The trip from my head


I hopped off that train
and waved at my head
in the window.  It 
was the greatest 
trick I’ve ever played.
After all the arrogance, 
there was fear in those eyes
watching me strip down
to my heart 
and run through fields
of knowing nothing. 

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Circles around God

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On my way to the letterbox

I met this god

who knew me.

So I ran

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in fear because I

didn’t even know

myself the way he looked

through me.  Stone

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gods stare at nature un-

moved so I didn’t

run to them.  Money

gods take.  All the

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pleasure gods leave

me starving for

more and more… I want

more.  So I keep

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running around

the block knowing

he’s beside

the letterbox.  Knowing one

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day I’ll realise

this is stupid

stop and say

“Umm… Hi”

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dancing with her shadow

to Kenia, who hails from the land that gave us the incredible music of  Tom Jobim – keep dancing and painting Kenia

Visit her site.  It is a unique and beautiful space:  Poesia Torta

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the city hosts them all

in the depths

busy – between the tall dark handsome – institutions

they climb to find the desk with their name

becoming so successful

at hiding

their shadows.

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like an addict

they hide it

from each other

mostly from themselves

never truly successful

at disobeying its demands

all obsessive compulsives

now in socially acceptable ways

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some brave souls

walk their shadows in the park

where the bright sun mocks

but feels warm somewhat

sensing moments of comfort

when they visit her

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for this is where she dances

unafraid of hers

she paints her shadow

in bright colours

and speaks to it

like a friend

unafraid

they used to think her crazy

now she offers to paint

their shadows also

one day they will

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Senryu#1

photo by Bradley Schmadley

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You Are A Story

Picked From The Great Book Shelf

Read Aloud Daily

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Senryu and Haiku are a non-rhyming Japanese poem recording the essence of a moment.  It usually consists of three lines in 5/7/5 pattern (5 kana /7 kana / 5 kana) totaling 17 kana.   The foreign form is usually three lines with a total of 17 syllables or less.

new made old made new

I am a new born baby boy

Closed eyes soft wrinkled skin

I am a bright green baby leaf

Awaiting opening

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I am a hand made Spanish bowl

Hot from the furnace flames

I am a woven flowing skirt

Undanced and yet untamed

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I am a vase of glass blown thin

With colours to be proud

I am a drop of summer rain

Made from the purest cloud

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I am a pure and sacred life

I’m made by hands of love

And yet I’m dirty, spoiled and torn

I’m bruised and hurt…  unloved

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I am scratched and clothed in tasteless cloth

Eyes filled with hard desire

I am scorched and dull from blazing sun

Thoughts of tomorrow tire

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I’m chipped and lain in darkened corner

Life never looked upon

I’m crumpled, used and soiled because

The life I chose to run

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I am broken, useless without form

My splendid colour stained

I’m dirty, muddied, poisoned with

The sting of acid rain

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I’m a hurt and feral broken beast

Because that’s what I chose

Why did I hurt this body new?

Was ignorant I suppose!

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Who would spoil such beautied form

Such hope filled eagerness?

Who would destroy a birthday gift

A child’s new liveliness?

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Who would deface and dent a car

Complete from showroom floor?

And who’d sit down to vile rot

Then stand and ask for more?

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So why do I, on bended knee

Suppose to do the same?

Why then do I refuse to see

This dark and sordid game?

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But who can stop this hated game

Of bringing self to ruin?

Ask who can turn the world apart

The axis it is screwing?

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There’re ways to wash the vileness

And I have tried them all

Ways to escape the emptiness

On hands and knees I crawl

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There’re times I can distract myself

From my condition horrid

There’s ways to cover up the hurt

Thick make-up for my forehead

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There’re times I can convince myself

That all is not so bad

Then quickly I’m brought back to hurt

I’m not so easily had

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So there I lie in loathsome grief

Brought on by my undoing

With distant thoughts of who I was

Now dejected.  No renewing

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“Do you want to be renewed?” said one

So clearly in red ink

“Do you want to be made new?”

Without much time to think

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“Of course” I said, into the dark

Not knowing who was there

I waited. Waited.  Was He gone?

Will I again yet dare?

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“Please… help me”  whispering aloud

My brokenness in doubt

Again a silence, stillness till

I stood and looked about

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My mind played tricks and yet was real

As real as I have known

A hope that I have never felt

Although no one had shown

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As time passed on the hope was grown

Inside my broken shell

Although the scratches hurt from tears

No longer life was hell

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Though skin was charred from scorching sun

I still enjoyed sunsets

The cracks became reminder marks

No longer grave regrets

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When stain had bled into my clothes

My anger slowed to boil

And gradually then I could see

Beyond the mud and soil

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A vase of scratches, chips and cracks

Still holds a perfect flower

A soiled woven crumpled skirt

Is danced with flowing power

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And then one day I met the voice

Who asked me those fine words

“It was you!” I whispered to myself

He smiled as though He heard

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My brokenness He did not see

But looked into my soul

And I could see that it was He

Who spoke and made me whole

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With tenderness and gentle touch

Embraced my broken frame

And it was known between us both

The life from which I came

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And it was known yet greater still

Although I’d known defeat

Renewed was I through His great words

And now I stood complete

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I am a new born baby boy

Closed eyes soft wrinkled skin

I am a bright green baby leaf

For each day’s opening

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I am a hand made Spanish bowl

Admired and acclaimed

I am a woven flowing skirt

Now danced and unashamed

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I am a vase of glass blown thin

New colours to be proud

I am a drop of summer rain

Sent from the purest cloud

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I am a pure and sacred life

One made by hands above

I am a soul renewed of hope

And now deeply in love

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