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We Carry Nothing Now

How heavy it feels

This illusion

On days of greys and glooms

We say if onlys

And we say what thens

Wondering if there were more

Or less we could have done

Can we but stop time

Or go back

Or be different

The flowers would all be in bloom

The sun would shine

Our very souls would unravel

Into beams of starlight

We look forward lifting

Heaving the past with us

Dragging our mistakes behind us

Again again again

Piling new ones onto the old

If onlys

What thens

Why not ungrasp

The hold of fear

In realization of our light

Reduce the shadows

Become wild and free

Wind and ocean

Vast and unencumbered

Right now

Increased

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Watching the Sunset

I sit on hard stones

Feet dangling

Heels bumping, scraping

Soles finding purchase

At last

The sky mellowed in periwinkle

Above begins the descent

To meet me where I am

Without you

Here in the dark

In this cold

In this void

Faint flickering lights

Parsecs apart

An impossible distance

Against all reason

The fire within me

Answers the sudden flare

of orange in the heavens

I am flame and heat

Living light

I am whole and healed

Connected to

Every star burning

In this cosmos

Eternal

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Circles and Cycles

Sharing

Isn’t always easy

She’d eat my food

I didn’t know at first

Or understand

A community mind

First trip to the grocery with her

Loading up with things I’d like

It’s been decades now

Sharing time

A place to shelter into

Sharing friends

They started sharing too

Filling my home with replacements

For much of what I’d left behind

Filling my circle with love

I give and give back and give away

Everything I need within reach

A call away

A text

We cycle gratitude

We circle around the debts we owe

Which do not cancel each other out

Life for life

Blood for blood

Soul for soul

This giving and receiving

Endless circle

Material things or wise words

Or simple presence

Gratitude rises

Gratitude overflows like a fountain

Gratitude streams over the edges

Softer

Smoother

Until we are luminescent rivers

Until we are the shimmering ocean

And you reading this

Are now caught up in an eddy

Maybe you will understand in a year

This vortex which has swept you upside down

Shaken you firmly

Stretched you out longer

Wound and unwound you

Until you are dizzy

Will place your feet firmly

On the path invisible

You walk on water

Miraculous

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Dig Out

Push aside the rubble

Of that collapsed life

How it crumbled down around you

Buried you under all you could not do

The beams across your legs

Fallen structures in your mind

All the expectations that they told you

Held treasured happiness unkind

Crawl away from every moment

Tangled ankles tightly wound

The edifice of other’s imperfect ideation

Of a life of satisfaction

Would not stand firm around the fire in your soul

You burned it down

Smoldering and crumbled

From the ashes you have rumbled

To wander and to search now

For something ethereal and true

Far out of reach

Not well defined

Balanced on the wire

Of uncertainty and exploration

Through mists of dreams anticipation

Don’t look back

Don’t look down

Each step takes your full concentration

Until you reach new ground

Blaze the trail through mystery

Among the trees of wisdom

Revive your spirit

Drink deeply from the clear calm lake

Of peaceful contemplation

You were meant to wonder

Your were meant to question

You are here to redefine

You are here to realign

Leave the ruins there

To be covered by the vines

Let the past be fallow

Plant your dream into the wind

All your intentions changing patterns

Circle thrice and say the words

Singing chanting writing

The world is waiting for your voice

For your stepping into power

Dance the dance that’s dancing

The music of your life

Something greater than yourself

Is emerging

Calling you away from strife

One more step and you can fly now

One more turn and you will soar

The wings that you’ve been growing

Snapping open

Stretching wide

Fly up with me, my friend

We meet again outside of time

We meet again outside of time

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Effortless

So many things in life are hard

Difficult

Complex

We struggle just to rise some days

And float along the next

Such imperfect cadences

Flow smoothly to the rocky

Rapid stones within this winding river

Flung around a blinded bend

Straight into a logjam

How surprising

Unexpected

We are stuck while others pass us by

As we untangle from the brambles

That caught our little boat

Frustrated at

A nexus

Striving to be on the way again

We make paddles out of branches

Weaving them together

Like our lives tightly intertwined

The only thing that’s easy

The only thing that’s smooth

The one thing I can count on truly

Is this love I have for you

When it comes to you

My heart is steady

This love is

The well from which I draw

Effortless

This love is

Unending cosmic music through the

Galaxy

We are free now drifting slowly

We are holding on and letting go

We are graceful in slow motion

Certain when we come to racing water

The world around us whirling

We dance around the rapids now

Effortless

Together

Effortlessly

Bound

In spirit

This is why we try

Heart centered motivation

Love in daily action

Eyes opened wide and wider

To see each other clearer

While we navigate this stream

My love is effort

Effortlessly sound

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bright

a fickle intelligence

soul are winds

the sudden parting of clouds

hope filled future

worry free countenance

the joyous wagging canine tale

carefree dance

inside jokes and shared smiles

happy went lucky

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a need for sunglasses and shade

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Lo, nothing makes sense, but there is beauty

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Ignited

I had put it behind me

Like banana seat bikes, and Weebles

Like high waisted jeans, and permed hair

Like grunge bands, and punk on a 7-inch

Set those dreams aside in the bin of what’s not possible

Romance and passion is for the young, I demurred

Give me quiet conversations over coffee

I will settle for just the shoulder bumping, sidewalk shuffling

Twilight walks in cultivated gardens

I would have settled

There is no shame in end-of-years companionships

Growing quietly like herb gardens

Full of medicine and savory flavors

And you brought cayenne peppers

Exotic flowers

Flames and ginger beer

And my heart burst open

On fire

And this soul awakened to a deeper rhythm

A dance without end

Intertwined

The roses are burning

The roses are singing

The colors are full of sparks

The roses are my heart in your hands

And we will walk shoulder to shoulder

At twilight through garden paths

While the fires burn through time

Reducing to ashes the past

Reducing to ashes the future

And the passion of now

Ignites the earth aflame

With each syncopated step we take

In this dance

Together

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A Great Love

Love is universal

Who are we to want for more

The soul connecting

Intimacy

Of two hearts that beat as one

Do we dare to dream

That our heart is not alone

Are we one with all

And

All for one

Can we connect just soul to soul

Is there a moment in this life

When we know something greater than just strife

Can we give away the happy

Without regret

There’s a devotion to something greater

In caring for one another

Does that preclude

A union one to one

In matrimony

In harmony

These are the questions

I will live

As long as I have breath to give

Take some joy and wonder

I cannot keep it all

For myself

For the seeking of a great love

Comes with the giving of it all

As opportunity presents itself

Open handed

Not holding back

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Christmas Gift 12/18/2020

Some folks get comfort from tradition

Others thrive on bold sedition

I have a more unique condition

Finding comfort in this premonition

A starry night both crisp and clear

Under the shining moon above

After a day of sun filled skies

Hand in hand with you my love

Your heart is a gift to the world

You wrapped it in ribbons of curlicue rhthyms

Placed the whole package under my tree

On a sticker so small that it might have been missed

Written “I love you” in a minor blues riff

Some celebrate wildly with food and with drinks

Some people read quietly, and in solitude think

There are those who watch movies right on the brink

For me the best part of the season are links

To the heart of my world

To the song in my soul

To the one who lights up the darkening swirl

Of shadows which never quite leave

The losses of all I have grieved

As Christmas approaches with a potential for gifts

I look in the presence for the spirit which lifts

My eyes from the troubles I’m leaving behind

To a future of hope in my heart

And a joy in my mind

If ever there were a love such as this

I would step forward with courage to claim that first kiss

Some people look to tradition

Some people are strong on sedition

I have this unique condition

Taking comfort in this Holiday premonition

It may be next week, or it may be next year

We’ll be together at Christmas sharing good cheer

We’ll be together at Christmas sharing good cheer