I put up walls to hide who I really was.
I tried to create the persona I thought
you wanted me to be, but those
carefully constructed illusions didn’t hold up, and so

you saw right through me.

I put on masks, and tried to smile and pretend
that everything was fine, just fine… but
I’ve never been a very good pretender, and so

you saw right through me.

I thought I needed to become someone I’m not, but I
finally realized I couldn’t hide;
There was, in fact, no need to hide.
I simply had to be who I truly am

because even then – as it turned out –
you saw right through me

as if I wasn’t even there,
as if I were, indeed,
just an illusion.

The Daily Post daily one-word prompt: Illusion

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just the four of us


early morning walk

shadowed by fleeting shadows

come noon they’ll be gone




The Daily Post weekly photo challenge: Transient

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Wordless Wednesday 6/21/17



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Staying Focused



It’s challenging when you have a one-track mind trying to switch between several trains of thought whilst going full steam. (Yes, I railroaded that sentence to be engineered for maximum punnage.)

With the improved weather, I’ve begun working on some landscaping projects in my back yard. I go outside and putter around during the cool mornings. Then when it gets too warm for yard work, I come indoors and putter around with my DIY home impairment projects.

In the back of my mind, though, perched between “do the dishes” and “give the pets their monthly flea prevention treatments,” is the niggling thought that I should write a post for this blog.

Should. Want to. Wish I could. Would if only… Will once I get the dishes done and the pets treated. Definitely will when I can stop and focus.

Ay, therein lies the rub (as Hamlet is misquoted to have said): focus.

Speaking of which (Hamlet being the “which” in this instance), it’s past my bedtime and so I must go “[t]o sleep perchance to dream.”  Maybe I will be better able to focus in the morning and then I can finish this post about —

um… what was I writing about? Trains? Putters? Shakespeare?

Oh, well. It’ll come to me. Right now I think I’d better conduct my caboose off to bed.

The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: Focus

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Wordless Wednesday 6/14/17




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Wordless Wednesday 6/7/17


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Order to Go


It’s not an order, necessarily,
nor a mere suggestion.

It’s something in between.

Maybe an insistent affirmation that
you can do this, so…
do it!

So when the coach gives the order to go,
I go, knowing that yes, I can do this,

and knowing that – in short order –
I’ll be able to do even more.

That’s just the order of things in life.


The Daily Post weekly photo challenge: Order

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