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I am Grateful

A poem

Silvrback blog image

I AM GRATEFUL

I am grateful for my mistakes,
anxieties and fears
they give rise to my courage,
for those I hold dear

I am grateful for having
been broken, in pain
so hope can rebuild,
dissolve all the blame

I am grateful to be alive;
my next breath fills my lungs
I am grateful to feel old
and also feel young

I am grateful in every . . .

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Posted in: gratitudepoetry

May 08, 2020

Poems to be alone together

Yellow moon

Image: Pxhere

One thing my family is doing more of during isolation is reading together. My boys dusted off some old standbys—the Harry Potter series.

As my younger son read The Philosopher's Stone, my older son read The Half-Blood Prince. I stared at them. When did they get so old?

I was moved to write some poems . . .

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April 28, 2020

This, too, shall pass

A poem

This too shall pass

Image: Florencia Lewis, Creative Commons License

THIS, TOO, SHALL PASS

living in constant fear
anxiety
an invisible enemy
microscopic
galvanizing
virus lurks
every crevice
nook and cranny
economic havoc
dominates
news cycle
other concerns
trivial
there is no other
news
this is it
the new normal
until
the old normal
reasserts
enjoy the fresh air
(if . . .

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April 12, 2020

The Othering

A poem

Our Answer All-Out Production, Canada, WWII Propaganda Poster
Image: Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Company Limited [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

THE OTHERING

Good versus evil
it's just people killin' people
who knows why
a bigger piece of the pie

gather your tribe
offer a bribe
rally your nation
fire the imagination

demonize the other
lock up your brother
silence your sister
doesn't . . .

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Posted in: poetry

February 29, 2020

Make (insert your cause here) great again

A poem

 Make insert your cause here great again

Image: Creative Commons license

MAKE (INSERT YOUR CAUSE HERE) GREAT AGAIN

Sometimes i don't really see
the point of life of strife
of berating of complaining
of everything

everyone is so outraged
so mean so hateful
so easy to jump on another
point a finger

say things to others
with little regard
in that regard
i find it . . .

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December 15, 2019

Narcissist in nice guy's clothing

Wolf sheeps clothing barlow
Image: Francis Barlow [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

narcissist in nice guy's clothing

To: The narcissist in me
From: Some form of me

Re: The world is not against you

how can you love someone so much it hurts the pain the sadness i sometimes assume i don't wanna take away your pain but i do i know it's not healthy . . .

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December 05, 2019

What makes a house a home?

A poem

Dad lifting son

THIS OLD HOUSE

This old house you lay in your crib
This old house you wore your first bib
This old house you read your first book
This old house you gave me this look

This old house I held you in my arms
This old house I kept you from harm
This old house your bike seat I let go
This old house you rode to and fro

This old house . . .

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Posted in: poetry

November 22, 2019

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