seek

Seek truth
Every choice becomes simpler
Every road a little clearer

Seek love
Any hurt ceases to sting
Any failure is a lesson

Seek integrity
Whatever befalls, you will overcome
Whatever distorts, you will know

Seek freedom
From your old self that you’ve outgrown
From the fear of standing alone

3 aren’t enough

I wish we didn’t fear death
I wish we didn’t equate wealth with security
I wish we allowed ourselves to be wrong sometimes
I wish we trusted more and worried less
I wish we focused more on our similarities than differences
I wish we valued all life and not just our own
I wish we could stop doing things because they’re easy
I wish we could do away with all dogmas which segregate
I wish we practiced more kindness, instead of diplomacy
I wish we could learn from our failures and not be bitter
I wish we were not blinded by instant gratification and focused more on aspirations and ideals
I wish we could gracefully let go of things not meant for us
I wish we learned how to love without expecting
I wish we spent more time trying to be better people than being better than others

yours

You are unique.
Your standards are your own.
You are enough.
Your beliefs need no justification.
You are complete.
Your failures and disappointments don’t define you.
You deserve love.
Your flaws make you you.
You are not a slave to the past.
Your present is your creation.
You are broken, challenged, overcome, trying, hoping, living
Your path awaits

The Valley of Shadows

Where the light never reaches
Only faint sounds trickle through
Good company for overcast nights
Ramshackle meals by campfires
Slow-cooked to kill the boredom

A foreboding stream for water
Murky under the waning moon
As the pail sinks into the opaque soot
Forlorn sparks appear in ripples
Somewhere a hyena laughs

Worn reeds a pauper’s bedding
Ashen coals from the dying flame
Eyes close to caress the despair
The night settles like a frigid blanket
Narrow coffins await us there

vana

Silently it beckons
Strums of lyres and whispers
of sinister realms
Sprouting needles of desire
Tickling soles to explore

Foliage blinds the sun
Flickering lights of fireflies
and glowworms
Twinkling gems in the underbrush
Tugging the tails of moonbeams

The core a copy of the exterior
Shades of black and silver
Blurring the lines of before and now
Leaving no trace

Re – visions

All bitterness cease
Sounds of laughter ring
Anger and jealousy fade
Dew that melts with the sun
War and intolerance be forgotten
Leaving innocence and love

All deceit and malice be buried
Under eons of judgmental dogmas
Selfishness and abuse denied
A hundred and infinite times
Fear and bias never heard of again
Purity and peace thrive

vis-à-vis

only asked to silence the question
winding like the tail of a snake
about to strike

only stated a partial explanation
to quieten the cynical grins
of disbelief

only hung on with the hope of closure
tattered ends like worn out shoes
on a sage’s wall

only created an impression of joy
while beneath the clay thickened
sculpting a tomb

Fatalistic

Whether the stars disintegrate
The earth spins off its axis
Thrown to the ends of space
A lifeless rock
Aimless

Whether everything we say and do
All our passioned moments and rage
Collective burnt offerings like ashes
To gods that men have drawn and idolized
Timeless

Whether my love is wasted or found wanting
Two steps back to watch the carnage begin
Our lives entangled in the strings we knot
Tighter like nooses around our necks
To drag us to the gates of Hades

If it be so
So be it

Flesh

Bodies everywhere
Thin, fat, flawed, fit, firm
If the body is the vessel
Is the mind the soul?

Tattooed bodies, pierced bodies, plain bodies
Hot bodies, sensitive bodies, lukewarm bodies

More similarities than difference
Minute intricacies that defeat
The purpose of clothes

Some want to expose
Some need to impose
their mark on their selves
the chi flows

Through skin, tissue, and bone
Words slice and leave no trace
While bullets puncture and shatter
An affectionate touch seeps

Elevate

Emotion
Begin without expectation
Driven without aggression
Heaven without conditions
Listen without interpretation

Rhythm
Accept without question
Respect without motivation
Select without suggestion
Direct without conviction

Vision
Create without limitation
Persuade without provocation
Venerate without subjugation
Emancipate without segregation