Expectant

listen

just listen

 

no

try again

 

voice

don’t speak

 

understand

don’t know

 

decipher

don’t judge

 

steadfast

don’t rush

 

patience

a while longer

 

silence

just wait

 

hear

how can you

 

you do not

listen

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Fireside reflection one winter evening

I am sewing. I wonder whether it will

be of some comfort to know years hence.

The hours spent by the stove till

this record is shepherded towards present tense.

 

First a sweatshirt, then a blanket to pullover

the broadening shoulders by the fire side.

Each stitch a tie that pricks our regret over

a loosening grip; each badge a source of pride.

 

And tomorrow’s tomorrow, will they see

the same pangs or remain blind in slumber

– just as their forebears be –

until loss and longing fuels their hunger.

 

 

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What is this dark foreboding?

A crescendo rising to crash our

very being.

And rest:

for once it has begun there is no respite

or repeal.

Run free

or do not run at all.

Climb from this descent.

Tip toe if you must

but charge

onward.

 

Build. Not a

wall but the means

to overthrow and dismantle

to forge anew;

challenge this brutal beauty

beholden to its past.

Scout Purple

“It’s not purple;

it’s Scout Purple,”

Really,

is it richer? 

Deeper? 

Does it have more 

meaning? 

Does it dutifully 

denote our service? 

Does it practically 

parade 

our promise, 

our adherence; 

a simple signifier  

of our Scout values 

collated and codified 

into one 

uniform 

expression of colour? 

the Scout Shop

assistant

continued,

“it is dis-

continued.”

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Against the wall

it’s like banging your head against the wall

that would not fall

but you did

as you slid

trying to flee

all that would never be

all that would stop you from standing tall

it’s like banging your head against the wall

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