Inside out

Some poems and reflections on life


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Speak well

Speak well of others
That they might speak well
Of you

What if
There is nothing well to say
Of another
Nothing I can truly say
Another has done well to
Speak of

Do I stay silent
And in my silence speak badly
Of the other’s
Lack

Of do I find some trivial
Good ness and
In my speaking make the other
Trivial

Speak well of others
That they might speak well
Of you

How can I speak well of others
When I fail to speak well of me

When my internal
Self talk
Chatter
Continually points fault
At every action

When I apologise for
My presence in the room

When I list my short comings
So others do not think me proud

When I refuse to accept praise and thanks
And say it was nothing

Speak well of yourself
So you can speak well of others


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I swallowed a grain of sand

(best read out loud)

Breathe in; breathe out

Breathe out hold relax pause

Gently breathe in and let

The air pass through you …

I swallowed a grain

A grain of sand

A sand of grain

That caused a pain

I hid it down deep

Deep inside

Inside down deep

A secret to keep

Breathe in; breathe out

Breathe out hold relax pause

Gently breathe in and let

The air pass through you …

A hurt that swelled

Swelled and grew

Grew and swelled

Noone to tell

I built a wall

A wall around

Around a wall

Safe and sound

 Breathe in; breathe out

Breathe out hold relax pause

Gently breathe in and let

The air pass through you …

Until

One small tiny, tender shoot of a root

Crept quietly

Wrigglingly squirming worming

Through the cracky gap

Rested

Waited

Watched

Touched

Embraced

Cared

Breathe in; breathe out

Breathe out hold relax pause

Gently breathe in and let

The air pass through you …

You named that pain

That pain of shame

That shame of pain

And whence it came

You held me tight

Switched the light

Lighted the switch

And made me fight

Cold hard foolish truth

Crumbled to dust

Leaving only scars behind

 Breathe in; breathe out

Breathe out hold relax pause

Gently breathe in and let

The air pass through you …


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A moment

Take a moment to pause
A moment to listen
A moment to watch
A moment to be;

A moment is passing
It won’t be here long
Just as you can take it
Another will come along;

Share in a moment
Before it slips by
Its never too late
If now is your time.

Remembering Gene and all the moments he shared with us.


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Say “Yes!”

Say “Yes!” to the rain, to the pain,

that drives through your bones and soaks you again;

Say “Yes!” to the troubled and stray

who bother your soul and haunt your day;

Say “Yes!” to the strange and the queer

who lead you down roads you don’t normally steer;

Say “Yes!’ to the things you love to hate

to the shit piled high up to your gate;

Don’t turn away and ignore the strife;

Say “Yes!’ to life.