Thursday, September 17, 2015

A Naive Dream

author's note:

In my experience, dreams don't lie...

The problem is: I may lie to myself about the meaning of a dream.


I had hoped to pull
the children of Winter
from their stale cellar
with that long strong rope

but because dreams tell the truth
as I tugged, I felt myself elevate

like a kite

while below me
the vast arctic land thawed
into patches of deep green.

But I woke before I could learn
what'd happened to those children:

perhaps I'd saved no one but myself

or perhaps the children had saved me

or maybe we'd saved each other.

I only know:
I'm going to keep on pulling.

© 2015, Michael R. Patton
My War for Peace: the book

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Blessed Descent

author's note:

Because we live with the knowledge that we will die, perhaps all humans are, to some degree, courageous.


When the overseers scanned our group
they could see I was the one
trying hardest not to be seen--
the one most afraid
that the earth beneath his feet
was only cloud.

They realized I needed
this trip--this ordeal--
more than anyone else.

Now as they turn the crank
my little basket slowly lowers
into the deep ravine
and its echoing bass murmur:

down there
I will explore for all of us
and with luck, return to report
on what delights and terrors exist
in such a precarious place.

Though I feel anxious and small
my chest thrills with silent celebration
as the darkness deepens:

at present
I despise my weakness
but at the bottom
I'll have the chance
to find my strength...

© 2015, Michael R. Patton
My War for Peace: the book

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Thursday, September 03, 2015


author's note:

As they say in the movies: "based on a true story".


by the power of my life
I tried to bury myself

but as I felt the weight
press down upon my chest
love cried out against
such a death.

Now I work to resurrect:

though still afraid, I slowly accept
the life I've been given to live.

© 2015, Michael R. Patton
Common Courage: the book

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