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Part One

thirty-seven days in
a practice of body and mind
if I can just hang in
three more days
a new habit is made
I am baffled by the 
fact that my mind starts
wavering closer to the 
end than the beginning
the intention, the focus,
the movmeents never change
some mornings the exercises
are rearranged, but it's all
the same 
and then the fire came
about a week in I felt more
heat not unlike any other
exercise a human body can do
it's true, it's amazing how
it builds up over time
and yet somehow I feel
the excitement of it coming
to an end....but then a new
one begins...

Part Two

all the things that come up
when a social life is lost
in the midst of walls and rumors
of walls, wars, and other
familiar yet daunting news
I am still not willing to be
intolerant towards others
because of religion...
it's man-made, most people agree
but will still argue if one 
doesn't believe the same as he or she
a bomb got heat, so does a gun
people with agendas of 
enslavement, now currently known
as trafficking or boldly known as employment in some foreign lands because a few dollars are dropped
in tired hands....and people still
fight over which God is better....I thought there
was only one with many names and
bigger than everything
maybe the interpretations of texts are
differnet or people just want one
I thought we were supposed to rise
up into something bigger
not make the Creator so small that
there's none

Part Three

it's almost summer time
and birds awaken and tweet
they're drowned out by the 
sounds of televisions, computers,
and other things
humid is another heat 
most don't look forward to
it's almost summer time
in this heat may come drought
let it rain, let it cool

Copyright © Tameko Barnette | Year Posted 2019


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