freedom

Unlearning

Being true to yourself

may be

a different experience

to many.

I am inspired occasionally

to just put away

rules, habit, many things

that rule my life,

to supposedly make it easier

to run.  And they do.  I don’t

want to learn how to drive a

car or ride a bicycle all over again

each trip out.  I already know.

But when creativity enters

into the equation, all that goes

out the window.  Or most of

it.  How can I differently do it?

hmm.

We all have energy, time challenges

even constrictions.  So within

those, now how can I make it

different and interesting &

fun?

I need to be first to do something

I think, not second.  I need

to stand on my own two feet.

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Bumble bee feeding on thistle flower. Hall’s Canyon National Recreational Area, Oregon

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Walkabout

I saw a beautiful puff-ball

today

bigger and browner than a dandelion

puff-ball.

I just stopped to admire it in the shade

of a very warm day.

I said:  No one’s coming out

in this heat”, but there they were

fishing, biking, jogging.

My walks are about being alone.

Yet, I share the trail with others.

I have a long time to be alone,

elsewhere.

I sort of liked the “company”

yet alone is where my heart

opens up to me…and I

can listen in the quiet.

Rododendrons and maple trees. Washington Park, OR

Rododendrons and maple trees. Washington Park, OR

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Goosey Loosey

O.K.  Goose.  You and your

friend (another goose–Canadian

geese mate for ‘life’) are hogging

the trail.  Sitting directly in the

path of runners, bikers, walkers–

me!  OK so you had to get up off

your duff  (you have a duff,

don’t you?) and stand

aside while I walked through

–even around–giving you

lots of space wild/tame

as you are/seem to be,

and yet you hissed at

me like you were being

sized up for dinner tonight

(you weren’t).

So, I didn’t appreciate

the unfriendly, even overtly

aggressive treatment

even as I just walked by.

I think you had a feather

up your duff and was just

having a bad goose down

day.

Geese landing with fall colors. Montana

Geese landing with fall colors. Montana

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With or Without

I so want to succeed…

so anxious over the

result of achievement–

overly concerned over the

consequences of failure

irrationally over-emotional

without letting go of

the tether to the past

illusion of some secure

fantasy yet in a sense

real in that materiality,

since it was and is always

there seems necessary–

almost crucial to my

survival.

At one time I gave up 99%

temporarily of my

possessions & I was free

as anything–I did not

need what I was so

clingingly attached to out

of fear.  I was released

and above happiness

because I couldn’t take

it with me and I found

out I didn’t need it.

Coal Mine Canyon with rain clouds, Arizona

Coal Mine Canyon with rain clouds, Arizona

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Up at Dawn

Humans have come a long way

(baby!).

We’ve evolved from a blob of

jelly to our present

sophistication.

Yet simple are we–

a feeling is a feeling

no more, no less.

Let’s not pretend we don’t…

feel.

And when we do, let’s share

it, acknowledge it

openly to the world…

being human is our charge.

Just be ourselves

no fibbing

and everyone will be

happy

eventually.

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long/short

keep it short

to the point

and funny

if you can manage

otherwise

don’t bother

people’s time matter

at least

to them

so short

is the new

normal

long is ok too

if you feel so

in

cl

in

ed.

Geese landing with fall colors. Montana

Geese landing with fall colors. Montana

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Crossing the line

I want to break out

of the mold

the die

I was cast in.

Reach over the fence

unlock the gate

and walk through.

To a new field–

of dreams…

pleasant ones

I can grab

and embrace

and hold tight

to

for a while

until it’s time

to let go again

and wander

into a new field–

of dreams…

Silhouetted Joshua trees and sunset. Joshua Tree National Park. California

Silhouetted Joshua trees and sunset. Joshua Tree National Park. California

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On Top

The hawk could have

perched anywhere on

the tree but it choose

the apex, the top.

Sure there’s maybe a

better view from there

but I think he was

saying, I’m King

of this tree–no

other above me.

I love the view

from the top.

My wings enabled

me to get here

and here I’ll stay

for a while.

 

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Outing

I like to write

but I need to

sleep.

I went out to nature

as busy as my

mind was

hardly appreciating

the peacefulness

of the beauty

I was immersed

in.

I am glad

what

I was in

became

a relief

for even

part of

my day.

 

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Stump Top

The goose just look at me

standing alone atop the lopped

off tree trunk at the river’s edge.

I said “hello”, an unusual

place for a goose to perch.

No one was going to crowd him

out of his place or encroach upon

his freedom.

“I, King of this mountain”

he seemed to express,

so I tried not to

disturb his somewhat

peaceful presence in

our unexpected encounter.

Or it could have been

a “her”.

Star Gazer Lily close up.

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