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Not Yet
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Not Yet

I’ve been waiting on a love song to sing to me.

I’ve been waiting on a love song to speak to me.

A kind melody to dance with me. A lullaby to soothe me.

A love song to rekindle love’s-memories.

The radio refuses to play what I need and my CD’s won’t work for me.

There are no melody makers strumming on my street.

No Mexican Serenades under my window. No Scott Joplin‘s Solace whispering to me.

I’ve been waiting…

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I Will Stand With You
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I Will Stand With You

Stand Together and Speak Out

 

Here I stand

Even though

It seems wise for me to go

Seems by now

You should know

I will never go.

While enemies approach us

We’ll fight on for things held dearest

Often when hope wanes victory is nearest

Night and day

Throughout this fight

We’ll hold true to what is right

We’ve built a bond that…

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Chaos of you
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Chaos of you

Stride the ledge
And look down
Way down
Chaos of you
Oceans of hue
Suite of rigid
Colors of a clown

Raise your glass
Still empty
For no cheers
“Drips..Drops
Unholly hops”
Your time have passed
Aging like an oak
You listened
You listened. ..hard
But no one spoke

Pick your shovel
And dig deep
Dig deep
Tonight
The wolfs are restless
Tonight
The forest knows
No sleep

You dodged the danger
Walked by
Every other starnger
Waved away
All you can find
Outpaced the echoes
Far…far behind
You ran your fears
Dry
Gambled away
Your hidden tears
You cry
Yet
You fell short
Mercy
Has no ears
Hello
And welcome
To the human kind

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Real Americans and True Patriots
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Real Americans and True Patriots

This poem was inspired by two wise people. One observed, “You can’t love this country and hate at least half the people in it. The other asked the pertinent question, “Ain’t I an American?” I agree with the first and say yes to the second.

Real Americans and True Patriots love their country and see to its need. They challenge one another to live out the full meaning of its creed.

Real Americans and True Patriots…

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Some of Us Will have to Get Scarred
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Some of Us Will have to Get Scarred

 

On 26 February 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a sermon at the Temple of Israel in Hollywood, CA.  Dr. King preached on the lessons one can learn from Biblical account of the Israeli exodus from Egypt.  He called the obstacles the Israelis had to overcome Mountains.  He explained that America and Americans also had mountains to overcome. “And now it is time for us to move on to that…

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Send Forth A Ripple
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Send Forth A Ripple

“Each time a man stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Whether our life circumstances be happy or harsh,

We have the chance to send forth…

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Theatre Of The Night
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Theatre Of The Night

At night when I close my eyes to sleep

The colors appear behind my closed lids ~

Colors that do not exist in this world by day

But bloom at night on that small dark screen ~

Giving me bits and pieces of the answer

But never all ~

And my mind goes questing far beyond

The western walls and the eastern boundaries

Of my soul ~

As I am searching always searching ~

Ever questing for some forgotten piece of lore ~

Some bright mystery, some…

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Sweet Waters Run Deep
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Sweet Waters Run Deep

Like honey from a golden hive

She makes us feel so much alive.

The joy of victory and the sting of defeat

Are toasted or drowned in her waters sweet.

She is the essence of youth and beauty

She likes to flirt but shirks no duty

From the waters below and the skies above

She refreshes us with truth and love

Of the many daughters Oshun bore

She is the fairest and so much more

She is a maiden,…

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Black Beauty’s Song
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Black Beauty’s Song

I sing on top of mountaintops

I sing at births and weddings

I sing at jazz clubs

in Hip-hop clubs

Reggae fests and

Auditoriums

plays and musicals

parks and supermarkets

bathrooms and bedrooms

I sing of into the night talks and 5 a.m. runs and walks,

Of holding hands while walking through the mall

Of tender back of the neck kisses and gentle ear caresses that mimic it all

I sing of black on black love that stood through thrashes and rapes

A love that stood through hound chases and over the broom disappointments

A love that floated to the top of the sea, above tarnished…

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Yet and Still I Rise
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Yet and Still I Rise

You may write us down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod us in the very dirt

But still, like dust, we’ll rise.

Does our sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

‘Cause we walk like we’ve got oil wells

Pumping in our living rooms

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still we’ll rise.

Did you want to see us broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling…

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Care none for the world
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Care none for the world

Care none
For the world
But please
Care some for Me

I clutch
White knuckles
Of uncertain
For a story
That is yet
To be written

A novel of us
At first chapter
So much
For shreds of hope
Or happily
Ever after

I see your smile
Love me, love me not
I feel your touch
Bit of cold, bit of hot

I walk
Looking at strangers
Wondering
Who are you
By my side
A friend
A lover
Are there
Any other
A hint of knowing
Who we find

Care none
For the world
But please
Care some
To let me see

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Appassionato
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Appassionato

Out of nowhere ~
With no warning ~
Something takes me
Unawares ~
Perhaps it is the way
The air has brushed
My skin ~
An easing of defenses ~
Subliminally felt
But wrenchingly real ~
And as painful as even
My worst enemy
Could wish ~
The feelings come in waves ~
And I wonder if I will
Return from this trip ~
Undertaken as unwillingly
As that of any alien abductee ~
I am buffeted by the winds
That push me this way ~
Pull me that ~
Make me waver in the
Surety of my course ~
Hinting at all manner of
Enticements if I but
Cast aside my prudence ~
Throw caution to those
Self-same…

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Dark places in my mind
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Dark places in my mind


Dark places in my mind,
I dare not
Turn the pages,
I fear
Of what
I might find
Clouds
Of forgotten emotions
Struggling
Rattling
In rusty cages

Light of knowing
Seeps through the ceiling
Casts unfamiliar shadows
Columns of dust
Of past whispers
Climbing,
Rising
Still- born
Of ancient hallows

Before the time,
Of many ages
I peeled the layers
And saw odd faces
Starring back
To look
But not to see
Mirrors would not have
Fakes of many
Of what I know
Of what is me!

How deep
We bury them
And hope
We escaped the dark
Not knowing
What makes us,
Are roots of history
Scares and memory
Of mark,
After mark
After mark

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Papillon
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Papillon

                       Wide-Armed and Stretched

Colorful and bright

I stand tall on my toes tips…bending from my lower back

My neck is tight and chin pointed high.  My hair kisses my shoulder blades

Wide-Armed and Stretched

I reach

My body nude and erect…Free and loose.

My thighs strong and the veins in my feet pronounced

I lift

Wide-Armed and Stretched

High and open

My dark eyes are colorful

My cheeks are plump

My smile… so smooth

Wide-Armed and Stretched

I curve and flutter…Graceful and Free

…..Showcasing every speckle, every hidden hair of feather,

all hues glistened and lit, luminous and…

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Ode for a Younger Brother
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Ode for a Younger Brother

A former student of mine is going through a rough patch. He spoke up in defense of a couple of others and those he challenged reacted harshly.  He expressed his opinion and they acted to stunt his future opportunities.  He is cocky and he is rash, but he is also brave and loyal. He is  eighteen. He is a true diamond in the rough. Why can’t any  of his current teachers lift him up rather than kicking him while he is down?  If I knew the answer to that, I would be…

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America the Inclusively Beautiful
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America the Inclusively Beautiful

O beautiful for glorious themes
Our history’s refrain,

Despite so many tragedies,

We strive ever to attain.

America! America!

Truth shed Its grace on thee,

And seed your lands with helping hands

From sea to shining sea.

O beautiful for heroes proved

In liberating strife,

Who more than self their country loved,

And mercy more than life.

America! America!

May Truth thy goals refine

Until all success be nobleness,

And every gain sublime.

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In Memory Of Me
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In Memory Of Me

Better the clean flame

Than the cold, dark earth ~

Rather the purifying fire

Than the humble worm ~

When my spirit flies free ~

And my soul has slipped

The bonds of its earthly

Envelope of flesh ~

I suppose it no longer

Matters what becomes of

The body I have left behind ~

But it served me well when

We were one ~ and I would

Give it a bright ending

As I have mine ~

So wash away the scent of death

And wrap it in white linen ~

Then feed…

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A Piece Of Heaven
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A Piece Of Heaven

I am longing for beauty and warmth ~

For color and sunlight on this dreary

White-skied day nine weeks from Spring ~

After the glory of multi-hued holiday

Decorations ~ this season of the year seems

Like a penance or a punishment ~

With no time off for good behavior ~

I have already braved the icy winds

Once ~ fighting to keep my umbrella

Turned right-side-out and my hat on ~

And now I watch with jaundiced eye

As icy rain smears itself across the panes ~

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Escape of the Loons
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Escape of the Loons

 

“How can I move on..when I’m still stuck to you?”

(Two Troublesome Loons Sticky and Glued………..Heavyhearted, Torn, and Blue…………………Love struck,  and Confused…………… Hated and Weighted…………….. Dizzy and Sedated……………. Painfully plucking away each others feathers..but so salty the tears, they bind the Leather Tether even more…tightly together)

 

My Night

New dress.

New shoes.

New stockings.

New do.

New China Red Lipstick for shiny red lips.

New practiced glide and New extra sway of hips.

A promised date on an outdated calendar.

A long-awaited Escape to something grander. Something…

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Plucking Daisies
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Plucking Daisies

He loves me, He loves me not… (Yep)

Biting my lip at the thought of happenstance. The thought of convenience, the thought of “In the Moment”, the thought of loneliness or wanting. Maybe, a lustful thought that lasted longer than expected. Maybe, the thought that it would only last a night, a week, a month and then “IT” would be over. But, I left no easy way out. Darn. Was I too nice? Too predictable, too easy, too sweet, too enticing, maybe too…

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Inside of Us
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Inside of Us

Inside of Us

Jars and jars

Of emotions

Some lay flat

Some on fire

Some we desire

Some are forgotten

Feeding on the bottom

Of Endless oceans

Webs of memories

We so carefully spin

Of Now,

Later

And Then!

Inside of us

Fireflies of June

We Chase

We capture

Alas

They fade too soon!

Tender visions of loving

Of treasures we lost

Of knowing

How and who

We missed the most

Inside of us

Rainbows of never

Hopes went astray

Foot prints

Slowly

Washed away

While stars grow

Dimmer

And dimmer

And dimmer

Cold as lonely

A hint of sulphur

Roses bashful

We stay

One

And only

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Winter Wonderland
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Winter Wonderland

The wind whines and paws

At the space between the edge

Of the door and the frame

Its ceaseless fumbling and pale cries

Keep peace at bay and shred nerves

Already raw and overstimulated

I think of the many times I’ve asked

You to fix it for me and of your telling

Me, “It’s on the list, sweetheart.”

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Moments
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Moments

The surface of the

Water dances ~

As the wind

Passes by ~

The sky is a

Brilliant blue ~

With tiny wisps

Of cloud ~

Palm trees rustle

In the slight

Cool breeze ~

A bright white

Contrail ~

More than the jet

That precedes it ~

Draws my eye

Upward ~

And in its wake

To my surprise ~

The merest hint

Of an infant

Crescent moon

Appears ~

How lovely ~

I sit in my chair

And gaze up to

The heavens ~

So still I feel, as

I contemplate

My part in this

Cosmic journey

Undertaken by

Us all ~

Filled with a peace

I have never

Felt before ~

At one with

The Universe ~

As I have never

Been before ~

But the moment

Passes and I…

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Voluptious Cool Breath’d Earth.
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Voluptious Cool Breath’d Earth.

Earth’s cool breath lifts from the frosted field.
A magical moment that happens once in a lifetime.
This moment right now is magical, do not miss it!
Only today will the steam leave the grass this way.
Dark clouds push in with the smell of salmon.
The musk of the soil balances the plate.
This moment right now is magical, do not miss it!
You have only one chance to see life this way.
Why is my life more important than this blade?
I may be the straw blowing in the wind.
I…

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I saw an Inspiration (Lipogram on E)

This is a lipogram on “E” (without use of letter “E” in

I saw an Inspiration (Lipogram on E)

This is a lipogram on “E” (without use of letter...

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silence of my tears

Image credit: Tolbert
i wept when i learned you had gone away…
taking the musi

silence of my tears

i wept when i learned you had gone away… taking...

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Lady Of Grace

I was the vagabond tramp
The writer the poet the actor
The dreamer
 But I was n

Lady Of Grace

I was the vagabond tramp The writer the poet the...

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Night Terror

The Dream has left me feeling
Wretched and afraid ~ and so
Alone it feels as t

Night Terror

Expats

The Dream has left me feeling Wretched and afraid ~ and so Alone it feels as though I’ve Never even had a friend

Baby Paradise

Today I looked up at the sky and decided to...

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Crawling Inside Myself … Again

In There ? image by DBSandman
Crawling inside myself again
I never know if I wil

Crawling Inside Myself … Again

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The Apple Blossom Parade

For the past 66 years, as the apple trees bloom, my little town of Sebastopol,

The Apple Blossom Parade

Expats

For the past 66 years, as the apple trees bloom,...

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the breath of angels

some say the music still plays
in the empty doorway, dark with time
past ten th

the breath of angels

some say the music still plays in the empty doorway,...

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the key

image credit: tolbert
i used to know a very old man
who had the key to open a

the key

i used to know a very old man who had...

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The Commute

Photo Credit: xploited for freewallpaper4me.

The Commute

Photo Credit: xploited for freewallpaper4me.com   Tin can, packed to...

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The Belief I Have In Me

The wild cats of the sea
They roam with the change
In the sky
By the light of t

The Belief I Have In Me

The wild cats of the sea They roam with the...

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Gratitude

Image credit: muah
But you… you paint my dreams,
and make real all of my imagi

Gratitude

But you… you paint my dreams, and make real all...

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Second Thoughts

A new phenomenon for me,
the cold on the highs, warmth in the lows;
cruising do

Second Thoughts

A new phenomenon for me, the cold on the highs,...

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That Lady Sang Dem Blues (Tribute to Billie Holiday)

Image credit: Ann Renee Lighter
“Chile, That LADY sang dem BLUES”&#8

That Lady Sang Dem Blues (Tribute to Billie Holiday)

Expats

“Chile, That LADY sang dem BLUES”… She sang of Men...

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Currents

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
I am…
Caught in the undertow; whirling madde

Currents

                I am…...

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proud to be an american

photo credit: tolbert
i saw the mailman steal my letter
i saw the tax man ste

proud to be an american

i saw the mailman steal my letter i saw the...

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open only on monday

image credit: tolbert
words wrap around my tongue
like a cellophane wrapper wri

open only on monday

words wrap around my tongue like a cellophane wrapper wrinkled...

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Oh Dearest Mother

Image credit: Frank Brinkman
Oh dear me, Oh dearest Mother,
You have gone from h

Oh Dearest Mother

Oh dear me, Oh dearest Mother, You have gone from...

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The Pipe Burst

Image credit: stock photo
The pipe burst, showering
the bathroom with scalding w

The Pipe Burst

Expats

The pipe burst, showering the bathroom with scalding water. Forcing...

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Dancing With Butterflies

Image by,Dan Sanders
Late in the evening on yesterday
I ran in the warm air with

Dancing With Butterflies

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Late in the evening on yesterday I ran in the...

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Simply Be

Why do I need a poetry class to do what’s in my heart?
Why do I need perm

Simply Be

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Listen to the Rain

Have you listened to raindrops falling onto the ferns in the forest?
Sit still.

Listen to the Rain

Sit still. Listen to the rain. Can you distinguish Each...

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Time is Fleeting

Time is fleeting.
It slips thru my fingers,
Faster than water.

Time is Fleeting

Time is fleeting. It slips thru my fingers, Faster than...

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You are my love

Image credit: Template images
If I ever describe
your outer inner beauty,
I will

You are my love

If I ever describe your outer inner beauty, I will...

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Can We Learn?

obrag.org
This is an adaptation and update of the song, Summer of 64.

Can We Learn?

Expats

This is an adaptation and update of the song, Summer...

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confederate cemetery

photo credit: tolbert
white markers lined the confederate graveyard
~a cemetery

confederate cemetery

white markers lined the confederate graveyard ~a cemetery of sorts~...

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4th of July

Image credit: stock photo
#1: you will listen and believe what we tell you
&nbsp

4th of July

#1: you will listen and believe what we tell you...

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The Boy ( and clouds)

There was a boy I knew him well
who had read that if he used the power of his mi

The Boy ( and clouds)

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There was a boy I knew him well who had...

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Human Symphony

Old Sheet Music by Bram Janssens
 
 
 
The tune begins;
Molto dol

Human Symphony

      The tune begins; Molto dolce I twirl the...

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insincere tears

photo credit: tolbert
i closed my eyes
and sought the promises spent on yesterd

insincere tears

i closed my eyes and sought the promises spent on...

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The Bell Tolls

"The Kiss" at LoveWarSex exhibit, Exit Art.

The Bell Tolls

Expats

At the nape of your neck.. my pale fingernails linger...

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Stuck

Your here..Right here…

Stuck

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I never meant for you to stay…But…you have. I never...

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In Memory of One Who Has Fallen

conversations.com
In Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In Memory of One Who Has Fallen

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In Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the...

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Union

Lazily, languidly, she reaches for his fingertips
And entwines them within her o

Union

Lazily, languidly, she reaches for his fingertips And entwines them...

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Kept Promises

Image credit: hdrphotos.

Kept Promises

She sits by the water’s edge, admiringly and longingly. Covetously,...

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Crying Woolf

Image credit: livingwilderness.

Crying Woolf

Expats

She scours the shore for the perfect stones, Earth’s little...

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Mourning Doves

A sound borne on a gentle breeze,
The light appearing slowly.

Mourning Doves

A sound borne on a gentle breeze, The light appearing...

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The Resister,The Protester And Me

Lonely Vigil DBSanders
My history is long too long to name
You cannot name time

The Resister,The Protester And Me

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unbridled guilt

photo credit: tolbert
morning escaped like an echo
winding through whispering p

unbridled guilt

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