Like a flat rock
Taking a walk
Skip o'er a smooth pond
To a future beyond
What can be seen from the dock

To up and compete 
Don't sink down and cheat
Be bigger, faster, more, less
Unafraid of largesse
In giving yourself a front seat 

When competitive pace
Gets up in your face
Yet, winning prizes
Within sight arises
Simply invent a new race

A million years old
Earth, from a mold
Perfected by God 
Has us all awed
At what's yet to unfold

From a ball of clay
Man was formed one day;
The Creator, goes the tale
Who'd made Earth, said "Today'll
Get a Biblical myth underway."

There is no shell
In which one can dwell
Forceful words can't pierce
With a point that is fierce,
Pungently casting their spell

Swindlers use religions
Turning fools into "pigeons"
With messages carried
From those who are buried
Extracting donations in smidgens

If your job is your passion
You're likely to cash in;
The pleasure of working
Even soda jerking
Of tasty fun has its ration

Life: an escapade
One long promenade
Down streets of dreams
Or thusly it seems…
Merely a masquerade

Slow down readers' thinking
To the speed of your inking.
That's all writing is
Gee whiz!
From what were you shrinking?

The writer decides
What to show or to hide
From the perspective
Of what is effective
And that to the reader confides

The perfect existence:
Keeping one's distance
Having the fun
Without even one
Tiny grain of of resistance

When finally you view
Naught but defects anew
And life has worn out
Then the new goal's about
A heavenly slot to pursue

Becoming relevant
In an age that seems elegant
We struggle to fit
Then finally commit
Just to become pertinent

Death raps hard at the door
Sez "What have you done before?"
You answer "Here, read it
You'll surely concede it's
Performance you cannot deplore."


About The Cooper-Grant & Center-City Areas, and Camden at-large


Go, pursue a dream
Odd though that may seem
Time here to live
Your energy give,
Life's new leases teem...

JUSTICE©PortWhitmanTimes 2007
 PORT WHITMAN: At Justice, the new restaurant opened recently in PW's Manchester Beach section, a novel approach to eating has emerged and from all evidence seems to be catching on. Patrons are individually weighed upon entering the restaurant and being seated, then limited to an amount of food, not including water, equal to no more than .0066 (1/150) of their weight.
     Janos Barchic, president of Croatia Inc., which runs Justice franchises in 14 cities nationwide, says he started the restaurants after tiring of being served mammoth meals at every restaurant at which he ate as a salesman traveling for Primo Rubber Works, placing and servicing their condom machines. "Restaurants want to charge high prices, so they give you bigger portions, and you end up bigger in the belly but lighter in the wallet", said Barchic, a slightly built man on the order of early Woody Allen. "This way, we can promise you you won't gain weight as long as you eat a balanced meal, and our prices are down to earth, in fact rock bottom" he continued.
     Patrons are charged on three price scales: LoPrice, MidRange, and Gourmet, and only charged by the number of grams of food they become eligible for at the weigh-in. "Of course people cheat, they eat from each others' plates," said waitress Marge Wingerter,"but that's on them, it's not Justice's responsibility."
     The menu at Justice is as complete as you'll find anywhere, from soup to a variety of entrees to nuts, with foods served au naturel, or compressed and sliced off in portions required at the weigh in. And from the looks of the people coming out, they're accomplishing what they set out to do, that is help people to enjoy food while remaining slim. Bon Appetit...

           Henry Francisco - Port Whitman Times