To Katherine

20ish girl with brown shoulder-length hair in a green tank top and gray sweater
my goddaughter, Katherine

I marvel at all that you are,
all that you are becoming,
as you go thru heartbreak
with a kindness that shouldn’t be possible
and a refusal to give up on life
as tempting as it seems:

You see the world
with hope and fear

Taking it on
thru pain and anxiety

You face your pain
with grace under pressure
despite all

Trudging onward
thru so much loss
despite her

Your huge heart
stitched together with hope
uncertain yet undeterred

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Katherine remained true to herself and has since found a someone who understands what love is, thereby understanding my Katherine. They seem marvelous and I look forward to meeting this singular proof that life not only goes on but improves.

To the New Year

Sunrise with sun rays shooting up from behind tree silhouettes

With each daybreak
a new start
cutting thru the darkness

With each small step
another milestone
creating yet more options

With every ending
a new beginning
turning failure into learning

With every effort
another goal faced
tending to our dreams

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Sunrise via pixnio

A Shadow Soul

'A house is not a home without a pet.' alongside a tortoiseshell cat
They don’t care who you are.
They don’t care what you do.
They don’t care where you live.
Pets just care that you’re there.
❥ A pet becomes a home’s visible soul.

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“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” — Jean Cocteau

Everyone Matters


creative spoonie,
dependent rebel,
impaired poet,
optimistic realist,
so much more,
sometimes less;
I AM human, as are you:
Everyone Matters 💜 & ☕️

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“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
— Aristotle

“‘Everyone Matters’ is about everybody’s value, that we all count, that we should all stand tall for who we are, as we are,” the campaign founder HealthCliff Rothman told The Huffington Post in an email. “It’s about judging each other, and ourselves less.”

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