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My Third Collection of Poetry Is Now Available

June 7, 2015

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This is my third collection of poetry after Ripples on the Surface and Child of the Universe. It’s currently available on Kindle, but the paperback version is in the works The cover picture is a bonsai wisteria. As with my other collections, A Call To Contemplation includes my thoughts about my perspective of life in general and specific, but this one is more frequently inspired by my practice of meditation. Many of the poems were written while contemplating the beauty and serenity of my cats, my Celtic harp, and the Portland, Oregon, Japanese Gardens on the west side of town near the zoo.

With this collection, I feel I’ve completed a life’s work, although one never knows what may be written in the future. But for now, I’m focusing on writing music and more novels. I’ve just copywrited my musical “calling card”, inspired by a performance of the Oregon Symphony conducted by Carlos Kalmar at the beginning of this year. It’s called Mercurial Collection of Duets and/or Solos for Celtic Harp and Classic Guitar (my instruments) and includes six pieces: Mercury in D, Mercury in A, Mercury in E, Mercury in B, Mercury in F, and Mercury in C. I intend to find a way to publish it. This will be a first for me.

I’m getting close to finishing my next novel, Roundabout, which is a future incarnation novel. It takes place in Wick, Scotland. It will be my fourth reincarnation novel after Deception Past, Dragonfly Dreams, and Five Flowers. I’m having fun, and I hope you enjoy reading them.

child of the universe


For Robin Williams

August 13, 2014

for Robin Williams

So many things I’d never thought of
You spouted naturally
At a speed most can’t keep up with
You let it all flow free

You were the epitome of human being
Kindness incarnate
Not making fun of others
But of life for us to laugh

The clown crying inside
Some mock the creative fire
That enlightens and consumes us
As we forgive them and reach higher

It hurts to live with cruelty
What about this life is not?
Kindness laughing freely
I hope that’s what you’ve got

I choose to live in a place
With legal death with dignity
You chose your time and way
Someday we’ll all be free

Gentle spirit, judge me not
As I will not judge you
Smile now and forever, my friend
That’s how I’ll remember you

from A Call to Contemplation by Franki deMerle

Death of a Loved One

June 1, 2014

Death of a Loved One.

A Great Honor

January 1, 2014

On 8 January 2014, Elizabeth E. Wilder, New England author of (among other books) The Spruce Gum Box, will be speaking. She plans to quote from my book, Child of the Universe. Child of the Universe is my second collection of poetry after Ripples on the Surface. Both are published by KatMoran Publications, and both are available from,, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, the Independent Author Network at, and . Needless to say, this is quite an honor to be quoted by another author, especially one I hold in great esteem. It’s yet another example of how being a member of the Independent Author Network enables authors to promote other authors, e.g. cooperation over competition is a win situation for everyone. Thank you, Elizabeth E. Wilder and . And Happy New Year to all.

December 21, 2013

For President Obama

For any federal employee
The mission is sacrosanct
First and above all else
Is the oath to defend and protect
The Constitution of the United States

Any nondisclosure agreement
Comes after taking the oath
The classified program was not created
To cover up the wrong-doing of most
Who have disregarded their oath

The Constitution prohibits
Inhibiting freedom of speech
By act of Congress
But they passed the PATRIOT Act anyway
Because they were afraid

“I know not what others may choose”
Patrick Henry once said
But he wasn’t afraid of death
Unlike Congress who took an oath
To defend and protect

The President’s oath is the same
As with all of the NSA
Yet no one’s destroyed the ill-gotten gains
They argue about who will maintain
The files that defile the Constitution

None of them remember the mission
To protect and defend the Constitution
None of them is worthy to cast a stone
Against Eric Snowden
Who spoke out against all that’s wrong

I didn’t know when I voted for the President
“Transparent government” meant my life but not his
That “change” meant what’s ok for me
Isn’t good enough for the political rich
Who’ve committed treason

When the government overrides the Constitution
When the government demonizes its mission
Is there a country left in which I live?
I swore to defend the Constitution
But my words are my only weapon

In Response to an email from Al Franken

December 20, 2013

To Al Franken

Tis the week before Christmas
And money is tight
I live on disability
It’s cold tonight

My niece and great-nephew
Will be here next week
He’s a growing child
More mouths to feed

Politicians in DC
Make more money than most
Get better benefits
The poor are their host

So why are tax dollars
Spent to spy on the free
The NSA and CIA
Have more money than me

Millions and billions I’ll never see
Buy weapons and drones
To kill innocent people
And children are left in poverty

How much does it cost
To X-Ray everyone
Who flies on a plane
Nude files for what job?

Buildings are built
To house the unconstitutional
While there’s no room in the shelters
And Snowden’s exiled

Eric had more courage
Than any of you
Like Deep Throat before him
Did what he had to do

Deep Throat wasn’t prosecuted
Too high up in the FBI
Snowden was a mere contractor
Who wouldn’t tell a lie

Like many around me
I feel betrayed
Used and abused
By false promises made

And you with the salary
Pension and perks
Want all I have
Even though I can’t work

Fix all these problems
You rich folk create
Expose the wrongdoings
And block the hate

But give any more
To half the source of it all?
I think not
Merry Christmas to all

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