We may not hold full answers

But we do hold the commitment  To do better. We don’t know where we’ll end up But we can all clearly see  The starting line. We’re not sure  If we’ll have the juice  To run the distance  But we have enough  For the first leg. There are some chronic  Social maladies  That have plagued society  […]

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How did we get here?

Sometimes our heartsArrive at placesThat our minds can’t quiteMake sense of,Entire landscapes of emotionWith no landmarksFor our cognition.Words failWhile feelings rage,Knowing things deeplyThat we are yet to findA language for,Tasting feelingsWith no menu of thoughtSitting in a familiar roomAnd all at once feelingAs thoughYou never knew it.Meeting a personAnd wishing you could talk;Knowing that theConversation […]

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Seeds of destruction

Each of us carriesWithin our own membersThe machinery necessaryFor our personal catastrophe;Unrealistic demandsOn the people will love,Self destructive tendenciesStemming from a sense of inadequacyOverweening prideThat sucks everything we loveInto a self-serving vortex.Half the battle of being happyIt seems, is weeding outThe sapplings that have sproutedFrom our own seedsOf discontent.

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The thing beneath the thing

Not much in our emotional lives Is random. Friction adds up And doesn’t go away when you ignore it. Like rust, it slowly builds Into corners of resentment Nooks of bitterness Carving out a private lounge of victimhood. And often it’s the external blow outs That get all the attention- The obviously threatening situations That […]

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Outsourcing Sanity

How can we know who we are Unless we are shown? Humanity did not evolve And cannot persist in a vacuum. In the absence of other humans What would we be? No infant would survive With no breast to feed it, No language would be learned Without others to speak to, No reality contextualised With […]

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Always trust your feelings

Well of course do not.Your feelings are not true North.They are not our best yard sticks for progress,Nor our clearest lens for reality.Its almost always the wrong thing to doTo hold others hostage to them.Hurt feelings are not equivalentTo crimes commitedAnd gratified feelings are notThe the same as steps taken in the right direction.And while […]

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The hills we climb

Are not our enemies. The peaks get higher But our legs get stronger, The air gets thinner But our lungs learn to do more with less, The path gets mundane Compelling our eyes upwards to the stars In search of inspiration. The path is good because it is hard Because our feet were made for […]

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SMH

Shaking my head. Passing judgement Casting stones Handing out shame. Freely. Levelling my gaze of disapproval, Of borderline disgust And disappointment At this person Who never seems to get it right Who regularly sinks to the level Of my low expectations Whose accomplishments are easy to overlook And whose faults are so glaringly obvious. I’ve […]

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Pebble in her shoe

The problem with her problems Is that it was incredibly hard to gain perspective about them, To ration her level of concern appropriately And tune out the noise of her stomach-churning tendency Of vividly imagining the worst case scenario. Her flashes of panic could not distinguish Whether the pain in her head Was an innocent […]

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