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the abyss

Postby Ben JS » Wed Mar 23, 2022 3:44 am

to witness others float into the abyss.
the tides of time, dragging us apart.
each born with it lapping our ankles.
to be washed adrift into chaos.

[left with a wish and a prayer.
for this story to be told again.]

boundless darkness besieges us.
there is a reason we persevere.

a campfire that fortifies the spirit.
a light upon glimpsed, flows within.

-

moments rush by, escaping our recall.
yet real as any other.
silently reverberating -
guiding us towards the present.

reflecting on those we love,
trailing behind is a yellow brick road -
moments gone captured in amber.
mementos that decorate our heart.

perpetually radiating within.
nourishing and regenerating us.

-

our paths are parting
so it always was

wherever this path leads,
i call it my own

for it lead here
Formerly known as: Joe Schmoe

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison. [...] For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. - Mandela

Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering. - Dalai Lama

I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics. - Schweitzer

If you have any sense my friend, don't plant anything but Love. - Rumi

To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom. - Krishnamurti

We are one, after all, you and I, together we suffer, together exist and forever will recreate each other. - Chardin

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gardens

Postby Ben JS » Wed Mar 23, 2022 9:38 am

a gift we possess:

we're receptive to love
and upon being given it,
are able to magnify it in return

to nurture the seeds
until branches spiral out
and roots draw strength from the earth

no need to look far
for a suitable spot to shine

there's spores all around this earth
there are seeds waiting to flourish
floating all about us

a garden starts within
and can grow anywhere with patience and care
Formerly known as: Joe Schmoe

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison. [...] For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. - Mandela

Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering. - Dalai Lama

I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics. - Schweitzer

If you have any sense my friend, don't plant anything but Love. - Rumi

To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom. - Krishnamurti

We are one, after all, you and I, together we suffer, together exist and forever will recreate each other. - Chardin

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personal rainbow

Postby Ben JS » Thu May 12, 2022 12:09 pm

a museum

adorned with an
ever-glowing campfire

crystallized memories
litter shelves:
the library of me

i need only breathe among the embers,
and my troubles become as light as i

my spirit warmed,
by a personal rainbow
Formerly known as: Joe Schmoe

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison. [...] For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. - Mandela

Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering. - Dalai Lama

I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics. - Schweitzer

If you have any sense my friend, don't plant anything but Love. - Rumi

To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom. - Krishnamurti

We are one, after all, you and I, together we suffer, together exist and forever will recreate each other. - Chardin

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Belonging

Postby Ben JS » Thu May 12, 2022 12:12 pm

"You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
"

- Max Ehrmann, from 'Desiderata'

-

The cosmos declares we are worthy.
The earth holds us to it's chest.
The sun shines it's love down on all.

We yet survive every obstacle and adversity thrown at us.
Every moment we live, is a demonstration of our hard earned life.

The word of people, has no power to diminish
the truth spoken by the cosmos, sun and earth.
Our bodies are built and composed by the universe.

How can we be wrong? How can our existence be wrong?

There is love in our hearts and we are beautiful.
Even if every single human being despises you but one.
You are beautiful. There is treasure within.
Formerly known as: Joe Schmoe

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison. [...] For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. - Mandela

Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering. - Dalai Lama

I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics. - Schweitzer

If you have any sense my friend, don't plant anything but Love. - Rumi

To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom. - Krishnamurti

We are one, after all, you and I, together we suffer, together exist and forever will recreate each other. - Chardin

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Practice Dummy

Postby Ben JS » Thu May 12, 2022 1:12 pm

Here's my heart.
Use it as a stress ball.
When you treat things well,
I'll leave to meet another.
I'll hand them the toy,
to practice being well.


-

[notes: old write about feelings of mistreatment, and not willing to accept compassion]
Formerly known as: Joe Schmoe

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison. [...] For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. - Mandela

Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering. - Dalai Lama

I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics. - Schweitzer

If you have any sense my friend, don't plant anything but Love. - Rumi

To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom. - Krishnamurti

We are one, after all, you and I, together we suffer, together exist and forever will recreate each other. - Chardin

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Affirmation

Postby Ben JS » Wed Jun 29, 2022 7:45 pm

I want to accept it all.
To say yes to every moment.
Pull all to my chest,
and hold it with love.
To look upon existence,
and call it worthy.

To say my hope,
is that it's a circle.
And if it is only once,
the wisdom and courage
to accept and love that too.

If the cost to be among you,
is to embrace it all alike -
then I write down my name.

To create meaning from the suffering.
It is an inevitable part of the chain.
But cannot it be a catalyst for beauty?
Empower us to become kinder and wiser?
We need not emulate harm of the past.

I hope my presence,
makes the lives of others warmer,
as theirs do mine.

I hope your hearts are full of love,
and when you look out upon the cosmos,
you are filled with awe and joy.

That to see each other thrive,
is a source of meaning and strength,
enriching all of our lives.

I am a fool.
A fool cultivating love.
I am grateful for the capacity.
Formerly known as: Joe Schmoe

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison. [...] For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. - Mandela

Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering. - Dalai Lama

I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics. - Schweitzer

If you have any sense my friend, don't plant anything but Love. - Rumi

To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom. - Krishnamurti

We are one, after all, you and I, together we suffer, together exist and forever will recreate each other. - Chardin

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birdsong

Postby Ben JS » Wed Jun 29, 2022 7:48 pm

sounds flow by a worn shell
and while the echoes of shock
are returned by crashing waves
the hermit continues to listen

for there is much to say
on this patch of sand
about shimmering marvels
within the sun's gaze

a pattern spirals without age
of dimming lights and dampened sound
with nightfall arrives an enveloping abyss
of birdsong, two crescents still reminisce
Formerly known as: Joe Schmoe

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison. [...] For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. - Mandela

Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering. - Dalai Lama

I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics. - Schweitzer

If you have any sense my friend, don't plant anything but Love. - Rumi

To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom. - Krishnamurti

We are one, after all, you and I, together we suffer, together exist and forever will recreate each other. - Chardin

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kiln

Postby Ben JS » Sat Aug 20, 2022 10:17 am

to be held
in glistening magnificence
by their gravity

a trek through crystal stars
sparks beneath incomprehensibility
a whirlwind through heavens

a path can still
radiate colors newseen

on my journey
do my feet not trace
reminders to the sky?

with each exhale
is it not their life
i whisper to the world?

cannot i be a vessel
for their spirit?
with divinity in grasp
they are part of me

their warmth refracted
kindling an inner lamp
guiding with gentle glow

in fires of conviction
i burn with their image
carving ablaze into the unknown

eyes of many see inconsequence
dirt mound among mountains.. yet -
a kiln building bricks to the future
Formerly known as: Joe Schmoe

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison. [...] For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. - Mandela

Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering. - Dalai Lama

I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics. - Schweitzer

If you have any sense my friend, don't plant anything but Love. - Rumi

To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom. - Krishnamurti

We are one, after all, you and I, together we suffer, together exist and forever will recreate each other. - Chardin

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Re: Expressive writing.

Postby Sculptor » Sat Aug 20, 2022 10:51 am

Why are you spamming.
You must know no one is reading it.
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Re: Expressive writing.

Postby Ben JS » Sat Aug 20, 2022 11:03 am

Thanks for protecting the sanctity of this forum.
My deepest respect.
-
I'll continue spamming when fancy strikes.
Please ignore and avoid participation - thanks.
Have a good one.
Formerly known as: Joe Schmoe

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison. [...] For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. - Mandela

Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering. - Dalai Lama

I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics. - Schweitzer

If you have any sense my friend, don't plant anything but Love. - Rumi

To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom. - Krishnamurti

We are one, after all, you and I, together we suffer, together exist and forever will recreate each other. - Chardin

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Re: Expressive writing.

Postby Ichthus77 » Sat Aug 20, 2022 4:56 pm

Well-handled, Ben. If I hadn’t already been lurking, I’d def start now.
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Trans.: The glory of God is man fully alive.
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