There are days when I subsist on coffee and
a granola bar.

There are days when I eat three balanced meals
with 8 full cups of water.

There are days when I follow my
planner to the letter and,

There are days when I take six hour naps
instead of working at all.

There are days my friend, there are days.

There are days when I work out
and still grab the chunk of flesh
around my waist and wonder why
I can’t get rid of those few extra inches.

There are days when I watch TV
and eat junk food and
still smile at my reflection knowing
I am everything I need to be.

There are days my friend, there are days.

This is life.
This is healthy.
This is the experience of
being alive.

I am learning how to do this
again.

I am learning.

That life is like a sine wave
sometimes above average
sometimes below
usually somewhere in the middle.
Always with infinite forward motion.
Consistency is not a straight line, it’s
a range of acceptability.

So when I feel tired, I
will embrace it.

When I feel, ugly
healthy
productive
confident
out of shape
fill-in-the-blank

I will embrace it as part of
being 100% flesh and bone.
100% human.

Knowing I am not any one thing on
any one day and that time heals things and
the sun will rise on a new day and
it’s up to me each day to decide
what I will do to move forward.

There are days my friend.
There are days, but I am learning.

Poem: Endangerment of Protection

The soul absorbs the shallowness of the pride and rejects purity of the spirit

What imaginable presence can subside the truth of circumstance

Beyond the extension of violence

Bloodshed is required to ignite the global fire

Is this considered the relation of a people?

Victims are the antagonist now

Peace screams in agony

Shame blackens the heart; corrupts the notion of togetherness

If protection acts as a apparatus

How do we stand for tomorrow

When we are told not to “move”

Demise is for all

A unjustified liability

Is this the cost of humanly guile?

I think human consciousness is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware. Nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself; we are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things that labour under the illusion of having a self; an accretion of sensory experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody is nobody.
—  from the television series True Detective
God started small, creating a single human.
Immediately, the human’s eyes
burst and blood began to stream from her
ears. She struggled desperately to breathe
vacuum in the void, failing quite spectacularly.
Several days later, after separating the
heavens from the Earth and parting the
land from the waters, God had a sudden
insight. “It must be that woman cannot
live without man,” he exclaimed. Subsequent
experiments in the Garden of Eden
confirmed this intuition, when first Lilith
and then Eve failed to explosively decompress;
and on this basis God built much of
modern theology.
—from On The Creation of Humankind,
by Luc Ginneis
—  From the Nobilis core book (p.175)
This Dog Has Been Waiting At This Spot For 2 Months. His Story Had Me In Tears.

What are the limits of a pet’s loyalty? Can a pet ever display unrequited love? You may have heard of Hachiko, a long fabled dog from Akita Prefecture who visited a train station to wait on his owner who would never return every day for the rest of his life. Today, in Phuket, Thailand, the tale of a dog mysteriously left by the roadside has spread across the country and to the rest of the world.

The dog seems to have been abandoned, and yet it waits, everyday, out in the road, for his owner to come back. Why was he abandoned? Did his owner, like Hachiko, also die without him knowing? Or is this a callous owner who does not deserve this show of love?

Strangers have offered him umbrellas, food, and some have even tried to collect him, but he continues to wait on the edge of the road, for his beloved owner that may never come?

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It makes a romantic image, but we hope, if he cannot be reunited, that this dog can be rescued by Thailand’s animal services, so that they can place him in a proper home with a new family to love him.

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