Roses in Season

everything is temporary
some things come and go
quicker than others

everything comes and goes
at its pace

even all of this
even us
even things not yet to be
even progress
even loss

take heart this too shall pass
find peace in the present
of Presence

take heart you enjoyed the opportunity
to come
and someday to go

everything that is
isn’t for keeps
including stress
including sleep
including me

treasure your lifetime of teachers
learn everything possible

smell all the roses
in bloom
before your season fades

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Spoken. Heard.

From prostates to torpedoes
we’ve got you covered

Tear you apart then put you back together
no problem

We’ll penetrate your skin
to discover what’s under there
remove your underwear
and show off your squishy bits

Ain’t life the tits?

Don’t feel worthless
anyone saying so is worth less
than you

Breathe in the lead fumes
while you fume about your paycheck
Too small? I’ll bet

Sing while you string parts together
and always remember
from prostates to torpedoes
we’ve got you covered
brother

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Trials Behind Closed Doors

what do you do
when your voice isn’t loud enough
when your hands aren’t strong enough
when your bones aren’t thick enough
when your feet aren’t calloused enough
when your heart isn’t bloody enough

what do you do
when you want to give up before you begin
what do you say when your voice cracks
what do you hear through the rush of voices
threatening to wash you out to sea

what if the size of the problem DOES matter

can you find your team through the mob
can you find compassion through the anger
can you discover wisdom under the bullshit
can you find the Path through the weeds

one more day
one more voice
one more time

keep going forward

there is no going backwards

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Lost Voice

When my voice comes back
what will she say
will she be husky from rest

will she scream or whisper or moan

when my voice comes back
will she complain
give thanks

will she count to ten
will she chant

when my voice comes back
will she round up reasons to stay in bed
will she sing along
will she make up silly stories

when my voice comes back
I hope she tells me
everything will be okay

and mean it

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Wound Differences

Some wounds result in strength:
dead limbs
trespassing roots
blossom gifts
fruit charity

Other wounds result in death:
poisoned water
truncated trunk
termites in core
beetles in bark

When trees re-emerge from deep roots

life after death

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Curiosity

curiosity saved the Kat
when she asked What if…
when she peeked behind the curtain
when she looked under the words

curiosity saved the Kat
when she reached into the dark
when she called into the canyon
when she took another step

curiosity saved the Kat
when she studied forbidden texts
when she entered forbidden halls
when she asked forbidden questions

curiosity saved the Kat
when she released her tail
when she shed her fur
when she sprouted wings

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Beaded Reminder

gently

slowly

singly

removing
golden hairs

beaded bracelets
remind me

here

stay here

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