MJ blathers

dark poet who loves to laugh

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others’ pain

i am appalled at times
at the indifference
to the pain of others

how one chides them
believing their own
choices engendered their guilt

or, worse, feel not at all
the anguish that spears me
from afar, even at a distance

judge them for lack of tending
to your needs, as though
their agony were nothing

mjN 1/24/18


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molten morning

molten gold
spilling gently
at the eastern horizon
sihouetting Mt. Hood
the Portland hills
glimmering Willamette Valley
awakening the unlit
portion of the earth
blue-gray with cloud blood
smeared now with sun’s
imperious rising


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come, child

come, child

scamper ahead
to the stream edge
gape at hovering dragon-
flies, startle the stilted
ibis, fling a worn-
smooth pebble at trout
shadow, just see them

begin the process, learn
to marvel, grow
into appreciation that
leads you
to shelter and
protect, see Nature
come, child
be one of the whole

mjN 1/31/18 N