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the spirit must live on


we prepared our minds with
foolproof lies and
carried on about our lives
as if darkness never
overshadowed anything

what was once reinvented
can be invented yet again
and those monsters
lurking behind old photographs
remain buried alive

unsuspecting memories
hang in undisclosed caverns
like misplaced dreams
tapping your shoulder
night after tireless night

without thinking we pushed
onward through the air
like a refreshing wind
blowing away the morning fog
that once weighed us down


december two thousand thirteen
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a tale of two long-shots


there’s something special about the underdog
how he manages to overcome the odds
beating a superior opponent
via intellect and luck
and lifting the spirits
of all the little people of the world

contrary to the underdog the dark horse
arrives out of thin air
achieving complete dominance
in stunning fashion
at times cheered by all of society
at times despised by every single side

october two thousand thirteen
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my shaman


my shaman is a musician
sitting in grandma’s rocking chair
her nylon-stringed classical guitar
strapped across his shoulder

months go by without knowing
his arrivals or departures
i imagine he’s playing her music
to a sold-out crowd in need

the mosh pit implosion gives rise
to a new kind of attention
where misunderstood children
believe in second chances

though my shaman has no wings
his imperfect compositions
sail beyond the faintest star
giving light where there is none



august two thousand twelve
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distractions


deep thoughts reside
on the far side of the moon
where the sleeper catcher
infrequently visits
an otherwise quiet mind

gradually over time
subconscious spirits
escape past the dreams
quietly acting out
a world I yet to know


may two thousand twelve
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