Ordinary Moments

 

Memories came flooding back today.

Simple things, like when I grabbed your

hand for the very first time, and when

you touched my heart for the very last.

 

Two ordinary moments that forever mixed

up everything, that set everything on fire

before we ever learned about forgetting.

Ordinary moments are sometimes like that.

 

Even if memories are not.

 

Peace

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Sheltered

 

Sheltered in place with no where to hide, I am

Constantly wiping clean my touchscreen

fingerprints – mostly under some false

Pretense that I can somehow start

Over again, as if none of this

Ever happened, as if by our

Hands alone we could

Contain any more

Damage

 

Peace

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Foraging

 

The squirrels are out in force this morning, successfully digging up fresh supplies. No lines, no waiting.

But not much social distancing going on.

I’ve been watching them for a bit from my window while I sit here, sipping a cup of coffee. I’m trying to draw some lessons from their behavior but so far . . . nothing.

I’m still working, although my commute no longer involves being squeezed in between a hundred plus other New Yorkers on the way to who knows what.

Our own means of foraging I suppose.

Shut downs, shut ins, shut outs – all happening as temporary but life changing plans continue to unfold.

But with great challenges come great responsibility.

And greater faith.

To be honest, I’m still working on that last one.

Along with some much needed additional patience.

Peace

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Disoriented

 

Displacement, disruption, social destitution.

Every protocol becomes suspect once the walls of normalcy are breached.

Deciding only how far, how long, how wanton our removal.

Isolation and destruction tendered from above.

With nothing to walk back. Not today.

For the greater good

Of course.

 

Peace

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Rediscover

 

Today, we rediscover ourselves

Peeling away layers of fossilized deceit, we begin to uncover an innocence long ago suppressed but never forgotten

Discarding yesterday’s tears like some day old coffee long exposed to the elements, we brew up a fresh cup

Exposing closeted misconceptions about a lifetime of failure, we realize that detachment no longer justifies even our most fanciful aloofness

Today, we rediscover ourselves

Floating high above the groundless ruins that always just stood in the way

 

Peace

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Quarantined

Shelter in place

and take a deep breath –

But not too deep

(I don’t want your germs)

Step to the side

and give me some distance –

But not too far

(I still need your love)

Search for a new way

and start over again –

But reject any progress

(I demand your normalcy)

 

Peace

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Answers

 

Failure to execute your latest plans changes nothing.

Insist, if you must, that you still have the will, but

acknowledge your own lack of foresight and

honor. For only when it all falls apart

will you finally demand answers to

the questions you never once

even bothered to ask.

 

Peace

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Change

It’s not as if you can change the course of history.

Or even much move the needle.

Only the great ones can do that. And often, not even them.

Why isn’t it enough just to step outside again – bamboozling anyone attempting to steal your pity while quickening your own self-hatred and guilt?

Sure, offer back all that you’ve taken. But hold on to all that you’ve been freely given.

And keep the change.

Peace

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Panic

Perched on a foundation both exquisite and terrifying, we don’t always get the balance right.

Panic often requires a period of brain-numbed complacency where boredom satiates like some pill popping addict’s latest hit.

But then it all falls apart. Suddenly every fear seems justified, every failure predetermined.

In those moments of deep distress – when fear, depression, and anxiety substitute all too easily for rational thought – panic feels almost soothing.

But panic also clarifies.

Because we can better understand what genuine powerlessness feels like in the face of all things both awesome and awful.

It’s only then when we may finally discover that true rest and reassurance are as much eternal as internal.

Peace

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Bells

 

There in the distance

I heard them again

bells

metal gently striking metal

bronze releasing buried sounds

solitary, coordinated, without agenda

except to remind us to focus on that space

in between, a momentary silence separating this

from that, then from now, and what has been from

what is soon to be, yet meeting us exactly where we are

 

Peace

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