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Reflection is contagious

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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Karma suits you

an invite

a tentative knock at the door

tea and toast and tears

and all those things shared through the years

if I could I would love you more

less flexible now and yet

still we remain

intertwined

 

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Communication cord

The bridge had lost its lustre; that feat of engineering which spanned

the easy ebb and flow and troubled spates and spats.

The cantilevered communication cord between parallel banks of opinion

scarred with scribbles, oversaw the writing on the wall for lesser structures.

The odd creak but a reassuring solidity remained nonetheless.

There was an occasional facelift of course, a fresh burst of enthusiasm now and then

but even neglected it still outlived many life spans, generations of storms.

A monument to its simplicity and truth.

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Bursting

Finding my line is all well and good

but it does not help to flood

my lungs with the oxygen I so desperately need

to feed my blood

so I can soar away from the pain and succeed

rather than bleed and sink gasping

grasping for some hope and some sign

of a glorious descent

and the line drawn by another

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