A SMILE AND A SIGH

A smile
and a sigh. . .
a thousand ways
the day to while. . .
in work. . .
in play. . .
in thoughtful pause–

Find something there
to make you feel
more than okay
and know
that you have cause. . .

And if you have not seen that
yet,

Hold tight. . .

The very thing
to satisfy
may come with aplomb
on the air
of your next breath
and make your heart and soul
feel their delight.

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AAHHHH. . .SUN!

Aahhhh..

Sun. . .

Of all things
in the whole wide Universe,

It’s quite a good one.

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READY, SET–GO!

Ready,
Set–
Go!

No, WAIT!

WHAT?. . .

Not ready?
Not set?

Go anyway!–

You want to go. . .
so,
go as you are–

for now,
you are as ready
as you’ll get. . .

And you will do
even better
than you know
that you can do–

I bet!

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GOD, HELP

God, help,
when it’s beyond
me. . .
or I just won’t
take any step
to help myself. . .

I think I want to do Thy work
not just because
it’s flowing in my blood
and humming in my body’s breath
and buzz,

but also since
it stands to sense,
it’s the one way
in the Universe
to Happiness and Health. . .

so if
I’ve piled stuff over,
somewhere,
the well-laid plan
of how I could
begin this task,
I may have to stretch and reach
or even climb
to find it,
if I can
where it may be buried like a mine
upon some dusty, cluttered shelf.

And for that,
to help me help me
I may need to
renew
my plea. . .
though risking thus
redundancy,
and sing out
for Thy help.

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WAVES AT HIGH TIDE

Waves
at high tide. . .

they rise
and rush–
not only
soaking sands of beach
but
rudely slapping
towering
walls of rocks,
which are shoring up
the beach’s other side. . .

it’s quite a ride. . .
and hard. . .

but somehow
makes one glad
to live
inseparable
from the rush–

at times,
it feels as if
it’s all
that makes you tick
inside. . .

But what about
the gentle roll
of water when the tide is low
and beach gets very wide?–
a whole new world
where you can go
to wet your feet
in soggy sand. . .

Or the rhythm
of the middle tide
when sea and beach
shine forth
in equal pride,
and the middle waves
can
+++++toes
+++++and land and sand
+++++and sea-tossed mind
+++++and strong sea plants
+++++with pellucid, briny leaves
++++++++++and bending stems
all at once caress
with their more balanced pace?

All of these,
both loud
and quiet ways,
we truly need–
not just
for a life preserved,
but for
the spirit of a living heart
that beats quite glad
and
will be saved.

So, even while we like
to choose and choose
but one or two of these
for daily paths
and ways,

it’s best to open arms out wide
and welcome All
that brings us Life
in one large, warm embrace.

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TELL THEM WHO YOU ARE

Sometimes
it’s wise
others to advise,
when they’re confused
on who you are. . .

if not in depth,
or in such
precision
as needed to position
your eyes
to find a tiny star,

then, take just a sec
to give some vague coordinates
on your perimeter. . .

lest they take
you
or your namesake
for someone similar.

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CARE AND PROMISE

when I think
some more
upon the world’s cares

of people strong. . .
and people sick. . .

of people poor
and people rich. . .

a labyrinth
spreads out
my inner eye before. . .

and I feel. . .
no choice I have but weep. . .

I know I must
pick up
some share
of all this load. . .

And take us all
promptly forward,
along a better road–
for multiplying needs
grow as we speak
and essential causes run
so deep. . .

So, I do best
to gather up a formidable
lust and zest
that let me
see my role
and play it well,

for my soul
has made a promise
that I’ve come here to keep.

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