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RHYMES AND REASONS
Remembering an Angel and the King
Pondering the passing of two celebrities; PLUS, Jon and Kate Plus Hate, Slaves of Lust and A Sidekick in the Spotlight

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
June 26, 2009

Remembering an Angel and the King
Pondering the passing of two celebrities

Farrah's dead and Michael, too.
The news is shocking, sad but true.
The King of Pop and Ryan's hope
are gone before their time.

But lest I think "Who gives a care?"
I'd best remember I'll be there.
What's bad will someday steal what's good.
There's no way to beat it.

So we'd do well to plan ahead
before our friends find out we're dead.
Let's make amends with those we've wronged
and make our peace with God.

Jon and Kate Plus Hate
The sad saga of a once big happy family

Jon and Kate plus eight
means more than one full house.
To parent eight small active kids
might tempt you to get soused.

Jon and Kate plus weight
that TV stars must bear
make for a burden that will stoop
the strongest anywhere.

Jon and Kate plus hate
means vows once made won't last.
Without forgiveness for misdeeds,
the dye of breakup's cast.

Jon and Kate plus faith
could mend what's blown apart,
but only if they both submit
to Him who rules their hearts.

Jon and Kate, I hate the fact
that you two aren't now one.
Your eight deserve both dad and mom.
Please reverse what you've done.

Slaves of Lust
An over-populated political prison

The missing governor's been found
much to his wife's dismay.
He was in South America
a rollin' in the hay.

He is the latest slave of lust
whose zipper can't stay closed.
Adulterous leadership abounds.
The list just grows and grows.

So what's with all these cheating men
in whom we've placed our trust?
Why can't they focus on their job
instead of some gal's bust?

A Sidekick in the Spotlight
Remembering Ed McMahon

The sidekick's in the spotlight now.
He finally got his due.
The world's saluting Ed McMahon
now that his life is through.

"He-e-e-r-r-r-r-e-e-e?s Johnny!"
Ed was known to drone
in New York and LA.
But that gig ended long ago
when Carson passed away.

Ed found his niche as number two.
"Behind the scenes? That's fine!"
A shadow-dweller just off-stage.
But that was where he shined.

And since we love the limelight lots,
we've much to learn from Ed.
Don't grab the glory like a star.
Deny yourself instead.

* This poem is based on Philippians 2:3-4 "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others."




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