What do you know of presence?
Can you pull back
From the thoughts that you chase?

What do they say,
Of you as a listener?
Have you awareness,
And a sense their pace?

Bull in a china shop.
Can’t wait to speak?
You seem to always know?

Better than others?
They need to listen?
STOP! Take a breath.
Take it slow.

We’re always a part
Of communication.
One on one’s
And collective.

Try holding your tongue.
Value other’s thoughts.
With yours
Become more selective.

Like less is more;
Quality counts.
Think of a filter.
You’ve got to use it.

Like practice with sport.
There’s no substitute.
If you’re not with it,
You’ll find that you lose it.


The rain has past
So i go back outside,
To sit with the night;
To find peace inside.

Drawn to alone,
My ears need some rest.
They’ve had their fill.
They did there best.

But, now they need quiet
At the end of the day.
They took all they could
Of the stuff others say.

So many stories.
Blah, blah, blah.
My-ears can literally hurt.
They can feel like they’re raw.

Why-can’t folks-be-quiet?
They just have to talk.
“Uh, I gotta go.
Would you look at the clock”.

Unbelievable non-sense.
Painful sound.
“Would you please wait to speak
Until I’m not around”?

The Blame Game

What horrible pictures you Take.
Negatives in a dark room,
For goodness Sake!

You own the camera,
But have refused to seek Light.
I can’t help but judge;
My opinion seems Right.

Like it’s not subjective matter.
I’m far from alone
In seeing this Way.
Like you forgot
The assignment
And it’s now lost on you.
From the dark room,
You’ve lost sight of the Day.

Your eyes are now clouded
By Shame.
And, the world’s a reflection;
A Game
You see what you see,
And develope a story.
The title of which
Is, Blame.

Stop Complaining. It’s OK

Catch yourself complaining.
Stop it! ASAP.
Perspective is a privilege,
And response-ability.

You’re in charge of you,
And of-what to make if things;
Not in-control of others,
Nor of-what life brings.

Step outside.
Relax. Just chill.
Feel the breeze and sun.
Life’s not all about the grind.
You should be having fun (too).

We all get swept away;
Pulled throughout the day.
Just remember, you’re in charge
Of all the things you say.

Is how you see the world.
Stop, and Be awhile.
Slow down and trust
That you are fine.
Practice your own smile.

This is dedicated to my beautiful Gram who taught me to smile and keep my shoulders back; a great lesson of awareness and posture;
A reminder to check myself along the way; to say to myself, it’s ok.

To the Little Ones

Put yourself out there.
I got your back.
It’s good to explore.
It’s also-ok to relax.

I’ll continue to teach you
While looking ahead.
Hoping you’ve heard me,
And the things that I’ve said.

May you walk with healthy fear,
And awareness.
May you be guided by our angels,
That are with us, to protect us.
May you enjoy life, and explore limits; push yourself, embrace change and the discomfort thst comes with it.
Trust and believe in yourself.
Fear not failure;
Know it as progress along your way.

You’ll always be ok,
Right where you are.
Do what you want, but never put it above your responsibility to be good and kind to others.
Be for the greater good.
Find peace within yourself, and know yourself above money and things.
Keep it simple.
Be about Love.


I recall a game that i was a part of, at an overnight camp when i was 12 years old.
Among roughly 20 kids, we were told that the day’s lesson was around self-awareness.
Our Leader told us that he would only respond to good, or necessary questions. And, that we were to behave from a mindset of, speak less. And, think before you ask a question. Do you know the answer, or is it really a question that needs to be asked?
Today, i consider the value of that exercise, and i categorize it within the concept of non-reaction.

Think about it, as you move on from this post.
For the sake of trying something different, spend some time just as an observer of your thoughts.
See what’s coming up that’s compelling you to act; to do something. To say something to someone. To write someone, etc…
And, just don’t.
Stop yourself from doing it.
Aside from the things you “need” to do today… just don’t.
Consider it a day of non-reaction.
If you’re engaged in conversation with those around you… at the very least… slow down. Take an extra pause or two in your responses.
Same goes if you’re around children.
Slow down.
There’s a good lesson for you to pass along to them.

Hope for Us

When I wish you weren’t the way you are,
I fortify my walls.
Can’t seem to change the way you are.
You’re meant to walk my halls.

My doors are locked.
You can’t come in.
My signs all read, No Rant.

Wish I could be
More like you want,
But this is me. I can’t.

Stuck without the answers.
Trapped inside our minds.
All but hopeless that things will change.
May love shine through the blinds.