My memory is leaking!
My memory is leaking!
If you are reaching for the stars, then at least you are looking up.
What do you carry
In the baggage you hold?
How tight do your keep
Do you shuffle and fold
And occasionally toss
The items you carry
Are they heavy and cold
Or cheerful and light?
Do you keep
Under lock and key?
Do you share what you have
With those you hold dear?
Or hide them away
Perhaps it is time
To reveal what you have
To lighten the burden
Each of us owns
Some baggage we hide
So don’t be afraid
Evil grows unchecked in dark place if we are not vigilant.
In order to hear, we must first learn to listen.
This was written in September 2013. I think perhaps not much has changed . . .
Oops, my straitjacket is slipping…
When you look up at the stars at night do you feel homesick? Okay, okay, bad joke. Do you know once upon a time I laughed uproariously at that joke. I ran around and told all my preteen friends. Yes, it’s that old. And so am I.
As we age our funny bone seems to migrate. For some people it ends up around the gluteus maximus. For others humour becomes more cerebral. I don’t know the equation to what’s funny. I don’t even know what makes me laugh until I am actually laughing. When was the last time you laughed so hard there were tears running down your face? Do you remember the knee slapping, rib tickling, gut wrenching guffaws you used to hear when a group of people got together to watch a comedy film? I don’t, at least not recently. The last time I had one of those all-encompassing, falling on the floor cackles was watching an old movie.
The movie was ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. I don’t remember the movie. I don’t even know if it was actually a comedy. What I do remember is my boyfriend and I beating on the furniture. We were laughing so hard we were crying. I remember him falling on the floor and not able to catch his breath. But I don’t remember the movie. I remember that there was a series but it appeared to be about teenage angst (and vampire slaying) I wasn’t interested. I had enough of that when I was a teenager! (The angst not the slaying!) Don’t get me wrong I enjoy comedy. I’ve been known to crack a smile and even show teeth. I just haven’t had a really good belly laugh in a very long time.
Laughter is a universal language. It crosses borders and brings people together. It can also alienate people and cause others to commit various forms of harm. Of course that in itself can be funny! But I digress. I don’t know of any culture that doesn’t have some form of laughter. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could laugh more and shoot less? We spend so much of our time behaving according to the dictates of society that when we let loose it can be epic! Find the time to laugh. A really good guffaw exercises the whole body!
Life is a learning curve!
The mighty winds are lashing
Torrential rains awash
The storm is in its torrid throes
The darkness still unfettered
Beneath the stately boughs
Of a kingly oak
A gentle mother waits her turn
Small life within her breast
While all around her quakes
The world has gone askew
The gentle mother bides her time
Until new life be born
And now the time is near
The storm still rages on
With perhaps a tiny sigh
The baby chicks are born
There is no greater offering
That is ours to give
The gift of life is wondrous
Though stormy be its path.
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