple established fate
we see themes delineate our goals
telling a story at runner's pace

Monday, May 25, 2015

Apocalypse - by Bob Atkinson

(c)2015 Bob Atkinson

evaluate potential
see if a mind can make
sense of prospects if
civility were to dissipate

tell me true do you believe
survival a possibility
in a world without restraints
and food enough to eat

sometime in the future
perhaps tomorrow or today
our sense of organization
might go on a holiday

civility surrenders
to needs of basal thoughts
eat, sleep and reproduce
and conquer all who walk

some take up guns
to shoot their power veins
with thrills of annihilation
beyond simple fits of rage

in the end creates a world
not different from what's now
just with less people
so many buried by the plow

Suffering for What? 

 in the end why do we
feel this tragedy
helped good cause of our world
where is the light we seek?

no man in this situation
can claim he has the right
to destroy for purpose
what could be life done right

none involved can claim
existence good for humanity
only redemption evidenced
would show elimination of insanity


Inter-rebel conflict during the Syrian Civil War
Part of the Syrian Civil War
Date 2 January 2014 – ongoing
(1 year, 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days)
Location Syria
  • ISIL captures Ar-Raqqah province by January 2014,[1] 95–98% of Deir ez-Zor province by July 2014,[2] 20 towns in Aleppo province,[3][4] half of Hasakah province, and some areas in Homs, Hama and Damascus provinces
  • ISIL fully withdraws from Idlib and Latakia provinces and from the northwest of Aleppo province


Commanders and leaders
Brig. Gen. Abdul-Ilah al-Bashir
(FSA Chief of Staff)
Jamal Maarouf
(SRF leader)
Zahran Alloush
(Islamic Front Military leader)
Ahmed Abu Issa
(Islamic Front leader)
Adnan Bakour [14]
(Al-Tawhid Brigade leader)
Abu Hussein al-Dik [14]
(Suqour al-Sham Brigade leader)
Abu Khaled al-Suri [15]
(Ahrar ash-Sham senior leader)

Abu Mohammad al-Julani
(al-Nusra Front leader)
Abu Muhammed al Ansari 
(al-Nusra Emir of the Idlib province)
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Abu Ayman al-Iraqi
(Head of military council)
Abu Omar al-Shishani
(ISIL field commander)
Haji Bakr [16]
(Senior ISIL commander)
Abu Baraa al-Jazairi 
(Emir of Saraqeb)[17]
Abu Dajana 
(Emir of Deir ez-Zor)
Abu Mohammad Al-Massri 
(Emir of Manbij)
Abu Haidara Al-Tounisi 
(eastern Qalamoun leader)[18][19]
Units involved

Casualties and losses
2,764+ killed[30] 2,196+ killed[30]
605 civilians killed[30]
76 unidentified killed[30]
an additional 1,200 combatants and 150 civilians estimated killed[30]
Total: 5,641–6,991 killed[30]

Syrian Civil War

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Evolution's Dead End Crew - by Bob Atkinson

Evolution's Dead End Crew
(c)2015 Bob Atkinson
many choose to define themselves
in ways which deviate their caste
from normal sense of order
to that of distant, delinquent past

here, when one views this kind
and wonders how could they
find comfort in disorder
in such a deviated way

all sweetness life has to offer
those forms so fine we see
deer grazing in pasture
green leaves on growing trees

killed by senseless direction
for power lusted by those who seem
to find their petty purpose expanded
muddying humanity's stream

why do these folks lack prime skill
to have goodness in their hearts
no positive force, unknown to purpose
feeling for brightness of character lost

barbarity, brutality, cruelty
three actions which disgust
souls with tasteful personality
watching humbleness departed

for deviants who worship lust
our universe beholds
remorse for their existence
brings sadness because of hurtful goals

clenched fists denote barbarity
not advanced in that they do
symptom of sickened culture
evolution's dead end crew