Learn To Row

I learned to row a long time ago, in a boat with my name on the bow, given to me by my grandfather who built it with his hands, the hands I inherited. The boat is gone, but I learned to row a long time ago.   Slow and steady, all day long, all night…

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Stetson

He’s gone now, my stupid dog with his stupid grin and the floppy ears tattooed for racing.   He’s gone now with his elegant stance and his beautiful eyes and his fast, keen wisdom.   He’s gone now and all the thousands of times I let him out in the middle of the night are…

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Prayer For A Poisoner

May the dogs you have killed haunt you. May the coyotes and foxes and raccoons you have slain awaken and come together and speak the same language and find you. May they squeeze from their loins and guts the essence of what you left for them to find and may they feed it to you.…

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Everything Is More Important Than Love

The floor needs sweeping. The dog needs food. Odds and ends need keeping. The garbage must go out. The job is only money. Money goes away. The world turns automatically and misery stays. The railroads would be dandy, but railroads don’t run. People do what they do of necessity or fun. Love is such a…

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Broken Arms

If I held you in my arms which have seen so much work, would you know they had been broken? Would you miss the supple suave and strong enfolding for the rough vise they have become? If I held you in my arms and loved you, would you know my heart had been broken? Would…

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Magnificat

Karl my beautiful cat was caught in a trap and they put him to sleep and they took off his leg and when he awoke he only had three, because he lay in the trap for days and they saw the leg was dead, but he lived, my beautiful cat named Karl. He wants to…

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Friday 7:30am

There are times when it doesn’t. Times when it won’t. Times when never. Times it’s no. Times darkness not light, defeat and error win again. Then comes divine revelation. Perfect wisdom and resolve. Light dawns and hope triumphs. It’s time to take out the trash. ♥

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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…

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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.  …

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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…

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