Walk Their Mile FIrst

They say I don’t walk
This world with enough
Style or grace.

Too slow and clumsy
To be any good use to
This human race.

And given my shoes,
They’d show me how it’s done
With splendiferous panache.

Here…
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They’re a woman’s size
Ten and one-half.

Sure, they’ve probably
Seen too many
Miles.

Not to mention all
The headaches, heartaches,
And backaches.

But, I think they’ll
Hold out for another one,
Or even two.

That should be enough time
To show me how you’d
Live my life better than I do.

But, when your finished
I want them
Back!

Because mixed in with all
Those hard times, dead ends
And fears,

Are my years of
Laughter, smiles, and
Joy filled tears.

Then put your own boots back on
And remember we’re all just stumbling
Through this world together.

And before you go and trip another
Or throw stones in the path,
Walk their mile first.

“Lord, have mercy…”


Polite to a Fault

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The Difference You Make

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Obvious Truths

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Give It While You Can

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Use Your Summer Words

Sometimes, Too much truth Wants to come out, All at the same time. And that is when I find My typing fingers twisted, And the keyboard’s tongue tied. But, maybe all I need is just a start. A simple;  “Hey! Hi! I’m still here! I haven’t lost my heart, I’m still in the Game. I


Teegar and Me

I felt him lean in and breath deeply. “Oh, mommy… I love the smell of your hair. It smells like water and flowers and fresh air.” Then he drifted off into sleep, Hugging Teegar and me. The one and only, Teegar the Great!


Keeping Faith

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Turn

For today, turn it off. The fractions, the distractions, And all those moaning contraptions. For today, turn it all off! It’s your choice. Speak your words for the public, Dress and wrap them boldly. Or, speak a lyrical silence. Your thoughts a private treasure, To be puzzled out and savored instead. Yes. That is it.


Authors Of Our Lives

The hardest things we must learn to write, Are the hopes and dreams and deeds That sum up a life. So, endeavor each moment, Each day, learn to refine every character, Every line. And, let us continue to write, until the only Keys left to work, are the ones that spell: Kindness, Truth, Love, and