On Ridicule

Consider it

a good sign

when someone

ridicules

your dream

or

your effort;

if it brings

no one to jeer,

it’s hardly

outrageous

enough

to make

a difference.

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Growth

Ode to Joy

Wordsmith Wednesday: Poem X

We all want to be the
person
community
business
country
with the bigger stick.

When are we going
to start building something
with all of these sticks?

Strong Language

 

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On Combat

Sometimes,

the war isn’t against evil

or taken up to trounce malice —

it’s a bloody, embittered battle

against policies, systems, precedents, and structures

too infirm and too narrow-focused

to extend their reach

to the people

who exist at the margins.

Wordsmith Wednesday – Poem VIII

Perhaps,
the only thing we destroy
more than the earth
is each other.

Strong Language

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Touchstone Tuesday – Poem V

Someone once told me
that a proper poem
is to have
within it
a rigid rhyme scheme.

So, I, I, I,
shattered their vase,
around which hung
the decayed petals
of iambic pentameters,
and watched,
as impropriety

crawled out.

Strong Language

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Lottery

Lottery and tragedy

purpose to reveal

our thorough inconsistency

and incongruity —

that we would mumble

“why me?”

and “why not me?”

all at once.

 

 

One thing, though, remains constant:

“me.”

 

Holiness

Sure, we’re all holy

(from the neck up)

 

aren’t we?

Strong Language

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