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Give Up Hope

Give up hope, for better health for peace with your neighbor for a lasting relationship.   Trade in those plastic poker chips for actual gold.   Mind says, “No!”   “If I lose hope I have nothing left in my pockets.   “Without hope, the Grand Canyon yawns between my ears.”   Exactly!   Nothing […]

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The True Lover

You walk along the road, sun warm on your cheeks love sparkling in your eyes, as you know where you’re going.   From a side street that handsome one with chocolate brown eyes and lips made for kissing gestures you over, envelops you in a hug.   This is the love you’ve been waiting for! […]

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Jurassic Scream in the Night

My mate’s head, cheek and teeth sear with lightning pain. His voice grows pale, movements like taffy, a hunted look in his eyes. This man who lifts his loved ones off the ground in enthusiastic hugs now fragile as a dragonfly wing.   Immediately my mind kicks in—must help, must find a cure.   Ask […]

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Love Eclipses All

Like lovers attracted by forces beyond their control the sun and moon magnetize.   As they merge, the dusky moon overlaps the persimmon sun— a bite from an apple.   Then darkness— all goes quiet, the robins silent the squirrels still.   Totality.   The corona appears, rainbow edges and a golden, radiant halo.   […]

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Time Travel

If I could travel back to that moment when I accepted that seductor’s invitation and instead simply say, “No thank you,” saving me a world of hurt…   If I could go back to that dinner in Africa and not eat that amoeba that stayed in my belly, stealing my strength for decades…   If I […]

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Cure the Past

Out of seemingly nowhere it comes a dust devil racing across the desert swirling up an image from a week, a month— ten, twenty, thirty years ago.   It’s suddenly alive, a fighting bull breathing fire: the thing your mate or child or mother said or did or didn’t say or do that knocked you to […]

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Asteroid of Love

Oh, blessed asteroid hurtling toward Earth please annihilate me.   Destroy the piranhas that gnaw on my heart. Obliterate the gnats that buzz in my head.   “Really?” a voice within whispers. “What if you simply surrender, let go of the lower concerns you hold so dear?”   I call out for help, chant and […]

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Playing Naked in the Poppy Field

  I say goodbye to a doll who wears a cotton dress and a pine-green coat her hair cut in one spot down to the roots, my 8-year-old attempt at being a hairdresser.   I also wave farewell to a teddy bear who I used hold in the night. He once played music but for […]

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Open to All

  It drifts in from the west a cloud, dark and churning. Sitting on a ridge top, we watch its drunken steps as it careens toward us.   Do we hunker down? Do we run for cover?   We stay still trusting the promise hidden within its vapor.   From my lips escapes a prayer: Please […]

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Eden in the Desert

In this desert where even the most sensuous kiss dries to a crisp where the greatest artwork, blows away in a dust devil, where even a tear drop sears to nothing in the relentless whirling of time, I call out to You.   With a heart desiccated as that giant saguaro corpse laid out black […]

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