surprise

Discovery

Why should I wait for

inspiration?

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

unknown

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.

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

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Music

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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AWAKE

ONE DAY

THEN WE SLEEP

ANOTHER DAY

TRY AGAIN

SLEEP SOME MORE.

ONE DAY WE WILL

WAKE UP

AND FIND

WE’VE BEEN

SLEEPING

ALL THE TIME!

WE JUST THOUGHT

WE WERE AWAKE.

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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Wonderways

I walk in no one’s footsteps

yet many have led the way.

I follow the unlikely path

the part below my ribs

dictates.

Upstairs, it seems like a

good idea

but I usually go with

the downstairs choices–

more unknown and

exciting and see what I

see.

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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Amazing Kid

Running is easy for a kid.

That’s how they get places.

For short bursts they’re

unbeatable, tireless–go all

day long.

If you ask one to jog

with you 1/2 mile or

a mile they might not

make it on their natural

ability.  They might

need to rest a lot & then

continue.

They don’t see a reason

to run long distances,

not-stop.

So they don’t train

for endurance.

Today I saw a kid

8 or 9 maybe, just

jogging along the

sidewalk non-stop

for as long as he

was in sight.

Didn’t stop once!

Steady pace.

I was amazed!

and inspired!

 

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go–no go–go

Feeling disconnected

then connected.

I can stand back

go within

having distanced

myself from

supposed problems,

delays,

I say:  What can

I do while I wait?

Then I do it.

I look up.

Oh, I think I’m

connected again.

That was short!

Crimson star flower (Adenium). Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Arizona

Crimson star flower (Adenium). Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Arizona

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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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Coming and Going

The weather does what it likes

you have no say in how it comes

and goes–or just stays–it’s

itself–the weather, and it’s

got a mind of its own.

Now you can like it

or lump it

it’s not going to change

to please you–not likely

anyway–unless just

by coincidence its

doing what you’d

prefer–then still

there are no guarantees

–it blows in & blows

out like a “spoiled”, or

so-called, “spoiled child”–

those are the ones I

respect the most.

Children are one thing.

I’m still working with

the weather!

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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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