Face It

Tie myself to instability, conditioned to believe that sensibility fluctuating with insanity is acceptable. Insert responsibility to compensate for immaturity, am idle unemployable, would pack up and move my ass out of this stagnation, except anger is brewing as turmoil intensifies and how far can one really go to escape such legacies, knowing I will […]

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I am Listening, Child

Child of mine, what rage is this that sets you against a younger brother? What discontent stirs so deeply within that you would lash out at me, your mother? Let us sit a moment, and let me, with tenderness listen, for your anger masks pain, and I am not so far removed from childhood to […]

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To Old Friends

There is comfort in old friendships, reminders of things forgotten, of misguided adventures, and the folly of youth; and there is hope instilled by the passage of time and the evidence that while life changes, some things endure, and; it is in the comfort of old friendships that we find strength to believe in ourselves, […]

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Protocols for Leadership

Be compassionate when leading, encourage community, promote vision, invite discussion remember that pleasing is not always possible and that balance calls for give and take that needs are real and genuine emotion in times of personal grief can be a catalyst for others beware hidden agendas when conducting business; help young people find their own […]

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The Pilgrimage

A soft-sided, well worn, briefcase sits slouched in a closet corner, one side agape, a red lanyard hastily stuffed inside – occupational identification. A row of black, brown and gray pumps line up beside it, a thin layer of dust betraying idleness. Silent, unblinking, a television recedes into the wall, flanked by images of smiling […]

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A Torn Christmas

The wind blows, a steady beat, disperses Texas heat palms succumb to the rhythm seduce the cerulean sky, my heart a bird in flight Back home winds cut squalls threaten, snow swirls nipping children’s cheeks, while inside hearths glow, eyes sparkle, an anticipation my heart aches to behold This year, we’ve balked tradition, chosen sunnier […]

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Fight

Pride hounds sneaky, invasive ugly determination guards a conception family, grandchildren, a portrait of comfort disregards treacherous likeness to poisonous histories, past loathing offender venomous untrustworthy, slithers hunts, eludes detection fleeing only abandons face culprit, wrestle pummel, decapitate denial, disembowel falsehoods, render the serpent impotent peace endures when life examined marries humility and gratitude (Image: […]

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Always a Teacher

Set me on the open road, encourage me to cross borders; I am hungry for knowledge, to hear a higher calling. Cannot tolerate chained-to- chairs education, imposed immobility, socratic hierarchy demanding conformity spoon-fed compliance – am too much my father’s daughter, born rebellious unable to mold myself to prescribed slots would rather initiate discussion, engage, […]

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When Fantasy Usurps Reality

Vacationing, she says, is vital – wants her children to experience game-packed adventure, excess non-stop fun – anything to evade this place, this longing, this subterfuge Dreams of the spotlight of celebrity, wealth, she thinks, would be freeing, they’d buy location, nest in opulence, court sanity, breakthrough the pain this place, this longing, this subterfuge […]

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Bliss

early morning mist lingers draws a blanket around us outside the birds chatter make plans for the day children’s soft snores a moment of stolen bliss I sip my tea and ponder the sanctity of silence (The Daily Post prompt: bliss.)

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