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Preservation of Mass

You were the light of their life,

A celestial body just for them,

But there were a billion stars

Brighter than you.

Your heart was a mountain,

Climbing to the sky,

But roads need gravel

And miners need jobs.

You were the wind and the water,

The rabbit and the fox,

The fish and the hook

And you fed them for a day.

Stars burn out,

Roads are passed by,

Winds stop blowing,

Foxes stop chasing,

And when its dark and still

And you forget what you were,

How you burned and grew

And bit and blew,

You’ll become a part of the world

You thought you were above;

A spark, a stone, a cell, a drop,

What you always were

And always did:


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What A Blessing To Be No One

Somebody is hurting now,

Hungry and alone.

Somebody is lonely

And addicted to a phone.

Somebody is nervous

Thinking they may be too small.

Somebody feels nothing

‘Cause they just don’t care at all.

Somebody is angry

At the world for being there.

Somebody is drowning,

Wanting nothing more than air.

Somebody’s forgotten

How to laugh and sing and dance.

Meanwhile, I am nobody

And grateful for the chance.

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That Was My First Mistake

When a child is chosen

To come down from Heaven

They’re given a choice

From between one and seven

On how hard a challenge

They want life to be.

Here’s a few quick examples

For you now, from me:

One is a plant

In a jungle somewhere

Far away from the humans

With lots of clean air.

A two is a puppy

In a rich white guy’s home

With unlimited treats

And a whole yard to roam.

A three’s like a two

Until that fateful day

When you start as a “he”

And the vet makes you “they.”

A four is a human

Who lives all their days

With a big happy family

And an annual raise.

At five you have troubles

Like sickness or fear

And just 500 likes

On that pic of your rear.

At six life can seem

Like an old country song,

But you can take comfort

That it won’t last too long.

And seven’s just you

In a hospital bed

With a Taylor Swift song

Ever stuck in your head.

I hope that this helps you

Decide your next fate.

I know that, before life,

A lot’s on your plate.

No matter your choice though

You’ll probably be fine

Unless you’re a poet

Who asked, “Hmm… what’s nine?”

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Superhero Anthem?

A figure flies along the streets

Of a city, black and grey,

Equipped with special armaments

With which to hunt her prey.

Her foes are public enemies

Called apathy and fear.

She strikes them down with not a frown

But a flash of wit and cheer.

Her only superpower

Is a total lack of worry

With which she slays uncertainty

In one most epic flurry!

Who is this maid of mystery

And what can she not do?

We cannot know for certain

But I hope she might be you!

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The Intimacy Of Distance

Sometimes to be yourself it seems

A friend just will not do,

For one may fear a friend will know

About the real you.

And so when one must tell the truth

With all its hidden dangers

One turns to find one’s solace

In the waiting ears of strangers.

And yet in sharing what you are

With someone you don’t know,

In starting with the basic stuff

And moving far too slow

You find that what you hoped for

Is alive and omnipresent

And that a world that judged you

Now appears… could it be pleasant?

Did you see the sun came out

And know that fruit is sweet

And music’s free for everyone

And smiles fill the street?

Sometimes just to be yourself

Needs strength you do not feel

So thank God for the strangers

And the ways they help us heal.

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One hundred years ago today

A boy and girl were scared

Together in the chapel,

Neither one of them prepared

To spend a life exclusively

In one another’s heart,

But shared a kiss and promise there

‘Til death tore them apart.

Five years from that fateful day

A child joined the two

And once again they stood in fear

Without a hope or clue,

Uncertain how to raise a child

And keep him safe from pain,

But wrapped him in a blanket

And they walked him through the rain.

When fifteen years expired

Since the day they said “I do,”

They met a world of poverty

And skies were seldom blue,

And sometimes they’d go weeks on end

And not a dollar see,

But when they ate, they said their prayers

They ate as family.

Twenty years and thirty went

And forty passed away

And what was young was wrinkled up

And what was brown turned gray.

The easy things got harder

And the hard things all stayed tough,

But a couple has each other

And for them that was enough.

A hundred years ago today

Two words were said by two

And love that was uncertain then

We now can see was true.

There’s always rain, there’s always fear,

There’s always poverty,

And there will always be two more

To find serenity.

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Conversation with a Stranger

We interrupt your daily dose of terrible poetry/jokes that rhyme because then I can justify them as poems…

Where was I? Oh yeah…

To bring you something that made my day better.

So there I was, bored, so I logged onto Omegle.com

For those unaware, Omegle is a website where random people meet up and chat about random things. After several conversations that went about as well as you’d think, given it’s two random people chatting about nothing, and several conversations that were robots trying to sell me porn before disconnecting, I ran across a better than average stranger.

The following is the complete and unedited transcript of our conversation. If you enjoy this sort of content, let me know. I’ll do whatever I want either way… I just like hearing from you!

(Clears throat)

You’re now chatting with a random stranger. Say STAND WITH HONG KONG AGAINST THE CCP!

You: Are you a porn robot? : )

You: I hipe not

You: Hope not

You: 10 of those in a row lol

Stranger: No

Stranger: I’m not typing that shitbol

You: (Sigh of relief)

Stranger: M?

Stranger: F?

You: 26, M, USA

You: You?

Stranger: 18 m usa

You: Did you vote?

Stranger: No wasn’t able too

You: Ah… didn’t miss much : )

Stranger: Yeah honestly lol

You: Save that first vote for someone decent…

You: But then you’d never vote lol

Stranger: Yeah lol

Stranger: I mean right now they both seem pretty bad

You: Yeah, that’s been my experience

You: There’s usually someone tolerable in a third party that stands no chance

Stranger: Yeah you have to be either republican or democrat to win

You: Yep

You: By the people, for the people…

Stranger: Yeah

You: THomas had never before seen such b*********

Stranger: I mean it could be worse lol

You: Yeah, we’re not North Korea

You: We’re fed

You: We’re alive

You: Life is good

Stranger: Yeah that’s a good way to see it

You: Are you in high school, or free from all that?

Stranger: No communism lol

You: Big no to communism : )

Stranger: Just graduated a few months back

You: Ah, congratulations!

Stranger: Eh

Stranger: It didn’t feel like it honestly

You: Feel like what?

Stranger: It didn’t feel like a graduation

Stranger: Kinda was just sad

You: Oh, true…

You: Did they just pass everyone?

Stranger: No

Stranger: Just felt alone

You: That’s fair at least

You: When you’re 80 you can share this dismal tale with your fellow crones though

You: So there’s that

Stranger: ….

Stranger: Fair point but I don’t like having regret

You: Maybe you could organize a reunion or something

You: And actually have a ceremony

Stranger: No I rather not

You: I get that : )

Stranger: Yeah

Stranger: Why you on here?

You: Wanted to talk to someone new

Stranger: Good point

You: Bored with fake people, so anonymous people can be honest

You: Weird, but true

You: Orat least they seem honest

Stranger: Yeah lol I know what you mean

Stranger: I try to be honest when I can

You: You can really say anything here and there are no downsides

You: So why not be honest?

Stranger: Yeah why not

Stranger: Well

Stranger: What do you like to do?

You: I love pretty much any type of game…

You: I like music, acting, artsy stuff

Stranger: Sounds like someone I know

You: I LOVE teaching, but that’s my job

Stranger: Your a teacher?

You: Yeah, private music teacher

Stranger: …

Stranger: I won’t say anything lol

You: Poor and happy : )

Stranger: Yeah teachers are underrated

You: Good teachers are

Stranger: Yeah good teachers

You: All I really remember about high school and college are the good teachers

You: Not the content…

You: Just the teachers

You: And a few girls I screwed it up with, but hey

Stranger: I’ve already screwed up with one

You: It’s a good start

Stranger: ….

You: Honestly, it hurts but it’s worth it

Stranger: How’s it worth it?

You: Every time I drive certain places or do cerain things

You: I remember how it was with one girl

You: It’s the sort of genuine relationship that you can’t have with any old friend

You: Most of my relationships haven’t been that deep, but every once in a while…

You: THe happiest memories are with people you love

Stranger: Yeah, they honestly are

Stranger: I just lost a genuine relationship

You: Your choice or hers?

You: Or mutual?

Stranger: Her

You: Or his, I guess

Stranger: I wasn’t the best

You: No teenage guys are, honestly

You: I sure wasn’t

You: And I was one of the good ones lol

Stranger: I know but I really tried

Stranger: But I just broke I guess

Stranger: I got to clingy

You: It just makes sense

You: When you love them, you want to be with them

You: You’re lucky to learn it early

Stranger: It makes me sad

You: It’s good you can say that and feel that

You: Forget being macho

You: It’s healthy to be honest with yourself

Stranger: Yeah it is

You: What was she like?

Stranger: She was

Stranger: Really cute, her personality was adorable, artsy was so loving wanted to always cuddle me

Stranger: Her personality matched with mine oddly enough

Stranger: Met the family too

Stranger: She also loved video games

You: Sounds like a keeper : )

Stranger: ;—;

You: What changed?

Stranger: At the end I just got to clingy and she started to lose feelings

You: How long ago was this?

Stranger: And I was starting to be mean and started to get more jealous

Stranger: 6 months ago

Stranger: We stopped talking so yeah

Stranger: Well she did

You: Might be worth just sending a text… not to get back together, just to say hi

Stranger: I rather not..

You: Tell her you met a weird stranger online and he got you thinking about her

You: Worst case scenario, nothing changes

You: Best case, you can be friends

Stranger: Yeah and that hurts the most

You: And it’s worth having a genuine friend

Stranger: Heard she’s been talking to another guy

You: Of course she is!

Stranger: A friend told me so yeah

You: If she’s great, she’ll be looking

Stranger: Wdym?

You: If she quit talking to you and never met anyone else, that’d be a bad sign

You: Maybe she was depressed or something

You: If she’s talking to other guys, it means she’s still healthy and social

You: And you want her to be in good health and good spirits

Stranger: Yeah I do

Stranger: She was a sad girl

You: Don’t give up on her just because she moved on

You: But don’t be pushy

You: Give her value and ask nothing in return

Stranger: I’m just trying to move on

You: That’s fair too

Stranger: I don’t think she wants to talk honestly

Stranger: I sent her text on the Fourth of July she ghosted me so yeah

You: I’m just using you as a bit of a proxy for younger me

You: If I’d known what I know now, I might be a dad by now lol

Stranger: Bruh I’m not trying to be one yet

Stranger: Well..

You: You shouldn’t be : )

Stranger: With her.. I might of been

You: You’ve got plenty of time

You: Exactly!

You: You say you don’t like regrets

You: This is a chance to triumph over life

You: And there’s no consequence to failure

Stranger: I mean

Stranger: Death can be a consequence to failure lol

You: Does she murder people who text her memes?

You: Might be a red flag… : )

Stranger: No she loved memes

You: Exactly

You: When you find a good one, maybe every two or three months, email her

You: And don’t ask for or expect a reply

You: You want to give her value

You: And stay on her mind

You: Boyfriends come and go

You: Good men don’t

Stranger: Yeah

Stranger: Wow

Stranger: That’s the best advice I’ve heard about this honesty

You: Thank you

You: I’m glad to have suffered so I can see it from a different viewpoint

You: I wish I’d kept in touch with some girls, but I was too scared

You: Or figured they’d be annoyed

Stranger: Yeah

You: She needed space, and you gave it to her

You: Love isn’t a state of being… it’s an action

You: You can move on, but don’t feel like you have to

Stranger: Yeah

You: Anyway, I’ll shut up : )

Stranger: But idk I’ve had some bad experiences with women

You: I’d hope so!

Stranger: ;—;

You: Most women aren’t worth the chase, frankly

Stranger: Your very optimistic lol

You: That’s why you chase the good ones

You: I try : )

Stranger: It’s kinda hard to know which ones a good one

Stranger: But yeah that’s true

You: True

You: And for a long time the good ones don’t show it

You: ‘Cause they’re scared of being honest

You: They don’t want to be rejjected as people

You: But they’re okay being rejected as a facade

You: So they act fake as a security mechanism

You: If you can put aside your fear and be yourself, you’ll get rejected a lot

You: But you’ll find the real thing

You: If you fake it, you never will

You: So I’d encourage you to be selflessly yourself and pursue what you love

Stranger: That’s some pretty good advice

Stranger: I mean I believe in parts of that too

Stranger: I’ve always tried to be my real self to people

Stranger: And she loved it too even it showed my bad sides too

You: So you made one mistake, albeit a big one

You: If you attack her with “It’s not my fault,” then it is your fault

You: But if she’s worth it, she’ll appreciate your ammends

Stranger: I never did

You: Exactly

Stranger: A lot of it was my fault and I told her that

You: That’s a great first step

Stranger: And always apologized

You: That makes you better than 90% of humans ever

You: You took responsibility

Stranger: She had an issue with sorrys because she always thought she did something wrong

Stranger: I always tried to make her feel better and tried to make her feel better

Stranger: I just had a stroke

You: Actually laughing out loud now : )

Stranger: Lol

Stranger: But I would comfort her a lot

You: I don’t know if you’re religious, but I want to share a thought about prayer… bear with me : )

You: A lot of people think prayer doesn’t work

You: So I ask what God they pray to

Stranger: I’m not religious but I don’t mind prayers

You: They pray to a God they don’t believe in to ask for things they think can’t happen

You: And they’re shocked when it doesn’t work

You: YOU are the God of your own life

You: If you believe in yourself and ask for things you believe can happen…

You: They will

You: Rant over : )

Stranger: Hm yeah i mean I’m a Buddhist those beliefs are somewhat similar

You: I wish I could think of a non-religious analogy that says the same thing

Stranger: Nah religious analogy’s are pretty good

You: But basically… You get what you pursue if you pursue it long enough… or you die, and then you don’t mind ’cause you’re dead

You: I’d rather die having tried my utmost

You: Than live knowing I quit on something or someone important

Stranger: You know I’ve been in a slump lately

You: How so?

Stranger: Just lost and don’t know what to do

You: Welcome to 18-26 : )

You: Probably longer

You: This is the puberty of the spirit

Stranger: I mean I want to go to college and get a degree in psychology

Stranger: Get fit, start reading more, find more hobbies other than gaming

Stranger: But I feel just demotivated all the time

Stranger: Yeah I know it happens but I don’t like it.

You: Good!

You: If you like where you’re at, you’re dead

You: If you do nothing with life, you’re dead

You: Bcaus you aren’t living

You: And yet here you are, with the knowlege of what you want

You: And the greatest opportunity in the world to pursue it

Stranger: I mean isn’t it written in the constitution

Stranger: The pursuit of happiness

You: Exactly!

You: You have alkl the right answer : )

You: Have you applied to colleges?

Stranger: I did

Stranger: Idk I think I might go to a community college


You: You’re a king lol

You: GO to the easiest community college you can

You: Take the easiest classes you can

You: And spend all of your effort learning about psychology

You: YOu will learn little to nothing of value from most colleges

You: So spend the easy years educating yourself

You: Send letters to authors and professors

You: Buy them lunch and ask them questions

You: Be your own teacher

You: And by the time you transfer to a University, you will be friends with experts

You: And more qualified than 99% of graudates before you even start

You: In the meantime, starting when we end this conversation, do a pushup

You: One pushup

You: Not more

You: Tomorrow, do two

You: Then three the next day

Stranger: About the workout

You: DO them in multiple parts, or on your knees…

You: Whatever it takes

Stranger: I somewhat already do

You: Good!

You: Do it every day

You: Never skip

Stranger: Idk when I first found out about her I started working out four hours a day

You: And did you burn out?

Stranger: I almost died lol

You: I can’t imagine : ) I can barely do two hours and I’m in decent shape

Stranger: Idk Im out of shape

Stranger: I honestly don’t know how I did it


You: If you want it, it happens

You: If you keep wanting it, it keeps happening

You: Comfort is your enemy

Stranger: But my bed is warm

You: Yes

Stranger: Sho warm lol

You: If I were half the man you are, I’d throw out my bed

You: Which is better? A warm bed, or the life you always dreamed of?

Stranger: I mean I can have both if I try hard enough

You: Sure

You: But make the warm bed the reward for the quest

You: If you get the bed first, you never go on the journey

Stranger: A warm bed in a life I dreamed of

You: And you’ll have it

You: The bed is easy, it’s comfy, it’s warm, it makes you happy

You: Why wouldn’t you want it?

You: But you don’t want ONLY it, right?

You: If you do, congratulations! You’re done! You win!

You: Life is easy forever

Stranger: Weird

Stranger: I want easy but at the same time I don’t

You: You like easy

You: You want good

You: Good disguise itself as easy as a trap

You: If you settle for easy, you’ll become me

You: Happy, content, poor, and regretful

You: And it’s fine

You: You’ll be normal

You: But in the next two or three years of your life you can change yourself

You: What’s hard now only gets harder

You: What’s hard now may be impossible in ten years

You: Live while you can

Stranger: Yeah and that scares me

Stranger: I wanna do a lot of stuff already when I’m young

You: Normalcy?

Stranger: Yeah

Stranger: And no

You: Honestly, if you don’t get addicted to something or kill someone, your life will be fine

You: The floor is very high

You: You just have the potential for a high ceiling as well

You: Every day the ceiling gets lower

You: But if you work at something, you pursue something you love, it waits

You: I’m going to log off now

Stranger: It was nice talking to youu

You: You’re going to do a pushup and buy a book on psychology

Stranger: Thank you stranger

You: Send an email to a professor at a school you applied to

You: And keep an eye out for something your girl will smile at

Stranger: I hope your life goes well and I hope you continue to be happy

You: I’m quite confident it will!

You: Thanks stranger!

Stranger: Yeaaah

Stranger: Imma save this conversation

You: Me too : )

You have disconnected.

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Tears of a Silver Medalist

We who breathe are oft inclined

To be of less than perfect mind

And, in such state, to raise a fuss

About how fortune frowns on us

For we have all our limbs and eyes,

Have yet to meet a grim demise,

Have bellies full and blankets warm

And lives absent from grievous harm,

Have water fresh on every street

And fertile earth beneath our feet.

We fear no predatory foe,

And yet our hearts are filled with woe;

We see our neighbor’s joy and sigh,

“They have a bit more stuff than I…”

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Worth The Price

In a world where being smart

Will make you mistrusted,

Where telling the truth

Makes one seem maladjusted,

Where showing compassion

Invites social scorn,

Where condemned are the happy

And praised the forlorn,

Where the vicious are wealthy

And the meek can’t inherit,

Where you’re judged by one’s look

And not by one’s merit,

I hope you’re condemned

To what’s nearly infinite

So when the world becomes worthy

You’ll still fit within it.

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Pillow Talk

She told me I was childish,

Young and immature

With some form of exuberance

For which there is no cure.

I took a breath and looked at her

And offered my retort:

“Let’s have this conversation

“Somewhere other than my fort.”

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