Friday, February 28, 2014

Little Penguin (10-2)

"I really want to find them, but I really need to think about what you have said before making up my mind," replied Tim.

"Thinking about it would be a great idea," Rupert said. "Until you decide let us eat and get some sleep."

The cooked fish was delicious and was welcoming to Tim's stomach. After Tim was done eating the fish, Rupert showed him to a room to sleep in. The room had two kid size beds. The room was quite messy and looked like a few kids still lived in the room. The walls were covered with pictures of mystical creatures that filled the fairy tales that his parents told him.

After Rupert had left the room, Tim began to ponder on what he was told. Could this be the room of Rupert's two youngest children? Why had Rupert not cleaned up the room after they were taken away? Rupert must have loved his family so much. He must have had his heart broken when they were taken away. He was so heart broken that he could not get himself to clean up this place. Maybe he is still hoping that they will be able to come home in the future. The Citizen Eaters must really be frightening for Rupert to not want to follow after his family.

Tim said aloud, "Even if they are horrible beasts I need to get back with my family. My family is what I am. I need them as much as they need me. There may be a chance that I could help them escape. If I don't try then they have already won."

With this new found determination, Tim went to sleep and dreamed of his family and flock. The night was filled with dreams of the happy times that he spent with his family, such as his birthday parties and when his father helped him with projects.

*To Be Continued(2)*

©2014 Brady L.B.

Little Penguin (9)


Rupert came back into the room with cubed fish and glasses of water.  He placed a plate of fish and a glass of water next to the seat that Tim was in.  Rupert sat down and ate some fish before starting into his story.

"Well lets see.  Where was I?" said Rupert.  "At first the creatures ate food that was provided by the government.  Later, the government could no longer afford to feed the creatures so they were given permission to eat a portion of the citizens that they gathered.  Due to this permission the monsters became known as Citizens Eaters.

"The other day a group of penguins and Citizen Eaters came through town.  Most of us were trying to avoid interaction with the group, in fear that we could join the group on to their final destination.  There was rumor that this group was gathered because they failed to pay their taxes.  The more likely truth would be that they could not pay their taxes."

"Where is their final destination?" asked Tim.

"No one really knows were they really go, but we do know that they head to the west after they reach this town.  One time my neighbor decided to find out where they went after coming to this town.  He was never seen again alive.  One day several weeks after he went missing, his wife received his foot in the mail.  Why would you want to know where they were going?" asked Rupert.

"That was my flock.  I want to go find them," Tim replied.

"I would strongly suggest that you stop your search and go on with your life.  Most likely you will not be able to find them, but if you do find them then you will end up meeting the same end that they face," Rupert warned.  "I will be glad to welcome you into my home and we will be able to help each other through this terrible times.

"If you decide that you must go forward then I will help you in preparing, but I will not be able to go with you.  I have had too many friends never return to want to risk ending up dead myself."
Choose what Tim will do next.
Tim chooses to play it safe and stay with Rupert *To Be Continued(1)*
Tim chooses to go after his flock *To Be Continued(2)*
Tim chooses to off by himself find his own way in the world *To Be Continued(3)*

©2014 Brady L.B.

Little Penguin (8)


"Word had gotten back to Swav about what my wife was teaching our kids.  He made the decision to take my kids a few days after my wife's capture, to prevent them from picking up where my wife left off,"  Rupert said.

"Why would he take your kids?  What danger did they present to Swav?" asked Tim.

"Ideas, ideas!" replied Rupert.  "That is what Swav is afraid of.  It is ideas that will cause people to rise up against Swav.  That is why he imprisoned all that opposed his ideas and the fear of imprisonment trained the rest.  Rounding up so many citizens would be hard to do with the normal army that the country had, so Swav had prepared a separate army to do his bidding.

"He raised monsters.  They are not like any animal that we have ever known.  Their body was similar to that of the polar bears.  Their six legs looked like large serpent bodies.  Their heads held the shape of lions with tongues of serpents.  These were the creatures that rounded up those who stood against Swav.  These were the creatures that stole my wife and children.  They are the fear that has swept through the nation.

"Would you like something to drink or eat?  I have some cooked fish available."

"Yes please," replied Tim.

Rupert got up and headed to the kitchen to get the food and drink.  While Rupert was gone, Tim thought on his words.  Tim had thought that he did not see other tracks among his flock's tracks, but now he realized that the sweeping of the snow around the tracks could have come from these creatures.  Why would these creatures come after his flock?  Why would these creatures leave him there, when the rest of the flock had been taken?  Had they tried to take him, but left him because he was too asleep or was he left as a warning to others?

*To Be Continued*

©2014 Brady L.B.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bus Ride

Here I sit in my seat,
Looking out the window is neat.
So many things going past
When will we stop at last?
The next stop comes with a shutter
And none of us mutter.
Few get off,
In a place not so soft.
The bus lurches forward,
As if it is holding a ward.
The view outside is no longer new,
It is causing me to be blue.
I wish I could get out
Before I shout.
Why is it taking so long,
To get where I belong?
©2014 Brady L.B.

In this blog I am looking for input.  If you like what you read, then let me know by commenting.  If you don't like what you read, then comment.  If you have something that you would like me to write about, then let me know.

I look forward to every useful comment.  Thank you for your input.

Brady L.B.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Natural Spire

Standing so tall,
In this dark stall.
Left alone for so long,
But now seen with every song.
So many are looking
Without booking.
I wish to hide
From the tour guide.
So sadly I can't move,
From this groove.
So I continue to show,
My all from high, to low.
I try to inspire,
Those who admire
My tall spire
Because it is so dire.
©2014 Brady L.B.

Hat, Oh Hat

Hat, oh hat
Where are you at?
Are you here
Or are you there?
I dream of you so tall
On my head at the ball.
Time is so short
To find you is a sport.
The dance is about here
Without you I can't go there.
Everyone is expecting you
On my head so blue.
Hat, oh hat
Where are you at?
I need you here
I don't need you there.
Please be found,
Without you there is no sound.
Oh there you are,
Sitting on that telescope bar.
©2014 Brady L.B.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Little Penguin (7)


Tim felt really uncomfortable about what Rupert had told him so far.  What consequences was Rupert talking about?  Was his family missing because of one of the election consequences?  Would he be able to find his flock?

"What do you mean that there were consequences?" asked Tim.

"I will get to that in a little while.  There is still much to tell you before you will understand the consequences," Rupert replied.  "Now where was I?  Oh yes!  After the election, Swav began to push a change to cover more citizens with health insurance.  He claimed that it was a right, not a privilege, to have health insurance.  At last he was able to get it into law that health insurance was a right.  Over the next couple years, the government built the program to cover those who did not have health insurance.

"Once the health insurance program was on line, more citizens lost their preexisting health insurance, than gained insurance under the new program.  In addition to that the amount people had to pay for insurance went up more than double.  This caused many citizens pain and suffering.  The conservatives blamed the new health care law for the problems.  The futurists blamed the health insurance companies for purposefully trying to make the new law look bad.

"Both sides argued over the law, until the next election period.  The conservatives were just waiting for Swav to be removed from power, so they could reverse the laws that he enacted.  Just before the elections, Swav declared martial law and abolished future elections.  He declared himself "Eternal Leader."

"It was not long before another law was passed to go to a single payer's system and the private insurance companies were put out of business.  The good doctors started to drop out of industry, because they could make more money in other industries now that the government restricted what they could charge.

"Seeing that doctors were leaving the market place, Swav enacted an order that indicated that no doctor could leave the industry without the government's permission.  The punishment for leaving the industry was now a death sentence.

"Tim, what consequences have you seen so far from the election of Swav?"

Tim replied, "First, there was the health care law that was enacted that cost so much in resources.  Second, there was the loss of changing leaders after so many years.  Third, there was the loss of an entire industry in the country.  And fourth, it became illegal for doctors to quit, which incentivized others to never become doctors."

"That is very good," Rupert said.  "During this whole time the taxes of our resources continually went up.  This also caused problems with being able to support a family.  Swav eventually started to round up citizens who did not support him or did not pay their taxes.  My family was taken because my wife had strongly opposed Swav and had taught my kids about what he had done wrong."

*To Be Continued*

©2014 Brady L.B.

Sit Dog Sit

Sit Dog Sit!
Don't move one bit.
With your tongue so long
Here is where you belong.
Without moving your head,
Why would you need a bed?
There is no need for sleep
When you stand without a peep.
Sit Dog Sit!
I will be with you in a minute.
Your teeth are so gray,
It causes dismay.
Without moving your ears,
Don't hear
The wind blowing so hard
Around the card.
Sit Dog Sit!
I love you every minute.
You will always be there
When I need some care.

©2014 Brady L.B.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Little Penguin (6)


After a long bizarre silence, Rupert leaned back in his chair.  Rupert lifted his left paw in the direction of Tim.  Tim looked behind him and saw a family portrait.  The portrait contained Rupert, a mother mouse, and three kid mice.

"Can you see my family portrait, there on the wall?" asked Rupert.

"Yes, so where is your family?" asked Tim.

"They were taken way in the middle of the night," replied Rupert.  "At the moment I am not going to go into why they were taken.  I just wanted you to know that I have had my family taken away also.  What I am going do first is to tell you why things are happening."

"What do you mean that you are going to tell me why things are happening?" asked Tim.

"I will tell you, all in good time.  You need to hear the whole story, so you will know what to do or how to react," said Rupert.  "The story starts several years ago.  Our country was filled with disdain for each other.  One side of the debate talked about how we need to get to our roots.  We called this group the conservatives.  The other side would talk about being progressive and moving into the future.  We called this group the futurists.  Outside of these two groups were people who held ideals that consisted in both groups.

"It came time for our country to choose a new leader.  The conservatives were being lead by a religious member of the penguin group, named Jim.  The futurists were being lead by a rat with no solid religious ties, called Swav.  Swav ran on the stance that change was needed to bring the country together.  Swav was the one that was currently in charge and his previous election campaign was also on change.  One problem is that during his first term in office, there was no positive change made and the arguments were getting worse.

"When the elections came most people thought that we were going to have a new leader in the country.  The count of the elections was coming in and Jim was winning by a landslide.  As the last vote counts were coming in, Jim was not getting any new votes and Swav pulled out front at the last moment.  This quick change, made many wonder if there was some cheating that went on.  What would be the chances that the last thousands of votes would all be Swav?

"With the changes that Swav made in his first term as leader, it was then impossible to do a recount of the votes.  It was finally called that Swav was declared the winner.  He came out and gave his victor's speech.  The most memorable portion of his winning speech was that he said, 'Elections have consequences.'  He did mean consequences, but we all did not know what he meant at that moment.  We found out over the next few years."

*To Be Continued*

©2014 Brady Burgener

In the dark

Here I stand so tall,
In the dark I am having a ball.
Rocks above and rocks below
I might have to duck low.
I hope the light stays strong
Or I might go wrong.
There is so much to see,
Where other might not be.
At times I have to crawl
In places so small.
To see what is in the back
I might hurt my back.
It is getting cold,
Where the sun is not bold
I will have to leave soon
because it is noon.
©2014 Brady Burgener

Friday, February 21, 2014

Falling Down

My brilliant show has ended,
Seeing all happiness has descended.
I begin to feel weak,
As all begin to speak.

They wonder what is next
As they look at their index.
My smoke is still rising,
As evidence of my resizing.

With all hope of more
Leaving me no longer adored
I begin to fall down
To the artificial ground.

©2014 Brady Burgener

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Happy 9th Anniversary!

Happy 9th Anniversary! We have stayed together through joy and pain. We have arrived at the beginning of our tenth year. For every year I would like to give you something.

1st year (Paper)

For our first year I give you this paper to remember the nine years.

2nd year (Cotton)

For our second year I give you a big hug full of cotton. With all my heart I love you and wish to be with you.

3rd year (Leather)

In the 3rd year you were the sheriff of my love. With all sheriffs there is always a leather jacket to hang your sheriff’s star on.

4th year (Fruit or Flowers)

In the fourth year I provide you with at least 4 low maintenance flowers. They will provide you years of beauty.

5th year (Wood)

With all things, we will want to remember the past. To hold those memories I have provided a wood frame.

6th year (Candy or Iron)

There are many sweet moments in life. I give you these sweets, so we can share sweet times together.

7th year (Wool or Copper)

With the copper in our house I am able to light the view of this knife. Just like copper other metals provide a useful product. This blade is made from the Iron and heat of the past.

8th year (Bronze or Pottery)

Here is some pottery. With this pottery we can enjoy our favorite drinks together throughout the years.

9th year (Pottery or Willow)

As we move forward, we have the chance to combine things together to make something better. With this pottery, I take the flowers of the past and make something that can display our love throughout the day.

I love you dearly and wish us many more years together. Happy 9th Anniversary!

©2014 Brady Burgener

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bouncing boy

I don't know but I have been told
Johann is very bold.
If he comes tonight
Tomorrow won't be bright
Sound off
One two
Sound off
Three four
He is here
And then he's there.
He will not be found
When he's bound.
Here comes a car so fast
He will crash at last.

©2014 Brady Burgener

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Chocolate! Chocolate!

Chocolate is so delicious
Give it to me, I will be gracious.
In any form I will take,
Even in the form of cake.
The more I receive,
You better believe,
I will eat it faster
Because I am a chocolate monster.
It does not matter,
If on my face it plasters.
I can get that last,
After what is on the plate is in the past.

©2014 Brady Burgener

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Under the Sea (Finished)

Under the sea where the world is so much clearer.

One of my goals this year is to post images once a month of completed art that I am making. The above image is a completed piece. Liberty is the title of the first blog posting for this goal.

©2014 Brady Burgener


As I sleep so soundly,

I dream of it proudly.
I am so young,
That I want you to sing along.

To my heart,
I want to be smart.
I will sneak around
And you will be found.
No one is as smart as I,
Even when they toss the die.
So I lay here so kindly,
It will be so timely.
No one would think to mess with me.
They will let me be.
They would never make me smile,
When I am not filled with guile.

©2014 Brady Burgener

Little Penguin (5)


Tim arrived at the small town after it was dark.  Most of the buildings' lights were out and it was hard to see anything in the road ways.  As he was going through the town he came to a house with its lights on.

Tim went up to the front door and knocked.  He waited in hopes that the owners would hearken to the knocks and let him in for the night.  He could hear someone moving inside the house.  The door opened slowly and before Tim was an old mouse.

"What do you want?" asked the old mouse.

"I was wondering if you could help me.  My flock has left me and I am trying to catch up.  I was wondering if you had seen them and if I could stay here tonight?" said Tim.

"What is your name, little penguin?"

"I am Tim.  What is your name?"

"I am Rupert," replied the old mouse.  Rupert twisted as he considered the little penguin's story.  "How about you come in and tell me your story and we will determine what to do from there."

Tim entered the house and followed Rupert to the front sitting room.  Rupert took a seat and told Tim, "Take a seat." Tim sat down in the nearest seat.  "Now tell me your story and how you got here."

Tim told Rupert about waking up alone and following the tracks of his flock.  He also told about how he was almost eaten by a killer whale.  During the story Rupert did not say one word and only listened.  It was almost as if Tim was telling his story to a stone figure.  Once Tim was done telling his adventure, Rupert leaned forward and acted as if he was thinking about what had happened and if it could be true.

*To Be Continued*

©2014 Brady Burgener

Friday, February 14, 2014

Little Penguin (4)


Just as Tim's feet hit the ice next to the break in the ice, the ice shuttered from a big mass hitting the ice.  The shuttering caused Tim to lose his balance and he fell to the ice.  A sense of relief washed over Tim.

The killer whale apparently thought he could still get Tim by hitting into the ice.  To Tim's luck the ice was too thick for the killer whale to break through.  Tim scooted away from the hole in the ice several feet before he felt safe to get back on his feet.

Once Tim was on his feet, he shook off the terrified feeling that he had felt being chased by the killer whale.  After the feeling of danger had died down, he remembered that he needed to get back on the trail of his flock.

On the way back to the tracks a strong breeze came across his face.  At last he was back to the tracks.  Fear rushed over Tim again as he realized that the tracks were being washed away by the strong breeze.  He quickly started in the direction of the tracks.  As he followed the track he had to study them harder and harder, until the tracks were finally gone.

After the tracks were gone, Tim continued in the directions the tracks were going.  If he was lucky they would not deviate from the direction that they were going.  As he went he had a sneaking feeling that at some point the tracks would have deviated and he would never find his flock again.

As the sun was going down, Tim could see a small town in front of him.

Tim said aloud, "Maybe they can tell me where my flock has gone."

*To Be Continued*

©2014 Brady Burgener

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Train Track

Here we go down the track, 
Speeding by all green and black.
Looking for the final place,
Where we can find some space.
Clickity clack is what we hear,
To tell us we are about there.
Looking out the window,
In hopes of finding a rainbow,
Of the hopes we do seek.
Instead all is bleak,
With the rain falling
I might start bawling.

©2014 Brady Burgener

Little Penguin (3)

Tim waddled over to the edge of the ice and looked down into the deep blue liquid.  Thoughts of eating all he could ran through his head.  He gently leaned forward and slid into the water.

A slightly cooling sensation surrounded him as the water engulfed his body.  When his body adjusted to the new environment he began to search for food.  He looked off in all directions and could not see anything to fill his belly.  He swam deeper and deeper in search of food.

He finally came along a school of small animals that he found appetizing.  He raced after them and ate as many as he could.  At last his belly felt full. 

He started his ascent when he saw a shadow above him.  At first he could not tell what it was, but then he realized that it was one of the greatest dangers in the sea, the killer whale.  He did not know if the killer whale had taken notice of him yet, but he did not want to take any chances.  He held still and watched until the killer whale had swum by a little distance, before doing a rapid ascent.  As he reached the water surface, he saw that the killer whale was coming after him.  At the last moment he jumped from the water to safety above the ice.

*To Be Continued*

©2014 Brady Burgener

Face on the Wall

Face on the wall
oh how small.
You smile is full
as if you are cool.
What makes you smile
without any guile.
Would you frown
if you were down.
Oh how I wish I had your smile.
to take me a mile.
Atlas it can not happen
cause work keeps sapping.

©2014 Brady Burgener

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Little Penguin (2)

Tim had been traveling for a while and he was becoming hungry.  He began to look around for a place where he could go into the water and find food to eat.  As he was looking around, he noticed something new in the snow in front of him. 

He decided to wait to eat until after he saw what the object was in the path before him.  As he went along the object got bigger and bigger until he could make out what the item was.  It was a foot with a pool of blood soaked into the snow around it.  Outside the foot and blood there were only the tracks left by the flock that he was following.

The sight of the foot was haunting and caused him to lose his appetite.  Tim continued to go down the path that his flock had taken.  As he went he tried to remove the image of the foot from his mind.  He did this by thinking of his family and the other young penguins that he would play with.  He remembered the games that they would play and the girl that he liked.  Her name was Cindy, but she did not know that he liked her.  He was too afraid to tell her, but he thought she knew his feelings.  Thinking of the other penguins helped to lessen the image of the foot. 

He was beginning to feel hungry again.  Off to the left he saw a break in the ice that he could use to find food.

*To Be Continued*

©2014 Brady Burgener

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Dominoes Tower

Here I stand so tall.
So many in me are small. 
We all work together
Without a feather.

I house some important things,
That the market brings.
They pull along a track,
More than a Mack.

Even though I may be strong.
Sometimes I do not belong.
With one pull in the end,
I will descend.

©2014 Brady Burgener

Little Penguin

Bathed in a black coat and white shirt, Tim lay asleep in the nest.  A cold breeze wafted over Tim and caused him to stir. He finally woke up from the cold.  Where were his parents to keep him warm?  He looked around and all that he could see was snow and ice.  What happened to the flock?  Tim rolled onto his feet and looked around.  The snow showed signs of the flock rushing off in one direction.  There were signs of other animals in the tracks.

Tim wondered, “Why did they leave him?”

He had to find out what happened.  He started down the path that the flock had taken.  He waddled back and forth as fast as he could.

*To Be Continued*

©2014 Brady Burgener

Bad Movies

In today's world we spend a lot of time being entertained.  One way we entertain ourselves is watching movies.  Some of the movies are good and other are so bad.  Have you ever caught yourself watching a movie that you can not stop watching because it is so bad that you cannot look away?  After such movies I spend some time wondering why I watched the movie at all.  It comes down to waisted time waiting for the movie to have some redeeming quality.

Friday, February 7, 2014


Here I stand so tall.  All I can think of is not to fall.  But evetually it will happen.  It was what I was built for.  I will fall.

©2014 Brady Burgener

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Bus Ride

Have you ever noticed that when you take a bus it will take at least 50% more time to get to your final destination vs. driving yourself.  This would be fine but over time it really adds up.  For example, if it would take you one hour to drive to work, if you take the bus it takes one and a half hours.  In other words an extra hour of travel time a day.

1 hr/day * 5 days/week =5 hr/week of extra travel time.
5 hr/week * 52 weeks/year = 260 hr/year or 10.8 days/year of extra travel time.

I am personally sad to loose that time from my life.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Under the Sea

Under the sea where the world is so much clearer.

One of my goals this year is to post images once a month of completed art that I am making.  The above image is an incomplete piece.  Liberty is the title of the first blog posting for this goal.

©2014 Brady Burgener

Saturday, February 1, 2014


Those for Liberty will speak Freedom and Justice.
©2014 Brady Burgener



I gently glides down to the ground.  The gust of wind blows me through the air.  At times I rise higher in the air and then I am thrust down.  At last the ground is getting closer.  The wind goes silent and I continue my journey gliding to the ground.  At last I reach my destination.  Joy fills me as I join my unique family.

©2014 Brady Burgener