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lessons in motivation


if I knew I would tell you
where I find my motivation

sometimes it hides like a child
secretly wanting to be found

this motivation can be evasive
like an answer that really
doesn’t address the question

it sits on a roadside
like a vagrant with a sign
in search of his next meal

it rests in a tree like a songbird
missing his sweetheart
and singing the blues

it can be found buried beneath
a pile of colorful leaves
waiting to burst into a mushroom

this motivation of mine
sometimes is missing for months on end
cast into the open sea
like a message bobbing inside a bottle



october two thousand sixteen
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fighting solitary confinement


there’s no reason to cry
but go ahead if you want to

there’s nobody around
not in the parlor
or the kitchen
not even in the sunroom

if you look outside you’ll
notice it’s bright
and quiet
and windless

it’s early spring
but it feels like late autumn
and this feeling
hits you in the gut

something tells you
something’s not quite right
a subtle reminder
there’s work yet to be done


april two thousand sixteen
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afternoon matinée circa 200 bc


they brought me onto stage
and explained to the
thousands of participants
seated in the open air theatre
exactly what it was
they were about to witness

young ones dressed in white
laid me down on the
table and calmed my fears
naturally deadening my body
before skilled surgeons
unveiled my open heart


november two thousand thirteen
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alive like the butterfly


the moment you start looking back
and analyzing every misstep
chances are you are not where
you want to be
and all the hopeless wishing in the world
will leave you even more wretched

consider the beauty of the butterfly
and ask yourself if your life isn’t worth
just as much
and maybe then you will understand
moving forward is the only option
with or without a migration map



june two thousand thirteen
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