A Dragon Born

Venesha, the Enchanted Isle - Enter the Phoenix
A Dragon Born
by Michael Doyle

In the province of Henan, gungfu was born
To rise to defeat China's enemies as sworn
Shaolin's grace side by side with Tai Chi's school
Brought honor to their disciples' rule

A battle head was one of strictly set contest
Fighting to prevail, which of these was best
Glass is fought with glass, brick against brick
Who lives to win another day is the meanest trick

The seifoo's rambles his play on the Hollywood set
As a kick in the balls that we'll not soon forget
Less about the glory and never about possible defeat
These are the lessons hard learned from the street

Gungfu is about the disciple developed inside
Keeping control and avoiding anger and pride
The game is to get inside the other person's head
Fights best won are less painfully won instead

A chip held on the shoulder is just extra weight
Don't let it be the deciding factor that seals fate
Lessons whispered quietly in darkened alley ways
If listened to will allow you live yet another day

The lessons we need, we learn as we grow
Smoothly connected within gungfu's ebb and flow
Step by step, increasing in the ways and skill
It's not a matter of if but of when and will

Building up to fall as sadly torn down
Keeping true to your path wins victory's crown
There is power in the words spoken and unspoken
Held in discipline by the spirit unbroken

Every moment holds its deepest importance
As life comes to use every choice, chance by chance
Graciously shared over warm cups of tea
Life is lived strong when lived in all humility

In his penance the dragon is once again born
In the restoration of balance that others might mourn
But without this, equilibrium is lost in life
And all that is left is the path of increasing strife

(c) September 20, 2021 Michael Doyle
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First Principles: Repeal That Welfare Law, and You Will Soon See A Change In their Manners. Industry Will Increase

“Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. [I]ndustry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them.” – Benjamin Franklin (1753)

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Thought For the Day: The Real Destroyer of the Liberties of the People Is He Who Spread Among Them Bounties, Donations, and Benefits

“The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.” – -Greek Historian Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus

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Chosen to Live

Where our journey begins - Fall of 21
Chosen to Live 
by Michael Doyle

Praying to a God of second chances
Recovering from life breaks and broken romances
We have become one of the family
Through the glory and the days of dramedy

We say our prayers in thankfulness
Grateful for God's role in all of this
Linking arms to make the difference
Playing out our parts in His magnificence

Chosen even despite our hard knocks
Sanctified by the grace of that three lock box
We are chosen by God before we're born
This is why we should rejoice and not mourn

Whatever life throws at us, we walk in love
Guided by the principles of Heaven above
We come together to grow in these ways
Keeping the Word close throughout our days

Formerly slaves paying the wages for our sins
Through God's grace, we can begin yet again
The ransom was paid in full through the blood
As we are pushed and pulled from mire and mud

Yet, so many live defeated lives
With life cutting us with its thousand knives
Instead of surrendering to His abundance
We know we are truly free to live in His resplendence

We are forced from the bondage of sin
Liberated from bonded chains to live again
Controlled by impulse instead of thinking straight
Temptation holds us captive to this fate

Sinful nature cannot be our prime authority
To face with grace and live freedom's dignity
The Holy Spirit is alive in each moment
Until we, by Christ, are freed from torment

Pounded nails into a board leaves its hole
But accepting God can make us become whole
No longer imprisoned on Hell's death row
There is offered the gift of hope promised to know

Stepped across the line from guilt and shame
We must live free from the curse of blame
No longer held back by our past mistakes
Nor letting guilt keep us bound by our heartbreaks

Fallen into the trap of Satan's temptation
The guilt and shame freed in our contemplation
Casting aside the lies with God's amazing grace
And on this new path, it's love that we embrace

Awakened to the silence of the Devil's accusation
Is to to be set free in our new situation
Christ frees us from the falseness of anxiety
As we let God be present in life's cluttered complexity

Nothing is changed by staying in life's worry
Let life come, un-chastened and without hurry
We find our way to peace beyond all understanding
Accepting God's will as our own and not demanding

No matter how much I see just how I often fail
I also know that God's will must and will always prevail
God loves me and you in all that we do
Standing between two pillars, we echo goodness from this view

Freed as we are to live life in its new creation
Walking by an intentional spirit in our situation
The gift of salvation has managed to free us now
Shoving us across the line of victory we've come to somehow

Living godly lives in a godless world
We must face each day with our faith unfurled
Giving over in surrender into a new capacity to love
We are freed by the spirit to walk by His will above

Right out of the gates, Adam and Even lived in sin
Yet, we can find our way back to relationship again
From Genesis to Revelations, this then shall we learn
Because, if nothing else, this is what we must discern

We are chosen by God to live this sacred life
Freed from bondage to serve without strife
Our gifts and talents must shine without blame
Suited up to play out this glorious game

Serving not out of obligation but serving in love
And dedicated to serving our God from up above
Christ laid down His life that we should live free
And to live this life in the beauty of God's poetry

(c) September 19, 2021 Michael Doyle
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Thought For the Day: Missing Context Is the Fact-Checker Euphemism for ‘This Claim Is Correct but We Don’t Want Anyone Screencapping This As Ammo

“‘Missing context’ is the fact-checker euphemism for ‘this claim is correct but we don’t want anyone screencapping this as ammo.'” – Noam Blum

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First Principles: Our Constitution Was Made Only For A Moral and Religious People

“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.” – John Adams

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Off Ramp

Bizenghasp!, Imaginarium - Life Is A Highway

Off Ramp
by Michael Doyle

From dodge ball to full glory
We live the Christmas story
Bridged by that cross
On which God took our loss

Unknown is the time and season
But what is known is the reason
That healing of eternal rift
If only we will receive this gift

I believe what the good book has said
And that my savior was raised from the dead
We are, each of us, chosen in love
If only we might accept the gift from above

Holy priests risen as a righteous nation
Elected and selected to enjoy our salvation
Bearing fruit that will ever last
As each of us walks away from our past

Life given through a single death
Let this hallelujah be our last breath
The freeway of life that chains us to real death
Is relieved in taking the last best choice left

(c) September 18, 2021 Michael Doyle
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Thought For the Day: Individual Liberty Rapidly Decays Into Corruption and Anarchy Without A Meaningful Commitment To Personal Responsibility

“Individual liberty rapidly decays into corruption and anarchy without a meaningful commitment to personal responsibility based on our nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage. Traditional beliefs and values must therefore continue to serve as our touchstone and compass.” – Mark Alexander

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First Principles: Honor, Justice, and Humanity, Forbid Us Tamely To Surrender That Freedom Which We Received From Our Gallant Ancestors

“Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.” – Thomas Jefferson (1775)

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First Principles: Honesty Will Be Found On Every Experiment, To Be the Best and Only True Policy; Let Us Then As A Nation Be Just

“Honesty will be found on every experiment, to be the best and only true policy; let us then as a Nation be just.” – George Washington (1783)

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