MJ blathers

dark poet who loves to laugh

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opposites hear

so different

she, off to world-wide adventures

running rapids, sailing

into australian harbors

while i sit writing, editing

rewriting, despairing

writing again

at my novels

yet the friendship

is there over decades

listening for each other’s

deep pain

without answers

simply listening and


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lesson still not learned

slender no longer

agile, so far in the past,

i can scarcely

rise from the floor

but calmer now

having seen betrayal

and lived through it

and cruelty

and done my best

to thwart or at least

protest it

and experienced the world

continuing to rotate

and nature trying

to heal

yet still

i have not learned

the one true lesson

of life: