a lesson in growing dendrites

frosted delphiniums

and the frost

inanimate and stupid

not content with isolation

reaches with deliberate fingers,

compassion growing great dendrites

fusing cold compatriots into masses of grey matter.

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and humans

gifted with intellect

build towers without windows

slap the unpalatable needy palms,

disdain growing unquenchable cancers

which gorge themselves on intellectual arguments.

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One Small Seed

baby lettuce

Not much to look at,

Not much to eat,

Nothing to brag of

When sharing a feat.

No tow’ring forest

With branches to show –

But she’s planting a Now

So her Future can grow.

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We all start somewhere. We all start small.

If we sow a little kindness,

It could feed us all….

 

 

Outside the Lines

purple smokebush autumn

 

O bloodied branch, femoral

artery feeding lusty

lies, if self is emptied out

(radical transfusion), might

your stump become a tree of

Life for me? Might skin, peeling,

bare veins which would bleed, not for

egocentric comforts or

satisfaction in single

dose, but multiplied networks,

capillaries of comfort

and compassion? Let leeches

drain decomposition, let

radical revolution

leak Love radically spilled,

in living outside the lines.