As far as I can see

I can only follow as far as I can


When I run out of light,

I walk in the darkness.

I wish I had a map

and a flashlight.

A tablet of ten command-


I’d follow them to

the letter

trusting they would

lead me out.

So I use my other

senses–ones not

so sharp from disuse.

But they’re better than


to lead me on.

I don’t even wish for

certainty (oh, only

a little bit) any

more, as that is

mostly folly & what

I find when I arrive

is not usually what

I had anticipated.



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A High Lamp

I hold a lamp up high

in order to see the best

that life has to offer…

I’m sure I will find it

if I look enough.

It could be just around

the corner, it could be

here now, ready to manifest

into physical reality,

take form and substance.

Or it could still be in

my mind, like an egg,

ready to be hatched–

the fiendish plans of

mice and men.

I may not even know

what life has in store

for me like a surprise

birthday, it just appears

totally out of the blue.

I’ll keep my lamp on

for all and any of

these possible outcomes.

And held high.


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Use Me

Use me.

Universe, I’m yours.

I don’t know what

we can create. I have

a lot to offer–use it.

I don’t even realize

all that I can do.

The world’s an

especially needy

place at this time.

Use me to help

heal it.  Give me the

courage to step into

the vast unknown.

We can never know

what will come of

our decisions.  All we

can do is see what does.


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Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, mirror

Who’s the mightiest in the land?

The fairest of all?

Not me or you says the mirror.

Take a look at yourself.

Fair?  Hardly so.  You are

awesome!  Way beyond fair.

Now you tell me.

You didn’t ask until now.


How about finding me an

awesome match

made in heaven.

I’m looking for a good


I’ll look around

the mirror responds.

See what I can

come up with.


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Slow & Low

I thought just being in a

weight lifting shop

would give me some strength.

Much to my surprise, I had to

actually come home, get my

weights out, and lift them.

Miracle of miracles–strength!

My mood is better, I feel more

confident and here it is in the

middle of the night, and no

place to go!

If I’m careful, I don’t hurt

my back.  I start slow & low

and build up.  Not like me

at all, formerly:  I start high

and fast and voila, hurt

myself.  I think I’m getting

the hang of some parts of life

I had no clue to before.


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I feel like a bird with a broken wing

in relationships, new ones esp., sometimes.

want to open my feelings, but I’m

ever so cautious and much, even most

of the time, shut off from sharing

who I am at that moment.

Even the good times can overwhelm me.

I may be caught off guard, surprised, but

I can recover and come back.

We learn in baby steps…from the alphabet

to publishing our novel.  If you don’t

know your ABC’s not much else is

going to happen.

A mended wing can once again fly.


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Why should I wait for


It doesn’t wait for me.

As nebulous and vacant

as it seems to be,

no explorer

found a new world

sitting home

explaining to parliament

why his ships had

2 flat tires.

So, a venture into the


always turns up

some surprises.

Discoveries of a sort

that you didn’t

know were there,

but superpowers

you don’t have;

regular powers

bow to a beginning,

a start of sorts,

that says: I don’t know

where I’m going,

but I’m on my way.


Redwoods with path and big leaf maple tree in fall color. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California

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The music sang to me.

I’m mostly a silence lover.

Am I feeling happy?  This

can’t be.  From across the

river, tuning up

for a nightly bash, came this

came this melody..I’m looking

around for a tree to dance with.

97 degrees-nobody else is out

walking along the river.

Awesome drummer, band

and singing.  Rap and Bluegrass

went by in slow-moving boats.

Not my thing.  Live bands have

performed for this riverside cafe

before, but this one really was good.

What a treat.


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Sea stacks at Bandon Beach with fog and sun rays. Oregon

Sea stacks at Bandon Beach with fog and sun rays. Oregon

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I walk in no one’s footsteps

yet many have led the way.

I follow the unlikely path

the part below my ribs


Upstairs, it seems like a

good idea

but I usually go with

the downstairs choices–

more unknown and

exciting and see what I


At least I went with

what I felt–with no

explanations or rationale.

Just ‘go this way’ and

see what happens.

A great adventure usually.



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