Share: “The art of leaving”

Short Poems and Other Nonsense

i got too used
to people
leaving
so I started
leaving
first.

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Share: “One Powerful Question”

Out of a Great Need

ruok  Before blaming, shaming, making assumptions or grand sweeping generalizations…ask.  This is a simple way we can help each other along the way…often…not always…but often enough, this one question can make a big difference and has the potential to defuse a situation before it gets out of hand.

If and when you do ask, wait patiently for a reply.  No need to fill the silence.  When I volunteered as a hospital chaplain, a hospice volunteer explained to me that he always silently counts to ten before continuing the conversation.  That silence lets the person know you are sincere and available to listen and a heartfelt conversation usually transpires. You would be amazed by the difference waiting ten seconds (and genuine listening) can make.

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Share: “Around us, life bursts forth with miracles”

Zen Flash

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“Around us, life bursts forth with miracles—a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere.

Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings.

When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

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Share: “Poetry black tar”

Therapy Bits

i wonder
will i ever be free
free to be me
free to be a kid
is it possible
these are my thoughts
as i sit here swimming
in pain and terror
i dont feel together
i am falling apart
emotionally i feel like black tar
cant get through it
get to the other side
always having to hide
hide hide hide
memories flow
oh where can i go
my head pounds
i am afraid to make a sound
eyes burn
stomach churns
afraid, afraid
afraid of this day
will it ever be over?

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Share: “How To Pinpoint Your Strengths As A Writer (And Make The Most Of Them!)”

Melanie V. Logan

As a writer, you’re constantly honing your craft—reading widely, seeking feedback, and considering the constructive criticism of others. Part of this process is learning how to recognize your own writing strengths. But it’s not always easy to judge yourself objectively, so Writer’s Relief has put together five ways to recognize the areas in which you truly shine:

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Share: “From sadness, to you (poem)”

La Petite Fin

I meant to write about my quiet mind,
mere existence, sheltered against the rain
falling only around me, but sadness came
and wrapped its drops inside of me,
all-over through me; you know
I cannot resist to softly drown inside

Sadness and me, we live like one, then,
inside my upside-down world
Fill my mind with flooded deserts, before
we swim into oceans long since dried
And sadness, tell me I need you
Cover me in your soft blue shell
I shrink like Alice, fade me out, then
wear my body like a vacancy sign

Sadness, we, together; I am all alone
So for now, consume me
In tender absence cool my blood
and free me from life’s longing –

But I need you now, in spite of me;
Miles away, I can almost touch –
But mute, I cannot tell you –

I wrap myself up, away from me,

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