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*this* John W. Hays' take on things and experiences

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Activism

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does activism activate?
guts wrenched again
and again
and again
against the grain
of actual activation
same result
breeds similar results
insanity reflected
in hoards responding
by pouring their dollars
into the deadly profit machines
selling automatic weapons
with a wink and a nod
no questions asked
while activists wail
in anguish and pain
attempting to breathe life
into the void of humanity
holding positions
of congressional control
ka-ching
ka-ching
tilting at injustice
against gales of greed
and an infinite devaluation
of real human lives

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Written by johnwhays

June 11, 2022 at 9:09 am

Windy

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Words on Images

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May 31, 2022 at 6:00 am

Noticed

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shhh
I think she just winked at me
but I know
she was always pretending
aren’t we all?
unofficially
with laughter as medicine
and forgetting
that works too
reality can be made to wait
for as long as it takes
to notice
being noticed
just in the nick of time

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May 18, 2022 at 6:00 am

Finding

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looking
for the last thing
you haven’t been able to find
looking everywhere
except wherever it is
finding everything
else
resorting to looking
where it positively wouldn’t be
twice
just in case
looking for something different
to trick the universe
into revealing
what you are truly after
forgetting
what you were truly after
again
settling
for the next best thing
because it will be right
where you expected
to find it

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Written by johnwhays

May 2, 2022 at 6:00 am

How Big

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how big is the universe?
how big is a galaxy
how big are the stars
how big is our solar system
the planets
our sun
the earth
the moon
an ocean
a continent
a mountain
a river
a nation
a state
a county
a parish
your neighborhood
your block
your property
your family
your home
your room
your closet
your wardrobe
your junk drawer
your tool kit
your jewelry box
your dreams
your fears
your reasons
your vision
your hope
how big is your trust
your heart
your belly
your head
your ego
your lungs
your muscles
your stamina
your breath
your individual cells
your molecules
your microbiome
your ions
your atoms
your protons
your neutrons
how big is your soul
how big do you feel
how big is your essence
your pride
your confidence
your accomplishments
your intentions
your reach
your voice
your table
your tribe
your culture
your region
your district
your government
your hemisphere
the world
our atmosphere
the constellations
how big is this galaxy
how big is the universe?

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April 16, 2022 at 9:00 am

Misdeeds

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I’m not the one who knows
what is going on
but I can see something’s happening
in fact
it’s right there in the open
where the whole world can see
consequences are selective
whose misdeeds will truly have to pay
who of the rest gets to just walk away
until the movie ends
credits scroll up the screen
and the soundtrack solemnly plays
walking out of the darkness
we return to the bright light of day
where the news headlines blur
what was a cinematic play
from what is really happening
in the usual way
in front of our eyes
in oh so many ways
despite all the outrage
good people repeatedly convey
incriminating evidence
vividly on full display
how can there be so few consequences
for the guilty who walk free today?

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Written by johnwhays

April 11, 2022 at 6:00 am

Predictable

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weather

storms

blue skies

heatwaves

cold spells

heartbreak

success

failure

rodents

reasons

seasons

taxes

deception

distractions

laughter

rain

pain

cracks

copycats

mold

just plain getting old

scandals

thuggery

lessons

loss

solar flares

burns

mud

rust

surprises

excuses

hunger

anger

drama

scams

growth

tears

fears

ripples

an echo

love and death

expectations

incantations

admiration

adulation

repetition

competition

pattern recognition

interruption

consequences

recompense

long waits

missed dates

altered states

final hours

happy endings

giving thanks

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April 3, 2022 at 10:07 am

Happened

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March 17, 2022 at 6:00 am

Wrinkle

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the wrinkle in all this
while blinking back tears
endlessly waiting
bated breath
and all that
spinning around
to take a second look
all of us asking ourselves
how
why
not again
never again
it was supposed to be
never again

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Written by johnwhays

March 10, 2022 at 7:00 am

Messy

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I got distracted from my reality
for a second last night
but it lasted for more than just one second
and had everything to do
with life in the whole world
happening all the time
messy
brilliant
wasted on the thankless
tragic beyond belief
a cold draft on the outside of my bare arm
an unexpected metaphoric slap in the face
defying all logic
at the time in that space
in this place
where it is gorgeous
peaceful
wild in multiple ways
natural world happenings
in vivid contrast
to unnatural accomplishments
of humankind 

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February 28, 2022 at 7:00 am