knowing is arbitrary

the faces speak

the rain pours

i climbed in back and imagine i know where i am going

but acknowledge knowing is arbitrary

i am not driving

To Father

He opened the jar of pickles when no one else could.

He was the only one in the house who wasn’t afraid to go into the basement by himself.

He cut himself shaving, but no one kissed it or got excited about it.

It was understood when it rained, he got the car and brought it around to the door.

When anyone was sick, he went out to get the prescription filled.

He took lots of pictures…but he was never in them.

 
—Erma Bombeck

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Falling Short

Avoid the bad habit of domesticating the prophet of your choice, turning him into a cheerleader for your way of thinking and way of life. Remember that all the great prophets were courageous and outrageous folks who railed against the powers-that-be, challenged self-satisfied piosity, threatened the prevailing social order, and would find you falling short in some significant ways.

–Parker J. Palmer

Life Is:

A mystery, Unfold it.

A journey, Walk it.

Painful, Endure it.

Beautiful, See it.

A joke, Laugh at it.

A song, Sing it.

A flower, Smell it.

Wonderful, Enjoy it.

A candle, Light it.

Precious, Don’t waste it.

A gift, Open it.

Love, Give it.

Unlimited, Go for it.

Light, Shine in it.

–Iyanla Vanzant

Business

When I had a minute or two,

I’d throw a poem into the typewriter

and try to work out a line or get a transition from one stanza to the next.

But the business world gives you almost no time

to do anything but business.

You are selling you soul to the devil all day

and trying to buy it back at night.

–James Dickey