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Searching for the new mythology while crawling blindfolded through the labyrinth
Searching for the new mythology while crawling blindfolded through the labyrinth

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No More Acts of God
author’s note: “Tonight‘s forecast...dark.”           -- George Carlin NO MORE ACTS OF GOD I say we stop blaming our gods or God for "Acts of God". As the flood waters rise and the winds try to rip us apart better to admit: it's our own damn fault With the ...
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Spinning & Turning
author's note: With regret, I cut these lines from the poem below: "as any witch who sweeps at night   would tell you:   change often goes unnoticed." SPINNING & TURNING A year or so ago I awoke from a dream of a cock crowing on a rooftop-- silhouetted dist...
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Declaration of Independence
author's note: Around every Fourth of July, I revisit this poem. Full disclosure: I'm not always able to live up to these words. DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE I'll be damn if I'll be terrorized by anyone including me-- I have looked into the mirror and seen h...
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Declaration of Independence
author's note: Around every Fourth of July, I revisit this poem. Full disclosure: I'm not always able to live up to these words. DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE I'll be damn if I'll be terrorized by anyone including me-- I have looked into the mirror and seen h...
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Inferno Dog
author's note: I believe the whole human race has entered the borderland. INFERNO DOG Last night, I again saw that dog with the spinning inferno eyes-- the one that wants to lead me from this scrub land and into and through the forest so dense. In a previou...
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A House of Tolerance
author's note: I'd like to thank those who have been tolerant of my menagerie... A HOUSE OF TOLERANCE Last night, while dreaming of my solitary house I opened a broom closet and a bundled body fell out... one more mystery character to unwrap-- another in a ...
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Golden Growth
dear reader: The photo above shows that the yellow orchid does indeed have a lip. GOLDEN GROWTH When the Inquisitor appeared in a dream years ago... I realized I was trying to speed my growth by stretching myself on a torture rack so I then began to use gen...
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Good Life...Good Death
author's note: What do I want people to say about me upon my demise? "He fought the good fight." GOOD LIFE...GOOD DEATH At my ending I think I'll have courage enough not to fight to prolong a life no longer needed because in this life I have fought to overc...
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The Success of My Failure
author's note: I never had anyone tell me a dream where afterwards my life had changed for the better.      -- Richard Ford, from Writers Dreaming , by Naomi Epel THE SUCCESS OF MY FAILURE I hesitate to tell the dream because my clumsy words will trample it...
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