Plodding, Plotting

Going forward does not mean retreat

and run for your life!

Although you could do that but

backtracking your record-breaking

run is in order or out-of-order.

Why waste a lot of resources heading

away from what you want?

Sometimes, though, we need to rest

& recuperate from all our hard work.

Then, a retreat is in order–maybe a

double order of ‘retreat’.

Sure, activity is fun,

yet what gets overlooked in this

process of enjoying oneself may

be more necessary to attend to

while it is attendable and


Otherwise, a stale job is just

that–stale, whereas doing

it while it’s fresh in your mind

is often more inspired and

enjoyable in itself.  Then

on to your ‘preferred’ fun.











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Letting Go

What’s it like to let go?

Completely?  Would you just

wander around in a daze?

Not knowing (ever!) what to do


Maybe for ‘practice’ for a while,

but for everyday life?

Where would it lead you to

just follow your nose,

pick up the scent of the unknown?

Maybe for the brave & adventurous.

Maybe for me.  I’m brave &

adventurous mostly, I’d say…

Let go.


See what all that activity you’re

feverishly whisking past your

consciousness is keeping you

from seeing, avoiding

feeling something you know

is there (we all have those) but you’re

‘afraid’ to leave time for it to

rise into awareness & be felt,

whatever it is.

Letting go from one trapeze bar

to the next requires…? are you

up for it?


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Said hello

and goodbye

and in between

2 hours evaporated

into what seemed

like a few seconds.

Actually, timelessness.

There seemed no time


I was so totally engrossed

& involved in effortless


I found myself eloquently

fluent in my expression

of words and even more

so between the lines.

I tapped into a source

I couldn’t have broke

into before.

Somehow, I found

my way into and out

of my creative genius

without trying.  The

ideas and words just came

to me & no matter

how difficult the concept

initially seemed to

convey, I did it with

ease, rarely reaching

for a word I couldn’t



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Silent Walking

I celebrate the silence,

the solace of the woods

so graciously “being”

basking in the sun

welcoming my passage

through their humble


No need to straighten up

the place for my presence

they have nothing to

be ashamed of–their

house is in order, as is.

My mind dwells deep

within in such

silent distractions.

It can hear itself think.

And feel.

It  can receive

and wake up to

the creative wealth

wanting to sprout

and grow in the

sunlight, also.

It can even rest

without much

or any activity

at all.  It just

enjoys being

unpressured to be.






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Walking Backwards

Walking backwards–the route–

not my body–produces awarenesses

you don’t as readily notice when

you trek your tried and true

favorite path.

They were all there before but

now you see & feel them in a new


You may even test yourself by

trying to follow your

intuitive knowingness of

where & which way to go.

I got so far out that I

wasn’t sure the way back

would be all that enjoyable

if I was tired & pushing

to get home.  Which has

happened before when I get

greedy and go beyond what

my body & inner sense is

telling me.  I just love it

so much.  And some days

I’m feeling really great & that

enjoyment is all the more


But today turned out fine.

And my inner knowingness

assured me it would give

me the energy to get back

with ease.  I love walking.








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Fun, Fun, Fun

So I made a turn

off the true & well trammelled


peeled off from the formation

and opened my box of


this will be fun I said

So I invented a game

that had lots of winners–

everybody, actually.

We scrambled to win–

to be top dog

and then went out to play

while our scores were tallied.

We were having so much fun

we forgot we were in “school”

and when their teacher

returned, she was amazed

at the transformation of a

“dull” and regular class

to one of excitement &


I’m glad I visited today.

I definitely got more

than I gave–you knave–

“breaking” all the rules.

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Be Where You Are

We went, my self and whoever

walks with me into the forest

of ideas and thought.

It would almost be better to leave

them at home

and just be where I was with

my body as well as my mind.

My senses have plenty to do.

My mind could very well

take a well-earned vacation.

Things pop up when they’re

ready to be solved, acted

upon.  No real need for a

formal battle plan.

You miss the whole walk

when your mind is ELSEWHERE,

usually at spots you may

not even desire to be and

which are forever in motion

until you arrive at the time

and place of your rendezvous.

So, a plan is old after the

moment of its conception.

Better to be open to changed

conditions and ready to

improvise effective solutions

based on your wits, not

your preparation.

A little prep, but then

let’s see what’s there

once you arrive.


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

Photography © Dennis Frates Photography  http://www.fratesphoto.com/

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Another Fun Poem

If it’s not FUN, I’m

not doing it.  It’s that


A strong statement, for

sure, to live up to, made

by a speaker I recently


Yet, words don’t belie her

actions, as she lives by

them both, it seems.

That means saying “no”

more than you’re used

to.  Until you get

something that’s acceptable.

Step by step, that’s your

mantra.  Reject all unfun


If it begins to be

humdrum or boring, it’s

time for a change.

Let’s think–what else

could we do that’s

great learning (in a

school lesson, for

instance), yet what

I want to do?

What’s fun to me?

If learning involves

some “effort”, I’m not

going to shirk that

“exertion” of my mind.

But how can we make

it fun, also?

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Feelings.  Feelings signify

you’re alive!  Connection.

Connection with others

that matter–irreplaceable.

I listen to my heart, my

inner guidance and they

duke it out coming

to a decision oftentimes.

I give way to my intuition

almost always.  Hard,

tough decisions that tear

at my insides but yet

I go ahead & choose and

live with the results.

It’s a big deal sometimes.

One day I will

be well enough to see

the triviality of what

I take so seriously now.

One day.

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Worst Critic

Can you just will yourself to

write? even if you don’t ‘feel’ like

it? or are not ‘in the mood’? or

aren’t inspired by some powerful

feeling arising from within??

So, its like I’m staring at a blank,

white screen but the projector is not


Like extemporaneous public

speaking exercises in Toastmasters.

You’d better either have a

great imagination & coherent

presence of mind, or ‘faking it’

might prove difficult.

Still, no notes.  It all came off the

‘top of your head’ so to speak for

5? 10? minutes.  Seemed

like an eternity.

Everyone was wanting you to

succeed & sending you

support while you were

grading with a bloody red

pen your performance

all the way.


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