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Open Heart

What is a heart?

Is just the physics of pumping blood?

Is it a chemical reaction that spurs your heart?

Or is it the emotions that empower you in a flood?

The heart full of compassion, love, passion,

And empathy, heralds horror for those who honor

Their loved ones, friends, and co-worker.

They fear their tender heart will be crushed by disillusion.

What do you inundate your heart with to keep it safe?

Do you pour cement in it to harden and protect

Your deliriously delicate heart from hurt?

Do you swamp it with frozen clumps of ice?

Or do you keep it open for more disappointment?

Fear of being wounded by others can be paralyzing,

For out of dread, you might drive those closest

To you away by building fortified walls around your heart.

Yes, hope and trust in others CAN be painful,

But do you retreat and hide?

Or do you expose your compassionate heart

To ensnare others in your warmth?

The decision is yours, of course,

But don’t miss out on life’s pleasure Just because a few experiences were sour!

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I’ve been told I have 100 likes on my blog! I wanted to celebrate it with all of you, who are taking the time to read my writing. I also want to add that my poetry book: Perfectly Flawed, will soon be on the market! I’m grateful to all of you, but mostly my family who has been my unfailing champion.

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Faith!

Tick tock, tick tick, Zeus and Hera were gods of old,

Whose siblings and children ruled Olympus to forward

Their traits into humanity, but if they didn’t subjugate

Themselves to the will of the gods, they impose their revenge.

Tick tock, tick tock, polytheism gods’ names change

With time, civilizations, to represent the needs of the

People, from Thor to Anu, to Anubis, and Dragon

Or Shangti who require sacrifice and receded into anon.

Tick tock, tick tock, monotheism starts with Moses,

Jesus, and Mohammad whose miracles and messages

Are similar in that they ALL believe in One God that reigns

Supreme in the heavens.

Today, we regress into polytheism of the church

Of the broken god, that believes in evil within flesh,

While aspiring to mechanization of self, logic, and intellect.

Again the female god is animalistic and impulsive.

Yet, so many others continue to revere the monotheistic

Religions, knowing that faith is an antidepressant,

A builder of confidence, a strength stronger than mountains.

It elevates you and steers you away from obduracy.

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Reflection

Chaos is all around us. We woke up on a winter morn last February to the knowledge the the virus has spread. Today, almost a year later, we are under yet another lockdown that has even harsher penalties.

What’s the world coming to? A vitus, I can understand, a volcano, flood, earthquake, fire even, all can be analyzed and man’s ingenuity comes into play, and saves the day.

However, when a political figure insites violence, and approves of bigotry/ racism, in this day and age is unacceptable. Why do we, as people, feel the need to follow where we lead? Shouldn’t we have achieved enough awareness of the world around us to notice that races exist, but they have a common denominator: humanity, red blood, and emotions.

Don’t let yourself be swept away by what the speeches that demean anyone, and promote violence against them. Rather highlight the importance of inclusion, acceptance, and friendship. In so doing, you are providing others with a role model that is human, perhaps fallible, but at least, a person you can speak to, listen to, argue with …. in a civilized manner.

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Buried in Ice

Drowning under a sheet of ice,

Flaying, swimming endlessly trying vainly

To raise our head above the rise of the watery

Sepulcher that’s more somber than any bleak cave.

The sinuous water caresses and spontaneously

Freezes as it embraces our slumberous weight into its

Stygian obscurity driving fear into our heavy hearts.

Propelling our entrenched sense of ‘fight or flight’ not to be flighty!

Our terror of being buried alive on land or sea

Is an apologue for the actions we take to embed

Our confusion in unraveling the social behaviored sea

Corresponding to a multicultural divide is likened

To attempting to surmount Everest’s easiest route

To a summit that is the ‘ideal’ we have of success.

We worry so about success and measure it with the ‘norms’

And forget our actual achievements that we need to celebrate.

Brake the ice, punch through the barrier, surge above

The mud and disgust of a world buried in icy artifice,

That needs to compete and surpass one another, and be

Who you need to be so your uniqueness can shine.

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The Reel

One, one, twenty one, a new day starting a new

Chapter in your life.

There is a need at times to wish for a new

Beginning, erasing all that came before.

While your mind slips from one memory to another,

Like a movie reel replaying moments of laughter,

Difficulty, obstacles, challenges, even despair.

Are you watching a comedy, drama, suspense, or horror?

Interestingly, they all coexist in the life that we live.

Life is more dramatic, comedic, intriguing, and satisfying

Than any movie or book you’ve watched or were reading.

It raises so many questions of existence, faith,

Identity, even belief in God, whose reasons for our trials

Are His alone. We, as people, turn those obstacles

Into evil and something to be feared.

While the reality is that those challenges are our ‘tests’

On earth, where we are judged by how we react to all our problems,

And not for the existence of the complication itself.

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Live in Love

Red roses for love and passion

Candles for creating an ambiance for love

Chocolate and candy to show its sweetness

Swans’ necks form a heart of love

Pigeons are for fidelity, longevity, peace

What other symbols do you need for objects of fondness.

What are mine, yours? Are they the same?

I believe each of us has one or more that are uniquely

Ours. We cherish them as though, thoroughly

Loved, like a person or pet, we pamper them,

Talk, complain, vent, and play with them,

As though animate, alive, aware, awesome,

And astonish in its silence and peace.

Those objects of love become our lifeline

To better, younger, simpler days where time,

And responsibilities were minimal, a line

To laughter, languishing, loving, incorporating

All we love into simplicity and caring!!!!

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Mentally, I’m There

You’re here, you’re there, you’re everywhere!

Are you with me? Listening, discussing, sending a glare

Voicing your thoughts without really speaking!

Are you really there? Helping, fumbling for wording

Your ideas without being demeaning, or derogatory,

Or critical of me every time I raise a brow, or cheerily

Exclaim my feelings as we speak, or gesticulate freely

To get my point across without misunderstanding.

For a moment there, while talking, I escaped into my

World, created by my imagination, where justice is Never a lie,

Rather it’s the rule, where those who hurt others

Are punished based on the severity of their actions.

Oh what a wonderful wonder that world would be!

Any defamation or horrendous slight is penalized

In accordance to their actions. Pleasured

By all around us, feelings of superiority or inferiority

Are annexed, as all walks of life are needed to favorably

Survive a life filled with differences in needs and abilities.

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Dominian of Life

The journey of life encompasses extreme emotions

From depression, to betrayal, to exhiliration.

Starting from worst to best in order to end on a positive note

We begin at the lowest times filled with darkness:

An abyss of desolateness that propels you into a whole

Whirlpool that sucks you into a vortex of helplessness.

Don’t succomb to it!

Shout out your power and suppress anything that depresses it!

Betrayal is next, it’s the real-estate of a state of extreme

Emotions overpowering your selfworth and take

You into a sepulcher of pain trying to negate Its influence.

Accept it, face it, then leave it in a chest,

Locked, chained, and sealed with the hardiest

Of mannacles that are intangible, but bind none the less!

Your exhiliration comes with success in overcoming failure,

Cheer in the face of animosity, changes that come before

You are ready, but there regardless.

Facing the challenges of change can be charmless,

Or it could be an exultation so overpowering it renders

Your fear into miniscule object that has a suppressor.

Let life’s challenges be what strengthens who you are,

Let it assert its dominion over those ‘Nay Sayer’,

Never succumbing into the blackwhole of despair.

Let your faith in yourself be your real-estate rather than a betrayer.