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Reminders

The ghost of the old mecreaks the floors,flickers the lights, puts images in my head    remindinghow far I’ve come.Through the dark,lips blowing ash,shaped by experience,by symbols all around, a story of eternitylike a drain in the floorswallows everything,    reminding that there’s a beginning,    remindingthat there’s an end,    I consider that there […]

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Beautiful Snarl

Imagine seeing something for what it is. Lovely. Imagine it not being something that we lack and not our competitor. Imagine what you call inspiration, not as a bar you’ve failed to reach, and let it be as you see it. Lovely. Do you get envious of the sun? Shout jealousy at the moon? Growl […]

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Swim

Swim. We have reached the ocean.  Swept out without even having noticed how far offshore we are. One moment you were waving a flag, the next it was wrapped around your feet, entangled around your arms, caught in your throat, dragging you to the bottom.  The tastes of the times are bitter;  stomach bile; salty […]

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Zen Man

I didn’t see him sitting there and neither did the dog. Usually, he’s unmistakable with his schizophrenic swagger, his hair emptied in a crop circle among a field of gray follicles.  How we both missed him, how the dog failed to smell him, my amazement in how I didn’t smell him. Listen,  being homeless and […]

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Giver of Shine

  Friend, never rollover.  With your expanded lungs  and your racing heart there you hang,  swinging there  from ropes as an explorer,  leaping from earth into night sky; here you look back, induce a feeling of awe and we watch you, we watch you exhale stars, suns  popping up like acne  on our children’s adolescent […]

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Broken Window

    The simple quiet. How fallen leaves clog the gutters,  how our dirty mop swings from an old rusted  flower pot hanger.  The garage door is  crooked,  sags to one side  like a smirking friend;  it leaks a little,  yeah,  but we all leak a little.  This ample quiet creates a stillness.  Some peace […]

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My Master Plan For You

  By James Ulay, CEO, Personality of Interest, (Multi-Millionaire) : Transcribed by (Sexy) Secretary Mary First Session: Rough Draft: All words or phrases in parentheses are comments by me, Mary. Keep steady on him that ‘sexy’ should most definitely be left out of the subtitle. Also, consider co-author, or ghost-writer heading, instead of ‘transcribed’ for […]

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Italy

        There’s a mama and her boy across from me; on his feet happen to be the tiniest, cutest pair of Crocs I ever did see. I stare at and study their tininess. Breaking in stare I immediately have an urge to get back on my phone, an urge that I fight […]

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Ghost Me Already

          On the edge of the lakeshore, there’s this stubby-legged, five, a maybe six-year-old human wearing his tiny Richard Sherman jersey about a half-foot away from this old man. The hair and thick ‘stache of this old man are both bluish white, looking on as his grandson casts his line out into frigid […]