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INTERESTING
Had we been buddies for three years, Would I have pretended not to know him? Would I have been absent from his execution? Would I have hid behind locked doors Fearing for my life? Would I have run To the tomb early Sunday morning To anoint his body Now drenched in the stench of death?
Interesting questions.
How far am I willing to go right now With those I claim to love? Perhaps therein lies an answer.
Equally interesting: Not everyone ran away.
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The Spark Of God From Whence I Came
I closed my eyes just for a moment When the invitation came To travel beyond the darkness Into the rich velvety midnight blackness Stretching inward,  Reaching into the caverns The caverns of my soul. Against my customary clinging To caution and safety, The invitation led me.

Seemingly reckless and dangerous, I continued to follow Deeper and deeper Into the rich velvety midnight blackness, Eventually fading ever so slightly, Giving rise to a faint glow On what I could only presume Was the horizon of my soul.
A distant flickering spark Now grabbed me like a wave Pulling me ever closer Till I was immersed in the spark. It was inexplicably familiar Like I was home. And I knew, I knew, This was the spark of God From whence I came.


I had no desire to leave. The need to conquer anything Anything at all, including evil, Slipped away. “This is the place to live Even in the world,” I thought. “And I can, but.” Yes, the perennial but. “But will I?”
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AUTUMN
Autumn Was her favorite time, Time of year. Colors― Ambers, Burnt oranges, Deep reds― Warmed our home Which she adorned with leaves, Leaves preserved to remind us Of Autumns past and present.
Now, She has passed far beyond Even the Autumn of her own Earthly life To a place not a soul here Knows about.
And yes, It’s October again. And yes, I miss her so.

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MY HEALED HEART
“Thank you, God For my healed heart.” A prayer I have been repeating Over and over again  For the last two and one half years. And with the prayer the obvious:  excitement and joy. Yes, for the last two and one half years.
You see, with God There is no time. So I will continue repeating Over and over again, “Thank you, God For my healed heart.” Feeling the obvious: excitement and joy.
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A Possessive Lover Indeed
As many todays As people on the face of earth. One for each of us. Have you claimed yours today?
I’ve been wanting to give mine away In exchange for tomorrow’s catastrophes, Worse, next month’s catastrophes.
“Breathe,” she tells me. I breathe in slowly. Exhaling, Blowing out the candles One by one, One for each catastrophe.
“Hold me,” Today whispers, Close to your heart. I am yours, You are mine, if you wish. I’m all you need.”
Taking comfort in our embrace I take a deep deep breath and another. “I’m so lucky I have you,” I whisper back.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TERI NICHOLS

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A SWEET LIFE (however bitter)



Sunshine trickling through The branches gently swayed By a silent barely-detectable breeze, Like your sweet life sifting Sifting through time Like powdered sugar, sprinkled-dusted On a dozen warm donuts in the cold Heat of winter,

On a dozen warm donuts in the cool Heat of summer morns. Yes, sunshine trickling Trickling through Like sixty five years, Years of a sweet life.


AN EASTER POEM: IT IS TIME

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We are born to love and be loved.  Our brain is literally wired for love.  But it doesn't take much for us to begin protecting ourselves from love.  It begins very early, sometimes from the beginning. We are all imperfect parents, and sometimes we unwittingly abandon our children, sometimes with the good intentions of teaching them life's lessons, not knowing that the lesson we teach is to protect yourself from love.  As parents, in a moment of frustration, we have all said something like, "After all the terrible things you said to me, including that you hate me, and now, you want me to give you a hug?  Really?  Maybe tomorrow!"    I know, for myself, my almost 70 year journey continues.  I continue to learn how deeply I have buried my heart and my soul to protect them both from what seems to be the pains of love.  The reality is that love is not painful.  Love is wonder filled.  But by the time we get to a place in our life when we can experience mature love with anot…