the Garden of the Prophet

Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion. 
Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave 
and eats a bread it does not harvest. 

Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero, 
and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful. 

Pity a nation that despises a passion in its dream, 
yet submits in its awakening. 
Pity the nation that raises not its voice 
save when it walks in a funeral, 
boasts not except among its ruins, 
and will rebel not save when its neck is laid 
between the sword and the block. 

Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox, 
whose philosopher is a juggler, 
and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking 

Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting, 
and farewells him with hooting, 
only to welcome another with trumpeting again. 

Pity the nation whose sages are dumb with years 
and whose strongmen are yet in the cradle. 

Pity the nation divided into fragments, 
each fragment deeming itself a nation.

Gibran, the Garden of the Prophet

an Age Difference

The severance of a nerve

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Have I ‘arrived too late?’

Must ache be my fate?

There is a static to the air…while I put aware my cares.

A great sense of having visited a temple built without brick.

A presence of ‘having heart’ in the changing of colors that loom ahead.

Watching as the fields grow…and, wane.

I hear nothing from the sheltering woods…they do not complain.



Passing the Time

I count the squirrels in the trees.

By doing so, I disavow pity.

I count the bricks in a wall.

By doing so, I am made ten feet tall.

I imagine, varying sun.

And, its spirituality will provide.

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My Pity Made of Cotton

x fall tilton

It is an old, familiar blanket.

One that has wrapped itself in the arms of many.

One that swaddled my fears.

And, has fed my hunger.

Still there are times in which it seems less dear.

Less near.

Pity I cannot provide my shelter…

Made of the finest soft cotton.

Indulge my blanket with fantasy’s of never letting go.

Pity I cannot provide my shelter solemn seeds in which to sow.

Pain ,as much


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Daylight, you will not beat me.  I will not lie down.

The stabs of broken sticks.  The rash of electricity running thru the spine.

The blood circulating a feeling of breaking rock upon rock.

None of this…or, more, will defeat me.

I will walk today.  As I’ve walked, time and time before.  Out of the abyss of pity.

Clemency, not for me.  I will sustain.  I am a survivor.

My body, as of all days, is not yours.

The past had not been a mistake.  The sport, the jousting, the bantering and the ploys…

have made me.

I will wear my mistakes and triumphs with pride.

I will not put you aside, however, I will not hide.

Mid morn, still mad, in between in strides…

It is scorn hobbled with pride.

If it is not the right

It is the left.

Malady has taken the best…

forsaken dignity…

eluded a personal victory.

A mile to go,

A sole has gone to the gods.

A prayer to heal,

a scuff begins…

no thought,

just feel, feel, feel.


‘Sometimes, you get so used to the pain that it becomes its own separate entity.  Living and breathing…with or without you.’