courage

SHAKE OFF LOVE

Why do you shiver in your boots

in the heat of the day?

What could possibly take you

apart, Humpty-Dumpty

like, never to find your

way back?

There’s only life and

not living–just existing–

waiting to be struck

with cupid’s lightning

rod and every Valentine’s

Day will forever be changed.

Or you could traverse this

continent looking for love

and never finding it.

Where is the sense in that?

Staying alone because

you can’t get along

or your standards

don’t even get a

chance to be tested

–they sit rotting,

rusting in the clouds

too high for anyone

to approach.

Path at Seal Rock, Oregon

Path at Seal Rock, Oregon

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Experiment

I’m so willing to try

what works.

Openness of mind requires

courage, although it may

not seem so.

Everyone is genetically different

even though you may find

yourself in a particular “group”.

So, what works for one

does not necessarily work for

all, even though we are all

humans.

So being open to experiment

–yourself being the “lab rat”,

requires letting go of

OK, for wow!

Anyway, on-going conditions

let the chips fall as

they change where they may.

So, one day at a time,

though trite,

may be the sanest and

best way to get through

a tailored existence–

fitting you to a T

at least temporarily.

Sailboat off St. John, Virgin Islands and sunset.

Sailboat off St. John, Virgin Islands and sunset.

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Wanderlust

I just want to wander

here and there

wherever I feel

for an hour–

not on the freeway

at rush hour

but somewhere in nature

that I can feel relaxed

enough to sense my

gut feelings and try

to ‘hear’, be aware of

them, telling me or

giving me ideas

of where to go next,

what to do & see what

happens.

Such non-directive

living might seem

an exercise in futility

but I think, contrarily,

it will get us in touch

with a creative part of

ourselves that we are

constantly suppressing

by our judgemental, critical,

negative thinking.

Wood Duck in pond at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens. Oregon

Wood Duck in pond at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens. Oregon

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Essence

I’m living my life on the edge

between the lines

in the pauses

unnamed words never said

say more than all my jabbering.

Just look at me.  I cannot hide

what you see, selectively or

otherwise.

You can read me like a book

between my words I find truth.

It hides on the edges of the lines

waiting to get in to be a full-

fledged word of words

announcing my offerings,

however humble.

I’ll pick you apart–but you

asked for it–and welcome it

as an agent of change &

we will get along marvelously.

Yet most of my real essence

stays cowering in the shadows

avoiding the inevitable barbs

that may come my way.

Such a pittance of offering

results.

Large Wood Nymph butterfly (Cercyonis pegala). Near the Snake River. Oregon

Large Wood Nymph butterfly (Cercyonis pegala). Near the Snake River. Oregon

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Reprieve

I thought I’d lost it all–

I was in a panic.

Frustrated by overwhelming

circumstances

penetrated my defenses

left me feeling helpless

completely blocked and stopped

from seeing clearly

the way out

of what to do–if anything

to move forward

out of my predicament.

I trusted I knew what

I was doing

I was willing to accept

this level of risk

knowing/feeling that

I could handle it.

Then I doubted–

myself–and just about

everything–as if the

lights were suddenly shut off

and I was left

groping in the dark.

Thank God I found

a light.

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Sincere Speed

Maybe I shouldn’t be so sincere,

so nose to the grindstone

rule follower so I don’t

get into a lot of trouble

I have neither the energy

nor inclination to deal

with if the train derails.

Yet, anything I’ve ever

learned or found to be of

value involved stepping

over the line of the rules

and scaring myself

half to death

by walking into

unknown territory

left to fend for myself

sans rules, guidelines–

and sometimes my

common sense!

I’m torn between being

an adventurer (which I am)

and staying ‘safe’

pandering to my

invalid fears I so

conveniently ‘manifest’

out of thin air.

You’d think I’d do

that with things I wanted!

Mixture of Gerbera flowers at a farmers market in Los Angeles, California

Mixture of Gerbera flowers at a farmers market in Los Angeles, California

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Questions

I want to walk into a new life

a life of adventure and discovery

of meeting exciting, interesting people

who are never enough for me I love them

so much I can never get tired of their company.

What planet or how far do I have to go to meet

such beings?  I’m actually starting to

get to know some people that are more

than what appears on the surface as I get

to know them better.

They surprise me with their responses,

never seeming to try to impress yet they

do so at every turn.  I think I have someone

somewhat “sized up” but I shouldn’t be so

quick to form impressions, lest they limit

what I am able to see what they’re then

willing to share.

Others are welcome to come closer, too.

Maybe unconsciously I fear being

overwhelmed by the non-introvert they

are but I am.

Although I need “recovery time”, I then

have to battle with my shyness or I’m

mistakenly sending stay away signals.

I think I’m looking for myself and when I

find it to see that in others as being enough

like me and therefore potential friends.

They’re shy too, perhaps.  Failed relationships

may lead to some sensitive feeler feelings when

they reach out of their own shells to connect.

I want to be open so that when I write when

I’m alone I’m not so full of questions why things

are the way they are and can accept more and

move on without so much cautious apprehension.

Still, when I find someone I’m still kind of shy

but when I open up people see the side of me

that no one gets to see in a group or with many

others.

I think I have some kind of intention with all

this maybe spelling it out will firm up my

movement in a positive direction toward

meeting and getting to know some new people

better.

Nautilus sea shell.

Nautilus sea shell.

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Let go

Sweep me away, rain

off my feet

down the street

take me to new lands

an adventurous digression

from the onerous grind of life.

Give me wings

I’ll fly!

parachuteless

through the sky

star bound

even though I only

see one

until night

and they all appear.

Sun through snow covered tree at Anthony Lakes in winter

Sun through snow covered tree at Anthony Lakes in winter

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Visibility

The eye sees

The ear hears

NO ONE escapes

being

seen.

You’d have to

walk a long

way to escape

the vision of

another

or to disturb

his peace.

You may

never get back

but leaving

behind what

does not work

is worth the

trek.

You will

encounter

the view of

a new person

a new place

after your

absence.

There will be

no need to

escape

being seen.

Close up of Teddy Bear Sunflower.

Close up of Teddy Bear Sunflower.

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Coming Out

The egg has hatched!

It finally

cracked.

Out popped

the chick

yellow and slick

as usual

except

now its wings

were

drying.

Its feathers

fluffed

on its maiden

flight

from fright

at night!

 

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