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Loaded Pistol 

Is your heart

carrying

a loaded pistol?

Why? Why?

And what provokes you to fire?

Investigate carefully:

the carrying, the drawing, 

the firing,

is all of it 

what ‘they’ did 

or (also) what 

you could not handle

about your image

attacked?

What is it about

you

you 

cannot accept? 

What is it about 

your heart 

that’s divided

against? 

Damaged Damagers 

We are all, 

to varying degrees, 

damaged damagers.

To admit this

is already

to initiate 

a different 

willingness. 

Willingness 

A way to function 

in a situation

without imposing 

your will – 

through the situation itself

calling forth your willingness. 

Call And Response 

Someone calls out. 

You respond,

meeting what comes. 

Even if you don’t respond, 

that’s your response. 

This call and response bares

the unavoidable facticity 

of interelation

and the impossiblilty 

of fixed isolation. 

Opening Up 

All of the challenges

and conflicts with others

open you up from

isolation, 

from the seeming separation

of self and other. 

Face

In the face of anger,  

start by truly seeing

the face. 

Skillful 

On some occasions,

it is skillful

to go through

the pose

to the one posing.

And sometimes

it is skillful

to pull the rug out

from under both. 

Glance 

In the warm glance 

of friend-

kin-

all-

ship, 

what’s fraught’s

right there, too.  

Love Sharing 

​The love you share

with your intimate,

the love that cannot

just be kept

between you

(because it is love),

how do you express it

with all kinds

of others,

the love between you two,

the coupling,

unscathed?

What stance

of you

effortlessly manifests

this expansive love?

(It must be effortless

because it’s love, right, 

all-encompassing?)

So, what word or gesture

(or what?)

right now

manifests it

with all, 

right (w)here

all just so too

is just you-two? 

Love 

Love is the overflowing of bounds:

truly sharing it with another, 

you realize it cannot be kept

just between you.