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Winter

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winter
dawn
snow
flakes
falling
piling
deep
everywhere
white
frost
ice
crystals
growing
blowing
melting
freezing
silence
squeaky
cold
bitter
biting
tracks
footprints
drifts
breath
clouds
dusk
gray
monochrome
darkness
stars
stillness
winter

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Written by johnwhays

January 21, 2023 at 11:00 am

Hugs

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he still remembers
when she didn’t offer that hug
he wanted the most
loss of connection
can be worse
than never connecting at all
erosion implosion
feeding backward emotion
spirals intertwined
smokily lingering
longer than matters
except matters of the heart
follow special rules
and their own sweet time
quietly divine
energy field lines
spine-tingling kinds
minds can’t forget
what cells still recall
embodied realities
toppling over
in a free for all fall
long after lights out
when dreamland pulls back covers
to mystical worlds
featuring hugs
unconfined

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Written by johnwhays

January 2, 2023 at 7:00 am

Circles

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I’m not on that train
tonight
the names have faded
through the years
but ideas they had
linger
a splotch that doesn’t decay
one that looks like a rose
looping rings
roundabout circles
dissolved crimson
sweet and warm
luscious even
triggering vague memories
of a feeling
about a time
when everything was
teeming with possibility
drifting
toward a horizon
that will never arrive

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Written by johnwhays

December 27, 2022 at 7:00 am

Rings

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Words on Images

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December 8, 2022 at 7:00 am

Epitaphs

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what’s that
in my inbox
an unexpected gem
undeserved
stirring
offsetting the news today
another artist gone
all that’s left are songs
thank you, Christine
for singing
for writing
and recording
somewhere in the universe
there is a balance
we are waiting for
of all the imbalances
voices come and go
resonating echoes
lifetimes
memories
fortunes
spectacles
roiling along crooked avenues
and gossiping shamelessly
about matters
that don’t
while reality writes
epitaphs
for all of the rest of us

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Written by johnwhays

December 1, 2022 at 7:00 am

Eyes

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what else could I do
but feel so much love
for you
birds on a wing
so delicately they sing
in the background
of the energy
you bring
pausing
in attempt to gaze
through my memory
for the look
of your beautiful eyes

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Written by johnwhays

November 21, 2022 at 7:00 am

Option

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Words on Images

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November 7, 2022 at 7:00 am

Lost 2

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Words on Images

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Written by johnwhays

October 24, 2022 at 6:00 am

Dressed

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best vest
in the west
fits over my chest
just to test
in jest
if it’s better
than the rest
except that it’s not
not by a long shot
missed the spot
the one she bought
is way too taut
left me fraught
and I forgot
it’s probably too hot
for me to be dressed
in such classy attire
to what do I aspire
decked out like a fire
dancing on a wire
looking like some kind of liar
a square wheel in a round tire
bouncing down this dirt road
carrying a heavy load
a positively charged electrode
threatening to explode
in a lame attempt to goad
some reaction à la mode
the least I could do
dressed to the nines
remember the times
the costume defines
the extent of my whines
constrained tweed confines
tight wrinkle lines
stretching the best vest
ever to grace my chest
I never would have guessed
how other people’s zest
helps me feel blessed
no matter how I’m dressed

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Written by johnwhays

October 22, 2022 at 7:00 am

True

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Written by johnwhays

October 5, 2022 at 6:00 am