Mantra or Things to Keep in Mind:
- Nothing ventured, nothing lost.
- Everything changes and ends.
- Things do not always go according to plan.
- Life is not always fair.
- Pain is part of life.
- People are not loving and loyal all the time.
- Some days are better than others.
Business managers understand the stick but not the carrot.
At nine thirty on a July evening
I’m sitting in my sweaty white cotton shirt
In front of a window exhaust fan
Trying not to drip sweat on this page.
Perhaps if I use the word sweat a lot
You will remember what it was like.
Flare jeans and peace symbols.
Candles, incense and hash pipes.
A throaty rumble of dissatisfaction,
Irritation and righteous anger
At those who were more comfortable
I went to a rally at a park
On a night like this.
I heard a politician mouthing
The tired old cliches
And shouted “Give it up, Old Man.”
Some local Marxists disapproved.
I tossed my fruit salad
Into a makeshift coffin
They sent back to Washington.
Then I left,
But a little bit cleaner.
But here on Earth’s surface, we have nations, tribes, clans and cults at war with each other. As if that weren’t enough, we have a rich idiot for president (Ed. note: this was written during Bush the Bonehead's reign of error)
My wife is preparing (toughening) herself (her psyche) for a third brain surgery (acoustic neuromas) later this year.
Tell me more about this thing you call God.
I am no longer part of the labor force, no longer gainfully employed; I have entered the inter-zone between lay-off and early retirement.
How do I redefine myself?
That last sentence is particularly resonant for me right now.