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Song of Dementia

I did?
I forgot.
I don’t know.
I can’t find the __.
I didn’t do __.
Oh, I did do __t.
I did do __t.
Oh, I didn’t do __.
I don’t know what I’m doing.
I don’t know nothin’.
I’m useless.
I’m stupid.

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Raised on an Altar

Raised on an altar of heart and mind
Lit by candles of flickering hope
While life circles like ambitious buzzards,
And the soul marches steadily forward,
Seeking always the pilgrim’s path –
Known (or dreamt) to exist. Somewhere.
Hidden amongst uncountable others.


Growth Slows

A monument of time
Built grain by grain
And rain by rain:
Pressed together externally,
So slowly, too, their bonds grow.
Pushed in too fast or plenty,
The bonds fracture,
And the growth slows.


Beauty’s Disguise

Make your waist look smaller.
Make your boobs look bigger.
Make your legs look longer.
Make your feet look shorter.
Hide. Cover. Enhance. Contour.
Disguise whatever looks like you.


The Sign Posts

The sign posts show the way
When to slow or pause or stop
Where one route joins another
Or breaks and flows apart
Without them no choice or all
An open meaning: directionless


It Changes

It changes
Through life’s many turns.
Closer. More distant.
Whether wished or not –
A fluctuation of time
A force of feelings
How to control it?
Reduce it? Increase it?
Whichever is wished
Comes the hardest of all.


Deprived of Tinder

A circle long doused.
Among the sodden cinders
Lurks a spark,
Strong and steady,
Deprived of tinder:
Unquenchable


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