courage

continuing the climb, feet oozing with blisters
believing in sun after twelve weeks of rain
forging on when harsh words’ gash still gapes
envisioning summits while suffocated by fatigue
– everyday hero –

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never eclipsed

your crescent gleam sneaks
from heavenly seclusion,
gradually swelling until your
celestial belly protrudes proudly,
birthing shimmering awe, dazzling for
a moment before shrinking in retreat,
folding into humble obscurity,
silently resting, then commencing
your flowering journey, uniting
sovereign and serf in a
harmonious symphony of wonder –
comforting cyclical passage.

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in my dreams

i dug my toes into sand today,
i do it whenever i can, just
to feel the soft freedom
beneath my bare feet,
the breeze in my hair,
salty air filling my lungs, smiling down
at the one running alongside–
carefree, trusting, in the moment.
i walked on the beach in my dreams today.
i do it whenever i can.

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Fences

Landscape lies divided, artificial barriers denying
even heaven and earth permission to freely roam
between cerulean and sage without harsh interruption.

Living things, forced into categories, keeping
small and large, hungry and fed, ailing and agile,
curious and complacent compartmentalized.

Even ground escape is deterred, a design to
impede small things, yet those in low places rise
defiant, refusing to be tethered to tight spaces.

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sage presence

the General rises unrivaled,
mighty girth evidencing profound resilience,
fearless arms reaching unhindered
up to azure heavens.

how long ’til i attain your stature,
my strength and confidence unshakable
as yours when you exchange glances with
soaring hawk, laugh with mountain gale?

countless seasons must pass, your spirit
emboldened by fire your courage battered by
storm your stamina proved by
drought: your heart broken by disregard.

be brave, my child.

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the company of wild things

she’s on the periphery, hidden,
unconcerned about acclaim and
applause, appearing in gardens and
upon ornate tables holds no appeal.

she relishes the company of wild things,
those similarly content to flourish beyond the
gawking view and groping reach of throngs
who prefer exhibitions and notoriety.

she finds bliss in the music of soft breezes,
her amethyst elegance bending, swaying,
exulting in the celebration of freedom, embraced
by partners of emerald and gold.

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whisper of winds

menacing footprints are flung o’er
pristine frailty of my sandy soul:
careless, unsolicited, irrevocable.
I stagger.

breathless wonder marred,
beauty flawed,
nothing to repair dreams
punctured.

crumpled form lies riveted,
spirit crippled – but soothing south
wind begins to breathe a blessing
until one grain of sand, then another, restores.

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