Even during my lowest moments
I can feel the words
speaking to me.
the dead don’t know the living
(if they do,
they’re not completely dead).
I saw a man I work with
out of context
with thick-framed glasses
He teaches the musical arts
We have the same last name. Our first name is four letters.
I pretended not to see him
He pretended not to see me
It’s strange, that we can spend so much time with others
and not know them.
Human experiences are so often outside of our control
and that’s what makes them human.
I hope that I never lose the courage to give up control.
If I carefully plan an adventure, like a train schedule
I might be early, on-time, or late
but I won’t get-off the tracks.
An adventure is about letting go of predictable routines.
People are predictable
they make decisions
based on how much it costs.
If I can live inside the fire of passion
and sustain myself in the cold
I have one of the invisible elements
that people want
which can’t be bought:
are other examples.
I am worried
that no amount of religious instruction
or change of heart
will prevent me
from wanting to have sex with all the women
at bible study.
If I become famous, I will be infamous
there will be no middle ground
I will shrug-off the opinions of society.
People are conditioned
to worry about what others think of them
their whole survival is dependent on:
and the court of public opinion.
There is much that I don’t know about life
that I think
that I know.
I never want to be one of those people who thinks that they know everything.
I spend most of my life within a ten-mile radius
I love my library because it’s a way to explore with my mind
My routines, keep me from exploring.
I dated an English Teacher once
who told me that she was never going to climb Mt. Everest
I was disappointed:
Here was somebody who read
so she didn’t have to take risks
I read to expand my awareness—to see black and white in color.
We can decide to change in one moment—it’s invisible
the purest form of transformation is done because we must
the impossibility of long-term change isn’t considered
because we decide to change each day.
Fear, keeps me from
and asking-out strange women on dates.
I think that I’m a fairly wise person and this is probably why I haven’t done foolish things
but it could also be that I’m cowardly.
A fair amount of laughing at myself
makes me invincible.