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To End All Wars by Luke T Trouwborst Why did World War II really occur? The rash actions of a few Frenchmen and Americans. The story... [506 words]
Of Art, Pt. 1 by Gregory Novak An undulating rant on Art and its relevance to civilized life. [489 words]
Jane Doe Thursday 10th January 2008 by Sooz The Ark is full, but what's one more lizard? [714 words]
Jane Doe Seven by Sooz Sooz The Begining of the Seventh book in the Jane doe series. [980 words]
I Should Think It Like A Fist by Gregory Novak A semi-conscious rant on language, love and whatever else I found offensive that ... [493 words]
Doctor Trek - Story Guide by Ian Kidd A guide to the order of stories in the"DT" series. [55 words]
How In Colombia I Grew In Mind And Soul (And Nowadays Grow In Girth) by Randall Barfield Where I grew up in Georgia we had practica... [654 words]
Workers In The Vineyard by Randall Barfield . [635 words]
Ransomed by Ruzele Strauss-Hayden - [1,080 words]
Moors And Moors: Randall Interviews Portuguese Writer--Poet--Artist Alexandra Onelight by Randall Barfield - [3,430 words]
I Voted Against Phil Bredesen by Randy Johnson - [97 words]
Grandma, I Love You by Liilia Morrison Memories of my maternal grandmother [1,027 words]
Fear And Bravery Are Walking Together by Elena Kravtsova This a story of one family which had to overcome the Soviet regime by str... [1,788 words]
Developed And Scary by Randall Barfield . [400 words]
The Gas Station by Kristofer Van Der Meulen Me and two friends go to get a drink at a gas station, we save dozens of lives, and our lives w... [2,103 words]
Randall's Humble Analysis Of The Parable Of The Workers In The Vineyard by Randall Barfield (Using the NIV version of the Bible) [635 words]
Randall Barfield Interviews Sage Sweetwater--Colorado Poet-Novelist Of The Sapphic Literary Genre by Randall Barfield . [4,890 words]
Poet--Photographer--Writer Interview by Randall Barfield Read about Joseph Randell Sherman, Iowa-born poet and photographer par exc... [1,999 words]
Moments, A Lamentation by Gregory Novak - [500 words]
Mere Life Less Love by Gregory Novak A short projection of private thoughts regarding love and life. [276 words]
Lying Little Liars - In Other Words, Our Government And It's Party Political Propaganda Tool - The Media by Thepratmeister The Pr... [338 words]
Kitty Kisses:We Can't Be Bothered by Shelley Alongi Cats as inexpensive and affective therapy. [1,203 words]
Kitty Kisses: Water Everywhere by Shelley Alongi Brandy and the water fountain. [909 words]
You Can Keep Your Fking Jesus-God by Randall Barfield . [480 words]
Compliments by Vera Marbrylouch A name is only an insult if you accept it as one. [159 words]
Compliment Or Insult by Vera Louch A name is only an insult if it is taken that way. [198 words]
Bob’S Amazing Duck Tale by Robert Gronewold - [1,432 words]
Billy Graham's Death by Randall Barfield . [633 words]
X Great Reasons For Not Being Rich Or Famous by Randall Barfield Any suggestions for No. 15? [284 words]
Is It Where We Write Or What We Write? by Randall Barfield Just think--how many of us had heard of Annie Proulx before 2005 or 200... [681 words]
About Daddy (1) by Randall Barfield Daddy had his own emotional problems... [359 words]
Do Memories Really Have A Title? by Johnny Abrahams Seriously no point in reading unless over 35 and drunk, I am not kidding but h... [168 words]
Advice Ignored by Ss Jaspar Just something that annoys me about old people - moaning about growing old! [316 words]
What The World Wide Web Thinks Of Aussies by Thepratmeister The Pratmeister gives you a look at what real people think of the wor... [2,053 words]
Travels by Riot - [257 words]
So Your For The Death Penalty. by Jeanette Harris Will I decide to tell about time I was on jury duty [145 words]
My Kind Of Christian: Barbara Curtis by Randall Barfield "She lived to shock people, 'to be different and avant-garde'." [514 words]
His Heart by Randall Barfield - [556 words]
Spike by Greg J Brey A biography about our family dog Spike. [1,440 words]
Finding A Poem-Short Story Topic by Randall Barfield What to write about? Where do I look? Who/What can help me? [552 words]
Who I Am by Me Meanderings of the mind of me [897 words]
That's War For Ya by A Mach When I have shared this short story with others, some have made comments that,"That's just wa... [579 words]
Interview Of A South American Gay by Randall Barfield Meet Miguel Rodriguez: Miguel Rodriguez, a colleague of mine, is one of Col... [2,066 words]
First Crush by Saikat Sarkar - [1,531 words]
Cornflower Pink by Katie Fuller The story is a humorous story of a little girl always getting stuck with the cornflower pink ... [1,870 words]
Advertising The Devil by Randall Barfield "Serve the Lord with gladness..." not sadness, you dummy! [491 words]
Two Great North Americans by Randall Barfield -This is a short piece about a work of love and persistence. When these two elements... [653 words]
The Road by Randall Barfield But he felt happiness. At last. After such... [576 words]
Letter To Elvis
Leaving Colombia(On A Jet, Of Course) by Randall Barfield - [974 words]
Lake Powell by P L L Loomis It was the most embarrassing moment in my whole life. [343 words]
Leprchaun Ed by Tamsin Butler Yet another piece of work. This time about a bloke I fell in love with. Any reviews would be appre... [1,552 words]
Taken Fetus by Monica L Sprague Ripped from within her. [697 words]
Remembering Doug by Randall Barfield I remember thinking at the time that they were such crybabies! [472 words]
Playing Hookey by Danari Parsons Ditching school and almost getting caught. [518 words]
It's Not All About Sex by Carla Thomson You'll find out. [383 words]
Acceptable Level by O'shea A short autobiography of a Northern Ireland, teenage, half-Protostant half-Catholic immigrant ... [1,248 words]
A Horrible Little Thing by O'shea Another short autobiography about my early childhood in Northern Ireland. [1,077 words]
'bludger' Story Guide by Ian Kidd Story order guide to the 'Bludger'series. [36 words]
The 2nd Church Sign by Randall Barfield Thou shalt go and spread... [677 words]
Back To Back 10k Runs by Terry Kaufman After running the Vitry-sur-Seine half-marathon about a month and a half ago, I wanted to... [1,113 words]
Angel Of Death by Monica L Sprague A corrupted childhood contaminates the present-writing purges, but just slightly...*Caution, cou... [706 words]

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TITLE (EDIT)
Letter To Elvis
DESCRIPTION
You were human, of course. Perhaps in the end you just couldn't take any more...
[642 words]
TITLE KEYWORD
Biography
AUTHOR
Randall Barfield
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
-US citizen living and working in the capital of Colombia, South America. Teaches EFL and IELTS, and TOEFL (any test prep). Proofreads English essays, theses, and books, etc. Private classes accepted. Also writes at abctales.com; microhorror.com; postcardshorts.com; authorsden.com. Contact: www.officeteachr.com
[May 2010]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
booksdavids@gmail.com
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (281)
2nd Interview With The President (Plays) It's Barb again and President Branch. I'll try. Hope somebody likes it. [1,300 words] [Humor]
A Colombia Hatred-Free (Poetry) Of course, it isn't just Colombia, is it? [52 words] [Writing Resource]
A Dream Comes True (Non-Fiction) This is nostalgia and reflection. It's a short piece of writing dedicated to young Rodger Wesley Beaver of Georgia who was killed by a "sheriff's deputy"(God protect us from those like him.) on Valen... [951 words] [Biography]
A Flower Today In Words (Poetry) - [40 words]
A Georgia Crossroads (Non-Fiction) Where does it lie? [325 words] [Writing Resource]
A Little Poem My Child (Children) - [79 words] [Humor]
A Matter Of Timing, Frankly (Short Stories) - [736 words] [Literary Fiction]
A Million Times Plus One (Poetry) I have never stopped loving the tune "A Whiter Shade of Pale." I heard it the first time at age 16 or 17. Here is a little piece I completed recently while listening to the song over and over. So, ... [234 words] [Relationships]
A Monster Of Monsters (Non-Fiction) Why did we ever let him get this far? [208 words] [Horror]
A Parent's Lament (Genres) Some say it's never too late. [260 words] [Teenage]
A Perfected Perpetuation Plan For Today's Young Yahoos (Poetry) No one has the right to rob a bank, but each has the right to draw up her/his floor plans for life. [219 words] [Writing Resource]
A Purple Jacket (Short Stories) - [494 words] [Motivational]
A Quiet House (Short Stories) - [257 words] [Teenage]
A Red May Rose For Thee (Poetry) - [45 words] [Motivational]
A Royal Ring Up (Plays) Is this anger on my part? What should I care? But anyway, here it is... [808 words] [Drama]
A Soldier's Letter (Poetry) Far from the familiar our words are often sweeter, are they not? [109 words] [Romance]
A Songbird's Intellect (Poetry) - [4 words] [Spiritual]
A Troubled Nation In Need Of Prayer And Soul-Searching: How To Repair It (Non-Fiction) Send you suggestions/contributions in 40 words or less to booksdavis@yahoo.com Thank you. [89 words] [History]
A Visit (Short Stories) - [245 words] [Teenage]
About Daddy (1) (Non-Fiction) Daddy had his own emotional problems... [359 words] [Biography]
About Daddy Series (Non-Fiction) - [4,424 words] [Biography]
About Respect And Prestige (Non-Fiction) - [352 words] [Psychology]
Abrakadeebra: A Celebration Of Children's Verse No. 1 (Children) More fun little poems/verses for those special readers of mine. I hope you enjoy them. Let me know which ones need a bit of modification. Cheers. [2,799 words] [Humor]
Abrakadomebra: A 2nd Celebration Of Children's Verse (Children) More exciting(some are, anyway) little poems/verses about Frosty, Benny the Blackbird, Jack and Jill, etc. for children's laughter. Cheers. [2,349 words] [Humor]
Abrakadoobra: 100 Short Poems For Children (Children) Sometimes I enjoy writing or trying to write poems for children moreso than for adults. Would that be bad or good? Maybe neither. Please let me know which ones you or your kid likes or dislikes. I'... [3,527 words] [Fantasy]
Abrakadyebra: A Third Collection Of Children's Poems (Children) See, read and hear new poems about Frosty and Jack and Jill and others now! Cheers! [1,464 words] [Humor]
Abstinence (Poetry) - [18 words] [Psychology]
Adestes: Little Christmas Poems For Children (Children) Father Christmas/please be so kind/bring me a toy/one doesn't wind. [392 words] [Humor]
Advertising The Devil (Non-Fiction) "Serve the Lord with gladness..." not sadness, you dummy! [491 words] [Spiritual]
Aletha (Short Stories) . [330 words] [Teenage]
Ann Dunham: Busy Serving Others And Educating Her Kids (Children) If only she could see him now. [506 words] [Biography]
Ann Rule: The Lady Who Writes About Killers (Children) Talk about a busy life! Here's an example. [360 words] [Biography]
Another Prince Charles (Children) - [391 words] [Biography]
At Clarence's (Short Stories) - [290 words] [Teenage]
Back Through The Trees (Poetry) This evil took place both day and night. [50 words] [Motivational]
Bad Señorita (Songs) Am I a "real" songwriter? (Looking at this one, I hope not!) [103 words] [Humor]
Because His Skin Is Dark (Poetry) - [19 words] [Mind]
Bill Gaither: True Follower (Non-Fiction) - [641 words] [Biography]
Billy Graham: Man After God's Heart (Children) Who can count all his awards? [375 words] [Biography]
Billy Graham's Death (Non-Fiction) . [633 words] [Spiritual]
Blood (Poetry) - [30 words] [Horror]
Blubber, Blubber, Armchair Lubber (Essays) A short essay about the REAL truth behind dieting, etc. [870 words] [Self-Help]
Boy Child (Songs) These lyrics are new and go to the tune of 'Oh Danny Boy' or 'Londonderry Aire'. Something like that. I may do one more stanza. [99 words] [Spiritual]
Buenos Dias, Colombia (Not S Carolina!) (Non-Fiction) First-hand comments/observations of the country today and other days (with sugar, cream, and warts). This was a blog before anyone had ever heard of the term. [18,298 words] [Writing Resource]
Cam (Poetry) ...wound up twisted... [20 words] [Humor]
Carlos The Young Coffee Picker (Children) Carlos the young coffee picker Played a serenade Maria had just given birth Nine pounds the wee thing weighed! [564 words] [Humor]
Catch A Rising Star (Short Stories) "It's Luis, Jaime..." the old man stammered. [496 words] [Literary Fiction]
Cemetery Road (Short Stories) "What was that? There's someone out there," she exclaimed. [444 words] [Teenage]
Cindy's Fall (Short Stories) - [526 words] [Horror]
Colombia's On The Map (Poetry) How long is forty years, ma? [77 words] [Writing Resource]
Colombia's President Al Uribe (Children) - [493 words] [Biography]
Create, Create (Poetry) - [16 words] [Art]
Daddy And Me: Making The Rounds (Essays) A little wallow? [428 words] [Writing Resource]
Daddy, Can You Hear Me? (Short Stories) What would you do in this situation? [511 words] [Horror]
Daemons (Non-Fiction) Isn't British spelling more elegant sometimes? This piece of writing is about demons. We all have one or some of them inside us. They are the negative elements we cannot control very easily. The f... [2,678 words] [Psychology]
Daniel Coronell: Freedom Fighter (Children) He returned to his country determined more than ever. [420 words] [Biography]
Daring To Touch Saeed (Poetry) This piece is supposed to be about Flight 93. It's very hard to write about. If you've seen the movie, you've cried. Murderers, in my opinion, are spiritually or otherwise diseased, so, I think we ... [166 words] [History]
David's Letter--Bogota, Colombia (Non-Fiction) This is a true incident. It is not fiction. [551 words] [Self-Help]
Dear Detective Lovett (Short Stories) - [646 words] [Crime]
Decider (Poetry) This poem was composed after a slow reading of Green River, Running Red by Ann Rule, the world's foremost crime writer. [169 words] [Crime]
Deleted (Poetry) - [18 words] [Literary Fiction]
Desire Of Flesh (Poetry) ...you're ferried by death. [41 words] [Mind]
Developed And Scary (Non-Fiction) . [400 words] [History]
Doctor's Orders (Poetry) A short poem about family camping. [198 words] [Writing Resource]
Don't Call Her First Lady (Songs) This is sort of a song-poem. It's not about the First Couple in Washington, in case you wonder. The rhythm is along the lines of Ray Charles' "Fool For Love". Have you heard it? [60 words] [Humor]
Don't Tell Anyone (Short Stories) - [258 words] [Horror]
Each A Star (Poetry) Dear Readers: This poem-story, sadly, is based on a true and recent incident near where we live. [40 words] [Spiritual]
Ephraim (Short Stories) - [443 words] [Literary Fiction]
Every Day We Pierce Him (Songs) The tune for this song is a Spanish church song titled "Llaga", which means open sore or wound. In the Spanish hymn book I have, the author is listed as anonymous. Anyway, here are some English lyric... [74 words] [Spiritual]
Everybody Loved Polly (Short Stories) I detest violence and violent people! [1,809 words] [Popular Fiction]
Find Myself (Songs) Tune: Largo from Dvorak's "New World Symphony". [57 words] [Romance]
Finding A Poem-Short Story Topic (Non-Fiction) What to write about? Where do I look? Who/What can help me? [552 words] [Writing Resource]
Fishing Obligations (Essays) A short essay about parental responsibilities and kids' obligations. [558 words] [Relationships]
Five Prose Poems (Poetry) Here are five prose poems for the romantic-minded, I hope. The titles are Looking Back, That Celestial Calm--the Moon; City Shadows; Seeking; and We Turned Off. [331 words] [Romance]
Fly Me To The Moon, Baby (Poetry) - [82 words] [Romance]
Four Of Them (Essays) ...nobody has eight kids anymore either. Right? [259 words] [Writing Resource]
Four Poems (Poetry) Titles are: Groundwork in Colombia, Poetry, I Saw My Granny, Carpenter [398 words]
Four Short-Shorts (Poetry) "Lite" fare again. Titles are: Trying to Create Beauty; You First Then I; Appetite; and Opening Night. [113 words] [Mind]
Frances Jane: God's Happy Servant (Children) They had a baby daughter but it died... [368 words] [Biography]
Funny Like (Short Stories) - [610 words] [Teenage]
Generosity (Poetry) - [15 words] [Spiritual]
Gone Is Our Lisa (Poetry) (Feeling Poe-ish today maybe?) [87 words] [Humor]
Goodbye Christmas, Goodbye Santa (Poetry) - [52 words] [Motivational]
Grandstand (Poetry) - [19 words] [Relationships]
Growing Up Among Racists (Non-Fiction) A look at some of us in retrospect. [635 words] [Relationships]
Haikus Erotiques (Poetry) -These represent an exercise that's fun. Steve Mount has some others at saltyrain.com but the best are by the Japanese old masters. Look in Google for them. [113 words] [Erotic]
Haley She Was Called (Children) - [397 words] [Biography]
Hanks (Poetry) The superstar. [67 words] [Movies]
He Keeps Me Humble (Poetry) It's just that sometimes we don't want to be watched! [22 words] [Spiritual]
Heteros, Homos, Celibacy And The Church (Non-Fiction) Are we going back to the time of the Crusades? [590 words] [Writing Resource]
Hi Mr Willis, Can You Explain What Wrong I Did? (Non-Fiction) Teaching school is always give and take. Will it ever be different? [462 words] [Literary Fiction]
His Heart (Non-Fiction) - [556 words] [Motivational]
Homeward (Poetry) Sans arrogance, this poem was written for Senator Byrd of W. Va. [20 words] [Romance]
Hospital Room (Short Stories) Sadly, it's another case of "who needs fiction?" [1,115 words] [Crime]
How In Colombia I Grew In Mind And Soul (And Nowadays Grow In Girth) (Non-Fiction) Where I grew up in Georgia we had practically no access to modern British prose or poetry... [654 words] [Biography]
How To Have Money In Your Life (Non-Fiction) - [423 words] [Self-Help]
I Fell In Love With You (Poetry) - [97 words] [Romance]
I Find My Sanity (Poetry) - [38 words] [Psychology]
If I Could Chat With You Again (Poetry) - [66 words] [Literary Fiction]
If The World Were More Like You (Songs) Isn't this self-reflection? [155 words] [Psychology]
I'm Dreaming Of... (Poetry) It's about a smile. [80 words] [Writing Resource]
I'm From Mars (Short Stories) Historical fiction. [513 words] [Teenage]
In My Mind I Cheat On You (Poetry) Throw the first stone. [74 words] [Relationships]
In Our Minds (Poetry) - [11 words] [Mind]
In The Outside Cold (Short Stories) - [440 words] [Literary Fiction]
Interview Of A South American Gay (Non-Fiction) Meet Miguel Rodriguez: Miguel Rodriguez, a colleague of mine, is one of Colombia’s elite citizens in terms of philosophy, education, cultural level, and societal contributions. In other words, he’s ... [2,066 words] [Relationships]
Interview With The President (Plays) Baraba Falters(Barb)finally interviews President Branch. The President is, like a typical politician, quite difficult to pin down. [1,319 words] [Writing Resource]
Is It Where We Write Or What We Write? (Non-Fiction) Just think--how many of us had heard of Annie Proulx before 2005 or 2006? [681 words] [Publishing]
It Was Raining (Short Stories) "Let's not talk about it right now, Mama..." [368 words] [Literary Fiction]
Its Christmas Joy (Poetry) What is priority this year? [71 words] [Motivational]
James Benedetti's Daughter (Short Stories) A surprise visit. [861 words] [Literary Fiction]
James Herriot: Dearest Vet That Ever Lived (Children) Could you bring a cow into the world? A horse? [430 words] [Biography]
Jesus, You Look So Kansas-Like (Poetry) - [328 words] [Teenage]
Jewish Mother (Short Stories) Trying to make Him and those near Him more alive, more real, and hopefully, with more exposure. [396 words] [Literary Fiction]
John And Juan: Colombia's Facebook Killers (Non-Fiction) - [594 words] [Crime]
Just (Poetry) Heightened sensitivity doesn't mean anything goes. It does, however, mean caring for others. [70 words] [Psychology]
Just Cry, Mama (Poetry) - [267 words] [Teenage]
Just Imagine (Poetry) Dedicated to the One with the scarred hands. [59 words] [Spiritual]
Keepsakes (Poetry) A poem about a special afternoon. [129 words]
Lassie: About A Pal (No Joke) (Children) ...thanks to British-born writer Eric Knight, who wrote the short story... [276 words] [Biography]
Leaving Colombia(On A Jet, Of Course) (Non-Fiction) - [974 words] [Crime]
Lid (Short Stories) Beware of half baths. [376 words] [Horror]
Life On The Shelf (Poetry) - [27 words] [Erotic]
Like A Story (Poetry) - [130 words] [Teenage]
Like A Wave (Poetry) - [30 words] [Romance]
Liliana's Decision (Non-Fiction) - [488 words] [Crime]
Lions Young (Poetry) - [16 words] [Erotic]
Little Is Much (Children) - [85 words] [Animal]
Lonely Hunter (Poetry) - [17 words] [Literary Fiction]
Long Live Our Elephants (Children) Would you kill an elephant? A deer? A fly? [284 words] [Animal]
Lord Find A Place (Poetry) (For Luciano Pavarotti: R.I.P.) [70 words] [Spiritual]
Making Moves: Another Look At Victims And Choices In Ann Rule's True Crime Stories (Non-Fiction) Ann Rule gives the murderers a hell of a punch in each story. That's the way it must be. It is the angle from which she writes and no one, no one is going to condone the acts of a murderer, least of... [9,916 words] [Crime]
Marsten (Short Stories) - [408 words] [Horror]
Matchless Love (Songs) - [91 words] [Motivational]
May Mothers And Fathers (Essays) A short essay about those parents who want to push academic responsibility off onto others. [479 words]
Maybe To Pittsburgh This Time (Children) This is about a boy's best friend. Also, I've always loved Girzone's "Joshua". Here is my little attempt to imitate that, somehow. [479 words] [Literary Fiction]
Meet Mary (Poetry) - [39 words]
Michael (Poetry) About someone who left us some years back but who left an indelible impression on those of his generation. [82 words] [Biography]
Mine Eyes Have Seen (Poetry) No glory and no hallelujah. [55 words] [Horror]
Miniviews From Colombia (Non-Fiction) No special description. Basically, getting an idea of what different people think at present. [3,555 words]
Miss Sindee And The Candidate (Plays) - [361 words] [Humor]
Moors And Moors: Randall Interviews Portuguese Writer--Poet--Artist Alexandra Onelight (Non-Fiction) - [3,430 words] [Biography]
Morgan: An Actor's Actor (Children) Even though he's still living, here's a little bio. [362 words] [Biography]
Moron (Short Stories) - [374 words] [Teenage]
Mr. Nico's Monday A.M. Surprise (Plays) Thus it was decreed: Woe unto all those ethically challenged! [633 words] [Humor]
Mr Randy Sez (Non-Fiction) Expressed thoughts, musings, comments, etc. on whatever I please. [5,598 words] [Publishing]
My Big Toe Nicely (Poetry) - [23 words] [Erotic]
My Fan (Poetry) - [23 words] [Spiritual]
My Kind Of Christian: Barbara Curtis (Non-Fiction) "She lived to shock people, 'to be different and avant-garde'." [514 words] [Motivational]
My Men Are Full Of Vigor (Poetry) This is about crosses, isn´t it? [48 words] [Erotic]
Needed: Diversity In Education (Essays) Including More Studies In Distinct Cultures Needed Urgently: Give-A-Shit Parents Who Actually Monitor Their Kids If we won't listen to Jesus, then... [867 words] [Writing Resource]
No Better Galahad (Songs) About the best Friend in the world. [115 words] [Spiritual]
Normally A Gentle Man (Short Stories) This story was inspired by a story in the "Chicken Soup" series that I never can forget. [334 words] [Teenage]
Not Enough! (Essays) A short talk about trying to prevent more wife/child abuse. [791 words] [Crime]
Number 6 (Short Stories) The "real" meaning of non-stop? [489 words] [Horror]
O Father Hold Us Tightly (Songs) Tune: "O Little Town of Bethlehem", believe it or not. It's such a beautiful melody that it's a pity that we are concerned with it only in December. Non-Christmas lyrics probably have been penned be... [101 words] [Spiritual]
Oh Milly Said Molly (Poetry) This one came up while writing the kids' stuff 'cept it isn't, is it? [26 words] [Humor]
Old Quake (Poetry) One Halloween he grabbed a knife Then hid behind the door... [119 words] [Humor]
On A Dad's Turning 80 (Non-Fiction) Some want to get there, others couldn't care less. How much is choice? [390 words] [Writing Resource]
On A Limb In The Garden Oak (Poetry) - [17 words] [Motivational]
Once I Thought Hypocrisy (Poetry) I,too, have felt the knife. [50 words] [Mind]
Pablo: A Life Of Crime And Making Money (Children) What is smart in life? What is dumb? [629 words] [Biography]
Pissed--Or, We Did It To Ourselves(Yes, Read Fucked) (Non-Fiction) Periodical rant. [492 words] [Writing Resource]
Plantain (Short Stories) - [627 words] [Horror]
Please Send Me Blessings (Poetry) - [48 words] [Teenage]
Poet--Photographer--Writer Interview (Non-Fiction) Read about Joseph Randell Sherman, Iowa-born poet and photographer par excellence. For additional info, access to writings, etc., 'google' this writer. [1,999 words] [Biography]
Policing-Immigration Lines (Essays) This is a bit about patriotism but not fanaticism. [1,193 words] [Motivational]
Poor Daddy (Short Stories) Carl saw the freshly-dug hole and broke into tears... [438 words] [Literary Fiction]
Precious Lord, Take My Hand (Songs) This is another one of my favorite gospel songs. So, I am arrogant here in trying to pen a second or extra verse(I know of only one.). M. Jackson sings only one on a DVD I have of her. Anyway, if a... [50 words] [Spiritual]
President Branch 1954 (Plays) Pure innocence, of course, prevailed at that time, did it not? [313 words] [Comedy]
Quite Harmless You See (Short Stories) Then Peter had the oddest feeling. He’d never been afraid of the dark before. To him, danger was posed by humans, not by animals; least of all simple and innocent forest animals. [723 words] [Literary Fiction]
Rainy Christmas Eve (Short Stories) "How bad is it?" he managed to ask with great physical and psychological effort... [755 words] [Crime]
Ralph Carmichael: A Great American Musician (Non-Fiction) - [463 words] [Biography]
Randall Barfield Interviews Sage Sweetwater--Colorado Poet-Novelist Of The Sapphic Literary Genre (Non-Fiction) . [4,890 words] [Relationships]
Randall's Humble Analysis Of The Parable Of The Workers In The Vineyard (Non-Fiction) (Using the NIV version of the Bible) [635 words] [Spiritual]
Randy's Advice To Young Writers (Essays) - [807 words] [Motivational]
Realities (Poetry) - [7 words] [Writing Resource]
Reflective Essay On Classroom Discipline (Essays) This essay was written as part of the requirements for a course in elementary education. The teacher's comments are placed in parentheses and denoted as TC. Some of the problems have worked themselv... [2,676 words] [Writing Resource]
Religious Poems For Children (Children) - [691 words] [Spiritual]
Remembering Doug (Non-Fiction) I remember thinking at the time that they were such crybabies! [472 words] [Biography]
Sa'ad (Short Stories) Trying to look at history from another perspective. [295 words] [History]
Schoolgirl (Short Stories) - [937 words] [Crime]
Second Nature (Poetry) It's about a concrete finisher. [128 words] [Biography]
See A Rose (Poetry) - [35 words] [Motivational]
She Walked In Beauty (Poetry) - [32 words] [Movies]
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Letter To Elvis
Randall Barfield

October 29, 2006



Dear Elvis,

   This is a letter that I hope you can read. We all know you are supposed to be “dead”. But, of course, you know you aren’t dead as well as many others. I’m watching you on DVD this very moment. You are very much alive, much like Someone else we all know whom some refer to as dead and others as alive. For me, you aren’t dead and never will be (while I’m here, obviously). However, I’m not saying that you were a god. You weren’t and wouldn’t like anyone to think that anyway. A king either. Remember when you told that group who called you the king that you weren’t, that only “Jesus Christ” was king? Of course you were right. But those people in the group who’d come to see and hear you, well, I can’t help thinking “poor people”. I’m sure they meant no harm. But perhaps they needed to think about what you told them. About your reaction. Anyway, He knows.
I’m writing this letter for several reasons. One is because I want to. So, why can’t I? (Since we’ve had many journalists killed where I live, many people are paranoid as regards freedom of expression.) Another reason is that I never wrote you a letter while you were here with us on “earth”. I didn’t need to, did I? You were here and singing and traveling and we had the assurance that you were just a great part of our culture. Nothing less. The lucky ones went to your concerts. But it hadn’t always been that way. I know because I remember.

I remember a lot of people had been against you when you were making a name for yourself. Those kinds of people who are so quick to frown on or protest anything or anybody new on the scene. And there are so many of them in this world. Many of them were sheer hypocrites—people who lied, cheated, stole and committed other sins Monday to Friday then prayed and sang hymns tearfully in churches on Sunday. But maybe that’s another story. Anyway, you knew yourself how the world was and not only tolerated it, but did countless good deeds for the needy people who came into contact with you. A bit like the One born in the manger, you also tried to live a life of service and help to others. That’s only admirable.

I’m sure you forgave all those people who were against you. You were so superior to many of them that forgiving would have been your style. Your heart was like that. We know today that because of the legacy of song, both gospel and rock, that you left behind, that millions of people’s lives have been touched and/or brightened by it. And I’m one of them. I say thank you. For your persistence in recording gospel songs when others (some of them “advisers”) opposed it. For forgiving those who opposed you so vehemently even though, in many cases, your heart was “whiter” than theirs. For helping so many of the ones around you which, in so many instances, involved considerable material help.

You were human, of course. Perhaps in the end you simply couldn’t take any more. Your life was just too hectic or out of control to deal with successfully. All those prescriptions to fill for pills. What did you do? You filled them. But lack of control, however unfortunate, isn’t really a crime, is it? And none of us is perfect. None of us is in control ALL the time, pretend as we may(and do so, pitifully). Anyway, you had something to go out for, did you not Elvis? That beloved mother of yours who had gone ahead. Again, thanks Elvis. I’ll say it for a lot of people. Thanks because “You Touched Me”. And millions more.
      

 

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"I have loved Elvis since I was 12 years old...and loved him all the more because parents thought he was evil!!!!!And you are so right on about the medical community turning him into an addict and the world wanting more and more of him till they sucked the life out of his spirit. So his body is gone but his spirit lives on. Thank you very much... ps... have you listened to Neil Young's "The Last Time I Saw Elvis" on the Prairie Wind cd?? great sounding elvis riffs..." -- georgia.

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