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Apr-2017

I wrote an Ode to share my experience in Medellin, Colombia. One night I went to a jazz show in Poblado and watched this arbitrary group of jazz musicians play together. It was awe-inspiring. Most of them didn’t know one another, but they took turns jumping in and out of sessions. They all played to […]

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“Freedom came from mountaintops And I found I could never fit where I wasn’t meant to be Now I can see the treasures of my heart I traded pews for evergreens I abandoned feedback for birds songs The open air makes things more clear now And I hear the voice I always needed the most…” […]

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    “From the beginning personal memory has been a vital element in the things I’ve written. But, even so through the poems there is this definite basis in autobiography. I always want them to be more than just annotations of the facts of my life, because while it is true that a poem preserves […]

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  Much work goes into being knownSomehow, easily you’ve grown into me,Deep.Like roots sink in sunlight There’s a photosynthesis to this love,And I’m stuck.You burrowed into the best parts of meVeins and arteries. Injected your heart in me,Lost for words.My head and my heart collide Like the shore and ocean’s tide, You’re locked inside my […]

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What do you do? When tattered clothing is the fashion And passion is a joke? You choke on words to regurgitate What needs to be heard, though absurd, You tell the naked that their clothes look great. You escape through conformity No deviation from the normalcy of adulthood Find a box and close your cosmos […]

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            She said, “I’m a caterpillar in transition,In a loom, consumed in isolation”He said, “I’m patient…”So he’s waiting and she aching Shaking off the casing of her former selfExpanding into unknown territory He’s expecting. Reflecting. Investing in hopeHoping his expectations are not his ownWhile she groans in becoming Becoming more […]

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    Forgive my indifference I was buried down under the gravely groundUnsure whose roots had me bound I somehow settled along the way Seeing Caesar’s privileged as Jesus’ wisdom Giving subconscious worship to the gods of gold I Didn’t know I was stuckTucked away in apathyThe weight of information trapping me complacent Because there’s […]

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Grasp all things with open hands A life of smoke and sinking sand To not be held or clutched in fear But clenched with hands tossed to the air Grasp all things with open hands For nothing’s here to stay And when you feel you’ve seized the most It’s soon to fade away Grasp all […]

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Miracles in the mundane. Finding paradox in the practical I’ve. never. quite. fit the molds here   A giant in the insect world A mammoth among men Infinite in the eyes of animals   I knew I was too big When the moon sought to follow me Every night as a child. It found me […]

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Feelings of foreignness faint in my forested heart When it rained the terrain changed   I thought if I hiked back to where I was before To who I was before I could remember recognizable sights   But the lights different And what was once illuminated No longer shines, or shines brighter   So I […]

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