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Nowadays

Nowadays I find myself
In church windows reflected
By the surface of my tea,
Too hot to drink.
I try anyway,
My nose against a brick wall,
(This Jasmine is my sledgehammer)
I burn my tongue,
(This Jasmine is a non-factor)
I set it back down.
I see the fractured, colored glass shimmer in my mug.
Am I like the image of the lamp in the tea?
Glowing for no reason?

Nowadays I rarely find myself.
I take orders.
If I did find myself,
I wouldn’t recognize me, anyway.
It’s just these fractured lights I remember.
Beaming like living lanterns shining towards the way to goodness. 
Like I use to. 
Like I use to be.
But now I think life is a quantifiable bucket,
The bucket half-empty, half-over and me completely stir-fried,
Gazing over what I see as minefields.

Nowadays I go back-and-forth.
As it suits me,
As it suits the occasion,
I wrangle and ramble, dribbling and babbling
Staggering through empty suburban warfare.

Nowadays I thank God for the emptiness.
The minutiae, the random acts of silence
Can send shock-waves through the spirits made of light,
Secretly keeping them in rhythm for the rest of their lives.

One day I will drop my post as the Barbarian Guardian of Willy-Nilly.
One day I will remember what all the colors mean.
One day I will remember what all the glowing was about.
One day I will skip lousy repetition,
And never repeat a mistake again.

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  1. Date: 9/18/2014 1:49:00 AM

    Very appealing thoughts with the use of Ebonics penned with introspection , Matt
  1. Date: 9/17/2014 7:48:00 PM

    YES YOU'LL BECOME IMMORTAL AS ALSO RIGHTEOUS: `A NEW CREATION *.* NO MORE SHADOWS SHALL CROSS THIS `HIS HOLY GROUND NO, NOT IN `BEAUTIFUL'S ZION ~ |*.*\ ~ THE THRESHINGFLOOR SHALL BE PURGED....

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