Solitude Takes It All

Hello. Who are you? Whoever you are, whoever you believe yourself to be you need to do You well. Be best You, because I am. Made that way by crushing forces, heat you never dreamed and fear daring me to be afraid and I can prove it, because when no on there applauds or spits I know the truth of who I am and know I will go back to where I’m from. So be your best. I am. ♦

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Licked

It all started with the postage stamps. They sold for a penny or two. Maybe three and celebrated, no make that commemorated people and events. Make that real people and events.   Two things happened at the same time. The price of the stamps went up and the cost of the stamps went down.   No, make that the cost of what it took to be commemorated on a stamp went down.   Once it took a penny and patriotism. Once it took two cents and sacrifice. Three cents and honor.   Now it takes over half a dollar and entertainers, toys, cartoons and slogans.   God forbid you put your tongue on these. They’re self adhesive. We’re already licked.   ♠

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In Defense of the Realm

When much younger, listen to me children, I wrote out my heart on pieces of paper and sent them all away out to the world and the world unfailingly threw them back into my face, all of them into a face they never knew.   Oh yes, rejected, neglected, incarcerated without trial or appeal they kept their counsel and I kept mine, changed by their changelessness.   For you see, the inscrutables are right. Every no engenders yes somewhere else. I’m OK with that. Really, I’m OK.   You never know what I’ve discovered and you keep rejecting me the way you always have you never will. ♠

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SHAME

To the Pathetic Members of the Extraordinary Session of the Wisconsin Legislature There are desperate people in this State. People who can’t get out of bed in the morning because they’re so sick or afraid or depressed or impoverished or hooked on some filthy drug they took because they were in pain or sick or afraid or depressed or impoverished.   Now you come with your titles and your personal fortunes and your letterhead with matching envelopes at taxpayer expense and your benefits and the best medical insurance money can buy and your reserved parking spots and club memberships and you argue in the sacred halls and chambers built before any of you were born by people who spit more eloquently than you speak and you dare to bicker before the people because you don’t like the very rules you were elected and sworn to uphold.   You call each other […]

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Purple

You wear a purple coat and all you do is professional, as all of it should be. The purple is a good color for you, but beware the label, that it never betray you to the harsh reality of the world, never become the face you fall behind, without a smile because cold and harsh is all you see. Beware the north face. ♥

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Route Cause

I don’t want to go the shortest way. I don’t want to go the fastest way. I don’t want you to tell me which way to go or how many feet I need to go before I turn left or right. I don’t want to go at all if I can’t find a way I’ve never been before and learn something I never knew. If you want to travel my way let me know. Otherwise let me go. You stay home. ♥

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434

Let me tell you something. I’ll only say it once. I won’t repeat myself. Even if you’ve heard the words before, listen carefully. I went into darkness and silence was there. Total darkness and total silence. Brothers and sisters of the same mother and the same father. My next of kin. I heard the words “I love you,” and the words “Do not be afraid,” though nothing interrupted the darkness or the silence. I heard the words and repeated what I learned. “I love you,” I said. “I will not be afraid.” If the light comes I will be grateful. If not, I’ll find my way. If more words come, I’ll be educated, but if not I’ll know anyway. ♥

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Sleeping Beauty

I have an old story within my heart, part memory, part fairy tale of a night I went camping in a forbidding wood and as I walked to where my camp was laid beheld the dark, impenetrable fortress of the trees arrayed against my entry. All seemed uncouth, all seemed against me. Yet on I walked over broken ground, fighting down my fear and trepidation, to enter into darkness yet more profound and by the light I held found yet the camp I knew prepared and finding it enjoyed a slumber all the more sublime for winning it against my own reluctance. That is the story and the moral. Join me there. Remain not where you are in safety. Leave what you think you know of light and brave what’s out there. ♥

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Holy One

God has given me a challenge. He has revealed you to me, yet left me no way to express my helplessness before what He has shown. That would be you. I will never comprehend, but I will never deny the honor of this anguish. ♥

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The Low Down

You don’t get what you need all the time. You get that thump in your chest, those sparks in your brain, but what you need most comes in spurts and flashes, meteoric and concise, like the last glimpse of that diamond you dropped down the drain by accident. That’s OK, honey. It’s only money. You get another chance. Next year’s calendars are already on the New Arrivals shelf. Give yourself a break. Pour yourself a drink. Give yourself a kick in the ass if that’s what it takes. Hit the brakes. Hit the gas. But don’t leave the road. It’s nothing but weeds out there. You wait forever for a tow or walk all that way back home. ♥

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