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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.

oh.

How about finding me an

awesome match

made in heaven.

I’m looking for a good

partner.

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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Mended

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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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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