Circular

Entwined

as feathered flock upon the breeze

somewhat less divine in our declined

pirouettes toward the seas—

these claws are not unbloodied,

these beaks, they aims to ache,

but though our flight be muddied

our crosses yet shall never break,

for neither I, nor you

can take the pain we bring,

but far worse the silence would accrue

without that other voice to sing.

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Overcoming

“The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.”
~William Shakespeare, Othello

Adversity is the constant–a fact of life. All men and women will face turmoil, will face suffering, will face opposition. It serves its purpose. It builds the will. It hones the mind. It presses us beyond ourselves. Those who don’t know the little pains will never know the value of the peaceful moments, of the beauties that lurk behind life’s shadows. Not everyone can, of course. Some break at the wall, but most press on. Not because they want to, or because they know there’s something better at the other side.

Because they have to. Because the world keeps moving, day after day, and so too must we. Prepare. Life is pain, but life is also what we make of it, so it need not always be agony.

“If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round.  Trouble creates a capacity to handle it.  I don’t embrace trouble; that’s as bad as treating it as an enemy.  But I do say meet it as a friend, for you’ll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.” 
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

In the face of Adversity…

This week’s Quotes of the Week deal with a harsher aspect of reality – but also a beautiful part of it. Pain, in life, M. Kathleen Casey once wrote, is inevitable, but suffering is optional. Pain is a part of life, but it also presents an opportunity for us to shine, for us to overcome, for us to prove the mettle of our humanity. This week’s quotes deal with that adversity, and its overcoming…

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.
~Winston Churchill

“If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round.  Trouble creates a capacity to handle it.  I don’t embrace trouble; that’s as bad as treating it as an enemy.  But I do say meet it as a friend, for you’ll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies?
~Erich Fromm

“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.”
~Jewish Proverb

Confession

Humanity confessed disease.

Sobered, the clay laughed,

and bitterly it asked

if that came with ease –

no solemn song

might ever heed its wrong.

* My latest contribution to the wonderful One Shot Poetry Wednesdays! Once you’ve had a look, check out some of the other One Shot Poets as well–they’re a skilled bunch of poets, looking to form a community and support one another.  Enjoy!

Ride on

I will ride you down.

Weather the weather,

Gnash tooth and claw

This spear, your arm

Outstretched to meet me

Like a wall of flesh

No more, no more

Come dust and earth

On bitter wind blow

I am vengeance

Ride on, ride on

And I will bear you down

Ride on, ride on

My lance, my passion

My steed, my life

Put up your steel

And dig your feet

I ride and ride for thee

Ride on, ride on

This barren waste is wasted

Ride on, ride on

Cracked and peel and broke asunder

Torn hoof and heel

I soar, as an eagle on the wind

Above the mountain heights

As both sink lower to the earth

Scarlet memory flow

Here falls, here rides

The mad man dead upon the field

And I am here, and staggering on

Ride on, ride on

A breath, a life, a broken soul

Ride on, ride on.

My latest contribution to the wonderful One Shot Poetry Wednesdays! If you happen to notice a correlation of theme, or at least, imagery, between this and last week’s submission, though, you’d be right. Congratulations. I’ve had this whole cavalry sort of notion stuck in my head for a bit now, and both of these were a result of that. Once you’ve had a look, check out some of the other One Shot Poets as well– they’re a skilled bunch of poets, looking to form a community and support one another.  Enjoy!

Nasty Car

Just a quick little thing, in honor of perhaps one of the gaudiest bits of automobile I’ve ever seen driving down the road. Sorry there’s no picture. I was driving down the road myself, you see. I could but marvel at the hideousness:

This tie-dyed madness

less car, more insanity

burning brain cells bright.