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Cazed and Donfuzed: HSP 7

If one is confused

About one's place

And they try to place an answer

They face

Is not truly the answer

So how do you know

One is right or

One is wrong or

One is gone when

All the points are

Jumbled in a

Small tapestry and

Orangutan gongs

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When It's Gone: HSP 6

Time sounds with the hound

That has come to take me away

Only one whispers how

The fire burns with no flame

Funny feelings on my mind

Beating of a heart

The fire comes, burning fear

It takes away my part

I feel much better

When it's gone

Or at least chased far away

It brings back

A semblance of love

It makes the tolling mark

Winds of blue

A silly hue


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Phone Numbers Page: HSP 5

I met a frog

He sang a song and

Told me to cheer up

And chin up

Fly, Fly

He said

Open arms filled with

Red irises of farther time

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Panama City

Maybe I'm a little broken

But not as much as I thought I would be

Life just likes to leave tokens

Worthless once they've served their need

And all I can do is stare at photos

And wonder at the irony of it all

But that is how these things happen

We are individuals

We choose our own direction to fall

But Fall air brings back the sweetness

And I know it's just pain unten...

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Remember, remember

The twinkling, crashing blue of my dreams

Has morphed into the calm, glowing green

Of my early morning window scene

I am at the mercy of my mind

But I will win even if I'm lost in time

And I will fight


That need I feel to run astray

I have no power in slumber

But awake I rule my thoughts

It's been a long war

My heart battle-scarred

And soon it will be o...

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Slope: HSP 4

Darkened reasons

Flying demons

Seeing only two by one

When you fall

Down a slope

And smell dank worms

Hard or not

Mewling far

Away to thee

Open a box

Smell the sea

Remember what you seek

Cause I promise you won't find it

Yet whisper it to reeds

And they will tell it

Hold it in

And you will eat it

Until it consumes

Itself through you



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Unto the Dark: HSP 3

Oberon, oberon

Nay, you sing your gentle song

Guiding your passengers

To far stars

That fly with moons

Unto the dark

Cadfan you taught

And now he sings

Pens beat swords

Dragons beat kings

You really think he'll never return

Then your faith is lost

Poured in an urn

They don't lie, no they don't

He'll travel the Earth

And sing

As he wrote

Oh the tea...

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Dirt: HSP 2

Oh the flow of indecision

Escaping in a mind of vision

Following only stars and wisdom

And holding on with claws, strained tension


Dirt with somber, broken dreams

They used to hold so much promise

Now it drains until they deem

It worthy for open prominence


Promenade, promenade

Little fools on parade

Sing your song and drink your wine

Yet don't forget to s...

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Turtle : HSP 1

If you look past all the mirror images

Truly you will find your soul 

For it is contained in a square-shaped sphere

Open to all its mind and heart


Now look towards mysterious cawr

And see the auburn tint

Find all of its depths

And follow the scent


Look, look again, find the secret men

They lay on pillows in the sand

Whistling tunes of faraway isles

And ti...

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Rough Day

It's blurry midnight blue and black

Corners hiding from the slack

Beating in to break the tines

Ringing clear their battered rhymes

And all the dim sky laughs aloud

Wreaking havoc on skin shroud

Only in leaves crisped to gleam

In slowly dissolving star seams

And all she has

This ravenous beast

Waking to find no release

Dreams are just reality eased

Upon the sand...

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Still a Mind-Killer

I shake

I always have

It began when I was little

And sleeping

In my mind red filled the sky

And bats flapped

Crashing sound

And the fear filled me

I could not awake

I could not scream

I could not escape

And the fear grew where I

Could not sleep pointed

Away from the sky

I could not roam

Except safe paths

I could not swim

Without fear threatening


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No Government

Here's my stance

Because I see so few with it

Politicians are humans

They are neither powerful nor important

Unless we make them so

They are easy to blame

But the fault is ours

We have to fix ourselves

Instead of blaming spoiled, old farts

Ignore them

It'll work

(And stop giving them your money, while you're at it)

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No Government

Here's my stance

Because I see so few with it

Politicians are humans

They are neither powerful nor important

Unless we make them so

They are easy to blame

But the fault is ours

We have to fix ourselves

Instead of blaming spoiled, old farts

Ignore them

It'll work

(And stop giving them your money, while you're at it)

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I lost a friend

I'm not sure exactly how sad

I am about it

It was always rocky

A competition of sorts

Though I tried my best

To not make it so

I am imperfect

I can't help but be

And I do feel a bit guilty

Of my disgust with she

But I don't know how to speak

How to shake her awake

And so now I fall back

To this trench of cowardice

Perhaps if she returns


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Mssr. P.J. Watson is Wise, Funny Man

I'm so tired of my country burning

Everyone just needs to go home and knit

Maybe play croquet

Use all their anger and angst

To build gardens and sew tents

Couldn't we just play music

Violins and trumpets

Sounding our pain through the streets

Drums covering the thumping

As our broken hearts retreat

You see, you were my people

But now you've all gone insane


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What is a window but a piece of glass

Clear so we can see but still its own master

Why would I ever think that transparency is for me

Just because it bleeds into my heart

I have to trust my mind on this

I have to believe in not falling apart

But it's such a nice , wide window

And full of beauty

I'll walk pass

I can't open that door

No matter how it calls

No matter ...

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Reader Beware, You Choose the Scare

I've been a little lost lately in the corridors of my mind

I've been feeling disappointed in myself and in others

I've been searching for an answer to end the madness

And all I've been able to find is sadness

The answer was always so clear it seemed

Live and let be

We can't even control ourselves

How could we ever want to control others?

Why is it so dangerous to be free?


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No News is Good News

What would make me happy? 

I guess it's simple enough

Write this poem slowly

Stop putting things off

Give my dog a bath

Read with my son

Play cards and fiddle with math

Sing a quiet song

Look into the future

And roll my eyes

See that in my nature

I no longer want malaise

I control my feelings

I know their needs

I know how often

They like jerking the whe...

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Zed Zee

Rocks skip across the pond

The swimmers snarl

Our actions are ours

Be responsible

You can only control yourself

And there is a message in that

If we control ourselves

We don't need the leaders in caps

Personal responsibility

So underrated

We own our sins

We own our kindness

Let no one make you doubt

But also don't forget your compass

Because the people div...

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In the woods the darkness has fallen

And filled up the cracks between green with black

No eyes to reflect except hers

Hungry for any hint of light

The snap beneath her feet sounds

And rustles respond behind

She starts but trees won't let her flee

Faster than quiet caution breathes

She squats and leans against a trunk

And becomes as silent as the dark

A call echoes dow...

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NPMA: April 29th

I can't remember if I wrote about the pebbles

I think I did before

In the driveway 

Staring at the rocks

Why wouldn't I?

So pretty in the light

We were so fascinated

By the figs' white blood

Left the gate open

What have I done?

One shame at a time

Let go

Glide down the creek

To the swamp and sink

And years will dry

And some will weep

And rot will gro...

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NPMA: April 28th

It's a great day to be alive

And I'll never forget your smile

Driving us towards our fun delinquency

Joy singing loud the words of the song

Sun streaming through and turning black to gold

Notes bouncing out of my rolled-down window

If only that happiness could of stayed

The way my memory has of that day

What can children do?

Live and grow and try to make it through


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NPMA: April 27th

What can this day

Say about love?

Where was I?

A few miles away

No power but safe

What I heard on the radio

The shock of those voices

What can this day say

About love?

Even now

They still feel it

That nothing shows love

Like mutual devastation

We cry for ourselves

But more for others

They cry as they try

To pull everyone from rubble

What can I say


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NPMA: April 26th

How to be clear?

It's very difficult, dear.

It's why it's supposed to be a part of your training

Yet somehow I don't mind

The idiocy unrefined

Hallmark of our time

And everyone up in arms

But why?

For the first time in my history

We are practicing persistent scrutiny

Both sides digging deep

But those roots aren't for each other

But the shrub above

The shrub i...

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NPMA: April 25th

I may be over-dramatic

But expressing real emotion has never been my strong suit

But I know he knows

And it might be the iridescent sheen

Of my youthful eyes' gleam

But he was always the pinnacle of a man to me

Kind and stubborn

Intelligent and well-read

He loved being outdoors

But would stay up late watching sci-fi

Why I tried not to fall asleep on the floor


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NPMA: April 24th

What is real?

Sometimes I can't tell.

I see things and wonder

But then dismiss it as other

It's just a coincidence

Nothing to do with that

Always just a question

Am I really wearing a hat?

Sometimes I wonder

If I knew all along

But the spirit that guides me

Warned me in song

That to see is one 

But to act will warn

That you may know

Only what you want

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NPMA: April 23rd

It's just a little shake

A little tremble

It might subside

But it might just continue

Sleep might help

Or a banana

But the dark clouds gathering

Make it worse

I'm not afraid

I'm not afraid

I swear

I swear

I'm not afraid


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NPMA: April 22nd

Use that u-sound

Stop changing my word

Don't bite for a pinch

Don't hate for absurd

And that same old song

You're still working on

Sounds new to my ears

Despite years of hearing

And singing

Humming under my breath


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NPMA: April 21st

Along the lines of curvy stories

All held in the hands shaped and worried

Begging and begging for their use

Knowing and loving the simplicity

Of just being a tool

How did that word become so negative?

Some just want to work

To have their skill

Guided by other's will

Because the happiness is helping

Rulers are so few

For they measure the material

But tools in the...

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NPMA: April 20th

It's funny how things creep in

Make a home and smile

And even more remarkable when

They decide all they wanted was out

Realizations take time

And sometimes I think they are just fine

Strands of webs seeming to block your way

But easily gone once you decide

To go ahead and try

And all the worry from indecision

Becomes awareness of its inattention

The web was never i...

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NPMA: April 18th

Missed a day

That's just the way

Consistency is not my strength

But I'm so much fuller

When time's not a ruler

Just a distant face

With a slight smile

Letting me know

I was here all along

Perfection in a moment

Bending out 

Then turning back in

Circling my heart

Letting me know I'm together again

If only for one more space

Of seconds' sweet embrace


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NPMA: April 16th

The world is brighter when I move on

I have to let my tendrils loose

Hanging on to loves of my youth

Hanging on the dreams that I've used

Slowly each day I clear my way

Letting the clutter compost

And everyday I feel a bit better

When the world I see is clear

Free from what I thought I wanted

Free of what I expected

And every crow that caws at my cats

Reminds me of...

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NPMA: April 15th

My conversational habits are just


Bad, bad, bad

So unaware, so misplaced

So full of nothing but lines

Trilled then forgotten

Left to the atoms

To absorb their vibration

And see if they're worth spreading

Or dropping down to the floor

I don't want to speak, anymore

I'm just too unsure

But then I couldn't spout

Decorative sounds

That sound nice in my hea...

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NPMA: April 14th

entry picture

I missed two days

I guess that's just the way 

The candle crumbles

Into night

As we light the coal

Char the soul

Us in the dark

Playing the spark

Knowing the strings

Vibrate when beat

With light fingers

I love this dark

So often a nuisance

But now a pleasant

Break from this reality


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NPMA: April 11th

Common themes scrolling down the page

Algorithmed just for my eyes

But there's a frustration with that

Assumption that the news is just

Another portion of consumption

Not nearly as nice 

As waking up in the den

Bleary-eyed walk to the kitchen

Where papers lay strewn on the table

And coffee filled the air

Oatmeal readily available

The crossword puzzle halfway done


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Ripped it up and threw it away

Because what can I say

When I can't move without words

Tripping me up and making me out

To be as my worst nightmare's account

What secret is worth the pain

Uncertainty builds in my heart

I'd rather let it evaporate

So I'll know calm

Though if I'm creating it all

It might just leave 

Only to allow some other harm



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NPMA: April 10th

Geode or Jupiter

I could not tell

If not for the little writing

Explaining it so well 

Carl wanted it to be a star

To fuel our endeavors past Mars

But we get pretty pictures instead

Just like the stones

In the gift shop

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I'm sure it was just a shadow running shy

Of a cloud moving quickly by

That caught me surprised

So high in the air

My shoes came off

And down in the grass

Feet bare in the cushion

Dew making it soft

So it wasn't that painful

When my hips gave way

And I fell fully

In the night shaded yard

There was nothing really

Just a shadow from the moon

Jumping me throu...

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NPMA: April 9th

I remember the heat of the fire

Pushing against the freezing air

Spinning to balance

My cheeks flushed then pale

There was never peace

Just the journey until comfort

Then about

And my warmth would bleed into 

The cold, cracked wood

And my shivering half

Would calm to the heat

Before burning returned

And the cycle repeats



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NPMA:April 8th

Just a few more minutes

And I'll be heading in

It doesn't seem like a danger

Just another day in the den

Of corporate iniquity

I don't mind being essential

I guess it's fine once or twice

But the things I've minded for years

Are now highlighted everyday

I want to find a use

Where I can still be a human

The first thing on my agenda

Once this all clears

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NPMA: April 7th

Writing this one early

Just to get it out of the way

I want the happiness of no distractions

The simple tick of savored time

A day like any other but more

More because it is

It simply is

The words can't be said

I can't see 



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NPMA: April 6th

Between the animals and the axe

A glittering rounded track

The glory of the weak

Where the tired find repose

And that which is simple

But so appreciated close


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NPMA: April 5th

The tunnel through the whirl

It's giving me the eye

Fluttering its lids

The light seeping through

Is every single goodbye

Waiting to layer

On this lull of life

I sink back through

The softness of the wall

That universe's hue

Is disconcerting

I want my stein

The kingdom I knew

The roses are blooming

I'm bound by them, too

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NPMA: April 4th

It's to ask which song is last

Do you ask?

Why would you have to?

I'm still in this everyday

The nightmare is clear as I say

To myself in this quiet

Recorded Robin's red riot

Splashing down the keys

You're still talking to me


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NPMA: April 3rd

I'm really sorry about the tomato

I don't think I have all of my brain

Most of it is occupied with doubt

Worry and clouds

Of shaking emotions

Stirring me about

I imagine it's like that for many

Most and everyone but a few

I think it might be something scary

We all get our scary times 

What comes after

What comes due

What is this breeding

Traveling through


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NPMA: April 2nd

Time moves forward and aches deepen

They line the veins moving down the leg

They shelter in small rooms by the spine

They tap, tap, tap right by the mind

And all the catch-up and maintenance and glue

It all just moves just one more minute

One more day through the loop

Once more and there's the picture of the room

A memory that will fade

Just like all things do

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NPMA: April 1st

It's not a figment of my imagination

These flowers bending down to my nose

And all the really real matters

They've been set aside for repose

If I come really close to the center

I'm afraid of what I'll find

Let me not use this time to wonder

Let me use it to refine

My habits of waking to happiness

My finger lingering in your hair

Paint used willy-nilly

No restricti...

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The smallest tendrils of smoke rising from the dying coals

Maybe I'm just too old now for passion

Maybe I've let my fear become my life

Am I any different since I've done it all to myself?

Am I any less selfish since all I do is display my emotions?

What is the meaning if I can't remember the words

Spoken to me early and quickly ignored

Blindly through feeling with no thought ...

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