The only problem with “Living our best lives” Is that we don’t live them Every day. We speak a lot about Positioning ourselves With our best foot forward As though that foot Is the only one we have, As though some days Aren’t dark Some nights- Too long, Some choices made- Unfortunate. None of us […]Read more "Stinky Foot"
Sometimes what we’re wrestlingIn our struggles with other peopleIs the story we have told ourselvesAbout who they areAnd what their intentions have beenAll along.We run a few preliminary testsTo confirm what we already believeAnd then arrive at an unchallangeableDiagnosisOf who they are.We knew it – we were right.And so we sit thereVictoriously showing off ourFaulty […]Read more "Faulty Diagnostics"
Is a pretty bleak approach toSwimming.Avoiding lossIs a constrcited view of competing.Protecting oneself from heartbreakIs a poor recipe for a fulfilling relationshipAnd yet after we’ve been diasppointed enoughA crooked gaitMay be all we’ve got.Perhaps not todayAnd maybe not anytime soon,But one dayYou’ll remember why youGot in the pool in the first placeWhy you raised your […]Read more "Resisting Drowing"
The trouble with boiling all our troubles Down to personal responsibility Is that sometimes Our best intentions just aren’t enough. Sometimes The odds are too unbalanced The winds of adversity At gale force. For those of us who grew up Under the shadows of failed leadership It was often pressed upon us To not complain […]Read more "Systems Failure"
Beef really isn’t all that tasty.Especially if its been cooked too long.It doesn’t digest wellIt clogs things upAnd the smell tends to linger.There are no complimentsTo offer the chef.Whatever it is we imagine we gainFrom having it consistently on our plateIs dwarfed by the realities of aMalnourished soul.Beef really isn’t all that tasty.Make peace. Seek […]Read more "On making peace"
Its unfortunateThat selfishnessFeels so good.That self-worshipFeels like self-care,That small mindednessIs often the most convenient kind of thinking,That the low ambitionsOf the corruptLook like the good life,That we say “That’s just the way it is”About problems we could actually solve,That we secretly envy Our bullies because they are powerful,Unfortunate thatMany of the peopleThat championed advancementAlso championed […]Read more "Envying Scarcity"
Are endless. Ubiquitous. Almost inevitable. Where we leave our heart At the door And occupy the least demanding seat In the room. No raising of hands No attempts to do better- Nothing too costly. Plenty rolling of eyes Plenty defence of the status quo Especially if it’s convenient For ourselves. For now. The chance to […]Read more "Opportunities for mediocrity"
Is awkward.Addressing “little things”Long before they grow,Taking steps toward sobrietyLong before the first glass.Breath takingly bad decisionsDon’t often happen spontaneously.Those that fallWere once certainThey never wouldAnd many who promised to always be thereFound themselves walking away.Nipping things in the budIs awkwardBecause the best timeTo deal with weedsIs also the easiest point in timeTo overlook them.Read more "Nipping things in the bud"
There’s a limit To the amount of salt You can put in food and still enjoy it. Past a certain point If you add more salt Your tongue will curl and Your stomach churn. Some things should not Be done in excess. Excess salt doesn’t make up for A meal poorly prepared And excess words […]Read more "More Salt"
Cain needed his brother AbelTo be the younger oneThe followerThe inferior one.We know this becauseThe rage with whichCain assaulted his brotherWas not born out of offenceOr some act of insubordinationOr some terrible lapse of characterOn the part of Abel,But because of Abel’s success.And so Cain killed himTo put him in his place.For those that needOthers […]Read more "Cain and Abel"