January 30, 2019

Shopping For A Bowl - (a rhyme by tom balistreri)

We went shopping for a bowl.
Then we bought some matching plates.
Then we got a new table,
for the old one wasn't great.

The walls could use improving,
so then we bought some kitchen paint.
I thought about the total,
it made me feel a little faint.

The old lighting wouldn’t do.
It would look worse with these new things.
So we bought new light fixtures,
and some shelving that could swing.

I paid the bill and watched,
my bank account go dry.
Then I bought some tissues,
so I could dry my eyes.

It feels like I've thrown
my money in hole.
But it’s typical of what happens,
when we go to buy a bowl.

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January 29, 2019

Ave Maria (sung by tom balistreri)

This is my first attempt to sing to the music of Franz Schubert.
I wish I would have had a Latin linguist handy, or at least one of the nuns that taught me in grade school.
They would have guided me in the proper pronunciation of the Latin.
Not to mention my timing of the lyric.
(I'll just blame that on my Sinatra influences.  )
I will return to this music at a future date and attempt it again when I'm confident of the lyric.
In the meantime I humbly present to you my attempt to sincerely sing the classic and sacred song,
"Ave maria."
Thank you for listening.
- tom


You Are Original - (a poem by tom balistreri)

With history and ancestry,
endless people lived and died.
Yet despite the many,
one needs to realize.

The truth is marvelous,
wonderful and mystical,
that your life is unique,
and you are original.

January 28, 2019

Small Talk - (a rhyme by tom balistreri)

The man that sat beside me
had very much to say.
On the train we sat together.
We were going the same way.

He spoke of many things.
He talked endlessly.
I found it rather boring.
Until I spoke of me.

January 27, 2019

He Is Obvious - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The truth of God is obvious.
No one has excuse.
His handiwork is evident.
It's there for all to view.

Fear not to believe.
For it does not bring pain.
God provides guidance,
and His love and joy you gain.

January 26, 2019

Smooth Road - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The Lord makes smooth,
the road that's rough,
and gladly gives,
us more than enough.

He guides us,
and shows us the way,
and restores the soul,
that's gone astray.

January 24, 2019

More - (sung by tom balistreri)

The scenery in this video should mentally help you to feel warm as I sing the classic standard song,
"More."
Thank you for listening.
- tom


The Journey - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Men arise,
after their nights rest,
and venture forth,
in their quest.

Some with plans,
others not a clue,
moving towards,
what they will do.

Events unfold,
most unforeseen,
courses altered,
as well as dreams.

At days end,
when men reflect,
it's the journey,
that does perfect.

January 18, 2019

Winter Wonderland - (sung by tom balistreri)

Why am I singing this song now you may ask?
Because this is a seasonal song.
Specifically it's a song about winter.

I always wondered why society in general plays this type of song before Christmas and then stops until the next year.
These songs are about weather and landscapes, not Christmas.

Actually you could play this song anytime of the year.
In the winter, (which by the way doesn't even begin until almost the end of December.)
it talks about the season.
Or even in the summer. (It can cool you down on a hot day.)

As for myself, I was thinking about this song as I was taking my morning walk the other day.
The video is pretty basic.
It's just me walking the woods.
But as I walked I was thinking of this song.
So let's imagine this song is playing in my head. lol

So here is my mental singing of the classic WINTER song,
"Winter Wonderland."
Thank you for listening and watching.
- tom


January 14, 2019

Your Panoply - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Praise and worship,
I give to thee,
Your marvelous
panoply.

You fulfill and are
all in all.
Your children rejoice,
to hear Your call.

January 12, 2019

The Prolific Artist - (a rhyme by tom balistreri)

The artist was prolific.
He had new works everyday.
So much he had created.
So much he had to say.

He covered all the topics,
where others may have have shrunk.
Unfortunately for him,
most of his work stunk.

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January 7, 2019

Not Frivolous - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Once my life
was frivolous,
but the Lord has made
me chivalrous.

I've turned from living,
for only my rights,
to receiving joy,
from sacrifice.