payless

About the same time I decided to pursue employment from the perspective of a fun writing exercise, I also decided to no longer agonize over my lack of financial independence.  Or technically I suppose, my failure to support my family and thereby pose no burden.  Perhaps most difficult in this change of perspective was to…

therapy

After a difficult few hours of rouge, ranging, generalized imprisonment in a grief-struck realm, the floating dread verging on panic that can so readily descend upon the psyche in 2017 found some relief by grace of small talk with elders.  A frequent occurrence.  So I wrote a poem:   Store Late in the morning yesterday,…

tuned out

In just a few days, it will be three weeks since I cut myself off from reading the news feeds.  I am glad to say that though I remain functionally up-to-date on current events, to the extent that my outrage is fully righteous and regularly conveyed by phone and email to the office workers of…

company

The daily rotations of location may place us in the immediate vicinity of home, walking within a ten block radius, parking at a workplace, or traveled to farther reaches. No matter where we find ourselves, the people also present are the only ones who are. That to me is a singularly powerful fact with profound…

hope happens

Surge Just as amazed and astounded near incredulous over the fact of the groaning earth yet managing enabling each breathing moment of we masses of people, so each heart surged tear we shed over joys and pains in existence a small victory miracle unexpected proof of empathic ability. The wires and wars have yet to…

Sold out

Years ago, it came to my notice, upon riding a bus past an old orchard that had signage declaring “10 ACRE land lot for sale and development,” that the word acre is quite fittingly only an “s” and a “d” away from reading as SACRED. The selling-off of remaining green spaces continues unabated, with no…

Wealth

What would it be like if the corporate giants of campaign financing focused on environmental deregulation used all that money to actually pay resident peoples to clean up the poisonous messes?  I suspect it’d be fantastic.  Looking at you, Koch brothers. If people can find it in their hearts to be moved by the plight…

Aching

The first turning of the leaves did not thrill the way it used to, when I would shout color with joy.  I viewed the darkened hues with misgiving, heart fluttering a small panic at the specter of unknown killings within. The possibility that beauty harbors disease. This afternoon we walked in sunshined woods, brown leaves…

walk

A walk in the rain cleansed my face, dried oak leaves on sentinel trees sound a clamoring breeze counterpoint hush rush of engines swarm near quiet rustling keeps away

rights

Among the array of thoughts  inducing anxiety that would escalate into a panic attack save a combined effort of will and the practicalities of daily living, one of the most wrenching is the escalating loss of entire species of animals from the planet. Even writing that, my chest clenches and my heart and throat swell,…

Entrance

I’m consistently intrigued by the somewhat telepathic energies of intermingled human psyches – an often unmarked or unspoken phenomenon that is nevertheless wholly present and influential. Crowds of strangers in particular present a conglomerate of social masks; unspoken welcomes or rebuffs; acts and actualities. As a chronic dresser-upper willing to be the only one dancing,…

cold turkey

I’ve reached day two of a self-imposed moratorium on reading any news feeds.  It seems necessary to cut off totally, as is often the case when determined to admit to and deal with an addiction. For one, it is too frustrating to continually be made aware of the many tragedies of now, in that the…