Sidewalk Bends

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Haggard Soul

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Shadows of night.
Figures in the dark.
Behind veils thick and thin.

Familiar faces.
Teary eyes.
Tired jowls.

Jolted heart.
Silent cries.
Haggard soul.

See the frustration in others and you will know you are not alone. Some show their sadness with tears. Some sulk in silence. Some stew in anger. Some point out the things in others they cannot understand.

Do not judge your sadness against another. Do not judge your understanding against another. Be not a hindrance to yourself or another. Lift the haggard soul.

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August 4, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Cornered Soul

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abused dogThe cornered soul is like a dog that has been abused its whole life. All it’s known how to do is to survive by whatever means necessary. At one point love created it. It nurtured it. But some time during its life, it forgot what it was like to be wanted, to be loved, to be appreciated. It received food and water every day, but what it wanted most, was to be loved. Its belly was fed and a roof was mostly over its head, but its heart was never nourished. Closing its heart and backing into a corner of its soul, it did what it thought it needed to in order to survive.

Afraid that any hand that offered it affection was a hand that would take a swipe, it no longer wanted to be touched. Afraid of every sound directed toward it, it remained in constant fear of being put down and berated. Disaffected, it lies in its corner. It no longer tries to be loved. It no longer acknowledges anyone who would try to befriend it. It no longer looks for approval. It simply exists.

Though it may seem impossible to bring that dog from out of its corner and though it may seem impossible to teach it to trust again, all it needs is a chance. It needs patience. It needs assurance. It needs guidance. Most of all, it needs love. Heal the cornered soul.

All That You Need

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The past is blind.
The future is unwanting.
All you need is in front of you.
When you are presented with your brother, do not look for another.
When you see an empty field, do not dig.
When you want to speak, but the words cannot flow, do not look for a book to read.
The past is blind and the future is unwanting.

All that you need is before you.
When the truth is revealed and some would rather change it, do not swallow your tongue.
When the weak are trampled, and some would pick the pieces, make them whole.
When the innocent are defiled and some would turn their back, do not walk away.
The past is blind and the future is unwanting.

All that you need is inside of you.
When your heart sinks and you want to throw it away, do not cry in anger.
When your tears run dry, and you want to hide, stand in the center.
When your fingers claw at your skin, and your flesh becomes a prison, set yourself free.
The past is blind and the future is unwanting.

All that you need is all around you.

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May 14, 2011 at 6:30 am

The Apothecary’s Cabinet

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apothecary cabinetChipped paint.Empty pages.
Memories of dust.
Nothing is forgotten.

Turned backs.
Burried secrects.
Words spoken.
Nothing is forgotten.

Innocent youth.
Lost dreams.
Bitter past.
Nothing is forgotten.

Tick tock.
Tick tock.
Tick tock.
Nothing is forgotten.

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May 14, 2011 at 6:27 am

Soiled Feet

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Stop slogging in the mud, with your knees high to your chest. Remember. Gather in the tribe of One. The seasons may change, and the landscape may become barren, but look around and you will see kinship in all. Stop yelling at the face of God, for your tears shall become hard knots to swallow. Do not walk away. Do not shout at love. Do not blaspheme. Stop the rain. Stop the pain. At any moment the fields shall be filled with green. Look around. Behind you, in front of you, above you, below you, all is heard.

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May 14, 2011 at 6:20 am

Peace Attainable

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We are far from home and yet we are already home. We search for love but it’s already in our heart. We search for peace, but our minds cause a stir. We search for understanding and yet we search for ways in which we are different. We grasp at straws, and yet we drink from the same fountain. Peace so attainable, yet so deniable, is under the surface, and yet all around us.

We strive to release ourselves of the things and in some cases the people that we think hold us back. No matter how far we think we’ve gone, and how much “fat” we think we’ve trimmed, we stand in place running. We run from our fears, and from ourselves. We run away from one illusion only to encase ourselves in yet another. One veil is lifted and another falls. What we search is what we create. If we could just let go, let go of our wants, let go our desires, let go of our expectations, then perhaps we could see that what is has always been, and shall forever be.

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November 19, 2010 at 6:13 am


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white flag To surrender does not mean to give up. To surrender does not mean to roll over and play dead. To surrender means to understand. It means to submit to a feeling or to a will much greater than our own. It means learning to walk away from what we know doesn’t quite work. It means learning to accept that there are other choices. It means learning to listen. In life we are often met with frustration, pitted between a bad choice and another choice that seems worse than the first. Though we would tell ourselves that these are our only choices, we forget that we are participants in this life and that we can make new choices. We can choose to walk away from a situation, we can allow others to make our decisions for us, or we can choose to understand that what we think as important may not be quite as important as we think it to be.

And though most of us would like to blame the difficulties in our lives on other people, or on untimely events that sometimes seem like they are gunning for us, most of our difficulties are self-perceived. Brought on by our wants and by our expectations, we create from thin air, things to worry about. So we must learn to surrender. We must learn to surrender and to submit to each moment. In doing so, we must surrender our wants, our desires and our expectations. Without them there can be no frustration. Without frustration there can be no anger. Without anger, there can be no hate. Do not give up, just surrender.

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May 17, 2010 at 11:02 pm

End Your Suffering

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There is so much suffering in the world and the worst part of it all is that we all do it to ourselves. Brother is pitted against brother, sister against sister and family against family. Whether out of jealousy, or perceived slights, we hold our anger above the heads of others. As if to use our emotions as pity strings, they are used as weapons in a game of manipulation and hurt. Instead of speaking kindly, our words are used to slander. Instead of loving thoughts, anger and hate are born out of frustration. Instead of calm action, we succumb to the weight of all the pain that has been stored from events long since passed.

Frustration begets anger. Anger begets hate. Hate begets suffering. And yet, all of it could be prevented. Born out of expectations, our frustrations fester. Our anger begins to boil and as each moment passes; our assumptions lead us closer to the edge. Continue to feed the anger, and we will be met with more anger. Feed the spirit love, and it will know no anger. Feed the spirit love, and it will know understanding. Fill the spirit with love and there will be no need for forgiveness. Fill the spirit with love, and watch the pain subside.

depression; photo by: Mindy Ricketts
Photo by Mindy Rickett

Suffering is not in the control of others, but is only given strength by our own choices. We can choose how we feel. We can choose to accept, or we can choose to deny. We can choose a path of calm seas, or we can choose a path of raging waters. The choice to suffer is ours. The choice to live in peace is also ours. Although we may think others hold us captive by their thoughts and their actions, we have no one to blame but ourselves. End your suffering. Choose to feel Love.

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May 14, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Serve Your Master

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Unity in division is still division. Unity against a common enemy is still division. Fractured by our wants, and by our beliefs, we can never know a love so pure. Fractured by our hate and disdain for our fellow man, we can never know ourselves. So often man condemns his brother and sister without knowing he is truly condemning himself. What mans hates in others, he hates of himself. And in hating of himself, he feeds of the Tree of Deception.
Man proclaims himself a Christian, or a Muslim or a Jew, and yet he calls his brother enemy. He justifies his hate with the hate of another man, and then wonders why his heart is in pain. He calls his neighbor a liar and a thief, and then wonders why his heart feels empty. He strikes out in anger and frustration and then wonders why his tears are bitter. There is no unity in division, and yet that is the way he wants it.
Serve your master or serve your heart. I have no master, for you are all my brothers and sisters.

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November 26, 2009 at 12:51 am