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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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Going Ahead

Alive.  And kicking

and screaming…

any way to get there,

just go.

The road is untraveled

mostly, because, as

they say, that’s how

you know it’s yours.

No rush.  Except there

is a rush

but you can

disregard

that message

stuck in your mind’s

memory

that is undeletable

yet don’t give it

any attention–

it will go away.

Try not to kick

too much

though,

& for the neighbor’s

sake

hold down the

screaming.

Red Poppy in field of daisies. The Palouse, Washington

Red Poppy in field of daisies. The Palouse, Washington

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Rain, Rain

The rain knocks quietly on my

roof

let me in

it pleads.

I scoff.

You’re all wet!

You’ll inundate my valuable

being.

Cleaner I may be

but all wet like you.

Nature craves your wetness

doesn’t complain a whit

except you wear out your

welcome by staying

too long.

Otherwise you’re a welcome,

refreshing visit

unlike the drying winds

which produce little growth

save the spreading of some seeds,

and the lightning and thunder

scary & destructive

when they comes too close.

Rain just falls

by itself it is harmless

in excess or driven by

other forces it can

overwhelm the delicate flora

and fauna below.

Lightening strikes over farmland. Near Alpine, Oregon

Lightening strikes over farmland. Near Alpine, Oregon

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Colorful

Japanese maple leaf in fall color.

Japanese maple leaf in fall color.

The last few colorful

leaves

are holding down

the trails’ beauty.

We’re hanging on

til the end

soaking in the sun

when all our

compatriots

have fallen to

the ground

long ago–

a virtual brown

out, we’re stars of

the show, by

default.

Soon we’ll leave

our tree naked

again to fend

for itself til

Spring.

But for now

life is delightful

in the sun and

breezes–gentle

as can be.

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Ebb and Flow

In the ebb and flow of life

you learn to go with it.

Some days you have energy

and get a lot done.

Some, you don’t

but that doesn’t mean

something important

didn’t happen–within.

Rest and activity–the

basis of life.

Clean & dirty also

happen.

When alone time

is needed, alone time is

taken unless you

don’t heed the signals

that say stay away

–for a while–then get

back to being your

social, normal self

–in moderation.

Overdoing either brings

unbalance.

Our idea of what’s “best”

is just “our idea”, not

necessarily what’s best.

Red Rock Canyon. Waterton National Park, Canada.

Red Rock Canyon. Waterton National Park, Canada.

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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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A Corny Story

Water the day

and it grows into

tomorrow.

The fruitful future

is promised to no one.

Growth happens though,

without your awareness.

You only have to wake

up to see how much

has changed.

Daily watering is

needed sometimes

to kickstart

a desert dryness

of extended duration.

One seed, one acorn

planted & watered

sprouts an oak tree

with hundreds of

acorns in no time

at all.

 

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Me Again

If I wake up to a new “me”

who will I be?

An overnight

sensation!

I may tap dance

my way right out of,

or conversely into,

your life.

All my fears are gone

now, you see.

I’m changed.

I’m starting to really

like myself.

It’s a strange feeling

actually, when I feel

that self-acceptance

and even adoration.

The “old me” wants to

step in and find fault–

the smallest pebble

out-of-place–

to discredit my love.

I give it the boot

right away.

I see what it’s doing.

I am aware of its

nefarious ways

and even having

habit on its side,

I still kick it out.

My clothes still fit

but something inside

I’ve outgrown and

need to go out & buy

myself a new suit.

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Flower Petals

Flower petals

flit

and fall

leaflessly

haplessly

to the ground.

Lying there

inert

lifeless

they beautify

the landscape

with floral rainbows

of rest.

Tread lightly on them

if you have to

tread at all for

they have given

their life

their livelihood

for a grander

purpose

not to fade

for quite

sometime.

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

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Learning

When I’m not sure what I’m doing,

the most rewards come.

More challenges, harder work,

esp., to adjust to the newness of it,

is all very stimulating and

rewarding.

I can do it but it takes a lot of

work to make everything gel.

I fall short often.  That just means

I get to learn like everyone else

in life.

Mistakes show progress.

I am more experienced each time

I try.

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The Ghost Forest at an extreme minus tide with sunrise and fog. Neskowin, Oregon

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