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Vegan Holiday

Vegan Holiday
Joseph Delli Gatti

Closer and closer
every day
to my pet turkey
and closer to the holidays.

I named him Willy
and I fed him corn.
It may sound silly,
but I feel so torn.

I used to play with Willy –
we had so much fun.
But now Dad wants to kill him;
so, I yell to Willy, “Run!”

Run, Willy, run! Go, go – get out of there!
Run, Willy, run! Go, go, go!
Run, Willy, run! Go, go – get out of there!
Run, Willy, run – look at Willy run!

I see my wicked mom
sharpening her knife.
A tear falls from my eye
’cause it’s the end of Willy’s life.

I’ve known him just one year.
He was my only friend.
Painful gobbling fills the air –
I hope it’s not the end!

My father dropped the axe
while my brother held its head.
My headless turkey ran around
and finally fell down dead

Run, Willy, run! Go, go – get out of there!
Run, Willy, run! Go, go, go!
Run, Willy, run! Go, go – get out of there!
Run, Willy, run – look at Willy run!

I looked down at my plate,
just after Dad’s prayer,
at my poor dead Willy
all cut up lying there.

I dumped my dinner plate
right there on the floor,
and yelled to Willy, “RUN!”
as I held open the door.

I started to cry
’cause Willy didn’t move.
My mom said, “Come back in here –
and eat your stupid food.”

Run, Willy, run! Go, go – get out of there!
Run, Willy, run! Go, go, go!
Run, Willy, run! Go, go – get out of there!
Run, Willy, run – look at Willy run!

And that’s why I’m a vegan!

The Plight Before Christmas

The Plight Before Christmas
Joseph Delli Gatti

T’was the night before Christmas, and there he sat –
a boy and his friend, an old alley cay.
There were holes in his stockings, and his clothes were rags.
He sat writing a Christmas list on an old paper bag.

He didn’t want much, just one little thing:
a beautiful present that only Santa could bring.
Then the boy hung his socks from an old garbage can
to be filled with goodies by the jolly red man.

He curled up in some newspaper right next to his kitten,
thinking of Christmas and the list he had written.
and there he slept on the cold city street
tired and dirty with nothing to eat.

He awoke the next morning and rubbed his eyes
for what he saw was a shocking surprise!

His socks had been stolen; no presents were near.
There was no sign of Santa nor his eight tiny reindeer.
The boy wept softly and held his kitten tight.
So, merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Everything for You

Everything for You
Joseph Delli Gatti

Frightened like a puppy,
you came at me with those beautiful eyes.
You seemed a little high maintenance,
but still a pleasant sight.

Too good to be treated bad,
you sure were one classy cat.
And all I wanted to do
is to spend all my time with you.

I thought we’d go to dinner and then for a ride;
but, you never even gave me a chance to decide… .

Now I’m being taken for a ride – the ride of my life.
The doors are closed and locked for me;
my windows fog, and you’re all that I see.
And anytime you want me to cave – I’m your prisoner and your slave –

Always for you – always for you!

Now I need to bridle myself;
become sophisticated and proper for you,
stab myself a million times for you
– everything for you.

Are you good or are you bad?
Either way, I’m happy to be had.
Abuse me so I’ll be a little
more like you… .

Now I’m being taken for a ride – the ride of my life.
The doors are closed and locked for me;
the windows fog, and you’re all that I see.
And anytime you want me to cave – I’m your prisoner and your slave –

Always for you – always for you!

Everything for you… .

Break The Silence

Break The Silence
Joseph Delli Gatti

Everybody seems to be doing fine;
Clean up your baggage and get into line.
Every-body is standing in line,
holding their tongues and doing their time.

One step, two step, follow the signs.
As I stand there I just want to…

Break the silence – imprisoning me,
break the silence with my screams,
break the silence and share my dreams,
break the silence so that I can be…

Can’t shake the notion out of my mind
that I might be falling behind.
I feel myself starting to unwind.
Everyone else is doing fine.

But now’s my chance to speak my mind.
I breathe in deep and then I…

…break the silence imprisoning me,
break the silence with my screams,
break the silence and share my dreams,
break the silence so that I can be free.

They try to keep us silent and keep us in line,
try to keep us marching to buy them some time –
keeping us equal and keeping us down –

down and silent.

But they can’t keep the silence imprisoning;
they can’t stop the guidance of a million dreams;
can’t keep everyone from breaking free.

Break the silence!

Our boots are pounding into new ground –
the drums and the guitar creating the new sound!
We won and we…

…will not be stopped!

The Balance of The Ballerina

The Balance of The Ballerina
Joseph Delli Gatti

A dark reflection dances
just below the surface –
an angel and a devil
balanced on a sole.

The pink-ribboned shoe
turns and forsakes the floor –
an angel flying closer to heaven,
a devil falling closer to hell.

They reunite again and again –
each time sounding soft taps
until the notes of the music stop
and the dancer leaves the stage.

Mitt Romney’s Position on The Right to Bear Arms (The 2nd Amendment)

by Joseph Delli Gatti
June 1, 2016

Recently, in a televised interview, Donald Trump for President campaign manager Corey Lewandowski made the claim that if Mitt Romney were to run for President, that our 2nd Amendment rights would be confiscated by the federal government.  The underlying message plays to Trump-supporters’ fears that liberals are attempting to establish or to fortify a new-world-order Socialist government that can control the population via gun-control measures such as those found in the United Nations Small Arms Treaty.

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Full-conversion Indian Chili

By Joseph Delli Gatti

“Full Conversion” food is a name given to a concept that I discovered during my year-long sojourn in Mauritius while serving a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.   I considered how close some traditional Mauritian-Indian food ingredients were to traditional Mexican or Central American food ingredients.

Some of my favorite things to eat in Mauritius were roti with beans, halim, curry-fried noodles, Indian-made Chinese rice, and chicken or lamb biryani (made both Indian style and Muslim/Middle Eastern style).  It was probably the best food in the world.

Much like the Mauritian creole language resulted from various nationalities sharing a language while trying to maintain segregated religion and cultures, the food tended to follow the same approach.  What would African/creole or Chinese people have for dinner if they only had access to Indian and middle-eastern cooks and ingredients?

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Among Best-Qualified 2016 Republicans, Mitt Romney Still Wins

By Joseph Delli Gatti ––

In 2008, I fell into the same trap as a lot of voters: I learned about the candidates from the arguments and accusations of the competition.  I watched the mainstream news media, and accepted what they said at face value.  I didn’t know that it was a problem either – until shortly into the 2012 Republican primaries.

In 2012, I lightly researched the candidates, and settled on Tim Pawlenty because of the fiscally and morally conservative values that I believed he held.  When Tim bowed out of the primaries early, and endorsed Mitt Romney, it caught me off guard.  I went online and argued with people about how I couldn’t vote for Mitt Romney because of his positions on abortion, taxes, healthcare, and marriage.  Someone responded to a comment that I made: it was a plea to research Mitt Romney’s positions to more depth on at least one issue.  So, half out of spite and half out of curiosity, I did. Continue reading

Online Study Course (10 hrs): LDS American History

By Joseph Delli Gatti –

How would you like to take my 10-hour non-accredited, diploma-less online study course in LDS American History? Here it is.  I promise that at minimum, you’ll learn something new.

I’m often confronted about my political and religious beliefs and about my views on various aspects of the LDS (Mormon) church. At one online discussion forum, I found that I had written over 1,200 comments on my beliefs (totaling nearly as many pages when cut and pasted into a MS Word document). And people still weren’t done asking questions or challenging me – although a lot of their questions were sort of cyclical or rhetorical in nature.

As I’ve thought about similar experiences I’ve had since that time, I’m reminded not only that I could have probably written a few thick books instead, but also that a lot of people – even really well educated people – don’t consider context and perspective as well as they should, nor do they think beyond the immediate or near-term results of their political or religious positions. And I know that it’s impossible in many instances to have all the facts, but a lot of people don’t even try to come up with simple logical reasoning or a complete functioning paradigm – even just a simple one – for their viewpoint.

It’s in thought of those things that I’ve compiled these Web links to 8-10 hours of videos and reading that present an awesome view of our nation’s origins. Of course it doesn’t contain every variable and facet of our country or of the LDS faith, but I feel that it at least paints a simple complete picture of our nation’s origins and also provides some great insights to the Prophet Joseph Smith, and to the circumstances and environment in which the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints emerged.

These videos and resources have been helpful to me, and I hope they can be helpful to someone else too. I went to some effort to put these in the best order possible so that they build on the understanding of each other.  The early pilgrims came to North America largely for religious freedom and for economical opportunities.  This series of videos begins with the origins of these pilgrims, continues with the Mormon pioneers being persecuted for their religious practices, and concludes with resources about the importance of religious freedom to Americans and to people all over the world.

If you complete the study course, please also post a comment below letting us all know how it went.