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Life Arts    H4'ed 11/8/19

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I'm a veteran
Of WW3

I've got the scars and the stories
To prove it

And I'm signing up
For another tour

That is to say
My soul signs me up

Even though I haven't
Recovered from the last

I limp I have night sweats
I wake up gasping for air

I bought myself a cane
With the head of a dragon

Years ago like
Taking out an insurance policy

I use it when I want respect
If someone lets the door close

Because they didn't see me behind them
I can use it as a wedge

Against closure on my
Next entrance or exit

I'm what an elder looks like
I'm covered with language

Anti-war slogans
Old tattoos of extinct animals

Don't get me started
Don't push me

Don't mess with me
If you don't want to be judged

Don't invite me to the party
And if you do invite me

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Gary Lindorff is a poet, writer, blogger  and author of several books, the latest: 13 Seeds: Health, Karma and Initiation. Over the last few years he has begun calling himself an activist poet, channeling his activism through poetic (more...)
 

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Thanks, Gary. Message Received.

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Gary, fascinating piece. I love your image of the shadow not lurking inside each of us but rather written all over the world. It's perfect.

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I started writing this poem from my personal point of view (auto-biographical). I admit, I am, in my old age, losing patience with my peers, compatriots and even some of my friends (it's not fun or pretty). . . but the voice in this poem quickly took on a life of its own. As my shadow, if I read between the lines, it wants me to hold back less and stop worrying about stepping on a few toes. These are amazing times we are living in! I always thought that if I lived to 68, that I would be relaxing somewhere (a deserted tropical beach?) but now I realize that there is no retirement. I am just going to have to learn to pace myself. . .

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