Open for Pain

Greasy your hands

Impatient are your glands

Potions corruptedly mixed

Smoldering shooting star nixed

Forgiveness nowhere in sight

Forbidden pleasures torturous fight

With x-ray vision

Only glancing no longer the mission

With every bend

Oblivious to how you offend

Take care and yet beware

Of every silent hyena’s stare

Sugar is gold becoming honey

Sap spread and the shot is money

Underneath your clothes

Bears an unopened rose

The bees will not sting

Until the joy you bring

And like a happy bird

You sing the way they all once heard

What a blow to the ego

When you are a no-show

But with each attempt

More coins are pimped

But when you pimp the limp

Who then becomes the wimp?

The Queen who rules the 24 hours

Even headless you have the powers

And though you give face

This is but a taste

Of the pleasures

And treasures

That satisfy the measures

Upon salacious pressures

Where are they

When you want to play

Or have one stay

Until the end of May

Cause that’s when all springs

Turn to hay

And the day

Will come

When the mighty sum

Gives you the thumb

Chasing you from the beat

And off the heat

Before you are covered with the sheet

That turns the biggest trick

Of no longer keeping you sick

Cause that’s when all springs

Turn to hay

Blessing you with all pain brings

Every time your smarts you lay



Shaking while

Making it just for the taking

Take care and beware

Of every Greek hyenas lair

Before you chase your hair

Away from all that is fair

Cause that’s when all springs

Turn to hay

Beating at your door with pain it brings

Will your voice pray

Before or after the dues they pay?

Is not a Muppet

A puppet?

No matter how you tuck it

Someone’s hand has to stuff it

Unclean hands

Spoil the glands

Enraging fans

In the stands

Be it woman or man

So can you take a stand

And be diamond grand?

Cut, color, carat

How long can you grin and bare it?


Flowers in his hair

As the song plays

We remember the days

We didn’t have a care

Like the flowers in his hair


We always knew what time it was

Even when we didn’t

But boy, what a buzz we had

Before we knew what it really meant


Dickie was our friend

You could say he had a special flair

All the neighborhood kin

Knew him as the boy with flowers in his hair


Where one went

So did the other

Even when our rent was spent

Richie looked out for a brother


He never had a care in the world

And kept a smile on his face

How could he give so many necklaces of pearls

When he never even left his place


But Dickie was our friend

Long before they called for Dick

The strongest man’s wrist would bend

In our presence as a trick


Dickie had our backs

And my how the people would stare

His painted on jeans or dark, baggy slacks

Made them forget the flowers in his hair


And the song plays on…



The Best Restaurants in Atlanta (Buckhead)

English: A portion of the Buckhead skyline in ...
English: A portion of the Buckhead skyline in Atlanta, as seen from Lenox Square mall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My favorite eateries in Atlanta, Georgia


I have to admit, I am a Buckhead Boy!  Always Have Been!  Always Will Be!  I love Buckhead!  But, living in the posh area of Atlanta comes at a price.  With the beautiful living facilities, added features are the amenities:  awesome workout rooms, coffee-shops, internet cafes, and those wonderful restaurants!  Of course there are other notable areas in Atlanta like:  Midtown and Cobb County, that also occupy very good restaurants that provide quality service as well.  Buckhead, the area that allows Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza (mall) to speak obscene wealth would not live up to its name if it did not contain flawless restaurants.

Horseradish Grill –  located in the heart of Buckhead and about two blocks from the famed Chastain Park, the Horseradish Grill is a restaurant created from an old-horse barn.  With delicious food, along with iced tea that becomes insatiable upon the first taste, the people-service makes you want to return.  A specialty would be their fried chicken…though any plate served provides one with enough nourishment to thoroughly hold one over until their concert event is over.  You may even want to return after the show for a nightcap.  When in the area, or even staying at the wonderful Wingate by Wyndham Hotel, ask to speak with the Manager, Richard, at the Horseradish Grill.

Atlanta Fish Market – Buckhead’s finest Seafood restaurant is best accommodated with a reservation made by the concierge at your hotel.  Being chauffeured to this restaurant and picked up after your meal makes you feel like royalty.  You definitely get more than you pay for at this dining facility.  What’s more is the servers smile.  If you’re looking for an intimate setting, the Atlanta Fish Market may not be the place for you.  The patrons there are there to eat and to express their gratitude for having been seated to eat.  Seafood is Seafood – but a platter is always what matters.

Cheesecake Factory –  Who hasn’t heard of this smorgasbord?  But, when you dine at the Cheesecake Factor in Buckhead, it truly is a privilege.  This has to be one of the cleanest restaurants in all of Atlanta.  Not only are the appetizers and main entrees to die for (almost literally because of all the delicious, scrumptious calories), the desserts will have your eyeballs searching for your forehead.  There’s never a bad experience at this pad.

Anthony’s Fine Dining – owner Mary Aguirre sets this plantation-like home with Southern grace and Southern charm apart from any other restaurant in all of Atlanta.  The restaurant also plays host to many wedding parties and provides the most intimate and romantic setting.  Surely there is the special of the day, but every dish is quite memorable at Anthony’s Fine Dining.


Yes, Buckhead is a very special place in Atlanta, Georgia.  Synonymous with wealth and class, Buckhead delivers.  And it delivers well!  But there is another area in Atlanta that is very special.  That area is Midtown.  Midtown is home of Centennial Olympic Park, Midtown Park as well as Atlanta Botanical Gardens.  Midtown is not only considered beautiful because of its parks but the High Museum of Art contributes its artistic talent to the area.  And, in speaking of art, there is one restaurant that deserves   a lot of credit for its endurance and longevity.

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Mary Mac’s Tea Room – probably the most diverse area in Atlanta, Midtown houses this iconic establishment.  Known for the photos of celebrities of today and yesteryear, Mary Mac’s Tea Room serves the best southern cuisine of any Soul Food restaurant in Atlanta.  With fresh corn right-off-the-cob, fried chicken that will make you wanna slap yo’ Mama, carrot soufflé, and the delicious peach muffins, Mary Mac’s Tea Room is packed every night there is a performance at the nearby FOX Theater.  It’s not bad that they have a pianist who is dressed the part as well.  If you were to ask to speak to the chef, he will oblige you with no hesitation.  Although you may wait a few minutes to be served, rest assured – it’s well worth it!


I mentioned five marvelous restaurants in the Buckhead and Midtown area of Atlanta, Georgia.  Atlanta plays host to many out-of-towners who seek a great meal before heading out to their show or ballgame.  If visiting Atlanta, Buckhead for the first time, make your reservation for the Wingate by Wyndham Atlanta Buckhead.  With their complimentary car service within a three-mile radius of the hotel, you can’t go wrong anytime.