A Posy of Epiphanies

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i am nothing
i am no one —
just a walk-on part
in other people’s dreams
i am flotsam
i am jetsam —
just a late intruder
in a plethora of schemes
i never made

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A Sonnet for All Soldier Boys (& Girls)

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Dear soldier boy, there’s nothing to defend.
Your masters have decided what has worth.
(Dear soldier girl, what irony to send
lives to their death. The womb’s for giving birth!).

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The Noblest Goal of Life…

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“The Writing on the Wall” (song video)

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HERE IS LIVING-ROOM VIDEO #62, “The Writing on the Wall” (lyrics below). This is a New Song for a New Year and it doesn’t pull any punches. It’s about the need for inner conviction, courage, discernment, integrity and a commitment to Truth and Justice. In the studio or concert hall, the arrangement I hear involves an expressive violin part (fills and solo), upright bass, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboard drone, with minimal percussion. But for now you’ll have to make do with l’il ol’ me and my unplugged acoustic guitar. I hope it resonates with you. Here are the lyrics:

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“The Writing on the Wall” (A New Song for a New Year)

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So here we are again
on the threshold of ‘once more’;
another year lies loomly through the door.
Turn the handle if you dare —
if you can handle what I’ll share.
Not for the fainterhearted is this war.

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Thought for the Day…

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My 2021 New Year’s Resolutions

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For what it’s worth… here are my resolutions for 2021. And if I may add that all these resolutions are distinctly achievable. I never make stupid resolutions like “To climb Mount Everest” or “To marry the woman of my dreams” or “To parachute off the Empire State Building”, etc.

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LETTERS FROM THE CAVE, #1: “The Politics of Stupefaction – Dumbing-Down & Didactics”

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PROLOGUE: “Are You Mind-Shaming Me?”

If you took one look at the title of this article and said, “Big words; forget it. I’m outta here!”, then you should read on, because this is plainly for you. How easily we run from what we do not understand! How little we persevere to penetrate apparent adversity! How far we have gone in our desire to water everything down, to dilute difficulty, to resist learning, to render things facile and ‘non-threatening’ to such an extent that they no longer carry their original meaning nor much of worth at all.

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Lost Soul [new sonnet]

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Her face was heavy as a thundercloud.
Her words fell stiff upon the ground as clay.
Then, finally, she cried this sound aloud:
“I lost my soul somewhere along the way”.

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