people

Keep Going

We all “need” each other

despite claims to the contrary.

Somehow that outer shell

of resistance, protection

melts away in the face of

love, acceptance.

Others feel better about you

than you do–and they

don’t even know you.

Makes you reconsider:

maybe I am lovable

especially when you’re

not feeling so about

yourself.

It’s good to be freed

from that grip

negativity and

fear have on you.

Finding ways to

shed such parasites

will let you feel

nurtured again

without walking

around in a dark

cloud.

 

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an island

an island stands alone

surrounded on all sides

by water.

The only way to reach it

is by water or air.

It is connected to nothing

solid

it is the top of a hill

it is lonely all by itself

until people move in

animals move in

a tree grows

otherwise water just laps

at its surface

kissing its shores

trying to lessen its

isolation

from all of life.

 

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Reception

With each new risk

you open more emotionally

up the ante

to win or lose

what the stakes

are now worth

much more than

before

your kitty was

only so big

as your account

was limited.

Just because it’s

new doesn’t mean

it has to be any

scarier.

The ‘chance of a lifetime’

comes again

more than you

expect

Unexpected surprises

dominate

my life.

Life wants to

cooperate

so I could at least

graciously receive.

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Close up of red rose (Ingrid Bergman Hybrid) after rain shower. Portland Rose Test Garden. Portland, Oregon

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Strength

Loss is gain

somehow

adapting to change

we survived

as a species.

We’re pretty much

‘softies’ these says.

We have it within us

to be much stronger,

much heartier if we just

used what nature gave,

built-in to us.

Use it or lose it–

So we could be so

much more–

human potential

is so unused , so

untried.  We’re softies.

We have to go to a/c

gyms to pretend to be

strong–then come down

with some illness

infecting all those muscles–

Where are we headed?

Where am I headed,

more specifically?

Bald Eagle. Oregon High Desert Museum. Central Oregon

Bald Eagle. Oregon High Desert Museum. Central Oregon

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Choose

If you’re having

fun

in a serious world

people

don’t take you seriously!

They think you’re a

frivolous fool

not able

to get down to “business”.

But what do they know?

What’s it like

to give up

your fun

for some stranger?

That’s what I thought.

Not fun.

You can choose your life…

or not

hmmm…the “or not” doesn’t

feel like much fun.  🙂 🙂

Demoiselle Crane or Lovely Lady crane. Grand Hyatt, Kauai, Hawaii.

Demoiselle Crane or Lovely Lady crane. Grand Hyatt, Kauai, Hawaii.

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Square 1

I like her but I’m afraid to

talk to her.

I’m afraid of getting ensnared

in a relationship I find myself

not wanting to be in.

All in the name of relieving

loneliness…

If I begin to “let her in”

she comes willingly almost

like pushing on a door you

thought was locked but it

wasn’t.

Baggage.  I guess everyone comes

with it.  She seems to have

more

than her share but comes

with “goodies”, too.

Relationships that don’t

work out can be an unending

source of painful memories.

To pull anchor on that kind

of stuckness–oh, how I wish

it were so easy.

 

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Perfection

Don’t forget to water the earth

so we have food for all the

creatures.

Protect the little bees–they

ensure we live.

Don’t let bullies exterminate

them.  Exterminate the bullies

and their ways.

Drain the ponds of stagnant,

old unusable ‘water’.  Let

the rain clouds refresh our

view of life on this planet.

Pave the way for all to thrive.

Each supports the other.

We all live together–whether

we like it or not.  Let’s be

kind to our neighbors,

patient with their ways,

and ask for help when we

need it.  It will come.

Nothing is even near perfect.

I’m not sure why we have

that word in the English

language.  But it must

be there for a reason even

if unattainable, realistically.

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Simple

It’s simple.

We don’t want it to be simple.

But it is.

Life is simple.

We get to enjoy it.

Call our own shots.

8 ball in the side pocket.

Fun is the name

of the game.

Yet serious fun is

in the making.

People are sad.

Don’t laugh

readily.

My jokes are good!

That makes me sad, too.

It’s simple–for some,

maybe, not so easy.

 

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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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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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