Walk A Mile

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Highway exit

Unshaven, un-showered

His dog, trusting as so many never did

 

Turn a blind eye and move on

 

Night falls

Surely there is a shelter

Someone else who cares

 

Judgment is cruel, justification

 

Care, when others refuse

But for grace

Small acts change lives

 

Love is free

 

A kind word, if nothing else, costs nothing

Compassion in a world so cold

Be the one thing of value in someone’s day

 

Save someone’s life.

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Second-Hand​ Lives

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The young child is running wild

As children often do

A mother yells distracted and annoyed

Expected; that is true

 

The cell phone never leaves her face

Something that cannot wait

Annoyed at the interruption

Her child’s behavior of late

 

Something so important

Something beyond her child

Something that really cannot wait

No; just a friend who has beguiled

 

Second-hand lives lived apart

Never to be lived again

Missing the important things

For selfish personal gain

 

Addiction is an insidious thing

Creeping while unaware

Life passes once and never again

In a breath, they are not there.

Whispered

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Among the trees

Leaves softly speak

To the breeze

That moves them

 

Whispers in our ears

If we but listen

Maybe too near

Do you hear them?

 

Simple as this

We seek to find

A knowing kiss

Do you feel it?

 

It was always here

Where you began

Every fallen tear

Does your heart know it?

Over The Wall

 

They say I arrived; born

I do not; cannot remember

They say it was in December

 

The first stones were laid

I was taught yes and no

What to say, and it was so

 

School taught me the rules

Do this, not that, they said

So the foundation was laid

 

Safety within the wall

Where we are all the same

Far too young to blame

 

My culture, my people

Be the same, always fit in

If we agree there is no sin

 

Stone set upon stone

You and me, us and them

Keep them out, and us in

 

Now I cannot truly see

Things you wanted for me

And I am not free

 

My heart aches

I stop

I cannot see

Beyond the wall

Blindly I climb

 

Not knowing

Where I am bound

Yet I must search

And lost or found

I will see

 

All of what I was denied

What a world denies

If my life, I must give

To know the truth

Then I offer this alone

 

All that I truly have.

Remember?

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Shielded by memory

Changed, dead

The word is not the thing

 

Fearing the real

Twisting the truth

Of what the now may bring

 

In the gaps lay the unspoken

Not the thoughts that bind

With a death grip we cling

 

To lose ourselves

So simple it seems

Without remembering

Just You

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I know you

We played in the sandbox

I made you do it

You cried,

I was sad

 

“Try it,” I said

You did

I picked up the pieces

As you scattered

 

She was the one

I saw time without end

You were easy to convince

How flawed we were

 

The next play will come

But now

A pinch of salt

Keeps them at bay