Hands that grasp

Are rarely full.Always wanting moreYet never making room,Forcing their way to the frontYet somehow still falling behind,Demanding to be heardWhile taking for granted those who listen.Yes, hands that graspAre never full,Because good things easily slipOut of wrongful handsEither by fateOr by simply not being the kind of personWho can handleGood thingsWhen they come.

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Our obligations

Include loving our neighborTaking care of the planetAnd making something of our lives.We are not obligatedTo the anger our racial group or gender carriesTo the assumptions of scarcity of peopleWho went before usAnd definitely not to the nagging voice in your headKeeping score of all the injustices (real or perceived)That have been done to you.We […]

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Cold cuts

Some meals are best served cold:SaladsPina coladaAnd your opinion.Your heated perspectiveLikely isn’t the whole pictureAnd if you’d just wait for it to coolYou might findThat cold cuts are easierOn the palateFor everyone concerned.

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A few minutes of pride

Can multiply discord In ways so shocking  They can numb you to silence  By their resulting  magnitude.  When you lose sight of your own flaws Because of the shortcomings of others You thrust yourself into  A house of illusions  Where your wounds deserve to be licked No matter the blows on others you inflict. 

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Emotional ROI

What will you spend your time on tonight?Where will your mind’s eye linger?Attention compounds:Spend what’s left of today’s mental energyOn the failures of othersAnd it will pay off in a heart full of grime,Cast your mind on the blessingsYou overlooked todayAnd you might find that your life doesn’t suckAfter all.

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Substitute Saviors

Her armsTheir applauseThe caress of my ego.There are many many placesMy heart tends to run toIn search of salvationAnd it comes up empty every time.Surely if I was going to save myselfI would have done so by now. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to […]

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Comebacks

In real life aren’t like the movies.Often you may be the only oneWho notices the changeIn the posture of your heartThe new track in your train of thoughtFresh streak of confidence in your stride.It may take a whileFor the rest of us to seeThe person you are becomingFor many a great masterpieceWas faithfully forged in […]

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Battles and blessings

At any given momentAt any given timeThere are blessings falling downAnd there are battles being primedEach night brings back familiar horrorsAnd each morning new treasures are found,In the same day your face can shine brightly in the sunAnd later have that same face dragged along the ground.This is our fateAs a species in this worldTo […]

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On changing your motto

People are a lot.A heart full of loveCan be soured to indifferenceIn just a few minutesOf negative interactions with others.It is easy to strangle the flowOf your generosityBecause of someone’s lack of gratitude,To stop writing because some peopleYou desperately wanted to impressDid not find your words worthy,Altering your expectations of life itselfBecause of obnoxious people.So […]

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The First of January

Is a loaded day.Deeply hungoverFrom the year beforeWhile keenly awareThat a new season has come.Schedules refresh,New opportunities ariseYet the rule of progressRemains the same:Who you areMatters more than what you do.So as you make plansAnd forge those proverbial resolutionsBe sure to tend to your character;To care not just aboutThe things you will achieve this yearBut […]

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