Rebellion

We all carry hearts

that want to

resist

rebel

riot —

let our rebellion

be against inequality,

disrupting a system

that never saw

our defiant hearts

coming

for it.

Rise for Truth

Even if you don’t

rise for opportunity,

rise for success,

or rise for command,

always,

always rise

for the truth.

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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Wordsmith Wednesday – Poem IV

Lo, but if we exchanged in commerce
with kindness as currency
and commensurate compassion,
then – and only then –

would wealth be something of honor.

Strong Language

 

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