creative writing

Pushing a Cart

Sunday on a 4 day weekend

bookended by holidays.

A free country allows for

voice and change.

Some don’t care to do too

much

against their supporters

financially.

How much money do we need

anyway?

A small amount

is a small amount.

So many have even less.

So much less.

Why are they challenged

so?

Like life rubbing them

down and

out

before their time.

My heart says

it cares.  What else

to do it does not

know.

So much injustice

in a just country.

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Bleeding Heart Vine, Glory Bower Clerodendrum thomsoniae. Crystal Garden, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

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A Gift

What could be beyond the veil?

From this side there is only

a sheet of nothing that blurs

the vision–blocks the vision

of something

beyond which only a few

have been & lived to tell

about it.

Something happened.  You

don’t go around telling of

a spectacular dream you’ve

had over a decade or more

ago.

Dreams come and go.

Not too many special

ones that have changed

who you are, what you

do with the rest of your

life.

A gift is usually how

we experience places

we would otherwise not

ordinarily be able to

return to at will.

It usually has to be

given and we need

to accept it.

Close up of Teddy Bear Sunflower.

Close up of Teddy Bear Sunflower.

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Freedom

How to get a lot in a little?

A seed, an egg can do it.

They might have to look at

their watch a while

in becoming.

Hatch you must

and not just on boats

to peek your head out

to see if the sun is still

shining.

But to break free

from all old

and worn beyond

measure

to a new vantage

point

high enough to

see in every

direction

while you yourself

are visible requires

inspiration–and your

part–follow through.

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Choosing Joy

I trust myself

as unlikely as the decisions

I’m making seem a turn

around from what my

mind is telling me would

be safe & healthy and would

not get me into as much

trouble as choosing what

I want.

Eat, drink and be merry, for

tomorrow we die

–yes? no? doesn’t matter,

being “merry” no matter

what the future brings

seems all important.

If you don’t want

anything–well,

no movement happens to

get anything.

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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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The Hawk and Friends

The hawk doesn’t have a deed

to the land he flies over

but it’s his as much as

any other resident inhabiting

his air space.

Soar as he might, no one

bothers him–save an

errant crow occasionally.

He pumps his wings a

few easy times and

then glides in joyous

purview of the land below.

All of the animals are free

and pay no rent for where

they live.

Somehow humans got

off on the wrong foot

in that area.

Cineraria, and Ranunchulus flowers. Al's Nursery, Oregon

Cineraria, and Ranunchulus flowers. Al’s Nursery, Oregon

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Be

I can be

boring it would be

don’t you think

to just be

and do nothing

else?

I could wait…

for a

miracle…

of sorts to appear.

Do I have

patience?

Will I just

settle in

and see where

nothing doing

gets me?

Most everything

we want,

seek, is

within already.

Why don’t we

sit and be

and realize

that?

 

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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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Moving On

Kids move on easily.

They outgrow

their lessons, clothes

games quickly, visibly.

You don’t know who

they are if you spend

much time away from them.

Adults can be rut-dwellers.

Nature or no one else to

move them along

leaves them left

to their own ways.

They become near-

sighted, far-sighted

and the whole of life

takes on a blur

not of movement

but of stagnation.

Stuckness can devastate,

destroy ambitions buried

deep in youth.

To be a kid again you

have to grow from the inside.

The innocence and curiosity

are all there ready like the dragon

to be awakened.

Close up of Osteosperum margarita Pink Flare.

Close up of Osteosperum margarita Pink Flare.

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Write it Down

Thanks for this time

to let myself out

like a dog on a walk

he’s overjoyed

and can’t wait

to get going.

I have so many

breaths

some I want

to put through

my pen on this paper.

If I were to stop

writing my feelings

and thoughts

I think the A-Bomb

would pale in comparison

to what would happen

to my being.

Pieces scattered to the wind

unretrievable

but when I nail them

here, they’re here,

and they come out

at a reasonable pace

not so explosively.

Perrigrin Falcon. Oregon High Desert Museum. Central Oregon

Perrigrin Falcon. Oregon High Desert Museum. Central Oregon

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