Write to Live Category

Maintaining a Write-to-Live Attitude in the Social Media Era

I feel sorry for my English professor who wanted to put my essay up for an award! The glare I gave him and the lack of response: it was, at its best, very rude.   The fact is, I only learned it bothered him because my best friend who was fifteen years older than me […]

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Legal Reality

Humans inhabit the court room Where right gets discerned from wrong Investing all their damn money Into the justice they long.   Anger bounces savagely In tossed and yanked slinky veins That domino amassment Of hate in buzzing refrain.  

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The Average, One-Lining, Love-Liable Narrator

When I profess to love you forever, You should know, cause I already told you That I’m lying—that my love is for never.   Now I can see that your attractive look Diminishes as time passes on, first Impressions of your beauty, I know I mistook  

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Leaving My Hometown with Nothing but a Platonic Relationship

My mission has become a haze In these droning hours—   Snaking pavement, Grass coated medians: Another couple hundred miles, Another tank of diesel fuel, Another nook and cranny town Left unexplored by my consciousness As the gas logo sign posts, Bat me in the eye Like flies Pillars and bridges are swooping down With […]

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Another Anything for a Little Attention Man

It’s true that a plastic rimmed hat That cost me ten cents at a thrift store Is sitting on my head; And it’s true that they gave me A free plastic trash bag To covers some  of my Old five and dime store clothing display; And it’s true I might have taken the bus; When […]

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Ode to Self-Discovery

To hell with the insipid emptiness That keeps good people ineptly drowned! Gaze into the perplexed distress and bless The self that is so often shackle bound! This is my pledge to the introspection That so often is betrayed or unknown Or left to rot in the gutter of dread And then scavenged for the […]

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University Town

Having spent last night In this University town Tooling around With well-adjusted kids Who have nothing Except time To charm each other, I wake late And am struck Like a sword in the gut With thinking about The stress of the clock And that ongoing need For politeness As I wait For my host’s Breakfast […]

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A Vacation Day for a Schizophrenic:

Fifteen years ago, I remember hearing a psychiatrist who had just been away for two weeks say, “There is no such thing as a vacation when you are schizophrenic!” As an unlicensed professional vying to get a staff position on the unit, I had carefully avoided rolling my eyes. I had politely nodded my head […]

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The Male Heart

In the company of his own fellowship A coldness impales the male persona As he stands in a barren winter field Where the rapidly shifting wind throws his Chilled stiff body into nothingness. He stands trying to conceal his shiver.   Above the infinite eye of the night Glares down upon the stupid smallness Of […]

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A Cowboy Y Whoop

dedicated to the X generation Can your phone number really resuscitate His junkyard of childhood squalor? Clamped to excess his hand pleads for more, Probes darkness like a Buddha incarnate, Clutches for survival, squeezes his mate! And still the sponge holds water, ever more! As his orange does citrus, opens the sore!

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