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POETRY

That wind is from the North, I know it well;
No other breeze could have so wild a swell.
Now deep and loud it thunders round my cell,
The faintly dies,
And softly sighs,
And moans and murmurs mournfully.
I know its language; thus is speaks to me —
‘I have passed over thy own mountains dear,
Thy northern mountains — and they still are free,
Still lonely, wild, majestic, bleak and drear,
And stern and lovely, as they used to be
When thou, a young enthusiast,
As wild and free as they,
O’er rocks and glens and snowy heights
Didst often love to stray.

I’ve blown the wild untrodden snows
In whirling eddies from their brows,
And I have howled in caverns wild
Where thou, a joyous mountain child,
Didst dearly love to be.
The sweet world is not changed, but thou
Art pining in a dungeon now,
Where thou must ever be;
No voice but mine can reach thine ear,
And Heaven has kindly sent me here,
To mourn and sigh with thee,
And tell thee of the cherished land
Of thy nativity.’

Blow on, wild wind, thy solemn voice,
However sad and drear,
Is nothing to the gloomy silence
I have had to bear.

Hot tears are streaming from my eyes,
But these are better far
Than that dull gnawing tearless [time]
The stupor of despair.

Confined and hopeless as I am,
O speak of liberty,
O tell me of my mountain home,

Intense

“INTENSITY!” a poem May 18, 2019 (Saturday)

When other people tell you:
How-you-should-be-What-you-should-do-Who-&-What-you are,
Things-can-get-a-might-intense! (pause) Who-is driv-ing your-car?
YOU! can drive your car! any way & any where you want!
You have to decide – whether to KICK or punt!
YOU – have to factor – whatever-you-want -IN;
You-decide: what-will-and-won’t-be-sin!
Because: LIFE IS SIN; we never really hit The Mark,
Except FOR A MOMENT! That’s when we PARK!
And we only park our cars – around here, for “just a blink,”
The-rest-of-the-time-we’re-driving! {Some-people! “to-the-brink!”}
And, when you pout, it’s-only because you’ve hit the wall,
And, with-bloody-appendages, you-eventually kind-of stall,
Because you’re beating YOURSELF up and, it really hurts so much,
That your hands-&-head-&-feet give up! Give-up-all-sense-of-touch.
IF-you orchestrate what’s-best-for-you;
You can be healthy and happy, but-remember-this-to:
“What’s best for you – is OFTEN – helping another!
The person on your doorstep – is-your-sister-or-brother!
Their needs are often as important – as your-own, my Dear!
BUT YOU HAVE TO DECIDE THAT – and, really! NEVER FEAR,
That what you are doing is wrong and/or mis-leading;
You’ll gain understanding – no-matter-HOW-YOU’RE-bleeding!!**
INTENSITY! Who needs it! Who wants it! The answer’s CLEAR:
People who set up standards of perfection, denying a friend a beer,
Saying: “Your alcohol – and cigarettes – and pain meds should be discarded;
They-are- only ‘crutches’ for the weak and the retarded,
And people who go to church are weak!
And people that don’t think like me – are ‘up the creek,’
And I know what’s going on and that what I say makes sense,
And I – I – I – I – I, for you, may-be too intense!”
MAYBE SO, but happy lives, I’ve seldom ever seen,
But, I think, maybe – HELPFUL FOLKS – are the ones to whom I’ll lean,
But not the ones who force themselves – to-be-helpful-as-a-routine,
But-THE-ONES-who-kinda-smile* – and-TRY-not-to-be too-“intently”-mean!

fin <3

  • – but not to be seen as a smiling person! Yeah! Just naturally! No force; just love
    ** – or is that BLEATing, like a sheep?

Mystic Poet ~ Temp

“TEMP?” a poem, a.k.a.: “The Usual, Terrible State!” May 17, 2019 [Friday]

Temporary – moments! States-of-lucidity, holding-IT-together-but-few-&-far-between!
We ARE – the weakest and most miserable creatures that ANYONE has [I’ve] ever seen!

Around HERE! We’re just A MESS, most of the while!

When you see “her,” out-in-public, with her real cool smile,
DRESSED UP AND OH! SO-FRAGRANT!
It’s-“short-lived, Baby!” “The Deception’s” -ridiculously-FLAGRANT!
For, often, in about an hour or so,
She’ll COMPLETELY FALL APART, y’-know?!
She’ll-then SCREAM AND YELL AND JUMP ABOUT,
For-she’s-been-HOLDING-IN – her USUAL POUT!

WE ARE PRETTY MUCH – USUALLY – JUST CRAZY AND WILD,
Unless-we-have-a-nice-house-food-and-lots-of-meds, to make us mild!!

We have to sleep, and get over everything, especially The Flu,
We’re USUALLY – stinky and rotten, through and through!

And – YOU TELL ME [that] YOU WANNA LIVE WITH SOMEONE FOR 24/7?

Yeah! and you’re ALSO – the one who thinks there-is A Heaven!!
Well, that’s certainly something TO TALK ABOUT ,
When you are full! AND, especially, AFTER YOUR POUT!
AND – after you have put on deodorant-stick, after your shower!
HELL is the usual state ’round here, almost every hour!

So, is there any good reason to hang out with anyone – for any length of time?
Well, WE ARE FORCED TO DO IT WITH OURSELVES! Is it a crime,
To HOPE – that someone will accept us – THE MISERABLE WAY WE ARE?
I dunno! It’s DOES seem to be the case, but – I haven’t got very far!
We’re just a bunch of humans, squirming, mostly around!
It surely is nice, though, if anyone will-make-a-pleasant sound,
In [YOUR] [my] direction! even if [YOU] [I] don’t deserve-it!
Could YOU? perhaps? Love-me!? BUT – wait-’til-I-get-over-my-“snit!”

fin <3

39 Things Horrible you might say ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

“30 HORRIBLE, CLEVER THINGS YOU MIGHT SAY!” a poem May 18, 2019 [Sat.]
30 things because my birthday is on May 30th! Yes! This month! This year! Thanks!

(1) I’m gonna squish you, like the bug you are!*
(2) Let’s make this better! (3) I love you more, by far,
Than Him!** (4) You’ll be better SOON!
(5) Fly me! (pause) to the moon,
Because – (6) You’re [Are-you] in a bad place?!
(7) I wanna kiss your face!
(8) You need to check this out!
(9) I’m OK! (10) I just need to pout!
(11) I need time alone! (12) I have no appetite!
(13) I’m sorry you’re bleeding! [I did-not mean to bite!]
(14) You need SALVATION! (15) Would you please read this?
(16) Your grandma is in the other room; IF you love her, give her a kiss!
(17) Let’s hear what you’ve prepared!
(18) THIS! really needs to be shared!
(19) May I help you! (20) Yes! (21) Shove it – up your – – –
(22) I’m afraid I may have gas!
(23) We’re only human, after all!
(24) When I’m done [with that] I’ll give you a call!
(25) I am intense, so you may not be able to be with me!
(26) So, we’d better just take time off! (27) Can’t you just LET IT BE?

(28) Let it be; let it be; let it be; let it be-e-e-e!
(29) Sentiments-like-that-can-be-LA-ZY! (30) Won’t you-please – just-shoot-me-e-e-e?

fin <3

* – perhaps the least offensive one in the group, although that it open for discussion!
** – or Her, or whatever

Sad Story about someone long ago I once knew ~

Do you think youโ€™re seen her naked, because she took her clothes off

Tell me about her dreams

Tell me what breaks her heart

What is she passionate about

And what makes her cry ?

Tel me abut her childhood. Better yet. Tell me a story youโ€™re not in

Youโ€™re seen her skin, and youโ€™re touched her body

But you still know as much about her book, you once found, but never got to open it

My DAD DIED

The day my father died, I was at the grocery store buying bananas.

I remember thinking to myself, โ€œThis is insane. Your dad just died. Why the hell are you buying bananas?โ€

But we needed bananas. Weโ€™d be waking up for breakfast tomorrow morning, and there wouldnโ€™t be any bananasโ€”so there I was.

And lots of other stuff still needed doing too, so over the coming days I would navigate parking lots, wait in restaurant lines, and sit on park benches; pushing back tears, fighting to stay upright, and in general always being seconds from a total, blubbering, room-clearing freak out.

I wanted to wear a sign that said: I JUST LOST MY DAD. PLEASE GO EASY.

Unless anyone passing by looked deeply into my bloodshot eyes or noticed the occasional break in my voice and thought enough to ask, itโ€™s not like theyโ€™d have known whatโ€™s happening inside me or around me. They wouldnโ€™t have had any idea of the gaping sinkhole that had just opened up and swallowed the normal life of the guy next to them in the produce section.

And while I didnโ€™t want to physically wear my actual circumstances on my chest, it probably would have caused people around me to give me space or speak softer or move more carefully,โ€”and it might have made the impossible, almost bearable. 

Everyone around you; the people you share the grocery store line with, pass in traffic, sit next to at work, encounter on social media, and see across the kitchen tableโ€”theyโ€™re all experiencing the collateral damage of living. They are all grieving someone, missing someone, worried about someone. Their marriages are crumbling or their mortgage payment is late or theyโ€™re waiting on their childโ€™s test results, or theyโ€™re getting bananas five years after a death and still pushing back tears because the loss feels as real as it did that first day.

Every single human being you pass by today is fighting to find peace and to push back fear; to get through their daily tasks without breaking down in front of the bananas or in the carpool line or at the post office.

Maybe they arenโ€™t mourning the sudden, tragic passing of a parent, but wounded, exhausted, pain-ravaged people are everywhere, everydaystumbling all around usโ€”and yet most of the time weโ€™re fairly oblivious to them:

Parents whose children are terminally ill.
Couples in the middle of divorce.
People grieving loss of loved ones and relationships. 

Kids being bullied at school.
Teenagers who want to end their lives.
People marking the anniversary of a death.
Parents worried about their depressed teenager.

Spouses whose partners are deployed in combat.
Families with no idea how to keep the lights on.
Single parents with little help and little sleep.

Everyone is grieving and worried and fearful, and yet none of them wear the signs, none of them have labels, and none of them come with written warnings reading, Iโ€™M STRUGGLING. BE NICE TO ME.

And since they donโ€™t, itโ€™s up to you and me to look more closely and more deeply at everyone around us: at work or at the gas station or in the produce section, and to never assume they arenโ€™t all just hanging by a thread. Because most people are hanging by a threadโ€”and our simple kindness can be that thread.

We need to remind ourselves  just how hard the hidden stories around us might be, and to approach each person as a delicate, breakable, invaluable treasureโ€”and to handle them with care.

As you make your way through the world today, people wonโ€™t be wearing signs to announce their mourning or to alert you to the attrition or to broadcast how terrified they areโ€”but if you look with the right eyes, youโ€™ll see the signs.

There are grieving people all around you.

Go easy.

Get Johnโ€™s book, โ€˜Hope and Other Superpowersโ€™ HERE.

The Dad Died

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