Retail Joy

The promise of the retail storeIs that sitting on their shelvesIs the thing your heart has been yearning forAll along,All you need is cashAnd you too will be care-freeWind in your hairLiving your best life,But how much happinessCan you actually buy?There are hard limits to whatRetail joyCan really deliverAnd even its greatest offerringsFall far, far […]

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Welcome to humans

Good intentions go awry regularly,Offence is never far,Fear is always close,Misunderstanding to be expected.We love diversityUntil it tampers with our sacred cows,Superficial strides toward unityAre the easiest to make,We laugh at the truthAnd cry at perceived hurts,Routinely undervaluing our treasuresAnd overestimating our shortcomings.Its a lot to be human.Deep breaths are necessary,Apologies need not be scarce,Laughter […]

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The pressure to be the greatest

Is truly unnecessary.Most of us won’t be rememberedGenerations from now.And maybe that’s not as devastatingAs it feels.Its a liberationTo be here in the momentAnd not demand that it be Instagram worthy.Being finite is not a weakness,As though it were something to be resisted.A life doesn’t need to echo through timeTo be well lived.We are not […]

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24/7 Fallacy

Maybe this idea ofLife with no limitsIs a scam.Yes, we are capable ofA great number of things-But not everything.We want it allBut we will never haveEnough space for itAnd despite the inventionOf video callsWe can only beIn one place at a time.Its unfortunate thatIt usually takes a fewCrash and burnsTo embrace our actual condition.There are […]

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Baseline of Civility

When we disagreeIs everything now in question?Are we just one conversation awayFrom being sworn enemies?One false stepFrom being cancelled?Perhaps one of the greatest disappointmentsOf modern lifeAnd life on the internet,Is that while we can nowRub up against a mind-numbinglyVast number of peopleThat we would have never encounteredOutside of the Internet,We are alsoRemarkably willingTo throw in […]

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Stubborn Pieces of Clay

In a worldThat shouts on the mountaintopsAbout the wonders of human potential,It is increasingly difficultTo come to termsWith the limitationsOf being human-That in the endWe are not God.No new technologyWill ever make us truly omnipresentAnd no passing of legislationWill ever make us omnipotentAnd even the combined knowledgeOf all of mankind will never make us omniscient.One […]

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Mirror, Mirror

Looking in the mirrorGets hard sometimes.Sometimes I get tiredOf being disappointedAt my own reflection,Saddened by the reminderOf my own shortcomings,Done with all the parts of myselfThat exhaust me,Its no secretThat the meanest voiceIn my headIs often my own.It’s a good thing, then,That when my mindIs no longer a safe placeFor me to live,That God is […]

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God makes complicated things

Stars – Regular and familiar features of the night sky Yet they remain far off mysteries we will never touch,  Burning and expanding  Balls of gas  Spinning, darting Coming alive and dying all at once, Familiar mystery Perfect chaos. Waterfalls- Droplets splattering water everywhere Nowhere dry to stand Beautiful yet dangerous  Soft edges and jagged […]

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The stuff we do for free

Showing up early.Forgiving quickly.Apologizing first.Offering to help.Refusing to take advantage.Opening doors for others.Giving the benefit of the doubt.Overlooking the pettiness of others.Listening to a rant.Repeating yourself without getting annoyed.Saying ‘Thank you.’In a world whereNothing is for mahala*Where almost every interactionIs making someone, somewhereA lot of money,Its worth taking the timeTo note the stuff we do […]

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