The trick to the tale


I have purpose

I have hope

I have Dreams

But sometimes I just can’t cope

The rainy days

The tremendous cloud

Fills the sky

And sometimes you reach for the shroud

The trick to the tale

Restore balance and find your ground

Learn to swim if you’re thrown in the water

That way you won’t have to drown

DCG

 

Wallow in the Mire


Ask the right questions

Focus on the good

Knowing that you have been wronged

Won’t matter if this is understood

The best way forward

You must first find your stride

Following the affirmative

Let this be your guide

When you allow the cynical voices

To occupy your mind

You squelch any happiness

That you are willing if able to find

Wallow in the mire

Bespattered with wounded pith

If you remain there too long

A potential to overcome becomes myth

DCG

All Things Must Pass


It’s hard to rise in the morning

If you care not to wake from your bed

With no purpose or motivation

Stirring around in your head

Maybe a prayer or a call from a good friend

Will revive your resolution

Showing you it’s not as bad as you thought

Giving you a light of absolution

It’s possible to think too highly of ourselves

It’s also possible to think of the other extreme

How do we balance the equation?

How do we maintain a healthy routine?

Those who are conscientious

Those who are thoughtful

Just may be more likely

To observe and be watchful

When you place yourself under intense scrutiny

Sometimes you look to closely into your heart

Unable to forgive past misgivings

Not sure how to make a new start

Listen carefully

Allow for a heart to heal

All things must pass

It’s all about how you make the deal

DCG

It just might be for your sake


The most powerful resource in the human condition

Our need to belong, our need for connection

Not unlike the power of Love

Not unlike the power of rejection

In our isolation

We struggle to prevail

In our disconnection

We are more likely to fail

A healthy social construct

Must be available for all

Given the state of humanity

We are destined to occasionally fall

Bruce K Alexander

Studies with Rat Park

Showed me without a doubt

He was right on the mark

So why don’t we hear more about this?

What else will it take?

Make this apart of your life

It just might be for your sake

DCG

https://www.brucekalexander.com/articles-speeches/rat-park/148-addiction-the-view-from-rat-park

The Truth Exerts it’s Irony


I have an ambition

To make a better me

End the tribulation

That prohibits me to see

Conflict can enslave us

Conflict can also free

Bring us to align with our values

Or bring us down on a knee

Guilt and shame are costly

They exact a terrible fee

The thing about forgiving ourselves

The truth exerts it’s irony

Those who are conscientious

Know of the amends they must make

Those with no moral guidance

Aimlessly wander despite any prior mistake

DCG

For this is our Civic Responsibility


I strive to see good in others

Yet I sometimes don’t see it in me

Why I fail to recognize this

Is why it comes so naturally

Despite my flaws

I must seek to balance continuity

Do not sell myself short

Focus on the positive and then refine myself with scrutiny

Listen to the feedback

Surrender to humility

Growth comes with patience

Understand the vulnerability

Be honorable and give oneself grace

Do not become your own liability

Learn it, embrace it, master it, teach it

For this is our civic responsibility

DCG

 

This Reality is Taboo


How long is the night?

When you are in despair

Suffocating without love

As you gasp for air

This may not be popular

This reality is taboo

How many have gone through it?

How many never review?

When parent wrestled a child

One that is their own

Sadistically chokes them in play

Calls them a pussy before leaving to answer the phone

The worst part of the story

A mother and brother watching, never lifted their hands

But there is no blame

For this memory that still stands

Fear is debilitating

For any reconciliation one must reach within

Forgive the sins against you

This is where you must begin

DCG