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Only Three Words of Warning - 25oct21


I only get to offer

three words of warning

to my adolescent self.


I don’t know why these limitations are present.

I do not set the rules.


When I gaze upon

my eighteen year old self

and consider all

the betrayals, deprivations, and frustrations


hiding just below the horizon

of his life’s journey

this would be my cryptic charge:

“Rebellious, Taoist Buddhism.”


For if I learned sooner

that neither convention nor patriarchy

are repositories of wisdom, healing or good fortune;


how many more people

would I have been able to benefit?

Like Obi Wan Kenobi if he had learned of Anakin’s

border line personality disorder.

Let us conclude

with a simple

call to action


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