one

did we come into this world?
or did we come out of it?

were we not born of it?
the stuff of scattered stars?

the story of the universe
written in our skin, our scars?

what if we saw ourselves as
more nature than human?

birthed by the earth

fed by the sun

billions
of unique
expressions
of one

when battles rage within & without, and you want more freedom with a lot less doubt.

Some lessons I have gathered from my week thus far:

1

You really don’t need other people’s approval. But go ahead. Wait around for it. Especially from that one person whose opinion you value so much. If they give you favourable feedback, great. Continue on with what you were doing. And if they don’t give you favourable feedback, great. Continue on with what you were doing. Because at some point you’ll realize that any limitations they attempt to place upon you, they’re only placing upon themselves. You are not a movie screen. Don’t let others project onto you. You’re the one creating the movie. You are the movie. You’re in charge of the whole shebang. Done. Next scene.

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a pleasant surprise

A man, probably in his mid-thirties, approached me on the deck of OPA, and confessed he was homeless as he attempted to hide his bagged beer from the passing baristas.

He saw me writing and asked if I wrote poetry. I said yes, and he proceeded to say some lovely poetic things about rain bringing new life, how Edgar Allan Poe and Dr. Seuss are his favourites, and how he would have asked me to lunch were it not for the fact that he would not be able to afford it.

We enjoyed each other’s brief company, and he kindly and sheepishly asked if he could have a little kiss, even on the cheek. I told him, as I have told a few recently, that I do not give kisses away so easily, but that I wished him well and urged him to continue to find the poetry in life.

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all things reconsidered

1

Wrangle your own volatility. Don’t make other people do it for you.
Borrow weapons if you need to.
Learn how to charm it into submission.
You are the one most familiar with its stealthy attacks.

2

Be content with a bit of bruising and scraped knees if you fall while running toward that which you love.
If you need to sit and sulk over your injuries, do so.
Remember though, you can always get up and keep running.
Walk or crawl if you need to.
Look around. No one is racing against you.

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