in the arena

in the arena when the child of a friend takes their first breathe as the wax melts away from the wick as the candle is lit in the arena when the friend of a friend becomes conscious of their breathe as the soft glow of light spreads out reflecting windows within the shadows on all …

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it appears, i sit

Although it appears that I sit here, still I move the air surrounding, with each breathe, I pull the energy from the dark roots of the earth, there is mud under my nails and dried clay in my pores, All of history resides in that compost, every gain and loss compacted under rain and ice, …

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March Morning

Nothing but blackish skeletons in a dense fog At 31°, as steam wafts south from my coffee mug, Breathe vapor wafts south on my out breathe, the earth must be moving, Even the fog is moving south. Neighborhood birds are still warm in their tree nests, It is quiet enough, to listen for The sound …

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Tempering

One day under the suns’ heat a huge part of the illusion we share with this reality passes, literally disappears. a discerning ear may hear the stress crack in the glass even before we see it. but on this day the stress line between the mind and heart has felt the shock and fractured. As …

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non-linear memories-a few

remember the creeky, narrow, winding stairs up to the bedrooms of the farmhouse remember pumping water from the well outside the kitchen door remember the outhouse remember cows that sleep standing remember riding on the tractor, while the father plowed the field remember the men going out at night to put out a grass fire …

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the commitment

every parent knows, after the existence of the child, the logic is different. it is instantly clear that the life of the child has infinite dignity. it is worth the grief, even if the candle is only lit for a short time. once a child is born you’ve been seized by commitment, the strength of …

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