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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

It's the Parks' Anniversary

I believe
I don't believe you
when you end your thoughts
with believe me.

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Be still and know
you are wonderful.
Be still and know
you are just fine.

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I'm weary, but
today I'll think love,
today I'll think joy.
Because peace.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

And More October

If it happens anywhere,
it happens everywhere.
Stay mindful.

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Between who I was
and who I am becoming,
ah, there the work lies.

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What good is there
for me to do?
Those words a nice start
to each morning.

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Having become
an old man,
I do hope I am
living my purpose.

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Be still and know
you are wonderful.
Be still and know
you are just fine.

The Ides of October

At our reunion,
I saw myself as a child.
I am still that child.

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Is it possible
that we chose our parents?
Sometimes I think so.

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I don't always
cross bridges
with joy and ease;
still a work in progress.

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It takes guts
to reveal your hopes
and fears
to those you know
(and don't).

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I am thrilled by
my friends' good fortune.
I enjoy seeing their success.

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There is a time
to do something,
and then
there is a time
to move on.

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I am, of course,
now interested
in how we live
our later years.



Friday, October 6, 2017

A few More...

Outside change is nice,
but inside change might be a 
better starting place.


Ninety seven days
remain, and then we will gain
a new syllable.



I can't!
It's impossible!
It'll never happen!
Oh, look, I'm done

And so forth...

When I’m stressed,
I wake to “oh God, another day.”
When at ease, same thought


The way out is in.
I try to cleanse the messes 
in my cluttered mind.


When I’m angry,
I think,
it’s only a thought,
and a thought can be changed.


The dying are still living. 
Dying is not dead.
Stay steadfast and true.


Not the reason I do so,
yet the more that I give,
the more I get.



Outside change is nice,
but inside change might be a 
better starting place.



Lightworkers are sacred.
They offered, before birth,
to save the planet.

Still On It

A day without mistakes,
in my sweet life,
is a day without mirrors.


Tyrants always fail,
eventually.
Truth and love
are eternal.


The way out is in.
I try to cleanse the messes 
in my cluttered  mind.


Don't fear.
Drink a bottle of 
Not me, not today,
and get after it.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Oconomowoc Veterans Park. 9/28/2017

I’ve been thinking
a lot
about war lately,
especially the most important one,
you know what I mean,
the one that happened to us.
I’ve been thinking
about bravery,
and fear,
how the absence of one
does not define the other.
I’ve been thinking
about how
no one hates war
more than the warrior.
I need not think
too long on this.
It is a given.
It is for sure.
No one hates war
more than the warrior.

When we were kids,
we were oh so serious
about playing war.
We had the leftover helmets
from somebody else’s
most important war.
A few of us had B.B. guns,
most of us used sticks,
pretending to rat-a-tat-tat.

When we were still only teens,
some of us in our twenties,
we were still kids,
even though we thought
we were grown men and women,
just because we were stationed
so far from home.
Some of us,
a very few,
thought we were
still playing war,
though most of us knew,
it was a deadly serious game.

Now that we are older,  
even old,
we know
how foolish we were.
How silly of us to think
any of it was ever a game.

So yes, my brothers and sisters,
the only war that seems to matter
is the one we fought in.
All warriors have this understanding.
All veterans have this agreement.
There have been so many wars,
yet only one was the worst.
Because it happened to us.
So many battles,
so many dead and wounded,
even when there was nothing to win.

My brothers and sisters
did not then,
do not now,
fight for territory,
nor for some higher authority,
maybe not even for the nation,
nearly never.

My brothers and sisters,
my comrades,
fought and still fight for each other,
keeping their pledge,
abiding by their oath,
Operating with ruthless honor.
They fought and still fight together,
protecting the living
and attending to their higher duty,
remembering the dead.

I love them,
I appreciate them,
I honor them.
Even when
I have not met them,
I know them,
my brothers and sisters,
the veterans.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

I don't believe 
everything I think. 
Sometimes,
I'm just out
of focus.


A leap of faith is
not a jump from A to B.
It's a jump from A.


When I tell people
what I want,
someone always
helps me
get to it.


I try to be kind,
a loving husband,
even when 
I'm not easy.


Don't fear.
Drink a bottle of 
"not me, not today",
and get after it.


The truth
versus that which
we want to be true. 
Both require courage.


I am centered
in the joy
of being alive. 
Peace of mind
is mine.


It's hard to have
a happy month.
A happy moment
is doable.


I am now at peace
with my past.
Present moment, 
wonderful moment.


Although I saw the play,
I will probably watch 
Ken Burns' depiction.


It's the
Autumnal equinox.
Day and night,
in perfect harmony

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Two for Thursday

When I cherish and
tend to others,
my own problems 
soon disappear.

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Aid the
conscious evolution 
of humanity.
Light a candle

A weather poem

Why yes, I am just fine,
no I haven’t lost my mind,
and this morning’s time will bide,
dry and comfy here inside.

For months we’ve been imploring
for rain, please God, let it be pouring,
when in my living room’s safe mooring
I can be reading, writing, snoring.

We live in the nation’s Finest City,
so it's really quite a pity,
that to our couch we tether
when we get a little weather.

Nonetheless, it would be nice
to have some droplets (never ice).
Understand, I'm not complaining,
I'd just prefer it to be raining.

Monday, September 11, 2017

9/11

I get happy endings
in life when 
I don't stop
before they arrive.

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Today, I plan
to listen,
Really listen. 
So,
feel free to talk.

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Today I plan 
to be quiet. 
No talking
will be necessary.

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Today I plan
to observe
without reaction.
I'm better that way. 

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Today I plan 
to pay close attention
to all of the
little things.

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I can only really
please one person 
per day.
Today,
I choose me.

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Sometimes I still get
angry, but then I tell myself,  
nope, not today.

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Expressing gratitude
as soon as I wake up 
brings me happiness.

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Appreciating the Grace
I live in 
helps me sleep. 
throughout the night.

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"I am beautiful" 
is not about my face, 
not about my body.

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Even when I avoid
the truth,
it sits their,   
calmly,
waiting for me.

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Less perfection
and more authenticity.
That's my goal. 
No!
I failed!

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Call me an idiot.
I would welcome that.
I like an empty mind.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

September begins

It's a good idea
for a poem
to rest awhile,
until ready.

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Simple pleasures
bring me happiness.
A malt with whipped cream.
What a joy.

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Calling a friend,
just being there,
simple acts of kindness.
Heavenly.

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Each day
I have the chance
to be happy,
to enjoy the life
I chose.

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Cooking with wine
is way more fun
than trying to
do it soberly.

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When bad things happen,
they pass.
When amazing things happen,
they pass too.

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I don't believe
everything happens
for a reason.
Some things just are.

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When I can't figure
how something works,
I assume
it's simply magic.

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If you would be happy
for the rest of your life,
create a garden.

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You can't score
by kicking into
your own net.
Even children
know this

Saturday, August 19, 2017

August Continues

What you learn
after you know it all
makes all the difference.

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At this age,
I've reached the point
where I can't make
anymore new old friends.

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I so enjoy those
small moments
in the morning,
before the world wakes.

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I am not living
the life I imagined.
This one is
far better.

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In comparison
to eternity,
this life
certainly is short.

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At a monastic retreat,
the sound of
chanting monks
will fill one's heart.

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I avoid the news,
it still sneaks in.
Choosing love over hate,
I weep.

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If one does work
only for money,
they can never
live long enough.

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It's an honor,
a true blessing,
to know people
throughout a lifetime.

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I don't like pretension,
don't even like the word.
I prefer phony.

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I recall becoming
an old man, but I thought
it would take longer.

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Cats are cute and cuddly.
That is, they are
when they're not
being insane.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Runs of August

Teachers change
our world.
We should conspire
to aid and abet them.

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In my life,
despair and longing
have felt the same
as greed and clinging.

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I don'tr chase
happiness.
I prefer to
sneak up on it
from behind.

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Sit quietly,
and just watch
where your mind wanders.
It will amaze you.

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I accept
that every experience
is one which
I must need.

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I don't fear
negative thoughts.
I also don't
ask them in
for coffee.

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It's unhealthy to say,
"that's just the way it is".
It need not be so.

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Don't know
how much life is left,
but hope to
make a difference
with it.

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A thankful heart
gives birth
to at least
a thousand
beneficial joys.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

This is important

My friends:
love your life,
do good work,
be kind,
trust your gut,
and keep in touch.

Monday, July 31, 2017

August Nears

What makes anything precious?
It's knowing that
it is going to end.

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Heaven indeed exists.
It's first class on an
international flight.

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Nothing out there
will give me
what I surely know
I can find in here.

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The face that I had
before I was born.
That is my soul,
my spirit.

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Moving in flow.
Living in Grace.
Being in the zone.
Fully present.

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What if I
was never forgiven?
What if I
just already was?

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"I wish I had"
versus
"I'm glad I did".
Really,
it is no contest.

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Loving kindness
is the basis
of a happy life.
      - Dalai Lama

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If you can only do
one tiny thing
and no one knows,
do it.

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I trust my heart,
but don't make my mind
an enemy.
Both serve me well.

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There's living, then there's being alive.
It's easy to
confuse the two.

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I am more a verb
than a noun,
more an actor
than simply a prop.

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Doing my best to
not figure it out at once.
Now, where are my shoes?

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Things change,
power passes.
What a waste of time
to place one's name on high.

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I notice that when
I loosen my grip,
I seem to have more control.

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The face that I had
before I was born.
That is my soul,
my spirit.

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No matter the problem,
the solution
remains the same:
just relax.

It's the Endth of July

It's true that
friendship and love
can not be asked for.
They must be
offered.

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While most of
my body parts
are changing,
they're not the ones
that matter

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I feel so much cleaner
when I am grateful
rather than grumbling.
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History matters,
but only if we use it
to shape the future.

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In my lifetime,
hope and despair
have been the same
as greed and anger.

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The new doc says,
you have cancer.
I say,
I live in Grace.
I feel blessed.

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Meditation:
familiarizing oneself
with the present moment.

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It is indeed
the height of intention
to keep my eyes
on the prize.

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The shape of memory
depends on whose it is.
For me, serpentine.

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When I think I'm not
on the same page,
I might not be
in the same book.

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Not one thing
can last forever,
not even gentle,
right compassion.

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Flood your mind
with positive thoughts,
about yourself,
and about others.

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We are
independent friends,
not owing anything
to each other.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

More Fourth

Saw my photo online.
It’s not really me,
simply my container.

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I’m playing the cards
I was dealt.
Two very high pairs.
And a joker.

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Things change,
power passes.
What a waste of time
to place one’s name
on high.

Indeed

With blessings and grace,
with mind, body, soul.
That's how I am 
one with God.

Fourth of July

Some people can't sleep
in an unmade bed.
Not me.
It does not matter.

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The fire rages 
at our backs.
We have no choice
but to move forward.

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Time can't be trusted.
When young, it's the start
of forever;
old, the same.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Joy

if it brings you joy,
and it doesn't make me unhappy,
let's do it

Monday, June 26, 2017

It's Magic

Always be yourself,
unless you can be a
magician.
Then be that.

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The strongest people
I know ask for help
when they are
in need of it.

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Hurray!
Hurray!
Once more,
it’s cataract surgery day.

(I’m hungry)

After the Cataract

All those mistakes we make?
Amazingly, no one
really notices.

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When you love someone,
there's no need to do the math.
No calculating.

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It's not a
normally
kind of day.
It's the second
cataract day


Mediocrity

It’s fine to be
whole-heartedly mediocre
at some daily tasks.

June 26

In my lifetime,
hope and despair
have been the same as
greed and anger.

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Sometimes, I’m like
an old, blind dog,
running full speed
into the darkness.

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Summer in San Diego
can be a
grand and fanciful story.

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I find beauty in
unexpected moments,
like opening prize doors.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The days after the Kitty Scan

I try to show
my spiritual self
as harmlessly as I can.

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It’s the little things
that trip me up,
take attention
from my purpose.

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When the time comes,
I’ll not be alone.
They’ll all be there
to greet me.

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Writing these seventeen’s
can be an effort,
unless I just speak truth.

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Food, medicine, clothing shelter.
It’s all that monks need.
Why not me too?

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We are all
just passing through.
Might as well do so
with joy and laughter.

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Rejoice in the day,
walk more slowly,
maybe even felling groovy.

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Contentment reaches me
when I realize
just how much
is enough.



Thursday, June 8, 2017

June 8

Nobody cares
what your major was.
They want to know 
what you will do.

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When you find yourself
in a room, best assume that
you do belong there.

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Don't let people
who don't matter too much
matter too much.
Really.
Don't.

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I'm enjoying 
this stage of my life,
where I can say no,
without guilt.

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I'm happiest, 
(also most in love), 
when I bring 
everything I've got. 

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I’ll see it
when I believe it.
That’s how it is.
“It” has no shortcuts.

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No one but me is
in charge of my happiness.
I’m laughing out loud.

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No matter how uneasy
some days are,
I recall that
I chose them.

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What I picture is
what I create.
I am choosing
the best outcome.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day 2017

Living between 
two eternities,
we return to 
where it began.

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If you do not hear
Spirit's voice, it's not because
the talking has stopped.

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Nobody cares
what your major was.
They want to know 
what you will do.

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I'm on a path which
I never anticipated. 
It's pretty cool.

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I'm happiest, 
(also most in love), 
when I bring 
everything I've got. 

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When I think about
how I can be of service, 
I first start at home.

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Not seeing 
a world of abundance:
the biggest hindrance
to peace.

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My dad's fake Rolex
is frozen, the hands 
don't move.
There is only now.

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I really meant that.
It was not flattery,
simply a compliment.

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It's unhealthy to say,
"That's just the way it is."
It need not be so.


Compassion must be a reflection.
I give it.
I also need it.

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My heart knows the way.
I plan to follow it.
What else could I but do?

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Another fence jumper
at the White House.
Were they running in,
or out?

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Problems: if you spot 'em, you got 'em. 
It's better to plan for the best.

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To enjoy peace and calm,
meditate every day.
This is Om's Law.

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Sometimes I go
the extra mile,
others sitting still,
writing my poems.